We have quite a few Hmong in this area and they favor big pickups. And
big rifles. I wouldn't mess with them, but it is sort of amusing
watching them mounting up.
I go the other way. Back in the day people would see me climb out of my
Sprite and wonder where it all fit. Actually, I found the Sprite has a
lot more leg room than a Corvette.
<frown> Do you have money to burn? I.e., do you care about the reliability
and safety of the vehicle that hauls you around town?
Find something that is affordable and comfortable. If you want to be
"cute", put a big red bow on the front grill. Or, "eyelashes" above
the headlights. Or, a *tail* curving up over the back of the car
from the rear bumper.
(seriously -- I have seen all of the above)
It will make your car more memorable (to you and others), won't cost
you much, won't alter the value, reliability or safety of the ride,
etc. A photo of a local vendor who is known for their crazy cars:
Look carefully at the front end details...
The reliability ratings haven't been that great but the ratings
themselves can be unreliable. 'The bud vase is crooked' gets the same
weight as 'the transmission dropped out on the pavement.' The Golf is
the same platform and has better ratings leading some to suggest New
Beetle drivers are pickier.
My last three cars were declared to be absolutely something to be
avoided by Consumer Reports. I would have bought another Geo (rebranded
Suzuki) but Suzuki's car business was fading fast by then. I did buy
another Yaris after a snowplow ate the first one.
Maybe I'm easy to please. I've only owned one car I was dissatisfied
with, an Audi. To be fair, that was back in the '70s when Volkswagen was
trying to figure out how to build a front wheel drive, water cooled
I'm easy to please, too, I think. I love my van, but she's getting old.
My kids were raised in that van and there's lots of memories there, too.
My son and hubby keep telling me to get another vehicle, but so far I
haven't found one I could afford and LIKED at the same time! lol
One of those Audi 100s that punctured it's own tires when you parked
them overnight (when the springs broke)?
We had one sitting on the lot that destroyed 3 tires before it was
I owned a Pontiac Firenza - a rebranded Vauxhaul Viva HC - everybody
said they were junk - "any f'rez'a yours aint no friends of mine" so I
got it REAL cheap. Friend was going to trade it (1972) on a new Lada
the first year they came to Canada - 1979 - so the Firenza was only 7
years old - and it was a "leftover" '72 - sold late in '73, so it was
rally only six years old - and they were only going to give him $75
for it with about 40,000 miles on it ( friend's wife drove it between
London Ontario and Kitchener going to teacher's college).
I bought it from him for something like $76 - and I still had it when
he was on his third Lada. I sold it to my new wife's friend/neighbour
for a few hundred dollars and she drove it another 7 years.
Parts were dirt cheap and available from GM dealers across Canada.
Clutch pedal broke (cable clutch) and a new one was something like
$6.00 - less than it would have cost to have it welded.
On 09/28/2015 08:10 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
It never did that. The plug wires would fail every 15,000 miles. No
graceful degradation, it just wouldn't start. I kept a set in the trunk.
Getting the windshield wiper to turn off sometimes required pulling a
relay out from under the dash. It wasn't really the cars fault, but it
had Autobahn gearing right about the time the idiots in DC declared a 55
mph speed limit. Then it overheated one frosty morning. I guess
antifreeze was optional. There weren't any major problems just the water
torture of minor annoyances.
When we divorced my wife got the Audi and I kept the Lincoln. I
shouldn't have treated the woman so poorly. The paint was starting to
fall off before she traded it in on a Rabbit and got $300 for it. She
called me up and asked if that wasn't too low. I told her to take the
deal and not look back.
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