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  • backpack
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    Subaru bought used from a very nice couple, who planned to upgrade to the nicer Subaru model. They kept her in factory clean condition, she smelled new an looked new too.

    We wanted one ever since they came out, and we waited 5 years to get a used one.

    She braves winters like a champ, Snowmageddon 2010, DC, anyone?
    The car was covered in snow almost to the roof and AAA refused to come when the worst storm was over, the plowing was on its way but the parking area still had very high banks.


    She drove us from DC area to the South (very hot summer) with the Goldfish Girls then back to DC (from nice to freezing cold weather) with the Goldfish girls then back to the South (Snowmageddon) then from South to the Midwest (100+ weather), a small trailer to tow and the Goldfish Girls.

    I mention the Goldfish Girls because their oxygen pump is working on the car lighter with an adapter. It enables the filter/pump to keep its cycle going, the girls have more oxygen than being kept in a container without it. I learned it was possible to move them in a pumpless and safe container but in very cold or very hot weather, I thought it wasn't very smart.

    Needless to say no road music because we need to save power for the Girls.


    Sorry, back to the car, she is a mini SUV (a station wagon basically), she has 4WD and sound like an airplane on the highways.
    Good mileage but it could be better.
    Last edited by backpack; 10-15-2011, 12:15 PM.

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  • TXGirl
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    We have have a 1998 Toyota Camry with 180,000 miles, a 2008 Ford Fusion, & Monday night we added a 2011 Dodge Avenger to the family

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  • tCook
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    Originally posted by brian View Post
    That is awesome! The Rabbit "only" gets around 25mpg or so usually, seems like a small-ish car should do better. When you toured the east coast, did you make it to the Blue ridge Parkway or anything? It's pretty beautiful out that way.
    No, we had a long driving day from Virginia Beach to Gatlinburg and didn't take more time to do the Blue Ridge Parkway ... it was in the running, though, for awhile! Got to see the Great Smoky Mountains a bit instead, and I thought Tennessee (at least Eastern Tennessee) was really pretty. If you're interested, I will PM you a link to my blog.

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  • dorayme
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    I definitely think that my van has lots of life left, and we bought her to drive her until it was no longer feasable. Also her smallness has been a factor in my love for her.

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  • brian
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    Originally posted by tCook View Post
    I drive a Honda Element, and there are many of us who are crazy Element lovers! We have a club and such. I've camped with Element owners on the East Coast and the West Coast. I've driven hundreds of miles to hang out with other Element people. It's ridiculous and awesome!

    Last year, I took a 9,500 mile 6.5 week road trip around the country. The Element is an excellent road trip car due to the spacious cab and interior, and I still got 25 mph ... for a car not known for its aerodynamics, that was pretty good!

    That is awesome! The Rabbit "only" gets around 25mpg or so usually, seems like a small-ish car should do better. When you toured the east coast, did you make it to the Blue ridge Parkway or anything? It's pretty beautiful out that way.

    dorayme - having owned several older Mazdas, I can say they are pretty indestructible. The MPV always seemed a bit smaller than some of the other minivans, which I like.

    bunchgrass - 213k miles is impressive! My Rabbit only has about 29k miles on it, so far all have been trouble free. The highest mileage car I've ever owned was an '88 Civic, which had about 200k on it when we parted ways. That was a great car too; it consistently around 38mpg, no matter how I drove.

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  • bunchgrass
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    We own a 1999 Grand Voyager that has 213k miles on it. We also own a green, 1999 CRV with 105k miles on it. We refer to the CRV as the "field car" because it's what I bought to take out to the fields to collect data for my MS degree.

    Dorayme - at 126k miles, your mom van is just getting broken in. :-)

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  • dorayme
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    I drive a paid for 2004 Mazda MPV minivan. I swore after years of my mom driving Dodge Caravns that I would NEVER own one. But when baby 2 was on the way and a standard oil change gone bad had my Volvo V70 acting awry we got a the van new. I actually love my minivan. She's a comfortable fit for our family. She gets decent gas mileage (the one thing I wish at this point that I could upgrade on her). She can tow things (which came in handy more times that I can begin to share). She is now a senior girl with over 126K miles. When we drove her off the lot she had 2 miles. For my kids, this is the only car they remember mom owning. She's become a part of our family. I really hope she will be able to give me many more miles/years of use.
    One day (hopefully within the next 3 years) we plan to take a cross country trip, but we will not be driving my mom van. We will be driving Rocky's truck as we tow our Travel Trailer. ;-}

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  • tCook
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    I drive a Honda Element, and there are many of us who are crazy Element lovers! We have a club and such. I've camped with Element owners on the East Coast and the West Coast. I've driven hundreds of miles to hang out with other Element people. It's ridiculous and awesome!

    Last year, I took a 9,500 mile 6.5 week road trip around the country. The Element is an excellent road trip car due to the spacious cab and interior, and I still got 25 mph ... for a car not known for its aerodynamics, that was pretty good!

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  • brian
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    Originally posted by Katy View Post
    Cross country road trips are a blast! Did you get to stop at the corn palace on your way to Seattle?
    Sadly, no! We saw tons of billboards for it, but David (my current roommate/road trip friend) was concerned about our time budget.

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  • Katy
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    Cross country road trips are a blast! Did you get to stop at the corn palace on your way to Seattle?

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  • brian
    started a topic A thread all about... cars!

    A thread all about... cars!

    From my very first bicycle (a sparkly blue huffy), I've been interested in things with wheels. As I got a bit older this fascination was transferred to cars, though I still love bikes, too. I thought it might be fun to start a thread about cars to see what other people are interested in. Road trip stories, your first car, daily drivers that you love to death, whatever! I'd like to hear/see your car stories.

    Currently I drive a 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit, which I drove from North Carolina to Brooklyn, and then all the way from Brooklyn to Seattle! For those who enjoy driving, I highly recommend a cross-country road trip if you ever get the chance, it was quite the experience.

    Here is my car in a state park somewhere near Mt. Rushmore:

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    I've owned something like 7 or 8 cars since getting my license, and the one I most regret selling was one of these:


    (stock photo, mine was actually primer grey)

    a Datsun Z-car from the 70's. I'd love to buy another one and fix it up some day, they are still relatively cheap, but they are a bit rare as rust seems to have made swiss cheese out of most of them.
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