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Old 07-12-2008, 01:37 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Cars actually die?

hehe I have never had a car that was not repairable, as long as the vin plate is still readable it can be fixed It just might not look quite the same as it did before...


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Old 07-12-2008, 07:11 AM   #32 (permalink)
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new car would be a civic gx, old car probably a crx or metro
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Old 07-12-2008, 05:25 PM   #33 (permalink)
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De Yaris - '04 toyota yaris T2
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Probably a ford fusion 1.4 tdci.
Ford Fusion Style 1.4 TDCi Specifications | UK New Car Data
Ford Fusion, Oldest: 2004, Newest: 2004, Diesel O nly - Used Cars on Carzone.ie - New & Used Cars in Ireland

Might be a jump down in the reliability stakes (nothing broke on the civic yet...) but i need three full rear seatbelts for booster seats.

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Old 07-12-2008, 09:25 PM   #34 (permalink)
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If my Metro were to die, I would be totally upset about it. I probably would not replace it with another Metro to be honest unless is was a rust-free Southern Metro and then use my parts where I can. Don't get me wrong, I love the Metro, but another used one from my area would not be worth the hassle of doing another rebuild and then worry about the frame and structure defects.

I would be interested in a Honda CRX or Civic or maybe even a Toyota Paseo, but the car I would really want would be a pre 1999 Volvo 850 or V70 with a non-turbo 2.3L 5 cylinder mated with a manual. I worked as a Volvo tech for a few years and these cars are the best out there.

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Old 07-12-2008, 10:14 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I love Honda's! I have owned several of them. They run forever! So if my current car (2000 Honda Civic VP) died, I would probably look to buy another Honda. I have never bought a new car, so I would be looking at quality used cars. I might look for a manual, but not sure. I have been driving an automatic for a long time. I guess it depends on what I find available. I would love a Civic Hybrid, but doubt I would want to pay the money for one. I might go for a Toyota Prius, but again doubt I would want to pay that much for one, if I could find one. So I might be looking at Honda Civics, or maybe even Accords if I could find a good deal on one. I would certainly be checking out EPA estimates. The new Honda Fits look interesting. I would also see whats available from Acura. I might check out Scion's as well as they have been mentioned a lot on the board.
But if I didn't buy a Honda, I would be checking out Toyota's. I wouldn't buy an American brand car. Every American brand car I have owned has been a piece of crap. They just don't last!!!

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Old 07-13-2008, 02:37 PM   #36 (permalink)
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If the truck were totalled out, I'd probably get something cheap to drive until I got a project done.

Alternative A:
A 1994-96 Chevy Caprice (or Impala SS or Buick Roadmaster), convertit to a t-56 transmission and a 6.5 GM turbodiesel.

Alternative B:
Buy a 6-speed Pontiac GTO (not the G8), tweak the aero some, and wait til 4.5 diesels become available.

Alternative C:
If I could get a Hummer H3 REALLY, REALLY cheap, I'd convert it to the six speed and a Cummins 4BT3.9 or the M-B diesel out of a Sprinter. Just to show it can be done.

Alternatice D:
A Chevy K-Blazer with te same treatment as Alternative C

I'd look in the West or Southwest (Denver, Phoenix, etc) for a rust-free vehicle.

I have no beef with Hondas and Suzuki clones (I regard the Insight as a little engineering jewel) but they just don't have the headroom I need.
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:19 PM   #37 (permalink)
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sputnik - '93 oldsmobile silhouette
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i'll buy whatever i can find for less than $500. mini vans are nice, plenty of room for tools and building materials.
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:36 PM   #38 (permalink)
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for me:
If it was all of a sudden and i absolutely have to replace them
CRX -> Miata
IS-250 -> IS-250
RX-300 -> RX-400h

If i could wait till they are too old or break:
CRX -> i think it'll last until the CRZ comes out, or hybrid S2000, or full electric. (used as daily driver)
IS-250 -> another Lexus / Acura.
RX-300 MY2000 - I think I'll be dependable for another 5 years. Everything is good in it. Hybrid Van or 7 seat SUV.
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Old 07-13-2008, 05:42 PM   #39 (permalink)
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choice numba zero( kinda like superman issue number 0)

1981 Delorean DMC-12 with a grooved gas flap hood, black interior, 5 speed, pontoon antenna, gunmetal wheels.

1st choice

1999 E300D Turbodiesel ( Black)

2nd Choice

1987 300SDL Turbodiesel ( Black)

3rd Choice

1987 300D 2.5 Turbodiesel

4th choice

1987 190D 2.5 Turbo

5th choice

1985 190D 2.2 5 speed ( can easily get 45 mpg)

6th choice

198x 300TDT Turbodiesel (thats a wagon)

7th choice

2001 VW Golf TDI
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Old 07-13-2008, 10:09 PM   #40 (permalink)
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The Hulk - '96 Ford Aspire Base
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