What kind of car do you drive? [Looking for new car]

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What kind of car do you drive? [Looking for new car]

Post by Fieldsy1024 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:18 am

I'm just curious what people drive around here

I always had big v8 cars. I bought my first new car at 27 cash. It is a 2012 Blue Mazda3. It is so much different than my other cars. I feel like I am in a go cart. The Gas MPG is awesome too 28 city/40 hwy. I waited til Sept or so when the new models come out, and did a lot of haggling.

What I did was email every dealer within X amount of miles you are willing to drive and just have them duke it out. I only went to one dealership. I think I am going to buy a new car every 9-10 years. Nothing fancy. I just need a car that looks good, has decent speed, gas, and something nobody ever owned and I can trust it instead of buying a used car off someone.
EDIT: Was it new when you got it?
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Post by msimard8 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:28 am

I bought a new 2013 Ford Focus SE (the cheapest automatic package) when I was 24 on 0% finance. It was a 7 year plan but I am paying it off next month because I moved to the USA from Canada and need to remove the lean to import it. I am taking advantage of the weak Canadian dollar right now (30%+ discount)/ It will be the last car I buy with financing. Car still runs fine. I don't drive too much. I have 20k miles (about 3 years old).

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Post by alfaspider » Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:34 am

My daily driver is a Mazdaspeed Miata (limited edition turbo model only made in 2004/5). I also race it in autocross. I bought it last year for $6500 cash- with 75k miles. Bought private party. I do my own work so mechanical issues aren't as big a deal for me as they may be for others. If you think your 3 is a go-cart, try a Miata. After that, try a Lotus Elise :D

I also have a highly modified Alfa Romeo Spider that is in the process of being turned into a track car (half cage, racing seats, 6 point harnesses). It's more of a hobby than a mode of transportation.

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Post by stoptothink » Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:37 am

We have only one car, '09 Hyundai accent hatchback. I walk to work (and just about everywhere else) and my wife only drives because she has to drop the kids off at daycare on her way to work. I love cars, but designing our lifestyle around only needing a single car and driving as little as possible was one of the best decisions we ever made.

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Post by hnzw rui » Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:46 am

2009 Toyota RAV4 and 2016 Honda HR-V. Both bought new. Plan on using them as long as possible (maybe 15 years?) or until we get fully self-driving cars. I hate driving in SoCal traffic.

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Post by Flashes1 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:50 am

2013 Mercedes S550----twin turbo V-8. After driving it, I now see why the Germans almost took over the world twice in the past 100 years. And I see the value of a German engineering degree over a U.S. engineering degree. :D

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Post by NoD » Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:53 am

2012 Prius C. Bought new. Rickety little thing, but comfortable. I use fuelly and get 51+mpg in the winter and 58-62mpg in the summer. So cheap to operate. Hope it runs another 10 years. Commuting into Seattle daily makes it a waste to drive anything fancy.

I'm a car guy so it pains me to not have something that drives/sounds great, but eyes on the prize, as they say...
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Post by KlangFool » Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:55 am

Nissan Altima. I am on my third Nissan Altima. I buy a new Nissan Altima every 8 years. I have 2 Nissan Altimas at this moment: 2006 and 2014.

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Post by Toons » Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:59 am

2015 Honda CRV
2014 Mercedes Sprinter Rv
New ,both paid for.
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Post by pennstater2005 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:03 pm

2007 Honda Accord. Going strong. Dents and dings, but going strong :happy
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Post by rooms222 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:21 pm

2013 Ford Focus Titanium with a 5-speed manual.

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Post by Broken Man 1999 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:22 pm

2008 (titled in 2009) Ford E150 van. This is my second van equipped with a wheelchair lift, third van in total. Bought it already equipped with lift from a transit van outfitter; added electronics (DVD/CD/HD radio/GPS/back-up camera and had rear bench seat installed to haul grandchildren, plus running boards, window/hood deflectors, wheel-opening trim and side graphics to jazz it up a little.

We are only putting about 7,000 miles/year on it, so it should last a loooonnnngggggg time.

I've offered to buy wife a smaller vehicle to scat around town when I stay home, but she prefers the van. She says riding in cars makes her very nervous compared to riding up high in the van.

With so few miles driven, even when gas was more expensive, gas expenses never really pinched us too badly. Now we can fill up an empty tank and not be cut off by the pump at $75 like when gas was so much higher. Nice!

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Edited to add: With the exception of my first two cars,(1963 American Motors Classic 330, and 1968 Mercury Comet) ALL our vehicles were purchased new, the first being my 1974 Ford Pinto aka Chariot of Fire. :oops:
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Post by bloom2708 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:24 pm

2004 Ford Taurus SES, 75k miles

Low cost, liability only insurance, close to 30 mpg, good ride, simple, basic transportation.

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Post by mhalley » Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:25 pm

My wife and I always bought "reasonable" cars for most of our lives. We bought new, but kept them for 7-8 years, not truly boglehead I know. Just prior to retirement, we splurged on luxury cars. I drive a 2012 Acura tl awd, wife a 2013 bmw X1.

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Post by tyrion » Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:31 pm

2008 hand-me-down Toyota Prius.

It's not an exciting car to drive, but it is inexpensive to operate and easy to drive. I have some traffic in my afternoon commute and driving along on battery power makes it much more enjoyable. It almost turns in to a video game, seeing how long you can keep it in EV mode.

Things I think every future car of mine must have:
Bluetooth phone
Keyless entry and ignition

Things I wish my prius had:
seat heaters for the early morning commute

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Post by Enjoying the Ride » Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:43 pm

2009 Honda Accord EX-L, 110K miles. Bought as a CPO in 2011 with 19K miles.

Before that, I had a 1999 Accord that died of a cylinder head problem at 180K miles.

At least a couple of times per year, I go through a period where I'm like the Tom Hulce character in Animal House, with a mini-John Bogle on one shoulder advising me to stick with the Accord and a mini Gordon Gekko on the other shoulder encouraging me to splurge BMW 5-series or the like. So far, the mini Mr. Bogle has kept me on the straight and narrow.

Ironically, once the car gets into six figures on mileage, I start to feel affection for it, probably thanks to its ever-decreasing total cost of ownership per mile driven.

But, man, I'd love to have a nice car.
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Post by lthenderson » Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:57 pm

1998 Honda Civic bought brand new. Currently has 135k and still runs like a top. My daily driver.

2007 Honda Odyssey bought brand new. Currently has 130k and still runs like a top. Hauling the kids and MIL around town and tripmobile.

2015 Toyota CR-V also bought brand new. Replaced 2001 Honda CR-V that was my wife's daily driver but she needed a better set of wheels.

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Post by Fieldsy1024 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:07 pm

I helped my wife pay for her new 2015 Honda CRV in Aug last year. Man oh man, Honda people are hard to haggle with, but I managed to do a little haggling. With that CRV paid off, the earliest I get a car is 2020.

My 2012 Mazda3 has about 18,500 miles on it. My work commute is just a few miles.

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Post by Swansea » Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:14 pm

1998 328i BMW for short hops
2008 535xi for longer trips

The 328i has sport suspension and while a bit under powered, fund to drive.
The 535xi is roomier, and quite powerful with the twin turbos.

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Post by mhc » Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:15 pm

Me: 2004 Honda CR-V
DW: 2006 Honda Odyssey

Paid cash for each brand new. Hoping for at least 8 more years on the CR-V. DW will get a new car in the next year or two because we use it for long road trips.

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Post by davidlhanson » Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:26 pm

2014 Subaru Outback Limited with Eyesight - purchased new - now has 22,000 miles on it

Last car was a 2003 Subaru Outback

We plan to purchase another Subaru Outback in 2020 or 2021. As I age, I would like to keep updated active safety systems in my car.

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Post by NHRATA01 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:29 pm

Flashes1 wrote:2013 Mercedes S550----twin turbo V-8. After driving it, I now see why the Germans almost took over the world twice in the past 100 years. And I see the value of a German engineering degree over a U.S. engineering degree. :D
*Ahem* Volkswagon was just a shining example of German engineering.

Also don't forget twice the US beat them.

A German engineer will look at something that doesn't work and curse it for having the belligerence to be nonfunctional. An American engineer will figure out how to fix it. A Japanese engineer will figure out how to keep it from breaking again. :)

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Post by canderson » Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:30 pm

2013 Toyota RAV4 Limited

It actually just hit 29,000 miles this morning. I can't drive so we too are a single-car household.

We put $15,000 down and financed the rest for 3 years, 0% interest. It'll be paid off in May.

Since it is our only car reliability is key so we will keep it until 6-7 years / 70,000 miles or so, sell for $20k or so and buy new again.

Not the straightest Boglehead approach but it keeps us in a newer car and we hit max resale value essentially.

We did this with out 2006 RAV4 and it worked well.

I really want the 2017 Audi Q5 but spending $55,000+ on a car, and I LOVE cars, isn't happening. While affordable it isn't prudent for us. YMMV ;)

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Post by NHRATA01 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:31 pm

To answer the OP

2012 Buick Regal GS for a mildly amusing daily driver

2010 Chevy Traverse for the wife and to haul the 3 kids around.

2001 Trans Am bought new fresh out of college, with few remaining stock parts, to have the real fun with :mrgreen:

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Post by likegarden » Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:48 pm

I drive comfortably a 2004 Buick Century with 98,000 miles, which had very few repairs except the usual brakes, tires, etc. It has a V6, has enough good power for my 76 yrs age. I will keep it for awhile, next are 100k miles services, but I will get those required by factory only, at their required time. My wife drives a 2013 Toyota Camry, loves it.

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Post by Youngblood » Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:51 pm

2014 Ram 1500
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Post by DonM17 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:52 pm

2007 Buick Lucerne (wife's car)

2015 Dodge Caravan Crew - great ride - needed the van because we now spend our winters in Florida and needed something capable of hauling all of our stuff plus a cat and his cage.

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Post by Jrussell713 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 1:55 pm

2010 Toyota Tundra / 2013 Toyota Rav4 (both paid for)

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Post by Teague » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:03 pm

2003 Ford Explorer, 190K, on its third transmission. Still, cheaper than buying another car, "the devil known" and all that.
Bought new, since I generally drive cars until the wheels fall off.

Then I bolt the wheels back on and drive some more.
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Post by midareff » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:08 pm

Historically.... after about 10 years of company cars and a job change ... 1986 Toyota MR2 > 1998 Porsche Boxster > 2000 Porsche Boxster S > 2004 Jeep Liberty > 2013 Mercedes C350. Will trade the C for another in 2017 or 2018.

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Post by Rotsevni » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:09 pm

Renault Twingo 2011 version

Bought it second hand with 21k kilometers on it, my calculator tells me that's 13050 miles :D For 6500 Euro I think it's a good deal

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Post by Fieldsy1024 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:13 pm

I edited the original post. I was wondering if people bought new or used....

Both the cars I have now are New, and I will probably never buy a used car again. I'm not going to buy a car ever 3-4 years either........and NEVER leasing one.

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Post by blmarsha123 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:15 pm

2013 Buick Verano Turbo. Our summer mountain car. Continue to be pleasantly surprised by the reliability, performance, fit and finish. Only two real negatives: lack of integrated home link and manual passenger seat controls.

2013 Subaru Outback Limited. Our winter mountain car. 'nuf said.

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Post by Sconie » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:22 pm

2011 Toyota 4Runner and 2015 Toyota 4Runner.
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Post by joebh » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:23 pm

I drive a 2011 Subaru Forester. My wife drives a 2007 Forester. We put about 12k miles/yr on my car and far, far fewer miles on my wife's car.

Both were new when we purchased them. Both have quite a lot of years left in them.

As you are proposing, I tend to purchase lower-end, new cars, and drive them for many years. That approach has worked well for us.
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Post by blmarsha123 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:23 pm

>> ... and I will probably never buy a used car again...

I guess that it depends on what's available in your area. In my area, there are a ton of leased BMW and Lexi which I would probably consider. They are (my opinion) prestige leases, mostly used to ferry kids and families to and from schools, events and the like (seldom if ever off road and from what I can tell, not otherwise driven very hard). A low mileage lease end would probably be a decent vehicle.

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Post by BarbaricYawp » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:25 pm

2009 Ford F350 crew cab diesel dually (aka the Redneck Limo) for the farm -- bought new. Couldn't find a used diesel to save my life in 2009. That was the year the auto companies shuttered factories for a few months in the summer to save cash.

2012 Prius as daily commuter. Also bought new after its predecessor got rear ended.

1976 Triumph Spitfire as the fun driver and donut getter. A 'pity purchase' at a farm auction where I was supposed to be shopping for hay. Bought used :mrgreen:

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Post by jeff1949 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:28 pm

1998 Toyota Rav4 (first new car ever at age 49)
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE (second new car ever at age 63 for wife)

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Post by jabberwockOG » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:30 pm

2006 Lexus LS430
2007 Toyota Highlander Limited

Both bought used with cash in mint condition when apprx 2.5-3 years old and under 15k miles. So far with combined total of our putting on an additional 110k miles, repair costs to date have been $0. Maintenance costs have been near zero as I do most of my own work on the cars, fluid changes, brake jobs, etc. Aside from the initial capital expenditure, our primary expense to drive wonderful super reliable cars has been depreciation, tires, and car insurance.

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Post by amitb00 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:43 pm

2014 Tesla Model S. My work car
2007 Honda Odyssey. Family car and work commute for Wife
2006 Lexus ES350 car for Daughter who is high school senior.
Wife and I interchange car all the time. All of them were bought new and on cash.
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Post by alfaspider » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:45 pm

Fieldsy1024 wrote:I edited the original post. I was wondering if people bought new or used....

Both the cars I have now are New, and I will probably never buy a used car again. I'm not going to buy a car ever 3-4 years either........and NEVER leasing one.
I am eternally grateful to new car buyers for being willing to eat up the initial depreciation :mrgreen:

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Post by The Wizard » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:52 pm

2008 Mustang convertible and 2016 F-150 SuperCab FX4.
I drive the Mustang unless bad weather or a need to haul stuff.
Both vehicles bought new.

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Post by stoptothink » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:54 pm

Fieldsy1024 wrote:I edited the original post. I was wondering if people bought new or used....

Both the cars I have now are New, and I will probably never buy a used car again. I'm not going to buy a car ever 3-4 years either........and NEVER leasing one.
I've never purchased a new car. With our current situation, where I walk and my wife commutes 3 miles, our kids (3 and 10-months) might be out of the house before we are ready for a new one.

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Post by The Wizard » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:56 pm

alfaspider wrote:
Fieldsy1024 wrote:I edited the original post. I was wondering if people bought new or used....

Both the cars I have now are New, and I will probably never buy a used car again. I'm not going to buy a car ever 3-4 years either........and NEVER leasing one.
I am eternally grateful to new car buyers for being willing to eat up the initial depreciation :mrgreen:
Depreciation is minimal if one buys a new vehicle in Jan, 2004 and drives it for twelve years before trading it in for what little remaining value on a new vehicle, as I just did...
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Post by Traveller » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:58 pm

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid - I drive a ton of miles and this vehicle is reliable, comfortable, and really cheap to operate.

Others in the family stable include:
- 2012 Chrysler Town and Country (spouse)
- 2012 VW Beetle (kid)
- 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser (kid)

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Post by Elsebet » Tue Feb 23, 2016 2:58 pm

I drive a 2001 Toyota Celica purchased new as a college grad present to myself. It only has about 135k on her and has been paid off since 2006 or so. It leaks/burns oil and the catalytic converter throws a check engine light due to that, the power windows are dying, gas door doesn't always open, it's rusty, brakes and tires need replacing, and I'm not repairing any of that because I'm planning to trade it in and finance (gasp) a new Toyota Tacoma this year. I certainly did not take good enough care of this car, otherwise it probably would have been fine for at least 20 years. My only excuse is being young and dumb for most of her life.

The S.O. drives the 2006 Honda Civic Si which has been paid off for years also. It has around 100k miles and burns a little oil (about .5 quart every 1,000) but I keep an eye on that. I blame his overly aggressive driving, he used to drive the Celica too and he is not touching my new truck. :) Otherwise no issues with that car, I keep it maintained per the recommended schedule. We'll keep it at least 10 more years.
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Post by Allixi » Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:03 pm

2001 Toyota Camry handed down to me by my parents. Less than 120K miles on it; still drives fine, but little components are wearing out that are getting more expensive to replace. Had to change the charcoal canister, some belts, and get brake work done last year which set me back ~$1000 :annoyed .

I'm looking to buy another car this year and leaning towards a Nissan Versa, maybe from Enterprise Car Sales - these are generally 1 year old with 30-40K miles and start at ~$12,000.

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Re: What kind of car do you drive?

Post by alfaspider » Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:03 pm

The Wizard wrote:
alfaspider wrote:
Fieldsy1024 wrote:I edited the original post. I was wondering if people bought new or used....

Both the cars I have now are New, and I will probably never buy a used car again. I'm not going to buy a car ever 3-4 years either........and NEVER leasing one.
I am eternally grateful to new car buyers for being willing to eat up the initial depreciation :mrgreen:
Depreciation is minimal if one buys a new vehicle in Jan, 2004 and drives it for twelve years before trading it in for what little remaining value on a new vehicle, as I just did...
Yes, but if you had bought a 3-year old vehicle and driven it for 12 years, it would have been substantially less. Go older, and you can expect to take out depreciation entirely. I fully expect to sell my car as a profit when I sell. I lost a total of $500 in depreciation on my last car, which I drove for 3 years.

Nothing wrong with buying new if it makes you happy though :sharebeer

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Re: What kind of car do you drive?

Post by Chadnudj » Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:05 pm

Just bought a new 2016 Ford Explorer XLT in December.

Yes we bought new. Yes we took out a car loan (2%). No I do not regret it in the slightest. We both have a pattern of owning cars for 10+ years (my car before this was a 1999 Ford Explorer that I bought used in 2002 and drove for 13 years; we still have my wife's 2004 Focus and plan to hold on to that until it dies), we have a kid (and hopefully will have more) and wanted the safety features/space, and we have enough money set aside that we could pay it off tomorrow if we ever needed/wanted to do so. Sure you can save money with newer used cars....but when you're holding on to cars for 10+ years anyways, you're already winning the war in terms of limiting your vehicle expenses relative to most Americans.
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Post by Jack FFR1846 » Tue Feb 23, 2016 3:06 pm

2009 Fusion (drive when my snowbird mom is in Florida for the winter)
2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (daily, snowplow truck, convertible....Jeep wave)
2007 Lotus Elise (When it's nice out or I have to take a road with a lot of curves really fast)
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