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I loved that car....

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With all the discussion of cars going on here lately, I thought we might want to talk of our personal favorites. This is mine, my first car, a 1972 Ford Torino. (The picture is from the web, not my actual car.) It didn't handle very well, got poor gas milage, and wasn't very comfortable, but it was a great ride. It just about killed me to see it go.
 

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My brother had one, and a friend had Montegos. I wish brother still had his.
 

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My favorite car was a 1959 Desoto (a former division of Chrysler Corp.). I think the model was called "Firedome". I owned it in 1966 and 1967. Back in those days a car that had more than 65,000 miles or a car that was more than five (5) years old were considered "junkers". I was driving my "junker" to the university every day.

362 cubic inches, three-speed automatic pushbutton transmission, rear-view mirror located on the dash.....once drove it along a river (winding road) well-well-well in excess of the speed limit (never did that again).

Had an incredible amount of chrome on it, probably weighed twice what a "dreaded" SUV weighs in at nowadays, was already rusting out on the floor (you could see the road, slightly), was equipped with the biggest back seat you can imagine.

Ahhhh, yes......that big back seat and a horny young couple.

Neat car. If you ever go to a Classic Car Show, check out the late 1950 Chrysler products. They were all pretty much the same size.....just different fins for different models.

"I dig the fins." - Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention

Bear
 

el Guapo

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I had a 72 Pewter Grand Torino Wagon in College. 351 C. I was sad to see it go also.
 

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When I turned 16 I got me a VW sirocco. That SOB was fast. I wrecked it in 6 weeks, while doing donuts in a K-mart parking lot. Pretty dumb.

Good thing I didn’t get an SUV or I would of flipped ;)
 

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Hmm. Favorite cars were a Jaguar 3.4 and 3.8 sedan and a Lotus Elan. Not very reliable but fun to drive. More recently a Nissan Sentra SER (boxy version, not the new one). Also very fun to drive.
 

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Motorhead Heaven!

...a 1962 Volvo PV544. Not an accelerating "neck-breaker" mind you, but a steady and consistent performer (as long as you had those dual SU carbs synchronized.)

Also ahead of it's time in that the car had 3-pint aircraft-style lap/sholder belts. A great motoring experience....
 

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Up until last year I had a 92 Plymouth Laser (basically an Eclipse) and I loved it. It was fast and a ton of fun to drive. It was dying, so I had to give it up for a newer, more reliable Accord. I also had a 79 Celica (my first car) that I loved. Also a lot of fun to drive.

Worst car ever was a 91 Escort. Biggest hunk of s--t ever. It leaked so much oil. Even when they would "fix" it, it would begin to leak after a few weeks. I had it for about 2 years and sold it to some chick that worked for my dad. She had it for a year and ended up junking it.
 

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My first car is also my favorite car (but then, I've only owned three different cars in my life). My first car was a 1979 Mustang hatchback (the 4.0 model)... the perfect car for a teenager: you put the seat down and sleep in the back, lots of pick-up power for zooming in and out of traffic... a must in L.A... and it wasn't too expensive on the gas (my mom had it jimmied to take regular instead of unleaded).
 

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I paid cash for this my freshman year in college after working all summer in a factory
 

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I still have a soft spot for these....



It was kind of wierd to be single with no kids driving one....but I sure was popular when people wanted to go to parties in college!
 

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My first car was a 1987 Subaru Standard Hatchback . Fire Engine red. Front wheel drive. I almost cried when I traded it in at 137,000 miles.

Alas, no image. A google search comes up primarily with used body parts dealers!

With the rear seats down and the Yakima roof rack system, I could pretty much haul all of my stuff to college and back.

I once even moved a full sized sofa bed across campus on the roofrack. I think the load was just slightly above both the car and rack system load recommendations. :D
 

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I like that car, too!!! my mom had one too a long time ago and man I loved that boat! as well as one of those 70's Impala's. I think seventies cars are pretty cool. with their wide body frame and little fins in some cases.
 

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The first car I ever owned was a 1989 K Car, 5 speed manual transmission, AM stereo only.



I bought it in 1996 for $1051 (to avoid inspections).

I drove the car really hard, using it as a 4X4 to drive up and down a local ski hill at a mountain bike race.

The worst part about teh car was the clutch, you had to rev the engine realy hard then pop it into first.

it died on new years day 1999 on my way home, the thermostat froze shut and I was to hung over to notice until the head blew.

I am only on my second car, while much nicer (94 jetta - 305 000km ) it is not the same as the good old Kcar.
 

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I remember well the first car I drove: my Dad's 1966 Rambler American. It had a straight six cylinder engine and a 3 speed manual transmission "three on the tree." It looked like the pic below, except ours was a '66 (the picture is of a '65 I found on the internet). I lost something very precious in that car.
 

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Ahhh the memories,

For me, it was one that I built. It was an 85 2 wheel drive S-10 blazer, that had a built 350 4bbl, the 700R4 Trans, and a Detroit Locker rear end, dual exhaust, shift kit, ram air, lowered with traction kit, and finally, it had NOS.

It was great.... till I twisted the frame.

Now I have a 2000 Impala LS with ALL the options. But, I miss the roar of the V8
 

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DeSoto

My favorite car was a 1959 Desoto (a former division of Chrysler Corp.). I think the model was called "Firedome".

The first cars I remember my parents having were a ''41 and a '49 DeSoto. I just remember a hump in the floor where the drive shaft ran. It was cool. I used to stand on it so I could see over the front seat back and watch the cars coming.
 

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I drove my dad's 1957 MGA roadster until I graduated from high school. It was bright red with silver wire rims & knock-off hubs and a black interior. You can probably imagine what the black interior was like during the hot Texas summers. I worked my butt off doing an engine rebuild my freshman year in HS, but it paid off. I put nearly 15,000 miles on it during the three years I drove it. Of course, in typical British fashion, I had constant problems with the electrical. I didn't care though, because I still looked cool on the side of the road! This car was a blast to drive, plus it made me pretty popular with the ladies!
 

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1971 Plymouth Duster, slant 6 - easiest engine I ever worked on.
drove it from NJ to UT w/o A/C - yearly round trips!
 

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JNA said:
1971 Plymouth Duster, slant 6 - easiest engine I ever worked on.
LOL I had one too! I bought it in 1986 with the odometer stuck at 137,800 miles. It was stuck there for the previsous owner too so god knows how many miles were really on it.

*secret* This car was such a piece of crap I would intentionally hit things with it, including highway barrels, mailboxes, and garbage cans.
 

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Chet said:


*secret* This car was such a piece of crap I would intentionally hit things with it, including highway barrels, mailboxes, and garbage cans.

stray shopping carts in a huge big box parking lot really fly when you hit them with a 1965 chevy pickup (not that I know from experience or anything)
 

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As for hitting things, a friend (really, it was not me) had a dodge omni that we drove the hell out of. One night coming home from the bars up town we crossed the causeway in SJ, there were these water pylons set up, we were able to goad my friend into slaloming throught them, the first 2 where fine then crash and splash. The next day when we drove to work we felt kind of bad, but laughed just the same.
 

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my favorite car

I have only owned four cars so far.
1987 Plymouth Colt 2dr hatch
1992 Subaru Loyale Wagon 5 speed 4WD
1999 Escort Wagon 5speed
1998 Mercury Tracer

My favorite was Roy, my '92 Loyale
A great little 4WD wagon that stuck into corners like a rally car. Unfortunely the engine began leaking lots of oil and I had to sell. I would love another one, but it will create unecessary marital strife.

Great for to getting to good kayak launching sites, and great in winter.
 

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My very first car (after learning to drive in my Dad's AMC Matador Station Wagon-Go Kenosha!) was a 1970 351 Mustang. I loved that car, sticky power steering pump and all.

The first day she got her learner's permit, my sister drove it into a ditch and smashed it on a culvert :( (Wasn't totally her fault by any means).
 

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Re: my favorite car

mendelman said:
My favorite was Roy, my '92 Loyale
A great little 4WD wagon that stuck into corners like a rally car. Unfortunely the engine began leaking lots of oil and I had to sell. I would love another one, but it will create unecessary marital strife.
You seem to have your priorities all wrong. A wife can be replaced. A car cannot.

(So where is mendelwoman? Just one post?)
 

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Re: Re: my favorite car

OT:
from Stumpf: (So where is mendelwoman? Just one post?)

She was trying to play with my mind, but it didn't work too well : )

On topic: My favorite car my parent's owned, that I remember, was their 1976 Ford Country Squire. You could haul a full size Airstream trailer or drive dangerously fast on a gravel road or both.
 

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My favorite car was my last -- a 1995 Honda del Sol. It was stolen, stripped and left to die by the side of the road last year. Damn, I loved that car.

I've noticed that most of you say or imply that your first car was your favorite. My dad restores old cars, and now he's finally tracked down one just like his first car -- a 1954 Studebaker Champion. He always told me, "A man always remembers two things: his first car and his first love. And he always wants the car back."
 

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I hated my first car, an '85 Plymouth Horizon. It was pretty comfortable, but would take 10 plus minutes to get started. I got a Honda Civic after that which served me reliably for just over 10 years. She'd still be going today if it weren't for my sister talking and driving at the same time. She totalled the car by hitting a parked delivery van.
 

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moose said:
My favorite car was my last -- a 1995 Honda del Sol. It was stolen, stripped and left to die by the side of the road last year. Damn, I loved that car.
Dude Drove a chick car!;) Assuming, that is, you are a dude...

seriously though, my favorite so far is my current car, a Subaru Impreza Outback Sport. Fun little car to drive. I also hated my first car, a 1985 Ford Ranger pos. Beat the tar out of it and it still kept pluggin away. I don't think I ever changed the oil in it...
 

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Uh, no, last time I checked, I was of the female persuasion.

Judge not by the "moose" nickname. I am also not tall.

I just like moose.
 

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I once bought a 80's Honda Civic, sight unseen, off a guy who was shipping out to Korea in less than an hour for $50. My friends and I cut the roof off and cammoed it in less than an hour. (thanks for the paint taxpayers) It took 6 drunk GIs three months to kill that car. Propperly executed a Honda Civic can be popped up on two wheels in reverse. We would do RockFishes for hours with that car. Ahhhh good times....
 

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moose said:
Uh, no, last time I checked, I was of the female persuasion.

Judge not by the "moose" nickname. I am also not tall.

I just like moose.
Didn't we go through this with Journeymouse? Don't worry, Moose, we believe you are a non-tall woman. Unless you also have antlers.
 

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Willys Sedan

Opening the hood on an old thread.....

Another car this Bear owned was a 1953 or 1954 (memory is shot :-c) Willys Sedan. It was dark blue and had the worst compression in the power plant that you could imagine. I was using it to drive to university.....probably about 30 miles one way, every day. It would struggle to climb the hill over the excpressway.

I didn't own that car for a very long time.

Bear
 

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Well, it's a toss-up between the Cordoba (c. 1976) and the Trans-Am (c.1983). The Cordoba was kinda useless with a little teeny trunk but looking back, wish I kept it. Just cuz. Sparkly blue with a white half-top. The Trans-Am, overheated a lot, finally figured out it had the wrong thermostat for FL. But those T-tops were hot. Sigh....
 

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My favorite car was a 1987 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. I bought it on a whim when I was in Maine visiting a friend and saw it in a parking lot near the Maine Mall.

I had been looking at one in NC before I headed north for a couple of weeks but this one was in nicer shape, cleaner on the inside, and most importantly all of the electric windows still worked. The beast was already about 13-years-old but still had less than 100,000 original miles. The price was better than the one in NC as well! The owner was going through a divorce and just wanted to get rid of before his (son-to-be-ex) wife could get it so he even signed over the lease to me the day before my wire transfer was due to hit his account.

The morning that I picked it up was a nice day with temps in the mid 30s but the next morning when I woke up there was 2 feet of snow and drifts over the hoods of most of the cars in subdivision. After shoveling some of the snow out of the way, that 5,500 pound monster with a 360 cubic inch engine had no problem maneuvering around.

A couple days later I took it for a drive home to North Carolina and loved every minute of it.

Sure the mileage was horrible, there was absolutely no acceleration, and the only safety feature besides seat belts was its own massive weight, but the ride was so smooth, the 4wd low was unstoppable and the vehicle was truly unique.

I ended up selling it about 4 years later when the little problems of then a nearly 20-year-old vehicle became too much for me to handle with my skills and my schedule. But I still get a little misty-eyed when I come across pictures of her!

The picture below is not mine but one like it:
http://www.dreamcars.com/jeep/wagoneer/1987/1000000050/photos/1000000005_main_lg.jpg
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I had a Ford Bronco II that was 4wd w/ manual locking hubs and clutched transfer.
Previous owner had a sunroof installed and had made certain engine modifications.

Maintenance became financial nightmare when I was in grad school, but limped along.
 

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1977 Toyota Corolla SR5 Liftback - 5 speed manual, could chirp the tires going in to 3rd gear, great vehicle to run around in, stuck to the road, handled great, was heartbroken when in ATL on a rainy Friday afternoon on I-85 a lady changed lanes in front of me and stopped quickly...I wasn't able to stop before her bumper was half way into the engine compartment. Sad day indeed. Poor thing was only 6 years old. Many fine memories in that car.
 

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I still have the car I love, though I haven't driven it in a while. In 1988 I bought a used 1986 Subaru Legacy station wagon, front wheel drive usually but 4WD when you needed it. Perfect for Montana road conditions. Why did they ever stop making it? It is the perfect car for my needs. Sure have your Foresters and Outbacks with their AWD, but bring back that simple wagon where you use the 4WD only when you need it (which is rarely - icy roads in town and an ocassional muddy Forest Service road).
 

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i love my '02 TDI Jetta (woo its a diesel!) repairs are non-existent and it gets great gas mileage. i can go farther on it than a lot of these new 'efficient' cars that are coming out! :p
 

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I recently bought a 1996 Jetta from an ad on Craigslist, 81k miles, only spent $2,000 for it.

I love the car, this is coming from a 1999 Rodeo that died in December of 2007 (blown oil pump), that I was still paying on until last month.
The Jetta gets great gas mileage, is fun to drive and looks pretty good, plus no car payments! :-D
 

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1992 Acura Integra

Drove it from Cincy to CO over 7 times
Boulder to ski reorts over the continental divide multiple times (that really hurt her)
Boulder to Ashland Oregon
Oregon to the coast of Sunset Beach NC
Back to Cincy

Those are just the maor trips.

I rode that car for many years and my Mom sold it one day while I was away. It was hers to begin with anyway. Friends of mine still see it driving around town. What a great car!
LOL
 

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Thanks for the memories...

Junior year in h.s., Bonnie had a red '57 T-Bird with white leather interior and the hard top with port hole windows. Bonnie was a senior and hot but it was her car that I really wanted.

Senior year, Judy's dad had a '60 Corvette. I wanted to get my hands on both of them but only managed with one.

College, had Triumph Herald sedan. Funny looking little box with a low gear that only got you up to about 5 mph but it was fun to drive and more practical than a roadster in Michigan winters.

Post-college, '64 Chevy Malibu coupe with 327 engine. Drove it until it died.

Since then, nothing special, just reliable family cars and a few motorcycles to keep my heart pumping.
 

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I had two cars that I loved dearly. The first was an 1986 Camaro. It was my first car and cost $400 when I got it back in 1997. It was kind of beat up but I gradually made it into a sweet ride. It was a stick and tons of fun to drive. Me and my delinquent buddies would race around town in it - they all drove Camaros, Firebirds, Mustangs, and the like. I sold the Camaro a couple of years later and got a 1991 Trans Am. That car was my baby. It was like a surrogate girlfriend, I was into it that much. I spent as least as much time polishing it as I did driving it. It was a fast, sleek, and beautiful machine. At one point I took the entire intake manifold apart and ported it out using a Dremel tool for some extra HP. God, that car was sweet... haven't thought about it in some time. I sold the Trans Am after college when I needed some $$ and needed a reliable, safe winter car, which the Trans Am was anything but.

Now, I just drive a Hyundai. It gets the job done but the love's not the same.
 

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Can't say that I miss any of the cars I've owned, most have been rather utilitarian and Japanese made. I really like the 98 Jeep Cherokee that I am driving now, yeah it doesn't get the best mileage but it is a good workhorse that I drive a few days a week and has done well in the snow and ice this past winter.
 
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