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« on: Jun 17, 2016, 02:08PM »

I'm now 17 years old and I've been looking into cars lately.  So out of curiosity, what was your first car?
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 17, 2016, 02:22PM »

'73 Dodge Dart Custom, with a 318 cubic inch Mopar V8.  Love to find another one,36 yrs. later! 
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 17, 2016, 02:25PM »

old BMW 535i, then a Subaru Legacy. The Subaru was a great first car-- reliable, dependable, and ridiculously good in snow with awd, abs, and snow tires. I put a lot of miles on that car driving up to go skiing.
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 17, 2016, 02:26PM »

My first (and current) car is a 2005 Ford Five-Hundred. My dad bought it new, passed it to my brother a few years back, and then I got it last Fall when I got my school permit. Nice vehicle with plenty of space to haul trombones, euphoniums, tubas, etc.
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« Reply #4 on: Jun 17, 2016, 02:28PM »

1967 Olds Cutlass Supreme with an 8 cylinder engine that took premium fuel.  Back then premium fuel was only 40 cents per gallon, though.

It was replaced by the first car we bought new: 1972 Dodge Colt (Mitsubishi Colt-Gallant).  Got me through the 1974 and 1975 Gas Crises since it got fantastic gas mileage for the day.
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« Reply #5 on: Jun 17, 2016, 02:31PM »

My first car could be a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica which my family has.  They could look for another car in the near future if I pass my drivers training, test, etc.  It's a pretty good all-round car.
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« Reply #6 on: Jun 17, 2016, 02:48PM »

my brother and I shared a 1995 GMC Jimmy. He rolled over on a turn going too fast.

I think there's a reason you don't see many GM's from those years still on the road
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« Reply #7 on: Jun 17, 2016, 02:54PM »

1972 Pontiac Lemans for $700...followed by a 1970 VW Squareback that I also only paid $700 for.  Both of them were driven very hard and put away wet,  but served me well as a college student in Boston.  They got me back and forth to and from Pennsylvania on breaks and lots of round-trips from Boston to a nightly gig on Cape Cod as the end of summer and fall classes overlapped.  The VW Squareback didn't have a heater...in Boston...BRRRRRRRRRRRR
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« Reply #8 on: Jun 17, 2016, 02:58PM »

Toyota Corolla 2004
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« Reply #9 on: Jun 17, 2016, 03:37PM »

'73 Dodge Dart Custom, with a 318 cubic inch Mopar V8.  Love to find another one,36 yrs. later! 

'66 Dodge Dart with the 225 Slant 6, 2 door GT coupe. As you stated, I would like to find another one, this time 50 years later! This time, make it a convertible!
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« Reply #10 on: Jun 17, 2016, 03:53PM »

A 1965 Plymouth Valiant 4dr with a 225 slant-6.  And I never want to see another one again.
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« Reply #11 on: Jun 17, 2016, 03:54PM »

You're taking your test at 17? Here in Ohio, we're allowed to start driving school as soon as we get our temps (15.5 yrs.), and take our test at 16. Im 16 and currently halfway through driving school. What's the law wherever you're at?
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« Reply #12 on: Jun 17, 2016, 04:09PM »

Early 70s Mercury Comet.  Like this but greenish-yellow...

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« Reply #13 on: Jun 17, 2016, 04:15PM »

A 1991 Ford station wagon. I've also owned another Ford wagon, and a Saturn wagon. I needed an SUV in Alaska, but my wife and I recently bought a Mitsubishi Mirage 2017 model for about $13,000. It gets 44 MPG and takes about 16 bucks to fill up. Cheapest and only brand new car I've bought.

I am a fan of hatchbacks, as you can tell. Great for camping and tooling around town.
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« Reply #14 on: Jun 17, 2016, 05:06PM »

The first car I owned in the early 1960s in the UK was an Isetta Bubble Car, if that qualifies. Many would say it is a motorcycle and I actually drove it on a motorcycle licence:



After that I came to Australia and, after getting a proper driving licence was soon driving a company Holden Van, which was soon replaced by a Holden station wagon.

I then drove company cars, usually the latest Holden until I went to the US to work, where they do not have company cars to the same extent as we did in Australia. So I had to buy my own car and ended up with the infamous Ford Pinto.

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« Reply #15 on: Jun 17, 2016, 05:11PM »

Mitsubishi Mirage 2017 model for about $13,000.


Wow, cars are that cheap in Korea?  They are 21K up here in the Great White North.
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« Reply #16 on: Jun 17, 2016, 05:16PM »

A 1957 Ford Fairlane 500.  My parents bought it new and passed it along to me some years later.
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« Reply #17 on: Jun 17, 2016, 05:27PM »


Wow, cars are that cheap in Korea?  They are 21K up here in the Great White North.

No that was in Colorado! It's an economy car. If you are paying 21K for a Mirage that's a rip.
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« Reply #18 on: Jun 17, 2016, 06:22PM »

No that was in Colorado! It's an economy car. If you are paying 21K for a Mirage that's a rip.
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« Reply #19 on: Jun 17, 2016, 06:23PM »

My first car was a miserably but lovable 1984 BMW 318i. It was a real piece of work, but I got it running well enough over a summer. Initially you had to start it with a screwdriver and the drivers seat was a 5 gallon bucket! Very fun car, small but quick and great to throw around with the simple 5-speed. No idea why I don't have a picture of the whole car!



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« Reply #20 on: Jun 17, 2016, 06:38PM »

My first car was a 1988 Dodge Dynasty that burned oil, had no shocks and was pushing 150000 miles when I got it. Big bench seats and lots of room. A couple years or that, then I up/down graded to a 2005 Ford Escort (a piece of junk), then a 2006 Honda Civic coupe, then a 2005 Honda Element (my favorite vehicle ever) and now a 2012 Subaru Forester. I would still have the Element if it didn't have so many little problems, but my own lack of preventative maintenance caught up with me in the end.
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« Reply #21 on: Jun 17, 2016, 06:49PM »

my brother and I shared a 1995 GMC Jimmy.

I think there's a reason you don't see many GM's from those years still on the road

Yeah, they're all here where I live.

Wow, cars are that cheap in Korea?  They are 21K up here in the Great White North.

21k Canadian?  That's about 16k US, which still isn't great, but...

Or 27k Canadian?  That stinks.

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I'm still driving a '99.  All of the trim is falling off and two of the door handles have snapped but it's still better than the used cars I've looked at as potential replacements.  Most people are not kind to their cars.

Heck, I'm still on the OEM muffler and a set of Bosch spark plugs I installed over ten years ago.  Clean burning sucker.
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« Reply #22 on: Jun 17, 2016, 07:00PM »

My first car was a '65 Dodge Dart, 170cu 5 mousepower slant 6 1 bbl carb...Great car with a big trunk that loaded the Infinity 6x9 3 way speakers nicely with a Concord stereo!  Could crank Wagner/Star Wars/T.O.P./EWF/Huey Lewis REALLY well without distortion!!  Also lots of room for fire wood/horns/camping equipment, skis,  etc.
Also had a nice BIG back seat.....

But SLOW as a MOFO!!  Also blew a nice smoke screen when I floored it.

Great car,  but had to leave it when I finished college & moved.  Sigh.....


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But SLOW as a MOFO!!  Also blew a nice smoke screen when I floored it.


I thought MOFOs had to be pretty fast?
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The first car I regularly drove was a brown 1974 Pinto wagon. The wagons and runabouts weren't prone to bursting into flames like the coupes did. 2.3L 4 with automatic, so it was pretty much a slug. One thing Pintos did have, though, was pretty good handling.

The first car that was actually in my name was a 1974 AMC (remember them?) Javelin; sienna orange with a light brown vinyl (today it'd be "vegan leather", I suppose) top and a 360 CID V8. I usually drove about 5 mph below the speed limit because I knew it was a cop-magnet.

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198 CID slant six, tuned headers, and a Holley four-barrel carburetor on an Offenhauser manifold. The transmission was a three-speed manual with a floor shifter. Cheapo fake sheepskin seat covers (the previous owner had used duct tape to patch the holes). It wasn't much off the line, but the high end was pretty good. Get it rolling, stand on the gas, and hold on. 45 MPH in first gear. I had to scrap it when I moved down to SoCal; couldn't make smog down here (it passed tailpipe but failed visual inspection) and I couldn't sell it (change of title also required a visual inspection).
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« Reply #25 on: Jun 17, 2016, 07:04PM »

I thought MOFOs had to be pretty fast?
NOT the 170cui.  It was MOFO SLOW.
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« Reply #26 on: Jun 17, 2016, 07:07PM »

I found a couple 455ci V8 Firebirds around me...


Prolly get 12mpg but it'd be fun doin' it
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« Reply #27 on: Jun 17, 2016, 07:43PM »

NOT the 170cui.  It was MOFO SLOW.


That's for sure!!!!  Coupled with an auto trans?  putputputputput.....

But it was solid steel EVERYWHERE!  And like I said,  rockin' stereo & big back seat,  and tires were cheap being only 13"!!

Called it the Ghost, it was white with a red interior,  big steel chrome bumbers,  just slow!!!

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That's for sure!!!!  Coupled with an auto trans?  putputputputput.....

But it was solid steel EVERYWHERE!  And like I said,  rockin' stereo & big back seat,  and tires were cheap being only 13"!!

Called it the Ghost, it was white with a red interior,  big steel chrome bumbers,  just slow!!!

Eric


And easy to work on.  Those slant 6's were a mechanic's dream.  Everything was accessible.  Good thing too, as my 225 needed constant care and attention.

Remember those awful automatic chokes?  They were on most cars of the day.  I became the local expert and made some decent beer money keeping the neighbors going.  Fun times.
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« Reply #29 on: Jun 17, 2016, 09:06PM »

And easy to work on.  Those slant 6's were a mechanic's dream.  Everything was accessible.
Try having one in a '71 Barracuda. The engine bay was designed to take 426's and 440's; you could darn near crawl in there with the engine to work on it. Not that mine ever needed a lot of work. No A/C, no power steering, no vacuum assist on the brakes.
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« Reply #30 on: Jun 17, 2016, 09:18PM »

1984 light blue Chevy Camaro Berlinetta.  3980# without my fat rearend, 105HP 2.8L V6.  Digital dash, t-tops, and horrible mid 80s GM problems.  Multiple trannys, just about everything went wrong.

When I got passed by a Hyundai going up a mountain pass I knew I needed something better.

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« Reply #31 on: Jun 17, 2016, 09:42PM »

...Prolly get 12mpg but it'd be fun doin' it


My 61 Cadillac... 9 mpg.

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« Reply #32 on: Jun 17, 2016, 10:19PM »


My 61 Cadillac... 9 mpg.


What kind of engine did that thing have in it?
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« Reply #33 on: Jun 17, 2016, 10:49PM »

My first car could be a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica which my family has.

Why not just schedule the orchiectomy and get it over with?

Seriously, sell the soccer-mom-mobile and get something cool.  It's not cheap, it's not practical, and, to be honest, it's actually kind of stupid.  But, speaking as someone who's been shopping convertibles for the past month, it's a lot less pathetic at 17 than it is at 50.  Evil
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« Reply #34 on: Jun 17, 2016, 11:09PM »

What kind of engine did that thing have in it?

I recall it was a V-8.  The Internet says it was a 390 cu. in.
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« Reply #35 on: Jun 17, 2016, 11:11PM »

I recall it was a V-8.  The Internet says it was a 390 cu. in.
Not too shabby. Looks like an awesome car
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« Reply #36 on: Jun 17, 2016, 11:19PM »

I recall it was a V-8.  The Internet says it was a 390 cu. in.

So not the bigun, then (what was that, 500-something?)

Still, pretty, pretty car.  Black?
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« Reply #37 on: Jun 17, 2016, 11:36PM »

Mine was a 1949 Ford woodie station wagon with a flat-head V-8, 3 speed manual transmission and overdrive. (that was back in 1959)
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« Reply #38 on: Jun 18, 2016, 05:40AM »

A Renault 5   1984 model!
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« Reply #39 on: Jun 18, 2016, 05:53AM »

VW Beetle 1966 model. With 44 horsepowers engine (DIN) and 6 Volt battery. Frequently jumpstarted down a hill wintertimes when battery was drained. The 1968 model got 12 V battery.
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« Reply #40 on: Jun 18, 2016, 05:58AM »

VW Beetle 1966 model. With 44 horsepowers engine (DIN) and 6 Volt battery. Frequently jumpstarted down a hill wintertimes when battery was drained. The 1968 model got 12 V battery.

Yeah, but at least you didn't have the "Macht Nicht Sticks" (semaphore turn signals).
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Hehe, yes I rememeber those. But that was even older, like 1958 model I think had those...
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« Reply #42 on: Jun 18, 2016, 06:05AM »

A rusty 1965 Volvo 122S. Also sold in the world as a Volvo Canadian or Amazon. Purchased well used in 1971 with about 120,000 miles on it.

It was so fun to drive, but there was always something to fix.

I started writing a short story of all of the mechanical issues I survived with this and my next Volvo. As I listed all of the breakdowns, failures, and things falling on the road, it's turned  into a novella. But it was my first car and my first love.
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1950 Chevy 2-door sedan. 216 in-line six, 3 on the tree. Cost $100 in 1962, $80 for a year of insurance.
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My 61 Cadillac... 9 mpg


Those monsters were HUGE!
I think each had their own zip code!
Tim Allen had a good skit about the older BIG cars.  Might have to look it ipbagain.

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« Reply #46 on: Jun 18, 2016, 07:55AM »

Those monsters were HUGE!
I think each had their own zip code!
Tim Allen had a good skit about the older BIG cars.  Might have to look it ipbagain.

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Yeah, but in Texas you can get away with a land yacht like that.  Try parking one of those in New York City Evil
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« Reply #47 on: Jun 18, 2016, 08:18AM »

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Those monsters were HUGE!
I think each had their own zip code!


Quite unlike anything today.

One time, in a parking lot, some people came up and asked, "Can we see your trunk?"

Well, OK.

"Wow! Now THAT'S a trunk.  They don't make trunks like that anymore!"
 

I could fit my full-size bicycle in the trunk and I used it when the car broke down. I pulled the bike out and rode to the part store to get the stuff I needed.

I drove it for a couple years but i started to get uneasy about a car with no seat belts and brakes that disappeared when they got wet.
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« Reply #48 on: Jun 18, 2016, 09:06AM »

1984 light blue Chevy Camaro Berlinetta.  3980# without my fat rearend, 105HP 2.8L V6.  Digital dash, t-tops, and horrible mid 80s GM problems.  Multiple trannys, just about everything went wrong.

When I got passed by a Hyundai going up a mountain pass I knew I needed something better.

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By the time I was on my 5th car, the 1988 Z24, the same V6 was up to 130hp and at only 2600# and with a 5 speed Getrag manual, it was competition for the small block Camaro/Firebird at the time.  It was a fun car and had pretty nice lines for a compact American car of that period.

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« Reply #49 on: Jun 18, 2016, 09:34AM »

Why not just schedule the orchiectomy and get it over with?

Seriously, sell the soccer-mom-mobile and get something cool.  It's not cheap, it's not practical, and, to be honest, it's actually kind of stupid.  But, speaking as someone who's been shopping convertibles for the past month, it's a lot less pathetic at 17 than it is at 50.  Evil
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« Reply #50 on: Jun 18, 2016, 10:04AM »

I have an associate in one band who has an old Plymouth Fury III that was owned by the Massachusetts State Police.  He's had it restored and proudly stands next to it in his State Trooper uniform.
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« Reply #51 on: Jun 18, 2016, 10:07AM »

A '66 Dodge Coronet 500 Special Edition with a 225 Slant 6.  I bought it in the spring of 1976.  It was literally a "barn find" and I paid $400.00 cash for it.  That thing was LOADED with chrome.  I sold it after I graduated high school and used the money to pay for my second semester of college.

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« Reply #52 on: Jun 18, 2016, 10:51AM »

...I would love a late 90's Chevrolet Camero Z28 or Pontiac Firebird. Way cool ...
I never really loved the look of the later Firebirds. Love the early-mid 70s models tho. That's also the time period when they put the 405 and 455 engines in  Evil
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« Reply #53 on: Jun 18, 2016, 03:31PM »

I never really loved the look of the later Firebirds. Love the early-mid 70s models tho. That's also the time period when they put the 405 and 455 engines in  Evil
Yeah, those old firebirds look bad*** and powerful too! Pant
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« Reply #54 on: Jun 18, 2016, 03:55PM »

Yeah, those old firebirds look bad*** and powerful too! Pant

And they handled like a sliding log with a big rock tied to them 10 feet behind.

Pretty good in a straight line --- end of story.

Yes, they do look cool though.
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« Reply #55 on: Jun 18, 2016, 10:47PM »

1976 Chrysler Cordoba with 400 cid engine.  No, it didn't have Corinthian leather, but blue velour interior and a crank-handle sunroof.  I still have the car.
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« Reply #56 on: Jun 19, 2016, 03:30AM »

Wow theres some cool stuff here! Amazed

Heres mine, a 1980 Mini 1000, Lovingly restored by me and my father 6 years ago, and now in a million pieces again as I try to stop the damn oil from falling out of it!!! :-P

Notable features include 10inch wheels, 4 drum brakes and a dizzying top speed of 55mph

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« Reply #57 on: Jun 19, 2016, 07:51AM »

....now in a million pieces again as I try to stop the damn oil from falling out of it!!! :-P
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« Reply #58 on: Jun 21, 2016, 05:42PM »

Me and my family are thinking about selling the soccer-mom-mobile and I wonder which first car I should spend it on
 My dad has a agenda against foreign cars but German cars he can accept. 
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« Reply #59 on: Jun 21, 2016, 07:31PM »

Me and my family are thinking about selling the soccer-mom-mobile and I wonder which first car I should spend it on
 My dad has a agenda against foreign cars but German cars he can accept. 
I would personally go for some classic American Muscle. Plus, if your dad likes American cars, you might get some free repairs/upgrades/tips if you're nice and show some interest. One of my uncle's works at Volkswagen and used to have a CC. Fun car that feels pretty cool.
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« Reply #60 on: Jun 22, 2016, 12:20AM »

Are your folks making you fill the tank? If so (and they should), I would get the most fuel efficient car you can.
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« Reply #61 on: Jun 22, 2016, 12:37AM »

Yeah, but in Texas you can get away with a land yacht like that.

Funny thing is, the "wide open spaces" are dominated by econoboxes and working pickups (a lot of them compacts).  Go to the wealthy suburbs and tonier bits of cities and it's all gargantuan bourgemobiles crammed into compact spaces.

Turns out, folks who don't have a lot of money, and who are forced to drive lots of miles, don't buy more car then they need...and quite often substantially less.  Who'da thunk it?
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« Reply #62 on: Jun 22, 2016, 03:29AM »

My dad has a agenda against foreign cars ... 

Oh, you mean all those Hondas, Toyotas and Nissans built in the US?

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« Reply #63 on: Jun 22, 2016, 05:43AM »

Wow theres some cool stuff here! Amazed

Heres mine, a 1980 Mini 1000, Lovingly restored by me and my father 6 years ago, and now in a million pieces again as I try to stop the damn oil from falling out of it!!! :-P

Notable features include 10inch wheels, 4 drum brakes and a dizzying top speed of 55mph



I was reading through thinking 'surely someone else had a Mini' and was rewarded with the sight of this beauty!

I started on a 1976 Mini 1000.  It was terrible to drive and hopelessly unreliable and I loved it! 
I have all sorts of fond memories, like the time I pushed it off a roundabout wearing a business suit and high heels, and the time I pushed it off a different roundabout then had to go back and help push the car which had broken down behind me, and the time I held onto a man's giant poodle while he pushed my mini round a corner for me...
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« Reply #64 on: Jun 22, 2016, 06:17AM »

I'm now 17 years old and I've been looking into cars lately.  So out of curiosity, what was your first car?

My first car was a DKW sanderklass 3-6, (later merged to form Audi) with a 3 cylinder 2 stoke motor.  Very similar engine to the very early Saabs.  It was a 2 door with the doors hinged from the rear!  4 speed standard with the shifter on the column. Front wheel drive so it was pretty good in the snow.
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« Reply #65 on: Jun 22, 2016, 07:15AM »

An olive-green '72 Chevy BelAir sedan that I got cheap because the elderly wife of the seller had an accident in it, and was afraid to drive again. It was repaired with bondo, and repainted. It came complete with an 8-track tape player1
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« Reply #66 on: Jun 22, 2016, 09:48AM »

My first car was a DKW sanderklass 3-6, (later merged to form Audi) with a 3 cylinder 2 stoke motor.  Very similar engine to the very early Saabs.  It was a 2 door with the doors hinged from the rear!  4 speed standard with the shifter on the column. Front wheel drive so it was pretty good in the snow.
Lol I've heard of those 3cyl 2-smokes. Why a weird engine
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« Reply #67 on: Jun 22, 2016, 01:26PM »

A 1960 Buick  Electra that belonged to my uncle. He let me drive it when I was in HS. 9 mpg. No seat belt. Not much paint left. You could start it without a key. He died of a heart attack my senior year. The last time I drove it, parked in my driveway and when I got out it started rolling down the hill in our rather large back yard. I had to chase it down and start it on the fly. My mom sold it to so e poor schmuck for $100 what I went off to school.
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« Reply #68 on: Jun 22, 2016, 02:09PM »

Fun subject!  My first "drivable" car was a 1956 Nash Rambler.  The front seats folded back which was really handy in High School....
You might have trouble finding a good one today though.
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« Reply #69 on: Jun 22, 2016, 06:43PM »

The first car I owned in the early 1960s in the UK was an Isetta Bubble Car, if that qualifies. Many would say it is a motorcycle and I actually drove it on a motorcycle licence:



After that I came to Australia and, after getting a proper driving licence was soon driving a company Holden Van, which was soon replaced by a Holden station wagon.

I then drove company cars, usually the latest Holden until I went to the US to work, where they do not have company cars to the same extent as we did in Australia. So I had to buy my own car and ended up with the infamous Ford Pinto.


I'd call it a kinetic sculpture. There's an elderly gentleman in our neighborhood who still drives one. His wife drives a corvair.
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« Reply #70 on: Jun 22, 2016, 07:35PM »

1968 Datsun 1300 pickup. A good small pickup. A size regrettably no longer  made.
In Japan it was rated at 1000kg capacity. For tax considerations in the US  it was rated at 1/4 ton (227kg). I once got a load of gravel in it. The front-end loader at the gravel pit was designed to load a dump truck with one scoop. The driver shook a little into my truck. Wham! The truck had rubber bumpers between the bed and frame for when the springs were maxed out. The scales said it was over 2000lbs. I drove it about 5mi across town, not going over 25mph. I could have gone faster but stopping was my worry.
Unloaded the truck bounced back, no problem.

The engine was a copy of an Austin straight 4 but being Japanese it didn't leak oil. Actually the Datsun Fair Lady [1600cc] or 2000 would be a fun car but anything that old is more sculptural than basic transport. Hyundai or Kia is probably the best buy. Check Consumer Reports for details, what era Kia stink.

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« Reply #71 on: Jun 22, 2016, 08:09PM »

I started on a 1976 Mini 1000.  It was terrible to drive and hopelessly unreliable and I loved it! 

I was always impressed at how they came up with a design that sucked rainwater into the engine compartment and turned it into the best-selling car in Britain.  Now that reflects a true love of irony.

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I have all sorts of fond memories, like the time I pushed it off a roundabout wearing a business suit and high heels, and the time I pushed it off a different roundabout then had to go back and help push the car which had broken down behind me, and the time I held onto a man's giant poodle while he pushed my mini round a corner for me...

You must admit, the old lightweight ones were eminently pushable.
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« Reply #72 on: Jun 24, 2016, 10:21PM »

Our family was living in New Zealand in the 70's.  You could get your licence at 15 then which I did.  After working part time through school I bought a 1954 Standard 8.  It had been 'hotted up' by a previous owner and had a sports steering wheel, twin SU carbies and a hot dog muffler.  Possibly a slightly hot cam but I don't remember. It ran really well and leaked oil all over the place.  I learned years later that that was the British standard underbody rust proofing.

At that time NZ had very tight import restrictions.  New cars were about 4 times the price they were in Australia so the majority of cars on the road were old English cars. My brother and I had some beauties.  I had a couple of Austin A40s.  My brothers first car was a Morris 8.  I also had a 1947 Ford 10 van converted to a ute (pickup).  It was a rocket.  Sports steering wheel, shortened gear stick and top speed of 35 mph.  It had a 6 volt electrical system which really livened up when you jump started it with a 12V battery.

I was always impressed at how they came up with a design that sucked rainwater into the engine compartment and turned it into the best-selling car in Britain.  Now that reflects a true love of irony.

I laughed when I read that. So true.

I had a Series 3 Land Rover about 10 years ago.  It was a wagon with a hard top.  In wet weather I needed gum boots and a rain coat to keep dry while driving.  Braking in the wet was a gamble.
 
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« Reply #73 on: Jun 24, 2016, 11:18PM »

The first vehicle that I drove that wasn't my parents' car was a Divco milk truck - drove it all summer after my freshman year in college when I worked at my cousin's dairy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divco

"Divco became known for its multi-stop delivery trucks, particularly in use as home delivery vehicles by dairy producers. [Its] design - introduced in 1937, featured a welded all-steel van body and a snub-nosed hood, a model that was manufactured with almost no changes up to the end of the line in 1986.

"A feature of most Divco trucks [was] their controls that were designed for driving while standing, and included the throttle and brake mounted on the steering column. The [trucks] were not refrigerated, thus perishable loads such as milk crates were loaded and then covered with ice, making the trucks prone to rust from the inside out!"
 

Crash gearbox - manual transmission, no synchromesh.  Clutch operated while standing up and driving.  No seat belts, no doors in the summer - it would have been easy to be thrown out the side of the truck if you weren't careful negotiating a sharp turn when driving while standing! 

For some reason, my parents wouldn't approve my proposed purchase of an early 1950's Packard limousine from a local funeral home.  I think I could have got it for $250! 
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« Reply #74 on: Jun 25, 2016, 11:33AM »

1984, Škoda 120L... like the one on the picture, but yellow and it also had a rear spoiler :). Basically a piece of cr**, but back then it was more than a Ferrari to me :).

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« Reply #75 on: Jun 25, 2016, 06:11PM »

My first car was a 1968 Simca 1204 4-door station wagon with about 2,400 miles. It had a 4-speed manual transmission, manual choke, black vinyl seats (lovely in Texas summers!), 12-inch wheels, and a heater. I could open all 4 windows from the driver's seat and the front seats folded flat, which came in handy on long trips. It would get up to about 75 - 80 mph, with a tailwind, downhill. The dealer we bought it from said it had been driven from the east coast by John Steinbeck's son, who traded it for a motorcycle. Being inexpert at driving a manual, I wore out the clutch at about 48,000 miles. There were very few of these French-made (by a Chrysler subsidiary) cars and even fewer parts. I couldn't get it fixed (cheaply enough, anyway) and had to get rid of it after about 2 1/2 years.
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« Reply #76 on: Jun 25, 2016, 06:18PM »

1971 Volkswagen Type III square back sedan.  My grandmother was the original owner.



I think I had as meany miles pushing that car as I did driving it.  When I sold it for $600 I felt like I was ripping the guy off.

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« Reply #77 on: Jun 25, 2016, 08:11PM »

This is a great thread. Enjoyed reading about all of your first cars!

I had a 1999 Mercury Sable. Bought it from my mom after saving up a bit from my grocery store job. I really, really, very badly wanted the 1988 Pontiac Fiero my next door neighbor was selling at the time but the Sable was the right price.  Sold it to a college friend when I moved to Boston and it's still running well...

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« Reply #78 on: Jun 26, 2016, 07:23AM »

1975 Datsun B210. Orange. Wasn't a great car but ANY first car is a great car. Freedom!!!!!!!
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« Reply #79 on: Jun 26, 2016, 08:17AM »

1975 Datsun B210. Orange. Wasn't a great car but ANY first car is a great car. Freedom!!!!!!!

Do you remember the Ansel Adams ads?  "Drive a Datsun, Plant a tree".

My first new car (replaced my Olds Cutlass Supreme) was a 1972 Dodge Colt.  Back then the little 4 cylinder Japanese cars (the Colt was made by Mistubishi) were popular among us younger folks.  Toyota, Datson, etc.  And when the Gas Crisis hit in 1973 and 1974 (OPEC oil embargo) we were at a big advantage because the little gas we could buy went much farther.
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« Reply #80 on: Jun 26, 2016, 09:34AM »

..because the little gas we could buy went much farther.
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The little gas we could buy cost about 50-55 cents/gallon!
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« Reply #81 on: Jun 26, 2016, 09:48AM »

1960 Pontiac Ventura Hardtop.  389 V8.  Loved gas stations and could get you there in a hurry. You could put as many people in the trunk as the passenger compartment.  Great for drive in movies when price was per car!

Other cars I owned with great memories.
1969 Buick Opel Rallye
1963 Chevy SS Convertible
1970 Buick Skylark
1931 Model A Ford
1972 Dodge Challenger 383 V8
1957 Ford Fairlane Convertible 312 V8 (still own)
1970 Buick GS 455 Convertible 
1931 Model A Ford Roadster ( still own)

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« Reply #82 on: Jun 26, 2016, 08:47PM »

The little gas we could buy cost about 50-55 cents/gallon!

Must be a whippersnapper.  I remember gas at 29 cents a gallon, and that was here in Canada.
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« Reply #83 on: Jun 27, 2016, 12:30AM »

Must be a whippersnapper.  I remember gas at 29 cents a gallon, and that was here in Canada.

I think keybone was referring to the massive price increases following the OPEC embargo (which actually weren't all that massive considering that oil prices had been dead flat since 1946).
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« Reply #84 on: Jun 27, 2016, 01:48AM »

My first car was a black 2000 Suzuki Grand Vitara 4WD with a 5-speed manual and a little 2.5L V6.  It was a great, reliable car (no matter how hard I drove it as a teenager) until it was ruthlessly terminated in exchange for the "cash-for-clunkers" incentive (which was significantly greater than the car's value at the time).   :cry:
I used that toward a black 2010 Mazda 3S 2.5L with a 6-speed manual. 
Then, when I moved to sunny Colorado, I traded the Mazda for a black 2006 BMW e85 Z4 3.0SI with a 6-speed manual and only 24k mi.
All three are/were great cars, but I must say - the BMW easily takes the cake!    Good!
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« Reply #85 on: Jun 27, 2016, 08:45PM »

My dad's 1966 Chevy II Nova inline 6. I think it was the only car he ever bought new.  Wish I new more about cars back then than I do now.  I might have been able to prevent it's early retirement.  :/

My first purchase was a 1988 Mustang GT 5.0L V8. Fire engine Red. Loved that machine.

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« Reply #86 on: Jun 28, 2016, 10:40PM »

I don't know about you guys but a 1999 Chevrolet Camero Z28 would be awesome to have. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
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« Reply #87 on: Jun 29, 2016, 03:00AM »

That looks like a Cop magnet. ;-)
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« Reply #88 on: Jun 29, 2016, 05:13AM »

Do you remember the Ansel Adams ads?  "Drive a Datsun, Plant a tree".

My first new car (replaced my Olds Cutlass Supreme) was a 1972 Dodge Colt.  Back then the little 4 cylinder Japanese cars (the Colt was made by Mistubishi) were popular among us younger folks.  Toyota, Datson, etc.  And when the Gas Crisis hit in 1973 and 1974 (OPEC oil embargo) we were at a big advantage because the little gas we could buy went much farther.

I do Bruce. How funny was that.
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« Reply #89 on: Jun 29, 2016, 05:45AM »

I think keybone was referring to the massive price increases following the OPEC embargo (which actually weren't all that massive considering that oil prices had been dead flat since 1946).
Ahh, yes, the energy crisis.  I remember that too.

I also remember drooling over the Melkus 1000.  A 1000cc, 2-stroke sports car made in the GDR back in the '70s.  It kind of looked like a cross between a Lotus Europa, Ferrari GTO and an E-type Jag.  Compared to Italian sports cars it was cheap but unfortunately unobtainable.





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« Reply #90 on: Jun 29, 2016, 01:34PM »

1967 Chevy Impala, 4 door, 283 (small V8).  Had a ball in that car - owned it from about 1979 - 1982.
1976 Buick Regal, 2 door 350.  1982 - 1985
1985 Ford Thunderbird V6 (3L) first new car, stayed on road until 1993
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2003 Saab 9-5 Arc Sedan (257K miles and still going strong -- my daily drive)

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1990 VW Jetta (Mexican built - half the body panel labels were in spanish - it was Blanca Alpina!))
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« Reply #91 on: Jun 29, 2016, 01:47PM »

My first car was a Volvo Amazooooon. With "wonderbaum", nice smell inside to impress the girls. Freedom and opportunities  :D :D

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« Reply #92 on: Jul 01, 2016, 12:47AM »

My first car was a Volvo Amazooooon. With "wonderbaum", nice smell inside to impress the girls. Freedom and opportunities  :D :D

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Mine too! The smell, not so much. That was burning oil when I took my foot off the gas on the highway.
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« Reply #93 on: Jul 01, 2016, 12:15PM »

Mine too! The smell, not so much. That was burning oil when I took my foot off the gas on the highway.

Haha I remember I never changed oil in mine, just filled a little bit each week.

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« Reply #94 on: Jul 01, 2016, 01:36PM »

My first car was a Volvo Amazooooon. With "wonderbaum", nice smell inside to impress the girls. Freedom and opportunities  :D :D

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Was this the DAF belt drive model from the period when Volvo owned DAF?
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Not sure but it was from 1968. Wish I had it today.

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Was this the DAF belt drive model from the period when Volvo owned DAF?
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No, the Volvo Amazon was also called a 122S or a Canadian, depending where it was made or purchased. I first had a '65 that rusted out, so I replaced it with a '68. I drove Volvos unil the '68 mercifully self-destructed by self starting and driving itself into my garage door where it caught fire!

The Amazon had a straight 4-cylinder 1800cc (1.8L) engine. It had 95 horsepower, but was fast and good handling enough to be very fun to drive. Mine had a 4-speed manual transmission, and I had both cars up to 100 mph at least once, just to do it on a straight, empty road. It was so much more fun that the 140 series.
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« Reply #97 on: Jul 01, 2016, 04:14PM »

If I get my licence I might want a manual. Any thoughts?
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« Reply #98 on: Jul 01, 2016, 04:26PM »

They aren't as easy to find as they used to be.

I'd suggest something comfortable which eliminates a lot of the cars we used to buy as manuals.

I have a feeling you may be somewhat limited by your available finances for your first car.  Have a good chat with your parents (who really want you tooling around in as safe a car as you can buy).  Don't feel insulted if you wind up with the old family sedan.  At least it's wheels.  When you are on your own you can then look at buying the "Cop Magnet" of your dreams. ;-)
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« Reply #99 on: Jul 01, 2016, 06:14PM »

"Only in your own car can you go where you want, when you want, and with whom you want"
- poster at the Chicago Auto Show, circa 1990.

That said, manual transmission are around, but less so in North America. A manual is more effort, but it normally means you spend more time assess the road and you are more alert.
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« Reply #100 on: Jul 01, 2016, 06:49PM »

If I get my licence I might want a manual. Any thoughts?
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My fist thought was that learning to drive with a manual transmission is the old school standard. "What if you had to drive someone to the hospital and the only car had a stick?' To which you would probably reply "C'mon man, nobody drives a stick these days. When would that ever happen?"
Then I looked at your location Michigan? Heights? Snow? Hills? Learning to drive with a stick you learn tricks you can do in snow driving like "rocking" the car to get it unstuck or starting out in 2nd instead of first because you have less torque to cause you to spin out.
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« Reply #101 on: Jul 02, 2016, 04:35AM »

If I get my licence I might want a manual. Any thoughts?
There are a number of models still available.  Notably the Honda Civic, which will probably be my next car and my fourth Honda (car - had lots of Honda bikes, ATVs, generators, lawn mowers, etc...).

If you can drive a standard you can drive anything.  I think its a good idea to learn to drive one, and it's not that hard.  My 3rd car and first Honda and first new car, a 1976 Civic was a standard, and when I went to pick it up from the dealer was the first time I drove a standard.  I stalled it twice on the 15 minute drive home, but that was it.  No grinding and no damage or accidents.  Nothing to fear here.
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My dad owned a Justy for a while.  He said he loved it, but replaced after less than 2 years.  It sounded a little weird when you drove it, especially when you needed to accelerate hard to get up to speed entering a highway.  The engine would just rev up to about 5000RPM and stay there until you eased off on the gas.
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« Reply #103 on: Jul 02, 2016, 07:32AM »

The only manual I could ever drive was this ancient Toyota Hilux in FOB Gardez Afghanistan.

The clutch and transmission was so ground down by years of privates abusing the vehicle that it had independently developed its own continuously variable transmission. Essentially, as you drove it, and depressed the gas, you also semi-depressed the clutch pedal and kept moving the shifter to approximate gear locations as you sped up or slowed down. It never actually ever achieved one gear or another, but it was the only way to get it to drive and it almost felt like an automatic transmission.

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« Reply #104 on: Jul 02, 2016, 03:50PM »

They aren't as easy to find as they used to be.


Around these parts 90s toyota hatchbacks are the classic first cars, cheap, small, simple, reliable, relatively safe manual transmission cars capable of driving at motorway speeds. I have to confess that although my first car was the mini, I still learnt to drive in a rusted out corolla we had on the farm.

Are these cars uncommon where you all are? Or maybe just unpopular? I cant think of a better option for a first car.
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« Reply #105 on: Jul 02, 2016, 04:00PM »

Around these parts 90s toyota hatchbacks are the classic first cars, cheap, small, simple, reliable, relatively safe manual transmission cars capable of driving at motorway speeds. I have to confess that although my first car was the mini, I still learnt to drive in a rusted out corolla we had on the farm.

Are these cars uncommon where you all are? Or maybe just unpopular? I cant think of a better option for a first car.

Manual transmissions are hard to find in North America. They are around, but harder to find.

One of my three kids had a manual for a while. That same car had roll up windows rather than electric. I remember our granddaughter saying: "That's so wrong!"
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« Reply #106 on: Jul 03, 2016, 07:23AM »

My last 3 cars, all Mazda 3s, gave been manual transmission-the first 2 5 spd and the current is a 6spd. I still love driving a manual. Our other 2 cars are automatic with paddle shifters. To each their own!
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« Reply #107 on: Jul 22, 2016, 09:22AM »

1986 Chrysler Reliant, less than 100k on it, near mint condition. Brown with gold interior...
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« Reply #108 on: Jul 22, 2016, 12:51PM »

A 1969 Fiat 850.  Pale blue.

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« Reply #109 on: Jul 22, 2016, 03:16PM »

We trombonists have certainly owned / driven some ... interesting ... vehicles!   Amazed
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« Reply #110 on: Jul 23, 2016, 06:25AM »

1977 Pontiac Ventura, was my wife's car when we got married.  I was in the Navy at the time and didn't have a reason to own one before then.
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« Reply #111 on: Aug 09, 2016, 02:51PM »

A 1987 Volkswagon Fox, a car they did not offer all that long.

I saved from my first job to I could pay the $7,500 in cash, going to the dealer with what I imagined was a briefcase full of money, but in hundreds, was this tiny little pile, and while I thought this was going to allow me to drive a hard bargain, the rep told me rather nonchalantly that "they make good money from the financing."

It was only one of 2 new cars I've ever bought.
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« Reply #112 on: Aug 09, 2016, 07:41PM »

My first car, and so far my only car, is a 1998 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Paint is "Pearl White" and interior is light brown cloth as was common in the late 90s/early 2000s GM's. It's got 180,712 miles. I'm the second owner, the first owner having been my grandparents. They drove it for 13 years, then let it sit for 3 years without moving it or starting it periodically. It has some issues, as would be apparent in the stereotypical first car and some of which are attributed to the car's 3-year slumber.

The fuel sending unit is seized so the fuel gauge is very inaccurate, AC broken, the AC compressor pulley makes a racket, Tape player broken (no CD and no AUX jack... AM/FM or go home), leaky exhaust, fluids need changed, two tires need replaced (dry rotted and almost bald), brake rotors/pads aren't great but aren't bad, and there's a brake fluid leak somewhere... at least I got the car for free!

But hey, I'm not complaining. Free wheels.
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« Reply #113 on: Aug 09, 2016, 09:03PM »

the rep told me rather nonchalantly that "they make good money from the financing."

Last time I was in a dealership it was like visiting a bank. They didn't even try to sell me a car, just sat me down and started talking financing. When the sales rep heard "cash," he basically lost interest.

Also, they stiffed me on the promotional gimme (the advertised $10 gift card turned out to be a $1 gift card).

Needless to say, I determined never to do business there.
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« Reply #114 on: Aug 09, 2016, 09:29PM »

Yeah, they like their financing.  But this has been going on a long time.

Back in 1982 I bought a Deee---luxxxx Honda civic with cash (real cash).  I worked out the deal ($6464.00 - I'll never forget that), then when the sales rep started talking financing I told him I'd pay cash, $2000 now, the the rest on delivery.  He had to get the manger who tried to insist I get it financed.  Finally I had to tell them cash or no deal.  They finally agreed, but when I came to pick it up they tried to hit me for a tank of gas - like $10.  I just said no damn way.

My last car, a Honda Ridgeline, I also paid cash (well, check), but for some reason it was far less hassle than way back in '82. Don't know
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« Reply #115 on: Aug 10, 2016, 12:58AM »

Yeah, they like their financing.  But this has been going on a long time.

Still, it was the first time I'd visited a lot where absolutely no effort was made to actually sell me a car. Part of it, I'm sure, was that they didn't have any in stock to sell. The lot was acres of white base-model F-150s and practically nothing else.

I should have asked why they bothered sending out the advertising in the first place, seeing as they only really seemed interested in commercial/government sales. It was a waste of everyone's time.
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« Reply #116 on: Jun 03, 2017, 07:13PM »

UPDATE:  Well, the Chrysler Pacifica is slowing dying and probably won't survive by the time I start driving.  I'll look into other cars once I get my drivers license.
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« Reply #117 on: Jun 04, 2017, 07:04AM »

You need the Toyota AE86 "Hachi-Roku" Trueno, in panda black and white. Then you can attack the downhills and speed-drift your way to victory.
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« Reply #118 on: Jun 04, 2017, 12:52PM »

Vauxhall/Opel Corsa, 980cc 3 cylinder!

£40 to fill it with petrol and that would last me a whole month! Cracking little motor.

Since then I've had a 1.6 VW Golf GL which I loved, a Vauxhall Vectra 150 CDTi, which I hated, and now I'm on Mercedes C250 AMG which I love. Not sure where I will go next, but I have a habit of keeping cars until they die, so I could be with this one for a while!
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« Reply #119 on: Jun 04, 2017, 06:45PM »

I got my first car in 1974.  The car I am driving now is the first automatic I've owned.

It's only in the last 20 years or so that automatics have outsold manuals here in Australia.

The newer transmissions with the lock up torque converter and over drive top gear are so much better than their predecessors.

The difference in fuel consumption and performance between the newer automatics and manuals is minimal.

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« Reply #120 on: Jun 04, 2017, 08:03PM »

How about a 1954 Hudson "Jet Liner" ? A four door sedan with a flat head 6 cylinder engine and a 4 speed Hydra-Matic transmission.  Homely ? Yes ! Reliable ? ---  I brought my newborn son home from the hospital in a 1954 Hudson Jet-Liner --- in 1981 --- and I'll wager that it is still running somewhere! 
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« Reply #121 on: Jun 04, 2017, 09:07PM »

I started on a 1993 Toyota Truck. Yes, that is the model name. It was quite possibly the most standard vehicle ever made. 5 speed, manual everything, no AC, no power steering. Great little trucklet.
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« Reply #122 on: Jun 05, 2017, 07:25AM »

I learned to drive on family cars: a 72 GMC Suburban automatic and a 78 Honda Accord Hatchback 5-speed. Then I drove an old Willys Jeep flatback, 3-speed on the floor--had to "double clutch" it to shift gears.

The first car I owned was a 1969 BMW 2002 #1800--no bloody, t, i or i. Light blue, two door, four cylinders, draft carburetors, rack-and-pinion steering, disc brakes. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_New_Class#/media/File%3ABMW1500FrontSeit.JPG

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