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US Citizens: Do you drive American?

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For U.S. citizens only: What kind of vehicle do you drive? Results (total votes = 5):American&nbsp2 / 40.0%&nbsp Foreign&nbsp3 / 60.0%&nbsp 
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Personally, I will always stick with Japanese cars. Until I see a change in American built cars I'm not going to take the risk of buying domestic.These are the cars I have owned...Plymouth VolareI think this one was built in 1976. Volare's run like tanks and never die. I miss this car! I bought it for $1200 - my father paid half and I paid the other half. I was very rough on this car as I was 17 when I got it. Every day I took it over 100mph and few days would go by without me squealing the tires or fish-tailing around corners. I was nuts when I was younger.Right before I entered the US Navy I sold this car to my best friend for $300 or $400 cash. He drove it for less than a year and sold it for around $600. I tell you this car would not die.Cutlass SupremeI drove a Cutlass Supreme for about...1 month max. How was I to know this thing leaked oil!? The engine locked up and that car was gone. I've no idea the value of this car as my father gave it to me as a gift. It had over 100,000 miles and was one of my father's company cars. Losing this car was a horrible experience as it had ice cold AC and my Volare had none. I thought I was moving up in the world and was so proud to pick up my girlfriend in this new car.Pontiac BonnevilleThen Frank's mom sold me her Pontiac Bonneville. How much? I think like $800 or $1200. I loved this massive car. It was like riding on a cloud. Very different from any car I had driven in the past. Over the years of owning this car just about everything died on it. Heck, the car sat outside in the parking lot at a Bennigan's where I waited on tables for about a year. A homeless man made it his home, I was to discover, and he pissed all over my backseat. I felt bad for the guy, but I had the cops escort him out of my car so that I could get the car out of the parking lot.Toyota CorollaFinally, I bought a foreign car. This Toyota was bought for $3300 from dealership. I never had a single problem with this car, other than the AC eventually dying on it. When I bought this car I was totally broke. One of my friends got a big settlement from a motorcycle accident where he almost died, and he loaned me the full $3300. I repaid the loan over two years at $150 per month.I sold this car by putting a "For Sale" sign in the window. A Mexican guy/kid came by and asked about it. I was asking $600 for the car, but I sold it to him for only $400...if I remember the amount properly. I've always had a fondness for Mexican's, as silly as that might sound. These guys ride their bikes to work, then work their asses off every day, and then send their money home to their poor families back in Mexico. I had been watching it for years at the numerous jobs I held and it made me respect them tremendously. I would have given this guy the car if I could have afforded to do so.Watching him and his buddies drive away in my car with huge smilies on their faces was such an awesome feeling. I wanted to hug them! I knew how much having that vehicle meant to their lives and I was as happy for them as they were happy themselves.I remember trying hard to communicate the importance of checking the oil every few days as it was burning some oil at a slow rate. I believe I got the point across, but not one of them spoke any English.Toyota CorollaMy next car was again a Toyota Corolla, but this time a much nicer and newer version. I believe this was a 1998 and I bought it in like 2001. It was metallic pine green and has gold rims and gold pin stripes. The windows were extremely tinted so it was a bit of a pimp mobile. After owning it a bit I decided to put a serious sound system into it. I installed a 710 watt system with an Eclipse head unit, 4 Cantons, 2 tweeters, and 3 JL Audio Series 6 10" subs in a sealed box. I pushed it with a Zapco 360 and Zapco 350. I kept my battery alive with 2 capacitors.Long story short I wrecked the car...totaled it. There is a story behind the wreck, but I'm not willing to put it in print, so to speak....for legal reasons. The car was totaled a few weeks before I planned to sell it. My goal was to ask $5000, but I assumed I'd get $3500. State Farm's insurance adjuster gave me $5500, so I scored an additional $2000 off this wreck. I called my stereo shop and they came to the junk yard and pulled put my entire system so that I could save it for my next car.2001 Lexus ES300This is my current car and I really love it, but I want to get something newer. This is the exact car I was wanting for years and years. My broker's wife drove a Lexus LS400 with the same two-tone white and silver paint job. I lusted after that car and wanted to find a used one that I could afford.Then I totaled the Toyota and had no choice. That wreck pushed me over the line where I had to buy something, so I fortunately went for a nicer car than I had ever driven previously. And I found it on eBay for $3500 less than anywhere else. I remember calling the GM from the dealership and playing stupid - saying I didn't know how to use eBay auctions and needed to buy a car immediately. We went back and forth negotiating for about 2 hours over maybe 5 phone calls and we settled on a decent price. All I had to do was make the down payment over the phone with a credit card and then come get the car! So my father and I drove from Tampa down to West Palm Beach, Florida and got the car.It had only 10,700 miles on it when I bought it, but I'm now at about 70k miles. I love this car and will probably stick with Lexus on my next purchase. Built by Toyota this car is flawless and never has anything wrong with it - unlike all the American cars I have driven.Today is a BIG day for me. I've been driving this Lexus for over 3 years now and I've had the stock stereo as my system. Lexus has a decent stock radio, but it doesn't compare to what I had sitting collecting dust in my loft.Sept. 15th was my birthday and my family is pitching in and having my stereo installed in my Lexus today. I cannot tell you how excited I am to finally have a quality system again. Oh, and this time they are not putting in the Zapco 360 amp. They are installing a Zapco 1000 watt amp to power the 3 subs. I can only imagine how loud this thing will be. Edited by: Chris OConnor  at: 9/19/06 10:23 am
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Happy belated Birthday Chris!

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Enjoy the stereo! "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, prehaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." -Henry David Thoreau
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Re: Happy belated Birthday Chris!

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Currently have a 94 Auidi wagon and a 03 Honda Civic. Looking to upgrade the civic to an odyeesy farily soon, but I think the wagon will last forever. Besides all cars have parts made overseas no matter if the company is American or not. My old Ford pickup had a Japanese built gear box. And so many foreign models have plants in the states now too.funda "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, prehaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." -Henry David Thoreau
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