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RMTactical
06-25-2006, 23:38
I think I could go the rest of my life content with Hondas and Toyotas. What does everyone else prefer to drive?

aaronrkelly
06-26-2006, 01:05
Originally posted by GoreLicks
I think I could go the rest of my life content with Hondas and Toyotas. What does everyone else prefer to drive?

You never know, Im not brand loyal....Im "whats best for me" loyal.

When I was looking for a small, commute to work car I found a 2 year old Kia with 25K miles on it for $3K - factory warranty bumper to bumper till 60K.

I was thinking about a Chevy Aveo...but I would be spending $11k and getting 36K warranty. With the Kia I was spending $3K and getting 35K warranty (balance of 60-25).

I bought the Kia - been a great car so far.


When I went mini-van shopping (yeah I know, lame) I went to Kia first.....figured I did good the first time. They absolutely bombed out.....ended up with a Dodge Caravan.

Before that I drove a Chevy Cavalier.....then a Ford truck.

I guess Im all over the place....I try to look for the best deal....then look at the badge.

I dont think theres a single manufacturer I would outright say "I would never own that". Sure, each company makes cars that I wouldnt buy....but they each do something right.

Small cars - imports have this licked hands down....no doubt about it. Heck, even the "American" (used very loosely) car companies just re-badge foreign cars for the compact market.

Trucks - probably would stick to the "big 3" on this, but I really do like Toyota trucks....but if you need a BIG truck, I think you can do better with domestic. Compact trucks, Toyota hands down.

Rob1035
06-26-2006, 04:51
nothing new, that's about the thick of it. I'm sick and tired of all makers going "detroit", bigger, wider, heavier, more computerized, more poor driver crutches, with more power. Sure modern cars get faster and faster, but that doesn't make them fun to drive.

Used BMWs for fun for me, Japanese for everything else (trucks, daily drivers, etc)

bac1023
06-26-2006, 06:01
I love European sports cars for fun, but for daily driving, its Honda or Toyota for me. In fact, I just opened a new thread on the subject.

Kentuckian
06-28-2006, 04:14
So far, I've had excellent results with American car brands.

Probably stick with them.

GroovedG19
06-28-2006, 06:28
The Big 3 of course(from the Land of the Rising Sun).Honda(Acura), Toyota(Lexus), and Nissan(Infiniti).:supergrin:

norton
06-28-2006, 06:51
After 3 Ford pickups-they were good trucks, I bought a Chevy Silverado new in 1999. Its a Z71, short bed standard cab. Its the best, most comfortable for trips, vehicle I have ever owned. Great in the snow, hauling tree limbs to the dump like I did after a wind storm last week. Its hauled my bikes to daytona. I would buy another one tomorrow if something happened to this one.
I also own an 04 Jeep Wrangler. Just for kicks. Its also great in the snow. Fun to drive with the top down in the summer.

Asha'man
06-28-2006, 18:05
So far I've had the most fun with Fox Mustangs and Toyota trucks. I'd like a third-gen 4Runner someday as a daily driver, but my fast cars have to be Mustangs, and '79-'93 ones at that.

Brian

epsylum
06-28-2006, 19:41
My Corolla XRS is the first Toyota I have ever owned (my brother has had 3, my friends have had many, my uncles have had several, and even my parents had one at one time), it will not be my last. It is by far the best car (okay it is also the newest) I have ever owned. It is roomy, sporty enough to make commuting half-way fun, economical, and just looks good IMO. Has everything I want and does everything I want it to do.

michael t
07-02-2006, 23:45
Old power wins. I getting ready to redo my 70 Cuda 440+6 4 speed It won't be stock and gas prices be damed I driving this baby on street again way we did when new. I think 20K will put in back in shape. Won't be in mags but won't spend life on trailer being looked at and judged either.

AirCav
07-03-2006, 00:56
Originally posted by michael t
Old power wins. I getting ready to redo my 70 Cuda 440+6 4 speed It won't be stock and gas prices be damed I driving this baby on street again way we did when new. I think 20K will put in back in shape. Won't be in mags but won't spend life on trailer being looked at and judged either. Sweeeeet!

I'm jealous. I'd like to see some pictures when you're done.

arrowdriver
07-05-2006, 08:07
Mazda just got my money for a new CX-7 for the wife.

PikeB
07-09-2006, 12:57
Chevy for me.:patriot:

Mighty HD
07-09-2006, 14:03
GM products have put a nasty taste in my mouth this go around.

My previous truck was a 2000 S-10 ZR2 lifted, etc. I picked it up with 42,000 miles and broke it by 52,000 miles. I beat the hell out of it every single weekend for that 2 years I had it going to the woods, mud bogging, etc. The best truck I ever had---It never gave me a problem except for a fuel pump. It ended up getting stuck in a river when I fell off into a rut and locked the motor up. It ran after that but knocked. 60wt oil, and some 140wt gear oil and it was quiet as a mouse when it was traded in.

I then got a 2004 GMC 2500hd sierra 4x4, ext cab, shortbed. I have babied this truck and taken care of it like nothing else. It currently has 17,000 miles. I've had it a bit over 2 years. It's in the dealer at least once a month as of now.

So far:
alternator, battery, rear springs, headliner, engine cover, rear brakes popping, rear window leaking, rear side windows leaked, rear seat clunking around, tailgate cables, dashboard peeling up (current), headliner fell down, speaker in the rt door fell out of the mount (current), rear main seal leaking oil, the chrome trim on all the doors was bubbling up, front bumper chrome was rusting through, front grill chrome was bubbling up.

For 42k I expected to get many many years out of this truck. I plan to keep it until the wheels fall off due to the price of new vehicles. BUT If toyota comes out with a 3/4 ton 4x4 ext cab equal to the HD's I'll seriously think of moving over. The truck is very strong, torquey, etc I just can't believe all the little problems its having.

Glolt20-91
07-13-2006, 00:36
Originally posted by michael t
Old power wins. I getting ready to redo my 70 Cuda 440+6 4 speed It won't be stock and gas prices be damed I driving this baby on street again way we did when new. I think 20K will put in back in shape. Won't be in mags but won't spend life on trailer being looked at and judged either.

Michael, you're a man after my own heart; gotta love those E bodies. :) My Dodge Cummins 4x4 will be paid off soon; those new Challenger hemis should be going into production in a year or so and that's a strong possibility. I was talking with a guy last week and may have a line on an old big block hemi. (I used to drive a 69 hemi 4-spd roadrunner back in the muscle car years). I've located a 72 440/727 combo, just need to figure a way to get it out and into a 66 Plymouth. A solid roller set-up should make for a great ballz to the wallz ride. Things going great in MoPar land. :supergrin:

If I stopped buying guns I could probably put a car together. :)

Bob

Unbridled Rage
07-13-2006, 17:39
I treat my cars like well-cared for appliances.

I buy only used vehicles from freinds/family, with a good, known history. For cash.

The only money the mfr gets is from parts replacement.



This approach allows me to buy (new) motorcycles. ;)

elgoatropo
07-14-2006, 21:03
Originally posted by Mighty HD
[B]GM products have put a nasty taste in my mouth this go around.

It ran after that but knocked. 60wt oil, and some 140wt gear oil and it was quiet as a mouse when it was traded in.

I then got a 2004 GMC 2500hd sierra 4x4, ext cab, shortbed. I have babied this truck and taken care of it like nothing else. It currently has 17,000 miles. I've had it a bit over 2 years. It's in the dealer at least once a month as of now.

So far:
alternator, battery, rear springs, headliner, engine cover, rear brakes popping, rear window leaking, rear side windows leaked, rear seat clunking around, tailgate cables, dashboard peeling up (current), headliner fell down, speaker in the rt door fell out of the mount (current), rear main seal leaking oil, the chrome trim on all the doors was bubbling up, front bumper chrome was rusting through, front grill chrome was bubbling up.

How do you think the guy who ended up with your old truck felt when he realized he had been swindled by your trickery?

PSU_G34
07-14-2006, 21:19
Originally posted by GoreLicks
I think I could go the rest of my life content with Hondas and Toyotas.

+2

and maybe a Smart Car in 2008

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v609/bjh159/smartcarb.jpg

Mighty HD
07-15-2006, 15:05
Originally posted by elgoatropo
How do you think the guy who ended up with your old truck felt when he realized he had been swindled by your trickery?

most *smart* people have a used vehicle inspected.

PBCounty
08-07-2006, 01:58
If my local Ford dealer keeps treating me the way they have in the past - Ford will be getting more of my money.

Thirties
08-07-2006, 09:06
Got my first Subaru (2.5i Outback wagon Ltd.) last month. Hopefully, I'll develop a loyalty there. Volvo V70 lost my loyalty due to expensive maintenance costs.

A lot also depends on winters . . . I'm confident soobie will do just fine in that department.

Still loyal to the 2000 Nissan Frontier 4x4 V-6.

fnfalman
08-07-2006, 09:38
Originally posted by Unbridled Rage
I treat my cars like well-cared for appliances.

I buy only used vehicles from freinds/family, with a good, known history. For cash.

The only money the mfr gets is from parts replacement.



This approach allows me to buy (new) motorcycles. ;)

No truer wisdom spoken here!!!

Toxie
08-11-2006, 11:55
I like the fast, affordable, RWD coupes. So either a 'stang or a camaro next on the plate.

The japanese don't make anything in that catagory, and the german offerings mean you have to be minor nobility to afford something "fast".

LOOGIE1
08-11-2006, 13:47
If it's not a ford you can park it in the street
you can see what is in my driveway
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j286/cpurvis/IMG_0004-1.jpg

OUSooner
08-12-2006, 08:24
:laughabove: Did the oil catch pan come with it?

LOOGIE1
08-12-2006, 11:01
Originally posted by OUSooner
:laughabove: Did the oil catch pan come with it?

No i keep it there incase some dumb ass parks his chevy in my spot:supergrin:

MarinePride
08-16-2006, 21:21
I go for resale value when I buy a vehicle. Vehicles that hold thier resale value after 5 years do so for a reason. I don't buy vehicles because of a coolness factor, they must be practical. My current vehicles are a Honda Civic, which is great on gas mileage and a Nissan Pathfinder, which is terrible on gas mileage, but fills the bill for everything else.

Vehicles that never get consideration from me are Ford, GM, Hyundai, Mazda, Kia, Saturn and Cadillac.

OUSooner
08-17-2006, 05:18
Probably could of left it at Ford and Gm because Ford owns Mazda and GM owns all the others you listed.

But in full size pick up trucks and Suv's, the Americans are still the best.

Hef
09-03-2006, 14:50
For style and performance in something that seats 4, I think nothing beats a BMW.

For pure truckness, the best truck out there is the CTD Dodge truck. For a 1/2-ton, the GMC Sierra is my choice.

For a truck that you want to 4wheel and just beat into the ground, a 79-95 Toyota (Hilux, not a Tacoma) is the way to go. Today's Toyotas are a joke.

You'd have to be an idiot to buy a new Ford, especially something that's been on the market less than 2 years. Quality is job #1,573.

Nissan has really picked up the ball and run with it. I like their products, though I don't own (and never have) anything they've ever made. I would consider a 350Z Nismo or G35, if I wanted to buy a new Nissan.


My next purchase will likely be a crewcab GMC Sierra 1500, or another Canyon, but in crewcab.

vart
09-04-2006, 15:50
I've owned dozens and dozens of cars, trucks, and SUVs over the past 25 years. Very few have been absolutely trouble-free.

One was my `65 GTO. Even with 450+hp and frequent runs at the track, the only thing I ever broke was the rear cross-member, and that was due to the massive torque of the 428. I never had any little problems like windows not working, door handles sticking, etc. It just was a solid and reliable car that always ran good and started easy.

My other reliable vehicles were my `97 Nissan Pathfinder, `92 Toyota 4x4 pickup, `01 Infiniti QX4, and my `66 F100. Although the F-100 did lose a fuel pump in Eugene, Oregon and I guess it did lose a water pump near Walla Walla, WA...But, each repair was under $25 and I made them myself on the side of the road with basic tools.

My Ford musclecars were very finicky; always adjusting timing and air/fuel mixtures. The points were always going bad, plus I lost heater cores, starters, windows wouldn't roll up or down, etc.

The worst were `60s and `70s Mopars; electrical problems with every single one I've ever owned. Even my wife's 2005 minivan has lost an alternator :upeyes: .

I've had just a couple of Chevies; a `77 4x4 pickup that was a salvage vehicle I used for a beach bomber in Hawaii (it wouldn't die), a `76 Suburban 2wd that lost a tranny, a `77 Camaro Z28, a `71 Camaro, and most recently, a `98 C1500 ext cab shortbox Silverado that I lowered and rodded. That was a nice truck that I discovered had an intake manifold leak just before I traded it in on my 2005 Nissan Sentra.

The Sentra had a couple of fit/finish issues and was uncomfortable as hell on long trips, but it was a solid little car that got over 40mpg.

Right now, I'm getting around $10k from my lawyer as an advance on my settlement, and I have to buy 2 vehicles for my wife and I to use to get to work and back.

My wife will likely get an older Chevy Suburban, and I will be looking for a Toyota or Nissan 4wd.

I will have about $3k to spend on my rig and about $5k to spend on my wife's. Everything we will be looking at will have over 100k miles on it, so we have to be super careful and picky.

I'd love to put my wife in a 4Runner or Pathfinder, but with two teens to take to school, she needs a lot of room, and an older Suburban is a pretty decent vehicle.

pesticidal
09-04-2006, 15:54
I've been looking at new vehicles the past few weeks. Sadly, there's not an US vehicle on the top of my list. I'm pretty sure I'm going to end up with an AWD 3.5L VW Passat.