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    Re: Do You Treat Your Vehicle As An "Extension" Of Your Family?

    2002 TI? Awesome car. I'd like one of those too.

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    Re: Do You Treat Your Vehicle As An "Extension" Of Your Family?

    My father-in-law treats his cars like his kids. Granted, he's owned some incredible cars, including a '67 Jaguar he purchased new. He treated that thing like his first child. He recently sold it and bought a friggin' Dodge Viper. Some guy in Omaha bought the Jag, and when my in-laws visited us back in September, they took an extra two day trip to *visit the car*.

    His main car is a Cadillac SRX. He babies that think like you wouldn't believe. He intentionally parks it in the farthest spot in the lot to avoid door dings. Unfortunately, the last time they were here, he parked it in the back of a lot, and a runaway shopping cart tore up the side of the car. I wanted so badly to point out that it wouldn't have happened if he had parked next to another car, but I managed to hold my tongue.
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    Re: Do You Treat Your Vehicle As An "Extension" Of Your Family?

    Quote Originally Posted by RFS62 View Post
    I look for one to two year old cars with low mileage, preferrably around 20K.

    I let you guys pay for that first two years of depreciation.
    Did you used to do that with horses when you grew up?
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    Re: Do You Treat Your Vehicle As An "Extension" Of Your Family?

    I've owned cars that I loved, and cars that I loathed, but I've never considered one to be part of the family. There are a few cars I miss. One is the first car I have any memory of ever riding in, a 1956 black and white Chevy. Back then, there were no child seats. I'm told I used to stand up in the seat and yell at my daddy to step on it! I'd love to see that car...but then I'd love to see my dad.
    In rough order, these are the other cars I've owned, counting a few that were titled in my parents' names:
    1968 Ford Mustang-"my" first car, which dad bought used (22,000 miles) when I turned 16 back in 1971. I wrecked it, it was repaired, it was re-painted twice, going from white to sky blue to navy blue with racing stripes. It had a little 289 V-8, vinyl seats, an 8-track player I installed, no A/C, no power steering--yeah, I'd like to drive it again--it held a lot of memories.
    1976 Pontiac Firebird
    1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (first car ever titled in my name). I bought this one after I got out of law school. T-tops--everything a West Virginia boy needed.
    1983 Pontiac Firebird
    1981 Chevrolet Corvette-only buy a 'Vette if it can be your second car.
    1985 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am-I kept Pontiac in business for years.
    1990 Nissan Maxima-a married man gets practical.
    1986 Ford Escort-this was my wife's car at the time we married-I hated it.
    1992? Toyota Camry-this replaced the Escort
    1994 Ford Probe-my first of many a mid-life crisis-replaced the Maxima
    1996 Dodge Grand Caravan-by then we had two kids
    1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue-replaced the Probe-a good, underappreciated car.
    2001 Pontiac Montana-replaced the Grand Caravan-we now have 3 kids
    2000 Ford Ranger 4X4-replaced the Olds
    1977 Chevrolet Corvette-mid-life crisis #2
    2005 Chrysler Pacifica-my wife wanted one
    1992 Chevrolet Corvette-replaced the '77 Vette
    2003 Audi A4

    Of these vehicles, all four Firebirds, the Maxima, the Escort, the Grand Caravan, the Olds, the Montana and the Pacifica were all purchased new.
    We presently own the Ford Ranger, Pacifica, '92 Corvette and Audi. My oldest son turns 16 in two weeks.
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    Re: Do You Treat Your Vehicle As An "Extension" Of Your Family?

    I'm not very into cars. My current car is a 2000 Jetta which I've had for 6 years. (It had 10,000 miles on it when I bought it)

    I would never buy a NEW car.

    Since I got my license in 1984 I have had the following cars.

    1975 - VW Scirocco
    1977 - VW Scirocco
    1984 - VW Scirocco
    1990- Honda Civic
    2000 - VW Jetta

    My next car will have all wheel drive. Probably a subaru as they are as plentiful as trees out here in oregon.
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    Re: Do You Treat Your Vehicle As An "Extension" Of Your Family?

    At almost 38 years old, I have owned 3 cars: '89 Ford Tempo, '93 Toyota Camry, '01 Infiniti G20. Before that, I drove my mom's hand-me-down Plymouth Reliant. The chicks really dug the K-car. (They didn't.)

    The G20 is the only one I've bought new. I was single and making decent money so I decided to splurge. I'll drive it 'til it drops then probably get a smallish used pickup.
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    Re: Do You Treat Your Vehicle As An "Extension" Of Your Family?

    I treat my cars well until they die, then they are useless

    I'm cold like that.
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    Re: Do You Treat Your Vehicle As An "Extension" Of Your Family?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool View Post
    His main car is a Cadillac SRX. He babies that think like you wouldn't believe. He intentionally parks it in the farthest spot in the lot to avoid door dings.
    I bought a new car a few years back and I stopped at a store on the way home .. came out and the door was dinged. It hadn't even been home yet.

    I laughed because I knew I'd have the car til it was scrap anyway. Still driving it today at 176,000 and going strong.


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    1971 Ford Pickup
    1983ish Chevette (new)

    1984 Chevy Cavalier
    1998 Mercury Topaz (new)
    1998 Ford Escape
    1999 Ford Ranger
    2000 Ford Taurus (new)
    2002 Ford Escape (new)

    That would explain why I have never had a fascination with vehicles. I have never had one to be fascinated with.

    GL
    Last edited by gonelong; 02-28-2007 at 04:52 PM.


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