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« Reply #275 on: Aug 08, 2007, 12:08:51 AM »

New iMac

Heart  swoon  Heart
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« Reply #276 on: Aug 08, 2007, 12:13:48 AM »

Yeah yeah yeah, we all saw the train a' comin'.

Honestly, I can't say I'm a fan of the new design. When I heard aluminum, I was expecting something like the existing cinema displays and that big black stripe? Feels like a design mistake. Not enough contrast between the silver and black.
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« Reply #277 on: Aug 08, 2007, 12:15:31 AM »

C'mon!  Look at that profile!  Look at the keyboard!  It's bloody gorgeous! 
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« Reply #278 on: Aug 08, 2007, 12:17:03 AM »

Jury's still out on the keyboard, as well. Although my Windows box's keyboard feels like a Smith-Corona compared to my Powerbook's...
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« Reply #279 on: Aug 08, 2007, 12:19:08 AM »

Well I love it.

Dear Anonymous Benefactor, . . .

 Cool
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« Reply #280 on: Aug 15, 2007, 01:37:16 AM »

Bringing this thread back due to the recent reminder that my 98 Ford Taurus with 203,000 miles will not live forever.  Basically, the horrible screeching noise is due to busted ball joints and a hub bearing.  Really, not such a big thing.  But the mechanic said that it was "the tip of an emerging iceberg" and pointed out the engine noise that I'd been trying to ignore.  And I've known since before the car was given to me that the transmission was bad and due to go out at anytime.   

Technically, I could probably afford the cars I'm looking at, but it would require going into a fair amount of debt and rebudgeting.

I'm thinking:
Scion xA
[img width= height=]http://people.mozilla.com/~faaborg/files/20061210-newCar/newCar.jpg[/img]

Nissan Versa
[img width= height=]http://www.garrands-nissan.com/New%20Website/New%20Inventory/07-VERS-CLR-05P.jpg[/img]

Honda Fit
[img width= height=]http://brightonhonda.com/images/edmunds/VEHICLE/2007/Honda/HondaCompliantPhotos/07.Honda.Fit.Hbk.Sport.r3-4-E.jpg[/img]

At least by fixing my front-end I will buy myself some time to save up for one of the above.
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« Reply #281 on: Aug 15, 2007, 01:42:46 AM »

please please please please please do not buy a scion, katie. please.
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« Reply #282 on: Aug 15, 2007, 01:47:37 AM »

please please please please please do not buy a scion, katie. please.

What's wrong with a Scion?  It's not like I'm looking at the fugly xB (which, incidentally, Frank wants to get).
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« Reply #283 on: Aug 15, 2007, 01:51:49 AM »

mad cheap-feeling, like sitting in a fisher price F-150.

if you're going the frugal route, fuck buying a new car, get a 2005 corolla with 30k miles, and it will outlive everyone you know.
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« Reply #284 on: Aug 15, 2007, 01:54:40 AM »

scions are just gross looking. yes, that one is a little less gross looking, but still. ick.
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« Reply #285 on: Aug 15, 2007, 01:54:40 AM »

And for that matter, what's so fugly about the xB? Do all vehicles have to look like jelly beans with downs syndrome?
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« Reply #286 on: Aug 15, 2007, 01:56:01 AM »

you mean like the xA? no, thank god, but i'd also prefer one that didn't look like a fridge box with the same disorder.
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« Reply #287 on: Aug 15, 2007, 02:00:26 AM »

And for that matter, what's so fugly about the xB? Do all vehicles have to look like jelly beans with downs syndrome?

This made me giggle.

The thing is I have test-driven exactly none of these cars.  I have only had old, american cars.  My favorite of these have been my 1989 Cutlass Ciera.

I have thought about getting a Corolla or a Civic, actually.  It's just that I'm enamored of hatchbacks, and to my knowledge neither of these is available in hatchback form if I buy anything reasonably new (I'm looking for 2005 or later).  
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« Reply #288 on: Aug 15, 2007, 02:01:29 AM »

oh civics are wicked available in a hatchback
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« Reply #289 on: Aug 15, 2007, 02:03:49 AM »

oh civics are wicked available in a hatchback

Old Civics, most definitely.  But my web searches for newer Civic hatchbacks have not shown me anything.  I've even looked at the Honda site to no avail.  Maybe I'm just bad at the internets.
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« Reply #290 on: Aug 15, 2007, 02:13:00 AM »

well, i guess the last civic hatchback made was the '05 Si, so yeah
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« Reply #291 on: Aug 15, 2007, 03:33:05 AM »

Brooks Brothers. God damn! Thems some nice clothes.
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« Reply #292 on: Aug 15, 2007, 07:46:36 AM »

oh civics are wicked available in a hatchback

Old Civics, most definitely.  But my web searches for newer Civic hatchbacks have not shown me anything.  I've even looked at the Honda site to no avail.  Maybe I'm just bad at the internets.

I'm trying to sell one actually.  But it's a '90 so I doubt you'd be interested. Smile
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« Reply #293 on: Aug 15, 2007, 09:43:25 AM »

jim how much you sellin' it for jim

i'll give you OBO
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« Reply #294 on: Aug 15, 2007, 10:07:39 AM »

That sounds dirty jeb. 
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« Reply #295 on: Aug 15, 2007, 11:17:09 AM »

i'm serious though, how much are you asking?
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« Reply #296 on: Aug 15, 2007, 11:51:10 AM »

I'll take this offline
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« Reply #297 on: Aug 15, 2007, 01:36:33 PM »

Hondas are pretty good cars, and they still have good resale value.  Hopefully the perception of Hondas as so insanely good will hold that, because Honda Motor Credit is buying absolutely anyone with a pulse right now, and the used car market is going to be flooded with repo'd Hondas in the next couple years.  Still, if you want a car to hold value, the Honda is probably the best way to go.  Scions haven't really been around long enough for me to have any clue how things are going to go there, but they're Toyotas, so you should be good there too, both on quality and resale value.  Nissans... well, a couple weeks ago, I sold a fully loaded used '06 Altima (I mean seriously, leather, sunroof, premium stereo, the works) for the same price as an '04 Honda Civic the couple was looking at.  Like I said, I don't know how much longer Hondas are going to hold value, but the perception is so ingrained, it might not matter much.  If you're buying new, I'd say the Honda or the Scion, if you're buying used, go with the Nissan and save yourself some money.  After driving them all, of course, and not letting one of my peers pressure you into buying that day.  It's a huge decision, and there is NO REASON not to go home and think about it, but it's our job to make you not do that.
Also, check on the warranties.  If you absolutely like the Scion better than anything else, and they have the same warranties as Toyotas, go certified used because I know for a fact that a certified used Toyota come with a 7 year/100,000 mile warranty and a new one comes with a 3 year/36,000 mile warranty.  How fucked up is that?  I don't know the Nissan or Honda warranties yet, but definitely check on those.
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« Reply #298 on: Aug 15, 2007, 04:34:43 PM »

You know... if you're looking for cheap, reliable, and efficient, allow me to recommend:

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« Reply #299 on: Aug 15, 2007, 05:18:50 PM »

What car is that, DP?

And thanks for the advice Aglaya.  I didn't realize Nissans depreciated so fast.  The Versa was new for 2007, but I'm not buying for 6 mo. to a year, so I could probably get a used one off a lease or from a rental company.  Even now, I've seen some decent deals on some slightly used 2007s. 

I have to spend the next few months saving like a mug any way I look at it. 
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