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Old 08-07-2008, 01:04 PM
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Talking Lets all pitch in - no, not with money-and keep me in a benz

Since i am in the enviable position of having someone buy me my next ride, is there any way i can justify having them opt for a used sedan with a stick (60's era) or wagon of later years versus some horriffic american/import "practical" car? Please be creative.
Safer?
Recycling vs. new production?
Keeping down the trade deficit??
Aesthetics?

Think of something, please. (Even if you might not think its uh totally valid.)

I have observed many creative minds during my short time on this forum.

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Old 08-07-2008, 01:14 PM
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Older cars can be far less expensive, easier to work on and far more reliable if properly maintained. Plus you can get far more bang for the buck on an older vehicle.
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Old 08-07-2008, 01:45 PM
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Insurance is lower if you register as an Antique vehicle in some states. no electronics so maintaining will be easier. Junkyards abound with parts and you'll be preserving for posterity and future generations to come a wonderful symbol of classic motoring. there, howd that sound?
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Old 08-07-2008, 02:42 PM
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Insurance is lower if you register as an Antique vehicle in some states. no electronics so maintaining will be easier. Junkyards abound with parts and you'll be preserving for posterity and future generations to come a wonderful symbol of classic motoring. there, howd that sound?
very persuasive.

are you in sales? politics? marketing? diplomatic corps?
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Old 08-07-2008, 04:00 PM
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latest offer is.......a new ford ranger pickup

surely someone has a nice old wagon that i can use for my painting business

daily driver, 80's? maybe a stick

(no amg wheels, no blaupunkt, etc. necessary)

i am on the west coast

i will even change my religion and political affiliations

(ok, maybe i exxagerate slightly)
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Old 08-07-2008, 04:12 PM
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very persuasive.

are you in sales? politics? marketing? diplomatic corps?
I've been told I'm as diplomatic as a brick...
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Old 08-07-2008, 04:15 PM
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I've been told I'm as diplomatic as a brick...
as diplomatic as Attila the Hun . . . .
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Old 08-07-2008, 04:28 PM
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tell your dad you want to maintain it. my dad was a strong believer in me doing as much for myself as possible. I know some parents are not like that. but if you make it a point of pride maybe they will let you get an older car. I can tell you I'm 24 and I've never had my car towed with a tow truck. I always have a tool bag on me and since I've worked on every car I've ever owned I've been in a position where I'm able to keep an ear out and fix every problem that comes my way.

I work for an engineering firm, and its amazing the stuff people will not do on their cars. very capable people, engineers, simply because they don't want to deal with it. I can tell you that every guy i know who takes their car to a mechanic is disappointed when they pick it up and pay the bill.

if you are the type of guy who has it in you to take on the challenge of keeping an older car on the road (I'm betting you are if you are on this forum) you will be more satisfied with your ownership experience.
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Old 08-07-2008, 05:07 PM
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its an idea, keep 'em coming
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:51 PM
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Unless you really really need a truck, Ford Rangers are terrible.

Sure they're very reliable and tough but they ride like crap, dog slow, and get terrible gas mileage.
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:54 PM
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Get the new Ranger P/U w/manual trans. What are you some kinda nut?
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Old 08-07-2008, 07:00 PM
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Get a 1983 K-car if you want to impress your parents by your mechanical ingenuity.

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Old 08-07-2008, 07:07 PM
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I work for an engineering firm, and its amazing the stuff people will not do on their cars. very capable people, engineers, simply because they don't want to deal with it. I can tell you that every guy i know who takes their car to a mechanic is disappointed when they pick it up and pay the bill.
They aren't engineers at heart then, it's just a job.

It is amazing the things people can't or won't do. Simple little things. Paying $100's of dollars to do things they could do in an hour or less. I'm really starting to think incompatence is becoming fashionable.
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Old 08-07-2008, 07:40 PM
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All my engineering co-workers are impressed that I can maintain my cars.
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Old 08-07-2008, 07:45 PM
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Precisely how much is the "budget" for this set of wheels.
Hit us back with the high limit and I will bequeath the benefit{which many here can vouch for}of my experience.
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