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I have something I need to get off my chest. It was inspired by a recent thread in which people were constantly referring to the Intrepid as a "family" or "granny" car, something I completely disagree with.

My Intrepid isn’t a family car. Do I have a family? Does my kid ride in the backseat in the baby seat next to the groceries? I don’t even have a kid and I don’t grocery shop. More often than not my car is driving me to work, the gym, or the clubs. So what the hell makes the Intrepid a family car, the fact that it’s roomy and has four doors instead of two? So, in order for a car to be considered “hip” and “young”, it has to have only two doors and **** for room in the backseat and you have to race it all over the streets like you’re still in high school?! I’m 6’5” and I’ve sat in some of those “cool” imports before and, believe me, it’s a friggin’ joke. I feel like I’m in a toy car. I like the feeling of having a bigger car around me. And when I’m making road trips, my friends appreciate the roominess of the backseat.

Car & Driver once described the first gen Intrepid as a sedan with a “sporty, hard-edged demeanor”. Their damn fine looking cars by any standard (except maybe the RICER standard. Ricers measure the quality of their looks by how many feet high their rear spoiler can reach). The Intrepid is a good-looking car from the start, and when they are modified like many of the people on this board do, they only look and perform better.

I'm 22 and I’ve got a first gen char-gold Trep with dual exhaust, tinted windows, blackouts, and no badges. I know, nothing special, but I’ve gotten many complements about my car, both from friends and even some strangers. And last I checked it isn’t often that a eight year old “family” sedan gets many complements. ****, I must be doing something right.

Bottom line is, your car is what you make it. The entire personality of a car is 95% determined by the person who drives it. And I ain't no grandmother. Are you?

Later.

BTW - This post isn't intended as a flame to the people on this board at all. I realize they all love their cars as much as I do and as a result, I realize they use the term "family car" lightly.

[ January 08, 2002: Message edited by: Wolverine01 ]
 

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Calm down bucko.

Most people on this site use "granny car" or other terms as ones of enderment, not disdain. Besides, the majority of LH cars are sold and owned by people with families, or the elderly.

Hell, other than myself I never see anyone younger than 50 driving an LHS!

I don’t grocery shop
What do you eat? :)

[ January 08, 2002: Message edited by: LHSer ]
 

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Originally posted by Wolverine01:
I’ve gotten many complements about my car, both from friends and even some strangers. And last I checked it isn’t often that a eight year old “family” sedan gets many complements.
I have gotten the same compliments. Last time i got an oil change a guy was waiting and he saw them drive my car out and he's like "is that yours?" i was like "yeah", he said "man the exhaust sounds sweet, i love the side turnouts"
 

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I believe I referred to the Intrepid as a "granny car" in the post where the guy with the Mitsubishi 3000GT was bashing on our cars. I love my car and just like the term "ricer," think our cars including many other 4 door large sedans have the stigma of being owned by older folks. I am 25, single (can't say that in 6 months), drive mostly to and from work. I also have gotten many compliments on my car. So, hopefully you will see that I didn't mean anything negative about our car. :) I kind of like having a car where people think one way and you can show them the way you see it through modifications and other subtle things.
 

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I might be 40, but I didn't buy my car because i was old, I bought because of the way it looks and the room for my 6'6" frame. I make enough money to buy any car I want (within reason) and I chose a five year old Intrepid over a new car, with all the mods I have on the car I still spent less than 15K on a car I will probably have for a long time. I just went to the Dodge Dealer the other day for some service and got compliments on my car from the service writers. If my car is a "granny" car then I want a grandmother like that.

Charles
 
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