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Old 01-23-2008, 10:24 PM   #21
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Funny thing you should say that...I've never had a van. However, I am the queen of the station wagon. As a matter of fact, Buck and I have 2 station wagons now. We used to have a truck but I wrecked it and almost died in the process. The truck was handy to transport furniture for our restoration business. Now we use our station wagons for the same purpose. When we need to move large pieces, we borrow a truck from a friend.
I should have known - I had 4 station wagons before going to vans. My first car was a green Ford Gran Torino station wagon and I just loved it. I also have a little pick-up that all the kids have learned to drive in and that we use to move things (there's always someone in the family moving!). I feel the same way you do about cars - I need a car to transport humans and stuff and as long as it does that, I'm happy. (But if someone gave me a little Crossfire, I wouldn't turn it down.)
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Old 01-23-2008, 11:26 PM   #22
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When I was a kid I loved cars, motorcycles, and racing both. But, there were only 3 cars that I can say I really loved.

One was a 1958 Corvette that my grandpa helped me do some body work on and then he painted it (7 coats of hand-sanded white pearl lacquer) and redid the interior (tan leather). About 6 weeks after he passed away someone backed into the front end and I just couldn't face working on it without him.

Next car I loved was a 1958 Austin-Healey Mark I (bugeye) Sprite that I totally rebuilt from a basket case with guidance and a little help from the guys I worked with - but I did the work myself ... was going to use it for SCCA gymkhanas and rallies until I was old enough (and had the bucks) to rebuild it for racing and go to racing school. It was stolen out of my driveway one night and found 6 weeks later in a creek at the bottom of a cliff in Memphis, TN - not enough left to bother with.

The last car I had that I loved was a 1966 Ford GT350-H ... the insurance company canceled my coverage when they found out it wasn't just a regular 289 auto-tranny Mustang.

Of course during the married and child rearing years the only concern was affordable and reliable transportation for a family of 5 - nothing too much to love about a station wagon or a gussied-up Ford cargo van.

My car now I inherited when Dad passed away 13 years ago - 1985 Cadillac Eldorado. I've rebuilt the engine and transmission, had to replace a window motor, and had to have the brake lights worked on a couple of times. It gets decent gas mileage (about 27-mpg) and it's paid for. It's fuel injected, computer controlled, and I don't think there's a flippin thing on it that I can work on myself. I really can't be in love with a car I can't get intimate with.

I'm afraid that my days of being in love with a car are over ... unless I win the lottery ....
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Old 01-23-2008, 11:31 PM   #23
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I love my truck. It is a 2008 Ford Ranger extended cab. What I don't like are the payments, but when my exploder (Ford Explorer) died last month I had no choice. Living in a rural area it is imperative to have a reliable vehicle. I had hoped to keep the Explorer for a few more years, but it was not meant to be.
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Old 01-23-2008, 11:36 PM   #24
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My current car is okay. It's a 1996 Ford Taurus. What I like is that it is reliable and has working AC! I had a Ford Mustang I think it was a '72 in college. Nice little car. My favorite though was the '88 Buick Park Avenue that was my grandma's. It was loaded and big enough to carry a lot of stuff and very comfortable. Unfortunately I hit some debris in the roadway on the interstate and damaged the front end. It hasn't been the same since and we're thinking we may need to get rid of it soon.
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:02 AM   #25
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... My favorite though was the '88 Buick Park Avenue that was my grandma's. It was loaded and big enough to carry a lot of stuff and very comfortable. Unfortunately I hit some debris in the roadway on the interstate and damaged the front end. It hasn't been the same since and we're thinking we may need to get rid of it soon.
Well, if you mean it just doesn't drive right (the front end jiggles or pulls one way or another), and you're not talking about serious body damage, I would break out the phone book and look for a place that specializes in front end alignments and have them check it out before you just chuck it (if that is all that is wrong with it). It might be something simple that is worth repairing if the rest of the car is in good shape.

Just my 2-cents worth ....
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Old 01-24-2008, 02:15 AM   #26
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Here is a car I could fall in love with if I can ever finish restoring it:
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Old 01-24-2008, 04:49 AM   #27
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...(the front end jiggles or pulls one way or another), and you're not talking about serious body damage, I would break out the phone book and look for a place that specializes in front end alignments...
I thought that was what my Toyota needed a couple years ago when it was behaving this way. It turned out one of my tires had a big bubble in it. I was lucky it didn't blow out on the freeway.

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Old 01-24-2008, 06:08 AM   #28
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Ours is paid for, also. It's an 04 Kia Amante, and people often stop to admire it.
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Old 01-24-2008, 06:56 AM   #29
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I love my car. I have loved all the cars I have ever owned. I love to drive and travel. All purchases were well planned. I paid cash for all but one, the previous car I owned. In 1987 Ford was having a 2.9% loan option if you paid the car off in 2 years. So I bought my first ever new car, an Escort station wagon, ordered it from the factory to get a 5 speed, drove it 13 years until the suspension wore out on these back roads. Now I have a cruising car, a Nissan Ultima, drives great, hauls a lot, can easily get 300 pounds of feed in the boot end
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:06 AM   #30
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I love my truck. It is a 2008 Ford Ranger extended cab. What I don't like are the payments, but when my exploder (Ford Explorer) died last month I had no choice. Living in a rural area it is imperative to have a reliable vehicle. I had hoped to keep the Explorer for a few more years, but it was not meant to be.
I had Ford Rangers my first one and then traded in for the second one.They are really great little trucks very reliable and good on gas.
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