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|Subject: Re: What have you owned?||Date: 1/7/2004 9:44 AM|
|Author: DuckVersion8||Number: 30288 of 71609|
I'm starting out with "my" cars until 1986, then I'm including MrsDuck's cars because on several occasions we've "switched" cars for the daily driving to new jobs and/or switching day care centers (whoever takes the Ducklings to daycare gets the bigger car).
69 Ford F100 - Dad's old work truck, 3-on-the-tree, 240 6-cyl, snow tires, AM radio. Dad sold it out from under me.
73 Dodge Polara - Mom's old daily driver, first had a 360 2BBL that threw a rod at 80K (after big brother abused it), replaced with 318 4bbl V8. Almost outran a cop (cop says he was doing 120 and I was pulling away from him!).
84 Pontiac Phoenix - Why get an infamous X-car? I figured since the car had been out since 1980, the bugs HAD to have been worked out. Nope, had leaky rack-and-pinion unit, burned carburetor base gasket at 40K miles. The other reason I bought it was because I was newly hired with GM (EDS) and I figured it would be a bad move to buy a Toyota Celica and drive it in Detroit.
Me and MrsDuck:
84 Toyota Tercel (MrsDuck's 2nd Tercel)
86 Ford F150
87 Toyota Tercel (MrsDuck's 3rd Tercel)
88 Chevy C1500 Extended Cab (loved it but was a gas hog)
89 Mercury Tracer wagon (secret weapon against neighborhood kids, I installed a 300W amp and speaker box with two 12" woofers!)
89 Toyota Tercel (MrsDuck's 4th Tercel)
91 VW Jetta Ecodiesel (The WORST car I ever had. Cheap aftermarket cruise control installed and broke 3 times, 3 dealers could not fix leaky windows, trim installed incorrect including upside-down Wolfsburg crest on front right fender, bent stub axle, last dealer overtightened belt causing it to break 20 miles away from dealer, leaving me stranded in a snowstorm.)
91 Toyota Tercel (MrsDuck's 5th Tercel...notice a pattern?)
93 Saturn SL1 - Instant fan of traction control and ABS.
95 Ford Probe - MrsDuck buys a REAL car!
95 Ford Escort Wagon - Learning the errors of my foolish (small "f") ways and started to learn to be more frugal. Kept it for 130,000 miles and it was still going strong, even after a head-on collision and repair.
98 Ford Windstar - Bought in anticipation of Duckling1. Nice, but leased and gas mileage was horrendous. NO problems though!
96 Nissan Sentra - Bought as a used Avis rental car. Replaced EGR valve at 42K, otherwise, have had NO problems.
92 Honda Accord wagon - Bought used in 2000 with absolutely no rust. Had a bent oil pan from previous owner, otherwise no problems.
96 Plymouth Voyager wagon - Bought used after learning Duckling2 was on the way.
93 Volvo 850GLT - I loved the car, but hated the way everything broke and how expensive Volvo parts and service are (sorry, Todd!). I felt like a "big shot" driving it, though.
01 Pontiac Aztek - Current daily driver, bought as a demo, fully loaded, for about $6000 off sticker.
01 Saturn L200 - Leased, about to leave the Duck house in May. Competent car, good mileage, but as exciting as a toaster.
93 Chevy S10 Blazer - The spare "Winter" car bought from SIL, bought it to replace the Saturn.
73 VW Beetle - First hobby car, needed a lot of work, decided I didn't have THAT much time.
75 VW Beetle - Second hobby car, needed less work than 73 Beetle, started doing some repairs, figured I didn't have time for that, either!
72 VW Super Beetle - Third hobby car, bought and needed absolutely nothing. Fun to drive on weekends. But sold it in anticipation of extra medical expenses for Duckling2's autism. But it was fun while it lasted.
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