Here's my motor vehicle history. Although the very first car I drove was a 1986 Nissan Pulsar, these are my personal wheels:
- '88 Pontiac Grand Am (1993-1995)
My very first car! Got me through graduate school in Waterloo, ON. This had a lot of pick-up under the hood, but paradoxically the speedometer only went up to 140 km/h (so the needle would routinely get buried when I was passing on the freeway). I loved this car!
- '88 Dodge Dynasty (1995-1998)
This was my wife's car at first, but I inherited joint custody. It was a clunky but reliable vehicle, driven out to California from Pennsylvania. It was (and is) fondly referred to as "the Dodge".
- '98 Honda Civic (1998 - present)
Our first new car, bought when we moved to Toronto. It's been through a lot (major accident less than a year later), but it chugs on like new. Never had any problems (aside from the time a field mouse chewed through a wire in the computer control card and turned off the AC). The Civic is now also fondly referred to as "the Dodge".
- '04 Toyota Prius (2004 - present)
What can I say -- the best car I've ever driven. No engine noise, especiallyl when the electric motor is going, 50+ mpg, smooth ride, extremely spacious, and lots of fun displays, bells, and whistles to distract you when you're stuck in LA traffic.
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1987 Ford Bronco II
1990 Ford Probe
1991 Ford Ranger
1996 Ford Explorer
1999 Jeep Cherokee
2003 Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner extended cab
2005 Toyota Tacome Pre-Runner double cab (wife: 2005 Toyota 4Runner)
I'll never go back to american after my Toyotas. Actually got employee pricing on the 05 Tacoma as a repeat customer ($6K off) and a 6yr/100K bumper-to-bumper warranty, plus they gave me $2K over blue book for my '03 because used Tacomas were in such high demand.
There is some overlap in some of these but these are the ones I remember:
1918 Ford Model T ( gift from grandfather when I was about eight years old, I was only allowed to drive on the farm roads)
30 Ford Model A Roadster (pd $25 in 1943)
42 Ford Army Jeep (surplus in 1946, slow but hell for stout, we actually plowed with it)
49 Ford Club Coupe ( first love)
53 Ford 2Dr Sedan ( bought about a week before receiving orders to Korea, dad sold it for me while I was overseas.. never knew this car..)
54 MG TF ( bought new in Germany for $1200 from MSgt with five kids who won it playing Bingo at NCO club, toured Western Europe, west of the fence, from Italy to Denmark with bride in this fun little car)
53 Plymouth 4 Dr Sedan ( work car, absolutely worst car ever, T-boned into ditch in snow storm, still have bone chip in elbow but got rid of the ****car)
53 Pontiac 4 Dr Sedan (first family car, sturdy but boring)
55 Chevy 2 Dr Sedan ( work car, 120,000 hard off roadmiles, good old car )
57 Buick HT ( loved it, would cruise all day at 90 mph, faster if desired)
59 Chevy 4 Dr Sedan ( work car, blah but cool cateye taillights)
62 Chevy 2 Dr Sedan ( work car, even more blah)
66 Ford Mustang ( wife wanted it because it was baby blue and cute, weak underpowered 6 cyl, transferred to Canada, sold before returning to US)
68 Meteror 4 Dr Sedan ( work car in Canada)
68 Ford 4 Dr Sedan ( work car, terrible workmanship, ran ok though )
69 Oldsmobile Cutlass 4 Dr Sedan ( wife's car, superb running machine, )
66 Mustang Conv V8 ( oldest dtr's school car. pd $400 in 1972, she still has it, restored , prob worth $25K now)
49 Ford Club Coupe ( nostalgia, found in a back yard in west Texas in 1971, had been idle for ten years, paid guy $50, replaced battery, changed oil, aired up RR tire, drove it 300 miles home, restored it, kept about 20 years, finally succumbed to repeated offers from an equally nostalgic collector)
60 Austin Healey Sprite.( son's school car, he restored it, parlayed into 72 Trans Am)
72 Trans Am HT ( hottest car I have ever been associated with, just reving the engine made it lean to the right and when you hit it, you better be pointed where you want to go)
74 Olds 98 4 Dr Sedan ( sedate family car,100,000, didnt spend a nickle on it )
77 Ford T-Bird ( work car, loved that basket handle, prob favorite all around car I ever owned for driving, comfort, mileage)
80 Lincoln TC ( 200,000 miles, seemed enough, traded for 83 Linc Mark VI)
81 Buick Regal HT ( late wife's car, a little jewel box, she loved it )
64.5 Mustang Conv ( nostalgia out of control, hi-po V8, Holly 4 bbl, Eidlebrocks 4 spd, dual dumps, oversized deep clutch, Hurst shifter, A/C, power steer, brakes and top, 150 mph screamer, put a 289 in it and youngest dtr learned to drive in this car, was her HS and college school car. serious peer envy, prob only kid in school who could drive a stick, restored to appropriate school colors several times, eventually sold to collector from England who make me an offer I could not refuse.)
83 Lincoln Mark VI (418,000 miles, the most comfortable car I have owned, like sitting on a sofa, 1000 mile days, no problem, traded because tape stuck in tape deck, oil field hand who bought from dealer I traded it to has over 480,000, still going, sez if he ever needs another car he will go get a used Lincoln)
74 Ford T-Bird ( was late fathers car, great driver )
84 Ford T-Bird ( swapped to mother for 65 T-bird, took it back when I gave her the Caddy when I realized I had a T-bird of every body style except the 2 seater)
65 Ford T-Bird ( great driver, loved gasoline, was my mother's car, restored it, ex-wifes lawyer got it, he christened it "Lone Wolf's revenge" after he maintained it for a while)
84 Olds Tornado ( cameo ex-wife took it with her)
88 Cadillac 4 Dr Sedan ( another jewel box, gift to mother, it sets in her garage today with 30,000 miles on it, she stopped driving, thankfully, a couple of years ago at age 92)
91 Ford T-Bird ( dtrs school car after she gently massaged the RF fender of the Mustang convertible against a ditch bank on a gravel road. )
94 Lincoln TC ( 280,000, still humming, no major repairs, dont drive so much now a days)
'62 F11 pickup truck, fire engine red. I got this from my mother who got it from my grandfather. An excellent first vehicle as it was virtually indestructible. It had steel beams along the side. I was hit once from behind by a Chevy Nova. I could see a lot of damage to the car when I walked back to look, but could find only a minimal scratch on my good ol' truck.
Disclaimer: I am from Kentucky, and this was considered a good ride.
1975 Citroen - had to wait for suspension to pump up before moving.
Favorite was a Triumph Spitfire 1500 which expired when I drove it into a lamp post in London (council made me pay for it; whenever I go back to London I drive past and take a look at how "my" lamp post is doing).
Presently drive a 2005 Toyota Solaro which I love. Ex-wife had/has a Lexus SC300 - fantastic car.
marknhj wrote:1975 Citroen - had to wait for suspension to pump up before moving. Favorite was a Triumph Spitfire 1500 which expired when I drove it into a lamp post in London (council made me pay for it; whenever I go back to London I drive past and take a look at how "my" lamp post is doing). Presently drive a 2005 Toyota Solaro which I love. Ex-wife had/has a Lexus SC300 - fantastic car.
in the late 60's my dad had a hillman. do you remember those cars.
oh and by the way may i ask what precipatated the triumph meeting mr. lamp post?
Greatest regret: In 1973 I had the chance to buy a '71 white MGB/GT with wire spoke wheels. It was the sweetest thing I ever laid eyes on, but I chickened out for fear of maintenence expenses. Man, I wanted that car soooo bad!
Had I a zillion $$$ I'd buy a silver Porsche 911 Targa ragtop - not too ostentatious, but a lean mean machine.
EPelle wrote:If I had a zillion USD I could afford to put gas in my car.
Post Katrina, and living less than a mile away from the earthquake fault that scientists worry about most here in the Bay Area (Hayward fault) I have taken a number of positive steps to be prepared for the big one. One step is to not let my truck’s gas tank get less than half full (previously I’d let it drain to near empty). Now it only takes a half-zillion buck per fill-up.
[Post Katrina, and living less than a mile away from the earthquake fault that scientists worry about most here in the Bay Area (Hayward fault) I have taken a number of positive steps to be prepared for the big one. One step is to not let my truck’s gas tank get less than half full (previously I’d let it drain to near empty). Now it only takes a half-zillion buck per fill-up. [/quote]
Still riding a bicycle- when it is out of gas, I have other problems.
EPelle wrote:Why would Dodge make a car named Ram?
It was in reference to the "Ramchargers", a bunch of geeky kids on Dodge's payroll in the 1950s. They were fresh out of engineering school and developed a high performance drag racing program in their spare time and on the cheap.
tafnut wrote:Greatest regret: In 1973 I had the chance to buy a '71 white MGB/GT with wire spoke wheels. It was the sweetest thing I ever laid eyes on, but I chickened out for fear of maintenence expenses. Man, I wanted that car soooo bad!
Having owned a '70 MGB (w/ wire wheels), I can assure you that the maintenance expenses would have boggled you. I did nurse it along for many a year though.
68 Pontiac Stratochief-200.00-didn't even have a radio which was real bad for me. Built like a tank-lucky for me since I rolled it. Once I could afford a real car, I did what every self respecting kid did in Brantford when teenagers used to make a fortune at Massey Ferguson and White Farm Equipment. I bought a succession of Camaros. First one was a 1969 RS-custom wooden wheel, fancy paint job on the side. Sold it for 600.00 like an idiot because I had just bought a house and figured I couldn't afford the luxury of two Camaros. Fixed up, it would be worth 30k today, easy.
When I was 13, my best buddy's father drove a limo that he had purchased with a partner who split the driving duties.
Other partner was a police officer. One Sunday afternoon, he left behind his unmarked squad car when he took the limo. Shortly thereafter, my friend's dad took the wife and all the other kids in the family except my buddy to the zoo for the rest of the afternoon.
For some unknown reason, the keys for the squad car ended up on my buddy's dining room table. We looked at those keys for the longest time. We knew we had to do it. So we got a couple other friends from our block together and we took the squad car out for a little test drive.
None of us had ever driven before, and a 1970 Monte Carlo was a big car. We all took turns driving, and finally we figured out how to get the siren light on the dashboard flashing.
That was fun, having cars pull off to the side of the road while we roared by. Not a bad first driving experience.
After about an hour of driving around neighboring towns, we realized we'd better fill up the gas tank to replace the gas we'd used.
Between the four of us, we had 63 cents, but that was almost a couple of gallons of gas in 1970. The gas pumper at the Clark station put our 63 cents in without batting an eye.
We parked the car in the same spot where we found it.