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User currently offlineAC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 2
Posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7644 times:

First off, the idea for this thread was shamelessly stolen from Kieron747 in the thread:
The Car Your Dad Drove When You Were A Kid (by Cornish May 17 2007 in Non Aviation)  silly 

Anyway, I learned to drive on a '96 red Ford Explorer which looked pretty much exactly like this one:



I learned to drive in the US, but the car was Canadian and had the speedo in KPH. The MPH was listed, but the numbers were small and vaguely spaced so my speed was always an educated guess. It was a stick-shift, and I also used it for my driver's test.

Given the size and the transmission (which at that time wasn't even working properly), I was pretty damn proud to have parallel parked it on my first go.  biggrin 


Better to be nouveau than never to have been riche at all.
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User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7639 times:

A manual Nissan 300ZX. At the time my dads only car. Boy that was an experience!

User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7635 times:

The driving school car was a Nissan Sunny like this:



While learning, i also drove my mum's Mazda 323 a bit like this:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/22/Mazda_323_Turbo.jpg/800px-Mazda_323_Turbo.jpg

not long after i passed my test mum changed her car and i got to drive a Citroen BX - complete with funky suspension  Smile




Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7630 times:

1980 Honda Civic 4 Speed Manual!!! I loved it almost as much as the 1981 Honda Civc 5 speed we has as well at the time. The things I did with those cars were just not right Big grin

User currently offlineTRVYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1373 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7625 times:

Something like this

Sadly, I can no longer handle it after driving more refined ones here.


User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7623 times:

1974 Ford station wagon.



It was a real pisser to learn to parallel park with that thing. But, as a result, now I can parallel park anything on wheels. People are surprised that I can parallel park a huge "box-type" ambulance on the first attempt.  Big grin


User currently offlineStrasserB From Singapore, joined Nov 2005, 1541 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7615 times:

It was a "Ford Taunus 17M" 1963 in Cologne, Germany.

http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r189/StrasserB/Misc2/autopixx-de-1121509286-93.jpg



Still, even in the most arid desert is an airport somewhere ...
User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7592 times:

The driver ed car at the high school was a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, not the type of family sedan one associates with drivers education.
Learned to drive at home on the 1968 International Travelall and 1966 Datsun Pickup. Wasn't real fond of taking the Datsun on 19th Ave in San Francisco and stopping at a red light going uphill with the 4 speed.


User currently offlineDaleaholic From UK - England, joined Oct 2005, 3208 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7592 times:

I'm currently learning to drive in a 2.0L Ford Focus Tdci...
Same as this except in a darker shade of blue Big grin
http://www.carbodydesign.com/vehicles/ford/2004-09-10-focus/Ford_Focus_2.jpg



Religion is an illusion of childhood... Outgrown under proper education.
User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7787 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7588 times:

I learned to drive in my family's two cars plus the driver's ed car.

We had a 1987 Toyota Camry and a 1990 Plymouth Acclaim V6. And at school we had brand new Plymouth Breezes.



Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7575 times:

A Chevy Suburban. Learn to park in that thing, and everything else is a breeze.  Wink

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offline747438 From UK - England, joined Jan 2007, 838 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7571 times:



User currently offlineTrav110 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 536 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7560 times:

It was a toss-up between these two, the first being my dad's Lexus and the second being my first car, an 87 Beemer 325es. Both pics taken by me, BTW  Silly





User currently offlineORFflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7555 times:

My sisters boyfriend's Plymouth Roadrunner. Damn similar to the one below. What a sweet ride. I'd love to have something like that today.



Edit: Spelling

[Edited 2007-05-17 20:43:01]

User currently offlineMuddydwagon From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 657 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7554 times:

In drivers ed class we had an early 90's Ford Taurus. At home practice driving was done in my mum's Camaro Z28.

User currently offlineEasternSon From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 668 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7544 times:

I learned to drive in a 1986 300zx, which I bought sometime near my 16th birthday. It had an automatic transmission (a sin, I know) so I learned to drive stick in my sister's 1972 BMW 2002 and my mother's 1964 Mercedes 230.

I was really lucky to have learned in those cars. Apart from the horrible clutch on the Merc, they were all a dream to drive.



"The only people for me are the mad ones...." Jack Kerouac
User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 6127 posts, RR: 29
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 7521 times:
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Learned to drive on a 1985 Ford Bronco II, with a 5 speed, and a 1990 Buick Skylark.

This is my first car, a 64 Mercury Comet with a three on the tree and a 260 V-8.
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1964 Mercury Comet 404, 1993, in St. Louis, MO



My mug slaketh over on Falstaff N503
User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3989 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 7517 times:

A 1982 Chevy Citation.


Don't give up don't ever give up - Jim Valvano
User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 7508 times:

When I took Driver's Ed at school, it was a 1980-something Ford Crown Vic that had previously served with the Gwinnett County Police Department (The school system decided to use old county vehicles for the Driver's Ed program instead of letting local car dealers donate vehicles). Real smart, let young inexperienced drivers behind the wheel of a car with a cop motor.

The other car I learned to drive on was a 1982 Buick Regal.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39907 posts, RR: 75
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 7486 times:

My sister's very boring 1986 Nissan Sentra


First car
1974 Ford Pinto
Mines was green with green & yellow plaid seats.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7468 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 19):
1974 Ford Pinto
Mines was green with green & yellow plaid seats.

OMG....I used to have a red Pinto...fun car but very little. Mr. Fly that must have been very restrictive...seeing the back seat was so small.... rotfl 

I learned to drive in a VW Beetle that was also red.

Phyllis  bouncy 


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39907 posts, RR: 75
Reply 21, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7461 times:

Quoting Vaporlock (Reply 20):
Mr. Fly that must have been very restrictive...seeing the back seat was so small....

By the time I was in high school, my older sisters were off to college and my mother worked evening shifts so I had the place to myself.  Wink



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8683 posts, RR: 16
Reply 22, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7453 times:

Lexus SC430 and ES330.

Hunter



Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 23, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7446 times:

I learned with an '85 Chevrolet Celebrity Station Wagon. It ended up being my car, that I dogged the shit out of. It had 170,000 miles on it when it finally died in '92.


Yay Pudding!
User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3868 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7446 times:

1977 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser.




Ain't I a stinker?
25 Post contains images Dtwclipper : I learned to drive on my dad's Lincoln Continental, similar to this one: As one can imagine, I am now a whiz at parallel parking!
26 JRowson : The car I had lessons in was a Toyota Starlet, which was back in 1994.
27 Post contains images Frontiercpt : I'm learning to drive on my mom's Lexus RX 330, despite my pleading her to get a *less expensive and less new* car, so I'm kinda nervous about it, but
28 Post contains images Duff44 : Flip-flopped between a 1989-ish Plymouth Voyager minivan and a 1983 Buick Regal 2-dr (this was in 1994) The Buick had no shocks in the back, fading p
29 Post contains images TEBguy : The driving school i used had a fleet of these there total rubbish. the automatic gearbox is crap, the ride is too soft, etc... but it served it's pur
30 Post contains images Boeing4ever : 1992 Ford Taurus GL. For HS behind the wheel hours it was a 2001 Ford Taurus. B4e-Forever New Frontiers
31 YYZflyer : Since I'm still learning to drive, I get to drive my dad's 1998 Mercury Sable. And while having driving lessons I get to drive my instructors Toyota C
32 Asuflyer05 : I learned how to drive my parent's1999 Mercury Villager. But I took my test in a 1996 Honda Civic because the handbrake was on the center console. Lea
33 Post contains images Aeroflot777 : My dad's car. Was fortunate enough for him to let me use it. Aeroflot777
34 Post contains images ScarletHarlot : Superfly is going to love you forever. My dad also had a 1979 Lincoln Continental, but I was never allowed to drive it. I learned on a 1981 Buick Cen
35 Post contains images AirTran737 : 1989 Toyta Tercel, and took my road test in a 1992 Ford Escort Wagon. Mom and dad sure did have great rides
36 Jutes85 : 1998 Mercury Villager. I "borrowed" my buddies 92 Nissan truck and learned manual on it for the first time.
37 Aerobalance : When I was 14 in 1980 my Dad tossed me the keys, and shop manual, to the '73 Capri 2600 V-6 that was parked in front of the house. Going over that car
38 Post contains images TUSaadvantage : I learned how to drive automatic with my dad's 96 Toyota Camry, and then I learned stick with an 88 Camry Wagon. The wagon is my car now.
39 Post contains images Kieron747 : Thanks! As I mentioned in the other thread, I learnt to drive in this kind of POS. I had about 15 lessons when i turned 17, and then took my test in
40 Post contains images Jamman : Unusally I learned to drive in an Toyota Avensis... My driving instuctor was a retired police pusuit car driver, he had some great stories. I passed m
41 Post contains images SK601 : I learned to drive in a Volkswagen Golf 1.9TDI and boring Mitsubishi Lancer. After passing my exam, I bought my first car, a Peugeot 205. After 3 mont
42 Post contains images ME AVN FAN : I learnt to drive on a FIAT 128 : - - it was a really fine car !
43 Superfly : Nice. That would be a 1975 or 1976 model. Mines is a 1977. Same car but different grille.
44 JAGflyer : The first car I drove was the driving school Toyota Corolla. It was burgundy and had 230,000KM. Once I finished with them I went to another company fo
45 Falstaff : Had a buddy in high school with a 85 Sentra, It was a boring car.... Should have had one of those cool Pinto panel wagons, that would have been sweet
46 Superfly : I know but it was only $250. That's all I could afford working part-time at a Taco Bell. The car was in great shape but would over heat and would sta
47 Falstaff : I worked at McDonald's for a couple of years in high school. I would have bought that. I would buy that now. probably a low gas level in the carb flo
48 KaiGywer : Well, the first car I drove unofficially was a VW Bug. Then once I turned 16 and could start practicing, I drove my mom's 92 Suzuki Swift and my stepd
49 Post contains images LHMARK : A 1982 VW Jetta Diesel- you remember the old 'trapezoid' Jettas?
50 Falstaff : Never heard of that car There was turd one like that for sale by my house a couple of years ago for $300. It ran great, but it was REALLY rusty. I sh
51 Post contains links and images KaiGywer : Something like this, I don't remember the year of the one I used.
52 1stfl94 : Well I haven't passed my driving test so I count any car I've driven one I've learnt which means I've driven My mum's B Reg (1985), Nissan Micra Very
53 Post contains links and images Walter747 : Someones got money. LOL For me, i am learning on my moms 2003 Volvo S60 Also my dads 1998 Honda Civic HX which is a manual. Its so hard to get the ba
54 Post contains images WildcatYXU : Easiest thing in the world. Especially if you learned to drive in this: [Edited 2007-05-18 21:19:38]
55 Post contains images ME AVN FAN : I suppose you mean THIS colour : which I find nice -
56 Post contains links and images PHLBOS : For the most part, I learned (& did my driver's test) in my mother's white 1977 Ford LTD II 4-door. No, it was not the police version (which was usual
57 LASOctoberB6 : im currently learning in my mom's Toyota Sequoia SUV....fun.. wes in sin city
58 Post contains images Allstarflyer : 1983 Chevy Citation - manual. I wanted to learn manuel (and my dad wanted me to learn it, too). Have driven a manual for years, though . -R
59 SRforever : BMW 3something: failed and Mercedes A-Class: passed [Edited 2007-05-19 12:04:44][Edited 2007-05-19 12:06:13]
60 Post contains links and images Melpax : I first learned to drive in mum's 1979 Holden Torana hatch. Similar to the one below, but minus the mag wheels & it was in a lovely shade of green - t
61 Post contains images Francoflier : First on this at the driving school: Driving school car, diesel, dull, boring. Then on one of these 'thing': Fantastic car, for its time. Too bad it w
62 Senorcarnival : I learned on a 1991 Honda Civic automatic. That car was my first car and I loved it like a child but sadly, an electrical fire due to a faulty radio i
63 Post contains images FlyMIA : First car I ever drove was a 1999 Land Rover Discovery but the first car I drove on busy streets and the highway was a a 1999 1999 Toyota Corolla. Tha
64 LAXspotter : Toyota Camry 2005. I just earned my license a week ago, but passed on my first try, however one of the things i didnt like about driving was the respo
65 FlyMIA : Fast response on a accelerator is a bad thing? The newer Camry's do have some good punch to them. But yea I sure am glad you passed on your first tim
66 Seb146 : Mine is a two part answer. I learned to drive (control an automobile) on a 1970 Olds Delta 88. A land yacht. I learned to drive a standard transmissio
67 LAXspotter : so damn true, I passed with relative ease, the only comment was i was driving a bit too slow. However i think the relative ease of getting a license
68 Post contains images Boeing74741R : I passed my test recently in a Vauxhall Corsa looking something like this... Since then I have been using a Fiat Punto a little something like this...
69 ZKSUJ : My Friends Nissan Primera and once in a Toyota Corolla when the Primera was in the work shop
70 Post contains images Trav110 : I think it has more to do with people who become detached from what's happning outside of their own cars. For instance, the token Suburban driving so
71 Andz : I learned to drive in a Mazda B1600 pickup on a building site in the mid 70s when I was in high school. My first car was a Ford Escort XR-3 in 1981.
72 Post contains images TransIsland : That was back in '91... I could've sworn I got stuck in traffic next to the very car I learned on, only that it was lots of rust holes being held tog
73 Superfly : PHLBOS: Back in the 1970s, those Ford LTD IIs were used as police cars in Gary, Indiana. They were blue with a red bucket pouring steel. It looked lik
74 JJJ : I learnt to drive in a cousin's Fiat Punto and an aunt's Opel Corsa, the car in which I passed the driving test was a Ford Mondeo. All of them manual,
75 PHLBOS : No, while the '70 Delta 88 was slightly smaller than its '71 successor; it was a genuine standard/full-size (wheelbase > 119") car... GM's B-body (Ca
76 Post contains images Superfly : Damn I must be losing it! I always default to the Ninety Eight as the only full-size Oldsmobile.
77 ME AVN FAN : The Nissan Primera was widespread between Dublin and Dubai and a really nice car. Nissan possibly had it in the USA under a different marketing name.
78 Post contains images LYRFlyer : At the driving school: VW Golf that had driven +370.000km :O and after some time, the driving school upgraded me to this: lol
79 Post contains links and images Superfly : Thanks for the reminder. At my high school, our student driver car was a brand new 1989 Ford Taurus in bland white.
80 Post contains images ME AVN FAN : had it been in camouflage like this below, single hits would not have been visible
81 Superfly : Those were good cars to learn on. The teacher and about 3 students would go out at a time. One girl in the class drove up on to someone's front lawn.
82 Post contains images LYRFlyer : Haha At least that would be a somewhat exotic car to drive here lol
83 Post contains images KaiGywer : I like the Geländewagen
84 Post contains images PlateMan : I learned on they kept the Infiniti G35
85 Sunshine79 : The first time I learnt to drive was in an Vauxhall/Opel Corsa and the second time was in a Nissan Micra.
86 ThePRGuy : My god thats an ugly motor Now those were shockingly bad cars. By and chance a Brake "Ford Explorer" Failure? Isn't that a Mercedes G Class? Alex
87 Post contains links and images KBFIspotter : I learned to drive in a 1996 Dodge Caravan. I must admit, it was a fun vehicle to drive, and I could also load all of my friends in it and we could ta
88 United757 : I learned in my mom's Lexus RX330 and in my dad's Pathfinder. Luckily my mom had just gotten rid of her minivan, came real close to learning in that.
89 Post contains links and images Saxdiva : Oh, you kids.... My mom and dad insisted I learn to drive on a manual transmission... and sure enough, I had the weirdest car of any kid on my block:
90 Post contains links and images Dc10s2hnl : My parents' neglected, poor old '71 VW Super Bug. By the time I was driving it, it was about 30 years old and just driving to school in the morning w
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