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  • #16
    Re: What kind of car do you drive?

    I had a similar incident crossing the Walt whitman bridge from New Jersey to Philly a couple of months ago. The Bridge cost $5.00 now (3 minute ride across), and for 10 years with my F-250 I paid the same price as cars, until this one day.

    Stopped at the booth and this lady was like.."that will be $15.00"

    I said "this isn't a dually wheeled vehicle, and my gross weight is under 9000 lbs".

    She said.."Let me see your registration" and I gave it to her "she said anything over 7001 lbs 2 axles is $15.00".

    Now I have a line of cars behind me and a calm debate ensued, and I asked for her boss. Instead of the boss, Port authority came and it was the typical good cop/bad cop routine played on me. Good cop couldn't understand why I was being charged $15.00 when for the last 10 years I was being charged normal vehicle rate. Bad cop starts getting cocky and hollering at me, and the attitude went right back at him from me. My wife couldn't move cause she was in shock, toll booth ladies boss wouldn't even come over to the truck, he just stood in front of my truck off to the side like a freaking zombie.

    Now cars behind me are laying on the horn...

    Bad cop comes back up the to front of my truck and says " Can't you see the f*cking sign" my reply was.."what f*cking sign?" He points to a sign at wheel level that absolutely nobody can see without actually sticking your head out the window and looking straight down. Bad cop says "if you don't like the fee, change your registration!!". My response to him was " You're a cop and now you're insinuating I should LIE to the state on my registration??"

    Bad cop now realizes he f*cked up by telling me that.

    So I paid the $15.00, and when I left me and the bad cop had a major stare down.

    I respect law enforcement immensely, but it took everything I had to stay in the truck. The situation was THAT bad...and he added stress to the situation by coming to the scene cocky and hollering at me, and I gave it right back to him. His attitude was un-called for as I'm entitled to know what amount of money is coming out of my pocket. This bridge has had a history of tellers stealing money, and I wasn't going to be a victim.

    In conclusion, I went home and placed a call to the Delaware Port Authority, and a supervisor return my call the following Monday. (this happened on a weekend). I explained the entire situation to him, and he was very very nice, and even he said for me to change my registration on my truck.

    Also...Bad cop was going to get reprimanded for his actions, as the Boss on duty that day explained the same story I did. Supervisor apologized for the entire incident.
    Last edited by Flux; 10-28-2011, 12:08 AM.

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    • #17
      Re: What kind of car do you drive?

      Ahhh.. wheels!

      Lets see, I'm currently driving a 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan, bought used three years ago and the first car I've had to finance in a very long time.

      I have a 1995 Mazda Miata which has less than 33,000 miles on it... I bought it used (only slightly) in 1997, paid cash ($10,000); and at the very same time I bought a 1990 Plymoth Grand Caravan for $5,000 (also cash). That lasted quite well to 2009 when I bought the current van. (The old one had 170,000 miles on it.)

      Basically I've owned "transportation"... except for the "hobby" Miata my cars have been few and used to their very maximum:

      My first car was a 1956 Mercury Monteray 4-door Sedan which I bought from my father for $70... that was the best "trade-in" he could get. That was in 1963.

      In 1965 I bought my first brand-new car, a VW-1200 "Beatle". $1860 complete with optional white-walls, gas heater, and AM radio. I financed that for three-years at about $56 a month and I put over 93,000 miles on that and it was the most expensive car to drive that I've ever owned.

      In 1968 my new wife and I traded in the VW (got $1000 on it) and bought a new 68' Plymouth Valiant "slant-six", automatic, 2-door. That was like $2600 "sticker" and after the trade in I managed to keep my "monthly" to $60 for 37 months. We loved that little car and drove it for ten years, putting about 80,000 miles on it. I then had new brakes and tires put on it and gave it to my kid brother who trashed it within a few months.

      We bought a new Mercury Monarch in 1976 for $4900 "loaded". Worst POS that I've ever owned. Found over thirty "fixes" within the first day... missing body plugs, AC didn't work, damaged interior, missing parts, etc. Bought it right off the truck on arrival in early June and by late September there was already paint literally falling off it and "rust-thru" where the mirror mounted to the driver's door. At two years, the radiator collapsed from corrosion and at three years the bottom dropped out of the gas tank (dumping over ten gallons in my driveway). By the time the car was six year's old it wouldnt' pass inspection and there wasn't enough intergrity to the body to mount the rear shocks. I had to pay to have it towed to the scap yard. I swore that that would be the last Ford I'd ever even ride in.

      In 1984 I bought a Toyota Tercel Wagon. Ugly little thing but man it drove like the wind. I paid slightly less that $9K for that brand new. Dealer was lousy, but thankfully I found a great mechanic. I drove that car for 14 years. In the end it had some slight rust on one fender's "flare". It never burned or lost oil and I got as high as 46 miles to the gallon on the highway. I sold that to a local guy for $500 in 1997 when we needed the bigger "used" Plymoth van. As I recall, we had put pretty close to 80,000 miles on it... which shows that as a married guy, I drove a lot less than those 93,000 miles of my "single" VW days.

      That's all the cars that I've ever bought and owned for my wife and I. Not bad considering I'm now 67. But of course I did buy a couple of cars for our son. Like the 1970 MG-GT "split-tail" which he got for his 16th birthday. He didn't like it at all and never got his license... something about the "stick-shift" and a certain lack of coordintion and "willingness" to learn. But it was fun to drive, providing you didn't mind stopping along the road and replenishing the oil in the "dash-pots" or spending some time each weekend, filling the Armstrong shocks. Oh yeah, can't forget about the "Lucus" electrics either... you know about those right... "Lucus" was best known as the "Father of darkness". But, we bought that little beast quite used and abused. It had way too much fiber-glass "patchwork" and it leaked water everywhere. I couldn't keep ahead of the rust. After three years of mostly sitting in the driveway, I gave it to a guy who was rebuilding another MG and needed the parts.

      When our son turned 19 he left the local community college and went off to the the big university. I can't remember what year that car was; I'm thinking it was 1980, but it was the last year of "Datsun", before they changed their name to Nissan. The car was a 200SX. Used, but very nice with a great engine and four-wheel discs. But alas, the kid still didn't like "stick" even though he at least tried. So, I kept that for a second car for about a year and got him the used "Mustang II" automatic that he wanted. God, I hated to do that, but it was what he wanted, so what the heck. That lasted about three months! I never did "get behind the wheel" myself and only road in it once. It was another "cheaply" executed "FORD" and a total waste of money. After that the kid was on his own, and he bought a little used Nissan "Sentra" that lasted him through college and into his first job when he traded it in on a Saturn.

      So, that's my full line-up. The first "Merc" was a great car, but the second a total POS. The Volkswagen was unquestionably the most expensive to drive as it required constant maintenance. Oil changes every 1500 miles and a tune-up every other oil change and I was constantly replacing the brakes and tires... but that was in my "Kamakaze" driving days. The Valiant served us well, though the quality of assembly was pretty crappy with it's welding flash and undersized wheels and subsequent tire wear. The Toyota was unquestionably the best buy and most reliable and durable. The two "Mopar" vans the most comfortable and certainly the most versatile. And of course the Miata is the most fun to drive, but NOT in traffic!

      The MG... well, the MG was an "adventure" car. It's hard to describe and I suppose it's what they say about "Harley's"... If you have to ask, you simply wouldn't understand. All that crazy maintenance and "jokes" about the electrics, but there as just something about the feel and smell of the thing. Once you squeezed yourself into the cockpit, everything just "fell at hand". The Miata is fun, but nothing like the same feeling of the MG. With the former you can "drive it to the limit" but with the latter it's "motoring"... and it fits all the senses quite well.

      CWS
      Last edited by CWSmith; 10-28-2011, 12:51 AM.

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      • #18
        Re: What kind of car do you drive?

        A car who can afford a car it must be booming in the US to be able to afford a car

        Tony

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        • #19
          Re: What kind of car do you drive?

          Originally posted by Alphacowboy View Post
          I actually paid 8k for my dodge. Its clean for its age and mileage, but its got some issues. One is an oil leak, but at 300k miles, who's suprised! I actually got a fix it ticket for the oil leak from a commercial vehicle enforcement officer when I got stoppped a few weeks ago. (that was an experiance in of itself)

          FYI, just so ya'll know, if you are at a CGVW (Combined Gross Volume Weight) rating, yes I said rating, not just your actual weight, make sure you have your DOT number and required items that go with it! It was an expensive lesson I got a few weeks ago. Over 10k lbs CGVW requires a medical card, DOT number, log book, daily matinence check log, company name on the trailer, and on top of that, they can and will ticket you for mechanical problems, and yes, that includes OIL LEAKS! I'm still working on that, as I need a new front and rear main seal to fix it, and just don't have the time or money to do so.

          For those who don't understand the CGVW rating and how they work, heres a quick lesson. If your vehicle is being used for work, it must follow the federal DOT guide lines. This means if your pickup (like mine) is rated at GVW of 8800lbs, and thats all you use, no trailer, you do not need to comply to the DOT regulations. BUT if you hitch a trailer with anything over 1200lbs GVW RATING to that pickup, you are over 10k lbs and are required to be compliant. My trailer is a 7000lb rated trailer, so my CGVW is 15800lbs. I really didn't think I fell under the DOT number guide lines, and honestly never looked into it, and when I purchased the trailer this spring, no one at the DMV said anything when I registered it. (I bought it private party, so no dealer to tell me either).

          Just thought I would let you guys in on my pain.... and maybe keep you from having the same ordeal! I could have lied, said I was looking for garage sales, and he would have probably had to let me go... but I can't lie my way out of anything, and the last thing I wanted was to be caught in a lie in the middle of a traffic stop, it would have been WAY more expensive....
          Welcome to my world just more paper to keep track of. You forgot a commerical driver's license & if you haul hazardous materials you need a Haz Mat endorsement & you need your medical card renewed every year. The company info needs to be on the truck. You probably don't need a logbook according to DOT 395.8 if you travel less than 100 air miles you don't need one. You also don't need to do the daily inspection, because according to DOT 396.11 if you only own 1 commerical vehicle you don't need to do it, but you do need to do a yearly inspection according to DOT 396.17 . You are also suppose to have a copy of DOT parts 390 - 399. Also you need a drug test. Also if you your trailer has a GVW of more than 10,000 .lbs you need a class A license & if the CGVW is more than 26,000 .lbs you need a class B license. It's been a while since we got our last vehicle repair order, but I think you have only 15 days to correct the violation. In MD they can write you a ticket up to a $1,000.00 for each violation, but it is up to the officer on how much they write the ticket for.

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          • #20
            Re: What kind of car do you drive?

            2010 ford expedition and love it
            Plumber Raleigh -new website
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            • #21
              Re: What kind of car do you drive?



              Here is my three parked in front of my shop. A 2007 Dodge 4x4 with a Hemi engine we purchased new, it's paid for and has 50,000 miles on it. My 1999 Ford work truck and my 1953 Ford on a 1979 Ford Bronco 4x4 frame. I live in the mountains so all three are 4x4's for better performance (safer) in the snow.

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              • #22
                Re: What kind of car do you drive?

                Originally posted by Abbott View Post


                Here is my three parked in front of my shop. A 2007 Dodge 4x4 with a Hemi engine we purchased new, it's paid for and has 50,000 miles on it. My 1999 Ford work truck and my 1953 Ford on a 1979 Ford Bronco 4x4 frame. I live in the mountains so all three are 4x4's for better performance (safer) in the snow.
                Okay I have to hear about the 53-Ford. Did you do the work yourself? Rick recently gave me an 87-Ford Bronco and it looks nothing like that.

                Mark
                "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

                I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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                • #23
                  Re: What kind of car do you drive?

                  Hi Mark, No, I did not do the work myself, I wish I had that kind of talent. I found the truck using Search Tempest for Craigs List and negotiated the purchase over the phone. I then hired a vehicle moving company to deliver the truck. It is a driver that is about 80% complete and I am finishing it. I feel I was bullshited a little bit by the owner over the phone as to what was complete and what was not but I also feel that I was fortunate that I did not get ripped off. I imagine that the seller probably figured I got a good deal as we negotiated the price. I also spoke to his wife once while waiting for him to come to the phone and she was very happy that I had purchased the truck. She told me that her husband could now get the surgery that he needed for his arm so all in all I feel the deal was fine. The truck is worth a couple of thousand more then I have in it so I really have no room to complain and I know that a lot of Craigs List deal do not work out as well as mine did.

                  The truck has the original 1979 Bronco drive train. A 302ci and a four speed manual transmission. The biggest modification needed for the fit was boxing the firewall into the cab about 4" to fit the bell housing. The truck also has a fiberglass tilt front end so a hinge was built from scratch to fit the frame. Other then that the work mostly consisted of sheet metal work, cutting out rust in the cab corners and repairing them and fitting the body to the chassis. The engine is also in good shape other then minor repairs that I have been doing such as replacing fuel lines (all the way to the tank) and other minor work such as that. I am still in the process of finishing odds and ends and I don't know if it will ever be a completely finished project as I replace this and that every time I get the urge to upgrade parts. I really enjoy the truck and it is a very good driver.

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                  • #24
                    Re: What kind of car do you drive?

                    various work vans - 98 gmc, 01 ford, 02 gmc. they start, go, stop, cary alot of junk, get crappy milage, have some dings, none really any better or worse than any other.

                    personal vehicle is an 85 chev k-2500. every panel dented, some bullet holes, no grill, front left goes flat over the course of about a week (leak so slow I cant find it... need to pull it off and dunk it sometime), leaks oil onto the exhaust manifolds so it smokes bad idling at intersections, gets even crappier milage, seat has such a big a$$ print in it you have to be tallish to see out of it. 3speed+granny and a 350. cant say its never been stuck anymore as I got hung on a post hiding in a snowbank a couple winters ago. But it always starts and it's so ugly people tend to give me plenty of room. And it was free.

                    I'm a cheap bastard. Vehicles for me are tools, not expressions of personal taste... or maybe in a way they are?
                    This is my reminder to myself that no good will ever come from discussing politics or religion with anyone, ever.

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                    • #25
                      Re: What kind of car do you drive?

                      '69 Corvette Convertible; (stolen, recovered) (stolen again, never recovered)
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                      '68 Cutlass 442 fully restored, (stolen, never recovered)
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                      2006 Chevy Express 3500 fully loaded, (stolen, never recovered)
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                      I now drive a 15 year old beat up F-150 that nobody wants...including me

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                      • #26
                        Re: What kind of car do you drive?

                        The last time I posted what I drive, I got flamed.
                        We don't have preventative maintenance around here, we have CRISIS MANAGEMENT!

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                        • #27
                          Re: What kind of car do you drive?

                          Originally posted by plumberscrack View Post
                          '69 Corvette Convertible; (stolen, recovered) (stolen again, never recovered)
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                          I now drive a 15 year old beat up F-150 that nobody wants...including me

                          dont you just love living and working in the d.c. area? ....... thats why i hang my hat in tennessee.
                          9/11/01, never forget.

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                          • #28
                            Re: What kind of car do you drive?

                            Originally posted by masterbeavis View Post
                            The last time I posted what I drive, I got flamed.


                            oh god it is not a pink mazda miata is it?
                            9/11/01, never forget.

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                            • #29
                              Re: What kind of car do you drive?

                              I drive a 2002 Ford Focus back home. But for now on occasion, I ride a company vehicle:

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                              • #30
                                Re: What kind of car do you drive?

                                Tailgunner,

                                I didn't realize you were back in the war "service". Obviously I'm a bit slow here, but please accept my "appreciation" for what you are doing. I realize that "appreciation" is such a minor token, given what you and so many others are having to go through and the sacrifices that you all make. But just know that your service is recognized and appreciated.

                                CWS

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