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Your car, I mean. Don't call the cops on me for child abuse :P

I mean, back in the days with my Cavalier, I noticed the rougher I drive it, the better it runs. At one point, I pamper it all the time, and it constantly gives me random problems. Specifically, I had this intermittent starting problem which the dealer couldn't diagnose. But then I started driving it rough, hard accelerations, quick starts with no warmups, almost to the point that I'm doing donuts with it. But it ran much better and problem-free.

But now, since I have the G6, I have mixed feelings. I don't want to rough it up, since it's still fresh off the lot, but I'm afraid I might run into the "problems" for not "driving" it.

So that's my story. How do you treat your car?

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i think its healthy to excercise it once a week, i drive like that for two days once a week but the rest of the time id pamper it too let it rest and get good mileage

i def agree tho

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I try to drive good.. I beat it when I cruise or if it's a really nice day though. And entering the freeway.

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Only after a thorough warm up. Don't want to have a head gasket problem with my 2.0L Breeze.

And then only when I have enough money to cover the fuel or possible maintenance issues. I need new front tires really badly!

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When I'm in a bad mood I'll drive rough but other than that Sci gets treated normally. I don't baby it, haven't cleaned it in awhile, no mods.

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Well, I actually tried to not beat my GA... It deserved to be, though. It's a beater. I eventually say to hell with it and just drove it hard over the rough roads instead of just the semi-rough ones. :D

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I go to the local oxygen bar to air up my tires. When I wash the car (twice a day) I used Evian run through a Brita filter to rinse it. I dry it with a diaper. I use tweezers to get every last bit of dirt out of the carpet. I shampoo and scrub the seats. I clean the bottom of the floor mats. I clean the bottom of the trunk mat. I Armorall the spare tire. I never press the throttle more than 30% of its travel. I never slam on my brakes, I dont ride them either. If I drive through a puddle, I immediately get out and wash the car. When it isn't being driven I have seven armed virgins guarding it. My garage is bullet-proof.

Its a Toyota, it deserves no less.

Edit: Typo

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I go to the local oxygen bar to air up my tires.  When I was the car (twice a day) I used Evian run through a Brita filter to rinse it.  I dry it with a diaper.  I use tweezers to get every last bit of dirt out of the carpet.  I shampoo and scrub the seats.  I clean the bottom of the floor mats.  I clean the bottom of the trunk mat.  I Armorall the spare tire.  I never press the throttle more than 30% of its travel.  I never slam on my brakes, I dont ride them either.  If I drive through a puddle, I immediately get out and wash the car.  When it isn't being driven I have seven armed virgins guarding it.  My garage is bullet-proof.

Its a Toyota, it deserves no less.

lol.......seriously its a nice car tho

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lol.......seriously its a nice car tho

Thanks, you might be only one of six people on this site to admit that. Seriously, I keep air in the tires (and buy new tires when a nail gets in one just right and punctures the sidewall. Asshole nail) and I was it from time to time, just like the other cars I've had. I gun it when I need to, otherwise I drive like a perfectly normal, sane person. I dont baby it, I dont try to kill it either.

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Thanks, you might be only one of six people on this site to admit that.  Seriously, I keep air in the tires (and buy new tires when a nail gets in one just right and punctures the sidewall.  Asshole nail) and I was it from time to time, just like the other cars I've had.  I gun it when I need to, otherwise I drive like a perfectly normal, sane person.  I dont baby it, I dont try to kill it either.

good man........id like to think im well rounded

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Only after a thorough warm up. Don't want to have a head gasket problem with my 2.0L Breeze.

And then only when I have enough money to cover the fuel or possible maintenance issues. I need new front tires really badly!

It's funny you say that. A co-worker has a Breeze that he beats the piss out of it.

Right now, it's gone about 5k without an oil change (*shakes head*).

But it keeps runninng quite well, though I donn't know why....

When we had our 95 Neon -toward the end of it (before we traded it in) we

beat the daylights out of that Neon. And it still kept going...

I'd given up on saving the car after all the issues it had..... :angry:

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It's funny you say that. A co-worker has a Breeze that he beats the piss out of it.

Right now, it's gone about 5k without an oil change (*shakes head*).

But it keeps runninng quite well, though I donn't know why....

When we had our 95 Neon -toward the end of it (before we traded it in) we

beat the daylights out of that Neon. And it still kept going...

I'd given up on saving the car after all the issues it had..... :angry:

hah my dads best friend used to have a mercedes and he had it for 11 yrs, bought it as a beater put 170ooo on it, never changed the oil, sold it cuz he hit a deer

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I have always and will always beat the EverLovin$h! outta my cars. I have found that they run better also. I even beat the crap outta my old cars. Plus, when they do break, I get to fix em and since I enjoy working on cars, it is kind of like therapy for me.

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I got air under all four tires on my car. Twice. Hows that for beating? I also jumped a buddies old Camry about 20 or so feet. (Yes, it was a junker car and we were fooling around in a farm field.)

I was pissed off one night because of some chick and I took a downhill traintrack hump at 80 km/h (people usualy slow down to like 40 km/h to go over them) in my '99 Alero.........

I got airborn and landed fine but the 2.4L engine misfired all the way home...

next day, discovered one of the spark plugs had shatered in pieces (all outside of the plug hole... fiew) and the fuel presure regulator was shot.

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I baby it, big time. I wouldn't have it any other way.

In the seven months I've had it, I don't think I've been past 4500rpm, even though that's the sweet spot for the Ecotec. I never jam on the brake or the accelerator. After every wash I check the pressures and fluids, and I treat the leather with Mother's lanoliin-based PH balanced leather cleaner/conditioner. After every wash, I wipe down the trunk, door jambs, and engine compartment with the wet towel just before I throw in the wash. In the summer I'll also wipe down the cutout for the sunroof. In the nice weather I'll wax twice a month...usually one week I use a cleaner wax and the folllowing week I use pure carnauba. With the winter weather I'm not able to wax as much, so I'm thinking of getting one of those detailing sprays (like the Mother's FX stuff) that I spray on the car as I dry it. I WILL use a claybar on it in the spring.Every couple of months I'll wipe the seals for the doors/trunk/sunroof with armor all to keep them nice ans supple. I occasionally clean the inner fenders with tar/bug remover to get them looking like new. In nice weather I'll swerve around puddles rather than drive them, to slow down the process of dirt collecting behind the rear wheels. Every two or three washes I'll wipe down the dash/console/door panels with the Armor all cleaning wipes (not the same stuff I use on the seals) to pic up the hair/dust. I don't vacuum alot, but I dump the mats out at least once a week. Since I usually clap my shoes together before I get in, I don't get a lot of dirt anyway.

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Ask the guys that came here for the Camaro debut how I am about my Solstice, they'll tell ya unless they're too busy badmouthing me....guess it depends who ya ask tho!

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There's times where I redline it ... and there's times where I just drive like an old man. Depends on my mood. Majority of the time I'm hard on my car.

Now my previous car, 88 LaBarron coupe 4cyl w/ busted turbo, auto.. that car I could floor and it had a 0-60 in like 2min.. no joke.

One time I'm out with my buddy Jay in his 82 Monte and we're going like 60mph or so on some back roads. We hit a set or railroad tracks and we're air borne long enough to look at each other and go "Oh F*$#!!!" a loud crash when we hit the ground but that was his tool chest in the trunk (luck the trunk and not the back seat). The car stalled out and we had to coast it down the hill and parked it over night. The next morning my buddy came back to start it and it fired up as if nothing happened. B)

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I have run the piss out of this truck. All my previous vehicles, too, except for the 'Vair.

I agree, the harder I run the truck, the more it likes it. The GTI was a glutton for punishment as well.

The Saturn felt as if it would collapse if I sneezed on it. What a pu**y car.

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I drove my Skyhawk the hardest. Tough Love for my favourite baby.

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