Ten Automotive New Year's Resolutions

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Our readers are going to be living their best automotive lives ever this year. They'll be driving faster, spending more time on old projects, and less money on new cars. Here are our readers top ten automotive new year's resolutions.

This is Answers of the Day - where we take the best ten responses from the previous day's "Question Of The Day". It's by you and for you, the Jalopnik readers.

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10.) Father/Son Project

This Year I'll...: "...buy my first classic car project for my son and I to work on. Thats my automotive resolution for 2011

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Maybe a Mustang II Cobra"

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9.) Long Overdo

This Year I'll...: "...learn stick shift."

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8.) The Enthusiast's Environmentalism

This Year I'll...: "After getting 26.3 mpg on my roadtrip, I decided I'm going to start hypermiling my car. This is also in reaction to possibly seeing $5 a gallon for gas."

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Suggested by: Xander/Luis

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7.) Car Photography

This Year I'll...: "... sell my extra car and get a Nikon digital SLR to shoot more car photos, and improve the quality of my automotive photography

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6.) Save The 'Ring

This Year I'll...: be "Lapping my car on the Nürburgring."

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5.) Dig What You Have

This Year I'll...: "Resist the temptation to buy a shiny new car.

While I could technically afford one, the fact of the matter is there's nothing wrong with the car I have."

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4.) Speed Demons

This Year I'll...: "Go faster than I've ever gone before."

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3.) Hit The Track

This Year I'll...: "Giving a 100% full effort to SOME race series this year, most likely my local AX. Make every event, every time, and make the most of it.

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I still need to decide if I'm running street or race tire class, and if it's worth it or not to drop the $2k into a front CO conversion/tubular A-arms/tubular K-member before the season starts (local series has no provisions about suspension modifications)."

Suggested by: ReverendDexter

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2.) Get It Done

This Year I'll...: "Get my '96 Mustang GT back in top form. 15 years of existence and 8 years of me daily driving it have slowly taken its toll.

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Overall it's still in good shape and it runs great but it needs some attention here and there.

The driver seat is shot, there's a creak in the front suspension I haven't tracked down yet (maybe the inner tie-rods that the alignment guy said I was gonna need soon when I had tires put on recently, maybe a bushing that needs greasing) and there's some front wheel shuddering at certain speeds under braking that could be the tie-rods again or probably warped front rotors. Also, I'm not real happy with the shocks & spring combo I installed last year but that'll probably have to wait. Needs a good cleaning and waxing too.

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The good news is I finally got new tires so I can drive in the rain and/or cold, and I fixed my exhaust so it no longer sounds like a 1974 Buick Electra mating with a B17."

Suggested by: Patman

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1.) Buy Something Awesome

This Year I'll...: "I've become absolutely sick of drooling at and lusting after beautiful cars for so long.

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This year, I'm done waiting. F*ck it.
F*ck saving money for a wedding.
F*ck saving money for real estate.
F*ck maxing out my 401k contributions.
F*ck it all, I'll worry about it later.

Chances are, I won't be able to afford it when those future expenses come in, especially the cost of kids—at least not until I get the magical six figure promotion.

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One of the two is happening this summer:

1) Buy a muscle car.
2) Buy a trackable or rallyable car and start racing.

Call it stupid, call it irresponsible, call it a pre-midlife midlife crisis. I don't care.

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This year, I'm done waiting."

Suggested by: horspowr1001

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DISCUSSION

Heh, I covered #1 back in '09, when I bought my Miata. The first new car I ever bought, too (amid much protests from my folks about how it wasn't useful because it didn't have 4 doors and seats.) F**k that noise — every time I get out of the car, I look back at it and it always makes me smile. That alone makes it worth every penny.