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What Was Your First Car?  
User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3094 posts, RR: 7
Posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 32000 times:

Following on from the "what is in your garage?" thread, what was your first car? (all similar threads to this are archived).

Mine was a Fiat Strada, D-reg (1986). Cost the princely sum of £50, and I was surprised it even lasted a year! Even had a manual choke...


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User currently offlineMolykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1344 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 31999 times:
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1987 Audi 4000s.


It was a nice FWD vehicle to drive but a bit underpowered. It was more reliable than most German cars but also was a fair bit simpler.

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User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 31995 times:

I had a 1980 VW Rabbit Diesel. I loved that car. Sometimes I'm tempted to go and get another one of that year and model.

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User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2586 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 31982 times:

1989 Cadillac Fleetwood-one of the last years for the old bodystyle, reliable and built like a tank. Had all the bells and whistles including a glass moonroof. One neat feature of the Cadillacs was the fact that each lamp had an indicator to show proper functioning. If the indicator light went out, you knew that the bulb was burned out.

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User currently offlineORFflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 31980 times:

1971 Chevrolet Caprice Classic. Bought it from my Dad. What a land-yacht that was.....

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 31979 times:

A Lamborghini Murciélago. It was only $273,000, but since I have straight A's and we think a great great great Uncle of mine worked for an Italian, it's not a big deal.

Signed, Super80DFW


As for me, I rocked a 1989 Plymouth Horizon.

User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4696 posts, RR: 42
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 31970 times:

1973 Mercuy Capri 2600 V-6, 4 speed, only weighed 2100 lb.!

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User currently offlineSunshine79 From UK - England, joined Jan 2006, 1762 posts, RR: 28
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 31966 times:

My first car was a 2001 Peugeot 106, and was brand new. Was horrible to drive as it had no power steering, air-con, CD player, electric windows or central locking, but the new reg about 6 weeks after I bought it had everything and was cheaper  Sad

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User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4992 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 31962 times:

My first car was a 1998 Honda Accord EX auto which I got in July 2002. It was the first year of the redesigned model.

Very nice car with good handling for its size, and quite economical with the 2.3L engine. However at the time I wanted something more powerful and went for a 2000 Nissan Maxima six months later. I have been trawling eBay for a 1998-1999 Accord Coupe - if I can find one for a decent price and in good shape it will replace my Peugeot 306  Smile

User currently offlineJCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 36
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 31960 times:

2000 Land Rover Discovery Series II

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User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 31958 times:

85 Escort GT that I pimped out and spent WAY too much for a stereo on. Looked a lot like this but mine was midnight blue and had ZZ top stripes going up the side of the car into the windows.

User currently offlineArniePie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1292 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 31954 times:

Toyota Carina II 87

I owned something similar (without the alloy rims), it was as reliable as it was boring.
The most technological advanced piece of equipment installed was the indicator box and the tape player.


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User currently offlineArniePie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1292 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 31951 times:

Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 10):

That looks like something from a Start Trek series (the original ones)  bigthumbsup 

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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 31946 times:

I had a 1995 VW Polo III with 55 HP like in the picture below (but it was black and not blue):


User currently offlineKieron747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 31943 times:

For me, a 1975 1100 cc Mini Clubman in red.


User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8744 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 31938 times:

2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara for 9K. Oddly, my current car cost me 11,500 and was brand new.


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User currently offlineRonglimeng From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 626 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 31930 times:

Sorry no photo readily available.

My first car was a '73 Pinto hatchback. I took delivery on 06feb73 and when I last bought gas for it in July '81 it had 109,003 miles on it. By then the doors had rusted out and the transmission was shot but that car owed me nothing. I drove it on a farewell tour down to New York and through the middle of Manhattan. That was scary!

There was the issue with the exploding gas tank on that model but I still liked it.

User currently offlineDuff44 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 31922 times:

1983 Buick Regal Coupe

Fading/chipping maroon paint, no shocks in the back, bad transmission, doors that sounded like dracula's castle doors opening, constantly dying battery...

Needless to say I don't miss it.

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User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2763 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 31919 times:

My first car was a 1998 Volvo V40 1,9 D. After a few months I traded it for a V40 T4. I just couldnt stand only having 92 ponies under the hood!

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User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3125 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 31896 times:

My first car was a 1970 Chevrolet Nova 4dr. It had a 307 V8 and automatic transmission, but no power steering, power brakes, or air conditioning. When I first got the car it did have an under-dash (dealer-installed) A/C unit that didn't work, but after about the second time of cracking my shin on that space-hogging monstrosity it came out and went straight in the bin.

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User currently offlineSOBHI51 From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 4392 posts, RR: 24
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 31883 times:

A VW Beatles 1200.All electric systems were 6V and not 12V.Did have a bad time finding a radio,electrical spare parts for it.It was orange colored.That was in 1971 in Egypt.

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User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 52
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 31877 times:

A white 1981 Ford Escort mk3. Same shape as in the pic below. Belonged to my Granddad from new until he died. My Gran didn't drive, so i ended up buying it off her. It had barely been out of the county in its whole lifetime. As soon as i got it, I drove it straight across Europe  Smile


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User currently offlineMD11junkie From Argentina, joined May 2005, 3152 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 31875 times:

My first car and still is:

1995 Ford Fiesta CLX (1.3L with CNG) - here in Parque Nacional El Palmar, after a 460km trip:

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User currently offlineSBBRTech From Brazil, joined Jul 2007, 722 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 31871 times:

1979 Fiat 147L.

I got it for free from dad as soon as I got my license . It was already 10 yrs old but I had a lot of fun with that little bastard and its totally rebuilt 1050cc engine. Seats wouldn't recline, only one side rear view mirror and no air cond. !

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User currently offlineBHXFAOTIPYYC From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 31862 times:

1974 Mercury Comet. Bought for C$90 off my neighbour in YYC. Mine didn't have mags though, although I did paint a Starksy and Hutch style "swoosh" on it with a paint roller. And, as with most 17/18 year olds, the stereo cost more than the car!!!

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25 Post contains links and images SmithAir747 : The first car I ever bought was a 1989 Dodge Aries K sedan, twilight blue exterior with blue interior (with wood accents). I bought it on July 17, 199
26 NorthStarDC4M : "My First Vehicle" was really a 1994 Chevy 1500 WT pickup. Drove like a brick but It seemed fun at the time. First one i drove primarily, 1996 Toyota
27 Post contains links and images TR763 : Mine was a 1999 VW Passat 1.8T. It was my father´s car, and when I got my driver´s license he bought another car for him, and gave me the Passat. I
28 Post contains images KhelmDTW : Huh, kinda like mine... 1987 Aries K Twightlight Blue, with blue interior. 120000 miles and the car is older than me. Sad, but I love my car. Taken f
29 BHXFAOTIPYYC : Interesting dent. Looks like someone banged their head on it.
30 Post contains images ShyFlyer : My first car was a gift from my parents, a very well worn out 1980 Oldsmobile Omega similar to the one pictured below (mine was blue): No air conditio
31 IH8BY : My first car was an Austin/Rover Metro 1.3 from 1988/9 (can't remember, but it was one of the transitional Metros between Austin and Rover branding).
32 Post contains images Foppishbum : My first car is a 1999 Mercedes-Benz CLK320 and I'm still driving it! I take care of that car like my little baby...LOL! Oh I remember the first day I
33 Post contains images ScarletHarlot : My first car was a 1996 Acura Integra GS-R. I didn't own a car until I was 24. We just sold it in November to make room for our new silver baby, after
34 PNQIAD : Mine's a 1998 Honda Accord LX V6 - bought it new in Dec. 1997 with 6 miles on it and still shugging along great after 140K+ miles.......
35 Post contains images 2H4 : My first car was a 1983 Mazda RX-7, just like this one: Fun car, but I'll never own another rotary engine again. 2H4
36 Oly720man : Sky blue VW Beetle in 1983 (1973/4 registration.) Had it for about 5 years before the engine died. Learnt a lot about cars with that one.
37 Post contains images PHLBOS : About a week after receiving my driver's license (back in 1982); I purchased a 1969 Ford LTD sedan for $300 (similar to the one pictured below): It ha
38 FLY2HMO : 1991 VW Passat Variant (wagon), silver, 2.0L, my mom has had it since 1990, passed it on to me in 2000 when I went to highschool. Had it up to '04 whe
39 Post contains links and images Airtrainer : it was a Peugeot 205 DTurbo... The very first was light grey and I had a dark green similar to this one a few months later after an accident. I sold i
40 Post contains images Classic707 : The first car that was actually mine was a 1978 Mercury Grand Marquis, it was lost in a garage fire just before I got my driver's licence. After that
41 STT757 : I got my first car on my 17th birthday in June 1992. A got a White 1989 Chevrolet Camaro RS. 5.0 liter V-8. It had a red interior and t-tops.
42 Post contains images N1120A : First car was a 1985 BMW 318i. It even had those very '80s sheepskin seat covers. My uncle had a similar vintage Crapi Superfly loves you Superfly no
43 YVRLTN : 1997 Fiat Cinquecento Sporting, brand new, one of the last off the production line. Very fun little car, drove like a go kart.
44 SWISSER : Chrysler Stratus, It was a great deal, not a great car though!
45 J_Hallgren : 1971 Chrysler Newport - brownish tan - 4 dr - huge compared to todays cars - model was often used as Police cruiser - specs unknown -- was a hand-me-d
46 Post contains images Halls120 : 1963 VW Beetle. Mine was red. Great car that some scumbag stole after I left for college.
47 N1120A : Oval rear window, correct? I had a friend in high school who drove an absolutely mint condition Bug that was bought brand new for her mother when her
48 Halls120 : No, standard rectangle like in the picture I posted.
49 N1120A : Ah, ok.
50 WildcatYXU : You guys are all spoiled brats. So nice first cars. My first vehicle (I don't dare to call it car) was a '71 Skoda 100L.
51 Asuflyer05 : Mine was a 1998 Honda Civic EX Sedan.
52 Babybus : Mine was a bright red Ford Capri. My parents got it for me. It drank petrol like it had a leak and the bonnet was too long. Wasn't woth stopping at ju
53 Post contains links and images AndrewUber : My first POS was a Ford Grenada. No kidding - I owned it for about 2 hours. Fell apart on my way home when I bought it in 1989.
54 Post contains images Francoflier : 1991 Chevy Cavalier 'coupe'... With more rust on it than the rust belt itself, no A/C, no heater, the crappiest manual tranny on record, a faulty star
55 TPA36R : A 2000 Honda Civic Coup. Had 96K on it when i bought it and traded it in with 142K and ran like new. That car got me from DeKalb, IL to central Florid
56 Post contains images Andz : My first car was a 1974 Ford Granada that I "inherited" from my mum. It was white, automatic, had a 3 litre V6 and got appalling fuel economy. The fir
57 IFlyTWA : 1985 Toyota Pickup. I kept it for less than a year.
58 BAViscount : Mine was a white 1979 1.6. Ford Cortina Mk4. All my mates said it was an Essex mobile hairdresser's car (because of the model and the colour), and bei
59 PHLBOS : My older brother had a dark green one of those for a couple of years (1980-81) w/the 383 under the hood. As far an a police-packaged Chrsyler Newport
60 Acey : At age 17, I drive a 2001 Z24 Cavalier coupe (my first car obviously), with nearly all the available options. Lots of kids drive nicer cars with much
61 PHLBOS : Since it was too late to edit my earlier post, I will clarify the above-statement. In addition to the '79 Newport, there were a few Chrysler-badged (
62 RJdxer : 1969 AMC AMX with a Ford 390. That thing was 2 seats, a body, engine, transmission, and 4 wheels. Sure wish I had held onto it now.
63 Dougloid : 1957 Chevrolet 150 sedan. Cost $25 US
64 SkySurfer : 1990 Ford Tempo (North America)........complete piece of crap, broke down more often that not, was really heavy and ate petrol like you wouldn't belie
65 JFK69 : 2000 Nissan Xterra. That thing rocked. except for the gas mileage, but I was able to kill that car and it would still run great. Only problem was it o
66 Post contains images Superfly : I had a friend with that same car and we've had many near death experiences in it. He drove like a maniac. You lucky brat! WHAT?!?!?!?! You got rid o
67 RJdxer : Well a good one can fetch around 20k but even back then mine had been abused. I was 17 when I got it and no one knew anything about jack rabbit start
68 Post contains images SCCutler : 1961 Chevy Impala Sport Sedan. 348 Turbo Thrust, Turboglide Transmission, Four-Seasons factory air, black with white accent panel, red and white inter
69 SOBHI51 : Sorry that was my second car bought in 1974.My first car was a Nasr127 A localy built in Egypt of a Fiat127(under license of course) like the Seat in
70 Post contains images StasisLAX : The first car that I owned was handed down to me by my father in 1981 - a silver 1976 Pontiac Grand Prix LJ coupe with a 400CI V-8. This car was built
71 Post contains images KhelmDTW : Oh, no that was just rain on the glass door. It does look like a dent though...
72 Post contains images Superfly : Glad there was a redeeming value with the Camaro. I'd take an AMC over a Chevrolet anyday. I wouldn't mine owning a 1973 AMC Javalin Pierre Cardin Ed
73 Post contains images StasisLAX : The exact same thing happened to my '87 Daytona - except that it happened at the Valley Forge toll booth of the Pennsylvania turnpike - the electrica
74 Roadrunner165 : 1989 Cutless Cierra named Brownie. I had some great times in that car!
75 ThereAndBack : 2006 Volkswagen Jetta
76 CaptOveur : 1988 Chevy Caprice with a 4.3 V6 The car looked like hell.. though sitting around at night with the running lights on could make people jump on their
77 Doug_Or : 1981 SAAB 900S. White, with 311,000 miles on it (!!!). It had an engine rebuilt at around 200K, but most everything else (including the dysfunctional
78 JJJ : '85-ish Renault super5, white. 1.6 diesel with something like 40hp. A true old-style tractor-like diesel, not these turbocharged, common-rail thingies
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