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Cars

So what all do you drive?

47 comments

  1. [16]
    burntcookie90 Link
    '05 Miata '16 mazda3

    '05 Miata
    '16 mazda3

    3 votes
    1. [9]
      Daniel Link Parent
      My mom has a 2015 MX5 (the 25th Anniversary Edition) and I must say, it's a fantastic car. Have you had your Miata since brand new?

      My mom has a 2015 MX5 (the 25th Anniversary Edition) and I must say, it's a fantastic car. Have you had your Miata since brand new?

      2 votes
      1. [8]
        burntcookie90 Link Parent
        Nope! Bought it on Craigslist lol. Still runs great though, 93k mi

        Nope! Bought it on Craigslist lol. Still runs great though, 93k mi

        2 votes
        1. [7]
          Daniel Link Parent
          I've been looking at them on and off, mostly the NA generation though. I'd definitely get one if I could drive it year-round, but I don't see that being possible where I live. Maybe after I buy my...

          I've been looking at them on and off, mostly the NA generation though. I'd definitely get one if I could drive it year-round, but I don't see that being possible where I live. Maybe after I buy my first car and finish university...

          1 vote
          1. [3]
            hungariantoast (edited ) Link Parent
            With the NA your biggest problem is going to be rust. Since you're in school I'm going to guess that having two cars, or rather, only having a Miata, is not a possibility at the moment? Miatas are...

            With the NA your biggest problem is going to be rust. Since you're in school I'm going to guess that having two cars, or rather, only having a Miata, is not a possibility at the moment?

            Miatas are pretty cheap, so once you get a place to put one, which isn't hard since they're so small, you should have no problem enjoying it during the summer.

            2 votes
            1. [2]
              Daniel Link Parent
              Rust is definitely an issue on the NA and NB models around here. In Ontario, it seems as if leisure cars like the Miata are much more expensive than in many other provinces or states, to the point...

              Rust is definitely an issue on the NA and NB models around here. In Ontario, it seems as if leisure cars like the Miata are much more expensive than in many other provinces or states, to the point where importing from Quebec or the US may actually be cheaper than buying one here.

              I am still in school, and being young, the biggest barrier on getting a car, let alone 2, is the insurance cost. For me, I have been quoted anywhere between $3500-$5000/yr CAD on auto insurance with no collision or comprehensive coverage. Given that's for a single vehicle, I don't even want to think about two at this point. I guess this is just what I must deal with, being a male driver under the age of 30.

              Storage isn't really an issue, as I live rurally and the property has a utility building that could easily store a car without making too much of an impact on floor space. I live with my parents still, and given the housing situation here, I don't see myself moving out in the next 5-8 years, so I know I at least have storage for that long... I won't stop looking for one, but it'll probably be a while before I swing for that purchase.

              1 vote
              1. burntcookie90 Link Parent
                That's crazy high. I'm 28, with two vehicles and not even close to that. My mazda3 is $2400/yr with full coverage and my Miata is $1200/yr with minimal coverage.

                That's crazy high. I'm 28, with two vehicles and not even close to that. My mazda3 is $2400/yr with full coverage and my Miata is $1200/yr with minimal coverage.

                2 votes
          2. [3]
            burntcookie90 Link Parent
            Where do you live?

            Where do you live?

            1 vote
            1. [2]
              Daniel Link Parent
              Ontario, Canada. My mom only has her car on the road from about April to October/November. You never really know how long you'll get out of it until the weather comes; one year on Christmas Day we...

              Ontario, Canada. My mom only has her car on the road from about April to October/November. You never really know how long you'll get out of it until the weather comes; one year on Christmas Day we were able to drive it with the top down (it was in the mid teen degrees celsius), and this year, we had snow/ice towards the end of April. Her car also never touches the road if there's any rain, and we wait a bit after winter for the residual salt to wash away. When I see ads for them online, you can usually tell whether or not the "never winter driven" tag is true because the rust on winter driven MX5s is pretty bad. I likely wouldn't be too opposed to driving it in the rain, but I definitely wouldn't consider driving it in the winter due to the road salt and the fact that I live rurally where the road clearing is mediocre at best.

              2 votes
              1. burntcookie90 Link Parent
                Ah yeah, that's a tough location for a Miata. Mines been in the south it's whole life and seems to have been kept in good condition. I drive it all sorts of rain though, hasn't caused an issue yet.

                Ah yeah, that's a tough location for a Miata. Mines been in the south it's whole life and seems to have been kept in good condition. I drive it all sorts of rain though, hasn't caused an issue yet.

                2 votes
    2. [6]
      hungariantoast Link Parent
      95' and a 97' Neighbor down the street has a clean NB, no idea what year but I keep meaning to drive over and talk to them about it. Seems like Miata owners are everywhere.

      95' and a 97'

      Neighbor down the street has a clean NB, no idea what year but I keep meaning to drive over and talk to them about it.

      Seems like Miata owners are everywhere.

      1 vote
      1. [4]
        Daniel Link Parent
        Do you guys have a "secret handshake" of sorts when you pass other drivers? Generally here we beep twice (with the adorable Miata horn) and/or wave when we pass one, and it is usually returned. I...

        Do you guys have a "secret handshake" of sorts when you pass other drivers? Generally here we beep twice (with the adorable Miata horn) and/or wave when we pass one, and it is usually returned. I don't know where you are, but it'd be interesting to see if you have any sort of interaction with other Miata drivers if you encounter one in the wild.

        1 vote
        1. [2]
          burntcookie90 Link Parent
          I had to change my horn 😞, was too cute for the giant pick ups down south. I tend to wave, pretty easy to see the driver in Miatas. I get really sad if they don't wave back though.

          I had to change my horn 😞, was too cute for the giant pick ups down south. I tend to wave, pretty easy to see the driver in Miatas. I get really sad if they don't wave back though.

          2 votes
          1. Daniel Link Parent
            I live in a relatively "country" area and contend with the gigantic lifted pickup trucks (oddly enough, most of the drivers actually live in suburbs). Definitely more aggression/intimidation...

            I live in a relatively "country" area and contend with the gigantic lifted pickup trucks (oddly enough, most of the drivers actually live in suburbs). Definitely more aggression/intimidation towards the Miata than our SUV, but that is life here.

            1 vote
        2. hungariantoast Link Parent
          I definitely wave at everyone I can, or maybe give a little honk as I pass by if they're waiting to turn out onto the road or to turn at a light or something. In and around Houston people usually...

          I definitely wave at everyone I can, or maybe give a little honk as I pass by if they're waiting to turn out onto the road or to turn at a light or something. In and around Houston people usually wave or smile and it always puts me in a good mood.

          1 vote
  2. austion66 Link
    2016 VW passat. it's pretty great.

    2016 VW passat. it's pretty great.

    2 votes
  3. [2]
    hungariantoast (edited ) Link
    1995 Miata, 1997 Miata, and a 1982 Porsche 928. They're all fun cars, but the Porsche is a weekend car. Been fixing it up since 2015 with the help of my father. Car sat in a storage unit for eight...

    1995 Miata, 1997 Miata, and a 1982 Porsche 928. They're all fun cars, but the Porsche is a weekend car. Been fixing it up since 2015 with the help of my father. Car sat in a storage unit for eight years straight before we bought it.

    2 votes
  4. GyroTech Link
    For the first time in my life I bought a brand-new car 2 years ago, Honda Civic Tourer with all the tech loaded :D. The wife and I use the extra space to take our bicycles all over the country...

    For the first time in my life I bought a brand-new car 2 years ago, Honda Civic Tourer with all the tech loaded :D. The wife and I use the extra space to take our bicycles all over the country with ease!

    1 vote
  5. nate Link
    2011 Audi A6 3.0T, the supercharged model. It's smoother than my wife's 530 wagen.

    2011 Audi A6 3.0T, the supercharged model. It's smoother than my wife's 530 wagen.

    1 vote
  6. the_phoenix612 Link
    2010 Lexus IS350C I also have a 1969 Ford Mustang hardtop with a 351 V8 but the seats, glass, and wheels are not ... necessarily ... attached to the car at the moment.

    2010 Lexus IS350C

    I also have a 1969 Ford Mustang hardtop with a 351 V8 but the seats, glass, and wheels are not ... necessarily ... attached to the car at the moment.

    1 vote
  7. cain Link
    '08 Ford Escape - Gone across the US with it twice. Gets the job done.

    '08 Ford Escape - Gone across the US with it twice. Gets the job done.

  8. [5]
    Daniel Link
    Don't have my own car yet, but I've been searching for a while. Most of what I'm looking at is low mileage, relatively new, budget cars. Right now, the Mazda 3 and Hyundai Elantra top my list, but...

    Don't have my own car yet, but I've been searching for a while. Most of what I'm looking at is low mileage, relatively new, budget cars. Right now, the Mazda 3 and Hyundai Elantra top my list, but if anyone has any good first (used) car suggestions on a budget, let me know! Aside from that, in my far-out considerations, a used electric car or even a new one with all of the incentives nowadays might not be a bad choice either.

    1. [4]
      burntcookie90 Link Parent
      The current gen mazda3 is great, I've got a '16. The infotainment is hot garbage though. Honestly, in the used market just look at Honda. Civics and fits will last forever and they're worth it.

      The current gen mazda3 is great, I've got a '16. The infotainment is hot garbage though. Honestly, in the used market just look at Honda. Civics and fits will last forever and they're worth it.

      1 vote
      1. [3]
        Daniel Link Parent
        The only problem with the Civic is that it is the "teenager" car, so the insurance rates are pretty high due to my age and the general demographic of its drivers being classified as highly...

        The only problem with the Civic is that it is the "teenager" car, so the insurance rates are pretty high due to my age and the general demographic of its drivers being classified as highly inexperienced. While it's a fantastic car, it isn't really worth the insurance premium.

        1. [2]
          burntcookie90 Link Parent
          Interesting, I figured the Civic was popular enough that there wasn't an issue. Did you get quotes on a newer generation ('16 for example)? If the Civic doesn't work out, what kinda car are you...

          Interesting, I figured the Civic was popular enough that there wasn't an issue. Did you get quotes on a newer generation ('16 for example)?

          If the Civic doesn't work out, what kinda car are you looking for?

          1. Daniel Link Parent
            Anything with low km's, still in warranty, and probably under $13,000 CAD. Mazda 3 usually fits that bill. All of my quotes are on vehicles that are between 2015-2018 model years, for reference....

            Anything with low km's, still in warranty, and probably under $13,000 CAD. Mazda 3 usually fits that bill. All of my quotes are on vehicles that are between 2015-2018 model years, for reference. The Mazda 3 is pretty good on the insurance, and that is why it is my first choice right now.

            In small consideration for me is the purchase of an electric car, either used or new. Used electric cars, such as the Nissan Leaf, depreciate really quick and I can get a 2014 model of said vehicle in and around my price range. Good thing about them is their 8 year warranty on the battery, which would be enough to last me through university (2022). The Ontario provincial government also offers a $14,000 incentive on a purchase or lease of a new vehicle, so that may be in the cards as well depending on my finances. For now, I'm just going to accept the free rides my parents give me until I absolutely need a car.

  9. PapaNachos Link
    Recently bought an '18 Ford Escape after potholes ate my old car.

    Recently bought an '18 Ford Escape after potholes ate my old car.

  10. [2]
    weenie Link
    I lease a 2018 Acura RDX. I also sell them.

    I lease a 2018 Acura RDX. I also sell them.

  11. efraimbart Link
    2015 Hyundai Sonata. It is.

    2015 Hyundai Sonata. It is.

  12. stromm Link
    2017 Tucson SE w/ Popular Package. Love it. Last year finally got rid of my 1994 Impala SS and 1995 Maxima SE. Wife drives a 2004 Cavalier.

    2017 Tucson SE w/ Popular Package. Love it.
    Last year finally got rid of my 1994 Impala SS and 1995 Maxima SE.
    Wife drives a 2004 Cavalier.

  13. jackson Link
    2009 Kia Sportage. It gets the job done, and the AC works.

    2009 Kia Sportage. It gets the job done, and the AC works.

  14. ask Link
    2008 Civic

    2008 Civic

  15. Aelaryn Link
    2014 Chevy Volt, electric enough to go to work and run errands, gas enough to do everything else.

    2014 Chevy Volt, electric enough to go to work and run errands, gas enough to do everything else.

  16. cook Link
    2001 Ford Expedition. It's horrible on gas but great for hauling the kids around, camping, and getting dirty. It's survived a couple accidents. (Neither were my fault). First was a year to the day...

    2001 Ford Expedition. It's horrible on gas but great for hauling the kids around, camping, and getting dirty.

    It's survived a couple accidents. (Neither were my fault). First was a year to the day after I bought it. I was sitting at a stop sign on a side street waiting to turn left onto a main street with no stop light or stop sign. Looked left and then right and then left again. Noticed a car coming from the left and looked back right, then got hit. At first I thought the driver missed the turn but they were hit from behind by another driver who didn't even slow down. No major injuries for me or my kids, Just some soreness. The at fault driver's insurance did not want to total both cars and since my repair was cheaper it got repaired. total repair was 2700. I only paid 1500 hundred for the truck. It has not been the same since. Small vibration and a rattle but nothing horrible.

    Second accident was a year and a month to the day after the first accident. I was stopping at a red light and the driver behind rear-ended me. They had been looking in the glove box for tissues. My tow hitch pushed a hole through their bumper but the only issues with my truck was a piece of the paint from their vehicle stuck to the bumper.

  17. [2]
    tildesatwindmills Link
    1989 Ford LTD Crown Victoria ex-Washington State Patrol vehicle. Big 5.8l V8, heavy duty suspension, beefier frame and the biggest trunk you've ever seen. It's the last year you could get one...

    1989 Ford LTD Crown Victoria ex-Washington State Patrol vehicle. Big 5.8l V8, heavy duty suspension, beefier frame and the biggest trunk you've ever seen. It's the last year you could get one without an airbag and almost the end of the carburetor era (1991).

    (Mine doesn't have the blue stripe!)

    It is my daily driver, gets 20 mpg on the highway and can tow 6000lbs. Paid $800 for it seven years ago and still going strong!

    1. Brad Link Parent
      That's incredible. I had a 1993 with 210,000 miles on it. Only took about 7 months to die after I bought it for way too much money.

      That's incredible. I had a 1993 with 210,000 miles on it. Only took about 7 months to die after I bought it for way too much money.

  18. joelthelion Link
    Nothing. I take the train and ride a shared bike to work. Well, we do own a car for the weekends. But that's just one care for five people, and we don't use it much.

    Nothing. I take the train and ride a shared bike to work.

    Well, we do own a car for the weekends. But that's just one care for five people, and we don't use it much.

  19. toaster Link
    2003 Subaru Impreza WRX, bugeye>

    2003 Subaru Impreza WRX, bugeye>

  20. jachinboazicus Link
    2005 Saab 9-2x Aero. Stage 3 Protune with V7 JDM 2.0 engine and transmission swap. TEIN coilovers, EVO 16g turbo, big TMIC, billeted TGV deletes, Grimspeed silicon everywhere, ID1000 injectors,...

    2005 Saab 9-2x Aero.

    Stage 3 Protune with V7 JDM 2.0 engine and transmission swap. TEIN coilovers, EVO 16g turbo, big TMIC, billeted TGV deletes, Grimspeed silicon everywhere, ID1000 injectors, Walbro fuel pump, full 3in turbo back exhaust, Cobb EBCS, Perrin pitch stop, Cobb V3 AP, kartboy short shifter.

    I ski a lot in the winter, and backpack and fish a ton in the summer, and this is the ideal sleeper/fun wagon. It pulls hard.

  21. Mechangel Link
    I have a (new to me) 2011 CRZ, which is an odd little car, but I've grown to like it, and I got it at a decent price because it's spectacularly average at everything. It looks sporty but...

    I have a (new to me) 2011 CRZ, which is an odd little car, but I've grown to like it, and I got it at a decent price because it's spectacularly average at everything. It looks sporty but absolutely isn't, so it doesn't appeal to that crowd. It's a hybrid but the gas mileage isn't as good as some other hybrids, so it doesn't really appeal to that crowd either. It's a two-seater, so not a family vehicle, and while there is some storage space, there really isn't as much as you'd think, being a hatchback. All that being said, it's a nice vehicle and has a decent sound system.

    The project car is a 1988 CRX that we picked up last summer from a little old lady who never drove it and was only the second owner. It's the shared third vehicle between my husband and me when one of our cars is in the shop or we're working on it. Ultimately I'd like to restore it to its original glory with a few modifications that don't mess with the aesthetic of the vehicle. It's in reasonably good condition for its age, but definitely has rust (don't they all.) It's also an automatic, which is unusual for those little cars, so we'll be converting it to manual hopefully sometime this summer. We're trying to take good care of it. There are so few of those little cars left on the road.

  22. nathreed Link
    2000 Honda Odyssey. Love the car, but it will probably fail inspection this August and I’ll have to get rid of it because whatever it needs is probably way more than it’s worth. 205k miles and...

    2000 Honda Odyssey. Love the car, but it will probably fail inspection this August and I’ll have to get rid of it because whatever it needs is probably way more than it’s worth. 205k miles and still runs/drives great, I’ve had no major mechanical issues. These pothole-filled PA roads really do a number on the suspension though, I’ve replaced pretty much every suspension component in the last few years.

  23. PostPostModernism Link
    I have a 2007 Honda Accord that I just paid off in January. It's been really good to me! Haven't had any serious issues mechanically with it. It has some aesthetic stuff I'm not happy but have...

    I have a 2007 Honda Accord that I just paid off in January.

    It's been really good to me! Haven't had any serious issues mechanically with it. It has some aesthetic stuff I'm not happy but have lived with since shortly after I got it from the dealer, like I need to replace the headliner because it's held up by thumb tacks and a fishing pole. And I hate that the radio only has a CD player, but I just got an after market one I might install this weekend that will give it bluetooth/usb/aux/ etc.

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