(Closed) Car shopping! What do you drive?

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Post # 3
5262 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Fiance and I share an old Prius (not the style that is on the road now, but the smaller, original ones.) 

I love love love love love love it! I have a hard time with big cars (could not drive the current Priuses!) and can see out of this one just fine. We get the typical “I pass your kind of car and honk” comments from some people who think you can’t go fast in a Prius. We have speeding tickets that beg to differ, whoops! 

We have almost 200,000 miles on it (we drive a lot.) The only things that have had to be replaced are one set of brakes (front, I think.) besides that it has all been routine maintenance, oil changes and the like. 

We get about 45/mpg on average. 

Post # 4
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

* What kind of car do you drive?

2007 BMW 328xi

* How do you like it?

I like the car itself, but have had a lot of problems with the tires.  Run-flat tires come standard on the car, but they only “run flat” for 50 miles at 50 miles an hour, and you have to have them changed at a BMW dealership – so if you have a flat more than 50 miles from a dealership, you’re screwed.  Yea, that was fun. 

The car itself is really fun to drive and handles very well.  But I will not be getting another BMW when my lease runs up next July (this was my second); I’m looking at the Nissan Maxima or Toyota Camry Hybrid.

* Have you had any trouble with it?

See above re: tires.  That’s the only issue I’ve had.

* How good of gas milage do you get?

Pretty piss-poor.  Maybe 13-14 in the city, 25 on the highway.  The car’s lifetime average is under 20.

Post # 5
3162 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I got a Mini Cooper last year and it is my favorite thing in the entire world. Phenomenal gas mileage (37/gallon) and uber-cute. It’s not for everyone, though. It’s really only ever me or me and my Fiance in the car and we don’t have a dog (YET) or kiddies. If you do then it wouldn’t really work for you. I love mine, though. It’s Tiffany blue and it makes every luxury car on the road jealous with it’s cuteness.

Post # 6
6593 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have a honda civic!

I love it!

It is 8 years old this year and I have NO problems with it! Just routine maintenance! And that is what Honda’s are known for they can live forever – they are really quality made!

Mileage – awesome – don’t know specifics but I only fill up with gas every 2 weeks with a min of a 20 minute city commute to work!

Post # 7
6571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i drive a 2002 acura rsx. it’s super small (which is good for me because i tend to hit things) and sporty looking, i adore it! it’s a stick, so it gets better gas mileage. the only problem is that it’s a two door and has a very small back seat, and since we’re thinking of starting a family soon i’ll either have to get a new car soon or switch with my fi to make room for a car seat. if you’re thinking of kids, i would’t recommend it.

Post # 8
255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

old school ’94 peugeot cabriolet 306!!!!

its my first car (second hand) and so i love it (inspite of all its flaws e.g. roof doesn’t always go up/down by itself 100% of the time, looks banged up- which it is, speedometer no longer works- we’ve got something else that does the job, and its a little hard to see out of the back windscreen because its a soft-top and the plastic stuff has simply gotten old- can be replaced). basically my troubles with it have to do with it being a granny in the car world…

also, i love that it’s quite a low car with a heavier steering wheel than most brand-new cars nowadays and so you really get a ‘feel’ for driving. i call it my mariokart because it totally feels like the game minus the bananas and mushrooms and stuff!

Post # 9
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I have a 13 year old Toyota 4runner.  I have almost 200,000 miles on it and have only had to put $500 or so worth of work into it.  It still gets over 20 miles to the gallon (better than some of the newer outbacks).  I can’t imagine ever getting rid of it.

We are right now becoming a one car family, as Mr. DG is thinking of getting rid of his Ford F250 truck.  We don’t need it in the city and it needs several thousand dollars worth of work.

Later we’ll get a fuel economic car… I’m hoping that US companies come out with a hybrid that gets more like 60 miles to the gallon soon.  The US is way behind the rest of the world in fuel economy!

Post # 10
1011 posts
Bumble bee

2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid.  I didn’t think I’d like it, but I love it.  With the nav system, I get to track my actual mileage.  I usually get about 34-35 with in town & highway driving.  If I’m only doing highway and the weather’s nice, I average between 39 and 40.  It’s been easy to maintain (just oil changes).  Plus, it seats 5 comfortably.  Although the trunk is small in the Camry, it’s a bit smaller in the Hybrid (b/c of the battery).  I don’t regret my choice at all.  However, if they had had it when I bought mine, I would have consider the new little Lexus hybrid (because it has lights on the side view mirrors).

It took me over 8 months to decide on a car (after I drowned mine and actually needed a new car). 

Post # 11
2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

* BMW X3 (2008)


* Only on – had a BAD flat tire, so bad that it even popped the run safe..  That wasnt BMWs fault though, so aside from that no issues

* Fir an SUV, its actually pretty great.  I couldnt tell you actual miles (the car tells me but I alwys forget to check) but I can make it to Syracuse on less than 3/4 tabk – thats about a 4 hour trip.

All in all I LOVE the handling, driving, everything.  We’ll definitely get another one when this one dies…

Post # 12
1220 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Audi A4.  Would buy another one in a heartbeat.

Post # 13
815 posts
Busy bee

I have a ’09 Honda Civic.  It’s a great car–and a great value.  Not sure what the gas mileage is, but I fill up the tank once ever 2 weeks or so.  I love that you get a ton more bells and whistles than other cars I looked at.  I didn’t think I would like my car, because I was obsessed with buying the Honda Fit but I would have had to wait a few months to get into one, so I got the Civic and it worked out. 

Post # 14
41 posts

I drive an ’03 Honda Civic coupe. I love it. I had wanted a Civic since I was in high school, but I never could afford one, so I always drove beaters. Last spring, my ’99 VW New Beetle’s brakes stopped working. I had invested over $10k to keep that car running (when I only paid $5k for it), and I was at my wit’s end with it. I shopped around for my Civic and spent a good month dealing with a sales person at the dealership who kept trying to show me $40k SUVs and brand new Nissan luxury sedans. I found my used Civic and haven’t looked back since.

No problems whatsoever since having her. I take her in for regular maintenance – oil changes, filter changes, etc. – and she runs like new. I put $15-20 worth of gas in my car every 2 weeks and I drive Monday through Friday back and forth to work. Not too bad. 🙂

Post # 15
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

2007 Subaru Outback.  It’s ubiquitous here in the rocky mountains, but it’s perfect for us.  Better mileage than an SUV, and more stuffable than Subaru’s forester (although they did just redesign both, so I don’t know).  I have gotten 5 people, 5 pairs of snowshoes, 5 winter backpacks, and a dog in this car.  Yes, at the same time.  It was cozy, but THAT’s utility!

Mileage is better than listed—I get around 25 in town, and average 28-30 highway.  On an all-highway trip to the mountains, I got 32 (it was much lower going ‘up’, and much higher coasting back down—I was shocked it was 32 as an average!)

I find the seats/passenger compartment very comfy too—a fact I noticed even more after a 4-hour roadtrip in DH’s ’01 Tacoma truck with bench seats.  Ugh!

And speaking of seats, LOVE LOVE LOVE the heated seats.  My favorite feature.

Post # 16
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

I love it! It has an awesome sound system and the GPS comes in handy, plus it acts like an iPod and records any CDs you play onto its hard drive.  It’s very spacious inside and super comfortable.  Very ow maintenance and the computer will record when you take it in and will tell you when something needs to be updates like oil or air filter.  Super helpful for a person like me that doesn’t remember things like that and really has no idea about cars.

The only issue I have with it is that you can feel every bump and groove in the road.  I guess the suspension is pretty stiff and the 18″ rims don’t help.

I usually get 30 mpg.  In the dash there’s even an option to show you your average mpg and current mpg.  It’s changed the way I drive.

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