Can you remember all the cars that you have ever owned? Can you list them in order? Here's my attempt (guessing on some of the years):'80 Honda Prelude (I was 16)'82 Toyota Supra (It was a recovered steal for a good price)'86 Toyota Celica'79 Honda Accord (post divorce)80's Acura Legend'90 Acura Integra'92 Acura Legend'99 Ford Expedition (married w/child - I hate mini vans)'94 Lexus LS400 (parents old car, gift to me, Expedition went to DH)'01 Lexus RX300I think that's about it. The Expedition was the only vehicle purchased new (trade in + paid cash for balance) and DH has it now.
Here is my short list of vehicles:1988 Subaru XT1985 Olds Cutlass1982 Honda CM450E (motorcycle)1997 Mitsubishi Galant2002 Harley SoftailThe Galant and Harley were purchased new and are my current vehicles. If I lived in a warm climate I would own only the bike.dt
56 Chevy BelAir convertible - rehabbed... my (first) learner rehab car62 Chevy Impala70 Dodge Swinger74 Dodge Sport64 MG Midget - rehab project car74 Mercury Capri - rebuilt the motor75 Ford Mustang - first (serious) auto body repair project car79 Olds Cutlass Salon sleeper, with a reworked 350 Olds engine that routinely smoked Corvettes.73 Ford Mustang convertible - seriously/fully rehabbed84 Chrysler Lebaron - inherited from my Father's estate92 Ford Escort - daily driven work car... reminds me of Ford's answer to the original VW Bug81 Datsun/Nissan 280ZX Turbo - THE most money I've ever spent on a rehab project car - but I like it. ~ ~Besides cars I've personally owned, I've rehabbed Dodge SuperBee's, Plymouth RoadRunner's, Chevy II's and Malibu's - mostly in the late 60's/early 70's vintage, helped with building a "late model" stock car for racing at a local track and straightened virtually every body panel on a good running but sight-soar car my Dad bought and helped a neighbor rehab the body, and install a smallblock Chevy motor in, a '38 Chevy.
70 AMC Gremlin - denim interior!70 VW bug - totally indestructible70 Triumph GT6 - superb overheater72 Triumph GT6 - it takes two to make one run70 Chevelle74 Caldwell D9 Formula Ford - best handling car ever74 Camaro - Team Rust I81 Plymouth TC3 - DSP/ITB race car86 Corvette - my favorite so far85 Swift DB-1 Formula Ford90 Corvette ZR-1 - huge disappointment97 Corvette - Fast!98 Camaro Z-28Now you know the symptoms of my automotive weirdness.Neil
'80 Honda Prelude (I was 16)'82 Toyota Supra (It was a recovered steal for a good price)'86 Toyota Celica'79 Honda Accord (post divorce)80's Acura Legend'90 Acura Integra'92 Acura Legend'99 Ford Expedition (married w/child - I hate mini vans)'94 Lexus LS400 (parents old car, gift to me, Expedition went to DH)'01 Lexus RX300That's SO MANY cars. Why have you had to buy so many cars? Shouldn't Hondas/Acuras and Toyotas last longer than a few years? (OK, I guess the car before the 1979 Honda Accord went to your ex-wife, but why didn't the Acuras last longer?)OK, OK, I'm unusual. I've only had one car - my 1988 Honda Civic, and I'm already 30 years old. It's just been too darned good to replace, so it's a testament to Honda quality. I didn't realize how good I've had it until I read horror stories about Chevy Vegas, Ford Pintos, Yugos, AMCs, and other stinkers.
That's SO MANY cars. Why have you had to buy so many cars? Shouldn't Hondas/Acuras and Toyotas last longer than a few years? (OK, I guess the car before the 1979 Honda Accord went to your ex-wife, but why didn't the Acuras last longer?)Except that I WAS the ex-wife!! I sold the Celica to get something cheaper (it was paid off), just to have the cash. I didn't get rid of the cars because they broke, I was just bored with them and got into the expensive habit of getting myself a different car every couple of years or so. I always paid cash, so I never got upside down in loans or anything. I never had a car longer than 2 years before the Expedition. I traded in the Lexus LS400 a few months ago because it is rear wheel drive and did horrible on the snow. I got studded snow tires for it, but it was too squirrley on the highway with the studs. I work night shift and often drive home between 2 am and 7 am, before the roads are plowed much. I really missed having 4 wheel drive, so I got the AWD RX300 (which I love and hope to keep a long time, this time)!
Except that I WAS the ex-wife!!...I got studded snow tires for itSo... Did the latter help with the former, perchance?;-) (just joking (with)) you.)
I haven't had many, so they're easy to remember.1979 Datsun Pickup - blue - Given to me by my parents when I turned 16 (I'm now 28) - sweet little guy treated me good in high school1987 Subaru GL - red - Purchased from my uncle when someone totalled my pickup in 1994 or so1998 Honda Civic DX Hatchback - Pearl Amethyst? - Boooooring - I needed something cheap when my Subaru was about to die (literally, I don't think I could have made it home from the dealer that night)2002 VW Passat GLX - Silverstone Grey - I love this car but I really want a BMW...probably next yearI've decided that I want a new car every 3 years or so. With the success I've had in my career this is something that I've decided I deserve. I don't like to worry about fixing my car or things like that. I guess it's the cost of piece of mind and I'm willing to pay it.Erin
Except that I WAS the ex-wife!!...I got studded snow tires for itSo... Did the latter help with the former, perchance?If you are asking if I ended up with a stud, yes I did! 21 is too young to get married, at 28 I at least got a clue.
OK, I'll bite.'84 Plymouth Reliant'84 Mercury Grand Marquis'89 Mercury Grand Marquis'92 Mercury Topaz'02 Ford WindstarAlan
1998 Honda Civic DX Hatchback - Pearl Amethyst? - Boooooring - I needed something cheap when my Subaru was about to die (literally, I don't think I could have made it home from the dealer that night)2002 VW Passat GLX - Silverstone Grey - I love this car but I really want a BMW...probably next yearI've decided that I want a new car every 3 years or so. With the success I've had in my career this is something that I've decided I deserve. I don't like to worry about fixing my car or things like that. I guess it's the cost of piece of mind and I'm willing to pay it.similar attitude..... 54 MG --BRG, highSchool grad. present i stupidly drove to Death (only used car on list)67 Triumph Spitfire --white, great fun...many miles, sold it when drafted71 (Triumph Tiger) --'blue', sold it when i got released ... having survived the army, i got all risk-averse73 Volvo POS --lemon yellow75 Toyota pickup --puke brown, sold it when i decided it didn't have enough power for city driving... great machine for backpaching.84 Toyota Supra --black, loved this car, but at 280k she started to fall apart99 Bimmer 328 --ugly grey... & decided i was too old for stick shift01 Bimmer 330 --dark blue... first AutoTrans.... expect we'll be together many more years.-j
My list is a lot shorter.'85 Subaru GL -- Black. Paid $2,000 for it in 1991, with 103,000 miles. Drove it until 1999 and 185,000 miles and took all sorts of places in Montana that I never should have been able to take a car.'04 Subaru Forrester XS -- Black. We've been together for 5 months, and I expect another 10 years or so out of this car. I love my scubie.In between, I had a couple of company cars that I didn't really choose, but they were free, so I can't complain.'96 Dodge Neon -- Got it in 98 and totaled is 45 days later.'98 Chevy Cavalier -- drove it until 2001 and 90,000 miles until the company refreshed it. A surprisingly good car.'01 Pontiac Grand Am -- drove it until I left that job. I'm not a big fan of that car. It had the turning radius of an oil tanker. It seemed alot bigger than the Cavalier, but not in a way that inspires confidence. It seemed like they just took a small car and bolted on a bunch of extra fiberglass to make it as inconvenient as possible.
Except that I WAS the ex-wife!!...I got studded snow tires for itSo... Did the latter help with the former, perchance?If you are asking if I ended up with a stud, yes I did! 21 is too young to get married, at 28 I at least got a clue.Nay - I'm older than dirt, seen "studs" sweep very respectable ladies, and vice versa - unexpectedly, and otherwise.My daughter's about your age... Her problem, and my, very serious, concern is her getting off drugs, which she seems to be, finally, accomplishing - one day at a time.Cars I've built/rebuilt haven't disappointed (or hurt) me, to the point that I have problems sleeping.Sorry for the comment... a poor attempt at humor with you.Sincerely,Bob
Lessee1976 Plymouth Valiant1976 Honda 360T1981 Dodge Aries my favorite car. bought it new.1981 Kawasake 650 CSR1960 Dodge pickup1976 Ford F100 pickup1972 Dodge 3/4 ton Camper Special. 2nd most dependable vehicle I've owned.1983 Plymouth Horizen1983 Oldmobile Cutlass Ciera1989 Plymouth minivan1991 Dodge Dakota, most dependable vehicle I've owned. Drive it daily, has 222,000 miles on it.1992 Chrysler Imperial. In shop for waterpump.Eugene
I've decided that I want a new car every 3 years or so. With the success I've had in my career this is something that I've decided I deserve. I don't like to worry about fixing my car or things like that. I guess it's the cost of piece of mind and I'm willing to pay it.ErinBUT, are you willing to wager a pink slip? :-)
I've decided that I want a new car every 3 years or so. With the success I've had in my career this is something that I've decided I deserve. I don't like to worry about fixing my car or things like that. I guess it's the cost of piece of mind and I'm willing to pay it.ErinBUT, are you willing to wager a pink slip? :-) Thinkin' I prolly will need (and beg) SRHCB's. TMFTwitty's, and MANY others' help ~ IFin she says "Yes"!! ~ ~
What the heck...Prior:1971 Dodge Demon - "Arctic White", slant 6 - 225 (indestructible motor), 3 on the tree (always felt like I was driving a truck...)1978 Datsun 280Z - my college car and all-time fave; I still kick myself for selling her1983 Mazda 626 - *shrug* it was fine if uninspired1987 Nissan pickup - it was OK but had lousy paint1989 Mazda B2200 pickup - my first new vehicle - drove it for the next 11 or so yearsCurrent:1996 Nissan Maxima GLE - ahhh, luxury and power. Just got it 3 years ago and have been loving every minute1998 Plymouth Neon - *ugh* totally "blah" car but I can't complain too much, it came with a wonderful wife:)Next up:With babies on the brain, DW suggested a kid hauler and I simply won't do a minivan so who knows? Volvo/Subaru wagon? SUV?SP
WOW! I doubt if I can do it. I've had a lot of cars I just owned for a while to sell or trade, others that were used for racing, and dozens the were used for businesses, so I'll just list the ones I owned to drive. Rather than try to list them in order, (impossible), I'll list them by model year:Bought New - Currently Owned35 Dodge Pickup w/Vette engine40 Ford Coupe41 Cadillac Hearse42 Dodge Power Wagon Military Ambulance42 Chev Suburban46 Chev Suburban46 Jeep CJ2A48 Ford Panel Truck52 MG TD54 Ford Mainline 2dr Sedan (MY FIRST CAR!)54 Ford Panel Truck55 Pontiac 2dr Sedan55 Jeep CJ56 Chev Nomad 57 Corvette60 Chev Impala Htop (factory 4spd)60 Chev Biscayne 4dr Sedan60 Corvette61 Chev Sta Wagon62 GMC Pickup63 Studebaker Avanti64 Mercury Marauder Fback (390 w/3spd o'drive!)66 Mustang Htop (actually, my Dad bought it)66 Mustang Fback (271hp 289)67 Mustang Conv67 Plymouth GTX - white67 Plymouth GTX - gray68 Torino GT Fback (Dad paid for this one too)68 RoadRunner68 Dodge Charger69 RoadRunner (Dad again) 69 Plymouth GTX - 440 6pk69 Camaro RS69 Chevelle SS427 (Baldwin Motion)70 Vette 45474 Jaguar XJ12L86 Camaro Z2886 Mercury Bobcat - GF's daughter89 Taurus SHO89 Dodge Colt - GF's car/GF's daughter 90 Geo Storm - GF's daughter91 Geo Storm - GF's daughter90 Lincoln Mk792 Lincoln Continental92 Chev 1ton 454 dually Pickup94 Mercury Topaz - GF's car94 Ford Tempo - GF's daughter95 Ford Bronco96 Ford Probe - GF's car98 Ford Pickup00 Lincoln LS00 Mercury Cougar - GF's car00 Ford Bronco Sport - GF's daughter03 Mercury MaruaderThat's all I can think of right now. I know I missed a few, and got a few model years wrong besides.SB (my favorite, the white 67 GTX)
That's incredible. Absolutely incredible.Compare that to my list:'80 Buick Skylark'91 Camaro - constant problems'91 Blazer'94? Grand Am - came with wife'98 Grand Voyager - current'98 Blazer - currentIs that impressive, or what? ;-)nw
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).Me: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 F15087 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.Duck
62 Galaxy63 Fairlane65 Mustang65 Chevy II wagon66 VW Beetle70 LeMans78 Nova78 Buick79 Nova78 Toronado85 Park Avenue85 Grand Marqui97 Contour98 Mustang99 Contour00 Mustang
I feel a bit inferior..93 Saturn (still going strong)
Here's my short list.Everyone lasted over 100,000 miles except the Escort..1980 - Mercury Cougar1986 - Acura Integra LS - (first year of production - only $12,000)1991 - Honda Civic DX1994 - Ford Escort1998 - Dodge Durango2001 - Volkswagen Golf
'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...
Can you remember all the cars that you have ever owned?................ In order starting in 198072 Maverick Grabber, used79 E 150 cargo van, used82 E 150 " " Super van, 4 sp manual83 E 350 " " " " automatic, Should have got this one in 82 :(87 Civic sedan91 4runner91 Suzuki Swift, used92 Geo Metro, used82 Landrover 101FC,Ambulance, used94 Geo Metro, 4 door Oh,oh! I still have half the cars that I've ever owned. No wonder DW says that "something has to go" :) Pete
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... You could go for the Jetta Diesel wagon now unless you definitely need the size of a Passat.Duck...(Sure, I still hate VW, but I'll be helpful anyway)...
Everyone lasted over 100,000 miles except the Escort.. Interesting. The only thing out of my entire list that I've driven past 100,000 myself has been the 1995 Escort wagon (sold it at 130,000 miles with no problems).Then again, I put those 130,000 miles on in 3 years, all highway miles.Duck
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 ........... To answer your question, don't guess. Run the numbers. Compare the mpg of the car with a gas engine with the mpg of the TDI.Divide the cost of a gallon of each fuel by the corresponding mpg to get a cost per mile for each car. Can the diesel save enough on fuel costs to cover the extra cost of the diesel ENGINE ? Does the difference matter to you?Pete
62 MGA Mk II deluxe - purchased in 78 or 79 and still awaiting restoration72 Mercury Capri - purchased in 79, totaled in a wreck74 Ford Pinto - it came with my wife in 82, sold in 84 (the car, not the wife)80 Chevy Citation - replaced the Capri in 8384 Toyota Corolla - my first new car in August 198490 Plymouth Grand Caravan - second (and perhaps last) new car, June 9098 Chrylser Town & Country - Toyota blew the engine, and couldn't hold a wheelchair anyway, July 01
Interesting to see what folks have owned.I swore I would never have a station wagon (oldest of seven children and HATED having to ride in them).1965 Dodge Coronet1965 Toyota Corona - light blue, like most of them1968 Plymouth Valiant (Signet)1980 Chevrolet Chevette - first time I had a care made in the same decade I was living in!Then this guy came into my life and it has been wagons and trucks ever since:1985 Ford Ranger19?? Plymouth wagon (HUGE) - I have forgotten the model because I disliked the car. Husband-to-be traded half a cord of wood to get it.1985 Mazda GLC wagon - so nice to be back in a smaller car!1985 Mercury Lynx wagon - acquired from friends who were moving east for watching their house and mowing the lawn until the house soldWe currently have1995 Ford Escort wagon - My first NEW vehicle - still have it, still love it, will have to replace it one day very soon for medical reasons1993 Ford F-150 - 4wd - the yard and hunting truck2000 Ford Ranger - DH's first NEW vehicle, DH's every day vehicleHmmm, and I have only been driving 25 years!Susan
First cars so far:1980 Honda Prelude1988 Subaru XT1956 Chevy BelAir convertible1970 AMC Gremlin1980 Honda Prelude1979 Datsun Pickup1984 Plymouth Reliant1954 MG1985 Subaru GL1976 Plymouth Valiant1971 Dodge Demon1954 Ford Mainline 2dr Sedan1980 Buick Skylark1969 Ford F1001962 Galaxy1993 Saturn1980 Mercury Cougar1972 Volvo Station Wagon1972 Maverick Grabber1962 MGA Mk II deluxe1965 Dodge CoronetQuite a few gong show candidates in there. It's good to see I'm not the only one. Also, the progression of automotive goodness is very clear in every list.Neil
72 toyota coron, bought used paid cash i was 1676 buick lesabre, in college79 toyota corona, in college82 supra, in college84 eldorado-beautiful to look at, what a piece of junk. 94 toyota pickup, first new car. i was working for a toyota dealership that had a cool demo program, so i had seven new cars in a span of a two years.then the dealership sold, and i have driven free cars since then.my wife drives an 01 grand am she bought shortly after we got married. its red and has a spoiler and otherwise does nothing for me at all. but i have a couple stepkids that need to go to college, so she'll be driving appliances for the next five-seven years. then she'll get a nice car. i'd love to see her in a red 3 series bmw.
In Order? No. But here is what I (and my family growing up) have owned.Mercedes 220 Diesel (two... my dad had one and my sister had one). This is the car I learned to drive on. Both were stick shift.Peugeot 504 Diesel - The most difficult stick shift I've ever learned to drive. But once I got the hang of this car, every other manual I've ever driven has been really simple. This car was FUN to drive.1969 Buick Skylark - Drove this in High School. Loved it! Automatic, with long bench front seat that I could adjust with the touch of a button. With a bench seat, it was easier to pile all my friends in and go driving.Olds Cutlass Salon - This car was also pretty fun to drive. The back was so light that I often had to put water-softener 50-pound bag of salt in the trunk in the winter so the back end wouldn't spin in the snow. That worked like a champ.VW Van (in the 60's and early 70's). This was what my older siblings had to fight over when they needed to drive somewhere. I remember riding in it, but we sold it before I learned to drive. It was very utilitarian.1980-something Jetta Diesel - Ugh. Rigid seats (not horribly uncomfortable, but not exactly plush), LOUD engine, was hard to hear the radio when I drove. Handled well though.Buick (?) Diesel something-or-other - The was my Dad's at one time and I drove it a lot. This car was fun when I had a tailgater behind me. I'd give the person a faceful of gray smoke and he (or she) would not drive too close to me after that. Handled ok.VW Golf - LOVED this car. Handled like a racecar in some ways. Not squishy steering... it was very responsive. What drove me insane about this car was the driver seat belt. It started on the floor and had to be connected above your head, right behind the door. If it was not plugged in, the engine would not start. That's fine, except it often didn't *make the connection* - I had to get rid of this car after someone ran into the side of me (the kid ran a red light and hit my driver door and back door). Best feature of the car: I could listen to the radio without needing to have the key in the ignition.Honda Civic Wagon - Good car.Honda Civic 2-door Hatch - Good Car.Honda Accord LX - My current car, and I love it. 1985 Dodge Colt - Great beater car, reliable, not too expensive to maintain.1975 Corvette Stingray - Love to drive this car. Well designed for the driver, because I can see from every angle when I drive it. I like the *feel* of the engine when I drive it.Volvo Wagon - It turns ON A DIME. Impressive for such a long vehicle. I've driven smaller cars that could not make a U-Turn in a residential street. This car could.I think that's the complete list.
Can you remember all the cars that you have ever owned? Can you list them in order? '82 Ford Ranger Pick up '86 Ford Mustang'94 Chevy Camaro'98 Olds Intrigue (loved it, but had two too many doors!)'02 Chevy CamaroAll except the truck were purchased new. I know, bad dog. But I intend to keep the Camaro for a while, at least until after DH buys the truck he's lusting after (Dodge Ram 1500 w/Hemi). Anna
BUT, are you willing to wager a pink slip? :-) I just make sure that I have savings to cover me in case I lose my job. Also, I try and buy cars with enough of a down payment that I could sell them and not have to worry about the monthly payment anymore. If I had to I could take the bus (ick).Erin
Never been much of a car person, but here goes:1987 toyota pickup - had been extremely abused before I got it. Two junkyard doors, neither of which matched each other or the body; hood held closed with a cotter pin and a bungie cord; headlights that turned on and off by putting in or removing a fuse. Had it for 10k miles before I totalled it.1980 Dodge Diplomat - elderly POS. Briefly replaced the pickup until I traded it in for $300.1995 Escort wagon - Bought new and still have it. This is my daily driver 2.5 miles each way to the commuter train lot. Has been cheap to run, maintain and insure, but its starting to rust. Probably will become unsafe due to rust long before it gives in mechanically.1996 Cavalier coupe - Bought new. Nice enough car, but we sold it when we moved back to NYC and didn't need two cars any more.2003 Subaru Legacy - Wagon we bought new last year. Very happy with this car so far. Bought when we moved to the burbs and needed a second chariot, plus kids are on the way.I'm hoping to get two or three more years out of the Escort if it doesn't rust out before then. When it is ready to pass on, I will likely buy something big that is two or three years old, has depreciated rapidly, and has good crash test scores. A taurus or similar should fit the bill. If I switch my commute to a lengthy drive, I'd probably get another Subaru, though.
1979 Datsun Pickup - blue - Given to me by my parents when I turned 16 (I'm now 28) - sweet little guy treated me good in high school1987 Subaru GL - red - Purchased from my uncle when someone totalled my pickup in 1994 or so1998 Honda Civic DX Hatchback - Pearl Amethyst? - Boooooring - I needed something cheap when my Subaru was about to die (literally, I don't think I could have made it home from the dealer that night)2002 VW Passat GLX - Silverstone Grey - I love this car but I really want a BMW...probably next yearOoh! I forgot one! In June my parents gave me their 1984 Ford F250 named Flamer. It's not what you think, he got the name because the choke? was frozen open one morning when my dad was driving somewhere and flames were coming out the muffler pipe. This guy is only used for haulin'.Erin
My vehicles'84 Renault Alliance'88 Ford Tempo'94 Ford Explorer'02 Ford ExplorerMy wife's vehicles'82 Chevrolet Citation'86 Buick Skyhawk'93 Toyota Camry'94 Toyota Camry'00 Toyota Camry'03 Toyota CamryIF
1973-1974: 1966 Dodge Coronet DeLuxe (Police/taxicab version; was a retired taxicab) I was eighteen.1974-1976: Dad's 1967 Ford Fairlane (uggggggghhhhhhh) I blew the engine on it.1977-1987: 1976 Chevrolet Caprice Estate (wagon). I nicknamed it "Golden Wheels". Totaled by rear-end impact from a drunk driver.1986-1987: 1985 Renault Alliance. Cosigned for sister; she defaulted on payments; I took possession of car.1988 - : 1988 Mercury Grand Marquis. My first new car purchase. Currently has 208,000 miles on it. Is currently a backup car.2002 - : 1987 Mercury Grand Marquis. Bought with 159,000 miles on it. Today has 199,300 miles; is on its way to 200,000 mile mark. My everyday car. Strong engine, but leaks oil and PS fluid.Charles
Gee, lots of cars :) My cars:<Unknown year> Toyota Corona - primer gray with rust-spot accent. Bought for $850, lasted two years...86 Mitsubishi Tredia - bought new, drove until it disintegrated in 199293 Saturn SC2 - bought new, still own it: 130K miles and still goingstrong. Wierdly, it now often acts as a "truck" - its doors openwide and the seat-back folds down completely, so you can get quite abit of stuff in the back. I once moved five 17" monitors in boxes inthe back...00 Camry LE - bought slightly used - still own it.--Foobarista
1987 Toyota Camry - drove until 2000 Honda CivicWhich I'm still driving. I aspire to another Camry... all the car I've ever wanted or needed. GSF
i think i can do it, although i'm not a car person and tend to forget what i'm presently driving....17 yo ... 1984 delta 88 olds, blue ... bought it from my grandmother when it was about 5 yo. kept it 'til it 'til i went off to college.19 yo ... 1989 geo spectrum, red ... bought it used, after it had been wrecked and fixed (full disclosure) ... car people will scoff, but this was a GREAT little car, at least while i had it ... sold it when it started making funny noises.22/23 yo ... 1992 ford tempo, white ... also bought used, after wrecked and fixed (i knew this mechanic guy, see...) ... it was okay, nothing special. sold when i moved abroad.27 yo ... 1994 nissan sentra, grey ... bought used, no major wrecks this time though ... still driving it 5 at 115k ... hoping it lasts a few more years. next car: thinking about a refurbished beetle or kharman ghia ... (unlike DBF) never a car snob,scolly
1960 VW bug1970 chevy malibu1977 chrysler cordova1983 buick skylark1989 mazda 6261991 toyota celica all-trac turbo-This was a beauty & pretty uncommon2002 lexus lx470
99 Malibu. Going to drive it until it dies.-jacalyn
Here's the list of cars Dh and I have owned both seperately and together:78ish Olds Starfire hatchback (my 1st car, bought used in 1982 when I left for college in 8280 Pontiac Firebird (DH's 1st car, Bought new when he finished basic training Currently Own Sunday Driver70's Dodge Dart (bought used in Germany in 1983 for $300 when DH blew the engine on the Starfire on the Autobahn. We had left the Firebird back in the States. Sold it to another Airman in Germany for $300 when we came back to the States)85 Pontiac Firebird (bought new when we got back to the States Currently Own DH's Daily Ride)98 Dodge Durango (bought used in 2000 Currently Own My Daily Ride)Always ;-)Hunzi
1997 Jeep Cherokee (bought used, totaled by an idiot nj driver)2003 Ford Focus ZX5 (bought used)-scottymc
First of all, let me preface this by saying that I squarely blame TMF for the knowledge that I will never be able to compile a list as impressive as that of SRHCB, due to the fact that I am now, ahem, financially responsible.That being said, here it is in all it's glory:1987 Ford Mustang - Base model with the 2.3L four-banger aka the Gutless Wonder. Blessing in disguise to a 16 year-old male. Don't ask me how I used to fit three teenage guys in the backseat. Mom drove it into the ground at 150k when I went off to college.1999.5 Nissan Pathfinder (current) - College graduation gift from the parents (hey, I paid [still paying] for the actual college part). Wished I waited the 7 months for the '01 model with the 240-hp VQ, but she's been good to me and has gotten me through many a Lake Tahoe snowstorm. Runs like new at 66k and because of its utility, it will stick around even after I get a sports car. And yes, I have taken it offroad. ;)Down the road: used Infiniti G35 coupe or BMW 330ci, although the new Mustang GT sure is grand.
83 or 83? Grand Wagoneer (hand-me-down from grandfather)84 Suburban (Wagoneer was a POS; ) (dad's)91 Bronco (indestructable college survivor)98 Tahoe (so far, so good)Um, I need to go on a diet, I don't fit in cars; they're for little people. (Also, need trucks to go to the ranch and drive in the mud and take sufficient supplies*)*just the essentials for roughing it: beer; booze; ice; firearms; fireworks; etc.eag
Um, I need to go on a diet, I don't fit in cars; they're for little people.Just how big do you have to be to not fit in the driver's seat? Come on, even someone who weighs 200-300 pounds should have no trouble fitting in the driver's seat of a full-sized car.
Fun thread!The first and only car I have owned is my current one. It is a 1998 Plymouth Breeze that I bought five years ago this month. I got it pretty cheap, and it had only 800 miles on it when I bought it. It's up to about 62,500 now, so it should be OK for a few years more.d
Wow, all the Cars/Motorcycles... Luckily I made this up a while back out of my own curiosity.. I wish I had all my old cars... until I remember what a pain they were at times... 1941 Ford 2 Door Sedan Flathead Stick1947 Royal Enfield 350cc single Motorcycle1953 45 Cu In Harley K-Model Motorcycle Fun bike, but the tranny kept blowing out the bottom of the cases.. last I heard it was in a pile at a friend's ranch, what's left of it.. 1953 Studebaker Commander (Metallic lavender)1954 Triumph T110 40 cubes.. moved it into a rigid frame, lightened it up, painted to match the '53 Stude.. Top end was only 70mph, but it got there in a hurry.. fun bike, but marraige, kids ended it until '76.. 1957 Chev Bel Air 2 dr Hardtop Ð 283 cu in + Auto (Power blue, white top, that nice gold V on the hood)1954 Chev PU 6 cyl+ 1T 4 Spd Trans.. (Liked a HD tranny w/compound Lo) DW was hit in the side by a VW, totaled it, (bent frame) but they were OK.. I had just primered and was ready to repaint.. gone.. 1966 Ford Mustang 6+3Spd (powder blue) - bought at 50k, sold at 90k.. good mileage, handy car, but I was commuting 80+ miles one way every day, so went to the Maverick..1970 Ford 3/4T PU Ð Auto 360 cu in - bought used at 100k, put another 100k on it.. 1970 Ford Maverick 6 Cyl 3 Spd (bought new -Tan/gold) kept it for almost 300k)1976 Yamaha XT500 Motorcycle 500cc single Ð in Sonora - still have it!1978 F250 Ford PU 460 cu in, Auto - bought new - then the gas went over $1.. 1982 Ford F150 6 Cyl + 1Ton 4 Spd trans - Another HD tranny, I kept this one for well over 200k, towed 5th wheel all over the West) Never had the head off..never used oil until the last when it cracked a piston.. Had to make up a mini speedo tranny to make it read right.. 1982 Mazda RX7 Rotary - Fun car, replaced the engine at 90k... 1990 Mazda MX6 V6 Auto1995 K2500 4x4 Chev Ext cab 4.9 L (350 cu in) Auto... Driveway.. Still got this critter.. lots of problems, on my 3rd tranny, 2nd engine, 120k on the body.. 1996 Honda Accord LXi V6 Auto Ð Garaged.. DW's.. great car.. I think IÕm due for the new Ford F250 SuperCrew PU... maybe next year.. Or the next.. weco
RE: Biz: "I will never be able to compile a list as impressive as that of SRHCB, due to the fact that I am now, ahem, financially responsible"I probably should have included some kind of disclaimer to the effect that passion for cars is not generally compatible with financial responsibilty. SB (likes the Mustang GT too)
RE: weco: "I wish I had all my old cars ..."Nice list. A few I have to comment on. (I'd forgotten about motorcycles, since I usually only ended up with them as the result of a vehicle trade and never was a very good rider. I always figured if God had wanted man to ride on two wheels he wouldn't have given him four.)RE: "1947 Royal Enfield 350cc single Motorcycle"I had a late 50's Royal Enfield Twin. The engine/tranny castings were so beautiful I was tempted to display them alone.RE: "1953 45 Cu In Harley"..."it was in a pile at a friend's ranch, what's left of it.." I had a basket case 45 once and would love to find another. I think that unless you're a 6'7" 300 pounder, the big Harleys are grossly disportionate. A stripped Sportster is okay, but the 45 were scaled to the average human. There used to be something called a "Magnum", which was Sportster barrels on the 45 case, which I've always wanted to try. Of course, you can imagine how long the tranny lasted with that!RE: "1953 Studebaker Commander (Metallic lavender)"A beautiful car. (but, Lavender?)RE: "1954 Triumph T110 40 cubes.. moved it into a rigid frame, lightened it up, painted to match the '53 Stude.. Top end was only 70mph, but it got there in a hurry.. fun bike, but marraige, kids ended it until '76.. "Another bike with beautiful mechanicals. (I had a BSA Lightning for a while) But, "Whitworth" nuts & bolts!RE: "1957 Chev Bel Air 2 dr Hardtop Ð 283 cu in + Auto (Power blue, white top, that nice gold V on the hood)"Still one of the Amercian classics. I always liked the 55's best myself, but the whole series was great. I always apologize on behalf of stock car racers for how many of these great cars we butchered and wrecked.RE: "1954 Chev PU 6 cyl+ 1T 4 Spd Trans.. (Liked a HD tranny w/compound Lo) DW was hit in the side by a VW, totaled it, (bent frame) but they were OK.. I had just primered and was ready to repaint.. gone.."This body style is really catching on; witness GM's own "new" version coming out. Several of my customers have 49-54's in various states of cutomization.RE: "1966 Ford Mustang 6+3Spd (powder blue) - bought at 50k, sold at 90k.. good mileage, handy car, but I was commuting 80+ miles one way every day, so went to the Maverick.."The 60's version of the 55-57 Chev. The same comments apply.RE: "1970 Ford 3/4T PU Ð Auto 360 cu in - bought used at 100k, put another 100k on it.."Back when pickup trucks had real frames. There are guys who actually restore/reman this series.RE: "1970 Ford Maverick 6 Cyl 3 Spd (bought new -Tan/gold) kept it for almost 300k)"A (subconscious?) ommission from my list. I had a 70 Maverick Grabber with only a couple hundred miles on it that I took in trade, (along with a Honda trial bike and some cash), for my Avanti. I drove it for a while until I got tired of inadvertently honking the horn with the "rim-blow" steering wheels, (one of Ford's less successful innovations, but one of their most suggestively named), and sold it back to the Ford dealer at wholesale price/ RE: "1978 F250 Ford PU 460 cu in, Auto - bought new - then the gas went over $1.."Just in case anybody still has one of these, (I had this engine in a cube van for racing business), unbolt the carb, toss it as far as you can, bolt on a Holley. The gas savings will pay for it in no time. RE: "1982 Ford F150 6 Cyl + 1Ton 4 Spd trans - Another HD trannyI had a matched pair of these for the engineering business, identical except one had the 302/5 spd and the other the 6/4 spd. The 6 cyl lasted twice as long, timewise, because everybody scrambled to drive the V8 instead. RE: "I think I'm due for the new Ford F250 SuperCrew PU... maybe next year.. Or the next.."As you can tell by my list, I'm an old fan of American Iron, and I like the new Fords, but I'd have to suggest checking out the new Toyota pickups. My Brother has one and it's great. I assume to new Nissan models will be nice too.SB (could post about old cars all day, but ...
A (subconscious?) ommission from my list. I had a 70 Maverick Grabber with only a couple hundred miles on it that I took in trade, (along with a Honda trial bike and some cash), for my Avanti. I drove it for a while until I got tired of inadvertently honking the horn with the "rim-blow" steering wheels, (one of Ford's less successful innovations, but one of their most suggestively named), and sold it back to the Ford dealer at wholesale price/ "Rim-blow" horns! AUGH! My dad's 1967 Fairlane had the "rim-blow" horn. I broke the damned rim when I honked at a bad driver, and cut my thumb on the jagged remnant left on the steering wheel! This happened in 1974 maybe, and the scar is still on my thumb 30 years later. AUGH.Charles
even someone who weighs 200-300 pounds LOL Does 200 lbs deserve that "even"? Actually, I'm 240, 6 ft tall, and generally find even big luxury cars uncomfortable. The seats are too low to the ground and it's hard to get in and out. Also, in cars, my head (or at least hair) seems to always touch the celing, which bugs me. Cars also dont have adequate armrestsI like to have plenty of room to fidget.eag
Hmmm,In order 1970 Chevy 4x4 Custom Camper truck ugly olive green shade.1980? Honda Civic w/ 1500 cc engine. Tried to climb a rain soaked hill in Seattle and it just spun. Lot of spirit but too light. A bit bigger than the old Minis.1969 Volkswagon Karmann Ghia Convertible painted pearl white, drove from Virginia to Seattle July 1990 as a cross country trip armed with only a credit card and a AAA card. Chose to drive at night so not to risk overheating the engine during the day for the air cooled 1500cc engine.1971 Opel - Drove it on the famed autobahn and could hear the rattles and hum.1965 Fort Mustang with three speed on the floor. Hit 55 mph and RPMs engine/gearing ratio felt way too high.1991 Mazda Protege. 1980 Toyota with right hand drive... While stationed in Camp Zama Japan.1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee Orvis edition. Moss green, tan, green leather and red piping on seat trim. What was I thinking.2002 Dodge Grand Caravan.xgijoe
SB - What's funny is, at the time I owned each of those old cars, we had no sense of how much of a classic they were, but I just liked them for what they were, decent looking and got me around.. I had rebuilt the '57 Chev, 283" so it ran out nice, not a screamer, but good.. And I still remember in those days how many generator end plates that wore out, starters that crapped out, batteries that died.. today's vehicles are a lot more reliable, unless I think about this current '95 Chev's early days.. But as I noted in the beginning, it would have been great to have a warehouse to tuck them all away for a future rebuild.. No time or money at that time.. The Enfield was a $20 basket case when i got it from a "friend".. primary side main shaft was marfed badly, so I had to find the part, then split the wheels and get it all back together.. Front end was a springer setup, dampened by some friction plates.. another rigid frame.. but fun to ride, I had a 4" megaphone on it, so kept the neighbors in tune to where I was.. No lights, other than a brake light.. The K model was the early Sportster, I'm 6'2" and in those days a lot thinner, but it did fine by me, other than the tranny.. there had to be an alignment flaw somehow, after the third blowout of gears thru the bottom of the cases, I gave it up, traded it for a Bates seat and a small Jones tank for the T110.. I'd found a set of track cams, instead of a point att he top of the rise, they were a lot wider, longer duration.. what a difference but then trying to find a clutch for it that would hold was a problem.. So in the end I gave it up.. It is also a very valuable bike today.. The big Ford 6's, 7 mains, were strong engines, but pulling the trailer in the mountains almost killed it a couple times, but another fun project.. Needed that 460 in there! weco
I'm 30 and have had 3 cars in my life.1969 BMW 2002 (HS car -- Dad owned)1988 Honda CRXsi (Dad bought as gift/reward, but co-titled to me. Just sold it to a CRX enthusiast.)2000 Acura Integra GSR (Bought it in October. Mine all mine.)---
Not many--I'm 33.1988 Toyota Starlet 4 speed (or was it 5?)My brother and I shared this car after my parents were done with it. Believe it or not, it was the family car for a while. Gas gauge was broken so we estimated--guess who got stuck on the side of the road a few times? We still talk fondly about that car. You could park it anywhere.1988 Hyundai Excel GL 5 speedI bought this 2 years old with 36,000 miles. What a crappy car. However, it lasted me 8 years with minimal maintenance. Got me from Maine to Toronto and back twice! Also made it to Florida and back--thought I was going to die on the New York State Thruway. Had a sunroof which got smashed twice and I replaced it via the junkyard both times.1998 Saturn SL1 5 speedMy first new car. Only has 40,000 miles and my husband drives it mostly now. I thought it was a good value for the price. Not as well built as Honda or Toyota, but average. Kind of sucks in the snow.We also have a 1991 Honda Civic LX 5 speed with 80,000 original miles. Bought it with 69,000 miles 2 years ago when we desperately needed a car. Husband's 1988 Chevy Celebrity (no comment) finally died and we didn't have a lot of cash but I knew what we needed. We love this car--it's been nothing but dependable, gets great gas mileage, even came with 4 Hakkapelita snow tires, and it was only $3000. I put in a CD player and new speakers to replace the original Honda AM/FM. I can see why people love Hondas. It even has power windows and cruise control--more than my Saturn has!Leese1
The problem isn't the driver's seat, it is the seatbelt. Why aren't seatbelts longer? Even in full-sized cars, there is often a seatbelt that cannot fit a large person.Just how big do you have to be to not fit in the driver's seat? Come on, even someone who weighs 200-300 pounds should have no trouble fitting in the driver's seat of a full-sized car.
LOL Does 200 lbs deserve that "even"? Actually, I'm 240, 6 ft tall, and generally find even big luxury cars uncomfortable. The seats are too low to the ground and it's hard to get in and out. Also, in cars, my head (or at least hair) seems to always touch the celing, which bugs me. Cars also dont have adequate armrestsI like to have plenty of room to fidget.OK, OK, I'm about the same height as you are but about 105 pounds lighter. So 200 pounds does seem heavy to me, though most people of our height do weigh at least 200 pounds.I have no difficulty fitting in my car (1988 Honda Civic) or any rental/work cars I've driven in the past. My complaint is about the pants and belts sold in stores. I have a 30-inch waist, but most pants and belts start at 32 inches. So while I have a license to pig out, shopping for pants or belts is a James Bond mission.
RE: "LOL Does 200 lbs deserve that "even"? Actually, I'm 240, 6 ft tall, and generally find even big luxury cars uncomfortable. The seats are too low to the ground and it's hard to get in and out. Also, in cars, my head (or at least hair) seems to always touch the celing, which bugs me. Cars also dont have adequate armrestsI like to have plenty of room to fidget.OK, OK, I'm about the same height as you are but about 105 pounds lighter. So 200 pounds does seem heavy to me, though most people of our height do weigh at least 200 pounds.I have no difficulty fitting in my car (1988 Honda Civic) or any rental/work cars I've driven in the past. My complaint is about the pants and belts sold in stores. I have a 30-inch waist, but most pants and belts start at 32 inches. So while I have a license to pig out, shopping for pants or belts is a James Bond mission."Oh wow! I missed the paragraph break where the italics ended in my first reading and thought somebody was claiming to be 6' 240 with a 30" waist!SB (I guess some Pro Football players might subscribe to TMF?)
I have no difficulty fitting in my car (1988 Honda Civic) or any rental/work cars I've driven in the past. My complaint is about the pants and belts sold in stores. I have a 30-inch waist, but most pants and belts start at 32 inches. So while I have a license to pig out, shopping for pants or belts is a James Bond mission. You thought you had trouble finding pants. From what I see in the stores, manufacturers have determined men don't need odd waist sizes (35, 37, 39....) after size 33. It's surprising that an extra inch can make pants look baggy. (Wearing a 38 when you need a 37.)IF
The problem isn't the driver's seat, it is the seatbelt. Why aren't seatbelts longer? Even in full-sized cars, there is often a seatbelt that cannot fit a large person.I don't know why seatbelts are not longer but you can buy seatbelt extenders. My father uses one.IF
Just make your own belt holes!I have to buckle belts together.
91 4runnerSweet! This is my list more or less in order, and what happened to them...69 Chevy Impala station wagon (dunno what I did with it)78 or 79 Pacer (cursed it on someone else. Don't ever buy a Pacer.)74 Plymouth Gran Fury (retired cop car, sold to a buddy)84 Toyota Tercel (threw a rod)89?? Chevy Geo (those little 3-cylinder jobbies, rolled it on a patch of black ice, totalled it)90 Toyota Corolla (sold at 240K to a mechanic, who exports them to brazil for taxicabs)84 Dodge Caravan 4 cyl. (couldn't get out of its own way. Sold to a biker dude, then I moved so he couldn't hunt me down. LOL)== and my current list ====95 Chevy Astro. 205K miles and going strong, a radiator leak notwithstanding.98 Toyota RAV4. Rebuilt engine @ stealership, engine died and was replaced, then tranny went, then my wife hit a deer. Still "going" at 178K miles. 91 4Runner. Semi-daily driver. Badly in need of a tuneup. Bought last year with 160K on it, at 172K now. It's my offroad machine too.And my daughter's ride, which I include because the title's in my name -- and it was featured in the Fool's "Hot Topics" a while back (http://boards.fool.com/Message.asp?mid=19821454) -- a 1999 Honda Civic sI.
Most manufacturers offer a seatbelt extender at no cost. check your owners manual.
Though there are glaring exceptions, like Honda.Most manufacturers offer a seatbelt extender at no cost. check your owners manual.
youre right. there was some kind of lawsuit, wasnt there? i never understood why honda objected to providing the extenders. can you explain...it seemed to me the cost/liability for building a car with seatbelts that wouldnt extend around a very large person was much greater than offering a few feet of seatbelt material and a couple buckles to whoever might ask for them.charles youre a full-size fellow, arent you? how do things work with your "boys" and seat belts?
This is what always bothered me about seatbelt length---just a few more inches of length would "cover" a lot of people. A very large person can very easily sit in a car, but need just a few more inches of seatbelt (especially if they have short legs and need to move the seat up a bit). How expensive could a few inches be? I would refuse to buy a car where I or my regular passengers needed an extender. Some of the excuses from companies that refuse to provide extenders is that the integrity of the seatbelt is lost with an extender. Yet other companies gladly provide them.
1) 1968 Island Blue Morris Mini Minor (My Age 15-16). Paid 50 quid for this..restored and restored it2) 1961 Ford Popular 100E (Age 16-28): Swapped the mini for this. Pig of a car, but I loved it. So sad I sold it a few years ago before I knew it could be imported to the States3) 1973 Hillman Avenger (Age 17-18)4) 1984 MG Metro (Age 18)5) 1980's Peugeot 505 estate (Age 18-20)6) 1980 Mini Clubman estate (Age 20). I only owned this one for one day! Paid 50 quid for it..and decided I overpaid!7) 1980's Talbot Horizon (age 20-28)8) 1981 Fiat X1/9: 14000 miles from new! (Age 22-28)9) 1980's Chevy Cavalier Wagon (age 24-25)10) 1990 VW Golf (Age 25-26)11) 1987 Nissan Pulsar (Age 26-28)12) 1995 Subaru Impreza (Age 28-29)13) 1995 Mercury Villager (age 26-present)14) 1969 Morris Mini Cooper S (Age 29-present)15) 2001 Ford Escort ZX2 (Age 30-present)Less than a car a year since I've had my driving licence! Not bad at all, though I think I left a couple out.
Yep. In my 10 years of driving, I've had:'77 VW Beetle - white (bought in 1996 for about $800)'87 BMW 325e - dark blue (bought in 2001 for about $3000)All of them paid cash. I did a spreadsheet some time ago, detailing all the money I've spent on cars in my life (the cars themselves, gas, service, repairs, insurance, parking, etc), and I hardly got to $20K.By the way, I love my BMW, and I plan to drive it until the wheels fall off. For a 1987, it's pretty well equipped: leather seats, A/C, alloy wheels, electric windows, mirrors and sunroof. It was pretty well maintained when I bought it, just had to do some normal long-term repairs (the car was already 15 years old!), but now it works like a charm, day-in and day-out.Lately, I've been toying with the idea of buying a BMW E39 M5 in some years, when prices fall down to reasonable levels (~$15K). Considering that I can get a nice 1993 M5 for about $11K today (according to KBB at least), it shouldn't be too difficult to get a 1999 M5 for $15K in 2008, which is only four years away.MarcosBMW fan
1992 Plymouth Sundance (July 1997-May2000) Powder blue, blue interior1992 Ford Ranger (September 1999-current) White, blue interior, extended cab1993 Toyota Paseo (April 2002-current) Graphite black, black interior, manualBut I've only been attempting mansla- er, "driving" since July 1997.
'66 VW bug'73 MG Midget'71 Mercury Comet'87 Ford Escort'89 Ford Festiva
do seatbelts vary in effective length? i mean, do some cars as built at the factory have seatbelts of a sufficient length for you and your passengers, and some do not? its never mattered to me, and my customers have always been satisfied with "ill get you an extender from parts, no charge"what do you drive that doesnt require an extender?what have you driven that does?im really curious-i thought seatbelt length was probably fairly uniform, but that seems to me now not to be the case. i just thought that if a person needed an extender for a camry, they would need one for an accord or sable or maxima or lumina too.thanksdean
Seatbelts absolutely vary in length. Very much so. For example, VWs (Jetta, Beetle, Golf) have relatively long belts. Volvo is terrible. It's really a car-by-car situation. It is not based on size or price. I could not drive a Lincoln Town Car, but I could drive a Golf. I could drive a Camry, but not an Accord. This probably changes from year to year. This year's Subaru's seem better than last year's.In Toyota, a Corolla has a longer belt than a Matrix. I could be a passenger in a Matrix (since the seat can be pushed all the way back), but not drive. A Corolla is no problem to drive. I'm sure your customers are satisfied they can get an extender. You probably never would have seen them if they couldn't. According to Toyota (I think on their web site), if you need an extender you (the person who actually needs the extender) is supposed to measure themselves (Toyota provides a formula of what to measure) and if the numbers come within a certain range Toyota provides an extender. (Maybe you can get it from the dealer with no problems.)I drive a 95 Ford Escort that has automatic shoulder belt and manual lap belt (both fit fine). Personally, I would never drive in the front seat of vehicle without a seatbelt. Obviously, everyone who isn't a perfectly average-sized person (tall, short, big, small) will have some issue with comfort in a vehicle. But is seems such a basic safety requirement like a seat belt could be a few inches longer.
1980 Mini Clubman estate (Age 20). I only owned this one for one day! Paid 50 quid for it..and decided I overpaid!How many US dollars = a quid?
thanks for the reply. i learn something new every day.dean
'52 Dodge Pickup'79 Jeep CJ5 - new'84 Nissan (something something) sedan'93 Nissan Hardbody Pickup'03 Mercury Marauder - newJust bought the Mercury 12/8/03 and am having a ball with it. :-)
RE: FFFF: "'03 Mercury Marauder - new"That makes (at least) three of us on this Board. Pretty much screws up the demographics?SB (black?)
SB (black?)There are other colors? ;-)
RE: FFFF: "There are other (Marauder) colors (than black)?Not as far as I'm concerned, but somebody we know has a sliver one, and my Cousin's two beautiful blond 20-something daughters loved my car when they saw it last summer, and were enamored with the idea of having an all red one shipped back to Holland with them. Since they each inherited $1 million when my Uncle died, (they were here for the funeral), it could happen. Now THAT would be cool!SB (must be nice?)
SB (black?)There are other colors? ;-) You had better believe it. Silver Frost '04Bob
I want to play too...1964 1/2 Ford Mustang- Rebuilt it. I learned a heck of a lot. And boy, do I miss it.1988 Acura Integra- Trying to drive it till it dies, but it just won't comply. It's been nothing but reliable, exactly the reputation Honda has. I'm hoping to replace it eventually with a GTI (regardless of everything that is said on this board).boink!
Wow... Just realized what a short list I have... must buy... different... cars... :P'86 Subaru GL (Poor thing, I think I killed it through lack of knowledge)'94 Nissan Sentra SE'96 Toyota Corolla'91 Acura Integra RS'02 Subaru WRX Wagon
Wow... Just realized what a short list I have... must buy... different... cars... :P'02 Subaru WRX Wagon I can't imagine why :)rad
not fund on car payments but cars I have owned 84Ford Tempo93 Nissan Sentra SE99Grand Cherokee Loredo
Can you remember all the cars that you have ever owned? Can you list them in order? '70 Chevy Cheyenne'73 Mercedes 220D'95 Jeep Cherokee'00 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP'01 Nissan Sentra GXE'02 Chevy S10 Club Cab 4x4
Can you remember all the cars that you have ever owned? Can you list them in order? 1977 Chevy Malibu1979 Buick LeSabre1989 Pontiac Grand Am1998 Saturn SL22002 Mercury MountaineerAny guesses as to when I graduated from college?
1979 Mercury Capri1990 Toyota Camry (DH drives it now)1996 Toyota CorollaThe Capri was the classic junker--horrible, badly tinted dark windows, with the tinting film peeling/bubbling in places, headlights that occasionally worked, windshield wipers equally finicky. I had to roll down the window to see the driver's side mirror. My favourite moment from that car...the day the wires from the (non-working) radio set my sister's shoe on fire while she was riding along in the passenger seat. No harm done, just some smoke and a little hole in the edge of her shoe sole. It finally died a few months later, thankfully.I'm not that young..but I do drive cars 'til they die.
(1) 1979 Oldsmobile Starfire (I think I may be the only person who ever owned one.)(2) 1989 Ford Probe - I still miss this car(3) 2001 Honda Accord and I've been driving since 1983!My favorite moment with the Starfire: Attempting to drive across the George Washington bridge in NYC on a sunny Friday afternoon during rush hour. About half way across the bridge, the car catches on fire and we have to pull off to the side of the bridge, thereby causing a five mile backup as people are headed out for the weekend!As acrid smoke caused tears to immediately start streaming out of my eyes (now that is a weird experience!)... I heard the traffic helicopter for a local station report the following on the radio: "We've got a coupla bozos stuck on the bridge and man, they got a lotta people pi$$ed off!".VL
Please send me any comments on your 84 Ford Tempo that youcan. I have a friend with an 85 that has not been touched for maybe 4 years (she is legally blind now due to diabetes) and I am debating getting it to put back on the road. I alwo intend to look up blue book values.joycets
Cars I have owned and driven as my car (not husband's)76 AMC Hornet (not my idea, complicated. Involved my father selling it to me)73 Audi Fox76 VW Beetle (not really a super beetle, but possibly brazilian or mexican. not as good as the old ones)73 VW Squareback (was spouse's when I got the Fox in 78 or 79, totalled in 1990)73 VW 412 (very obscure car--totalled in 93 when rear ended by cell phone user)73 Volvo Wagon (never did run, but we had high hopes)77 Plymouth Volare (wood grained side. Cost ONE DOLLAR, with kleenex/trash caddy included. That lasted longer than the car, which lasted 9 mo.)73 VW Squareback #21980 (I think?) VW Fox.1979 parts Fox car (sat in yard, canaballized at random)1980 Mercedes 300D1979 Mercedes 300D1972 VW Squareback (still driving. looking for parts to rebuild front end)1981 Mercedes 300D (being put back together. May run soon. don't know was bought cheaply after it sat for many years.)I have not listed other vehicles of my husbands, but the one that runs NOW is a 1980 F150 long bed extended cab pickup.joycets
RE: joyc: "84 Ford Tempo"The Ford Tempo, and it's twin Mercury Topaz, have always had a reputation as sturdy relaible cars. If you go to Google and enter [ Ford Tempo ] you'll find lots of information.Any car that sat unused for a long time will require some attention, especially concerning the fue system and all lubricants. Have a good mechanic take a look at it for you. If it's been sitting on its tires the whole time I'd replace them too.Older vehicles like this don't have a bood value per se. What they have is more like "utility value", based on how much usefel service they're likely to render. Look at the asking prices for similar cars, consider how much value this particular vehicle might have to you, and subtract the costs of getting it running again. SB (but, you could end up with a nice solid sensible car for cheap)
I started with a $50 Plymouth. 1962 Plymouth Valiant. Aluminum slant-six. Push-button automatic. Ugly would be kind. Maybe my favorite was a 1973 Volkswagen Sport Bug. This was the first of their "Limited Edition" cars, and sort of a precursor to the whole GTi series. (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2483207866&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT) They only came in two colors, Chromium Yellow and Marathon Blue. Mine was blue. No chrome on the car--everyone was flat black. Recarro, or Recarroesque anyway, seats in black fabric. Porsche 914 wheels (wider than standard for the SuperBeetle). Radial tires. Thick sport steering wheel like the old Pontiac TransAm of the day. It really was a beautiful car, in its way. From there, a 1976 Vega GT Hatchback, with the Bicentennial Edition package, which was $200 worth of options for only $19.76. Get it? Borg-Warner T-50 5spd, and nothing much else. Then another Plymouth. A 1980 Horizon four-door. In 1988, after the divorce, a Honda CRX Si, the color of Evil. Wonderful little car. Then a 1980 Accord for the New&Improved Wife. She parked that inside a store, via the plate glass window, earning herself a photo in the news paper, and that lead us to… A 1996 Honda Civic EX four-door. Auto, Air, PS, PW, PL, Sunroof, ABS, Airbags. This was going to be our Keep It Forever Car. We leased it for two and a half years and then decided somewhere in the second year that we wanted to own it. A guy ran a red light and clobbered us, but the little Civic was loyal to the very end. Not only did it keep us both alive, though I got a serious concussion, but it paid-off at High Book value, when the insurance adjuster looked at it (http://www.markhiatt.com/Crash/crash02.php). That brings us to the current Honda, a 1995 Accord EX. It's as nice as our Civic in every meaningful way, with just a little more meat on its bones, in case someone else runs a red light.
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