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    I had a little better deal than you guys did it seems.

    I had pretty good part time jobs through HS and college and stayed in pretty good cars. They were generally only a year or two old and in good shape. Rust was never an issue in my area back then.

    My problem was that my cars were good enough that my mom would steal my keys and take off in my hot rods. She would return and pass judgement on whether I should be allowed to drive anything that would go that fast. Life was tough.

    In fact, I often had two cars! One good vehicle I used daily and an old banger to use for hunting, fishing and camping.

    In my area you could pick up a good old car for $200-$300 and turn it into the equal of a Tennessee dune buggy. Heavy lug mud & snow retreads for $10 each, a roof rack to carry the john boat, mount tractor lights on the roof rack, shoot a coat of primer on it and head for the creek.

    Of course back then we could keep them running using simple hand tools. Replacing a starter was $25 and an hour under the car. Alternators about the same. We were known to replace rings and bearings and rebuild a head over the weekend if necessary.

    The last alternator I had replaced was $900, a couple of years back replacing two 4WD front axles cost me $1200 and I just scrapped my Jeep rather than pay the value of the rig to replace the heads. An engine rebuild would have been twice the value of the vehicle.

    Right now most of my hunting is done on one of the WMA areas nearby and they have a nice parking lot and good road access. My favorite fishing spots let me back into the lake and shove the boat in the water so I don't need and SUV or truck for that any more. I am sort of into simple, plain and cheap at this point in my vehicle experience.
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    My first cars were all of the ones you weren't supposed to own. They got me from place to place so I couldn't complain. Fiat 850 Racer was fun (not sure I could get in and out of it today. Then there was the Vega and Pinto. Lots of cars over the years. Now only pick up trucks. Heck they drive a lot smoother than most of the cars I owned an are a lot handier.
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    I had a pinto station wagon for about 6-7 years. I think the back seat was up when I bought it. I donít remember it being up till I sold it. It wasnít supposed to be an ATV but it sure got used as one. It was a 3-speed on the floor. Got fantastic gas mileage and relatively few repairs that were not self inflicted.

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    My first car was a robin egg blue 1967 Opel Kadet station wagon. Four speed with a mighty 1.1 liter. When it ran it got almost 40 mpg. It had constant electrical problems but was easy to push off. Used to trail dog that thing a lot and if you got stuck 2 people could lift the rear end to get her back on the trail.
    Was watching one of those car action shows about a month ago and a fully restored red one sold for $30k. Who'd a thunk it.
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    Ain't that the truth. If we had kept some of the things we got rid of.....I had a VW Karmann Ghia for a while. Man, was that thing fun.
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    I remember some of the prices of cars on The Price is Right back in the 70s. It's chilling.

    I drove disposable vans for most of my adult life.

    I'm a pedestrian now. I have a driver's license and can drive if I have to but I get by quite well walking and using public transportation. It can be a pain but it's also sorta freeing.
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    I have fond memories of my Pinto. It was a hatchback. Got it for free as I was leaving Hawaii. I helped a friend buy a car he wanted (short term loan) just before I left the island. He gave me the car as a thank you, saying you will need something more than a motorcyle since your are transfering to Washington State. He was right. When I got the car, you had to start it in neutral (it was an automatic). Shortly, it wouldn't start at all. Had to take a screw driver across the starter solenoid. Got tired of that and wired a switch to the starter solenoic and put it in a foot pedal. People got a kick out of starting the car with a foot pedal. Sold that car for $600. Again, fond memories.
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    I have a Colorado ZR2, she has an Equinox 2.0 with twin turbos and what we call the "street car."

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    Things were hard in those days, but they were simple.... I found this girl and all she wanted in the world was to go camping with me out of the back of that Pinto SW... She managed to hold on to me for going on 47 years now... Her wants and needs are a bit different now but I'd bet she'd drop it all (for a day or two) under the stars in the North LA woods... Don't know where I'd find a dang Pinto SW though....

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    There are a lot of different factors to consider when choosing a car to buy, and it really depends on your specific needs and preferences. If you're mainly looking for Spam, I'm the idiot for you.
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    I have a corolla for "classy stuff" and an old school fiat like this one in the picture for everyday use. It's called "fiat uno", it was made in 2008 and it can run using gas, ethanol and even a mix of both of them. I'm also able use diesel with some modifications but the car feels "weaker" so I reversed the modifications and now I mostly use gas and sometimes ethanol.
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