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01-26-2007 04:54 AM  10 years agoPost 21
Raptorz499

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Get a BMW!! Work hard and save your money..it's worth it. Seriously tho, just get a used SUV. I just gave my BMW to my wife and got a GMC Yukon so that I can fit my fleet of helis in it! The SUV will be very safe for you but will accomodate all your needs.

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01-26-2007 05:02 AM  10 years agoPost 22
bell-230

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oh come now any bmw 3 series or 5 series has got folding rear seats, turns it into a bloody warehouse backthere

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01-26-2007 05:05 AM  10 years agoPost 23
kiiski

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I'll second a Cherokee,
I've had three, an '89 (Mine had the HO6 and the dreaded peugot 5 speed, and yep, the tranny went T.U. twice), a '90 5 speed and currently have a '94 auto. Put a 3" lift and slightly larger tires and it looks really nice (I don't like monster lifts). I got around 23mpg with the sticks, and get 20/21mpg with the auto. Without a doubt my favorite daily driver, good in snow and moderate off-road stuff, and cleans up really nice as well. Fold down the rear seat and you have plenty of room for heli's and planks. I got over 250,000 miles out of my '90 with no major breakdowns, sold it (3 years ago) when I bought my '94 and I still see my '90 around town all of the time.
Can you tell I like Cherokee's?
Kiiski

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01-26-2007 05:15 AM  10 years agoPost 24
eyeflyhelis

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bell-230 a bloody whorehouse back there... must be a wagon or SUV for that.... oh nevermind just realized iread it wrong

only you have the power to make no difference!

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01-26-2007 05:20 AM  10 years agoPost 25
bell-230

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no only the x5 has one of those!

ian brooke
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01-26-2007 01:24 PM  10 years agoPost 26
Raptorz499

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Warehouse is right!! The fold thru seats allow an unbelievable amount of room. In my wife's 330 I can fit like 4 Raptor 50's and my Trexz

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01-26-2007 02:04 PM  10 years agoPost 27
Tommy Z

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Cool

My friend just got a cherokee...It's awesome.
I could look into those

Tommy

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01-26-2007 02:36 PM  10 years agoPost 28
ERAUEAGLE

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I have a wrangler unlimited.....it is a fun car to drive, but gas mileage is 13-14mpg...wranglers of all years are cool though....

Yea, I see you know everything but can see why kids love cinnamon toast crunch????

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01-26-2007 04:54 PM  10 years agoPost 29
MARKGYVER

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Everyone talks about how big SUV's and Trucks get crappy gas mileage.
My 4dr Dodge Hemi 4x4 gets 1.5 MPG less than my wifes Ford Escape and weighs twice as much. I get 15 MPG in town and 21 Highway.

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01-27-2007 06:15 PM  10 years agoPost 30
Colin Mill

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Hi tzenteno

Do you have any good roads over there? Over here we have things called "bends" put into lots of our roads just to make them fun to drive on. Costs a fortune in extra tarmac but worth it

(makes up for gas at 9 dollars/gallon)

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01-27-2007 06:31 PM  10 years agoPost 31
quattrokid73

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buy yourself a good used Japanese car. why?

-best reliability
-cheap to service
-easy to find good deals on in the first place
-fun to drive
-good on gas

dont get yourself a used german car or the rest of your earnings will go towards repairs. my audi and every one of my friends BMWs have made quite a service fee mess. sure you will find ones whose owners took great care of them, but that said, it doesnt change the nature of the beast.

a nice used Acura Integra, Honda Accord Coupe, Mazda 6 or 3, or Subaru WRX will give you all you could ask for.

Personally, I'd go for the Mazda 3.

Adam

Aero-Model/Hacker Brushless/Mikado 2007

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01-27-2007 06:44 PM  10 years agoPost 32
chopperman1

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Just remeber dont spend all your money on a car, you are going to have bills to pay when you go to college. A really nice car isnt everything.

Cliff

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01-27-2007 08:04 PM  10 years agoPost 33
kookboy

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I have 2 vehicles and would recommend both hands down without any contest compared to anything else.

Here's the stories..

1) 1986 Jeep Cherokee 2.8l V6, 5spd.

Bought it from an 80yr old grandma who had it serviced every month since new. It was in mint shape and I paid her $1,400 for it in 1994.

I put on a 3" lift with some decent BFG tires and have since drove it from Seattle down to Mexico 13 times and the odometer now reads at 453,000 miles. I am on the 2nd engine (1st went to 300miles).

Altogether since I've owned it, honestly I put in approx. $4,000 in repairs and maintenance over the course of 12 years and eventhough it's looking a little rough around the edges, it's a tank and will go anywhere safely and haul more gear than any other vehicle I've owned.

2) 1997 Subaru Legacy 2.2l boxer, ltd slip differentials 5psd.

Bought it in Halifax, Canada for $3,000 two years ago from a nice family who upgraded to an SUV. Same as the Jeep, it was in mint condition. At the time I was living in Vancouver, BC (Canada) and decided that if it would take me back home across Canada without any problems, that I would keep it instead of reselling it to make some cash. Well, after 10 days of nice travelling (met my girlfriend 1/2 way in Ontario to drive her through the prairies and the rockies), we got back home and love the car.

Ever since, I take it everywhere. It likes pavement but really, underneath the car just loves ice and snow. In all honesty, I love this car more than anything I have owned. The reason why we still have the Jeep is because of sentimental reasons. I've had/worked on that little guy for a long time.

Both vehicles are solid, dependable, have a ton of room with some to spare with 5 people loaded in them and can take on any form of weather you can throw at them.

Based on this, my recommendation would be one of the following in order of preference :

1) 90-97 Jeep Cherokee 4dr, 4l HO, 5speed (personal sale with low miles)

2) 96-98 Subaru Outback/Legacy wagon with 2.2l (stay away from 2.5's) 5psd.

3) 2001-2003 Subaru Outback or WRX ($$) 2.5 (newer version).

Both vehicles I have should have died a long time ago, but they keep going on and on.

In all reality, I will probably never sell either vehicle. They're just too damn good. Plus the Subaru gets ridiculously insane gas mileage. Almost triple the Jeep on the highway. About 460 miles to a tank.

**** and the most important ... money $$$. *******

READ BELOW

The reason why I bought both vehicles at the time instead of something newer is because I had a certain amount of money to play with.

For the Subaru, I had $7000. Instead of looking for a 7k car, I bought one for 1/2 that, opened up a bank account specifically for my car and put the rest of the money in there. My insurance and gas is paid for at least 2 years with enough in there for some major repairs along the way. Now it feels like I have a free car. Don't have to worry about monthly payments, insurance, gas, repairs.. it's great.

It's wierd, but I highly recommend a plan like this. It's worked for me for a long time.

... But honey it was only $$$

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