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      12-05-2011, 01:08 AM   #1
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If you have one, name your beater!

About two months ago, my mom gifted the family "spare" over to me. That car is a 1999 Toyota Sienna XLE. It has 206,000 miles on the chassis, 176K on the engine, and 76K on the transmission. To keep the door dings to a minimum, I keep the 335 in the garage.

The relief I feel cramming that van into a "compact" spot on campus or the mall is liberating. I don't think twice about the effects of a door ding on this tank. If I can't open the doors wide enough, I just walk out the side sliding door.

I took all the back passenger seats out of the back, so its like a covered truck. I throw all kinds of stuff back there (groceries, home depot runs, sports equipment, etc.) Filling up with $3.39 a gallon regular unleaded at some run down gas station, boy, I'm happy as a clam.

The beater does have its drawbacks. I get bullied on the freeway (when new v6 engine produced 176 hp) because I can't speed up enough or muscle around other cars. I have to hold the steering wheel slightly to the right because the suspension has sagged so much alignments are useless (I tried 3 times on hunter machine). Blown gasket leaks oil from engine almost like the van is crying, so I can't park it on virgin driveway.

Toyota seats are so plush and so worn. The arm rests make me feel like a captain when driving (did I just type that?). Its handling is not one iota different than a medium sized fishing boat.

When I get back behind the wheel of the 3, its like I am in a rocket ship.

Anyway, if you have a beater, what is it, its condition, and what do you like about it?
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      12-05-2011, 01:13 AM   #2
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Haha. That is awesome. Unfortunately, I don't have a beater. I drive the E90 and my wife drives a RX 350. If I had a beater, it would prolly be a 99 or 00 Civic or something.
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      12-05-2011, 01:17 AM   #4
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Hell yeah! That's what I like to see. My van helped move a good amount of furniture to my house. Caused more nicks in the vinyl trim, but its all good.

Read that thread asking if a large flat screen would fit in back of bimmer trunk. Sienna van to the rescue! LOL! Used it to haul a large flat screen from a crazy WalMart on black friday.

Do you think I cringed parking next to the shopping cart holder thing? Hell no, I just grabbed a shopping cart.

Funny thing is, the van never gets scratched in those situations. I bet the bimmer would be all scratched up.


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2000 Chrysler Grand Voyager. Work truck & tow mule. It's liberating to not have to worry AT ALL about it.

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      12-05-2011, 01:23 AM   #6
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Also, I don't have the famous "toyota dent" in my rear bumper.
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      12-05-2011, 01:25 AM   #7
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No name but beater/work horse/snow sled is in my sig!
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i wish i had a beater.. i'd beat on it, you know, bounce off redline leaving my drive-way and what not. no warming up for you beater.
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How often were your oil changes done? Ever had a leaking gasket?
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e30 is the beater. Although I am parting with it on Monday.

Might pick up a 1998-2000 Volvo wagon with a salvaged title and low miles for a few grand (Ill get the turbo 5cylinder..car has some balls). My parents V70 has 200k miles on it and it runs like a champ.
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I still have my e36 328i w/ 200k on her. The WI rust bug hit, so it’s really not worth selling. So my wife parked her Saab and drives the e36 or if it snows, I will take the e36 and she can driver her Saab while the e92 waits.
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