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Old 06-12-2009, 04:16 PM   #1
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Old 06-12-2009, 04:39 PM   #2
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I really like Rachel and her spiffy car, Chariot. My ninety year old Aunt just dropped a new engine in her yellow 1984 coupe de ville. She wouldn't hear of a new car even though she could easily afford it. I keep an old Land Cruiser(the "Beast") for sentimental reasons as a second car. I maintain it meticulously and enjoy bringing the Beast out of the garage for a run at least once a week. Can't really say I'm a car lover other than for this.

Oh, and SarahW: Congratulations on your retirement! Wishing you many happy years.
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:26 PM   #3
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I feel that way about my present car . It's a 99 Camry Solara and every time I think of trading it in I feel unfaithful because it is the best car I've ever had . It is also the first car I bought fully loaded .
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:45 PM   #4
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Oh, and SarahW: Congratulations on your retirement! Wishing you many happy years.
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Old 06-12-2009, 08:14 PM   #5
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I cracked up over the part where she shows all the "lifetime warranty" parts that she has had replaced for free over the years.

And that is a pretty mean looking revolver that she packs.
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:14 PM   #6
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That is one of the best stories I have seen in a long time! That woman had me smilen' from ear to ear.

As far as my car goes....I really like it, but I'm not as dedicated as she is. Of course then again, I have named my car....
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While I was watching that video I remarked to myself that Rachel was a pistol...and right after that she pulled her pistol from under the seat! Rachel is too cool - I hope I'm that on the ball when I'm 89!
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One of my friends has a '59 MGA that he bought new. He's only 69. He has rebuilt it twice. Did it himself with the help of a few friends.

Good for Rachel. More power to her.
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Good story. I like the part where Rachel complains to the DMV that they shouldn't renew licenses for very old people without a driving test.

BTW, she says she spent $3,289 for it in 1964, but that was in another currency called "1964 dollars." She actually spent $22,624.

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Hmmm...well, I disagree. She ACTUALLY spent $3289. If she were buying today, she might spend $22k, but she isn't buying today.
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A story that's bound to put a smile on the faces of cheapskates frugal folks everywhere.
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Good story. I like the part where Rachel complains to the DMV that they shouldn't renew licenses for very old people without a driving test.
As my dad used to say about Florida, "these old people can't drive".
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I couldn't get any audio at the link, but I got the gist of the story.

I'll still be tooling around in my 2005 Mustang for many years. I get funny looks right now, a "mature" lady driving around in a muscle car with classical music blaring. When I go completely silver, look out.
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Good choice freebird. Me any and my 05 Mustang (not a ragtop but at least a GT) will be around for a while. Me and my 61 Sunbeam will be a couple until I die. My 07 Ranger is expendable.
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I think everything goes through the following few phases: brand-new-wow-my-baby phase, the eh-it's-nice-but-not-perfect phase, the I'm-looking-for-a-new-one phase at around 7 years, the hmm-what's-out-there-is-more-trouble-but-not-much-better phase, and the I'm-proud-to-be-with-this-weirdo/clunker/old junk phase.
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I couldn't get any audio at the link, but I got the gist of the story.

I'll still be tooling around in my 2005 Mustang for many years. I get funny looks right now, a "mature" lady driving around in a muscle car with classical music blaring. When I go completely silver, look out.

Come down to Florida you will blend right in . There are tons of white hairs driving mustangs , camaros and corvettes.
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The other day I gave our '02 Echo its midlife detailing at 153,000 miles. The goal is 300,000. It doesn't really feel any different than it did when we drove it off the lot. The floor mats are still in pretty good shape.
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Come down to Florida you will blend right in . There are tons of white hairs driving mustangs , camaros and corvettes.
Except Freebird can see over the steering wheel rim.
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Volvo sponsors their own Million Mile Club. The best known member has over 2.5M miles on his P1800. I saw the car at a show in Carlisle, PA- it's kept in showroom condition. The owner is not as old as this lady; he just drives a lot.
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Hmmm...well, I disagree. She ACTUALLY spent $3289. If she were buying today, she might spend $22k, but she isn't buying today.
That's OK too. My only point was that although it's fun to say things like "Wow, I bought a new car for only $3,289 in 1963!" the "dollar" back then and the "dollar" today are, in a very real sense, simply not the same thing. Back then, a dollar was something that could buy several loaves of bread.
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