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    Richiebcfc25

    [1]Dec 12, 2007
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    Being that Top Gearis all about cars i just wondered What type of cars do you drive or driven in the past (and please be honest) i drive a rubbish second hand chevrolet cavalier that my dad gave me when he finished with it and it is a bucket of c**p but back in england i used to drive a golf GTI which broke down and i had to sell it for scrap.

    so what do you drive or drivenand do you have any interesting anecdotes about it?

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    sfaberge

    [2]Dec 12, 2007
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    I drive a Mini One and I love it. I'm only 17 so it's a great first car
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    majorkaos

    [3]Dec 12, 2007
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    I've got a 1993 Eagle Talon Tsi. It's so much fun to drive especially when the turbo kicks in. The only things I hate about it are the fact the parts are so bloody expensive and it's a cop magnet. But then what fun car isn't a cop magnet! It's fully stock but I could see possibly putting some extra hidden power in it. Not looking to make it a Tuner, just stealth powerhouse. But unfortunately my younger brother (22 yrs old) has me beat on the car front. He bought a 1969 Mustang Fastback. It sounds AMAZING! Right now it's getting repaired as it was bought with some good dings and dents in it. But in flat black it looks like the car the Grim Reaper should be driving. It is getting a Resto-mod done to it. So it too will be a stealth powerhouse.
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    Bule1101

    [4]Dec 12, 2007
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    I have to say I am very lucky in this point, I have a 997 turbo and a Cayenne turbo. They are both amazing cars, had the cayenne for almost 3 years now, it has 130000km and I did not have a problem with it once. Its really nice on long trips, comfortable yet very very fast. I have the 997 for a year now, and it is by far the best car I have ever driven, it is just sublime. I love it and am gonna keep it for a while.

    Oh, I also have a KTM X-Bow on order!! One of the first to be built is gonna be mine, cant wait for it...

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    RoboAmish

    [5]Dec 13, 2007
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    I use the bus... (hangs head in shame)
    though I think you'll find it was scientifically proven by Top Gear that public transport beats traveling in a car
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    Ultimate_Critic

    [6]Dec 13, 2007
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    I'm a full time student studying in London now so no longer drive but I have had a looonnnggg string of lovely cars even though I don't think I owned any of them for more than 8 months.
    Fiesta
    Fiesta Zetec-s
    Clio 172
    03 Civic Type R 350z (for roughly 3 weeks)
    MR2 Rev 2 na
    MR2 Rev 3 turbo
    And now I have a Leon 1.8T waiting on my driveway (back home).

    I miss making money
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    gcswift2

    [7]Dec 17, 2007
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    In order from the first...

    1. 1984 Toyota Carolla SR5. It was 1990 and I was 16, I loved that car, but I drove it into the ground.
    2. 1990 Mazda 626 in 1993
    3. 1990 Buick Grand National in 1995.Killed bya tree in Vermont. RWD+ 300hp+ Snow+ Ice+ Curve= Oops!!!
    4. 1990 Audi 5000 in 1998.4WD is a wonderful thing
    5. 2002 BMW m3 in 2003.
    6. 2005 BMW M5 in 2005. My first NEW car. I love everything except I-Drive. My ex-daily driver
    7. 1998 Ferrari 355 in 2005. My first Ferrari!!! The most fun you can have with your clothes on.
    8. 2207 Ferrari 599 arrived a month ago. I picked it up in California and drove it home to NYC. It's now my daily driver. I wouldn't change a thing.

    I wanted my first Ferrari to be the 512TR (The car that made me love cars), but it was the classic case of meeting your heroes. If I find a top notch model I'll get it.

    Edited on 12/17/2007 3:32am
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    sfaberge

    [8]Dec 17, 2007
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    gcswift2 wrote:

    In order from the first...

    1. 1984 Toyota Carolla SR5. It was 1990 and I was 16, I loved that car, but I drove it into the ground.
    2. 1990 Mazda 626 in 1993
    3. 1990 Buick Grand National in 1995.Killed bya tree in Vermont. RWD+ 300hp+ Snow+ Ice+ Curve= Oops!!!
    4. 1990 Audi 5000 in 1998.4WD is a wonderful thing
    5. 2002 BMW m3 in 2003.
    6. 2005 BMW M5 in 2005. My first NEW car. I love everything except I-Drive. My ex-daily driver
    7. 1998 Ferrari 355 in 2005. My first Ferrari!!! The most fun you can have with your clothes on.
    8. 2207 Ferrari 599 arrived a month ago. I picked it up in California and drove it home to NYC. It's now my daily driver. I wouldn't change a thing.

    I wanted my first Ferrari to be the 512TR (The car that made me love cars), but it was the classic case of meeting your heroes. If I find a top notch model I'll get it.



    I like the gradual progression. I like the iDrive, makes the dash nice and simple. Other cars have horribly large numbers of buttons. Merc now have a similar thing to the iDrive that's terrible.

    If you list the cars my family has I think you'd like it:

    1. BMW M5
    2. BMW 530i (Mum's car!)
    3. BMW X5
    4. BMW 750i (Company car)
    5. Aston Martin DB5
    6. Aston Martin DBS (SOON!!)
    7. Ferrari F430 Spyder
    8. Land Rover Defender (In Canada)
    9. Mini (Mine!)
    10. Merc Van

    My dad is a serial car collector.
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    Ultimate_Critic

    [9]Dec 17, 2007
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    Does anyone have a bike?
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    sfaberge

    [10]Dec 17, 2007
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    Ultimate_Critic wrote:
    Does anyone have a bike?

    Yes!! I live in London, you have to have one!
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    Bule1101

    [11]Dec 17, 2007
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    gcswift2 wrote:

    In order from the first...

    1. 1984 Toyota Carolla SR5. It was 1990 and I was 16, I loved that car, but I drove it into the ground.
    2. 1990 Mazda 626 in 1993
    3. 1990 Buick Grand National in 1995.Killed bya tree in Vermont. RWD+ 300hp+ Snow+ Ice+ Curve= Oops!!!
    4. 1990 Audi 5000 in 1998.4WD is a wonderful thing
    5. 2002 BMW m3 in 2003.
    6. 2005 BMW M5 in 2005. My first NEW car. I love everything except I-Drive. My ex-daily driver
    7. 1998 Ferrari 355 in 2005. My first Ferrari!!! The most fun you can have with your clothes on.
    8. 2207 Ferrari 599 arrived a month ago. I picked it up in California and drove it home to NYC. It's now my daily driver. I wouldn't change a thing.

    I wanted my first Ferrari to be the 512TR (The car that made me love cars), but it was the classic case of meeting your heroes. If I find a top notch model I'll get it.

    How is the 599?? Is it comfortable for everyday use? I had a test drive on it and it was amazing, but im not sure it would be so good on long trips... I really like it, and am considering one to replace the turbo, but I never owned a ferrari and I am a little scared it will not be reliable for everyday use...
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    gcswift2

    [13]Dec 17, 2007
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    Bule1101 wrote:
    gcswift2 wrote:

    In order from the first...

    1. 1984 Toyota Carolla SR5. It was 1990 and I was 16, I loved that car, but I drove it into the ground.
    2. 1990 Mazda 626 in 1993
    3. 1990 Buick Grand National in 1995.Killed bya tree in Vermont. RWD+ 300hp+ Snow+ Ice+ Curve= Oops!!!
    4. 1990 Audi 5000 in 1998.4WD is a wonderful thing
    5. 2002 BMW m3 in 2003.
    6. 2005 BMW M5 in 2005. My first NEW car. I love everything except I-Drive. My ex-daily driver
    7. 1998 Ferrari 355 in 2005. My first Ferrari!!! The most fun you can have with your clothes on.
    8. 2207 Ferrari 599 arrived a month ago. I picked it up in California and drove it home to NYC. It's now my daily driver. I wouldn't change a thing.

    I wanted my first Ferrari to be the 512TR (The car that made me love cars), but it was the classic case of meeting your heroes. If I find a top notch model I'll get it.

    How is the 599?? Is it comfortable for everyday use? I had a test drive on it and it was amazing, but im not sure it would be so good on long trips... I really like it, and am considering one to replace the turbo, but I never owned a ferrari and I am a little scared it will not be reliable for everyday use...
    It was actually better on my trip cross country. It is a true "GT" car and was designed to eat asphalt at a continental pace. I'm actually abusing it by all the stop and go traffic since we got home. However that being said; I just love driving it. Other than having to change to winter tires (which make the "race" and "cst off" settings all but impossible) and all the warnings I get for 5 mph over the speed limit I cannot complain.

    -additional comments-

    I'd like to add a complaint... The roads on my way to work are too straight!!! I was playing on some back roadslike I used to do in the M5 and I suddenly realised that I am not as good as this car makes me seem. Break too early... The car just sticks and powers through. Break too late.... Itgets around behind you and ducks into the apex. Need to correct your exit line... It gives you just enough oversteerthen blast you off to the next bend.

    My girlfriend has the Porshe Cayenne S and I think that vehicle is only limited by the laws of Physics. My 599 bends, twist, and finds every loophole in those laws in order to make the distance between corners as short as possible.

    One additional complaint... Not enough tunnels!!! I would drive this through the Subway system if they let me (And they steam cleaned it).

    Edited on 12/18/2007 10:49am
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    Bule1101

    [14]Dec 18, 2007
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    Thanks!

    Still am not convinced! But i will ask You again in spring to see how it went thru thewinter!

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    TopGearFan

    [15]Jan 2, 2008
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    I live in the USA and I have a 2007 Honda Accord EX sedan. I got it brand new in August 2007 and this is my first car. So far I put 2,900 miles on it. This car is truly amazing. Everything about it is good. It looks good, it handles well, and is well priced and equipped. Sometimes when I drive with friends who have never been in my car, I always do a Top Gear style test for them. I bought it for $18,000 ($22,000 after tax) since dealers were getting the new 2008 Honda Accords.

    If I lived in Britain, I wish I could own a Alfa Romeo 159 saloon or a Vauxhall VXR8.

    By the way, nobody mentioned what colour their car is. Mine is in a gold beige metallic colour.

    Edited on 01/02/2008 9:24pm
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    Ultimate_Critic

    [17]Jan 3, 2008
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    TopGearFan wrote:

    I live in the USA and I have a 2007 Honda Accord EX sedan. I got it brand new in August 2007 and this is my first car. So far I put 2,900 miles on it. This car is truly amazing. Everything about it is good. It looks good, it handles well, and is well priced and equipped. Sometimes when I drive with friends who have never been in my car, I always do a Top Gear style test for them. I bought it for $18,000 ($22,000 after tax) since dealers were getting the new 2008 Honda Accords.

    If I lived in Britain, I wish I could own a Alfa Romeo 159 saloon or a Vauxhall VXR8.

    By the way, nobody mentioned what colour their car is. Mine is in a gold beige metallic colour.



    How old are you?

    If that is your first car at 16yo then I am very jealous.

    4 of my cars have been black and my current one is too... 'tis the best colour.

    You REALLY don't want a vauxhall. REALLY.
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    sfaberge

    [18]Jan 3, 2008
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    Cars are damn cheap in USA lol. $22 000 after tax is pretty amazing. I have a Mini One with a few options and it cost GBP14 000 which is about US$28 000. It's still pretty good for a first car a Mini. I would say wanting an Alfa as a first car is a mistake!!
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    TopGearFan

    [19]Jan 3, 2008
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    Ultimate_Critic wrote:
    TopGearFan wrote:

    I live in the USA and I have a 2007 Honda Accord EX sedan. I got it brand new in August 2007 and this is my first car. So far I put 2,900 miles on it. This car is truly amazing. Everything about it is good. It looks good, it handles well, and is well priced and equipped. Sometimes when I drive with friends who have never been in my car, I always do a Top Gear style test for them. I bought it for $18,000 ($22,000 after tax) since dealers were getting the new 2008 Honda Accords.

    If I lived in Britain, I wish I could own a Alfa Romeo 159 saloon or a Vauxhall VXR8.

    By the way, nobody mentioned what colour their car is. Mine is in a gold beige metallic colour.

    How old are you? If that is your first car at 16yo then I am very jealous. 4 of my cars have been black and my current one is too... 'tis the best colour. You REALLY don't want a vauxhall. REALLY.
    I actually am 16. This really is my first car. I chose an Accord because Japanese cars almost never break down. My family mostly buy Hondas. I know this sounds wierd since I am American (really, I am a first generation Vietnamese-American), but I would never EVER buy an American car over my Accord. Personally, I think American cars are ****. Piles of **** that don't look good, are oversized, and have rubbish engines (which I can see why the Chevrolet Blazer, Cadillac STS,and Vauxhall Sintra never lasted in the UK market).

    I know its amazing how cars in America are cheap. A friend of mine is British and goes to my High School. His parent's Toyota Avensis was GBP 17,000 which is about US $33,500. With that much, I could by a BMW 3-Series or a Lexus IS.

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    Ultimate_Critic

    [20]Jan 4, 2008
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    How much is car insurance in the US? Does anyone ever get a hand me down car?
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