What do you drive?

Purge
We all have common interests, and I know some of you (coop, I'm looking at you) would love to show off / tell us all about your ride and any interesting stories....

I'll start this up, and post pics later I have a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon (JKUR). It is set up for off-roading and I've maybe two dozen times over the past year. I have two different tops, two types of doors, and countless modifications (I've slowed down on this, but there will be more to come in the future).

What do you drive?

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  • disarm
    GT Member
    I'll jump on this one because I'm just days away from getting a new car...

    I'm currently driving a 2015 Acura MDX, but I signed paperwork over the weekend to trade that in and upgrade to a 2018 Audi Q7 Prestige. The new ride is currently on a truck from Chicago to CT after my local dealer pulled off a crazy long-distance swap to get exactly the car I wanted...should arrive in the next couple days!

    I'll update with pictures and details soon...
  • Isgrimnur
    GT Member
    2011 Hyundai Sonata with 130k miles and in need of new tires.
  • EngineNo9
    GT Member
    I don't drive anything too interesting: 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, and a 2015 Honda CRF 250 bike.
  • rittchard
    GT Member
    I don't know what the Audi looks like but it sounds super cool, disarm!

    I'm presently driving a 2016 Hybrid Subaru Crosstrek.

    Last year I got "friend effected" to put $1000 down on the Tesla Model 3. Still debating whether I'll go through with it or not, probably won't have to decide until next March or even later.
  • Blackjack
    GT Member edited October 3
    Approaching 330,000 miles on my 1996 Toyota Corolla, which was assembled in Canada, eh. =) I'm running into some crankcase slight leakage that's requiring more between oil change top-offs than I'd like. And some rust creeping in here and there. But generally runs fine and my mom's always claiming her 2011 Toyota Camry doesn't feel as good and has a more plasticky dashboard (presumably to save some wait).

    My Corolla's boring but has been very forgiving to drive and reliable. Despite being just FWD, it's gotten me home safely through some really, really bad snow storms, freezing rain, sleet, rain. I never skimp on tires, and I tend to prefer all-season Michelins.

    Kudos to my local Shell service station for resolving some annoying electrical issues recently and a couple years back. Back then various bulbs were burning out so I was replacing them. But it turned out to be an electrical grounding issue that was blowing out bulbs and frying fuses (one night I had to drive to my mom's house at night with headlights working but no tailights nor a working dashboard light :D). I thought I'd have to junk the car, but the Shell station figured it out. :)

    I tend to prefer boxier sedans. Due to no driver's ed on the Army bases in South Korea, I didn't get my driver's license until age 20. My only prior cars were a bland Ford Escort 4-door from 1985 to 1989, and a 4-door Honda Civic sedan from 1989 to 1996. I loved the Civic but a serious deer collision in October 1993 sort of removed some of its tightness, so to speak, and had a strange oil sludging problem at the time I traded it in. I looked at Hondas again in 1996 but the price points seemed awfully high then.

    More recently, I was keen on a 2017 VW Jetta for a while but a friend the other day said his 2009 VW Passat Station wagon has been a horrific money sink in terms of maintenance, including having to replace the A/C unit twice.

    I hope to get new or used wheels soon but have been a bit paralyzed on choices. I hate dealing with car dealers regardless of Brand. My brother swears by CarMax but his Subaru from them has required extensive manual transmission work and repairs.
  • Suitably Ironic Moniker
    GT Member
    Just picked up a 2017 Honda CR-V in July, and loving it.
  • Zinfan
    GT Member
    2008 Honda Element, no plans to replace it anytime soon.
  • Purge
    GT Member
    Of the entire Toyota lineup for 2018, the Corolla is probably the most fun to drive (according to a good friend of mine who started selling for Toyota again.

    I haven't had time to post pics for my jeep yet, but I encourage all of you to post your rides :) Whether it be for economic, aesthetic or circumstance, the cars/bikes we ride are part of us (even if it's a stand-off-ish "I drive this but I hate it").
  • Blackjack
    GT Member
    While I'm not partial to modern Toyotas' shark-nose banana shapes, I suspect in the end I'll be looking at those, Hyundai and maybe Honda at some point. Just a question of whether I wait until my car disintegrates around me or not. :)
  • TheEgoWhip
    GT Member edited October 9
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    2015 Chevy Impala. I'm a big fan of the Camaros, but they arent super practical for my area. Plus I have kids and tend to drag them along with me. Hard to justify a 50k, 2 door, that can only realistically be driven 8 months out of the year. The Impala was my reasonable, 4 door, family car.
  • disarm
    GT Member
    Picture time...brand new 2018 Audi Q7!
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    The amount of technology crammed into this car is amazing...adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and traffic jam assist that pretty much allow the car to drive itself from highway speed all the way down to 'stop & go' traffic; Audi's Virtual Cockpit dashboard display; navigation maps with Google satellite imagery overlays; Android Auto/Apple CarPlay. It's really incredible what they're putting into some cars now, and I'm sure it's only going to get better.

  • Purge
    GT Member
    So my ride has been buzzing when I accelerate - like steel vibrating against steel.

    Most Jeep owners I know have helpful hints like "That's an offroading jeep for you" and "The fix is to turn the stereo up".

    Turns out a skid plate I'd added needed a spacer put in as once it got hit it pushed up enough against the exhaust manifold and, when the engine pushed hard caused a rattle heard throughout.

    It feels GREAT to not have that happening anymore. :sweat_smile:
  • Blackjack
    GT Member edited October 27
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    Couple of pics of my 1996 Toyota Corolla, including during our epic Virginia snow storm in January 2016.

    Color's called "Emerald," which I call "Dark Green," though many have mistaken it for black, depending on the time of day. =) I originally wanted a tan Corolla in the display room of the Toyota dealership in late summer 1996, but they insisted that had too many miles on it. Emerald has grown on me, but I rarely see 'dark green' as a color option these days.

    While it's been remarkably reliable and easy/fun to drive (despite its 'boring' label back then), it turns out to have really medicore fuel economy with its larger 1.8L 4-cyl engine and automatic transmission (EPA 23/31 then).

    I've had to spend a lot of money over the years on issues, especially electrical and tail light module type issues. I've been convinced to replace the radiator (my quick lube recently discovered that the tire shop years ago replaced the radiator with an aftermarket one but for some reason crammed on the cap from the original radiator, which doesn't fit well), several gaskets. Now some sort of valve cover gasket is leaking oil, and causing a lot of soot build up on the engine block, and I may need to replace more stuff if I want to keep this.

    It's not the car's fault, but I've had to replace pairs of tires several times due to punctures, including one caused by a stray hypodermic needle (!) on the road.

    Also getting rust in various places, paint peeling in places, have a front right fender dent from a bicyclist running into me (she was OK but ran away before I could file an accident report)... I think probably it's time to move on. :)
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    I'm finally test driving some cars at CarMax tomorrow (Saturday). While I don't plan to do anything rash, I may bring my Title, and some other necessary info for possibly selling my 325,000 mile Corolla there. Just in case I fall in love with something.... I invited an old friend who lives nearby to join me, ride in the back seat, take notes etc.

    I know when my mom test drove her Toyota Camry in 2011, I didn't really do a good job of asking her what she thought of small things about the car.

    It was only later that I learned she thought the dash and doors were poor quality (I think that's largely switching to lighter materials for weight savings; instead of the thick padding of my '96 Corolla).

    She finds the front mirrors and pillars too thick and obstruct her vision. She can't really see anything when backing up in the car because the rear headrests are so huge (though most cars are like that now), and that non V-6 model lacked the then new rear camera/ video screen. While it's cool it has a power driver's seat, she has difficulty getting the seat back into her favorite configuration, if I drive the car (I'm 6'4"; she's barely 5' at this point at age 82). She doesn't like how the trunk lid opens, and feels it takes too much effort to close securely (my '96 Corolla's truck locks with literally a slight tap). She keeps thinking she may have been better off with a 'loaded' Corolla in 2011 than a lower rung Camry.

    I think in retrospect I should've asked her about things like that when we test drove it. The dealer rep really didn't let us do much of a drive. We also should've taken the car out on the highway, though the Camry is a dandy, quiet car on the highway, for sure. And the car's been very reliable. Her 5-year free "Toyota Care" scheduled maintenance ran out and now sure enough when she brings it in for routine maintenance, they want her to pay an arm and a leg for various work. :s

    Anyway, I hope tomorrow I can babble as we test drive, and maybe my friend can scribble some notes and stuff.
  • Dante Rising
    GT Member
    Nissan 370Z. I'm also considering an SUV and the Alfa Romeo Stelvia has caught my eye....but the quality has me concerned
  • Jimmy the Fish
    GT Member
    2010 Toyota Highlander. Yeah, far from the sexiest vehicle but I got one with lots of extras and I love the interior space and how comfortable it is. I’ve never been one to have an emotional attachment to a car but I really love my Highlander.
  • Blackjack
    GT Member edited October 29
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    And then finally my almost-new (13K miles or so) wheels from today, VW Jetta SE. =) I'm going to try to follow scheduled maintenance carefully and hopefully I won't be another VW maintenance story. I fell in love with the car during a CarMax test drive, and after realizing that I didn't really feel I needed the SEL's bigger engine, built-in-GPS or other couple doodads that much. I did test a 2016 SEL though that lacks the latest tech safety features. I figured I'd save the money and get better gas mileage. :)

    While it doesn't have assisted breaking, I already found its blind spot monitoring useful on the drive home today, and the rear cross traffic warning maybe save my bacon now and then too. The 4-wheel discs stop with aplomb, it's very quiet and smooth and just fun to drive. the 1.4L Turbo does have some slight jerking when the turbo kicks in if I drive aggressively but to some extent I consider that just fun. :) I took my mom to dinner in it, and she already thinks she loves it. :)

    The dash and steering wheel have so many doodads I don't quite understand yet. The Apple Carplay is fun (I wish Apple would allow it to support stuff like Google Maps and Waze, but it seems unlikely), and the connected phone sound quality is terrific. Touchscreen has very little lag, and I like that it has simple knobs for some functions and isn't all touch-screen like say the Civic's.

    I'm sure I would've saved money at a new car dealer, but I did find the CarMax experience stress-free and no pressure and free of all the junk I've dealt with at most dealerships. In the end I really was prepared to get something and sell them my rusty '96 Corolla. They gave me a little bit more than a junk dealer would, and just applied it to my downpayment.

    An old friend met me there and tagged along through everything. He was helpful in determining rear seat legroom and headroom. It's a little tight for 6-footers headroom wise, but tremendous on legroom, and also on trunk space. The Mazda 3 we tried was really lacking in rear seat legroom and trunk space.

    I like the classic sedan styling. I'm a little bit boring and vanilla, and Jetta's the right fit for me. :)
  • pr0ner
    GT Member
    I drive a 2009 BMW 328i.

    Disarm, how is the virtual cockpit in operation? I've been thinking about getting an Audi for my next car and the virtual cockpit is a big drawing point.
  • Crusis
    GT Member
    I rarely drive but I have a 2013 Honda Crosstour with all the bells and whistles. A couple of months ago my girlfriend and I purchased an older Land Rover together as our fun weekend car. We weren't really looking for another car but this deal was too good to pass up. The car has very little in the way of modern gadgets but I absolutely love driving this tank. 719m57eqhlq0.jpg
  • Purge
    GT Member
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    This pic is a year old.

    Lots has been done to it since. :P I just don't have a current pic available.
  • Purge
    GT Member edited October 31
    2016:
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    2017:
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    This is probably the most recent. You might notice the B pillar (aka the back frame of the front door) is coloured black (plasti-dip, it peels off)
  • Purge
    GT Member
    Next year it will be a bigger lift and bigger summer tires.
  • disarm
    GT Member
    pr0ner wrote: »
    I drive a 2009 BMW 328i.

    Disarm, how is the virtual cockpit in operation? I've been thinking about getting an Audi for my next car and the virtual cockpit is a big drawing point.
    The virtual cockpit is definitely one of the things that caught my eye early on, and it's pretty cool in actual use. The ability to replicate many functions of the main MMI screen (center dash) right in front of you is convenient...basic car info, radio/media details, telephone controls, and navigation can all be displayed on the instrument panel and viewed with just a quick glance down. I think my biggest use is putting the navigation map in a rotating 2/3-angle view on the VC, while keeping a more zoomed out top-down view on the MMI screen...very handy to see nav in two different perspectives at the same time when you're in an unfamiliar area. I also really like that I can access a lot of info on the VC and keep the main screen retracted into the dash...opens up my view through the windshield given the way Audi likes to make their screens stick up like a mounted tablet instead of being integrated into the dash now. Unfortunately, I think that may be a perk only on the new Q7...looks like other new models don't have a retractable MMI screen.

    All of that said, the VC isn't something that I would call a must-have feature. It has moments of usefulness (seeing info I want as the driver while my passenger uses the main screen for something else) and looks really cool, but it doesn't do as much as Audi might lead you to believe. I do feel like it should be capable of a lot more and is an ultimately underutilized idea with a great deal of potential. I would suggest taking the time to really play with it at the dealership..and don't get pulled in by the cool-looking Google satellite images on the map. It does look cool at first, but it kind of clutters the map when you really need to see the roads, and that overlay goes away if you don't subscribe to Audi's severely over-priced AudiConnect service once the free trial runs out.

    Ultimately, I think you'll find that the VC is something that might not be worthwhile if it were a stand-alone option, but they tend to bundle it with other desirable options to present an enticing package. In my case, it came as part of the Q7 Prestige that loads the car with a ton of other options. A lower level Q7 gets the VC through a "Vision Package" that also adds full LED headlights and the totally awesome top-view 360° camera. In my opinion, that package is more worthwhile for the camera system than the VC in actual use. There is definitely a Wow factor to the VC though...will impress anyone that sees your car.

    One last thing...Android Auto integration is probably my favorite feature of the whole MMI system, but it comes with a big caveat. I love that I can use Google Maps navigation (with Google's voice commands) on the main screen, but the map display on the VC is disabled as soon as you start the Google nav...ask Google for directions and the VC map display turns into a giant compass because someone decided you don't deserve to see both map systems at the same time. So why use Google nav over the built-in system? Because Google's rerouting for traffic is much better, and Audi takes away traffic data from their maps/nav if you dont subscribe to their expensive service...annoying.

    All of that said, my new Q7 is an amazing car and by far the best I've owned...don't regret my choice at all.
  • pr0ner
    GT Member
    Thanks for that very detailed response. I will definitely need to see this in action for myself, though I won't be looking at a Q series Audi.
  • coopasonic
    GT Member
    Purge wrote: »
    We all have common interests, and I know some of you (coop, I'm looking at you) would love to show off / tell us all about your ride and any interesting stories....

    So I noticed this callout nearly two months later, oops... I have gotten old and boring.

    In 2005 I bought a new Mustang GT, the first year of the new retro styled mustangs. The next year my first kid was born and I traded the Mustang even up for a Honda Civic EX. I couldn't get a rear facing car seat in and out of the Mustang! Three years later my second was born and I spent a lot of time looking for a car to replace the Civic which was starting to feel kind of small. I started looking at a mazdaspeed 3, then a subaru wrx, pontiac G8, nissan altima and maxima and finally settled on a 2009 Infiniti G37. More power than the Mustang and enough room for the family and a couple suitcases.

    Four years later the Infiniti was getting a bit long in the tooth (for me) and I went shopping again. I checked out a lot of cars and the closest I came top getting something new was a Ford Fusion, but in the end I bought a used 2012 Infiniti G37. It was practically identical to the 2009, which suited me just fine. Now I've been driving that for a little over 4 years, which is a record for me. It is the longest I have ever driven the same car... I considered a Tesla Model 3 and decided to pass on it. I was looking really closely at the Kia Stinger, but decided to pass in favor of the Genesis G70 (new model with the same platform as the Stinger, but a little smaller and hopefully lighter). I will be giving that a close look when it comes out in the spring and if it checks all the boxes.. will try to wait for a good deal on one.

    I might have bought another car by now, but every time I think about it I think about how much my kids have destroyed the back seat of my current car and just don't want them to do that to another car. They are 8 and 11 now so getting a little better, but not quite there yet... I'll never buy a car with a light interior again!
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