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Your First 5 Cars...see Who Had The Worst  
User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3104 posts, RR: 19
Posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Ok My first 5 cars were as follows:

1984 or 5 Skoda Rapide in Orange ( written off when rear ended at 10 km/h) Not much to say about it but google it....

1985 Nissan Micra (traded in)

Nissan Pulsar NX

Nissan Pick-up

1980 Toyota celica, Supra....Prolly the best car I have ever owned. Dad bought it now...Put 180K on it...I bought it from him and drove it to 300K and then parked it for 3 years and then gave it to cousin who when bankrupt. He carried battery and gas out out field and drove it home. He finally parked it for good with a little over 400k on it...Other than rust( all toyotas of that vintage rusted badly), Clutches and brakes nothing was ever done to this car. Not even air conditioning(worked great as long as I had it)


Sometimes all you can do is look them in the eye and ask " how much did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?"
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User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 3153 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

My 1st five (we're talking cars, not women... right?) LOL!!!

  • - 1967 Austin Mini 850. Bought it dirt cheap as my first beater and ran it till dead.

  • - 1973 Ford Pinto. This is the one that the gas tanks kept exploding on but at that time I drove it in ignorant bliss. Sold it to afford university.

  • - Volkswagen 411 Station Wagon. 1st post-student car until I'd worked long enough to buy something decent.

  • - 1978 Toyota Celica. My 1st brand new car. The first of a lifelong enjoyment of Toyota products. I even rallied this car competitevely later in it's life.

  • - 1982 Toyota Celica. My second Celica bought just before they ruined this great car marque by making it a FWD. Got 400,000 km out of this one on the original engine/tranny.

Oh, and all of these have been 4 or 5 speed manual gearbox cars. I still to this day will not own an automatic.

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

1979 Buick Regal. Wasn't too bad of a car for a first car (I called it the Bucket because that's what my friends referred to it as.). When it was given to me, the driver's side of the bench seat was cracked and falling apart (Vinyl seats.) and had been somewhat patched using duct tape and the seat covered by a towel. I have been driving it about 18 months when the downward spiral started. I tore up the transmission (let it get low on fluid), had it replaced and several days after getting it back, wrecked the car. My stepdad and I put the car back together over the course of several weekends (all we had to do was unbolt the damaged body panels and bolt on the replacement panels), and then about a month after we got it back on the road, I got rearended at a stop light. It bent the bumper inward and did some damage to the seals between the bumper and the body. We never got it fixed. Then the transmission we had replaced a few months earlier started to leak again and it was decided to get me a newer vehicle.

1988 Dodge Lancer. I really liked this car and had it for a little more than a year. Unfortunately, I didn't take good care of this car and went way too long between oil changes and threw a rod. We decided to get another car instead of replacing the motor and gave the car to one of my uncles, who put in a new motor, and last I heard, was still driving it. In retrospect, I wish I would have spent the money that I used on a replacement vehicle on getting the motor replaced for this vehicle.

1990 Ford Taurus. Absolutely the worse car I ever bought. In the two and a half years I owned it, I spent close to what I paid for the car ($3600) getting it repaired (I estimate around $3000.). The bulk of these repairs were not the typical replace the brakes, tires, battery, etc. Eventually, I got tired of fixing it and shocking got more than I expected when I traded it in.

1994 Nissan Sentra. This wasn't that bad of a car. I only had to put it in the shop twice, once to replace the starter, and the other time is what lead me to sell it to the guy who owned the repair shop I had it towed to. At that point, I had the car about two years and I really couldn't go too much longer without a set of wheels.

1998 Chevy Lumina. Other than my current car, this was one of the best cars I've ever had. At the time, it was the newest "new" car I had owned, two years old. Other than getting the brakes replaced, the only other time I had to put it into the shop was to get the a/c condenser replaced (which was something I found out later, was a fairly common issue for several GM products of era.). I had it for about three and a half years. I was driving home from work one night (I had gone out of town for the day on a work trip and we got back to the warehouse around dark.), and as I was pulling out the street the warehouse was on, I got hit by a driver who I did not see because he was driving without his lights on and the area was not very well lit. The car was repairable, but it was not financially viable, as it would cost more to fix it than it was worth. Unfortunately, I got screwed over by the other driver's insurance company, as they blamed the wreck on me (despite the other driver being given the ticket because he didn't have his lights on) and my insurance company blamed the wreck on the ticketed driver. So it went to arbitration, and since the other driver's insurance company was a big national company and mine was a small regional company, they had the better lawyers and won.

User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3269 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

1985 Chevrolet Celebrity - Wagon It had 130,000 miles on it when my dad gave it to me. It was his old company car, and they had sold it to him for $1.00. He really got his moneys worth.

1967 Ford F100 Who knows how many miles this jewel had on it. I paid $500 for it, and it lasted about 6 months, as so much oil would get into the combustion chamber, it pushed it out of the spark plug holes.

1991 Ford Ranger I don't know why I traded it in on the next truck.

1990 Chevrolet 1500 4X4 I never should have bought this piece of crap

1994 Suzuki Swift Made sense to buy at the time, delivered pizzas in it for 2 years. I put 50,000 on it in those 2 years.

Yay Pudding!
User currently offlineWolverine From Germany, joined Aug 2006, 412 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

My first car was a, then, 11 year old VW Golf II, with 70000km on it. I had it for 5 years, and drove another 90000km on it. Then the engine broke down and it was too expensive, to repair this old car. I sold it for 2000DM (german Mark, that's long ago).

After that, I had a Mazda 323F, which was really a nice car, but it needed a lot of fuel, a lot more, than I could pay. So I gave it to the dealer, when I bought my next car.

A Peugeot 206 Diesel, it's slow and noisy, but I still have it. It's a good car.

Face your fears, live your dreams! (No Fear)
User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 15697 posts, RR: 28
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

'73 Ford Pinto, bought in '80 from a stoner friend of my brother's.
Car ran like shit (found out compression was low on 2 cylinders
out of 4), looked like shit (badly faded olive green exterior paint,
dark green interior) and smelled like shit (it smelled like my
brother's friend had spilled bong water all over the floor).
Paid $200 for it, lost $100 on the trade-in.

'74 Plymouth Duster, bought in '80 for $900 with $100 for the
Pinto, which was a gift. Really good car for the money, got
me through 4 years of commuting to college. Had the dead nuts
simple Dodge Slant 6 engine, but a shitty carbuerator / head
design that ran like shit in the winter till it warmed up.
But it looked decent enough and was great bang for the buck.

'79 Celica GT, bought in '84 for $1800. Add me to the list, that
car was awesome! It was so much fun to drive, great power to
weight ratio, great handling, great clutch, and I put in a kick
ass stereo. Drove it for four years, then my brother drove it
another two, and he sold it on to another owner.

'86 Fort T'bird. Nice car for what I was doing at the time, which
was a lot of highway cruising. Chicks seemed to like it a lot too.
Ran nice (presuming you put in hi-octane gas) and also got four years
of heavy driving out of it.

'90 Mazda 626. My former wife drove it more than I did, while I
drove the crappy '86 Nissan Sentra she brought into the marraige.
It was the first new car I bought. I got the car in the divorce
and hung on to it till a friend took it over and drove it till last
year. It was on the road for 18 years and over 240k miles. It
was a pretty decent car all-around, decent power, decent handling,
decent comfort and looks, and no maintenance issues whatsoever.

Inspiration, move me brightly!
User currently offlineSeb146 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 14127 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 32767 times:


1982 Datsun 210
1970 Delta 88
1988 (?) Dodge Daytona (hatchback with standard transmission; I had to pull the lever on the neck to put it in reverse. Reverse was up by the drivers' knee)
1982 Nissan Maxima diesel
1992 Geo Metro

I may have missed one or two, but these are the five I can remember for right now.

Life in the wall is a drag.
User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8594 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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1974 Ford Granada L. 3.0 V6 automatic. It was my mother's car and I "inherited" it in 1979 as she was working with my dad and went to work with him every day. One night my girlfriend (now wife) and I went to the midnight drive in. To cut a long story short the car caught fire. It took 6 months to get it fixed due to various failures by the Ford dealers. I sold it in 1983 and bought a...

1982 Ford Escort XR-3. I loved this car as it was MY first car. It was red but had the 4 speed manual box which meant it revved like a bitch at any kind of highway speeds.

1980 Ford Cortina 2.0L. This was a pool car when I started my first sales job in 1984 and I was still working my 3 months probation. I seized the engine miles from anywhere one day. Once that period was over I got...

a new 1984 Ford Sierra 2.0 GL. My first new car. I was 23 and this was just awesome. Unfortunately I was fired after an altercation with the new sales manager in 1985. When the CEO got back from overseas the sales manager was fired and I got my job back. They had given my car to someone else so I was given what was available....

a POS 1984 Mazda 626 Sport Sedan. It handled like a lounge suite, got terrible fuel comsumption and was baby blue with beige seats. Easily the worst car I have ever driven.

After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 69
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I haven't owned 5 yet.

1) 1986 Chevrolet Caprica Classic in gold. (together with 4 friends from the flight school during our time in Arizona

2) VW Golf IV 1.6

3) Mercedes C350 Sport Edition

4) Mercedes C350 CGI AMG (only 4 weeks old)  cloudnine 


User currently offlineMax550 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 1169 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I'm not quite up to 5 yet either.
1) 1993 Subaru Legacy, bought it with 130,000 miles for $1000, drove the hell out of it, sold it after a year with 166,000 miles for $1600. Probably the last car I'll ever make a profit on.
2) 2000 Ford Focus ZTS, bought it used with 20,000 miles on it, had it for about 3 years and sold it with 155,000 miles when the rear wheel fell off. The last time I'm buying a car that is in its first model year, had more recalls and problems than any other car I've known about. I went through 3 fuel pumps and 6 wheel bearings before I was done with it. Luckily most of the problems were recalls so I didn't have to spend a whole lot on it.
3)2002 Ford Focus ZX5, after the last one bit the dust I called the dealer and asked how many Focus they had that were manual transmission, they had one, so that's the one I have. Bought it with 39,000 miles, still running great with 123,000 miles.
4)2008 Mazda MX-5, bought it new (although it was an '08 model that I bought in '09) for about $5k off sticker price 2 months ago. So far it's working well, I still have the Focus for when I need more than 2 seats and some extra space, but I really love the MX-5.

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8594 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 8):
4) Mercedes C350 CGI AMG (only 4 weeks old)

Black, right?

After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 69
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 10):
Black, right?

Of course Big grin Don't wanna have anything else  Wink


User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 9246 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I was of the generation that drove the family car and was never concerned about a car of my own. During my second WestPac deployment I decided that I wanted a car for the times the ship was in our home port. Wrote Dad (who had a Masters in Mech.Eng.) and asked him to look for a reasonable used car that I could pay $50 a month on until I got out of the service. (Pay was VERY low in those days compared to today.)

Dad, who had been buying cars for my sisters decided to go with a new car instead. It was even new to the US - a '68 BMW 2002. Great driving car, but it had a cooling system that even Yugo engineers would be ashamed of. Got married 5 months after returning from overseas and "my" car became "our" car. I guess 5 months was long enough to have a car "of my very own". I did spend a fortune on maintenance and repairs. It cost $100 to just drive by and wave to the mechanics. BMW finally sent a larger fan, which the dealer promptly put in backwards. Typical of the mechanical battles, but I loved driving it.

'70 Toyota Corolla - bought it sight unseen as it was a new model they were coming out with. While BMW had problems understanding cooling challenges in the US Toyota managed to do very well - I was even able to have an AC. Well my wife was - we started the tradition of her getting the new car and me driving what ever. That was probably the best car we've ever had in terms of economy & quality. Far better than today's Corollas.

73 Chevy Impala - along came a son and all the "stuff" that went with him so we moved from the BMW to the Chevy and immediately started saving money. It was a newer, heavier version as this was the year where car makers worked on adding accident protection bumpers. Not great gas milage, but it drove like a dream and the quality was as good as today's Caddys.

'76 Toyota Corona (Australia Version) Moved to Australia and learned to drive on the wrong side of the road and to shift gears with the wrong hand. Sadly this was also the wife's car as I was able to commute to work on the bus - actually far easier, cheaper and more enjoyable than driving a commute. Like the original Corolla it was an outstanding car and was only traded in because it was starting to rust (Aussie made) and the wife wanted an air conditioner.

Holden Kingswood wagon. My first car in Australia. Notice no year is mentioned, but I think it was one of the original ones. $800 and it was mine. Better still, since that made us a 2 car family my wife was able to deduct her new car on her taxes - she was driving from home to home treating multi-handicapped kids. Some Aussies might be able to work out the year - it was the one with a front bench seat in the front and I think they used recycled phone books for padding. It did manage to get me to the local shopping center where I would catch the bus to work and the kids loved to use it as a "fort". Only mechanical problem was after delivering phonebooks for a school fund raiser the tranny refused to move out of second. The local petrol station did a $45 transmission service and she was good as new. I'm now of the opinion that every guy should have owned a Kingswood in their past (or still be driving one).

Overall the BMW was the most fun to drive (this was before it was a yuppie car), but really needed some help from Toyota on cooling systems and less expensive maintenance. The Kingswood was the most fun for the kids and the Chevy was the quality a new Chevy should be. The Toyotas were both before the company cut thousands of dollars out of their cars and were, well, Toyotas.

User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8744 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I have yet to get to my 3rd car, yet alone my 5th:

1st: 2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara: My bought it for me in 04' with 42K on her. The worse car I've ever owned. The a/c went out numerous times thus justifying over 3K in repairs. I admit, i drove her hard, but thats high school students do. However there were positives about this car: Roomy for me and ex fiance, the engine ran well, it came with a full size spare, and it got me through floody areas where my current car couldn't go. In the end I got a...

Current: 07 Dodge Caliber: I love this car for a lot of reasons. It's very maneuverable, easier to drive and whole lot more fun. In addition, it has a Mitsubishi 2.0 engine which a proven one so it will last a long time. The only repair was a faulty wheel sensor. Overall fuel economy is 26city and 34 highway which is better compared to the suzukis 17city and 24 highway.


Never be afraid to stand up for who you are.
User currently offlineSwissy From Switzerland, joined Jan 2005, 1749 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Golf I, 1100ccm only Big grin had it only for 4 month as my parents insisted that my first car should be a used one...

All the others were new cars...

Golf GTI 16V, had a fancy digital dash.... broke over 6 times in the first year, so dealer offered me a new Golf after 14 months

Golf GTI 16V, had it for 2 years..... and then came the

Golf GTI G60 color was deep purple (Fire & Ice edition)

moved to Canada and got a Dodge Ram 1500 swb, black

Current car is a MB GLK 350 and the color is Tenorite Grey.....


User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 7147 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

In order of appearance

VW Beetle 1973, sky blue - had from 1983-1988 when the engine main bearing died. I learnt a lot about car engines on this one. Major memory is having to do some major engine work and ending up with a rash all over my body after it presumably objected to all the engine oil getting in through cut fingers.
VW Golf 1980, red - had from 1989 to 1991. OK runabout, went round France in it.
VW Scirocco 1984, dark silver grey - had from 1991 to 1997. I liked it, and it was quite economical on a holiday in France, but it got expensive and had an engine seize and gear box lose a tooth that cracked the casing... part exchange for
Renault Megane 1997, yellow - had until 2006 when needed engine repairs became more than the value of the car. Some reliability issues with the coils, blown pressure relief valve on the power steering, oxidation on an earth return spade connector that meant the starter motor wouldn't turn over.
Toyota Yaris 2001, metallic blue - had from 2006 to 2008. Nice runabout, no problems

Bus - now cheaper to get the bus to work - bus ticket cheaper than car insurance.

wheat and dairy can screw up your brain
User currently offlineEmirates773er From Pakistan, joined Jun 2005, 1459 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Got my first car last year coming out of university, a BMW 335i coupe black on black. Love the car to bits, I have around 10,000 miles on it and it runs like a charm. Planning on some mods this summer with 19" performance summer tires which I already bought, jb+ to increase horse power by 50hp and torque by 50 approx. Throw in some 35% tint all around, dual cone intake and vola!


The Truth is Out There ---- Face It!!!!!
User currently offlineDiesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1642 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

First car was one of these... not fast, but good road holding and handling that made it more than a match for bigger, more powerful cars along winding country roads.

Followed by one of these in black.

All the usual Mini benefits... and disavantages. Never liked the wet much...

Next up was a Metro.... rusted away very quickly....

So it was back to a Mini... this time a Cooper and loads of fun. Still didn't like the rain though.

A growing family meant something bigger... reliable, I used it for years...

I don't like signatures...
User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13856 posts, RR: 17
Reply 18, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I got my first car late in my first year of college in the spring of 1973. I got a 'old lady special', for $110, a cute looking 1963 Ford Falcon Futura 2 dr Hardtop with only 42,000 miles on it. Had to fix many things, incuding a leaking the gas tank (also bottom of the trunk/boot), had to put a quart of oil in it ever 100-200 miles, had rust spots, had to redo the valves on it an other things. After putting on about 18,000 miles, an accident from a big barge 1968 Chrysler permently closing the drivers door meant I had to get rid of it and actually towed it to the junkyard.
Next was a 1965 Dodge Cornet. I had know the car for many years, got it for something like $150, had about 100,000 miles on it, the paint was bad, but a pretty good car mechanicaly, with a tough Slant 6 cylinder. Would get 1000 miles to the qt of oil, did minor repairs, put on a set of new tires, ran it to 127,000 and sold it for $100 to a friend who had it for several months.

Then was a 1969 Plymouth Satallite, 2 dr Hard Top. Looked ok, with a 5.2 L (318 cid) V-8, but had numerous problems - electircal, transmission blew out a week after I bought it (spent $200 on a rebuilt, done in my parents driveway), a jumped timing chain, carburator problems. Sold it for something like $200 and moved on.

Next was a 1965 Chevy Chevelle - really bad paint, totally shot front suspension, paid only $85 for it, after it started to run on 7 of it's 8 cylinders and using 2 qts of oil every 100 miles. after about 9 months of ownership, I towed it to the junkyard for scrap too.

Then a 1965 Chevy Impala paid I think $100 for. Bad water leaks, rust, very loose front end, had electrical problems, it to eventually ran on 7 cylinders and buring 2 qts of oil every 100 miles. This car after about a year ended up being towed to the junkyard for scrap as well.

The 6th was a 1966 Plymouth Satallite 4 dr, with 3 speed stick on the steering column, weak clutch, burned oil despite it having a slant 6 engine, rust out spots, see through fenders and floorboards. I drove it to the junkyard after about a year of ownership
After that had 3 Dodge/Plymouth cars, a 1979 Dodge Aspen that was only 18 months old when I got it, (horrible dog of a car, with many mechanical problems, had the hood blow open at 50 MPH), a slightly used 1981 Plymouth TC3 (horrible brakes, lost a/c) and my first new car, a 1986 Chrysler Daytona (bad color-brown, a/c went bad in 5th year of ownership.)

User currently offlineScooter01 From Norway, joined Nov 2006, 1284 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Hmmm -let's see now.

The first car I owned was a used trade-in '72 BMW 2002 which I bought in '73 after I emigrated to Canada.
"Freude am Fahren" was absolutely the truth about that car.
-But my repair-bills became so huge that my friendly BMW-dealer suggested I take a job as a parts-man with him to reduce repair-costs and also learn to maintain and repair cars myself.

-And what a great education I got. My first major task was catalogueing all the parts stripped off a '76 BMW 320i demonstrator that was given to the dealership by the importer after the dealership's racing-team won the Canadian GT 2 Championship.
I meant all the parts -just the body shell was re-used to make the new racecar...

- Helping to build that one was also great therapy for dealing with my first divorce and he first ex-wife also kept the Canadian-made Volvo 145 -nice to drive, Guess all the rust made it light too...

After the floor on the '72 BMW rusted out, I replaced it with a '73 that had the cylinderhead, 5-speed transmission (shiftpattern was Porsche 914 style with 1st being to the left and back) and a 4.11 rear-end instead of the factory 3.64. All this from a '74 Alpina rallycar. To breathe it had two Weber 45DCOEs, a header with 3 1/4" pipe and a tiny muffler from a Turbo Corvair.
- 168HP on the rear wheels in the dyno. To make it slow down it had the front calipers from the 3.0 Bavaria with spacers to accept vented front discs..

And the fun didn't stop there, I replaced the fan with an electric one for city driving, replaced the standard 13" wheels with 14" wheels. I was the parts-man, right?
Gave me lap-times at Mosport at the high 1:30s as far as I remember.

All these modifications were of course duly supervised by the Dealership-owner and chief-mechanic.

Unfortunately the fun ended in early '83 when the rear bumper of a Buick suddenly appeared in front of me...

Moved back to Norway again, licking my wounds and bought my last BMW, a 1802 (guess you can tell I was really hooked on the 02-models) which I had great hopes for. Not much happened with that one as a VW dealer in Toronto wanted me to return there, which I did after a short while.
In rapid sucsession I owned a '78 Golf, a '82 Golf Diesel which always started in Toronto-winters and took me trough the worst snow-storm I ever experienced, two Brazilian-made VW Foxes, a '90 Jetta and a '96 Golf before moving back to Norway for good with wife and kid.

-Took over my father's old '86 Jetta, but in '01 a bus cut me off and the Jetta didn't quite make it through said bus, (the car was actually still driveable), I got a '85 Volvo 240 Wagon.
-The family had also expanded and I needed space to haul a baby carriage as well as luggage for holiday-trips. That was a great car, took our little family to Latvia twice.

-All great things won't last, due to corrosion I had to replace it 2 years ago with a 2002 Golf Wagon,
-Jetta Wagon to you people west of the Atlantic.

The '02 Golf Wagon is great to drive, has good economy, seems like I'm getting to be an old "Fuddy-Duddy", but the greatest cars I've ever owned must have been the 02-series BMWs
-Too bad BMW took the fun out of driving by adding AC, PS, PW and other heavy things to their cars.
-When was the last time you saw the great tool-kit they had mounted in the trunk-lids?


[Edited 2009-05-03 15:45:39]

[Edited 2009-05-03 16:03:39]

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User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I'm still on my 3rd car.

1st: 1998 Fiat Palio - was a great first car, cheap to run and pretty reliable (for a Fiat). I really enjoyed driving it, felt bad when I sold it.

2nd: 2001 Toyota Echo: a real POS , I didn't buy it - got handed down from my sister as she upgraded to a VW Golf. It was very reliable and economical, sold it in 2007.

Current: 2007 JK Wrangler (Diesel): Absolutely love it! Bought it new..it has 46k (kms) on the clock now.

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User currently offlineYvr787 From Canada, joined Jun 2008, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:

I'm only on my second car now.

My first car was a 1999 Ford escort, which I purchased from an estate of an elderly man who rarley used it. When I got it in 2008 it only had 20,000 Km's on it. My mom and I began sharing this car shortly after I bought it because her Mercury Mistake was sent to the crusher.

About 18 months after I bought the Escort, I got promoted so we needed 2 cars, so I gave my mom the Escort and bought myself a brand new 2009 Toyota Matrix. I love the car, its fun to drive and is great on gas.

User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17593 posts, RR: 50
Reply 22, posted (7 years 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 32767 times:

1989 Chevrolet Camaro RS (White with Red interior, T-tops, V-8)
1993 Volkswagon Passat (black with grey interior, 5 speed)
2001 Mustang GT (Black with Black Leather interior, 5 speed, V8)
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Special Edition

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User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2948 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Im on #5 now

1) '97 Fiat Cinquecento 1.1 Sporting - I added full Abarth kit to it, this car was real fun! Only got rid of it as most of my driving was on motorways.

2) '02 Alfa Romeo 147 2.0 Lusso - came to a grizzly end on the M25 when the hood opened at 90mph... Otherwise lovely car and far nice than a Golf or Focus.

3) '05 Mazda RX8 192bhp - loved this car, just had it a month when I was transferred to Canada - so pissed...

4) '98 Ford Explorer 4.0 V6 - served me well for a year, but began omitting tell tale signs of earning its nickname 'Exploder' as well as shot suspension

5) '06 Ford F150 XTR 5.4 V8 - almost at the end of my three year lease and has been flawless, what to get next?? '09 F150 I think.

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Reply 24, posted (7 years 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Have only been around for 3 cars:
-1991 Honda Civic DX - our family's first car in America. I got it as a high school graduation gift when it was 8 years old. A short circuit due to a homebrew radio installation caused a fire and it was engulfed in flames in a few minutes.
-1997 Saturn SL2 - the replacement to the Civic. It was a bitter purchase, I loved my Civic but I really couldn't find any Civics I liked when car shopping. I eventually grew to love the Saturn and took it around the country a couple of times on vacation. I saw about 26 states in it. Its engine eventually gave out at 160,000 miles (I put 130,000 of those, I got it used with 30,000) and I donated it to the Salvation Army. I have pictures of the tow truck taking it away from the shop.
-2007 Toyota Yaris - what can I say? This car may be hated by many, but I enjoy my 4-door Yaris. I have yet to have any problems and while it does lack a little get up and go, the 33+ mpg more than makes up for it.

25 Panam330 : Not quite at five yet, but here you go: 2002 Jeep Liberty - I had this one in high school. Got it as a hand-me-down from my brother, who had driven it
26 Cws818 : 1995 Volvo 940, which drove better than you would expect 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited, brilliant 1997 Volvo 850, the devil incarnate 2005 Acura MD
27 Steeler83 : Me neither; I'm only 25... 1995 Ford Taurus which I traded in for a 2006 Hyundai Elantra, as things started to go bad for the Taurus and I was starti
28 PhilGil : 1. 1966 Rambler American 4-Door. Given to me by my grandfather, it was a real chick magnet . Actually, it was a reasonably comfortable and reliable ca
29 Type-Rated : #1. 63 Chevy Impala SS 2-Door, 327 V8 w/4bbl carb, 4 on the floor. Neat fast and I think it got around 12 mpg. It ate gas like mad. It was my high sch
30 Post contains links and images LifelinerOne : I bought my first car back in 1999. It was a blue Honda Civic like this one: As somebody had heavily smoked cigars in it, it smelled awfull, but hey,
31 JJJ : 1.- A white renault super5 (2nd gen. renault 5). Then-14 or 15 years old, drove it for two years and then gave it to my brother. 2.- Light blue Alfa 1
32 CXB77L : I've only had three cars so far: 1. 1982 Ford Laser Ghia. It was a 5-speed manual mated to a 1.5L 4cyl engine. I bought the car in 1999 for $1300 when
33 NA : 1. ´72 orange VW 1302 Beetle, bought it in 1979, crashed in 81. 2. ´75 red Autobianchi A112, great Go-Cart (the better Mini), wonderful car for a st
34 WILCO737 : Crashed? Oh no.... Such a great car. I'd love to own a convertible. Thanks. it is a great car. Very powerful, comfortable and just good looking with
35 Aero145 : Well congratulations! Viel Spaß damit! The Limousine version, I guess?
36 Post contains images DunaA320 : Well... ive only owned 2! First: 1994 Renault Clio My first car, got it bought for me for my 17th birthday. Owned it for 11 months before buying my ne
37 TUNisia : 1998 Volvo S70 (non-turbo) - car was reliable in so far as it always started, but had issues galore: a) ABS module failed b) almost entire suspension
38 Dazed767 : My grandfather had died in late '98 and I ended up getting his 1996 Chevy Corsica....white with pimp red interior. Yeah that car was a chick magnet in
39 Arrow : OK, here goes: 1. 1959 Studebaker Lark (AKA Steadybreaker). Flathead 6-cyl engine, three speed manual (on the steering wheel) Cost me $400. Cons: was
40 Aero145 : Did you by any chance swap the rear badge for an Opel badge or did you get the car with the Opel badge? And btw, your wheels and grille are really ni
41 A332 : I've had so many vehicles since I started driving in the summer of 1995 that my first 5 cars only cover my motoring between July 1995 & May 1997... to
42 DunaA320 : Yes, swapped it over for a bit of Euro style! Thanks very much Matt
43 Post contains links and images Superfly : First 1974 Ford Pinto Mines was lime green with green & yellow plaid interior. Ran on regular leaded gasoline and had teh original Philco AM radio. I
44 DL021 : All bought and paid for by me. 1970 Chevrolet Impala. 2 speed Powerglide and 327 V-8. Bought it for $30 plus a keg of beer to my friends brother who b
45 A332 : It's a red Pinto.
46 Aerobalance : Street driven cars only... 1973 Mercury Capri 2600 V-6 4 speed manual 1976 Mercury Capri 2300 I-4 4 speed manual 1987 Ford Mustang GT, 5 speed manual
47 WILCO737 : Thanks. Yeah Limousine. Don't need anything else. It is a great car, great engine and not too bad with the gas mileage. Very comfortable, with DVD pl
48 Aero145 : ’Course you did! Great! Not too bad as in 15 or 8 l/100? Ah yes you’re a pilot of course; DVD and autopilot and all set for a high-altitude cruis
49 WILCO737 : The lowest was 7l/100 and the worst 15 (on the autobahn ) Sure thing. Problem is: at speeds higher than 6km/h the picture will be removed and you onl
50 Aero145 : Pft, 2008 tech + flat car + 6th gear + 70 km/h will of course use so little fuel. You do that! Just please don’t be on the 555 or the 565 whilst tr
51 Airxliban : Great thread!! I've only had four of my own cars: 1999 VW Jetta GLS 2.0 5-speed: first ever set of wheels and made me fall in love with Volkswagens. H
52 Sv7887 : So far I've only had four of my own cars: 1995 Toyota Tercel. No A/C and the car would actually slow down going up a hill until it downshifted and scr
53 ACDC8 : 1) 1976 Volvo 244DL (used): Great car, very comfortable, fun to drive, but sucked gas and oil like no tomorrow. Kept it for about 4 months. 2) 1991 Fo
54 WILCO737 : Actually it was in the 7th gear (Great 7G- tronic) and on the Denmark Highway, cruise control set to 90km/h and then 300km Don't worry, usually I fly
55 DucatiRacer : 1. 1985 Mustang GT, red. This was a decent car, and certainly fast. I got it the summer I turned 16 (1988) and drove it until December of that year wh
56 ACDC8 : Just for the heck of it, here's my list for cars I had in Germany: 1) 199? Fiat Uno (used): All I'll say is that I bought it from a Turkish dealership
57 Swissy : Always, cr..p just got rid of my Allroad on steroids..... would have liked to see what she could have done.... on the A1 But I do enjoy the GLK with
58 HAWK21M : I had just Three cars till date;- 1997-2001 Maruti 800 Red. 2001- date Maruti 800 Grey. 2006- date Ford Ikon 1.3 silver. regds MEL
59 PHLBOS : I probably posted this before on an archived thread a while back, but what the heck. 1969 Ford LTD 4-dr. sedan (owned from May 1982 - August 1984) Equ
60 Superfly : Looks like another Ford Pinto with a modified front end. I lifted that image from another website. Sadly, I had no images of the car I owned. I learn
61 Steeler83 : Did anyone of you pinto owners put the gear into reverse and the jumped out when getting rid of those things? um... bad pun on that latter smiley? eh
62 Superfly : Nope. Sold it too a nice guy for only $400. I put on a new gas cap to sweeten the deal.
63 Aero145 : Now that’s some nasty consumption! I thought it would be 4-5 l/100… 1, 5 and 7, good. We in Regierungsbezirk Kölle are safe then! Been a couple
64 WILCO737 : Nah, it doesn't really get that low. It is a V6 292HPs. Yes, you are safe... But I will be in that area soon for 2 days Fastest I have been was 259km
65 MD11Engineer : For me, I'll drive my cars until they'll reallyfall apart (and even then I just keep them until I can repair them). So far I had a: 1989: 1978 model B
66 Aero145 : Nono, I’m sure you can do better. I was reading about a 600< hp Ford GT with V8 which participated in an economy driving ”contest” in Iceland (
67 WILCO737 : Not bad, I guess I have to try harder. Give me some time, the car is only 5 weeks old and I haven't been driving it a lot - yet Good one Maybe I shou
68 Aero145 : Yeah of course, sorry about that. Gotta make it *driven* before trying some real economic cruises! I’ve always thought about if it wouldn’t be fu
69 WILCO737 : Exactly. I want to enjoy the car as much as I can I will not try that in the real airplane tomorrow. But maybe in the next simulator session. But now
70 Aero145 : You gotta try that, man! Sorry for all those off-topic posts, Greasepot, I’ll shut up for now. Regards, David
71 LHRjc : I was a bit of a Ford fanatic back in the early days - luckily now I've seen the error in my ways! 1996 - 1st - 1985 Ford Fiesta 1.0 Popular 1997 - 2n
72 LTU932 : My father used to buy a car once every year or so, but he gave up that practice long ago. In the end, here's my judgement on the cars we've had (at le
73 Leezyjet : Here's mine :- 1986 Fiat Panda 1.0S - crashed 2 months after passing my test, also knocked someone down in this car less than a month after passing my
74 VonRichtofen : Man some of you guys have been through a lot of cars!! WILCO glad to see you got a new MB No Brabus though? I've only ever owned 2 cars and I still ha
75 StasisLAX : A time of good old memories in this thread! 1. 1969 Chevy Impala - lime green with black vinyl top and interior. My sister totalled this car by runnin
76 WILCO737 : No Brabus But I am in contact with them about some improvement. Contacted AMG as well for some chiptuning or so. We'll see Still no Audi for you? wil
77 VonRichtofen : Not yet, I'm moving into my condon on June 1st so I'm going to wait till after then before I start looking. And I had to pay a bunch of tax money to
78 PHLBOS : What year did your sister total the Impala? Did she plow into a Ford dealership or into a taxi lot, police station or roadblock?
79 Steeler83 : Heh, being that it was a Ford Pinto, I had to ask for the hell of it!
80 ACDC8 : I had to read that one about three times ..... Brabus ..... pffft! The only two good things to ever come out of the Ruhrpot were currywurst and me ..
81 WILCO737 : Yeah me tool. In the first try I read condoM, and i was like WTF?! Currywurst from the Ruhrpott!? Thought it is coming from Berlin... And Brabus is a
82 Post contains images ACDC8 : Glad to know I wasn't the only one ...  Berlin, Hamburg, the truth may never be known. But we perfected it ....   Good ol' Mantateller ....    Th
83 WILCO737 : There is a restaurant near my home where you can get a Currywurst flatrate AMG is awesome as well. My rims are from AMG, but performance wise Brabus
84 LOT767-300ER : Why the hell do you want to put in a dual cone intake on a 335i? You dont have Ram-Air in there, its a BMW not a 426 Hemi and I am certain to bet you
85 Post contains links and images StudeDave : I'm going to list the first five that actually had my name on the title, if you don't mind... That'd make my list look something like this~ 1) '58 Stu
86 Post contains images ACDC8 : Which ones that? I'll give it a try next time I'm there. I'd like to try Snack Point in FRA one day, haven't gotten around to it yet. If you're drivi
87 WILCO737 : T.R.U.D.E. Restaurant in Winterhude neither do I But I will be at the Nürburgring soon, I need to drive on the "nordschleife" I can imagine. Excelle
88 NA : ...can be awesome, maybe. To me Brabus is the tuner for the newly rich with dubious taste. Most Brabus cars I´ve seen "liegen so tief wie die Titani
89 Aero145 : Makes me wonder why Brabus ”manufactures” more than 20 types when they cannot even powerslide over an embankment!
90 Post contains images Vhqpa : Car #1 2005-2007 1990 Holden Commodore VN Sedan "Elizabeth" Ex police car been in the family since 1991 (I can remember the very first time dad picked
91 Superfly : WOW! That is awesome! That was my parents first car, years before I was born. I drove by the abandoned Packard plant a few days ago when I was in Det
92 StudeDave : THANKS!!! All of my cars are AT LEAST five years older then ME!!! The last Packards built there would've been the 1956s. The '57s and '58s were built
93 Superfly : I've been to that plant years ago too. My uncle worked there the last two years it was in operation. Still an American designed car and an American c
94 Post contains links and images Treebeard787 : Studebaker's always make me think of fozzie the bear from the muppet movie. By fscaptain at 2009-05-08 I'm still on my first vehicle, A 2009 Toyota T
95 MD-90 : 1. Superfly will vehemently disagree with me, but my first car was a 1985 Toyota Cressida station wagon with no air conditioning. And my birthday was
96 Superfly : I agree that your first car was a 1985 Toyota Cressida station wagon with no air conditioning. I am sure all you needed was an air conditioning recha
97 StasisLAX : 1979 - on Island Road behind Philly Airport - near the old Overseas Terminal. She was picking up my Mother from work! Both of the LTDs were rental ca
98 Post contains links and images IFlyTWA : 1. 1990 Chevrolet Camaro - Awesome first car. Purchased in '02. 305 TBI. Decent condition and sold to a friend in '04. 2. 1982 Pontiac Trans Am - Firs
99 StasisLAX : That's one sweet looking "stang!!
100 Springbok747 : Actually the turbo lag in the JK is not very noticeable. My only gripe is that the thing struggles to move when towing..even though the engine is pre
101 TSS : 1. 1970 Chevrolet Nova sedan, $300. 307 2bbl V8 (the Chevrolet one, not the Oldsmobile one) and automatic, but no power steering, power brakes, or pow
102 CXB77L : You seem to have an affinity for ex-fleet cars. Personally, I'd stay away from ex-police or ex-taxis, even ex-rentals, because I can never be sure ho
103 Type-Rated : Has anyone here been unfortunate enough to own a Olds with the Chevrolet 350 converted to diesel? Or the early Cadillac 4-6-8 engines?
104 Superfly : The Lincoln Mark IV is awesome car! I bought a 1974 model for $700 in 1995 and moved to San Francisco in that car. I ended up selling it to a homeles
105 TSS : No, it was much too far gone. The floorboards had rusted out and been patched badly with sheet metal, which had also rusted out and been patched badl
106 StasisLAX : Must have been the horrible, failure-prone THM 200C transmission; my moms '79 Cutlass Supreme had the same trash tranny in it. This was the dark days
107 PHLBOS : So your Montego was basically a Flintstone car. As far as restoring and/or rustproofing is concerned; one major downside to unitized construction-bas
108 MD-90 : Sadly it needed a new compressor and had to be converted from R-12 to R-134a. That would've been expensive.
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