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Your Vehicle History [FKA: Vehicles Owned By Bear]

Bear Up North

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Not sure if this topic was ever on Cyburbia.....

I'am a not a "car nut'. I don't go to auto shows. Quite often, I don't know a Malibu from a Citroen.

In my many, many years of driving I have owned quite a collection of vehicles. When you see my list you will probably ask, "What the?"....because of some of the makes of cars. Remember.....I'm old.....

First Car: 1959 Ford Station Wagon

Then.....

1958 Desoto Firedome
1959 Desoto Fireflite (I drove this on a curvy road at 117 mph....dumb dumb dumb)

Huge backseats in Desoto's. Teenage lust. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm......

1954 Willys Sedan (Owned it just 2 weeks....I was commuting to Bowling Green State University and it could not climb a hill over the exway....no compression.)

1962 Buick (With manual transmission, on the column.....the shift lever broke off in my hand in BG.....the Buick dealer in town said, "I've never seen a Buick without an automatic transmission."

1961 Plymouth Valiant (This car was PINK....and I painted a black competition stripe across the hood.....what a nerd....).

1962 Ford Station Wagon (Pushed on my by my first wife's father. I traded-it for a convertible (next on list) and he didn't talk to me for months.

1964 Pontiac Catalina Convertible (White exterior, red interior, I was "hot".....just never you mind the pimples....."

1969 Ford Mustang Fastback (Gold, with chrome wheels. My only muscle car. It would be worth a bundle, now.)

1971 Jeep CJ-5 (Red)
1973 Jeep CJ-5 (Yellow)
1974 Jeep CJ-5 (Red, again)
1976 Jeep CJ-7 (Blue)

(I was in to "off-road" driving in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.)

1978 Toyota Land Cruiser
1982 Ford Truck
1985 Toyota Tercel Wagon ("nerd boy returns, less the pimples")

1987 Toyota 4WD Truck (Blue)
1990 Toyota 4WD Truck (Black)
1994 Toyota 4WD Truck (Blue, again)
1999 Toyota 4WD Truck (Black, again)

No wonder I don't have any money.

BEAR IN MANY CARS
 

Lee Nellis

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I was trying to remember them all:

1952 2WD Chevy pick-up that had already been worn out on my grandfather's farm, affectionately known as the lizard - I wish I had rebuilt the engine and kept it, as it would be quite a classic today

1965 Ford pick-up, 2WD, red, which made Fix Or Repair Daily a reality

1974 GMC pick-up, 2WD, light green - totally reliable, but not much fun

1977 Jeep CJ-7, yellow and black

1979 Ford Escort, white, with a stripe, a very good little car

1982 Nissan pick-up, 4WD, white with a stripe

1987 Nissan Pathfinder

1992 Nissan pick-up, 4WD, white with a stripe - not quite as good a vehicle as the earlier Nissans

1996 Jeep Cherokee - performed far better than the Jeep reputation

2003 VW Jetta TDI - 50 mpg, what more need I say
 

SGB

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there may be a trend here....

1987 Subaru standard hatchback (FWD)

1989 Subaru GL hatckback, on demand AWD

1991 Suburu Loyal wagon (FWD)

1995 Subary Legacy Wagon (AWD)

2002 Subaru Outback Wagon (AWD)

2003 Chevy Venture LT (w/ Subaru AWD system)

I own the last three still, although the Legacy will soon be donated to the Lung Association.
 

NHPlanner

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My list is very short:

1992 Dodge Caravan - Had this for my last year of college and my first year out of college....bought off my parents.

1998 Chevy Cavalier - Still driving it, up to almost 140,000 miles....will finally be paid off this year.
 

Dan

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Wow ... am I getting that old? I've owned a lot of cars!

1981 Ford Granada (beige, straight 6)

1983 NIssan Stanza (maroon)

1970 Ford Thunderbird (blue, V8)

1985 Volkswagen Jetta (blue)

1995 Ford Contour (red, V6)

1998 Volkswagen Passat (red, V6)
 

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1987 Plymouth Colt two door hatchback - great first car, the engine threw a rod on me on US-23 when I was doing 70mph (a little scary)

Borrowed my parent's 1992 Caprice wagon for a year - That is a beautiful machine, and when you pressed the gas on that 305ci V8 that thing hunkered down and flew.

1992 Subaru Loyale 4WD wagon - had the car for a year, got rid of it due to engine problems, I loved that car and would love another.

1999 Escort Wagon - pretty nice car, but not nearly as good of a little wagon as the Loyale

Now driving:
1998 Mercury Tracer sedan - not bad, it's paid, so it's nice cheap and reliable transpo.

Next car:
Would like a 2004 Mazda 6 Sportwagon - that's a nice car.
 
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My list is short too.

I didn't get my first car until I was almost 25. It's a 1997 Toyota Camry (120,000 miles). My next car will be the 2004 Nissan Maxima in red with leather interior. Can you spell S-P-E-E-D-I-N-G T-I-C-K-E-T-S?? I can personally bring the state of Maryland out of it's budget shortfall.
 

boiker

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me:
1993 Pontiac Gran Prix LE - 140,000 miles and still cooking...althought 2 windows don't roll down and I refuse to recharge the A/C.

2001 Pontiac Sunfure SE - 61,000 miles, 30 mpg. and room enough for now.

....the future holds.....a minivan...either a nissan quest, toyota sienna, or mazda MPV.

Mrs. B:
1985 Chevy Celebrity - "Old Blue" we called it.. till it through a rod and died.

now she drives the Sunfire.
 

Hceux

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Tranplanner said:
My list is even shorter!
And, my list is the shortest!

I have never own a car, but I will someday. Just gotta finish school and start working to buy a car!

How about this for a subsitute? All the cars that I've driven in my life:

- a late-1990s brown sedan Saturn with two sets of brakes: the car I drove for Young Drivers of Canada and for passing my first driving test, without even having to do a parallel or a stall parking. I GOT lucky!
- a 1998 sandalwood Mazda MX-6: had to open the sunroof so that I could fit into this car. Thankfully, I only drove this car once during my Young Drivers lessons.
- a 1996 green Plymouth Voyager: the first non-Young Drivers car that I drove!
- a 1998 green Dodge Caravan: looked identical to the former one, but didn't have quad seats.
- a 2001 silver Dodge Caravan: the current van that I have the "most" access to drive, which is very rare. But, drove this car to pass my final driving test (there's three to do in Ontario) and had to do a stall parking, not a parallel parking. Think I got lucky again!
- a 1986 sky blue Buick Skylark: a car that I drove for a day when the 'lude (look below) was in the shop. Surprisingly, had enough power to drive around on the busy city streets.
- a 1991 red Honda Prelude SE: the first car that I tried to learn how to drive with a standard. Completion of this learning experience has been delayed. Temporarily, I hope.

That's it. Hopefully, when I answer this question 10 years from now, I can respond to this question with a list of cars that I've actually own! Hopefully, one of these cars will be a Jeep - one of those convertible ones. I think a Subaru would be nice too. Maybe one of those VW vans used in the 1970s for a week or two. I could see myself checking out one of those Pontiac Azteks just for the fun of it. Ha!
 

biscuit

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Geez, for a bunch of supposed sustainable community, walkable neighborhood champain urbanites we sure have gone though a lot of cars.

1978 Pontiac Grand Prix, or the "Grand Prick" as it came to be known by my friends. It had a big V-8 engine that just hauled and these giant bright red vinyl seats that I once managed to squeeze ten people into. It was a huge beater that I couldn't wash because the paint would rub off every time you put a wet rag to it. Great car for a then 15 year old biscuit.

1990 Honda Accord Drove the "Happy Honda" during most of my senior year of high school. A sensible car that you would have to put a bullet in to kill. It was sold with 210,000 miles on it and is still running around today.

1988 Toyota Supra Turbo Got this one when I left for college and holly crap could it fly. A very fun car for trips to the mountains. Unfortunatly it was very low to the ground and didn't appreciate being driven through two feet of water when the streets flooded after a big coastal storm dumped all over us. A new engine and the need for a bigger vehicle later I got the

1991 Range Rover LWB Big and black and all pimped out with giant brush guards. It was bad a$$ for going muddin', and being from SC I did a lot of it. It also had lots of leg room in the back seat, and women loved it ;-) Good lord I miss that car, but at 10 mpg and in constant need of repair (good old British car quality), she had to go.

1995 Honda Accord a good sensible car that I drove the heck out of. I once left it parked outside with the windows down during a huge summer storm and the resulting mildew earned it the nickname "the Red Trash Can." I recently unloaded it onto my foster sister when she came in need of a car.... not very nice of me.

1998 Honda Accord a super low milage car that I got a great deal on back in January. Black and all optioned out it has been taken over by Mrs. Biscuit because I ride the loser cruiser to work every day. I think we'll keep this one till it dies on us.

You know what, I think Honda owes me a free car, or at least a discount on the next one. ;-)
 
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1960 Chevy Impala had it for a few months then rolled it
1960 Chevy Impala not near as nice as the first one
1962 Chevy Pick-up
1969 Cougar I want another one of these
1971 3/4 ton 4wd International Harvestor pick up 5 MPG Highway
1969 Chevy Impala
1969 Pontiac Catalina One of the best cars I have owned
1970 Ford Maverick
1971 Ford Pick up
1976 Subaru wagaon
1969 Chevy Pick up
1974 Chevy Impala
1981 Buick Le sabre
1980 Chevette
1985 Chevy Citation
1986 Dodge Caravan
1997 Pontiac Grand Prix
1998 Plymouth Breeze
1997 Mercury Mountaineer
2003 Ford Taurus
1985 Chevy S10
1981 Olds Delta 88

I currently own the last three (damn I'm Old)
 

Cardinal

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1972 Ford Torino (sniffle... the only one I still miss)
1989 Pontiac Sunbird (my first new car, replaced when the head gasket went at 82,000 miles)
1994 Pontiac Grand Am (also new, engine went at 34,000 miles, my last GM car)
1997 Ford Ranger (only truck, nice, but two wheel drive is no good for snow)
1999 Subaru SUS
2004 Subaru Outback
 
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I have a short list:

1992 Geo Storm - My first car which I still own. It's been in a coma for about 1 1/2yrs now, but I intend to have it restored and returned to the streets sometime in the near future.

2002 Ford Escape - I love this car, but not as much as the Storm. I'm really tempted by the hyrbrid version that's supposed to debut next year.
 

PlannerGirl

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1989 Pontiac Grand Prix car from freaking hell, this thing had more problems than I care to recall-learned to drive in this thing. Did love the charcoal color though. Damn thing would just cut itself off going 70 on the interstate, some sorta computer problem. |-)

1985 Honda civic, silver. Took this thing to college and by all account is should have died, I got rid of it for 200 bucks with 150,000 miles on it and wheel bearings that had squealed for 3 years like it was the end of the world. Why the damn cars wheels did not just come off I have no idea. Boots and other stuff were shot. NO AC no heat, no radio and the innards had all fallen apart. Every time I washed it paint fell off so I just slapped more college stickers on it and had fun.

1995 Blue Black Saturn SL1 drove the hell out of this thing but lost it in the divorce (and I think I cracked a cylinder head) :u:

2000 Silver Saturn SL1 Still going strong at 47,000 miles (I don't drive much) figure next year I will trade it in and get myself a Subaru Outback-more doggie friendly.
 

SlaveToTheGrind

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1978 Ford LTD Station Wagon - The Green Machine, Dragon Wagon, Grocery Getter, Lead Sled. Not the best car for a 16 year old driver, but it did haul a lot of friends.

1985 Ford Tempo GL Sport - Not a bad car. At least is was the two door and five speed.

1983 Mazda Rx-7 GLS - Wish I still had this one. Tinted windows, sunroof. Fun little car.

1992 Ford Explorer XLT - After the fourth transmission, that was enough

1994 Nissan Sentra XE - Wifes car when we got married. Good little car.

1999 Pontiac Grand Am SE - Current driver. Only unscheduled repair in 75,000 miles is a new brake master cylinder. Sold the Nissan to her friend and bought this one.

2001 Dodge Grand Caravan Sport - Great for hauling the kids around in and when we used baby carriers. Sliding doors are great for that. Traded in the Explorer on this one.

2004 Chevy Trailblazer - Wife wants this one and will probably sell the van.
 

otterpop

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Let's see:

My first car was a 1967 Volkswagon bug (1973), then I had a AMC Hornet (1974), which was "taken" for a joy ride by a "friend" and totaled; then a Capri (1975); then some Ford coupe that I had for only a few months; then a Lincoln Marquis that was my Dad's (1981); then a Subaru wagon (1987), and now a Honda Accord (2002), though I still have the Sub for winter driving.
 

pandersen

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My Vehicle History

1st vehicle - 1973 VW Super Beetle
I bought this car for 350.00 from the local Datusun Dealer and spent 1 1/2 years restoring it. I went on to drive it for 18 years. I finally sold it (still in running order) in 1999 when I moved to the States for a job.

2nd vehicle - 1989 ford Bronco 11
bought this in 1991 and drove it for 9 years (had engine heads and transmission replaced undr warranty. Not a bad vehicle, but only had a 2.9L engine. Vehicle had a reptation for flipping over at highway speeds if you turned the steering too quickly. I sold this vehicle (in running order) to a neighbour in 2000 who I believe is still driving it.

3rd vehicle - 2000 ford explorer 5.0L AWD - My first new car (dealer demo). Great in the snow but a pig on gas. I drive this only in the winter months.

4th vehicle - 1984 BMW 318i - Dad bought this new in 1984 and "gifted it to me in 1999 when he got a new Mercedes. This car has 310,000km's on the odometer, but continues to look and run great with its gas meizer 1.8 L engine. I want to see if I can get this car to 500,000km's before I have to either sell it or install a new clutch and rebuild the engine.
 

Miles Ignatius

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My Car Chronology

This is a good exercise to do from time to time; it helps you remeber that despite the emotional attachments you had to the old ones, the newer ones have improved.

1960 VW Bug
1962 Volvo 544
1966 Volvo 122
1973 Nissan 510
1972 Mercedes 250
1980 Toyota Tercel
1981 Buick Skylark*
1986 Toyota Camry
1997 Toyota Camry

*The Buick - my one aberration from buying non-Detroit sheet metal. And what an aberration! Bought it at the time of the arrival of the 1st child as it was "practical."
Horror is more like it - was a early GM X-Car - tranny died @ 20K and valves 5K later. Cut my losses and returned to the Toyotas since....
 

nerudite

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I have only owned three cars, with partial ownership (co-signed with an ex... what a dumb idea) of a fourth.

1st car: 1979 ford mustang hatchback V8. The fold-down back seat was not a smart thing to give a 16 y.o. (although I enjoyed it :-D ).

2nd car: 1986 ford mustang 4 cylinder hatchback (total POS). What a dumb move... it is such a heavy car and 4 cyl just wasn't enough. I ended up running the car into the ground within seven years.

3rd car: 1993 Nissan Pickup SE V6. I love this little truck. It's lightweight and has the same engine as the Pathfinder, so it really hauls a$$. Since I currently carpool with Elmo in his 1997 Escort, I only drive this baby about once a week. 11 years old, with 125k miles on it. I wonder if that's good or bad.

I had partial ownership of a Toyota Tercel 1993 car. It was stick and I couldn't drive it, so I never really counted it. I'll never co-sign on another car with someone that I am no married to... worst decision I've ever made.
 

ludes98

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Hmmm

1985 El-Camino
1983 Porsche 944
1989 Ford Mustang Conv.
1989 Honda Civic
1996 Ford Thunderbird
1996 Ford Ranger
1998 Chevy Truck - Daily driver, 110K
2002 Lexus IS300 - Wife's, but maybe a little small for the baby that's on the way.
 

Seabishop

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1984 Plymouth Reliant Wagon - Not the coolest first car. Had to keep stomping on the gas to get it to go over 50 mph and scrape ice off the inside of windshield while driving.

1982 Buick Regal - Not bad until an accident, then I looked like a real punk with all the different color replacement parts on it.

1989 Pontiac Sunfire - Had it for a week until an old man rear ended me at a red light.

1991 Ford Tempo - Piece of junk even though it was only 4 years old

1998 Chevy Lumina - Runs OK but has an electrical problem where the battery drains if its not driven everyday. No mechanic can solve it. Wife drives it.

1993 Ford Taurus - Is really my wife's but I drive it. It doesn't have too much longer to live. Spare tire well gets filled with water. No a/c. Lots of weird noises and smells.


Sorry but I'm done with American cars.
 

Budgie

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I didn't have a vehicle, other than my feet and a GT magged out freestyle BMXer.

College 3rd year - 1988 ford escort 2 door with a hatch;
Married - 1991 ford escort pony 2 door with a hatch;
5th year of marriage - 1997 ford windstar (major electrical problems - lemon)
6th year of marriage - 1998 ford windstar (paid off and this is my car at the moment - it is my official booty wagon).
10th year of marriage - spouse gets a 1999 Mazda 626 (or some such thing).

Now my daily vehicles are my feet and a Segway.
 

kms

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1977 International Scout
1979 Jeep CJ-7
1986 Olds Ciera (the only one purchased new)
1990 Pontiac Bonneville
1999 Suburban

My parents provided a 1973 Chevy Impala - it went anywhere.

I drive a car until it becomes unreliable or too small for carrying family. The Ciera had 140,000 miles. We still own the Bonneville; it has 140,000 miles. We got rid of a 1984 Ford F150 last year when we bought the Suburban.
 

Big Easy King

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1982 Datsun B-210 - This car was a hand-me-down from my dad...got me from point A to point B
1984 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup Truck - My first truck...with me at LSU
1988 Dodge Dakota Pickup Truck - I actually wore down the Dodge sales rep...got a great deal! :-D
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 Pickup Truck (aka "The Big Dawg") - Need I say more? ;-)
 

JNA

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1969? Chrysler New Yorker - 4dr, V-8 w/ 4 barrel carb, used corp. car
1971 Plymouth Duster- easiest engine to work on slat-6
3 round trips from NJ to UT when I was in undergrad w/out AC.
1976-8 Chevy Nova - 4dr, used corp. car - light blue like a planner's uniform shirt
1984 Ford Bronco II - 4wd manual locking hubs w/ 5 speed manual trans - nearly Rugged.
1994 Saturn SL 2 - 5 speed manual trans
 

Tom R

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cars

'65 Barracuda
61 Willeys SW 4WD
63 Triumph TR3
73 VW Beetle
79 VW Rabbit
84 Subaru SW 2WD
81 Toyota Starlet
92 Plymouth Voyager
(Divorce)
?? VW Rabbit (Diesel)
94 Geo Metro
2002 Saturn
 

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Don't remember some of the years

1950 Buick
1966 Ford Thunderbird
1957 VW Bug
1957 Jaguar 3.4 sedan
19?? Lotus Elan
1956 Chevy Station Wagon
19?? Jaguar 3.8 sedan
19?? Honda (first Honda car - very small)
19?? Honda Civic
19?? Hoda Accord
19?? Honda Civic wagon
1992 Nissan Sentra SER
1998 Nissan Maxima
2002 VW Eurovan
 

Zoning Goddess

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Well, I don't remember the years on most of these, but here goes:

c. 1973 Chevy Nova
c. 1976 Chrysler Cordoba
c. 1980 Pontiac Sunbird
c. 1984 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
c. 1989 Jeep Cherokee
c. 1993 Plymouth Voyager
2001 Saturn L200
2003 Honda CR-V
 

Chet

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I'm not even sure this is the complete list...

1996 Land Rover
1998 Subaru Outback Sport
1971 Ford F-250 pickup
1995 Saturn SL
1961 VW Beetle
1962 VW Kharmann Ghia coupe
1995 Dodge Neon
1995 Geo Tracker Convertible
1972 VW SUper Beetle
1984 BMW 528e
1991 Honda CRX
1992 Hyndai Excel sedan
1990 Hyndai Excel coupe
1986 Yugo
1981 Chevy Chevette (diesel !)
1972 Pontiac GTO
1972 Plymouth Duster
1971 VW Beelte
 

tsc

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1979 Datsun 210
1988 Toyota Corolla FX died 1999
1991 Volvo 740 (still have)
1999 Toyota 4Runner... still have
 

Big Easy King

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Chet said:
1986 Yugo
A high school buddy of mine owned a Yugo. On one occasion, he closed, not slammed, the driver-side door and all the glass windows fell out and shattered as a result...a classic, hilarious moment! 8-! :-D

Chet, did you experience any hilarious problems with your Yugo?
 

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Big Easy King said:
A high school buddy of mine owned a Yugo. On one occasion, he closed, not slammed, the driver-side door and all the glass windows fell out and shattered as a result...a classic, hilarious moment! 8-! :-D

Chet, did you experience any hilarious problems with your Yugo?
1) With 8,000 miles on it the accelerator cable *snapped* when I floored it to get on the freeway. Not hilarious!

2) It had a repeat problem when parked on an incline, the brake lights would illuminate. Not hilarious!

3) It was light enough that friends in college would pick it up and move it on me. Always good for a laugh until the dropped in in front of a fire door at the dorms and I got a call from the cops at 4AM... Not hilarious!

4) New Years Eve 1990, I had graduated and was living in northern Wisconsin, and meeting college friends back in Milwaukee for the night out. It was a snowy blustery night and as I was passing thru a small town (speeding) a train was stopped blocking the crossing. A quick maneuver involving the emergency brake and a controlled steer and I was *safely* on the front lawn of a local tavern, absent the entire exhaust system after the manifold. A few years later I moved to that town and in a twist of fate got to be friends with the tavern owner. Well, at least until he went to jail for trafficking cocaine... But for his Yugo memory, I never would have got to know Guido! HILARIOUS!

5) I had a "fender bender" with a Chevy Lumina. $189 in damage to the Yugo, and $4300 to the Lumina. HILARIOUS!!

6) It sat seven people on one memorable summerfest concert night. The Sugar Cubes, Nitzer Ebb, and Depeche Mode was the concert billing as I recall, and the event of that night can not be repeated in open company. :-}

Here's the kicker - I owned it 20 months. I paid about $4700 cash for it new, and got something like $4200 for it when I sold it. All in all, it was an economical college car, and after the fact, couldnt complain.
 

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First car: 1963 1/2 Ford Galaxie 500. Owned from 1983-85. Had to junk it, but I went to the junkyard two years later and it was still there!

Second car: 1982 Horizon TC3 (or Trashy Car 3 as I liked to call it). Wrecked

Then:

1968 Buick Wildcat: 1987 to 1995 (it sat in the alley for the last two or three of those years.

1976 Cutlass Supreme: 1987 to 1988 (used for pizza delivery). Traded in.

1980 Toyota Celica: 1988-ca 1991. [/b]

1976 Cutlass Supreme Brougham : 1988-89. Brakes went out on the way to school. Almost ran some guy over. I ended up selling it for $175. Too bad, I really liked that car.

1982 Honda Accord: 1990-ca 1992.

1987 Pontiac Sunbird: 1991-93. The chick that bought from me wrecked it within a month.

1993 Ford Escort. My first and only new car. Still have it. Running good after 113K miles

1987 Cutlass Calais. 1996-1999. The only thing noteworthy about this one is that it got stolen.

1995 Taurus LX Wagon. 1999 to present

2002 Dodge Grand Caravan : 2003 to present
 

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Chariots el Guapo

1975 Kawasaki 100cc G4 Enduro - My first love. I rode the piss out of this bike.

1971 F-100 Pick Up - No reverse on the tranny and when I would step on it the freeze plugs would blow out. Died of Rust. Camo paint job.

1972 Ford Grand Torino Station Wagon - Dad bought it when he got back from Viet Nam and I drove it for years during college. Died in a deer strike.

1974 250cc Honda Cafe Racer - $100 and not really very reliable. Died on the table.

1981 Ford Taunus - My car in Germany (Sort of an European Maverick) Sold to another soldier upon departing theater.

1979 Chevy Malibu Station Wagon - Never another GM EVER! Died during a KSU - KU game riot near Aggieville.

1989 Dodge Colt Station Wagon - Little Blue - Killed by an illegal immigrant in a hit and run in Dodge City, Kansas. Bastard.

1979 International Scout II Wonderful & tough rust bucket. I sold it to my later regret when we moved to a "nice" neighborhood. Camo paint job.

1985 Volvo 240 GL - Traded 50 hours of web work for it. It has at least 250,000 miles and it is still going strong. Much love for this car and older Volvos.

I think is is a short list for someone that is 40. Note they all died but the current one and one I sold.

I have never made a car payment to a bank, nor do I have more than a $10,000 lifetime total in car purchases. :)
 

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Ok here we go...

First car was a 1988 sunbird GT. (the one year that they made it look like a sports car) I bought it damaged, re-built it, and put the high output dule overhead cam motor in it.

Then I had a 1937 olds salesmans edition street rod. (sold it for my next project)

Bought a 2 wheel drive 1985 S-10 blazer that need help. Cleaned it up, painted it black, lowered it, put nice rims on it, and "Stuffed" a 350 LT Chevy motor and a 700R4 Trans into it. (yes it was fast, but summer use only)

For the winter I drove a 1988 Olds cutlass, sold it and bought a 1989 4x4 S-10 extended cab, then a 1991 corsica.

Gave the corsica to my little sister when I bought a 2000 Impala LS. (I have had it one year now, and I love it!)
 

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el Guapo said:
1975 Kawasaki 100cc G4 Enduro - My first love. I rode the piss out of this bike.

:)
I didn't know we could list bikes.....

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196? Honda 90 Dream
196? Kawasaki A-1 250 Samuri
197? Yamaha 360 enduro
198? Yamaha 400 enduro
198? Yamaha 650 special II
198? Honda XL 250
 

tsc

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oh... I didn't include 2-wheeled ....started with a Honda 175... 1975(?).. my sister gave it to me when she graduated from college...wasn't my vehicle of choice...since I was going to school at Syracuse University...(a bit cold for motor bikes...but had the best parking spots on campus)
 

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Tranplanner said:
A Minivan?!


;-)
Minivan owners of Cyburbia, unite!

Heck, in small communities you can fit your full Planning Commission in there for site visits!
 

Super Amputee Cat

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Tranplanner said:
A Minivan?!


;-)
I wondered how long it would be before someone commented.

We were going to get a full-sized van. But the depreciation on those things is terrible, not to mention fuel economy and repair frequency. And our Taurus was becoming too small to take on vacations. The Escort is still my primary car though, for work and everyday tooling around.

I would submit that the mini-van no longer has the soccer-mom stigma that it once had. Indeed, with the violent, out of control growth of SUVs, the minivan has become what the station wagon was when the minivan replaced it during the 1980s.

Your more likely to see a soccer emblem on an Explorer than a Windstar these days.
 
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We had a Dodge Power Ram -- not a good thing to take to Germany, where you cannot find parking for it.

In Germany, we sold that at some point and bought a Corsica -- which we still have.

For a time, I had a hand-me-down Saab from a relative. Expensive as hell to repair. I took it as a sign from God that it was time to sell it when a tree fell on it while it was parked, breaking out the rear window.

We have spent too much money on cars. I still think eG needs to sell magical talismans or something: I need some Good Car Karma in a big way. :-D
 

Elisabeth

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It wasn't truly mine, but the first car I drove consistently was my brother's 1993 Toyota Tercel hatchback. He was studying abroad in London, so I paid for it and loved it for 6 months. He named it "The Liberator" because it was his first car and someone commented that buying your first car is very liberating.

MY first car was/is a 2002 VW Jetta GLS. It's ok, but has a major oil consumption problem. Next up, MINI Cooper S! :-}
 

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i got my license in '91
and bought my first car in
'93 which was a chevy cavalier.
I totaled it on January 1st '94
I bought a '94 Jeep Wrangler with
my insurance money but the gas mileage was killing me
so a year later i bought a '95 Mitsubishi Mirage (40mpg highway!)
but the insurance was killing me when i moved back to NJ
in mid'96 so i sold it off and fixed up the Renault sitting in my
grandparents driveway. It lasted 3 months. I went carless for a while.
In late '97 i bought an '87 toyota wagon from some guy from michigan.
The rust was so bad that the control arm pulled away from the body.
I got $100 for it at the junkyard in april '98. In went carless until
october of that year when i bought an '89 buick skylark from a friend. It lasted
a month. I bought an '87 honda civic hatchback in november of '98. It lasted until
december 2000 when i sold it to my brother. (He had it until february 2004 when he sold it - unfortunately so he could afford body armor to take with him to iraq.)

I haven't had a car since december 2000.
 

Zoning Goddess

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jresta said:
i got my license in '91
and bought my first car in
'93 which was a chevy cavalier.
I totaled it on January 1st '94
I bought a '94 Jeep Wrangler with
my insurance money but the gas mileage was killing me
so a year later i bought a '95 Mitsubishi Mirage (40mpg highway!)
but the insurance was killing me when i moved back to NJ
in mid'96 so i sold it off and fixed up the Renault sitting in my
grandparents driveway. It lasted 3 months. I went carless for a while.
In late '97 i bought an '87 toyota wagon from some guy from michigan.
The rust was so bad that the control arm pulled away from the body.
I got $100 for it at the junkyard in april '98. In went carless until
october of that year when i bought an '89 buick skylark from a friend. It lasted
a month. I bought an '87 honda civic hatchback in november of '98. It lasted until
december 2000 when i sold it to my brother. (He had it until february 2004 when he sold it - unfortunately so he could afford body armor to take with him to iraq.)

I haven't had a car since december 2000.
Sounds like you need the same car karma MZ is seeking.

Hope your brother is well.
 

jresta

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Zoning Goddess said:
Sounds like you need the same car karma MZ is seeking.

Hope your brother is well.
thanks.

i'm happy with my car karma. it taught me a lot about how much cars really cost and forced me to learn about transit early on.

and btw - i just realized how my new year's day wreck could be misconstrued. it was not alchohol related. I hydroplaned 5 miles from my apartment in NC after a 9 hour drive back down from NJ.
 

jsk1983

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1989 Acura Legend- bought it used last year with 154k, lasted me a year until the brakes went, and the tie rod was about to go, meaning a $700 (minimum) repair bill which I decided was not worth it. Had a harrowing ride to the junkyard last Saturday with the bad brakes to receive $40 for it.
 

The One

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Mazda and Chevy

I used to have a Mazda B-2000 small truck...the thing was like the energizer bunny...My favorite old car was the 1985 Chevy Nova, I drove that thing until it was just shy of 200,000 :-D miles (survived major hail storm and 5 accidents :-c ).....was still on the road and running last year... I liked the new Nova's a lot, aka Toyota Tercel's (everything but the radio). I traded an old pair of Fischer RC4 ski's for a friends 1987 Chevy Nova....I drove that to nearly 200,000 :-D miles also......Now I own a VW and regret every second after 100,000 miles :u: !
 

monkeyflower

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I have never owned a car; drove my parents' in high school, didn't have one at all in undergrad, drive the girlfriend's now, and soon will be getting the parents' oldest car to drive until it falls apart (but still in their name, somehow their insurance is cheaper with an extra car?). Do own a bike.

1990 or 92ish Ford Clubwagon (parents' vehicle from high school. most memorable moment: at age 16 and one month backing into the side of an suv, causing $3500 in damage to the suv and no discernable damage to the van.)

1971 Honda cb450 (sitting dormant more often than not; the bike has a persistant carburator problem and Michigan has a persistant winter problem)

1995 Ford Contour (the soon-to-be-inherited car)

2001 Pontiac Sunfire (the girlfriend's; tragic/ironically, I've now driven this to two internships in transportation departments and one research assistantship in infill development, none of which could be reached except by car, while she has been in, at worst, bus distance from everything she's done during this time)
 

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I like to boast about my rides...
2002 VW Passat Wagon, 5 spd turbo 4 cyl.
1994 Ford Econoline F150 cargo van later added passenger seats (still in service as its my hubby's winter ride when he parks his 2001 VW New Beetle)
1984 VW GTI Rabbit my first new car, white w.drk blue interior
1979 Chevy Monza SPyder V8 hatchback my first car! Dad tried to steer me towards a little old ladies gigantic oldsmobile, sorry Dad!

Also rode regularly in the early 90's a 1985 Cagiva Allazzurra 650. last rode it when my eldest was 3 months old. still have it too!
 
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