The Car We Chose

Posted by Herb7734 8 months ago to Culture
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A little time ago, I asked the Gulch for help in buying a new car. Also, I promised to let those who contributed what we finally picked out.Because I had certain requirements, it was difficult to find what we wanted at a price we could afford. To two sticking points were that the car should have adjustable pedals for my short BW and had an easy access for old handicapped me. The only cars that seem to have those features were either way out of our price range or no longer being made. Strangely enough, we found a car that had both criteria and because it was the last 2016 version on the lot, we were able to negotiate a very good price. Of all things, it turned out to be a full-sized sedan. The Ford Taurus. It had adjustable pedals, and was built on a platform four inches higher than standard sedans. Of course it also had a truckful of features we didn't really need, but we had to get in order to get the adjustable pedals. One of those features, however, appealed to the kid in me, a 288 hp V6.


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  • Posted by  $  Stormi 8 months ago
    I had to laugh at the hp and your joy of it, also the access issue. One of my e-mail buddies is 92 and just got a new Lexus, which came with a manual over a thousand pages! I love that hp also, 306 on my Camaro V6, and 350 on my Vette. I can relate to the pedal issue, at 20, I went to a lot to sit in my dream car, Jaguar XKE, could not afford it, but was was bitterly disappointed when my feet did not come close to reaching the pedals! We went to a Corvette rally a while back, and saw our future, as endless people were helped from their very low Corvettes, to walk away with their canes or walkers. My Lexus friend had a Corvette modified by raising the sat, so his wife with hip issues could climb in. What we will do for our cars.
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    • Posted by 8 months ago
      Very true.I must admit that I just love a beautiful car. Being raised in Detroit, I was super car conscious. Let's face it, you can take the boy out of Detroit, but you can't take Detroit out of the boy. The Detroit of the 50s, that is.
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      • Posted by dwlievert 8 months ago
        At 72 Herb, I have owned a number of enjoyable automobiles, but never what might be termed a luxury model. Fortunately, I am yet to require an automobile that enables me to overcome one or more of my growing physical limitations. I suppose the ultimate expression of that requirement will be my final ride in the a hearse.

        Two years ago my brother-in-law, knowing I always appreciate "a great ride," offered Julie and I a used automobile that had been in the family for a number of years and had just under 100K on the odometer. It was an almost "showroom condition," 2005 Mercedes E320, CDI sedan. He indicated it needed a good deal of mechanical work - primarily suspension, and a set of tires on the sharp, after-market "performance" wheels.

        We paid the price he was asking and then put an almost equal amount into the front suspension, struts, glow plugs, tires, and several minor annoyances.

        To make a long story short, we have put a little over 20K miles on it and it is simply the finest automobile I have ever owned! The CDI is a diesel - the last of the "dirty diesels" requiring no additives. It is simply a "rocket ship" under full throttle and will get almost 35mpg at 80mph on the highway! Yet it always conveys the luxury I had expected, yet never had known, from the reputation of a Mercedes! If I have my way, it will become the "hearse" of my life!

        Congratulations on your joy Herb! I can relate.
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        • Posted by 8 months ago
          Thank you.
          As to German cars, I was a big BMW advocate. But that was long before it became Mercedes competition. I helped found the BMW Car Club of America and went nuts for those cars but they never rose to the level of my beloved '69 Charger.
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  • Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 8 months ago
    I'll be notifying the local radar police of Bonny and Clide in a Ford Taurus...laughing...wouldn't do that to you Herb.
    Congrats.
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    • Posted by 8 months ago
      Thanks. Not Bonnie & Clyde, more like Grampa and Bride.
      At least 1/2 the features may never be used. I'll never be using my Smart Phone to plug into the 12 speaker sound system because (wait for it) I don't own an Smart Phone. I'll have to go back to school just to be able to figure out how to run most of the stuff.
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  • Posted by peterchunt 7 months, 4 weeks ago
    Being an engineer I want a car built right, is a lot of fun, handles real well and is reliable. No other choice than a Porsche Boxster. I track it, take it on trips were I call it my econocar (35 mpg), and simply have fun everytime I drive it.
    My wife really wanted to get a diesel so she could annoy her liberal friends by driving a vehicle that burnt nothing but pure hydrocarbons, no cannoli oil.
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    • Posted by 7 months, 4 weeks ago
      Porsche is a great car. However, I no longer could get in and out of it. That goes for all roadsters and most sedans. This thing that I got is a monster. It is powerful, handles like a trolly car, but is comfortable and can be adjusted so my BW can drive it comfortably as well. When you get to be my age, comfort trumps other considerations. Also it has a three body size trunk.
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  • Posted by 1musictime 8 months ago
    One may have a list of favorite automobiles. One may want to add. Possible to revise. Then to note ways to determine the quality's there with a choice. Then implement.One may ask what are the majority of Ayn Rand and Ayn Rand book lovers favorite automobiles? What are most owning? What may be a typical automobile example?What are most wanting without owning?Also who are the top mechanics per choice automobiles?Also top automobile sales people?
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  • Posted by  $  MichaelAarethun 8 months ago
    Works out to add two cylinders and it a 384 bored out a 400. Hope springs eterenal. Does it come with stick or just automatic?
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    • Posted by 8 months ago
      Optional paddle shifters. Didn't get them. It does have a 6 speed tranny though.
      It wouldn't compete with my old '69 Dodge Charger with the 440 V8, but I'm afraid such a car would be a waste on me.
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      • Posted by  $  MichaelAarethun 8 months ago
        AH HAH! I had the Plymouth version with a 440 Interceptor. Just the gas and tire bill alone these days would be humongous for three strips of rubber and 2 ' nasty chirp the thing would go sideways at the midnight drags as fast as some cars went forward. Six speeds Neat! what color?
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        • Posted by 8 months ago
          Sea Foam Green over medium green.
          I accumulated more speeding tickets with that car. Lordy, I did love it, though. After a meeting a guy challenged me in his GTO.He was a car length behind me when he couldn't make a turn at an intersection and wound up in the middle of a rather large field. He was stuck, but there were no cell phones in those days. I guess no one taught him how to use the brake and accelerator to make a sharp turn.
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          • Posted by  $  MichaelAarethun 8 months ago
            Sort of a brownish bronze. I had a blown up engine so it was cheap. The engine and a few other parts were from a wrecked police car. They fit the mounts and connections perfectly. Built it as a sleeper so no change in paint. One had to look at the tires and most didn't. Nor did it have the characteristic sitting still engne motion of a full race. The first clue was waiting for our turn who ever the other driver was and just before moving up to the line (midnight drags
            ) I pushed two levers and diverted the exhaust into behind the front tires dumps. No back pressure there. That's when the fear look came and I grinned a lot. ha ha . I also had a couple of bags or five in the trunk over the rear axles. What FUN! I look at the go kart boom box mobiles today and shake me head. Why bother?
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