I hope I don't regret posting this.
My first car was a 1990 BMW 318iS that I inherited after my uncle passed away. Otherwise, I was supposed to get a 1981 VW
Rabbit, which was my dad's car and was very reliable, unlike qb001's GTI. The Rabbits were known to be very reliable and durable.
When my uncle passed away, I was 18 and my parents wouldn't let me drive the BMW. Finally when I finished high school, they let me, as long as I paid for the insurance, fuel, etc. I drove it all summer, and the day before I started university, I went to work, and a drunk driver totalled the car for me. Thankfully, the car was parked with nobody in it, but needless to say, I was not a happy guy that day. This one had the new at the time 1.8 4 cylinder with 4 valves per cylinder. It was quite peppy, revved nicely, had the sports package with amazing handling. Despite only adequate power, it was a true driver's car.
Shortly after that, my dad decided to purchase a 1997 VW
Jetta TDI which I have driven since.
"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster