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Posted on Sat, Feb 18, 2006 02:30

What type of car do you enjoy driving and why ? Mine is a Ford Escort XL, good on gas, has very good pick up, can bring it up at 90 MPH in seconds..very good on secondary roads. Drives comfortable for a Ford.

It is doesn't have the agressive feel like the Camaro, Mustang Match 1 or Dodge Charger S.E. I used to drive when I was younger but I am no longer a young chicken anymore ha!

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Posted on Mon, Feb 26, 2007 06:16

I enjoy the artform of the automobile. What was the designer thinking about when he started the project. Classic Cars are popular due to the fact styling was king...not safety, not handling,not reliability....just styling!

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Posted on Sun, Feb 26, 2006 20:41

I Love myBMW's, M3 for the fun parts in life and my 745i for the long trips.
One can be one with the road and they don't call them "Driving Mashines" for nothing :)

And just for those who believe in ONLY American cars, A- None is PURE American
and please show me ONE 6 Cyl. with the power of an M3, which will give you 36 miles to the gallon on the highway?
Also lets keep it in the US?
I agree why don't we start of keeping our Kids in the US rather then fighting and WE pay for others??????????
What about all the comp. who move out of the country Cheaper Labor????????
What about Chrysler who had a Mini Van commercial "ALL American" got pulled cause people found out it was put together in "Mexico"
About your Ca dies? Little example where
is the stereo made? Ball bearings?
Security system? Speakers? want me to
go on?

And for the "Power cars"
Who ever knows the old BMW745i Turbo
4.5litre straight 6 cyl 292hp,
I designed an upgrade I sell all over
the world which gives this car 425hp 20 pounds of boost, yes these car came with
a Turbo.



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Posted on Sun, Feb 26, 2006 11:47

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goodlife, the amount of money going to the "american used car salesman" is maybe $500. Some of it went to the company selling the car and the bulk of it went to the original owner who paid the original manufacturer. The buy American crap was rampant in the late 70's early 80's as Unions rebelled against the loss of jobs, even in Canada (since our auto industry is directly tied to the US). Look at how amazing the auto industry is today because of the open doors! The selection is breath taking...the quality second to none. The protectionist environment fostered poor quality and selection. They don't build 'em like they used to! Thank god. And that new Cadillac SUV is really something. Get inside one of those and you'll find a vehicle that in so many ways rivals the fit and finish of a Japanese product, moreso than any other American vehicle I've seen. Impressive!


And what kind of gas mileage does that American SUV get? 12? LOL!!!!!!!!



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Posted on Sat, Feb 25, 2006 16:05

goodlife, the amount of money going to the "american used car salesman" is maybe $500. Some of it went to the company selling the car and the bulk of it went to the original owner who paid the original manufacturer. The buy American crap was rampant in the late 70's early 80's as Unions rebelled against the loss of jobs, even in Canada (since our auto industry is directly tied to the US). Look at how amazing the auto industry is today because of the open doors! The selection is breath taking...the quality second to none. The protectionist environment fostered poor quality and selection. They don't build 'em like they used to! Thank god. And that new Cadillac SUV is really something. Get inside one of those and you'll find a vehicle that in so many ways rivals the fit and finish of a Japanese product, moreso than any other American vehicle I've seen. Impressive!



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Posted on Sat, Feb 25, 2006 13:35

I love cars and i love to drive any kind . Driving is the only thing that helps me to relax forget about everything

  


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Posted on Fri, Feb 24, 2006 16:11

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redhead524 write:
thegoodlife421 write:
My '97 Saturn has over 200,000 miles on it. Anyone out there wanna buy me a new one? LOL!!!!!

I was actually thinking about the Beemer 300 series . . . decent gas mileage and six cylinders.

Stay American, Goodlife! The economy here is in the tank....we need you! If you're looking at the Beemers, go take a look at and drive the CTS (Cadillac). It's classy and luxurious, yet has a very sporty line and 3.4 liter w/a v6.

That's my commercial for the day!



If that Cadillac doesn't get at least 30 mpg, I'm not interested. When will American manufacturers figure out that gas economy MATTERS? Too late, I'm afraid. Idiots.

At any rate I'll be buying used, so my money will be going to an American used car salesman in any case . . .

Actually, goodlife, I think you're buying into an old sterotype. The Big Three did take a lesson from the late 70's, early 80's and do make cars that get good gas mileage. The CTS I have gets 27 mpg....pretty darn good and still has pick up. I'm sure your Saturn got good mileage as well. And they're making "green" cars as well. Yes, there's lots of room for growth in that area, but then all auto makers have room there.

On the other hand, what they (the American mfgrs) know too is that there is still a huge market (at least in North America) comprised of those who don't care about mileage. How many trucks do you see on the road? How many sports cars? They wouldn't be there if there weren't a market for them. On the third hand (lol), there are those who are now trying to sell them since gas prices are on the rise. The market fluctuates and I believe will for the foreseeable future.

I am personally sorry that you don't seem to be happy about buying an American made car. I do hope you find one that you'll be as happy with as you seem to be with your Saturn.

  


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Posted on Fri, Feb 24, 2006 09:17

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of all the cars I've ever owned, my BMW 645 ragtop is hands down the winner. I just ordered the M6 ragtop version, which will hopefully be out in the fall and with 500 HP instead of 325, the fun level will be 50% higher. I can't even begin to tell you how big the smile on my face is every time I get in this car because not only does it look good, it handles like a dream and has nice power behind it. And the factory stereo is the best I've ever heard.


Hi Bob!

The 6 series is such a sleek, sexy looking vehicle & very manly. BMW has definitely figured out how to give you the most bang for your money. 500 hp is insane!, but I'm sure a ton of fun.

I drove an older M6 which was great, but found it took too much physical effort turning, etc. Definitely a man's car I think.

I love the attention BMW pays to the interiors, stitching, dash design & great sound systems too.

Enjoy your new beast!

  


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Posted on Fri, Feb 24, 2006 08:48

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I look at these old cars as "rolling sculptures", works of art really and have done alot of classic car portraits in watercolour and acrylic. I'm presently working on a 2'x 3' acrylic painting study of a 1959 Cadillac. I love classic cars

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A guy who was trying to justify buying a Porsche GT used the term "mechanical art". I like it since like with art, the price ceases to have a direct relationship to the actual cost and what one gets out of it can't really be quantified since it is pleasure.



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Posted on Fri, Feb 24, 2006 08:24

redhead524 write:
thegoodlife421 write:
My '97 Saturn has over 200,000 miles on it. Anyone out there wanna buy me a new one? LOL!!!!!

I was actually thinking about the Beemer 300 series . . . decent gas mileage and six cylinders.

Stay American, Goodlife! The economy here is in the tank....we need you! If you're looking at the Beemers, go take a look at and drive the CTS (Cadillac). It's classy and luxurious, yet has a very sporty line and 3.4 liter w/a v6.

That's my commercial for the day!


If that Cadillac doesn't get at least 30 mpg, I'm not interested. When will American manufacturers figure out that gas economy MATTERS? Too late, I'm afraid. Idiots.

At any rate I'll be buying used, so my money will be going to an American used car salesman in any case . . .



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Posted on Thu, Feb 23, 2006 14:50

thegoodlife421 write:
My '97 Saturn has over 200,000 miles on it. Anyone out there wanna buy me a new one? LOL!!!!!

I was actually thinking about the Beemer 300 series . . . decent gas mileage and six cylinders.

Stay American, Goodlife! The economy here is in the tank....we need you! If you're looking at the Beemers, go take a look at and drive the CTS (Cadillac). It's classy and luxurious, yet has a very sporty line and 3.4 liter w/a v6.

That's my commercial for the day!

  


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Posted on Thu, Feb 23, 2006 11:43

My '97 Saturn has over 200,000 miles on it. Anyone out there wanna buy me a new one? LOL!!!!!

I was actually thinking about the Beemer 300 series . . . decent gas mileage and six cylinders.



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Posted on Thu, Feb 23, 2006 11:13

As a young kid growing up, I loved all the muscle cars of the late 60s, early 70s - the Hemi Cuda, Dodge Challenger and Charger R/Ts, Camaro SS, GTO Judge, all the late 60s Vettes...heck, even that monstrosity the Plymouth Superbird with that outladishly large rear spoiler. Today these cars are the hottest sellers in the classic car market (a rare, original Hemi Cuda sold at the Barrett/Jackson auction last month for $2,000,000!!).

As an adult though, I've found my taste is definitely for classic cars with understated elegance (although my everday car is a Dodge Grand Caravan...lol).

Many of us Northerners who are car enthusiasts have "Summer" cars and mine is a 1967 Mercedes Benz 250SE 2 door coupe. I've always loved the lines of the pre 70s Benzes and the way the doors make a nice solid "clunk when they close. :)

I look at these old cars as "rolling sculptures", works of art really and have done alot of classic car portraits in watercolour and acrylic. I'm presently working on a 2'x 3' acrylic painting study of a 1959 Cadillac. I love classic cars!

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Posted on Thu, Feb 23, 2006 05:20

of all the cars I've ever owned, my BMW 645 ragtop is hands down the winner. I just ordered the M6 ragtop version, which will hopefully be out in the fall and with 500 HP instead of 325, the fun level will be 50% higher. I can't even begin to tell you how big the smile on my face is every time I get in this car because not only does it look good, it handles like a dream and has nice power behind it. And the factory stereo is the best I've ever heard.



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Posted on Thu, Feb 23, 2006 04:39

TallBlonde50 write:
I've had alot of cars over the years, from a 1967 Mustang Fastback to the Ford Escort, but my most favorite was my 2000 Black Monte Carlo. It was the new body style, and the first time I saw one, I had to have one. Even tho it is a midsize car, it was good on gas, had the punch when I needed it, and WOW, would that car turn heads!


Dang, it was not the car that turned head TallBlonde50, it was you in the car..get it ?? "smile"

So you had a Mustang Fasback weren't they cool huh !!! just to be in them was like wowww!!! my own Mustang..feel the power under that feet when it was on the gas peddle. I think mine was with a 351 Cleveland, 4 barrels under the hood..what I did one time was bring a friend for a ride, put a hundred dollar bill on the dash and told her catch it when I take off but wait till I say GO..she never caught it ha! ha! She looked at me as if I was going to lose but I guess she under estimated the power pull on her, I don't think she had ever experienced anything like it and I knew ha! ha!

What did you like best about your Fastback? My son got one 7 years ago,it was sure a nice one, it brought back memories just driving back in it. I should have kept the 71 Match 1 and keep restoring it as need it. Regret that..

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Posted on Thu, Feb 23, 2006 04:25

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Hi BQ,

I've been driving BMW's since I got my driver's license in 1980 (26 yrs.). First I had 2002's, 320, 528e, 528i, 635, 733 & now a 740iL.

I love how these cars are designed, how they handle the road & how you can hear the engine. Many of the luxury cars are so soundproofed you no longer hear the engine or feel the road, but the BMW's keep you in touch.

I was involved in a bad side swipe accident & saw first hand what the difference was between European & North American cars were as far as strength under impact went.

I later owned & operated with my partner a BMW/Mercedes service & sales shop & after watching many customer cars arrive on a tow truck after an accident, I gained a new found respect for these cars.

One customer who had just received his driver's license bought a new 320. He fell asleep driving down Avenue Rd. in Toronto, hit a huge old oak tree & woke up in the hospital. He was not drinking, just had fallen asleep at the wheel after a 12 hr. drive from the U.S. The car arrived the next day to our shop. The front grille of his car had been crushed back to the dash, a perfect "V" in the middle of his hood. The transmission had been driven up into the driver's foot area, but off to the side as it was designed to do. All he had for injuries was a sprained thumb & some brusing on his ribs from the seatbelt. Car was a total write-off, but we took lots of photos to show him & others!

I love my bimmer!


READY502,

Friends of mine from England always drove a BMW, I drove in it on many occasions but I really never saw the value for the price tag, I see they seem to have special safety features which I wasn't aware of, other firends have been in the Volvo for years,drove in them and found them comfortable etc,..my buddy from University had a Corvette, I found it one of the worse vehicle ride I had..it felt like I was sitting on the floor..I saw an accident on the highway in N.S. and it was between a vette and another car the way the vette was wrecked I never had any desires to own one after since I saw this..made to cheap for the price..

You gave me some new insights about BMW which I wasn't aware.

BQ



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Posted on Thu, Feb 23, 2006 02:59

I've had alot of cars over the years, from a 1967 Mustang Fastback to the Ford Escort, but my most favorite was my 2000 Black Monte Carlo. It was the new body style, and the first time I saw one, I had to have one. Even tho it is a midsize car, it was good on gas, had the punch when I needed it, and WOW, would that car turn heads!



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Posted on Thu, Feb 23, 2006 02:22

BQ write:
redhead524 write:
Motor city girl checking in on this one! I love cars. Anyone who hasn't seen one being built should sometime, it's pretty amazing.

I got my Cadillac CTS in Dec. Before that, I owned three Grand Prix GT's. I could have become Pontiac's poster child for that car. It is best in it's class. Every time I went to turn in the lease, I did check out other cars, but kept returning to the GP. Great, smooth ride, get up & go, nice interior and amenities. This time I swore I would not get another GP. It was tough for me to find a car I liked better that was in my preferred price range. I like a nice car, but I'm not willing to spend a fortune on one.

I love my black/black CTS. It's still a (luxury) sports car. Like you, I'm too old to crawl out of a car and do not want to feel every bump in the road (and in MI they're not bumps, they're potholes!). It's got even better pick up than my GP's and has a turn radius that is unbelievable! I've found myself taking as many curvy roads I can find around here just to enjoy it. The stereo is incredible and with XM now, I can blast whatever musical mood I'm in that day, whether it's classical, blues, country or old R&R commercial free. Add to that nice body line, beautiful interior and amenities I have yet to figure out (go figure I haven't read the manual). It is a beaute! And my 22 yo son convinced me it's not an old person's car.


Hi redhead524,

I have always like the Grand Prix, never bought one though..there are so many...rode in Porsch,vette,Roll Royce,BMW,Volvo and quite a number of others, when I come to the price tags and compare value..I always take a critical view for value...raised by a Pa who was Post Depression Era so they were always looking for value than a name for snob appeal or things like it..whatever lol.

And Pa said exactly the same thing as you when I came home with the Firebird.

"I'm too old to crawl out of a car and do not want to feel every bump in the road" ha!

Plus he said where is the trunk? ha! He was very critical about a trunk...I know now why he was picky ..lol

Have a picture of that Black CTS ?

BQ

You know, this post didn't appear for days, BQ, or I'd have responded sooner..

There are a lot of GP's on the road, but sometimes you have to look a little closer, often it's really the Grand Am you're seeing. Very similiar body style (okay, virtually the same unless you've got the GP GT). The engine and interior are the main difference, making it the cheaper car. Interior is very important to me. My son has called my GP's "a chick sports car". He's on the taller side (as you seem to be and you might have had a head room issue anyway.

Thanks for not making me feel cheap! I take the critical view as well and go for the total value. And the snob appeal, well that doesn't work for me either. Actually, that's one of the reasons when I see men with pics of themselves and their cars, I look twice. Mostly they're showing they're very expensive car and not their face....no curb appeal for me!

The Firebird was a great car! My ex and I had a TransAm in CA. Suh-weet! Ah, but those were my younger and pre-baby days! If you haven't seen the upcoming newly design Camaro, hunt it down. It may drive (pun intended!) you to one of those mid-life toys! It's beautiful and charged.

I don't have a pic yet! Seems like a crime! Soon though, one day when you can actually see it's a shiny black. I'm thinking maybe one of those "I'm too sexy" (lol) pics with the redhead lying on the hood or something....lol.
When I get one, you can bet I'll post it.



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Posted on Sun, Feb 19, 2006 11:23

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Motor city girl checking in on this one! I love cars. Anyone who hasn't seen one being built should sometime, it's pretty amazing.

I got my Cadillac CTS in Dec. Before that, I owned three Grand Prix GT's. I could have become Pontiac's poster child for that car. It is best in it's class. Every time I went to turn in the lease, I did check out other cars, but kept returning to the GP. Great, smooth ride, get up & go, nice interior and amenities. This time I swore I would not get another GP. It was tough for me to find a car I liked better that was in my preferred price range. I like a nice car, but I'm not willing to spend a fortune on one.

I love my black/black CTS. It's still a (luxury) sports car. Like you, I'm too old to crawl out of a car and do not want to feel every bump in the road (and in MI they're not bumps, they're potholes!). It's got even better pick up than my GP's and has a turn radius that is unbelievable! I've found myself taking as many curvy roads I can find around here just to enjoy it. The stereo is incredible and with XM now, I can blast whatever musical mood I'm in that day, whether it's classical, blues, country or old R&R commercial free. Add to that nice body line, beautiful interior and amenities I have yet to figure out (go figure I haven't read the manual). It is a beaute! And my 22 yo son convinced me it's not an old person's car.


Hi redhead524,

I have always like the Grand Prix, never bought one though..there are so many...rode in Porsch,vette,Roll Royce,BMW,Volvo and quite a number of others, when I come to the price tags and compare value..I always take a critical view for value...raised by a Pa who was Post Depression Era so they were always looking for value than a name for snob appeal or things like it..whatever lol.

And Pa said exactly the same thing as you when I came home with the Firebird.

"I'm too old to crawl out of a car and do not want to feel every bump in the road" ha!

Plus he said where is the trunk? ha! He was very critical about a trunk...I know now why he was picky ..lol

Have a picture of that Black CTS ?

BQ



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Posted on Sun, Feb 19, 2006 08:37

Motor city girl checking in on this one! I love cars. Anyone who hasn't seen one being built should sometime, it's pretty amazing.

I got my Cadillac CTS in Dec. Before that, I owned three Grand Prix GT's. I could have become Pontiac's poster child for that car. It is best in it's class. Every time I went to turn in the lease, I did check out other cars, but kept returning to the GP. Great, smooth ride, get up & go, nice interior and amenities. This time I swore I would not get another GP. It was tough for me to find a car I liked better that was in my preferred price range. I like a nice car, but I'm not willing to spend a fortune on one.

I love my black/black CTS. It's still a (luxury) sports car. Like you, I'm too old to crawl out of a car and do not want to feel every bump in the road (and in MI they're not bumps, they're potholes!). It's got even better pick up than my GP's and has a turn radius that is unbelievable! I've found myself taking as many curvy roads I can find around here just to enjoy it. The stereo is incredible and with XM now, I can blast whatever musical mood I'm in that day, whether it's classical, blues, country or old R&R commercial free. Add to that nice body line, beautiful interior and amenities I have yet to figure out (go figure I haven't read the manual). It is a beaute! And my 22 yo son convinced me it's not an old person's car.



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