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Old 01-18-2018, 03:52 PM   #1
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Car Talk

(not like the radio show, although I always enjoyed listening to that too)

Anybody have any interesting stories about cars they've had, car rides, car wrecks, car trips? I've had a lot

I once had a 98 Volkswagen Jetta with a manual transmission, in forest green. I loved driving it but it had some weird issues. Any time it rained, the car would stall out and shut off, which was really frustrating. I remember a couple trips home from work or on the highway where I had to pull over to the shoulder or once when I was just stuck in the left lane during the evening rush hour for almost 30 minutes. I know everybody behind me was pissed off but nobody more so than me.



Who else has a good car story?

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Old 01-18-2018, 03:54 PM   #2
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My buddy had an awesome 1960s Rambler that kept blowing hoses all the time. Great memories with that.

What's everyone driving, anyway?
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The first car that was "mine" was a Dodge Neon. And it was ORANGE. It was a pretty good car and I loved it.

But it only lasted a year. Because I ended up running a red light and got T-boned. In my door. I'm still not entirely sure of all the events, but I know I spun. And there was fortunately an ambulance on the other side of the road, but no one was hurt. Except the two cars involved, of course.


I miss mine.

Besides that, I used the family Oldsmobile Van, but I'm not as fond of it as I was of the Neon. My family might prefer me to be in a big car for safety, but I'd prefer not to use a 7-seater brick if I'm mostly going to be transporting myself.
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I've yet to get my first car, but with the way gentrification is running...that's likely to change in near future.

I do have a super sweet old-lady bike.
And a bus pass.
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Old 01-18-2018, 04:02 PM   #6
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What's everyone driving, anyway?
Currently I'm in a 2004 Volvo S60. It's decent, not the worst car I've driven but I think I liked the two Honda Civics I've had more. Not as many "luxury" features but they got waaay better mileage



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Besides that, I used the family Oldsmobile Van, but I'm not as fond of it as I was of the Neon. My family might prefer me to be in a big car for safety, but I'd prefer not to use a 7-seater brick if I'm mostly going to be transporting myself.
I feel you; I used to drive my family's 95 Dodge Caravan when I went out with my friends on weekends in high school. It was a good people-mover and it was indestructible like a tank. The tape deck was clutch too because I could use one of those tape-to-aux cord converters for the Zune mp3 player I had that thing was clutch too, I miss the glowy blue light around the edge it had


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Old 01-18-2018, 05:01 PM   #7
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Ah, the old Dodge Caravan. We had the blue one with the fake wood coloring along the sides. But that was back before I was driving age, so was never behind the wheel of that one. I STILL spot one of them out on the roads once in a great while.

edit: Actually, correction, I think I did drive it just once on a country road in Kansas (out there for step-great grandmother's funeral) probably the summer after I got my license, but already had the Colt (as mentioned below).

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2001 Jeep Wrangler Sport (dark blue, tan soft top) that I've had for 16 years in April.

Got it used just 1 year old from a small upstart dealer that would go to dealer-only auctions. Took them a few months to find and win what I wanted (they kept losing other bids) and coincidentally, after they finally won, the day I could pick it up was my 23rd birthday. So technically I got myself the Jeep I'd always wanted since I was a kid for my birthday. And when I saw the little sticker under the back bumper that said "Planet Earth" I knew it was the one meant to be with me.

Have always wondered why the first owner gave it up after just a year or less, but my thanks to them for just holding it for me. And thanks for the extras - the leather steering wheel cover, the push bar on the front, the hitch, and the cages on the tail lights.

Now it's having an issue I can't figure out. Nor did the auto shop at work when I recently had them look at it and do some basics. But I hope that can be solved and taken care of in the near future. Just worried about hurting it in the meantime.



Before that I was driving a little Plymouth Colt my parents had gotten for me, though they owned it. (Technically there was another "kid car" between the Colt and my Wrangler but it was more or less my sisters and became hers after I got my Jeep.) Loved that little thing too. Think it was a '91. They'd gotten used it, 4 years. Was sad when they traded it in when it was about 10. A rather unassuming but tough little car. Not a single repair ever needed, and once got me safely the hour drive home in blizzard-like conditions from a night time college class that let out at 11pm. It only slid just once a tiny bit at the light outside the school and did amazing the rest of the way. A little scary, but fun at the same time since the roads were relatively vacant... Forget the lanes, there was only faded tire tracks to follow.

Like those vans, the Colts lasted pretty well themselves. It's been a while since I've seen any at this point, but for quite a few years I'd still see others out there once in a while. Little tanks they were

It's funny, because when my parents picked it out, at first they'd looked at what I think was a Geo Tracker (I kinda liked those back then too since thy were slightly Wrangler-like), but my mom noticed this little Colt that mentally called to her and turned out to be such a great choice.

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Between my wife and I, I've got my red 2009 Toyota Corolla, 2018 Smart Car, 2014 BMW M235, 2013 BMW X5.
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2012 red Kia Sportage.

Actually my best car so far.

Before that, a purple VW new bug - biggest piece of crap I ever had.

And my first car was a lapis blue neon. It died the ame way Utrommaniacís did. Safe car!
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A moment of silence for our Neons.

I used to have pictures, but I don't know where they went.
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Between my wife and I, I've got my red 2009 Toyota Corolla, 2018 Smart Car, 2014 BMW M235, 2013 BMW X5.
That's a nice fleet you've got going there. I used to drive a BMW station wagon; it was an alright car. I always love stick shifts and it had a great sound system but I still always felt a little off driving a station wagon. It very much felt like a "parent" car, and I didn't like that much as I'm not a parent yet (even though at the time a large part of my job involved driving kids to and from appointments).



I've also rented a Smart Car a couple times, I loved it. I don't like taking them on the highway but I would totally get one for commuting to work in the future if I wanted a car for in-town driving.

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I once had a 98 Volkswagen Jetta with a manual transmission, in forest green.
DUDE! I learned how to drive in a forest green 98 Jetta!

It was my dad's car, which eventually became mine. I don't remember having any issues with it like you, though. Except in the winter if there was ANY ice on the ground, the break pedal became the "car slowly drifts it's ass to the left" lever.

As far as stories? Nah, not really, other than a few accidents here and there.

One time I was teaching my girlfriend how to back out of her driveway. She had a long driveway and floored it backwards. I guess she forgot where the break was because she panicked and shifted right into park. That was one LOUD grinding noise. Ugh.
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That's a nice fleet you've got going there. I used to drive a BMW station wagon; it was an alright car. I always love stick shifts and it had a great sound system but I still always felt a little off driving a station wagon. It very much felt like a "parent" car, and I didn't like that much as I'm not a parent yet (even though at the time a large part of my job involved driving kids to and from appointments).

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I've also rented a Smart Car a couple times, I loved it. I don't like taking them on the highway but I would totally get one for commuting to work in the future if I wanted a car for in-town driving.

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Nice. The Smart Car is cool... super great gas mileage. It's odd in that while it's an automatic, you can totally feel as it is shifting gears and bucks a bit. I can take it up to 80 on the freeway but by that point, you're definitely feeling it start to quiver.

I don't know about your station wagon but my X5 is super smooth. Like a boat. Drinks diesel like a fish, though.

The M235 is a lot of fun on the track. Not good for commuting to work (horrid mileage) and horrid for Seattle traffic.

Come to think of it, I do have a car story. Around 1999, 2000 I had a 1992 or 93 Corsica. I was giving my "buddy's" girlfriend a ride home... turns out she was suicidal. I didn't know she was such, but to be fair it was never a strange thing to hear her talk in depth about the voices and/or cameras inside all televisions. She begged me to let her drive a little bit down one street... I relented. She did, and she was coming down this steep hill with me in the passenger to a T intersection, over which was a fence and a steep grassy hill into a park. She was coming to the bottom or the hill and didn't slow down or put a turn signal on or anything so I pulled the E-brake (it was crystal clear she intended to ram the fence and drive us down the hill)... the car hit the fence and rolled about 6 times down the hill with us in it.

I got nervous and told the police it was me driving, since she didn't have a license. Puget Sound Energy added an $800 fee to my power bill (turned out it was their fence, somehow). Stayed at a hotel and my parents never believed my story. Car was considered totalled after the tow company dragged it up on its top, but I did get it running again. I kept getting pulled over for "defective windshield" until it was repoed. Bad times.

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Not much of a car guy, but if I had my pick, I'd be in one of these.

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My first car was a 1969 GTO. Or so I thought. It was actually (according to the vin) a Lemans. Someone had just made it look like a true GTO. But it was still very cool! I eventually wrecked it, but good came from the bad because I learned about how to repair a wrecked vehicle.

I currently drive a Dodge truck. I hope to one day have a Chevy truck. Oh, during the nice summer weather I ride a motorcycle. Iíve also had a Tempo, Taurus and F150.
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My first car was a 1987 Toyota. I don't really care about cars, they get you where you have to go and that's it. I never understood the whole "I must buy the most expensive car ever and show it off" mentality people have. Unless you're some race car driver, I don't really get it.
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My car is British so there's no point saying what it is, most cars here are manual (stick), though you can get automatics too.

Anyway my current car is my first from new, I had a big bill for my other and decided that as I was driving around with a baby and toddler I wanted a reliable car...and with warranty. I planned just to get a newer one but for the car I wanted, the model had just changed so those were on sale and didn't work out much different to a year old used one.

...Anyway, a few months on...and a not many miles on the clock, damn thing decides to break down while I'm crossing 2 lanes of traffic... lucky it chugged a shook it's way across out of the way.. some casing had gone and taken the gear box out apparently.... that was replaced and it's been fine since. I did get to drive the new model as a replacement whilst it was being repaired and I actually prefer the model I had.

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DUDE! I learned how to drive in a forest green 98 Jetta!

It was my dad's car, which eventually became mine. I don't remember having any issues with it like you, though. Except in the winter if there was ANY ice on the ground, the break pedal became the "car slowly drifts it's ass to the left" lever.

As far as stories? Nah, not really, other than a few accidents here and there.

One time I was teaching my girlfriend how to back out of her driveway. She had a long driveway and floored it backwards. I guess she forgot where the break was because she panicked and shifted right into park. That was one LOUD grinding noise. Ugh.
Nice! Was your Jetta automatic or manual? I learned to drive on the BMW station wagon that my family had, it was a manual and I remember getting really nervous one time when my dad was taking me home from school and had me hop in the driver's seat to get us the rest of the way. Learning to drive stick in rush hour traffic was super stressful but I'm glad I know how to do it

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Nice. The Smart Car is cool... super great gas mileage. It's odd in that while it's an automatic, you can totally feel as it is shifting gears and bucks a bit. I can take it up to 80 on the freeway but by that point, you're definitely feeling it start to quiver.

I don't know about your station wagon but my X5 is super smooth. Like a boat. Drinks diesel like a fish, though.

The M235 is a lot of fun on the track. Not good for commuting to work (horrid mileage) and horrid for Seattle traffic.

Come to think of it, I do have a car story. Around 1999, 2000 I had a 1992 or 93 Corsica. I was giving my "buddy's" girlfriend a ride home... turns out she was suicidal. I didn't know she was such, but to be fair it was never a strange thing to hear her talk in depth about the voices and/or cameras inside all televisions. She begged me to let her drive a little bit down one street... I relented. She did, and she was coming down this steep hill with me in the passenger to a T intersection, over which was a fence and a steep grassy hill into a park. She was coming to the bottom or the hill and didn't slow down or put a turn signal on or anything so I pulled the E-brake (it was crystal clear she intended to ram the fence and drive us down the hill)... the car hit the fence and rolled about 6 times down the hill with us in it.

I got nervous and told the police it was me driving, since she didn't have a license. Puget Sound Energy added an $800 fee to my power bill (turned out it was their fence, somehow). Stayed at a hotel and my parents never believed my story. Car was considered totalled after the tow company dragged it up on its top, but I did get it running again. I kept getting pulled over for "defective windshield" until it was repoed. Bad times.
The funny thing about the Smart Car is its transmission; my mechanic told me about it while I was renting one while he had my Volvo. It's really a manual transmission with a little computer-powered arm that knows when to shift it into the next gear.

Yeah, the Beamer wagon was a pretty smooth ride, I had no complaints about that. My main issue was just that I didn't feel very cool driving it

That's a crazy story man. I hope she got some psychiatric help but it sucks you got stuck with a crazy ass bill

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Those are dope. If you can get into the format and you don't mind watching shows that are just people having a conversation (it helps if you are a big fan of stand-up or sketch comedy), you should check out Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld's project that just moved from Crackle to Netflix. I watched the first collection over the past two weeks and I enjoyed it partly because the cars are cool but mainly because I'm a big fan of comedy and the philosophy behind it
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Those are dope. If you can get into the format and you don't mind watching shows that are just people having a conversation (it helps if you are a big fan of stand-up or sketch comedy), you should check out Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld's project that just moved from Crackle to Netflix. I watched the first collection over the past two weeks and I enjoyed it partly because the cars are cool but mainly because I'm a big fan of comedy and the philosophy behind it
I was watching it years ago on Crackle, & am currently re-watching on Netflix, coincidentally.
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I used to have a 2001 ford Focus. But the engine died, plus it had a string of other issues that it was junked and I no longer have it. I don't drive now that much honestly, but use my folk's vehicles whenever I need either (a 2005 navy
blue Chevy Suburban) and a (2004 gray VW Jetta).
There is always something wrong with the Jetta though. At one point the transmission was wonky and it couldn't reverse, so I had to reverse manually, which meant I would put it in neutral, open the car door and push with one leg while steering. fun times.
I mostly Use my Raleigh bike around the city, since Chicago traffic is annoying as hell sometimes.
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