Almost out of OT time on the board, so get ye to Craigslist, Cars.com, Autotrader.com, or your car buying site of choice and find the best damn dream machine you can for under $10K. Last week we talked about democratizing HP, this week let's cap the price so that we can all equally look for steals.
We live in a golden age of horsepower. It's recent. A 2006 Ford Mustang GT had 300 horsepower. You can get that in multiple minivans today. Ho hum cars are so fast, they put everything but the craziest supercars of yesteryear to shame. So, what's the most surprising car that your car is faster than?
So, with Ford and Chrysler essentially abandoning the car market, and many other automakers investing heavily in crossovers, are cars truly dead?
I've been fairly open in my slow conversion to sedans. I was a (kind of) early adopter to the SUV scene back when the people in the school of natural resources were bemoaning the popularity of SUV's. I had an XJ Cherokee and loved it.
Video included, where Harbaugh goes on a tour of campus in an 840HP Dodge Demon, finishing the tour at the Big House with some donuts.
That's right, it's Tuesday. Anyway, gas prices were up at least $0.50 per gallon compared to last memorial day. We're not at the $4/gal like we were a few years ago, but we're above the $2.50 that we've had for a while. With gas going back up is that going to affect any of your car buying purchases so far? Would you drive less? What kind of mileage do you get now? How much are you worried about it in your new car?
(Trying to avoid the geo-politics of gas pries. Between OPEC, fracking, infrastructure/gas taxes etc. let's just stick to the cars, eh?)
We've all had those cars in our life that are aspirational, or illogical and high maintenance, but we love them anyway (I'm guessin many used BWM/Land Rover/Jag owners can call into that category.
Today, however, I've been inspired by an article in Jalopnik that talked about how the Vibe is underappreciated.
what are the underappreciated cars in your stable over the years? Maybe it was the Corolla you bought used with high miles for the kid, but the damn thing just keeps running. Maybe it's a '75 Duster with a slanted six, canvas seats, and no AC that got you through college. Maybe it's the Honda Accord that you drove way longer than you financially had to because it. would. not. die.
For me, it was my '98 ZJ. 318/Quadra Trac/Low Range. That damned thing went through anything. It only got stuck when I was stupid and high centered it. It never cost me anything but a radiator and consumables. And the radiator only failed when it was 14 years old. And it still drove me home. While towing a boat. It only got retired because the wife couldn't handle the rust anymore. I have a Commander now and if I found someone with a high mileage ZJ with little rust I'd be tempted to trade them right there.
We live in an automotive platinum age. When I was a kid, 100K was ancient for a car. Now it's a medium sized milestone. You can practically close your eyes and pick from a list of auto manufacturers and come up with something that will be more reliable, powerful, and fuel efficient than something even 10 years ago, and definitely more than something 20 years ago.
However, not everything is perfect, and, I like to whine. What's your biggest gripe about new cars?
For me it's the death of simplicity. It really hit me when I drove an old fleet Ford Five Hundred a couple years back on a long trip. This car had acutal keys, an AM/FM/CD radio, manual HVAC controls, and manual lights.
And I *loved* it. Something about the simplicity spoke to me, and actually made my driving less stressful and busy. It was a great road trip. My Miata is the same way.
I admit, I may be getting old, and you can all get off my lawn. But still...
My '07 Commander has been acting wierd (trying to waterproof my driveway with oil, for example) and I've been looking online at new/used cars. It's damned hard to find a car that doesn't have automagic everything and a screen the size of a small tablet in the center stack, or $400 easily losable key fobs.
What, if any, are your gripes?
Time for your (least?) favorite off topic thread to make its occasional comeback to help kill time between the Final Four and the Frozen Four.
So, this week, stealing directly from the folks at Jalopnik, what's your biggest automotive regret? Did you sell that thing that's now a classic? Did someone offer you the chance to buy something you should have? Did you let your significant other drive something into the ground? Let's hear about the regrets & heartbreak.
Back after some travel it's your (non) favorite automotive discussion on a college sports website.
So, NAIAS just finished up at Cobo Hall and I'm looking forward to heading to the (world's largest!) Chicago Auto Show in a couple of weeks here. I'm excited in that my wife's lease is up later this year so we'll actually get to go as car shoppers. I find the auto show great for that because
- You can look at all the cars in one place. No going to 5 different dealers to look at 5 models
- Along those lines, you can see how the seats fit, how big the trunks are, etc. so that when you do go to a dealer you can worry about driving the car
No sales people - no pressure to buy!
Anyone head to Cobo? Any new debuts have you all kinds of excited? I'm traveling for work next week, so this thread will be spotty at least until the "real" offseason
Well we're through the busiest travel weekend of the year, but heading into the rest of the holidays, when folks load up the family truckster and travel around to see family on that great American tradition - the road trip.
So, great memories from your youth of piling into that new thing known as the minivan? Did you just pile all 5 of your kids into a Suburban? (and schedule a vascectomy?) Did you travel this weekend and decide you need a new car?