What do you all drive?

By somekid007 ยท 243 replies
Jul 2, 2004
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  1. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    ancient mercedes estate
  2. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    I recently traded my 2004 Dodge Dakota (quad cab, SLT, 4.7L V8 Automatic 4x4) for a 2007 Ford Fusion (mid-size sedan, SE, 2.3L I4 Manual FWD).

    this car was not my first choice, but it was a good combination of looks, price, features, and fuel economy. I have gone from 13~14MPG highway with my Dakota to 31~33MPG highway with my Fusion. and it's fun to drive too ;)


    BTW, check out my new car PC. i'm almost finished installing everything into my new fusion ;)
  3. chance1138

    chance1138 TS Rookie Posts: 62

    A 1996 Nissan 240sx SE is my weapon of choice. To whomever sends me an SR20DET motor free of charge: I will declare you the undisputed master of all that is cool!
  4. J355

    J355 TS Rookie

    I have a BMW 318 and a Vauxhall Corsa. I'm getting rid of the BMW as it's crap. It's a saloon and not very practical. The boot is a funny shape so you can't get anything bulky in it and the back seats don't go down in a saloon. The Corsa is ace though. 1.2 16 valve, it has got some kick to it, plus you can get all sorts of crap in the back (and the seats go down!!!). Added bonus that when you park it in Tesco car park or on a road you don't worry somebody is going to damage it, cos you don't care if they do!
  5. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    KingCody, I know what you mean with the low fuel mileage of the Dakota. My parents used to drive a 5.9 liter Dodge Durango. That thing was cool, never lacked power, but fuel economy was about 12-14 MPG. My mom liked the Jeep's fuel bill better too ;)
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    Well you pretty much have to expect that with a 5.9L
  7. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 937

    That is amazing. Thats stock TT? Does it have the drivers wheel on the opposite side?
  8. shinoz

    shinoz TS Rookie

    i drive a toyota supra 1986 and a 1/2 lol ^_^
  9. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 937

    As of today i am the proud owner of an 02' is300.:)
  10. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,189   +471

    Shinoz, my wife's car is a 1987 Supra. (non-turbo)
  11. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    I love that car!
  12. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    Congrats Twite :D !
  13. twite

    twite TechSpot Paladin Posts: 937

    Thanks a lot:)..I'm going to have lots of fun with it.
  14. shinoz

    shinoz TS Rookie

    cool mailpup mines a non turbo ^_^ but needs body work
  15. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    true, but my Dakota was a 4.7L and I got the same ultra-low mileage as kitty's parent's Durango.

    its still aggrivating when full size trucks with bigger V8s can get better mileage then "midsized" trucks with smaller engines. but I don't have to worry about that anymore anyways ;)
  16. bearweiser

    bearweiser TS Rookie

    i drive and fix all of those and i get paid very well oh you pay me
  17. TonyGuitar

    TonyGuitar TS Rookie Posts: 90


    If everyone owned a four cyl *87 Jeep, you may be a much poorer [moneywise], mechanic today.

    My Wagoneer has doors that still close with the safe-like click of a Brinks security truck. This little jeep is built tough and goes anyplace with 4X4 and the correct tires. Good in snow. Still looks good too.

    http://TonyGuitar.blogspot.com [scroll down ]

    Only repair so far was a new starter, [expensive Bosch with sealed solonoid]. Starters are down low in the salt and slush so replacement after 20 years is likely. After 240,000kms too.

    You can see from my blog site that the next preferred ride is an EV Jeep. Either that or one of those compressed air Paris taxis ..

    Save $400 a month. Look Ma! No gas or diesel to buy. And, Oh yeah, no pollution. = TG
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,037   +2,558

    As usual I'm confoozed.....

    I always thought that the act of compressing air was an energy intensive activity. I say this because because when the air compressor in my living room kicks on, the electric meter in the house spins like a Dradle at Channuka. Sort of like the energy to charge the battery in an all electric car has to come from somewhere. Which is to say that that power station is now the polluter, not the vehicle.

    Anyway, at the moment I'm muddling around on a 1991 Honda 750 Nighthawk, 53MPG highway, 40+ city and you don't have to blow it up. Did I mention that it leaves in a reasonably proactive manner?
  19. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    If I remember correctly, the energy required to run a plug-in electric car would still cost and pollute less than gasoline, even if the electricity was produced by a coal-fired power plant. However, the initial investment (the cost of the car) may still be too high to be feasible.
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,037   +2,558

    We're Not Moulding Statistics, We're Forming Opinions!

    Said the utility company. A
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,037   +2,558

    We're Not Moulding Statistics, We're Forming Opinions!

    Said the utility company. We all know that executives don't lie. Consider the crew at Enron, honest to a fault.
    Before you accept anything about pollution statistics, you should consider the lowly computer power supply. It generally wastes about 30% of the energy supplied to it. Guess what, you could hook up the 12V of your power supply to the car battery and charge it. What would you think the overall efficiency loss from the power station to the charged battery would be? Don't know, but it has to be more than 30%.
    An electric car would alleviate guilt on the part of it's owner since pollution by proxy never has as severe an emotional penalty as good old fashioned DIY pollution.
    Electric heating costs about 3 times as much as fossil fuel.

    Please forgive me for for the double post, I accidentally hit the stupid key.
  22. TonyGuitar

    TonyGuitar TS Rookie Posts: 90

    Silly question RE: grid Ev charging vs on vehicle charging

    CaptainCranky said. . .

    ** the energy to charge the battery in an all electric car has to come from somewhere. Which is to say that that power station is now the polluter, not the vehicle. **

    CC, I am surprised at you. That has got to be the most junior and un-informed question ever asked in the EV battery charging game.

    Everyone knows it is vastly more efficient to charge 293 million vehicles from the grid, [ it is about 50% coal-gen in the USA], than it could ever be running on 293 dirty mobile chargers using gasoline / glycol/ oil and other contaminant fluids and producing co2, sulfides and monoxide pollutants.

    293 million EV battery packs is the number the Fraser Institute of engineering determined the grid can easily support during evening non-peak hours without any undue stress. = TG
  23. RaceCar86

    RaceCar86 TS Rookie

    My Ride

    Are you against Chevys?

    Anyway I am a CHEVROLET FAN I will be 18 in december probably will get a seventh car. But for now I am very happy with my modified Pontiac Grand Am 2000 I have an almost finished 1989 Malibu in my grandpa's shop it is getting ready to race but I've got to get 18 so I can race legally here in Chihuahua I also drive a 1998 Dodge Durango (What a beauty!) Of course all the time I sell and buy cars and I made the choice between the Durango and Grand Am. My father told me to choose one of them. Not bad counting on that he's got the money and I just get the clients for the cars. He also lends me the 300 M Special 2004 sometimes and my mom has an Intrepid R/T that I like the least of the four.
    My ride is one of a kind but it is missing a slight paint job for which I am saving and raising money.
  24. TonyGuitar

    TonyGuitar TS Rookie Posts: 90

    And, oh yeah, Captain Cranky,

    You suggest the French are confoozed running Paris taxis on compressed air because your compressor draws a lot of current?

    Better fix your air compressor. The French are too smart to run anything that loses money.

    The French bought 8 to 10 thousand EVs for their mail delivery. If there is ever a sudden gas and diesel shortge, French business will still click along smoothly because bills and orders in the mail will always be reliably delivered.

    We in North America, [Canada & USA], did not think of that yet. There is nothing *confoozed* about the French. = TG
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,037   +2,558

    Led Zepplin came to town.......

    To preach about getting back to nature, they used 75,000 watts of amplification to do it.
    The French probably have the energy conscience you suggest, why the women even avoid electric razors.
    I tend to find so much idealism on this site (with respect to energy conservation), coming from people with gaming computers with 650 watt power supplies, sitting in air conditioned rooms, not allowing the computer to go to standby so as not to incur "thermal cycling damage", then handing to electric bill to their parents, as to question any credibility from them.
    You have no idea what you're talking about with respect energy usage required to compress air. It's easy to subsidize energy usage by a government, just hand the electric bill to your parents, er, I mean taxpayers

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