6.25.2012

my ride

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Ha. I'm kidding.
But how awesome would Sherm and I be if we pulled in to the dog park in one of these beauts? Man oh man. And yes, I am totally that girl who thinks people are awesome if they drive expensive cars. Oh I'm just kidding again. But really ... tell me you wouldn't love me more.

So no ... sadly, I do not drive the LR4. But I did promise you guys here that I would show you my car. I'm not exactly sure why I told you this. You guys are gonna laugh at me. But it's not like you weren't laughing before.
So, I guess I'll continue.
This is my car.
A Pontiac Sunfire.
I got this car in high school. It was really cool then. But after high school, I went to college. And then after college, I went to grad school. And then I got married. And then I got a dog. And even after all of that ...
I am still with high school car.

It's not the car itself that is bad. I'm sure a lot of people drive two-door Pontiac Sunfires with crank windows and automatic nothing. Please say that you do.
But honestly, it's really not the car that's bad ...

It's the paint.
The paint is completely peeling off.
Oh and the fuel gage does not work anymore. So, I have to keep track of my mileage. 250. That's how many miles I go before I fill up (just in case).

So why not buy a new car, you might ask? Ummm, do you guys know how much new cars cost? Ridiculous. Oh my no. Not me.
I will be driving this sucker until it dies.
So, the next time you see a black Pontiac Sunfire with the paint peeling off ...
think Tiff.
Better yet ... think awesome.

82 comments:

  1. I have been driving the same Ford Taurus since I was a senior in High School - 10 years ago! I have quite a relationship with my car and I'm WAY too cheap to get a new one! I don't know what I would do if I had a monthly car payment - YUCK! Cheers to keeping our cars running :)

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  2. I once had a Isuzu Rodeo that I had to count my mileage on. I loved that car, wish I still had it! Keep rocking the Sunfire!

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  3. my boyfriend drove his OLD toyota celica until the brakes went out on him. even then, he drove it for another week or so with just the E-brake. not to mention the passenger door didn't latch, so it ratchet-strapped it shut by strapping the driver-side door handle to the passenger door handle. (only stories... i'm glad he drove a sexy scion TC when we met :P) now we're down to 1 car (he works in NYC, so no need for 2 cars) and it's a tiny toyota yaris. yep, those little peanut ones with only 2 doors and a hatchback. (and my neighbor upstairs drives a $70,000 range rover)

    so, i feel ya, girl!

    cheers to "sweet" cars ;)

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  4. We're "drive it into the ground" people, too. I've got an '89 Wrangler who stayed in the States while we came over to England (and he is the #1 thing I'm looking forward to once we move back!) and then we do have an '08 Element we bought brand new, but only because the hand-me-down Explorer was leaking and spraying and creaking and not starting and etc. So we got the Element. (Really, it's the #1 car for dog owners. No joke, when Honda discontinued it last year they actually thanked their "niche market of dog owners" in the press release.) We'll have him forever, too- and the poor guy's already got WAY more than his share of mileage, earned throughout six countries! I name them, so I get freakishly attached. As in, when I was trying to be mature and offered to sell my Wrangler when we found out we were moving here, I started crying. So he's living it up with my father-in-law right now, and I'll die in him when I'm 86 and can't push the clutch in.
    Oh- and I always wanted a hunter green Range Rover. Here in Yorkshire every farmer has a Defender and every "football mom" has a Range Rover... I knew I was meant to be here :)

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  5. This is pretty good, Tiff. I still think my Death Focus might have you beat. I'll show you, and you'll understand. You would look hot in a Land Rover. Someday, you and I are both going to get awesome new cars... and then proceed to drive them until they fall apart. Like our current cars =)

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  6. You drive that car into the ground! I got a 03 Dodge Stratus and drove that sucker for 6.5 years until it was falling apart on me. I was hoping it would last longer, but no such luck. Oh, and I would absolutely die for a Range Rover!

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  7. This makes me laugh so hard because I am determined to drive my car until it dies!
    Sometimes I say quick little prayers though out the day that my car makes it 100000 more miles!!!

    The pait job... just think of it as ombre!

    Happy Monday!!!

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  8. I had a Pontiac Sunfire in college! I had to have it because the sunfire thingy in the back lit up when I stopped and I thought it was soooo cool. haha. I thought I was doing good by still driving my 2004 Camry, but girl, you have me beat without a doubt.

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  9. Ai Tiff......poor Sherman's street cred is shot....driving around in that car!!!!

    Think about his rep......and pimp his ride!!!!

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  10. hah love this! I drove a geo convertible aka the roller-skate... i loved that thing... it only cost 12.00 to fill up!

    p.s. I saw you have one adorable chocolate lab... i have two ... yep I am that crazy to own 2...lol

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  11. I rock a Pontiac that is slowly, slowly dying. How many miles do you have on it, if you don't mind me asking...

    I know how much new cars cost because I think I'm going to be getting one soon and I won't be able to go to Target. EVER AGAIN.

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  12. My car is falling apart too! Paint is still okay but the glove box won't shut so it's held down with zip ties, and that' just on example. Poor car, I bet it didn't think 19 years after its birth that it'd still be driving the roads...

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  13. Haha you are awesome. If my car from high school still functioned I would totally still be rocking it! New cars are expensive!!

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  14. Ahhh! My brother in law had the same car. With the same paint peel. And he drove it until someone hit him... And that was last month. You go girl. Car payments are overrated.... Says the girl who gives Kia a ton a money every month...

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  15. thats my dream car, ahh.

    cute blog and adorable pup ;)

    want to follow each other?? xxo!

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  16. I'm just glad to know that I'm not the only one driving the car they got in high school. Mine is a 2 door Honda Civic though & I've been wanting a 4 door since my kid was born nearly 5 years ago...but like you said, cars are expensive & we're poor. So there.

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  17. I had a Ford Taurus for like 7 years, so no judgement here! It's door panels were broken so every time someone would get in and shut the door, the panel fell in their laps. haha. I'm sure that car had many more years in it, but I was dying to have an SVU...so I caved and bought a jeep. Stay away from car payments as long as you can!!

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  18. This is hilarious because I had (or have) a white pontiac sunfire that I drove in high school too! My mom actually still has it, its sitting in her garage, dead. it doesnt start, but its still in pretty good condition since we havent driven it in yearsss ... two door, automatic nothing. Thats too funny. When I got the car in high school I thought I was the bomb.com :)

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  19. Love this post! Cars are meant to be driven into the ground. My high school car was a used '91 Toyota Camry. It died after I graduated college in '06 with 250,000 miles on it! I loved that card to death. I bought another Toyota and I hope this one will last just as long. I had a couple friends that had Sunfires back in high school-- definitely a cool car then. Plus, car payments are overrated so keep on driving that thing!

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  20. Lol awesome indeed! I am the same way about cars though, I'd love a new one but the cost gets me!

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  21. I was heartbroken when i wrecked my '94 geo prizm back in 2005. I had to buy a new one that I'm finally paying off next month. Thank heavens for 0% financing. I hope both our cars last forever!!

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  22. I drove the same car since high school/college for 7 years! The front light was literally held in by duct tape (luckily you didn't see it unless you opened the hood) and my dad luckily fixed everything that went wrong with it and I just paid for the parts. It had no AC, started funny, and broke down on me numerous times. Finally, it was on it's last leg, I was engaged to be married, and I moving across the country with my soon to be husband where there would be no point in dragging it with me, and I sold it for 700 bucks. It felt so refreshing to get rid of it! But also a little bittersweet - that car had been through a lot of growing times with me! Hang in there! When you get your new car one day you feel EXTRA grateful for it!

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  23. I'm with ya! Why give yourself a car payment if you don't need one yet? I had a '97 Saturn coupe that just finally gave out on me in January. I said I'd run it into the ground and I did. Besides, they don't make Pontiacs anymore, you have a classic car now!

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  24. I am totally cracking up laughing! My husband bought a new-er pick-up one time and then didn't want to put miles on it so he bought a really old Cavalier. It was turquoise (with a pink paint splatter down the sides!). My nephew called it the tooth paste car because it was the same color as his tooth paste. And to see my 6'4 huband crawl in and out of this thing was to die for! And then once he got a different job and decided he was going to sell it, I said no and took it over to start saving miles on my car! We ended up putting over 70K miles on that car!

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  25. We just replaced our very similar white Cavalier! I had a black cavalier all through University - they are GREAT cars and soooo good on gas!
    Totally awesome! :)

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  26. Hey don't worry, I'm driving the Honda Civic I learned to drive in to this day. The Civic is a 1997! AHH! I'm getting old... It still runs well, but I'm anxiously awaiting the husband to purchase me a newer car. =) xoxo A-

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  27. Whenever I think of my 1995, Honda Accord.. I think.. you know at least I don't have a car payment.

    Whenever I think of your car, I'll now think.. at least I don't drive Tiff's. ;)

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  28. Haha that's too funny. I have a Mazda 3 that has started to rust, but is otherwise a great car. It's paid off, so we are driving that baby until it dies! Why get another car payment if we don't have to?

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  29. We would probably still have our sunfire if it didn't get hit by horse. After insurance fixed it, she was SOLD. The smell of horse sweat never left. Enough said!

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  30. hahaha, i've had my car since high school as well, its still running, and iill drive it til it dies. despite the fact that my mirror is partially taped on and the paint is peeling off. new cars are just so expensive, but i do indeed love the LR4.

    K

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  31. lr3 or 4 is like.. my absolute dream. most likely will never happen.. but hey, a girl can dream! ;) i just keep reminding myself.. your car is there to get you from point a to point b. no need to have it look snazy :)

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  32. Ok question for you- how on earth do you fit Sherm in your car? Because I too have a small 2 door car and I'm thinking there is no way a giant dog is going to fit in said car. Does he ride in the front seat?

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  33. I am a firm believer of running a car into the ground! Yupp, thats me with my 04 Chrysler Sebring that is on its last leg. I am excited to move on to better things, but sad because I love my car!

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  34. You rock for driving your car until it falls apart and saving the money until you get a new one! Oh my... I'll have to try and find a picture of my 95 Honda Accord that I owned from 98 until just 3 years ago :) My parents bought me my first used car in college. This was the 2nd car I owned, they helped me with the downpayment and I paid it off myself, paint peeling off worst than yours (oh but it did have automatic windows yay), A/C broke in 2008 (bad thing in FL) and it had about 180,000 miles when we sold it for $250! My brave hubby drove it the last year after the A/C broke and I bought myself my first brandnew car :) I needed the A/C girl! Sorry for the longest comment ever!

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  35. That Sunfire is glorious...and so are you. HAHAHA!

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  36. Your amazing!!! glad I am NOT the only one driving my high school car!! but I always tell myself that its paid for - we are ones of the few that DO NOT have a car payment & still have a car that is running!! && i feel you... automatic nothing in a sweet VW Jetta {every girls dream car if your in high school}.The only thing automatic in my car is my locks & even that you gotta stand NEXT to my car to get them to work! & the glove box is broken, cant move the seats, the seat belt buckle is broken. OO not to mention I bought it in december of 06 with 63k now I have over 140k!! One day we can have new cars :) Happy Monday

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  37. Tiff, I feel your pain. I really, really do. This year I finally trashed the ol' highschool car. I drove it for 10 years...

    nothing worked on it. i mean nothing. And by that, I mean not even the friggin' DOORS. I had to prop them open. I wrote a whole post on it one time. Dang jeep.

    We saved up for a used Honda for those 10 years though. Hunter bought her for me on HIS birthday. That man is a keeper. My whole world has changed with this car. It's the first one i've ever had that has air conditioning. And i live in the south.

    I wait patiently with you until the day your car dies. The happiest funeral of all time.

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  38. Oh girl... how I dream of owning an expensive car too... and I would take SUCH great care of it! I have the same car since I was 16... and 235,000 miles later, Dotty is my BFF... she is getting old, and acts up sometime... but I don't think I could replace her until she turns to dust (getting pretty close!) haha
    xx

    Here&Now

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  39. hilarious. and i am so not going to lie, i hated you more if you said you had that car. its like my dream car next to the mercedies G- Wagon. Go on, laugh. I LOVE IT!
    i have a problem with cars. like i cant own the same one for more than 3-4 years. i get bored with it. since high school i have had 5 cars. i have only been graduated for 5 years.
    good thing husband is the same way:)

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  40. i drive a pathfinder and will remain driving it until the wheels fall off and the engine blows up, ha! i hated having a car payment and now that it's paid off....hope it lasts for many, many years!

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  41. In high school it WAS so cool to have these cars. I wanted one. But with my poor driving record, I'm only allowed to drive tanks (not literally...God, the damage I could do in a tank is terrifying).
    I'm still driving my car from high school, too. It's ever so slowly falling apart, but it's worth about zero dollars, so I plan on driving it until it dies! On the bright side, no one will mistake us for rich people and try to mug us.

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  42. My car has roll down windows and automatic NOTHING too! I thought I was the only one :) Sadly, by 15yr old chevy just got a death sentence from the mechanic...but it was a good little car!

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  43. Hi, I love your blog and just wanted to let you know I awarded you the versatile blogger award. You can check it out here http://daisy-lovelymemories.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/why-am-i-blowing-kisses.html

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  44. hahaha, if it takes you from point a to point b that is all that matters.

    seriously, this is coming from the girl who knows nothing about cars. i notice if it is cute but that is all. i remember when hubs had to explain to me that a Hyundai was not cuter than a BMW. oh well, to me it was.

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  45. I love the Sunfire. I think you should ride that bad boy until it dies. As I have told you before, I still have my old 1998 Honda Accord. A paint tin shattered my winsheild on the 91 freeway once and dented the roof the car. I fixed the windsheild, obviously, but never the roof. It still runs... but in full disclosure, my hubs actually drives that car the most. I have another lawyer appropriate car after the Honda about dropped its engine out of its body when I took her to a court hearing in Bakersfield up the Grapevine one scary night. Anyone in SoCal can relate to the scariness of breaking down on the Grapevine at night. But Honda - she's all good for suburban driving so we keep her!! Its good to be loyal, you know? Cars have feelings too.

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  46. Is your Sunfire a Bad Boy, or a Bad Girl? My Honda changed genders once Sean started driving her. She's now a Bad Girl. And a Red Rocket. Whichever you prefer.

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  47. I'm with you Sister. I will drive my high school piece of crap car until I am Flintstoning my ass somewhere.

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  48. LOL theres nothing wrong with driving your high school car!! I mean that car does scream bad ass for a mile away. Why be like everyone else driving around in a LR4? I was in orange county a couple of weeks ago...EVERYONE has one! Its crazy...how they tell theirs apart?

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  49. When I first saw the picture I was like.......whattttttt??!?!?!?!?! That ride would be pretty awesome...but then again, your Sunfire is pretty awesome too :-)

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  50. Te he he this totally cracks me up. I actually call my car, "the rattle trap car" because it's a lot like yours! From the peeling paint to the stained seats to the old model-I'm ready for a new one too! That would be veering off my engineer hubby's plan so we all know that's not happening any time soon, lol.

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  51. I love this, my first car was a 2002 Ford Focus, and I still love them. Whenever I see a blue one I think "Oh Isabelle" I miss her haha. I wish I still had her.

    xx
    Tab

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  52. Lol, this post feels like it was written to me, haha. I haven't had my car since high school but my poor little "Roxy" now has over 200,000 miles on her. I went and test drove something "new" today though. I always said I was going to drive her 'til the wheels fell off. Silly car apparently didn't understand and instead tried letting the door fall off, true story. I hope your car keeps going and going, but if the AC goes out then it's time to throw in the towel, lol. That's what I'm doing.

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  53. I can totally picture you and Sherman rolling up in the Land Rover! Also, look at it this way.. you may have had your car for a while now, but I'm sure it's also full of memories and stories from high school til today! xo

    http://dreamingenfrancais.blogspot.com/

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  54. Oh its not that bad. I actually like it. I once had a brand new focus. As soon as it was paid off, I decided I wanted something else. I got a vibe (and I HATED it). I missed my focus. I missed it so bad that as soon as I totaled my vibe, less than a year after getting it, I am back in a focus. This one isn't brand new but its still just as comfy to me.

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  55. Hey! I nominated you for an award. If you comlete the instructions I'll buy you said Land Rover.. Okay I lied.. But go look anyway. http://talesfromfar.blogspot.com/2012/06/dancin-for-joy-versatile-blogger.html

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  56. I had a Chevy Cavalier for about 8 years until the hubs came along! It was also a 2 door and had power nothing!

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  57. ha, i'll definitely think of you from now on. you are just too funny, girl!
    and it's true, new cars are just WAY too expensive!
    xo TJ

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  58. Tiff... I have a 2001 Toyota Corolla and the paint is doing the exact same thing. Solidarity. Ya- Ya.

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  59. I'm still rocking the 2002 Corolla I bought in high school! In between then and now I've had a few other cars, but they kept getting stolen or rear ended, so I'm back with my first love. (The sister had it for the in between time)

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  60. My first car was a red Pontiac Sunfire convertible, and MAN did I love that thing! Such lovely little memories :)And if I didn't have my sweet dad helping me out, I would most definitely still be rocking that thing. New cars are craaazy expensive!

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  61. Maybe you can get an awesome sponsor to give you a car.

    I was pretty spoiled. I got a Mercedes S500 for my first car. It was black. Well, we still have it. But I got a new one two years later. I'm still driving it now. Well, not driving it since I live in DC. No cars needed.

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  62. I love you even more after this post. That's awesome! My early college car was a Chrysler LHS. Have you ever seen one of those babies? It's name was Grampy. Enough said.

    And for the record--car purchases have to be one of THE worst purchases of all time. Good for you for driving it until it dies! One smart girl, that Tiff!

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  63. I keep telling the kid that baseball is his calling.. Only because moms wants a new range rover. Duh doesnt find it funny. He will when I drive off into the sunset one day.

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  64. I love those Land Rovers. We looked into getting one, but they are SOOO expensive and they get horrible gas millage! I like your car, it has character. (I say the same thing about my car). I drive a VW bug, and I love it - it's my dream car. I have knicks and scratches in it every where, but I always tell myself it just adds character and makes it unique. ;)

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  65. haha omg this made me laugh!
    I love your blog!
    have a great day!
    ~Morgan
    (from short sleeved pants)

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  66. this is awesome! so refreshing to see someone who thinks like i do...i, too, am still rocking my car from high school and refuse to get something else until the wheels pop off of what i have. you go girl!

    rachel at somuchforcynicism.blogspot.com

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  67. Ahhh love the honesty! My husband (up until recently) drove a 01 hyundai accent with crank windows and locks. He's a pharmacist and loved pulling up to his pharmacy in that ride,lol! I would love a range rover, we can dream!

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  68. automatic NOTHING. haha that made me laugh. My friends always joke when they get in my car and I have to manually turn my lights on. I say remembering all the little things I have to do keeps my brain sharp! Silver lining!

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  69. Girl dont you worry I have automatic nothing as well! But guess what I also didn't bay 30 g's for a car!!!!

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  70. YES! I am in the EXACT same vehicle situation! Not a pontiac sunfire...a quarter-ton Dodge Dakota. I've had it since High School, but it's a 95, so it was around looong before that. It has splash marks painted across the sides, which made me the coolest girl in town when I was sixteen...now I'm just an adult with a quirky vehicle. But I love it, and I'm totally driving it until the day it dies too! Right on :)

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  71. Your posts kill me. Everytime I'm dead.

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  72. Haha! Love this. I drove my high school car until just recently. It was a Toyota Corolla with nothing that was automatic. Windows that needed to be rolled and each door needed to unlocked/locked by hand. I just upgraded two years ago because it was starting to die, so the hubs and I traded it in for $500. That was the best we could get for it. Glad I'm not the only one who rocks the old school cars until the bitter end!

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  73. Great! I drive a 96' Chevy Lumina and I love it. It's showing signs of age but I fully intend to drive it for as long as I possibly can...cars are so expensive you might as well stick with what works! I'm never buying a "brand new" car, that's for sure!

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  74. girl, you are too funny :) no shame in the pontiac sunfire!! I sure do love that LR4 though!

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  75. If it makes you feel better Tiff, I have a 4 year old Nissan Xterra that I'm paying 600.00 every month on. I love it, I hate the payment. To make matters worse, I can't drive it now. The transmission is out and it's going to be 2,000.00 or better to fix it. Just be glad that little sunfire is getting you from Point A to Point B!

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  76. I'm thinking AWESOME!! And smart, and wise, and the list goes on! ;) I love people who have "it" figured out--that it's a means of transportation; it doesn't make you who you are! Or in our case it kinda does...it makes us very WISE WOMEN!
    I drive a suburban that Steve & I wrote a check for $1500. Yep, that's HUNDRED not thousands! Wonder if the fact that it's a '96 has something to do with that missing zero? hmmm...? She gets me to where I need to go and that's what matters to me. (Ok ol green bus now that I'm braggin on ya plz don't give out on me!). You & Dan may want to borrow it for a date some time...it's chivalry at it's best! Yep, Steve gets the door for me every time we go somewhere. (Oh yeah, you wonder if it might have something to do with a broken passenger door handle? darn...I thought he was being sincere.) Only way I could train him to get doors! ha!
    Anyway! Be proud! You're wise beyond your years! And if we ever meet the sunfire we'll be sure to wave from behind the glass of our almost "antique" green burb! LOL

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  77. OMG I have a pontiac sunfire as well!!! and the paint is doing the EXACT. same. thing. FML. But I hear you - every time I think, yes, it's time to buy a new car, I start calculating how many dinners out, days off work, trips abroad, beautiful dresses (you get the picture) I could buy instead and I refuse to buy even a 'new' used car! :)

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  78. This was hilarious!! I'm driving my college car a '98 Totyota Camry and I'm proud of it. I blast music so I won't hear the noises coming from the engine and I say prayers often believing it won't bail out on me. Love your transparency.

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  79. This is not the first time I've heard that these cars run and run and run! My boyfriends sister only recently got rid of hers because she felt an amazing promotion was enough reason to FINALLY get rid of it. But she didn't even get rid of it! Now it's sitting in her parents garage waiting to used by someone else!!

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  80. I have a 95 honda accord and the paint is peeling off that too, sometimes i call it a sunburn and sometimes i say that I drive so fast that the paint has peeled off.... either way i love my car! So trusty!! (:

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  81. Ha- I love this post and everything about it. My Jeep Liberty has two windows with broken motors. To keep the driver side window from falling into my car door, I've got a piece of wood in the door panel...Yes, a piece of wood. So every time I go through a drive-thru I have to open my door and explain that I'm too cheap to fix my stuck window.

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