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Your car can give away clues about yourself

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MissMelsWell

I have a 2002 Mustang GT Convertible. I'm sure it says something about me... but I can tell what I say about it. It's reliable, it costs next to nothing to repair on the very very rare occasions it has a problem, it looks good, it was affordable to purchase, it's got some giddyup, and on the few rare sunny Seattle days, I can drive it top down and pick the bugs out of my teeth at stop lights. LOL.

I've owned just about everything from GTO's to Honda Mini's (pre-civic), to MG's, to Jeep Wranglers--I even owned a 70's GMAC pickup truck that was a 3spd manual column shifter! LOL. These days, I choose a car based on it's reliability, it's fun factor and power. I don't worry about gas usage--I only drive about 8 miles a day max, and I don't worry about its performance in bad weather since bad weather like snow and ice only happen here a couple days a year and I can work from home on those days.

I LOVE my Stang... technically, it's the fifth one I've had. (although two of them were Cobras), and all my other other cars were owned inbetween them... they're the ones I always go back to. I'm going to keep this GT for a while though, it's paid for, it only has 55K+/- on it, and it runs like a top. If at some point I decide to part with it, I'll try a Mini Cooper I think... but how much ya wanna bet that after that, I'll end up with another Stang. LOL.

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MissMelsWell

Hmm,I drive an old D.O.D car,I had to take out the bullet proof glass and the back cage,It has an engine up grade,I was hit from behind by a limo/bus and the bus had to be towed away,all I had in damage was a lose bumper which I fixed with a rivet.It is an old Oldsmobile Cutlas 94 with over 222,000 miles on it and it needs a paint job but the motor is strong and it moves very fast and rides real smooth.hardly had to work on it,I like my car but I think it is time for a newer one,but what I was wondering is what does my car mean?

One of my first cars (some *cough* 30 years ago) was a 1976 Cutlass. God it was unsightly, and it was built like a battle tank! My mom and I shared it. I was involved in a no-fault accident, the little 1980 something Mustang or Capri that hit me was fully totaled.. I had a dent in my front right bumper. I also never once changed the oil in it--probably a total of 30K miles on the same oil... still ran like a top when I traded it in. I think it had about 220K miles on it too. It was happy as a clam and ready for another 220K miles LOL, about the only thing I ever had to do to it was once in a while blow out the fuel filter, and once in a while it liked a little carb starter fluid. Those cars are freaking BULLETPROOF. LOL.

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xCrimsonx

1st car New Red Hyundi Sports excel 4 cylinder, scratched, survived floods and baby spew, 2nd car 2nd hand near write off at 15,000 klms, Deep Blue V6 commodor, very scratched, auto but totally thrashed hard.,.survived lollie stains on the back seat, 3rd car current vehicle Orange V6 with traction control spoilers, low profile, 17 inch mags and not as many scratches as the last two, And It has scotch guard seat covers.,. innocent.gif but It roars like a V8 and goes hard! Number plate FANGIN. VvvV

Hard n fast and a bit roughed up but still goes like a champion! thumbsup.gif

The Torana is his car, expensive, fussy & temperamentalrolleyes.gif.,. but still a damn good bit of All Right! wub.gif

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StarMountainKid
I am curious, does this only apply to someone whom can afford the car they would like to get?

I'm wondering about this, too. But, suppose one has $5000 to spend on a car. He/she still has a choice of various cars, and the one chosen is chosen for some personal reason.

However, most cars available (here in the USA anyway) are boring, dull cars that are mainly just transportation. Most cars I see on the highway are these. There are sporty versions of dull cars, but they are rarely seen by me where I live. Maybe most people around here are dull and boring just like their cars.

If one could choose a car regardless of price, I think some would choose up-market versions of these dull and boring vehicles. A Mercedes sedan instead of a Buick, for instance. The sad part is, the extra qualities of the Mercedes would be lost to the new owner on his/her daily trips to Wall-mart.

I actually think most would just purchase Buicks with more options. Americans are not sophisticated enough car-wise to understand in what ways a Mercedes or a BMW are better than Buicks.

I realize I'm generalizing here, but I'm reporting on what I see around me.

I have more to say about those who own pickup trucks, but I have to end here because I have to go somewhere and buy some cat food.

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Damrod

I am curious, does this only apply to someone whom can afford the car they would like to get?

Or also to people like me who have to get what they can for what little they have....

IE :

Would love a Dodge 4x4.......

Can't afford the fuel......

Would love any car newer than 2000......Can't afford it.....

So, a lot of us just " settle " for what we can.

If I am driving a Suzuki Grand Vitara, and imagining I am in a Dodge 4x4 all leather interior, towing a nice weldcraft fishing boat, and pretending to be retired, does that make me delirious?

Good Question and I wondered that myself. The whole idea that the need for "self expression" was priceless and you should spend and consume as much as possible in able to do that came from a fellow named "Edward Bernays"...the nephew of Sigmund Freud...

Yeah I agree....there should be a dollar value attached to it for true expressionism...say 10k. You can but alot of car for 10k....it might be older, it might be crappier, more miles, lousy paint...etc...etc...etc.

Like me, for instance,...I love El Caminos...I have had 2 of them (1967 SS 300 horse 327 and a 2 speed powerglide tranny and 1969 SS 396). Not a really economical car, not a really efficient "hauler", but I just like them...If I had my choice, I'd take a 1987 SS...had the front piece of a 87 Monte Carlo SS and the truck bed....rocked!

Or

....actually....I'd like to have my 1969 SS 396 back....It was pearlescent white paint with hijacker airshocks, good rims, fat tires, dual exhaust and cherry bomb mufflers...mile-a-more cam (didn't help much, still got 14 mpg highway...but nice rumble and roar)

Or...the Oldsmobile "Hurst Olds" was nice with the Lightning Rod shifter kit.

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StarMountainKid
The whole idea that the need for "self expression" was priceless and you should spend and consume as much as possible in able to do that came from a fellow named "Edward Bernays"...the nephew of Sigmund Freud...

There's an excellent documentary on Youtube, 'The Century of the Self', about Edward Bernays' influence on consumerism.

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Princess Serenity

I'm Neurotic? It may be a Civic but an old one!

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