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Old 04-04-2016, 05:06 PM   #101
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A pickup is for work. A 2 seat sports car is for fun. I have one of each. Oh, and I drive a Jeep Rubicon. Just wanted to make sure you knew you could have it both ways!

(The pickup is an extra heavy duty F250 with a snow plow and chains on all four wheels.)
Hermit, Don't know about that, I've got a 2010 F150 Platinum and a 2014 Corvette. They are both a lot of fun to drive. I can lay wheels and corner pretty well in either of them...tires can get a little expensive. If you put the top down in the corvette and have a willing passenger, a tree or shrub can be transported from the nursery. I think of them as Go Fast #1 and Go Faster #2. With my husband being sick, I take his 2014 F250 Platinum out for a run once a week so it's not sitting. I've been warned, no dings, no dents and no burnouts.
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Old 04-06-2016, 09:54 AM   #102
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A pickup is for work. A 2 seat sports car is for fun. I have one of each.
I've seen some pretty hot trucks here in Texas, can have fun and do work too all in one vehicle.
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:08 AM   #103
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I've seen some pretty hot trucks here in Texas, can have fun and do work too all in one vehicle.
Some pickup trucks that I have seen here would require a ladder to even get in and out of them. I guess not all of them are like that but there sure are a lot that are.

Most sports cars are too low for me given my (mild but ever-present) arthritis.

My Venza (SUV) is the perfect height for me to get in and out of comfortably, and if I can't do whatever-it-is with my Venza, I shouldn't be doing it anyway at my age. I foolishly got the big engine and have never pushed the accelerator down even half way; if I did I'd be in earth orbit. So with its considerable maneuverability, it's plenty of fun to drive.

Somehow this post reminds me of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. "The truck was too high for Goldilocks. The sports car was too low. But the Venza was JUST the right height!"
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Old 04-06-2016, 10:14 AM   #104
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I've seen some pretty hot trucks here in Texas, can have fun and do work too all in one vehicle.
Auto threads always get back to pickup trucks.
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Auto threads always get back to pickup trucks.
How could it be otherwise?
Best selling vehicles in the US:
  1. Ford F-series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Dodge Ram

Once you get down to 4th place, the rest of the top ten are sedans or SUVs.
  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Corolla/Matrix
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda CR-V
  • Honda Civic
  • Nissan Altima
  • Toyota RAV4
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How could it be otherwise?
Best selling vehicles in the US:
  1. Ford F-series
  2. Chevrolet Silverado
  3. Dodge Ram

Once you get down to 4th place, the rest of the top ten are sedans or SUVs.
  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Corolla/Matrix
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda CR-V
  • Honda Civic
  • Nissan Altima
  • Toyota RAV4
Right, but the thread started out as one discussing sporty mid-life crises type cars (Miata) , not every day, utilitarian models. Surely, by this point we have heard how great 'dem pickups are?
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Right, but the thread started out as one discussing sporty mid-life crises type cars (Miata) , not every day, utilitarian models. Surely, by this point we have heard how great 'dem pickups are?
Looks to me like the OP has lots of room for different car models. Besides, in some parts of the US a pickup is the sporty mid-life crisis option.
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I looked at the various overpriced and tedious options, before deciding that the best replacement for my little ragtop was -- obviously -- a Mazda Miata. If you had an arthritic left knee and arthritic ankles and feet, would you be sensible and buy an automatic or would you choose something that was more fun? Or should I just buy some old lady, square sedan?
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Besides, in some parts of the US a pickup is the sporty mid-life crisis option.
Apparently so.
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And considering the price tags on some of the high end truck models, you could buy 2 Miatas.
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Some pickup trucks that I have seen here would require a ladder to even get in and out of them. I guess not all of them are like that but there sure are a lot that are.
I wonder if that's because New Orleans is a little bit below sea level on average?
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I wonder if that's because New Orleans is a little bit below sea level on average?
Oh right! THAT must be it!

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I've always subscribed to the logic of:

You need a sedan to haul the family
You need a truck to haul all your DIY stuff
You need a 4-wheeler to haul the camping gear where others can't go
and you need a sports car to, well, haul ass...

I have had all four all at the same time but I've been down one the last few years. No sports car has caught my eye in the way the previous ones did.
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My snakebit, elderly BMW tried to commit suicide again. It has since been patched together at no small expense, but my husband wants to send it off to the automobile rainbow bridge. I looked at the various overpriced and tedious options, before deciding that the best replacement for my little ragtop was -- obviously -- a Mazda Miata. If you had an arthritic left knee and arthritic ankles and feet, would you be sensible and buy an automatic or would you choose something that was more fun? Or should I just buy some old lady, square sedan?
My son's Audi was in a repair shop, so he borrowed my Nissan SUV and drove it for a couple of weeks. When he got his car back, he said "Oh man, I felt like I was driving a little car like a golf cart on the street". And an Audi S4 is not a golf cart!

I do not care to drive a behemoth SUV or pickup, but years of driving minivans and SUVs make it difficult for me to get up from a sedan with a low seat, let alone a sports car.

And no, I have no arthritis anywhere in my bones.
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I do not care to drive a behemoth SUV or pickup, but years of driving minivans and SUVs make it difficult for me to get up from a sedan with a low seat, let alone a sports car.
I've noticed that too as the years go by, and still no arthritis issues. We did notice it the last two weeks when pain in my right leg prevented moving it throughout the normal range. That's been resolved so all is good for now.
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No sports car has caught my eye in the way the previous ones did.
My dilemma too! But to get the one that does catch my fancy (the right old one), it would now cost more than my first house did!
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I know that people with families really need those minivans and SUVs.

But I hate driving behind them or parking next to them because of reduced visibility.

Too bad station wagons aren't popular any more. How about some new models with the fake wood panels?
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