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    The wife gets the new cars. As for me, my four-wheel-frivolities are in the past and utility is uppermost. I've put over 327,000mi/526,000km on this '07 Swiss-Army-knife of a car, and my mechanic's opinion is that so long as I continue my standard of care, I can go many more. When a colleague and I travel to pen shows, we always favor the Volvo instead of his Chevy Tahoe, because we can load the cargo area with our boxes of inventory full to the ceiling while still keeping fuel expense low. Without complaint, the 2.5L motor pulls loads of firewood across town or pairs of middleweight adventure bikes across the USA and Canada.

    Bicycle rack on the back at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania USA:

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    That's a riding buddy sitting on my trailer in Canyon City, Colorado USA, with my F800GS and his DL650:

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    2018 VW Tiguan. Just got it! My long-awaited dream car.

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    This is my Montblanc truck:


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    Quote Originally Posted by christof View Post
    This is my Montblanc truck....
    Is that from the toy museum?

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    Default Re: Hey, any body wanna show off their car, truck or SUV?

    It's very, very difficult if you want a vehicle that avoids the "computer for everything" problem. I have a 2007 Jeep Wrangler - hand crank windows, mechanical locks, basic stamped starter key, old-style gas flap, external hood straps, etc. The only thing automatic on it is the transmission so that my wife could drive it if need be (she never learned to drive a manual). About 3 years ago the TIPM computer unit died and it spent 2 weeks in the garage. We're talking a 13-year old vehicle that was the most basic, manual, low-tech vehicle of its time. Hopefully it's all sorted now. It's actually an enjoyable vehicle to drive, though it's on the slow side.

    So I talked some to my mechanic. He's a good guy who runs his own independent garage. He said that because of a combination of safety and emissions controls, vehicles for at least the last 20 years have had rather complex computer units. It's not even a question of a 2007 vs 2020 vehicle, though the 2020 vehicle is even more complex. You'd have to go back at least to the 1990s, if not even farther, to reach the point that you have a car without a complex computer unit in it, at least in the U.S. 1990s sounds about right to me as well. I had a 1990 Jeep Wrangler quite a few years back and it was a comparatively simple vehicle. Whether it had a computer unit or not, I have no idea because it never acted up. I do know the vehicle was very simple by today's standards and I miss that simplicity. But my God, was that a slow vehicle with its 4 cylinder engine. I gave it to my nephews as a project once the body rust out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by christof View Post
    This is my Montblanc truck....
    Is that from the toy museum?



    Yes.

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    Default Re: Hey, any body wanna show off their car, truck or SUV?

    It's all VW's fault. 1968 Bosch electronic fuel injection control unit:



    To be fair, it's really the emissions and economy regulations that essentially required electronic control of the combustion process that necessitated the use of ECU's by the late '70s. They've become increasingly integrated into vehicles as consumers desired more performance and luxury. That along with the aforementioned economy/emissions and now safety regulations has gotten us to the point that even the most basic car has at least 20 discrete computer control units and high end luxury cars have well over 100.

    In a current model Mercedes Benz (not to be confused with Mercedes Benz) there's a "black box" hidden in the car that records all of your driving. Read the manual carefully, and you'll see that by driving one is granting them permission to use the information in the case of an accident and provide that information to authorities. Yes, folks that's where we are in modern cars.

    If you want to avoid computers in your car, to be safe, buy something pre-1968.

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    Default Re: Hey, any body wanna show off their car, truck or SUV?

    Quote Originally Posted by TAYLORPUPPY View Post
    Hereís mine. 2020 Dodge Challenger RT Scatpack Widebody Octane Red. I love this car. I keep my foot outta motor. Just knowing the power is there is good enough for me. Itís been years since my last high performance vehicle. I plan to baby this car, keep it in the garage and keep the mileage low.


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    Good plan on how to ruin a car.

    I'm on my sixth BMW and I'm getting increasingly bored of them, and I really don't care about my car at all anymore. My next will probably be a Mazda. I want an atmospheric ICE and Mazda still does those.

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    Default Re: Hey, any body wanna show off their car, truck or SUV?

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    I no longer have these two, but they have the best memories. Collecting such things took up a bit more space than collecting pens.

    '40 Ford DeLuxe convertible and '63 Buick Riviera.

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    401 Nailhead in that Riv? I had a 1964 Century Mahogany plank ski boat with a marine version of the Buick 401. Half ton of cast iron pushing a bundle of sticks along at 45 knots is a gas. Always thought a Riviera or Wildcat would have been a cool car to hook the trailer to. That Ford is just...art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAYLORPUPPY View Post



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    Incredibly beautiful car! I am a fan of this kind of car and I hope that I will have one in the near future. At the moment I drive a 2018 Ford Focus. I really like the car, but because of my sloppy driving, I very often have chips on my windshield. The site https://www.carwindshields.info/ helped me a lot, where I read a lot of useful information about the repair of windshields.
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    Yes, the 2006 Civic Hatchback is mine...
    Haha, I was looking at the photo and thinking: Wow, Hondaís are really getting sporty looking!

    Iím not a car person. I donít give a ratís behind about cars... but Iím now in the unfortunate position where I have to buy a new one. Iíve been in a 2008 Subaru for 10 years. Iíd dread The whole process - wading through a half dozen salespeople, finding the right car, wheeling and dealing...ugh. The only thing I am exited about is how great the radio will be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Igraine View Post

    Iím not a car person. I donít give a ratís behind about cars... but Iím now in the unfortunate position where I have to buy a new one. Iíve been in a 2008 Subaru for 10 years. Iíd dread The whole process - wading through a half dozen salespeople, finding the right car, wheeling and dealing...ugh. The only thing I am exited about is how great the radio will be.
    I feel your pain. The whole car buying process is designed to wear you down in order to maximize the profits to the dealer. Just make sure you start the process before you NEED a car. Go in, decide on a reasonable price, then when they say they can't do that or add all the after sale BS costs, walk away. If you truly made a decent reasonable offer they WILL call you back in and take your offer. It might take a few days to weeks, but it will happen. Unless it's a limited production model, which doesn't sound like it's the case for you.

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    Some favorite rides of my youth







    and my current ride. My car is the back one going towards Queens and the front going home to Bay Ridge. Every New Yorker says their line is the worst, but the R really is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by guyy View Post
    Some favorite rides of my youth...
    I like vintage pens. Likewise, I like the vintage rides of my youth:

    Norristown to Philadelphia "Philadelphia & Western" high speed line, the last interurban line in the USA. 1931 Brill Bullet cars (top) as I first rode them as a kid in the '50s and '60s, and the same car now (bottom) in a museum in Rockhill Furnace, PA (still in it's ugly SEPTA paint job):

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by guyy View Post
    Some favorite rides of my youth...
    I like vintage pens. Likewise, I like the vintage rides of my youth:

    Norristown to Philadelphia "Philadelphia & Western" high speed line, the last interurban line in the USA. 1931 Brill Bullet cars (top) as I first rode them as a kid in the '50s and '60s, and the same car now (bottom) in a museum in Rockhill Furnace, PA (still in it's ugly SEPTA paint job):

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    I used to commute into Phila on Patco. Get up, get ready for work, get in the car, drive half hour to station, get out of the car, get on train, get off train...repeat the whole process at 5p. If it wasnít for the horrific traffic, it would be easier to just drive in.

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    "2021 Subaru Forester Sport"
    My first "New Car"
    My first "SUV"
    And....My "dream-car" <3

    Painted the "look at me/town whore" stripes on the trim and roof rack bits camo green and personalized the hood.
    Hate my vehicle looking exactly like 10,000 others on the road...
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    We've got a 2000 Honda Insight, the first hybrid to hit the US market. It gets 60 mpg. The electric boost gives it strong acceleration for motorway driving, passing etc.
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    For 21 years it's run like a top. Replaced the motor assist battery five years ago, for about $3k. It's saved us more than that in fuel costs.

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