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Subject:  Re: What have you owned? Date:  1/7/2004  11:32 AM
Author:  bytepusher Number:  30292 of 73176

'72 Volvo Station Wagon - got it from my mom when she got a new car, it had at the time 120,000 miles on it, it took me another 2 years and 40,000 miles to beat it to death.
'72 AMC Gremlin - silly car but it was cheap ($300) and dead easy to keep in repair myself until it died in an accident.
'76 GMC S10 Van - got it from my dad, my GF/wife was a gigging musician at this point and it was a lifesaver to own our own van instead of having to rent but eventually it just got to be too much vehicle for city living.
'88 Ford Escort Wagon - bought new, widely derided but I was OK with it for the time I had it, the main killer was the lack of AC. I still see the guy I sold it to driving it around the neigbourhood.
'90 Pointiac 6000LE - company car, hated it, wish now I had taken the car allowance and kept the Escort but the siren song of air conditioning was too much.
'93 Mazda 626ES - had to buy this when my employer cancelled company cars and put everybody on car allowance, still have it, has 244,000km and is on it's last legs, wont pass another emmissions test so I'm now car shopping...

Probable replacement '04 VW Passat Wagon I'm just dithering now on whether I should wait a couple more months for the Diesel version to come out but I'm a) not sure the diesel makes sense for a mostly city car and b) not sure the Mazda has 3 more months in it...
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