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07 January 2008 @ 09:36 pm
Cars...  
If you like your car can you tell me make/model/year it is, what you like best about it and what you wish were different about it?

I guess let me know too if you really hate your car and why.
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geekosaur on January 8th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
2004 Subaru Outback Sport. Which is my second of that make/model, to give you some idea of how I feel about it.
Erikavacon on January 8th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
2000 VW Passat Wagon (automatic, medium trim-level, 4-cylinder turbo).

Like: station wagon! Can fit a split box spring or two twin mattresses
or medium size furniture and many types of lumber entirely *inside the car*.
Drives like a sedan with sedan size and acceleration, but convertible
to be able to do other things. Drives well, good amount of power and performance,
comfy seats, good interior passenger room, comfy for trips. Looks reasonably ok.

Dislike: city gas mileage is only so-so. Reliability isn't all that great.

Caveat: I only have 15,000 miles on it after owning it for 7-8 years!

The Water Seeker: daeklaplymouth on January 10th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
Hee. I have a 2004 VW Passat Wagon (manual, medium trim level, 4-cyl turbo) and I would say pretty much all the same things about it except that I haven't had any reliability problems yet. Service is expensiveish because VW parts are expensive (or so they tell me) but so far I've only had minor problems that fell under warantee and done the regularly scheduled maintenance. I have 35,600mi on mine after 3.5 years but most of that mileage is from the first two years - I cut way back this past year and only did 5500mi. Overall (city + freeway) I average 26-27mpg, though I can pull as much as 32mpg on an all-freeway trip.

Oh the other like that you didn't mention is that visibility is PHENOMENAL. I mean like the next best thing to a convertible. And there is tons of head-room (for some reason I find this VERY important even though I am not particularly tall) and it is very featureful.
Jacob: tankkvarko on January 8th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
I drive a 2001 Toyota Prius (will be 7 years old in March), and I love it. Haven't had a problem yet. I'm at 65000-ish miles.

As with Lexus and Lexus-derived Toyota cars, it has a really tight turning radius (you can do U-turns just about anywhere). And it starts from a stop quickly, because it has an electric motor (constant torque). And it can shut the engine off when not in use (or when stuck in 4 hours of traffic due to a snow storm). I like the digital MPH reading (and you can switch to KPH when in Canada :). It had a tape-deck standard (so I can use my ipod tape-adapter) and a volume *knob* (I hate buttons for volume), though the volume is still set at discrete levels, not continuously.

Only con I can think of right now: When I got it, it was before cruise control was available, so I have no cruise control. Which sucks for long drives -- my leg gets tired.
gmpe on January 8th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
I have a 2007 Toyota Sienna. I love that it has sliding doors, so I can get the kids in and out of the car and still park in our driveway. It love that is has lots of bells and whistles on the inside, so that I don't get grumpy about driving a minivan because hey! cool phone/heated seats/DVD/nav system/audio interface/etc. It drives like a minivan and has minivan gas mileage and I don't like that. But we did manage to buy out all of Ikea and still fit three grownups in the car. That was cool.

I really like driving the 2006 LexusRH400 hybrid that abce usually drives. It's a fun car to drive, stops on a dime, and the MPG are pretty decent too. I actually like the user interface bells and whistles on my car better most of the time, and not just because I know them better. My phone interface is just better. Period. Audio shows up in a display I can read in my car and it's hard to read the Lexus audio display while you're driving. The seats in the Lexus are more comfortable. I just don't like Toyota seats for long periods, even though I like everything else about their cars, usually.

We also loved the Prius (2003) that we had. It was just too small for two kids. Oh, and the Cabrio. I really liked that too.
Deneb: babyalphacygni on January 8th, 2008 11:45 am (UTC)
I have a 1998 Honda Civic EX. I bought it used three years ago, and its previous owner had obviously treated it gently. Three different mechanics have remarked on what good shape it's in, and I like that. I really like that it was inexpensive, but good quality. Also, I really like that I got the EX, which means that I have anti-lock brakes, power sunroof, and some other assorted upgrades. It feels like a solid car, has always driven well, and has (so far) been flawlessly reliable.

I like that it looks like Joe Average Car. On one hand, finding it in a parking lot can be tricky, but on the other hand, I am likely to be surrounded by a large Somebody Else's Problem field on the road and not attract the attention of cops or criminals or people making judgments about me. Despite being one of the most stolen vehicles, there are just SO MANY of them out there that I figure my odds are decent.

I don't like that its mileage is on the so-so side, due to its vroomier EX trimline engine and probably age. I have an overall average of 30mpg, which appears to be about 27 city, 33 highway. On the other hand, brand new cars brag about having such stats, which blows my mind.

I don't like that it is silver. Given my druthers, I would have preferred a different color (purple! green!), but it was such a good deal otherwise that I coped.
Fashionable, but unable to tell fact from fictiontesting4l on January 8th, 2008 02:17 pm (UTC)
1987 Toyota MR2. It's small, fast, and nimble. I have no complaints about it.

1991 Ford Aerostar -- I've heard that I got lucky. Lots of these have problems with head gaskets. Big, low to the ground van. I wish it didn't eat shock absorbers as much.
Jadiajadia on January 8th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
I ended up with the 2007 Mazda 3 Hatchback, which I am quite happy with.

Like:

* carrying capacity. I went to ikea and brought back a bed, a dresser, and other random things and could still shut my trunk. crazy.
* little things that probably won't make you decide to go for it or not go for it: input audio jack, so you can just plug in your MP3 player, and trunk compartments which means I can hide the random car stuff underneath the floor of my trunk, rather than just scattered around (like rope, jumping cables, etc.)
* large enough back seat for comfortably carrying people
* handling+++
* pretty quiet inside.
* enh, but may be a feature - pseudo manual with a clutch
* passenger and side airbags
* a sensor that tells me when my tire pressure is low!!
* giant glove compartment

Dislike:
* cupholders not quite big enough for a normal nalgene
* low gas warning light is too subtle
* no 4-wheel drive, so I couldn't get up the hill to my house when it was snowing like crazy that thursday of traffic suck.
* gas mileage is unexceptional (25-26 mph mixed city & highway driving)

For more information than you wanted, I also had checked out the Toyota Prius, the Honda Civic, and the Subaru Impreza. (And also the Honda Fit and the Scion whatevers and the Toyota Matrix.) If I had wanted a sedan, I would have definitely gone with the Civic - lovely handling, roomy, and wonderful gas mileage. The Subaru Impreza was pretty tempting too, but in the end, I didn't like the small back seat (made me feel cramped, and I do want to carry friends around comfortably). It seems like a good car, and my housemate ended up with it and likes it.

Other criticisms of cars:
* I loved the gas mileage of the Toyota Prius but I couldn't stand that it had *front blind spots* and hated the rear view. The handling was quite reasonable though. It also didn't have the carrying capacity I wanted.
* The Honda Fit was wonderful in terms of versatility and gas mileage - except I really hated how it handled on highways. A real shame.
* The Matrix and Scion also lost me on the handling. The thing is I wanted a sedan that was a hatchback, but the Matrix, Fit, and Scion all seemed to be designed more as a mini-van that was smaller.

Anyway, yeah, more info than you wanted to know, but I looked for a car recently so I have a lot of burbling in my head. And maybe it's useful. :)

(One really convenient way of testing cars was taking zipcars to run our errands, too.)
Someone I am is waiting for my courageforgotten_aria on January 8th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
Nonono, that's exactly the types of things I wanted to know. The fit is actually one of the top of my list, so now I know to insist on a highway test drive.
diagonti on January 8th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Mini Cooper
I've had two mini cooper S's -- an early 2003 and a late 2006 (last shipment made - they changed the body styling for 2007 and I didn't like it as much).

likes:
-a lot of fun to drive
-easy to park
-fun to drive
-carries enough for me and sylvan to go to a larp comfortably
-nice gadgets (heated seats, car computer with stats, etc)
-did I mention its fun to drive?
-I can shovel out a spot in front of my house small enough that no other car can take it ;)
-really great dealer support and community. almost everything is under warranty. I was curious about the convertible one time I was in the dealer for an oil change. He handed me the keys, a slip to get gas, and told me to have in back in less than 2 hours. Dealership has a nice room with good internet. They do proactive maintenance for anything under warranty, and ask you about things not under warranty. Current car i've spent $0 on maintenance and repairs. Tires will probably be my first expenditure.
-mini drivers wave to each other. in boston. really.
-the silly questions are funny. "Is that electric?" asked as I was pumping gas.
-fun to drive
-tiny turning radius

dislikes:
-good gas mileage, but it could be better. 25 city/33 highway.
-cup holders still suck
-sometimes I want a lot more carrying capacity -- my 87 ford taurus sedan could fit a 2x4 in it, the mini can't. not to mention furniture.
-some options I'd be tempted by are way overpriced (onboard gps)
-its not really designed for rear passengers

They are coming out with a mini with a jump door that is like 18 inches longer or so -- that might fix my last complaint.
(Anonymous) on January 9th, 2008 07:16 am (UTC)
Saturn 2000 L-series
It was a good buy. It's at 90,000 miles and is finally starting to have repairs.

I wanted something that would do a cross-continent trip, and it was perfect. It has decent road holding. It has decent horsepower. There were a few times in the mountains when I could have wished for the bigger engine, but then the MPG would be worse. It has cruise control. It has air conditioning (which I am too proud to use). But most importantly, it has an electrically adjustable driver's seat. I don't think of myself as an iron man, but my back was fine after a 6,000 mile car trip.

I wanted something that would do stop-and-go commuter traffic. So, reluctantly, I bought my first automatic transmission. Sigh.

I wanted the best gas mileage I could get, give the above stuff. I get 30 MPG, which is as good as I could do at the time.

It can't carry furniture, but it can carry 2 X 4's. Unlike the Honda hybrid. I've borrowed or rented trucks a few times, but you hate to do that for small stuff. I've noticed that everyone has a different definition of 'small'. I have a friend who owns a railway scooter and vacations down railways. Yup, he commutes in a long-bed pickup.

It can carry three cow-orkers to lunch. So when we lunch, we go in my car, because everyone else has a car that's smaller, or else full somehow.

The fact that the stereo is good has mattered more lately.

It's never had a traffic ticket, or been stolen, and looking ordinary probably helped with that. I didn't want white or black, so it's something else.

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Don
Nathannathanw on January 10th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
I like my car, but it's probably out of consideration for something to buy today. It's a 1989 Honda CRX HF.

Likes: Small. Fits in any parking space. Fits lots of crap in the hatchback area ("Thirty flats of soda or three undergraduates", according to the people who sold it to me). Gets great mileage - I reliably get 45-47MPG highway, for a comfortable range of 400 miles and a on-fumes range of 450 (It supposedly got 55 when new). Still kind of a "cult" car, and I get one or two totally out-of-the-blue queries every year asking if I'll sell it. Feels nimble. Awesome turning radius. Stick shift.

Dislikes: Old and starting to show it. Only seats two people. Low enough value that I don't feel like putting money into some kinds of repairs (like $500 to fix the air conditioning). Various other small-car downsides that are inherent to small cars (can't see it in a parking lot over all the SUV's, etc), and would be true in any new small car. Has slight water leaks since it was once rear-ended and had to have the back end worked on. Model line was discontinued, and neither the del Sol nor the Insight really fill the same niche (and the Insight, which was closer, was itself discontinued).