What vehicles have you owned?

Posted by: SirQuack

What vehicles have you owned? - 08/24/05 11:25 PM

My dad gives me a hard time as he always says "Kid, you've owned more cars since you've been driving, then I've owned my whole life"

Now granted things have slowed up a bit since I got married 12 years ago, and I don't get as many toys anymore

So what vehicles have you all owned since you've been able to drive?

My List starting in 1983 when I turned 16

1977 Ford Pinto Wagon w/wood grain exterior (turned 16 and got this from my mom)
1973 Ford Mustang (a little old lady had this)
1981 Camaro Berlinetta (chick picker upper)
1981 Datsun 280ZX (dang I miss this car)
1981 Yamaha 650 Special
1986 Chevy Beretta
1991 Camaro RS (bought when I got out of college)
1991 Chevy Blazer 4x4
1993 Pontiac Grand Am GT
1993 Chevrolet 1500 Cheyanne 2WD truck
1994 Plymouth Voyager minvan (wife thought we needed it)
1995 Isuzu Rodeo (still own with 110,000 miles, wife drives)
1997 Suzuki Marauder (wife wanted our kids to have a daddy)
2000 Chevrolet Z71 Silverado Ext. Cab (current vehicle)

I think thats it, if I left any out I'll let ya know.
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/24/05 11:55 PM

1978 Chevy Malibu
1989 Honda Civic
1991 Honda Civic
1994 Volvo 850 Turbo Wagon

I've led a very exciting life.
Posted by: richeydog

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 12:03 AM

Ken, allow me to share some of your enthusiasm.

1989 Toyota Camry LE
2000 Honda Civic EX
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 12:08 AM

Whoo yeah!

Hey, if rentals count, I've had a Viper GTS. For a day.
Posted by: St_PatGuy

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 12:10 AM

1969 VW Bug--bought in 1993
2003 Acura RSX Type S--bought new


And that's it. For now.
Posted by: MJS

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 12:16 AM

Off the top of my head:

1966 Dodge Charger
1967 Dodge Coronet RT
1970 Plymouth Barracuda
1965, 66, 70, 92, 98 Ford Mustang
1967, 68, 69, 70 Chevrolet Chevelle
1968, 70, 71 Chevrolet Camaro
1968, 72, 86 Chevrolet Corvette
1970, 71, 91 Ford pickup
1977, 91 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
1982 Toyota Corolla
1988 Oldsmobile Delta 88
2004 Chrysler Concorde
1978 Chevrolet van
1962, 66 Chevrolet pickup
1988 Nissan 300ZX

More than that, but getting depressed at all of the money I've &*^%& away on cars...

The '67 RT was my favorite. Cherry.

/Jack

Posted by: dmn23

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 12:22 AM

1979 Fiat 2000 Spider
1972 Opel GT
1976 Datsun 280Z (I miss mine too!)
1987 Dodge Charger (flattened by a tree)
1983 Saab 900 Turbo (lots of fun)
1994 Honda Accord EX
Posted by: bridgman

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 01:24 AM

Geez, I'm supposed to remember what year they were ?

OK, here goes :

1968 Rambler Ambassador
1967-ish BMW 1600 (paid for it; owner was t-boned delivering it to my house, never got to drive it)
1978 Ford Fiesta
1985 Pontiac STE
1985 Toyota Tercel wagon
1998 Plymouth Voyager
2003 Jeep TJ Rubicon
2005 Dodge Magnum

The last two are still in the stable; everything else escaped over the years.
Posted by: pmbuko

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 02:29 AM

I believe that was a 1988 Honda Civic, Ken. (that was my first car).

Current cars:
1997 Nissan Maxima SE (manual)
1997 Subaru Legacy Wagon

Feel the excitement!!
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 02:43 AM

Hell, I had it for a month before destroying it. What do I know?
Posted by: richeydog

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 02:51 AM

Destroying the civic sounds like fun? Inquiring minds.....
Posted by: oz350z

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 05:53 AM

Through most of my life cars have never meant much to me other than a means of getting from point a to point b. So in most cases I won't be able to tell the year of the vehicle.

Pre marriage
Dodge Dart (push button atomatic)
Volkswagon Bug

Week after marriage:

Sold the bug and me and the wife buy a 69 Dodge Van w/ curtains, platform bed, cabinets, under bed storage for camping gear, and we totally outfit it for our trek across the country.

Toyota Corolla SR5 coupe

The Children Years

First child on the way
Honda Wagon (good for a few years)
Third child on the way
For the next 17 years or so I'm driving
Doge Caravans or Plymouth Voyager's
I think we went through 3 or 4 of these (funtion over everything)But we can no longer exist as a one car family
During this time wife gets a Mazda MX6. I get to drive the Kiddie Shuffle
First child begins to drive and gets her first car.
The last Caravan get totalled
I refuse to drive a Caravan any longer
1998 Nissan Pathfinder (no longer feel like a wuss)I love this vehicle.
2003 Youngest of my 3 gets license and Nissan re-introduces the z car after 7 or 8 years absence. Every morning I pass a big billboard on the way to work with a picture
of that Z. All of a sudden I'm interested in cars like never before.
Sooo

What everyone likes to call Dad's late middle age crisis years

I get a 2003 350Z
Pass on the Pathfinder to my son
Not even six months later my son totals my beloved Pathfinder.
To this day my son does not know where I keep the keys to the 350. There will be no Ferris Buellar's day off in my house.

This also explains the oz350z handle. After buying the car the first forums I ever joined other than industry related were Nissan Z car related forums. So I like to use one handle to keep things simple.

Now I am working on the wife for the only thing I have wanted all my life and that is a Harley Davidson.

I'm also driving Axiom M60ti's very nicely thanks you. I like driving these every chance I get.
oz










Posted by: F107plus5

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 06:37 AM

1955 Pontiac Star Chief
1959 Renault Dauphine
1959 Austin Healey 100-6
1954 Dodge sedan with Red Ram Hemi.
1965 Chevelle Malibu SS Conv.
1961 Ford Galaxy
1969 Mustang Mach 1
1967 VW Bug
1969 Dodge Van(camper)
1964 MGB
1958 Renault Dauphine
1971 Pontiac Grand Prix
1976 Olds Starfire GT
1981 Buick Electra Park Avenue
1978 Dodge Transvan(camper)
1986 Ford Taurus wagon*
1987 Jeep YJ*
1989 Lincoln Mk VII


Three bikes:
1969 Triumph TR6
1971 Harley Electra Glide
1974 Triumph Trident*

And one Bicycle: Nishiki Comp*, that I put nearly 15K miles on, mostly back and forth to work and on Centuries.

* Stll have these vehicles; they last forever here in Fla.I'd still have my Lincoln, but it aged even less gracefully than I




Posted by: Wid

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 06:59 AM

1972 VW Station Wagon
1969 Firebird
1972 Plymouth Scamp

Those are the first three cars I owned.There are way to many to even remember them all.Here are the last few.

1989 Ford Escort
2000 Ford Focus

The current ones are.
2004 Ford Focus
2000 Chevy S10
Posted by: real80sman

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 07:11 AM

1972 Mercury Comet
1977 Monte Carlo (350 4bbl)
1981 Olds Cutlass (Loved this car)
1989 Z24 Convertible along with a 1978 Delta 88 for a winter beater
1993 Honda Civic Coupe (I see the light - pattern to follow)
1996 Honda Accord EX
2000 Honda Accord EX (Loaded - Used to be called an "EX-R" in previous years)
1999 Honda Odyssey

And thrown somwhere in the middle of those was a 16ft ski boat.

What I haven't had is a stupid fast car. But, for what it was at the time, the Monte Carlo would surprise a lot of guys in 305 Camaro's. [big grin]
Posted by: MarkSJohnson

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 07:25 AM

Let me add to the "boring life" portion of the thread:

'68 Cutlass
'77 Cordoba
'80 Datsun 210
'88 Pontiac LeMans
'97 Grand Voyager

Make fun if you want, but having never owned a muscle or sports car, or even one with much personality, I like my Voyager and plan on another Chrysler mini-van when this one dies. I need the space for hauling business-related equipment, and it's got power everything and the Infinity 10-speaker audio system.

Oh, who am I kidding?

What most would consider their most boring vehicle, I consider my finest.

I'm SO due for a mid-life crises!
Posted by: EddyZ

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 08:25 AM

Let's see......in order of course!

68' Dodge Charger R/T(440 Magnum)
69' Plymouth Baracuda(318)
74' Pontiac LeMans(inline 6)
75' Chevy Vega(small V8 w/4-speed)
84' Ford Escort
88' Ford Escort GT
90' Toyota Tercel
92' Toyota Corolla
95' Toyota Corolla
97' Toyota Corolla
97' Plymouth Voyager
84' Chevy Cavalier
94' Ford Tempo
2002 Dodge Caravan
97' Toyota Tercel "Red Hawk"

The last two are what my wife and I currently drive.
I paid $500 for the Charger in 1980, and have seen mint models today going for nearly $40K!!
Posted by: RickF

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 08:28 AM

Me...
'59 Ford pickup
'69 Chevrolet Blazer (I really liked that one)
'71(72?) Fiat 124 Sport (Stationed overseas)
'75 Corvette (Piece'O Crapola!)
'77 Camaro
'85 Ford pickup
'93 Ford pickup
'96 Dodge pickup (Cummins)
'02 Ford pickup (Powerstroke)
'04 Ford pickup (Powerstroke)

And my all time favorite ride...1981 Cessna 172II, fully decked out with long range fuel. I still kick myself for selling that thing.

Wife...
Too many to remember but her current ride is an '05 Volvo S80.
Posted by: thyname

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 09:34 AM

I am relatively new to this country - USA. My first one here was a used Dodge Intrepid '85.

I purchased a brand new Nissan Altima 2.5 SL last year which I currently have, and will have for at least a few more years. Very happy with it!!
Posted by: littleb

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 09:49 AM

I hope you all don't laugh too hard, but I will admit I have owned some real clunkers:

1961 Rambler classic station wagon
1961 Pontiac Catalina
1970 Chevrolet Impala
1976 Olds Delta 88, twice, in fact
1979 Chevrolet Impala wagon
1982 Chevrolet Chevette
1982 AMC Renault Fuego
1974 and 1976 Olds Cutlass
1994 Chevrolet Camaro
1992 Chevrolet Astro Van
Posted by: FordPrefect

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 11:02 AM

Here goes:

1950ish Ford Prefect
1966 Chevy II (trophy winner at Niagara Dragstrip)
1969 Camaro Z28
1972 Datsun Pickup
1972 VW Super Beetle
1978 Olds Cutlass
1987 Nissan Pickup
1991 Nissan 4x4
1991 Chevy Lumina ..biggest piece of crap on the planet
2001 Nissan Altima
2004 Nissan Altima


Posted by: PsychoPete

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 11:26 AM

1979 Mercury Zepher
1981 Ford Escort
1985 Ford F-150
1988 Nissan Hard body
1991 Chevy Berreta GTZ
1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2000 Ford Expedition
2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GTZ
2004 Chevy Suburban
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 11:46 AM

Not fun at all, thanks... This is a story on the dangers of poorly mastered CDs... and stupid college graduates.

Basically I was driving home from work, in medium Bay Area traffic. I wanted to get home a little faster, so I was pushing the pace a bit. I put in my Gary Hoey CD. This CD is the brightest, most poorly mastered piece of crap I have ever heard. I looked down to turn down the treble because lord, my ears, they were bleeding. Ooops. Bang, rear ended a woman.

Fortunately, neither of us were hurt and my insurance took care of her car. However, since I was a bit low on cash, I hadn't gotten collision on my car. The really irritating thing was that I had just gotten a new clutch (lovely, wonderful, marvelous clutch) and had 3 days previous finally gotten the high idle problem which had plagued the car since long before I got it. Before Peter had it, too...

Sigh.

Now I'm depressed. I'm gonna go cry in my coffee...
Posted by: bigwill2

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 11:49 AM

MJS, I think a couple of those cars you should have held on to.
My list:

Bikes
1970 Hodaka 100
1985 Honda Interceptor
1980 (?) Yamaha XS1100 Special
1992 Kawasaki ZX11
1996 Suzuki RF900R

Cars
1974 Triumph TR6
1976 Mercury Capri
1983 Toyota 4x4 PU
1991 Ford F150
2000 Chevy Silverado
2000 Maxima (wife's car)

Boats:
1996 Yamaha WaveRaider 1100
1996 SeaDoo GTI

and a really cool green plastic 1977 "Jaws" skateboard.
Posted by: DL30

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 11:50 AM

Hmmmmm....

In order
1978 Ford Fairmont Station Wagon "The Bomber" (high school)
1986 Mitsubishi Colt Vista Wagon
1975 Chrysler Matador (you could fold the front seats flat to the back, acres and acres of vinyl)
1983 Subaru GL Wagon
1988 Chevy Cavalier

Current:
1997 Honda Civic
2005 Subaru Forester

Also have a Raliegh Road bike and a Marin Mountain bike. Go figure, the Marin is more suited to the pot-hole filled streets of Chicago - who needs trails?
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 12:26 PM

Just curious... how many of us currently have a small car+a shooting brake (aka wagon)?
Posted by: LT61

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 01:04 PM

Let's see,

1966 Chevy Impala 2dr 327
1968 Camaro 327
1969 Chevy Impala stock car 396...(YES, I have raced paved oval).
1970 Camaro 250 S6
1978 Chevelle Malibu classic S6
1978 Chevy Nova Rally Sport 305
1982 Chevy Camaro V6
1968 AMC Javelin s6
1970 AMC Javelin SST 390
1986 Ford Mustang LX 4 cyl.
1988 Ford Mustang LX 5.0
1997 Ford Thunderbird 4.6
1998 Ford Ranger p.u. 4.0
2005 Ford F150 p.u 4.6

Amf Sting-ray bike
Western Flyer 24"
Schwinn 10 speed
Mongoose Kos Krusier
S.E. Racing Floval Flyer
Ross bicycles 12 speed, AND.............. a Sears mini-bike.

Larry








Posted by: oldskoolboarder

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 01:21 PM

First off, I'm jealous of you folks w/ the 60's muscle cars. Oh how I'd love a 65 GTO, convertible would be icing. I had to Tivo Rides on Discovery HD last nite because Joe Rogan was getting his custom 'Cuda done by the guy who built Chicane.

1973 Impala (that was a boat but you could load ALL your friends in it)
1978 Malibu Classic (I hated that car)
1962 VW (Cal look, lowered, dechromed w/ rebuilt 1600. LOVED THAT CAR)
1990 Eagle Talon TSi AWD (FANTASTIC RIDE)
1996 Ford Explorer V8 5.0L (still have it, running strong at 160K)
1999 BMW 528i wagon

Next?
200? VW Microbus if it ever happens OR
2005/6 Magnum SRT Wagon
2007 Hybrid Suburban

I like to think I live by the rule I read in an Esquire magazine one time, as such I will try my darnedest to avoid a minivan, despite the practicality. "Any man who drives a minivan is half a man."
Posted by: WhatFurrer

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 01:38 PM

Owned...List forthcoming

Driven: Entirely different animal given what my folks drove

Never got to drive the 1968 Ford Thunderbird...all I remember was it was fast...I think it had the 428 in it.
Green 1972 Ford Maverick (My Dad kept alive and put close to half a million miles on it driving into Dallas everyday)
70 something Mercury Montego Station Wagon (faux wood on the sides and all - reminiscient of the Family Wagon Cruiser from National Lampoon's Vacation) - present from Grandmother
Green 1975 Napalm on Wheels (Ford Pinto Hatchback)
Purple 1975 Napalm on Wheels + 2 (Ford Pinto Wagon)

Owned:

1969 Green Mercury Montego (302 with 4 barrel until my Dad stripped the float valve adjustment and rather than fix that, replaced it with a 2 barrel...car never ran the same again)
1966 Blue Ford Mustang (six banger with automatic transmission)
1975 White Dodge Colt (bought from my brother with engine totally dissassembled in the trunk...reassembled engine myself and drove to college)
1972 White Mercury Montego (same body style as the Starsky & Hutch car)
Some sort of vehicular transportation, do not remember what.
1979 Silver Honda Accord LX Hatchback - automatic
1992 Blue Honda Accord DX Sedan - 5 spd (Step daughter totaled)
1996 White Honda Accord LX Sedan - 5 spd (Current vehicle)

My wife has worked for car dealerships for our entire marriage so...we have driven (her demos):

BMW's
Volvo's
Ford's
Lincoln's
Mazda's

WhatFurrer
Posted by: MJS

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 01:52 PM

Honestly, I only miss three of them; the Charger, the Coronet and the '70 'Velle.

The charger was a hemi-car...one of six or seven hundred made and the only hobby on that list that I didn't lose my proverbial shirt on. Every time I see one on a television "muscle car" type show I have to wonder...Those that were supposed to know told me that there were only a couple of hundred left when I owned it. The RT was almost as rare due to some oddball late model-year drive train combinations and was by far the most meticulously restored project out of my humble stable (due mostly to the fact that I owned it the longest). It still lives in the same town as me and I try to buy it back every few years or so but the current owner claims to have "burnt the bloody title to that ride". The 'Velle SS was just fun sporting it's 454 built to insane specs. I have many good memories about cruising town Saturday nights and shaking the storefront windows on Main Street. THAT was my idea of car audio.

*sigh*

I'm better off with the sensible four door sedan, aren’t I?


/Jack

Posted by: NeverHappy

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 02:36 PM

There is no way I'm going to get them all but here are the good ones:

1971 Chevelle (LS7 - 4 Speed)
1971 Trans Am (455 - 4 Speed)
1971 Dart (340 - 4 Speed)
1974 El Camino (454)
1974 Chevy 1/2 Ton (396 Balanced & Blueprinted)
1981 Z28
1986 Mustang GT
2003 Nissan Maxima SE (With Chip)

I have had a few more but those are the ones that got me into the most trouble! It should be noted that I now drive a mini van. How times have changed..................
Posted by: sssutherland

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 02:55 PM

OK here we go

1979 Honda Prelude (ahh the memories)

1986 YUGO, yah that's right YUGO. This was the best car ever. I bought it with 6000 miles on it for $500. It was therapy on wheels. My friends and I all drove junkers for our first cars (some of us still do) and it became almost a contest who could have the most ridiculous. Let me tell you friends I was top of the list with this 4 on the floor badboy. It had a broken exhaust so it sounded like a completely hyped out Porsche. We would be buckled over in laughter every time we got in this car. I would drive the thing like Mario Andretti all around town and people would always look thinking they were going to see some $50K sports car and then they would see the cheapest car ever, rolling by with a bunch of kids all bent over laughing themselves to death. It was awesome.

1985 Honda CRX SI

1988 Chevy S-10 4.3L (this thing was so light and peppy that it would do a mini burn out just when you would drop it into gear)

1988 Honda CRX SI

1986 Chevy Astro Conversion Van. (used to make the move from freezing Massachussetts to sunny California .. . .ahhhh)

1987 Mazda 626

1986-7 Chevy El-Camino. Come on girls you know you love these ones. (Every girl I have ever known says these were the biggest chick anti-magnets ever built). Still loved the car though. . I mean come on. Its a car and a pickup truck. SWEET. I actually ended up turning this car around for a nice little profit. I have never received so many calls on a Saturday morning as the day I put that badboy in the paper.

1988 Volkswagon GTI and a 1986 Yamaha Virago 700. El Camino allowed me to split and buy both. Had a ton of issues with the VW and vowed never to buy a VW again.

1986 Volkswagon Sirroco. It was a great deal ok! Had a ton of issues and vowed NEVER to buy a VW again.

1993 Ford Escort LX Car I owned the longest which I can't believe. Stopped buying and selling cars every 8 months because this one ran so good or I got tired of haggling with people.

1992 Honda Civic DX. The escort died or nearly and I inherited the wifes car that she would not drive anymore due to it being such a beater. (Can't kill these damn Hondas)


Posted by: MarkSJohnson

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 03:06 PM

Ooooh, I forgot:
I owned a GTI for two hours..... my two hours of impracticality among a lifetime of ho-humobiles.

The dealer assured me that the oil light was on because of a faulty sending unit. I bought it on my lunch hour at work, and left work early that day. About eight miles from work and one mile from home, the engine seized. I walked home and called the bank to put stop payment on the check and called the dealer and told them where on the median they would find their car.

They offered to put a new engine in it but I didn't trust the mechanics at the dealership after that. I bought a new LeMans instead which got me where I needed to go for quite a few years.

But man...I had a few hours of owning something fun to drive....


I'll be murmuring that over and over again in the nursing home...
Posted by: donjuanmiguel

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 03:15 PM

Wow. Now that's a question that can certainly make you feel dated.

Let's see:

1972 Chevy Pickup
1984 Toyota Carolla Hatchback
1969 VW Karmann Ghia
1987 Isuzu Trooper II
2000 Beetle
1994 VW Jetta
2001 Hyundai Santa Fe
2002 Ford Explorer
2004 Ford Excursion Diesel

Man, I didn't think I owned but a couple.
Posted by: Zarak

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 04:34 PM

My list is short, so I'll do colors too. The first two were my parents cars that I was the main driver on for at least some period of time. The rest I bought and paid for myself.

1984 White Honda CRX
1991 Black Acura Integra
1992 Red/Maroon Saturn (SL maybe...whatever their basic sedan was called back then)
1996 Green Acura Integra GS-R Hatchback (this car was lots of fun, and could transport things around too with the hatch!)

Current: Black 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX

Future? I like the Lotus Elise, not that I could see spending 40k+ on a car. I'm interested in the return of the Nissan Skyline GT-R in a couple of years as well. It is supposed to be back as part of the Infiniti line. We'll see what else. I figure I have about two years left before I am ready for a new vehicle.

On my wife's side, she has a Blue 2000 Audi A4 Quattro, which just got paid off this month!
Posted by: AshBoomstick

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 05:09 PM

man, all you guys are junkies!! i've only had two vehicles, here's the short list...

1982 Ford F-100 pickup
1998 Mazda 626


i friggin' loved that truck like it was my kid. Ford's inline 6, 400 cc. it was my first ride, my Dad's old hunting truck, low miles but tons of character! but one day.... my wife was driving it...and she killed it. *sniff* i dont know what the hell she did (she swears up and down nothing) but that sucker was dead, i couldn't figure out what the hell was wrong. but since at that point i was driving about 90 miles roundtrip to work we got the Mazda short notice. i friggin hate this car, mostly 'cause it's not my truck. i'm looking at the Toyota Prius now, does anyone have one or any experience with them?
Posted by: RickF

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 05:21 PM

In reply to:

Ford's inline 6, 400 cc. it was my first ride




Hey Ash, was that by any chance a 300 c.i. as opposed to a 400cc engine? My '85 F-150 had the inline 300 c.i., built like a tank engine. A 400 cc engine is what you'll see in a typical 4 stroke dirt bike.

Like you, I really loved that old truck!
Posted by: AshBoomstick

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 06:32 PM

oops! thanks Bob, you're right! man, that was a solid engine, googobs of torque.
Posted by: Wid

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 06:52 PM


Lets see if I can remember some more.

1979 Pontiac Catalina
1976 Ford Mustang
1967 Plymouth Somthing or other.
1967 Chevy 3/4 to PU
1979 Ford F250
1981 Ford F150
1998 Ford Escort Wagon
1994 Plymouth Breeze
1980ish Chevy 3/4 to PU
Mitsubishi Eclipse
Mitsubishi Expo van
199? Dodge Custom Van
199? Jeep Wrangler ( only had it one month)

I know there is more but I can't recall them all right now.

Bikes

1986 VT 700 Honda Shadow
1986 VT 1100 Honda Shadow
Posted by: bridgman

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 07:18 PM

>>Just curious... how many of us currently have a small car+a shooting brake (aka wagon)?

Does a Jeep and a Magnum with slide out gun drawers count ? I always wanted a shooting brake, now I finally have one. Only problem is that I end up taking the Jeep on most of the hunting trips because there are usually 20-30 miles of hydro trails between the road and the hunt camp...
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 07:24 PM

Eh, probably should have just asked about the shooting brakes. I rather like them...
Posted by: F107plus5

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 07:35 PM

Hmmmmm......I'll be one of the first to swallow my embarrassment and pride and admit that I forgot what I used to know from reading Road And Track and Sports Car Graphics back in the 60s when some of the classic writers were still around.

I could Google it I suppose, but.....

But I'm afraid my mind is shot on shooting brakes, as much as I hate to admit it

I should add that I believe that it's a Brit term; and having owned an Austin Healey 100-6 and an MGB AND two Brit bikes. I.......gads it's embarrassing
Posted by: SirQuack

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 08:52 PM

Dang MJS, I'm jealous if that is all true, I'm a big 60's muscle car fan. Hope to some day own a late 60's Camaro RS/SS or if my friend will sell me his 69 Vette 427 Convertible, I'd take that also...
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 08:54 PM

It is a British term. I just hate the term "station wagon."

"Sportswagon" is acceptable when referring to Volvos.
Posted by: SirQuack

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 09:00 PM

Yeah Station Wagon reminds me of Chevy Chase Vacation movies. Although that first Pinto Wagon I had with simulated wood exterior had a kick ass stereo system in it
Posted by: DL30

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 09:16 PM

There you go Ken - I don't own a wagon - the Forester is a small SUV. A necessary evil for hauling 4 month old boys and all of their stuff around. Well, I guess I don't care if some people call it a wagon - it still is fun to drive - Even though my wife wouldn't let me get the turbo. I felt that if I had the turbo and could blow 3 series Beamers off the line my manhood would be redeemed somehow (although with the price of gas now, I'm glad we don't need premium)
Posted by: F107plus5

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 09:17 PM

Oh....Ok;.... I'll raise my hand now

I have a small car.(A Jeep Wrangler is "Short" if not "Light" so I think it qualifies)and a "Shooting Brake" as well.

Strangely enough; I still tend to use the old "Station Wagon" term(along with the vision of "Picking up folks and baggage at the railway station" in the 40s or early 50s. Like in a "Popular Mechanix" story of the era.)


........is that cool or what.....?
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 09:20 PM

Yeah, the Turbo's fun, but oi, the premium gas. Believe it or not, our Civic wants premium as well, other wise it knocks like a sumbitch. Grr...
Posted by: F107plus5

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/25/05 09:29 PM

I still ride my '74 Triumph Trident 750 (Hemi with duhc)that lists an octane rating of 97 minimum.

Used to be able to get gas at the airport.....once


Posted by: shag

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/26/05 10:29 AM

76 Chevy Impala
71 Pontiac GTO hardtop
77 Chevy Monte Carlo
77 Olds Toranado
71 Pontiac GTO convertible
76 Buick LeSabre
88 Olds Cutlass
77 Olds Cutlass Supreme
91 Pontiac Firebird (current)
01 Chevy S10 Crew Cab (current)

I know I'm missing one in there somewhere.

other toys....

85 Kawasaki 454 LTD
96 Kawasaki Vulcan 750
02 Seadoo GTX 4-tec (current)
02 Seadoo GTX 4-tec (current)

yes 2 seadoos. When I'm not on the Axiom forums I'm on the Seadoo forums.
Posted by: F107plus5

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/26/05 11:31 AM

Wanna know what's a real hoot?

Go back to the beginning of this thread and re-read it from top to bottom(again)

This is at least as good as any Peter Egan sentamental editorial in Road & Track or Cycle Worldwith just as broad a range of emotions hiding in there


Posted by: Ken.C

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/26/05 12:14 PM

Wait, Peter Egan writes for Cycle World, too? Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy there's some Peter Egan stuff I haven't read!
Posted by: dmn23

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/26/05 12:51 PM

Peter Egan is the man! Even after all of the horror stories, I still almost want an old Lotus or Jag.
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/26/05 12:57 PM

Yeah, those really make me want to break out the grease and wrenches. Then I think about what a bitch it was just to replace the turn signal module on the Volvo....
Posted by: michael_d

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/26/05 01:06 PM

I loved all my old rods, and still enjoy tweaking to some extent. With businesses to manage, a full time job and family, time is now a luxury that I don’t have much of. Building race engines and hot street/strip engines is a passion of mine, but again, time……just can’t do it anymore. So for the last several years I’ve been buying new and leaving the restorations/modifying on the back burner. I have a straight rust free 62 vette without drive train that one of these days, I plan to built a stainless frame and retrofit a C-4 suspension and aluminum 542 CID big block into…..but that won’t happen for a few years.

In order of when owned.

71 Chevy short bed pickup ( mid 12 second with a blown 327 )
65 ½ mustang - fastback ( happy 289, restored to primer with new drive train and interior, then had to sell it )
65 GTO ( roll cage, 428 CID – low altitude flyer )
69 nova ( low 9 second, tube chassis, caged, 800 hp 468 CID )
77 Z28 ( Built Lt-1 with a 300 hp shot of nitrous and an M-22, ran low 10’s )
78 vette - silver anniversary special ( left this one alone for re-sale…boring )
81 Trans am ( retro fitted a LS-7 based big block and Doug Nash 5 speed ) not quick but fast as hell )
70 Chevy Blazer ( 4” lift and 34’s, built 400 small block )
78 Chevy Silverado short bed 4X4 ( 4” lift, 33’s, built 350 )
85 Saab 900 Turbo ( boring mistake….)
85 Ford Escort GT ( 200 hp nitrous….scary quick )
88 Ford F-150 lariat short bed 4X4 – first new vehicle, left it alone.
90 camaro berlinetta ( for wife # 1, POS )
91 Acura – forgot what model, but expensive little bugger ( for wife # 2 )
93 Ford Eddie Bauer Bronco ( for wife # 2 )
85 Chevy SB Silverado ( frame off restoration, 6” lift, 35’s, nicely built 383 ) – loved that truck
96 GMC Yukon SLT ( wife # 2 )
99 GMC Sierra SLT ( wife # 2 )
02 Chevy Avalanche LT ( 6” lift, 35’s, headers into duals, re-programmed PCM )
03 Dodge Ram Q-cab 4X4 Laramie with the 5.7 hemi ( lifted front end, 34’s, headers with duals, programmer tweaks )
03 Volvo S60R AWD ( loved those seats, X-wife # 2 )
05 GMC Sierra Denali pickup ( soon to be supercharged with headers, duals and custom PCM )

I’m saving my pennies for either an 07 Z06 vette or 07 Shelby GT 500 mustang.

Posted by: AshBoomstick

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/26/05 01:27 PM

In reply to:

90 camaro berlinetta ( for wife # 1, POS )




which was the POS?
Posted by: nickbuol

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/26/05 04:49 PM

I was never a fan of spending a lot of money on something that, for as quickly as they wear out, costs so much and depreciates so fast. Don't get me wrong, I would love to drive a new Dodge Charger, or Accura TL or something, but until someone gives me the $40,000 (average between those two) to buy one, I will still with what I have (for now) and spend my cash on other stuff that are more long lived and will provide more enjoyment in my life, like my home theater, or finishing my basement, or the home addition planned for 2 years from now...

Turned 16 in 1988.

1984 Oldsmobile Firenza (used)
1992 Pontiac Sunbird (new)
1994 Oldmobile Achieva (used)
1996 Pontiac Grand Am GT (almost new)
1999 Dodge Grand Caravan (almost new, very used now)
1999 Ford Contour Sport (used, oddly fun to drive)


Posted by: frzoll

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/26/05 06:25 PM

I'm not going to try to remember all that I've,it must be at least 20 cars and trucks.Anyway,my first car was a 1941 Ford convertable,that I fixed up and had it all trough college,53to 58.I now drive an old mans car , an 04 Lexus ES 330.
Posted by: F107plus5

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/26/05 06:50 PM

Ah.....41 was a good year for cars. Our family car was a dandy 41 Olds. Was still running well in '50 when we got a new one. My brother was driving his chopped and channeled 39 Pontiac at the time. It was a fun ride

I just remembered the racoon tail on the antenna and the speed knob on the steering wheel. Made our car seem kinda ordinary. Also had some kind odd blue coloration on the chrome and a fancy sun visor.

Oh Oh, we're bringin' back memories now


Posted by: bridgman

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/26/05 11:12 PM

I think I saw the ultimate urban Shooting Brake tonight :

Jeep Liberty, owned by "Tom the Pigeon Man", with the text "Are you tired of pigeons nesting on your balcony ?" emblazoned across the rear window
Posted by: bray

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/27/05 12:00 PM

1st car was a 75 or 76 (whichever was the first year of the rabbit) LIME GREEN 4 door Volkswagon Rabbit that I bought for $500.00. It put out a smoke screen that James Bond would have been proud of.
Engine parts would fall off that thing while it sat in the driveway overnight. By the time I sold it both motor mounts had broken and the engine was hanging by a length of chain on each side. When I drove it on smooth pavement, it would shake and shimmy like I was off road in a shockless jeep.
Sold it for $500.00 with over 100,000 miles on it.

2nd car was a 78 Mazda GLC. This car, no matter how hard I drove it, just wouldnt break down. I rolled it doing 75MPH (which was as fast as it would go) one night. My dad and I then found a junked out one and rebuilt it with the different body parts. By the time I sold it it had over 200,000 miles on it.
My parents said the girl I sold it to drove it for at least another 2 years.

3rd car was a 86 Mazda 323 that I drove for 9 years and put over 150,000 miles on.
I traded it in on what I drive now and have driven for 10 years tomorrow...........

MY 4th vehicle, a 96 4x4 King Cab Toyota Tacoma with over 200,000 miles on it.
It still runs great and doesnt burn a drop of oil.

Posted by: newf

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/27/05 12:23 PM

all 5 spd's. Proudly none of which are domestic and never will be.

90 Prelude s
92 prelude sr
97 Prelude
99 Accord v6 coupe with honda ground effect package
2000 Civic
2001 Mazda MP3 Limited edition Protege 1 of 250 in Canada
2003.5 titanium Mazdaspeed Protege 1 of 325 in Canada.

New car to get,probably a 2006 Mazdaspeed 6 or mazdaspeed 3. I love the Mazdaspeed version of Mazda cars. Factory upgraded performace with a warranty!



Posted by: bigwill2

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/27/05 01:08 PM

My wife's 91 Honda Civic was a mafor piece of crap. So was my Suzuki RF900R - with the added headache of a company that won't stand behind their product when it is an obviously flawed design (as evidenced by hackneyed reworkings of the same flawed component in successive model years). My Yamaha Waveraider 1100 suffered from a flawed fuel delivery design which caused the third cylinder to run lean and hot - seizing multiple times. Corrected in current models.
If it makes you feel better to own "imported" vehicles then go for it, but I have no more faith in Japanese engineering than that of any other country (except China and England ).
Posted by: F107plus5

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/27/05 02:23 PM

My current daily driver is imorted; bought it back in '87, ancient near stone age technology, not much to go wrong-even has a carburetor and absolute minimal electronics.

Imported.......

....from Canada.

Last of the AMC Jeeps, old 4.2 litre six.(right out of the '56 Nash I believe) You can fix it with "Bronson Rocks"

Remember the old TV show "Along Came Bronson"? He used to crash his Harley into the bottom of a 500 ft. ravine and smack it back into good repair with whatever old rock he found lying around. Old Jeeps can be fixed that way.....My 71 Harley couldn't....I sold it and bought another Triumph....still have the Triumph over thirty years later. The Harley though is still a fond memory.
Posted by: RickF

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/27/05 04:35 PM

In reply to:

If it makes you feel better to own "imported" vehicles then go for it, but I have no more faith in Japanese engineering than that of any other country (except China and England ).





Super/Motocross...even at my ripe old age of 47 I do put more faith in the Japanese technology than that of England and China. I do feel better about owning imported!
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/27/05 05:01 PM

It's kind of amazing how many fewer axle boots our Honda Civic needed after we changed mechanics...
Posted by: F107plus5

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/27/05 06:51 PM


newf didn't want a domestic car; which is Canadian.

I bought an imported car; which is Canadian.

But my car was from a domestic manufacturer,

which is an imported car to Canadians.

So my car is a domestic car to me ...

....and an imported car to newf.

And a domestic car to me

And a domestic car to newf

And an imported car to me.


Yup........got it.
Posted by: newf

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/27/05 06:55 PM

Ummm, my head hurts

Come on, you knew what I meant. I'll never buy a ford, gm, or Chrysler EVER. Unless it's a vette...I'll make that exception.

Friends and family have all gone through their share of Fords, and Gm's and have had nothing but issues. Never, EVER had an issue with a honda. Replaced tires, brake pads, and one muffler.






Posted by: F107plus5

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/27/05 07:39 PM

Yeah......we knew what ya meant!

Went through a lot of the same thing; didn't have much luck with.....

Domestic cars....

British cars

French cars

German cars

(our Childrens)Japanese cars...

Korean cars...and

(Honest to God)... one YUGO!!

I was running out of countries!Only major country left in auto mfg was Italy, and being half Italian, I know bettern' that

I went for a ride thru the fields of my Uncles farm in a half Navy, half Army, cobbled together WWII Jeep. We were riding out to his airplane to check out the cattle situation back in the timber. It was a day in summer 1948 that forever caught my attention.

The AMC Wrangler came out in 86 and it was civilized just enough that I was able to convince the Wife that yes, she may actually be somewhat comfortable ocassionally in what was to be my back and forth to work four wheeled motorcycle. Which is what it was, and still is even today: my daily driver never to be seen with a top or doors. Took delivery in April '87 and haven't had a serious complaint all these years.

Had no choice where to buy it; only came from one place: A US company half owned by the French, assembled in Canada.


Posted by: bridgman

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/27/05 10:33 PM

>>Which is what it was, and still is even today: my daily driver never to be seen with a top or doors.

Geez, you must live somewhere with less weather than Toronto. I had three inches of water in the bottom of my Jeep a week or so ago, just driving home from work. That was *with* the top on but no back or side window panels.

The "surge" of water when I hit the brakes was a sight to behold
Posted by: bridgman

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/27/05 10:38 PM

>>Come on, you knew what I meant. I'll never buy a ford, gm, or Chrysler EVER

My Ford Fiesta was half German and half English. I don't think it took the best from either country. Wiring and electrics were definitely English...
Posted by: F107plus5

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/27/05 11:22 PM

I know what you mean about English wiring.

My headlight switches should have been labeled "Off" "Dim" and "Flicker"
Posted by: real80sman

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/27/05 11:39 PM

bigwill2, I'm sorry you've had bad luck with imports, but it's unfair of you to lump all "so called" imports together. As you see I'm on my fifth Honda, and have had virtually no problems with any of them. But would it surprise you to know that EVERY one of them was either built in Ontario or Ohio?

What bothers me are the flag wavers that criticize me for buying a so called "import", yet have no idea where their "domestic" vehicle was actually made. For example:

Chrysler PT Cruiser - Toluca, Mexico
Dodge Ram 1500 - Saltillo, Mexico; Lago, Mexico
Chevrolet Aveo - South Korea
Ford Aspire - South Korea
Ford Festiva - At various times: S.Korea, Brazil, Mexico, China
Late 80's, early 90's Pontiac LeMans - South Korea
Dodge/Plymouth have had a longstanding habbit of re-badging Mitsubishi product. (Arrow/Challenger/Sapporo/Lancer/Talon)
The "All American" Chev Equinox has it's motor and various other parts built in China.

And this was just doing a quick search. You are right, I wouldn't feel better buying any of the above "imports". I feel very strongly about putting money back into our own economy. At least I kept one local guy working for one more day, because of my choice to buy a domestic built car, instead of a domestic car built elsewhere.
Posted by: real80sman

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/27/05 11:59 PM

newf, I'm in the same Honda boat - tires, brakes, muffler. That's it. But to say that you will NEVER buy a big 3 again is pretty short sided. If I found a 4 door Chev/Geo Prism cheap enough, I'd buy it! It's a re-badged Toyota Corolla from the California plant. (At the time, all North American Corolla's were being built in Ontario, or the sister plant in California)
Posted by: St_PatGuy

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/28/05 12:10 AM

In reply to:

My headlight switches should have been labeled "Off" "Dim" and "Flicker"




LOL!
Posted by: bridgman

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/28/05 01:14 AM

Q - Why do the British drink warm beer ?

A - Lucas refrigerators
Posted by: St_PatGuy

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/28/05 01:22 AM



I'm thinking this thread has officially been hijacked.

Funny joke, by the way, John.
Posted by: littleb

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/28/05 05:11 AM

What gets me is that these vehicles are manufactured in different countries to take advantage of 'cheap' labor, but the vehicles are still overpriced. I would probably buy a vehicle from the big 3 depending on the deal I could get, and if I could sit in the darn thing. That brings me to a pet peeve of mine. I have a physical problem, you know the old multiple herniated disk thing and hard seats cause me nerve pain. There are very few newer vehicles I can actually sit in for an extended period of time. So, for this reason, when I need a vehicle I usually look for something with the most comfortable seats I can find, which means it will probably be an old clunker. I remember 'back in the day' when you could buy and Olds, Buick or Caddie and you wouldn't have to worry about comfort. It's been awhile since this has been true. Have you seen some of these vehicles? I can actually go to a dealership and look through the windows of the cars and tell if I could actually stand to sit in it. End of rant.
Posted by: F107plus5

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/28/05 07:29 AM

Ah yes....Lucas: Prince of Darkness.
Posted by: F107plus5

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/28/05 07:46 AM

I had never thought of the problem of back pain thru injury and comfortable car seats. I wonder if any of the prosthetics manufacturers have? Perhaps there is something out there that is near infinitly adjustable that fits a few generic seat dinensions that may be transferable from a limited range of vehicles?

But it is amazing of how the number of comfortable car seats has actually dwindled over the years.....I wonder if it's safety related or what?(too many design constraints limiting the available options?)

With an increase in ergonomics development you'd think there would be a corresponding increase in seating comfort
Posted by: bigwill2

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/28/05 12:10 PM

I reckon I am a "flag waver". I tear up regularly during the nat'l anthem. Especially during the Olympics. I suppose I have not yet been convinced by the powers that be to feel ashamed of my country. Oh well, maybe I need to watch more TV.
Is this how you commies feel when someone calls you a "Liberal"?

We all seem to have anecdotal evidence to support the views we have regarding cars and their country of origin, but I remember craigsub mentioning recently (he's in the business) that when they underwrite extended warranties for new cars, the anticipated repair costs for the imported and domestic cars are roughly equal (luxury imports excepted). I'm guessing these folks have more to base their assumptions on than a handful of vehicles their freinds and family have owned.
Posted by: dmn23

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/28/05 03:19 PM

I certainly wouldn't presume to speak for anyone else on the board, for me it really has zero to do with love of country or anything else along those lines. When the time comes to spend my hard-earned money, it just makes sense to me to buy a superior product. Great big caveat here: FOR ME PERSONALLY, it seems misguided to purchase (and therefore reward poor quality) an item based on any sense of patriotism. My Charger was absolutely useless and I was thrilled to find it crushed by a tree one afternoon. On the other hand, I'd probably have to shoot my Honda to make it stop running. When the time comes to buy again, Honda's getting my money.
Posted by: newf

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/28/05 05:53 PM

well said. I am totally against out-sourcing, but when it comes to a product I will only buy quality. Thankfully Axiom was also Canadian.

As for the comfortable seats due to an injury is a very good point. I suffer from a bad neck from a a car accident that broke part of my neck years ago. I was driving a Honda at the time, and I loved my Honda's. But every Honda I've sat in since year 2000 I can't stand to sit in their seats for very long. My father still has a 2003 accord coupe with leather seats, and a 30 min drive in it kills my back. But, my cheaper, cloth seats of my Mazda provide me with pain free support for hours. Different for everyone I guess.


Posted by: bigwill2

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/28/05 06:24 PM

I guess you didn't get my point.
I'm saying there is no reason to expect higher quality from Honda than a domestic manufacturer. The days of built in obsolescence are over. I wish I had a dollar for every derelict import I've driven by in my American-made pickup trucks.

Posted by: littleb

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/28/05 07:18 PM

What model Mazda would that be? I'll be car hunting soon and any heads-up I can get would be awesome.
Posted by: dmn23

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/28/05 07:39 PM

In reply to:

I'm saying there is no reason to expect higher quality from Honda than a domestic manufacturer.


No, no -- I got your point. At least I think so. But an automobile is usually the second largest purchase most people will ever make, and if you've been burned then it's unlikely you'll return to that particular marque. Your experience with imports has been uniformly negative, and therefore any future actions you may take as a consumer will be based on what you've personally observed. That makes perfect sense -- I'm doing precisely the same thing.
Posted by: bigjohn

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/28/05 08:19 PM

i know i am late on this one... havent been around in a while..

starting from my first motorcycle when i was 13, in order, and ending with my current vehicle.

1974 Honda XL 250cc
1972 Ford delivery panel van(no windows)
1982 Honda CM 125cc
1964 Chevy 1/2 ton stepside pickup
1963 Chevy Belair Station wagon w/327
1984 Chevy Monte Carlo
1984 Suzuki Savage 650cc
1982 Chevy 4x4 Blazer(with no top)
1982 Harley Sporster 1000cc
1986 Chevy 1/2 ton pickup longbed w/350
1985 Chevy 1/2 ton pickup shortbed w/350
1992 Ford 1/2 ton extended cab
1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee
1997 Chevy 1 ton, 4 door, long bed
2004 Mercury mountaineer

GOOD LORD!!! i never realized i have had that many vehicles.

neat thread. just dont start one to make me remember what happened to them all...?

bigjohn
Posted by: F107plus5

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/28/05 10:30 PM

Hey...Welcome back; John.

We trust you had a pleasant trip, hope so anyway.

Didn't you say you were driving the Mountaineer? That would certainly be a good way to see lots of family.

I'd like to see the Axiom family next month, but some 60 hours for the six of us in my Wifes little shooting brake...(if you missed it earlier in this thread....ask Ken)dosen't sound like any fun at all.

Yeah, amazing how quickly the vehicles pile up ain't it

Bikes and trucks.....sounds like my oldest Daughter
Rich.
Posted by: real80sman

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/28/05 11:28 PM

Bigwill2, my comment was about flag wavers with no clue. They spout off how THEY support their country by buying American, but in all actuality gave someone in Mexico or Korea a job. Every Honda I've owned kept someone here working. As much as I love Honda, if it wasn't made here, I'm not buying it.

Most extended warranties are powertrain only. And you are right, most of the big 3's powertrains are just as reliable as anyone else's. (except for the 2.7L Chrysler - do a search, it's hilarious) But, I can count at least 10 people I know who own "big3", and are constantly back to the dealer for problems with power windows, cruise, heated seats, power sliding doors, computer modules, and so on. I don't have these issues with Honda.

Having said all that, it doesn't mean I'm blinded by Honda to everything else. I'm sure I'll own another GM product down the road. The new Impala SS really appeals to me. Plain jane family 4door that goes virtually unnoticed, but has a smoking 300hp V8 underhood. Even quicker than it's 409ci/425hp namesake. And if I ever buy a truck, a GM or Ford it will be. Honda's truck is a joke.
Posted by: Amie

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/29/05 09:36 AM

Comfortable seats are definitely key. Ian surprised me with a new Jeep at Christmas (I only asked for chocolate!!!) and had ordered a 2005. It arrived at the dealership on December 23rd and he sat in it for all of 10 seconds before panicking - had the dealership track down a 2004 with one day to go before closing so that we would have the same comfortable seats our old 2000 Jeep had. The 2005 has gone away from that model of seat and he said it was such a noticable difference that he wouldn't have bought the car because of it. Of course, every drive we take involves long distances so comfort is king for us.
Posted by: michael_d

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/29/05 05:24 PM

I too have back problems. I actually just found out that I have three fractured vertebrae’s from an old injury that never healed. And an uncomfortable seat in a vehicle can be down right painful on long road trips. That being said, out of every vehicle I’ve ever owned, rented, road in or sat in (and there’s been a bunch, including some six digit imports), the most comfortable seats my but’s ever sat in was Volvo. Those Swedes know how to make a comfortable seat. I have furniture that’s made in Sweden too (Ekorness) and man they are nice. Expensive, but very nice and they last for decades.

The second most comfortable car seat for me is my latest truck. Not as comfortable as Volvo, but the extra leg and head room make up for it. I’m not a huge guy, but not average either (been lifting weights for 25 years). Y'all with back problems owe it to yourself to sit in one of the Denali trimmed GMC’s. They have the “ultra soft” leather and quite comfortable with padding in all the right places. I'm loving mine!

Posted by: Riffman

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/30/05 04:17 PM

Been driving a 1994 Nissan 4X4 since 1994. 200K+ miles. Spent most of it's time in the rust belt. It is the only vehicle I've purchased. My consumerism only extends to audio, travel, and gifts for my lady.
Posted by: spiffnme

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/30/05 07:10 PM

I'll play.

1983 Buick Regal
1987 IROC Z28
1987 Suzuki Intruder (bike)
1983 Buick Regal (station wagon - with fake wood paneling!)
1982 AMC Concord
1990 Dodge Daytona
2002 Audi A4



Posted by: AshBoomstick

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/30/05 07:14 PM

In reply to:

1987 IROC Z28



if i remember correctly, didn't the dealers issue mullets with those things?
Posted by: dmn23

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/30/05 09:11 PM

Spiff, I'd have to ask my dad but I'm just about positive that Buick station wagon of yours is the car I learned to drive on. We were stationed in Germany and my dad took me off base and on one of the back roads around the closest village.
Posted by: littleb

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/30/05 11:34 PM

Hey, I had a 1990 Dodge Daytona. I miss that car. It was fun to drive. I liked it mostly because there was a spot to rest your left foot during a long drive. I bet Spiff knows what I'm talking about. My son would be jealous if he knew you had a IROC Z.
Posted by: KC_Mike

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/30/05 11:56 PM

My short list in chronological order:

1976 Nova
1986 Shelby Charger
1991 Plymouth Laser RS
(then came college)
80-something Dodge Omni (nickamed 'The Ferromni')
80-something GMC S15 (nickamed 'The Pumpkin')
(post-college)
1995 Z28 Camaro
2002 Acura TL-Type S

Posted by: real80sman

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/31/05 12:39 AM

KC Mike,

A buddy of mine had a 2.2 Turbo Omni GLH (GoesLikeHell). For a car in the 80's, it spanked pretty good.
Posted by: INANE

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/31/05 01:10 AM

I seem to be on a 4 year per car rotation...

It all started with:

1980 Chevy Citation (Was actually an awesome car, esp in the winter)
1989 Chevy Berreta GTU (Money pit, but fun to drive)
1997 Chevy Cavilier Z-24 (Killer gas milage and sorta fast, and the opposite of the Berreta, very reliable)
1999 Chrysler 300M (What can I say, it's my baby!)

Toss in a 1985 Chevy Celebrity Wagon that was a 2nd car during the Cavalier days. Got towed from my apt parking lot, never bothered to pick it up.
Posted by: BrenR

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/31/05 01:23 AM

Wow, now that the ghetto-types are chiming in... I can reveal my tiny little list of cars...

1977 GMC Suburban (350 4BBL) - belonged to one of the drywallers, birds would (honestly!) fly up into it through the gaping holes in the rear wheel wells... lent it to my brother for a few months and he blew the transmission out of it. Paid - $200, sold parts off it, the rest to the wrecker for a total of $350.

1991 Pontiac Tempest (Beretta by any other name) - it's the S.O.'s but I'm on the ownership papers since I bought it for her. Paid - $3600.

1988 Pontiac 6000 - bought this off my dad this summer, was my grandfather's car and had 50,000 original KM (31,000 miles) and I couldn't stand seeing it sit idle in the garage.

How'd I get away with only 3 til now? Just got my license this summer. Been driving and riding without it until now. Since I wanted to insure the 6000 I had to get the license.

Bren R.
Posted by: bridgman

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 08/31/05 04:59 PM

>>Been driving and riding without it until now. Since I wanted to insure the 6000 I had to get the license.

When I saw this my first thought was "geez, where does he live -- Saskatchewan ?"

I was close
Posted by: BrenR

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 09/01/05 04:34 AM

Nah, I've never been in a car that was pulled over for any reason at all in Manitoba... ever.

I've spent what, about 3 weeks of my life in Saskatchewan, and been in cars that were pulled over twice... in SK, one headlight out is cause for a warning... both have to be out and you have to mow down at least 3 pedestrians for an MB cop to pull you over.

Bren R.
Posted by: dmn23

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 09/01/05 01:17 PM

I found this chart in this Consumer Reports article. What's far more interesting to me than the debate over American vs. Japanese is the fact that BMW and Mercedes do so poorly. Jags have always been spotty, but I guess I would have expected better from German engineering.
Posted by: F107plus5

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 09/01/05 07:01 PM

"Building Down to a Profit" is catching on in some industries. Don't know if it applies here.
Posted by: Zarak

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 09/01/05 11:25 PM

The German cars are right down there with the American ones. The Japanese cars are the only ones that do well as far as reliability.
Posted by: biggsly5000

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 09/01/05 11:34 PM

Yea those Contours are oddly fun to drive. I have a 99' Sport as well. They just need some good tires and they handle real nifty. My wife is driving it now. I am in a 04' Murano, the Contour is more fun, go figure. I have had

77 Cutlass Supreme Brougham
79 Crown Vic
85 Dodge Ram
85 Good Times Van (Ford)
90 Prelude
2002 Jetta
2000 Beetle
2001 Stratus
2003 Neon
96 Beetle---the old style in Mexico They just stopped making them this year, scary brakes but a cool ride
Iliked the Cutlass Prelude Contour and Murano, the others were either junkers or just a cheap ride.
Posted by: RickF

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 09/02/05 08:02 AM

"The German cars are right down there with the American ones. The Japanese cars are the only ones that do well as far as reliability."


At least BMW *seems* to be doing something to remedy their problems, it looks as though the third model year has far less troubles than both the second and first years. That's a good sign. Actually my wife owned a little 318i back in the late ninties and other than me thinking it was cramped and didn't have much power it really was a very solid car.
We've got a couple close neighbors with BMWs, one has an M3 and the other has a 330. Both were in the shop a couple of times right after being purchased but after the bugs have been worked out both seem to be happy owners after a year or so....that is until the women who owns the 330 was rear-ended by another woman driving a Dodge 2500 4x4 a couple of weeks back. The Bimmer just didn't fare too well in that little ordeal!








Posted by: jbzngowest

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 09/02/05 04:43 PM

67 Buick Special
73 Buick Regal
73 Chevy van
67 Chevy truck
76 Chevy Nova
82 Ford EXP
84 Dodge PowerRam 50
83 Yamaha Virago 500
86 Honda CRX HF
89 Jeep Cherokee Laredo
89 Olds Cutlass Calais Coupe w/Quad4
91 Nissan NX2000
95 Eagle Vision
96 Mercury Villager
00 Dodge Intrepid
03 Yukon XL
03 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE

RE: Yugo...I rented a Yugo for 10 bucks with my airline discount in Salt Lake City during a ski weekend. Needless to say, I'm the *&^%#@!) that held up the line to Alta that weekend in '87.

Posted by: Chevy

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 02/27/13 05:24 AM

from the beginning

75 Amc Gremlin X 4.2
85 Ford Escort L
85 Pontiac Firebird SE 2.8MFI 5SPEED
84 Renault 5 (Le Car for US market) winter car when i own Firebird.
92 Jeep YJ 2.5l (Wrangler)
93 Chevy Corssica V6
04 Pontiac Sunfire SLX (2 of them one for me, the other for my wife)
07 Pontiac G5 (4 dr not available in US)(2 of them one for me, the other for my wife)
11 Chevy HHR (wife)
11 Mercedes B200 (B class).


... yes 04 & 07 pontiac we bought a pair the deal was so great that we take two.

04 sunfire were identical execpt 1 was manual trans, the other auto trans. .. they wasn't from same assembly plan, 1 form mexico (man trans) the other from Ohio.

I can tell you that the one assembled in Ohio has mush quality then the Mexico one.

Actually i dream about a 12 or 13 Chevy Camaro V6 Convertible as summer riding car.

My actual Mercedes B-200 is basicly my first import car and i enjoy it !!!!
Posted by: CatBrat

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 02/27/13 03:39 PM

I was almost done with my list then accidentally did something and presto, it was gone. Stupid computers.

59 Chevy Impala (convertable)
64 Chevy Nova
59 Volkswagen Bug
72 Opal GT
78 Chevy Monte Carlo (piece of shit)
77 Plymouth Arrow
84 Ford Tempo (even bigger piece of shit)
64 Rambler
77 Ford LTD
79 Cadillac DeVille
91 Mercury Capri (convertible)
98 Chrysler Cirrus (210,000 miles)

Looking for a new car currently.
Posted by: medic8r

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 02/27/13 03:47 PM

Cool thread revival. My list:

1979 Toyota pickup. Yellow. AKA "The Banana".
1987 Subaru DL. During college and my twenties.
1997 BMW Z3. Win!
1997 Toyota RAV4.
2001 Nissan Maxima. Current car, 137,000 miles.

What's more fun to speculate is my next car. In the next year or two I hope to get another convertible, but with the family, sounds like a four-seater will be the only way to satisfy the WAF, so no roadster redo. Probably an Infiniti G37 or BMW 3-series, then.
Posted by: ClubNeon

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 02/27/13 04:02 PM

My list is easy:

1986 Dodge Aries
1984 AMC Eagle Wagon
1991 Mazda RX-7 Convertible
1986 Mazda RX-7 GXL
2004 Mazda RX-8
Posted by: Adrian

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 02/27/13 04:09 PM

1. 69 Mustang FB
2. 70 Mustang Mach 1
3. 73 SuperBeetle
4. 80 Pontiac Gran Prix
5. 92 Buick Skylark GS
6. 84 Merc Capri
7. 96 GMC Sonoma ZR2 4x4
8. 83 Porsche 930(Euro Spec)
9. 01 Silverado 4x4
10. 10 GMC Sierra 4x4

ooohh!!! almost forgot the 87 Merc Sable, hard to forget that pos although I've tried.
Posted by: Da_Gimp_Pimp

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 02/27/13 06:47 PM

Originally Posted By: ClubNeon
2004 Mazda RX-8


Don't ask how, but I found a picture of your RX-8, Chris. Nice headlights, curves and back end!

Posted by: fredk

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 02/27/13 07:51 PM

Some of the progressions here are funny. JP had a midlife crisis, which his wife cut short and shoehorned him into a Rav?

Adrian Mach1 to Super Beatle? grin I mean, if it was a new Beatle at least you could say you were trying to impress some girl, but a mid '70s Super Beatle? Bonus points for the '69 fastback though.
Posted by: pmbuko

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 02/27/13 10:17 PM

I call bullsh#$ on your backend statement. You're extrapolating. laugh
Posted by: JohnK

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 02/27/13 11:10 PM

Pontiac Firebird, Pontiac Fiero, Honda Prelude, Mazda Miata MX-5.
Posted by: Socketman

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 02/28/13 08:53 PM

71 Dodge Colt
72 Toyota SW
75 Ply Duster 340
70 Ply Duster 340
75 Honda Civic
70 Ranchero
66 F100 w/428
68 Pontiac Small Blk 400
75 Vega 350 small blk
69 Vaxhall 340 small blk
83 Chev Short box
82 Nissan 4x4
80 Camaro x 2
89 Daytona Turbo II
94 Explorer First new car
95 Aerostar Second new car
94 Aerostar
81 Pontiac Firebird
89 Ford Probe
79 f150
86 f150
95 Stratus Current ride

Holy crap no wonder im broke. This not counting my Motor Cycles.
All things being equal I will satisfy my mid life crisis this summer and buy a either a mustang or a challenger.
Posted by: fredk

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 02/28/13 09:43 PM

That's a lot of cars. In the last 25 years I have had:

1. 87 K-car
2. 98 corolla
3. 96 escort
4. 2010\11 Matrix

As a student I also briefly owned a '76 Mercury Marquis "That there is no car son, that is a living room on wheels."

I'd still be driving the Corolla were it not for a divorce.

I'd rather drive a cheap car and spend my $ on travel.
Posted by: tomtuttle

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 02/28/13 09:46 PM

Geez, I hope you guys with the long lists aren't doing this from memory. I'll split this up into several posts, because I like pictures (although these are not MY actual cars).

1966 Pontiac Grand Prix - 389 V8. Horrible gas mileage. Amazing interior. Vacuum Manifold Gauge. You could easily land a helicopter on the trunk. It really was this color.



1978 Chevrolet Malibu - hand-me-down from my Dad. Certainly the worst car I've ever owned and possibly one of the worst ever made. The only car I've ever driven that I liked less was a PT Cruiser. Mine was red. Yes, it had a vinyl top. Just horrible. I only drove it for a short time.



1981 Dodge Challenger - Actually, a Mitsubishi product with a torquey 2.6L 4 cylinder and 5-speed manual. An absolute blast to drive, which I did for about 13 years and 200k miles. Mine was blue over black.



1984 Toyota Corolla - at least it had a manual transmission. Good gas mileage. Like most/all cars, drove it until it was worthless.



Shortly thereafter, I got a family and a real job...
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 02/28/13 10:09 PM

I feel such kinship. I (and my family) was also cursed with a 78 Malibu. Blue and rust. Drove it until the timing belt failed (which was fortunately not long after I got my driver's license). My poor parents bought it new. It died sometime in 95 or 96. Our was even worse, since it had the CA-emissions V6 in it.

Oh god, and vinyl seats.

It was so bad, it made a 91 Taurus feel like a sports car.
Posted by: fredk

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 02/28/13 10:26 PM

Tom. I was expecting a picture of a beer wagon in there somewhere. grin
Posted by: EFalardeau

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/01/13 08:00 AM

My list beats all of yours!

1. 2012 Subaru Imprezza
Posted by: J. B.

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/01/13 09:04 AM

my list?
it's a short one.

1: bought a used Beetle in the 60s to convert to a dune buggy with intent of putting a 4 cyl. Porsche engine in it.
i was not well prepared for this so after a while i took the car to the scrap yard.

2: there was never a second car, or a third...
Posted by: St_PatGuy

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/01/13 10:31 AM

My list is short, as well:

1969 VW Beetle which I drove for about 10 years, or so.

2003 Acura RSX Type S, which, again I've had for about 10 years.


And that's it. I guess I'm due for something new?
Posted by: fredk

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/01/13 10:36 AM

Originally Posted By: St_PatGuy

And that's it. I guess I'm due for something new?

2014 Vette? Somebody has to be the first one on the forum to buy one.
Posted by: cb919

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/01/13 11:39 AM

I have the 2014 Stingray in Gran Turismo (along with millions of my closest friends!) grin

In real life,

Cars 1st:
'85 4 door Honda Civic sedan (Cheap hand me down from my older brother)

'89 VW Corrado G60 (wish I still had this one!!!)

'95 Pontiac Sunfire (inherited with my wife, interpret as you wish wink )

'02 Pontiac Montana (babies started to sprout)

'02 Volvo V40 (Sunfire died and replaced)

'11 Volvo XC60 (Montana died and replaced)

Bikes:
'83 Yamaha DT125

'85 Kawasaki GPZ550 (leaked oil so bad I carried a liter at all times and wrapped my pant shins in saran to keep them clean)

'90 Kawasaki Ninja ZX1100R (1st professional salary)

'89 Yamaha DT200 (back to school full time salary adjustment - crashed this one away)

'87? Kawasaki KZ750 used and abused (still on student salary)

'98 Honda VFR800 (back to professional salary)

'05 Honda CB919 (current ride)


Posted by: medic8r

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/01/13 12:02 PM

Dan, I'm sure that you had explained your screen name before, but now it is finally resonating with me. Cool.
Posted by: medic8r

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/01/13 12:07 PM

Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
1981 Dodge Challenger - Actually, a Mitsubishi product with a torquey 2.6L 4 cylinder and 5-speed manual. An absolute blast to drive, which I did for about 13 years and 200k miles. Mine was blue over black.


I appreciate the effort with the photos, Tom. I was surprised how close a resemblance the Dodge Challenger bears to the Ford Mustang of that year:

Posted by: tomtuttle

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/01/13 12:39 PM

Ouch. Deeply. Ouch.
Posted by: MarkSJohnson

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/01/13 12:41 PM

Originally Posted By: medic8r
Dan, I'm sure that you had explained your screen name before, but now it is finally resonating with me.

Because outright explaining it didn't "catch". smile
Posted by: medic8r

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/01/13 12:50 PM

Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
Ouch. Deeply. Ouch.

Wha?

Oh, you must be jealous of the hood art and big ol' air scoop.

Don't worry. Here's a meme to make it all better. Sweet, fabulous memes: they understand us and laugh with us, not at us!

Posted by: Murph

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/01/13 01:50 PM

84 Topaz - purchased a a new floor model TV to trade to my Dad for it. Not sure who got the better deal.

87 Jeep YJ

97 Jeep TJ - very slightly self modded for offroad use

03 Jeep TJ Rubicon - Heavily modded for offroad but not so much it wasn't a good (for Jeep) street ride. Also my only 'new' vehicle purchase.

01 Toyota Tacoma
Posted by: J. B.

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/01/13 03:15 PM

probably some industrial espionage on the part of:
Dodge?
Ford?
Posted by: Ken.C

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/01/13 04:06 PM

If you squint really hard, they also look kinda like the Camaro of around the same time.
Posted by: cb919

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/01/13 05:21 PM

Originally Posted By: medic8r
Dan, I'm sure that you had explained your screen name before, but now it is finally resonating with me. Cool.


And my avatar is also my current helmet. There's a reason for almost everything!

I really enjoyed seeing the different histories of cars fellow Axiomoes have gone through. I am jealous of those that got to enjoy those late 60's and early 70's legendary muscle cars. It's neat how seemingly isolated facts are actually clues and pieces of a rich tale of one's history. This is a pretty cool thread.
Posted by: tomtuttle

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/01/13 06:15 PM

I believe that era of Mustang is fairly commonly referred to as a Douchestang. I never really thought of my Challenger as being similar (until now). I mean, I could make you a chart of the mechanical and perceived sociological differences, but I fear your mind is made up based on the aesthetics.

Why you gotta be all hatin' on the 80's?

Well said, Dan. Totally agree.

Posted by: tomtuttle

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/01/13 07:26 PM

Okay, here's the rest of my story. I'm obviously including cars that may have been primarily my wife's at one time or another, because WA is a community property state. The only one of these pictures that is actually "ours" is the SLK, but the colors are basically right except as noted.

1996 Toyota Camry – maybe the best all-around car we’ve ever owned. Everything about it was just “right”. And I still marvel at the balance of power and efficiency of that 2.4L engine. This was the last good-looking year for Camry’s, IMO. We’d probably still have this car if some idiot hadn’t run into my wife and son at 9:09 am on 9-9-99 on 9th Avenue. True story. They weren’t badly hurt, thank God.


1994 Mitsubishi Diamante – Just not up to the same engineering refinement as the Camry. It started to burn A LOT of oil at about 120k. Swore off Mitsubishis after that.


1999 Ford Windstar – you got two kids and a dog? Or maybe a photography business? You need a minivan. Had it until December 2012 and it was the epitome of useful. MANY happy miles with the family. Electrical system was possessed by demons, however.


2004 Toyota Corolla – First and only New car. Needed something that Mrs. Tuttle could roll up the miles on, as we had recently moved “farther” from school and swimming. This will be Alex’s car when he gets his license next month. Great car, for what it is. We’ve walked up to the wrong blue Corolla in a parking lot more times than I care to admit.


1994 Toyota Camry SE Coupe – used to be driven by a little, old lady (my Mother-in-law). Great car. I drove it for about 5 years and it is my daughter’s car, now. This was the first year of the coupe. Ours is blue.


2007 Mercedes SLK 280 – Yes. Oh, Yes. MAKES me happy, every damn day. This will be my last black car, however.


2007 Acura MDX – having had access to a van for the last 12 years, my wife was completely unfamiliar and uncomfortable with the concept of “packing light”. Absolutely amazing vehicle in every way. Probably the best drivetrain of any car we’ve ever had, including the Mercedes. Unfortunately, that drivetrain is lugging around 2.5 tons of leather, plastic and metal. “Comfortable” doesn’t begin to describe it, and it was easily the most interesting driving experience of any SUV I auditioned.


Thanks for the appreciative inquiry. I enjoyed my stroll down memory lane.
Posted by: Murph

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/02/13 09:47 AM

Forgot to add our current 03 Mini Cooper. Guess I forgot as it has been hiding in the garage for the winter.
Posted by: a401classic

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/02/13 10:13 AM

Yeah, cool thread revival. Can't believe I missed this one - 'course it started before my time here...

Starting in 1981...

1977 Toyota SR5 P/U - later received a 231 V6 and TH350 trans
1983 Honda Prelude
1987 Ford Bronco - then I got married in '89 and Mrs Classic brought to the mix a ...
1979 FIat Strada - pumpkin orange...
1986 Nissan 200SX (hers)
1993 Saturn SL1 (his)
1993 Saturn SW2 (hers)
1996 Chevy Suburban (hers)
1964 Rambler 770 Classic (project car - still sitting...)
2000 Cadillac Sedan DeVille (his - gift from great uncle)
1978 Chevy El Camino (was my dads, gave to our oldest boy)
2006 Chrysler 300C (his)
2008 Chevy Suburban (hers)
2012 Fiat 500 POP - (My parents won it in a raffle and gave it to our middle boy who is only 15 1/2!)
Posted by: Ray3

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/02/13 12:47 PM

This has been a problem for us over the years. Below is a partial list (I have some bad memory sectors). This has been a problem for us over the years. Neither of us had any self control with cars and often contemplated selling organs to purchase a new car.

Sadly, our self control has not improved in retirement, PLUS our organs are now worth much less.

High School / College Years
1953 Chevy (in 1963)
1955 Ford Fairlane
1956 Ford Fairlane
1958 Chevy Impala

Post college / Married (now includes wife’s cars owned at same time)
1966 442 Convertible (in 1970)
1970 Pinto
1968 Monte Carlo
1970 Monte Carlo
1973 Olds Cutlass
1974 Monte Carlo
1976 Monte Carlo
1979 Monte Carlo
1968 Toyota Corolla
1976 Datsun 280Z
1981 Monte Carlo
1980 Citation
1985 K-Car (lasted 2 months)
1986 Buick Electra
1993 Nissan Sentra Wagon
1995 Nissan Maxima
1998 Nissan Maxima
1999 Nissan Altima
2001 Nissan Maxima
2003 Nissan Altima
2004 Nissan Maxima
2007 Toyota Rav4
2009 Infiniti G37X AWD
2010 Nissan Murano SL AWD
2013 Acura RDX AWD (Great car, but I REALLY miss my G37)
Posted by: INANE

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/02/13 03:51 PM

1985 Chevy Celebrity Wagon - Briefly learned how to drive in this then took it as a hand me down
1980 Chevy Citation - Basically my first car, nothing special but was a great car
1986 Cavalier - Basic but fun car (wife's car)
1990 Nissan Pickup - Boring and gutless (wife's car)
1989 Chevy Beretta GTU - Most unreliable car ever but really fun to drive (V6 + stick)
1995 Ford Ranger - Had large tires but was gutless (wife's car)
1995 Nissan Ultima - Pretty average (wife's car)
1996 Chevy Cavalier - Very unspecial, worse mpg than my Z24! (wife's car)
1997 Chevy Cavalier Z24 - Very reliable car and great gas mileage (35+ HW mpg easy)
1999 Chrysler 300M - Still rocking this as "my car"
2001 VW Jetta VR6 - Disappointing reliability (wife's car)
2009 Mazda 5 - Disappointing gas mileage (wife's car) - Only brand new car we ever purchased
2009 Chevy Traverse LT - Drives really nice but gas mileage isn't great in the city (wife's car)

I think I deserve a new car for myself!
Posted by: jakewash

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/02/13 10:22 PM

Originally Posted By: INANE
1980 Chevy Citation - Basically my first car, nothing special but was a great car


I don't think I have ever seen those words together in a sentence before.
Posted by: INANE

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/03/13 02:11 PM

Originally Posted By: jakewash
Originally Posted By: INANE
1980 Chevy Citation - Basically my first car, nothing special but was a great car


I don't think I have ever seen those words together in a sentence before.


It really was... I think the V6 model was the POS. Ours was the 2.5 liter 4 cylinder with a 4 speed manual. To this day I've never driven any 2WD car that comes close to what it could do in the snow. In no way was it sexy and it had the typical domestic interior flaws but the chassis was solid. Believe me as a high school teen I tested it's capabilities for taking a beating.

laugh
Posted by: ClubNeon

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/03/13 10:22 PM

As a teen, I tested the ability of my Dodge Aries to go anywhere. It too was really impressive in it's abilities. I drove it back from Jacksonville Beach, FL to Western MD, in 11.5 hours. I don't know how fast I was going because the speedo only read up to 80. I literally held the accelerator to the floor for most of the trip. After I got back the alternator failed, the power steering pump started leaking, and the air con never worked again. The only belt-driven accessory that survived was the water pump.

Heck, even the RX-7 coupe was really amazing. I had a Jeep Wrangler swap ends in front of me in the snow. Not only did I keep the RX-7 pointed in the right direction, but I did it while swerving around the Jeep. I've taken the RX-8 out in the snow, but didn't push it too hard--it's too nice.
Posted by: sonicfox

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/06/13 11:30 AM

How long do you all KEEP your cars? Some of you have went through a lot of them! The next question is...have you ended up hating most of your cars or do you just get sick of them and want change? I've kept mine until they became too expensive to keep fixing.

1. 1988 Honda Prelude
2. 1999 Hyundai Tiburon (new)
3. 2010 Nissan Versa hatchback (new)

I ended up hating the first 2 cars. I bought them for the looks, and they were the only sporty cars I could afford at the time. The Honda was a rust bucket, and the Tiburon was loud in the interior and little things costing big money kept happening to it, so it was no longer worth keeping it. Now, that I'm older, I'm more practical too. I got an excellent deal on the Versa. Considering that it's a boring looking car, I love driving it WAY better than I ever liked driving the other two cars. The only thing I'm unhappy with the gas mileage. I drive mostly in the city, and Nissan rates it at 28 mpg. I'm consistently getting an average of 20 mpg. Granted, my driving habits aren't conservative, but I wouldn't expect to get that poor of gas mileage from this car.
Posted by: Stilljoe

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/06/13 10:03 PM

This might make me feel old...
69 Impala 2 door. 327 engine that we took out of a wrecked school bus.
75 Chev Monza with a 305 V8 from a pickup. Went like stink if you could keep it pointed in a straight line. Terrible idea.
81 Challenger (like Tom's), but brown and white. I loved that car.
88 Mustang 5 liter, 5 speed. Excellent, but the hard ride got old pretty quickly, and NOT winter friendly
82 Dodge Omni for the winters.
90 (I think) Chrysler Daytona (wife's car)
86 Honda CRX (a blast)
90 Mazda pickup
89 Subaru wagon. Interesting: it didn't seem to have a model name.
90 Eagle Talon Tsi AWD. Loved that one too.
04 Subaru WRX wagon. Bought new and drove it for 9 happy years until last week.
07 Impreza (wife's car) leased
11 Forester (wife's car) leased, still in the garage
2012 Kia Optima Hybrid. So far, I'm very happy with this. Just one week... But I know I'll miss the WRX.

Thanks for the stroll down memory lane.
Posted by: a401classic

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/07/13 07:52 AM

Originally Posted By: sonicfox
How long do you all KEEP your cars? Some of you have went through a lot of them! The next question is...have you ended up hating most of your cars or do you just get sick of them and want change? I've kept mine until they became too expensive to keep fixing.


In general, we keep them until several months of repairs exceed what new car payments would be, but other factors also apply:

1977 Toyota SR5 P/U - later received a 231 V6 and TH350 trans - Became too unreliable.
1983 Honda Prelude - Can't haul a boat with it- +had >100k miles
1987 Ford Bronco - Hauled boat to Colorado River for many years - repairs got expensive after 175k miles

then I got married in '89 and Mrs Classic brought to the mix a ...
1979 FIat Strada - pumpkin orange... fuel supply issues made this one unreliable
1986 Nissan 200SX (hers) - >175k miles - would actually love to have one of these again
1993 Saturn SL1 (his) - kept this one 11 years and >190k miles - best and cheapest car I ever owned
1993 Saturn SW2 (hers) - this one had unresolved electrical issues that made driving unsafe - dealer "couldn't find problem.."
1996 Chevy Suburban (hers) - kept this one 12 years had >200k miles
1964 Rambler 770 Classic (project car - still sitting...) - did I mention still sitting? frown
2000 Cadillac Sedan DeVille (his - gift from great uncle) Flooded by Katrina
1978 Chevy El Camino (was my dads, gave to our oldest boy) Flooded by Katrina, but resurrected and kept on life support - currently replacing fuel pump with one in-tank to feed new fuel injection system.
2006 Chrysler 300C (his) - 115k miles and going strong - so far
2008 Chevy Suburban (hers) - 58k miles and just paid off!
2012 Fiat 500 POP - (My parents won it in a raffle and gave it to our middle boy who is only 15 1/2!) 500 miles and hopefully many more to come
Posted by: Da_Gimp_Pimp

Re: What vehicles have you owned? - 03/07/13 08:13 AM

Plymouth Horizon (year?) - purchased it for $150 shortly after getting my 365, and ran the hell outta it smile .
Wheelchair accessible bus (year?)
94' Dodge Caravan (owned since approximately 1999) modified to be wheelchair accessible