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Cars you have owned....

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Togman, Nov 25, 2020.

  1. archetype

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    Those Fusions are damn nice cars. My '16 did everything right. Quick, plain but spacious and comfortable interior, handled well, and cruised highways well. If I wanted another mid-sized sedan, I'd get another Fusion.
     
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    My cars, in order of ownership. I guess I put some thought and time into this.

    '66 Triumph Spitfire Mk. II - Fun, as long as you remembered it was a sports body on a sedan chassis.
    '66 Volkswagen Beetle - Tough as nails. Rebuilt the engine.
    '64 Volkswagen Beetle - Got hit in the side. Sold to my girlfriend's sister.
    '64 Volkswagen Kombi - $165. Painted in latex house paint. Only vehicle I've sold at a profit.
    '73 Datsun B210 - Went away when my girlfriend went away. Eventually just used up & rotted out.
    '51 Chevy 1 1/2 ton flatbed. - Traded labor for it. 1st gear could pull down a house.
    '65 Turner Mk III - Driven once. Intended for SCCA racing, but sold it to a buddy who restored it.
    '64 Ford Econoline van - Barn doors on both sides. Someone crammed a 289 V8 into it. Overheated.
    '71 Volkswagen Super Beetle - The best of the dual-port engines. Don't know what happened to it.
    '71 Volkswagen Super Beetle - Don't know what happened to it.
    '71 Mazda B1600 pickup - Underpowered.
    '72 Mazda RX-2 - A rocket. When the rotor seals wore out, it used more oil than gas. Really.
    '71 Toyota Corona Mk. II wagon. - Another rocket. Handled well. Threw a rod through the block.
    '73 Datsun 620 long bed pickup - It had been rolled when I bought it. The top was a bit twisted. Rusted
    '71 Volkswagen Super Beetle - Don't know what happened to it.
    '87 Chevy Chevette - My former wife's. A review: 'haphazardly made, sparsely trimmed & underpowered."
    '85 1/2 Ford Escort - Bad design from bumper to bumper. Heavy, sluggish, & horrible.
    '74 Datsun 610 wagon - Used up.
    '86 Toyota Corolla hatchback - Made by Universal Motors in Calif. A defect or two, but decent.
    '95 Ford Escort hatchback- Mazda engine. Decent car that we managed to haul a lot of furniture in.
    '72 Volvo 740 GL wagon - My late wife bought it in Sweden. Totaled by a Ram 4x4, but still on the road.
    '02 Honda Passport SUV - An Isuzu Rodeo with Honda badges. Decent, but some significant flaws.
    '02 Toyota Tacoma double-cab pickup - Best quality & design I'd ever owned until the Subaru.
    '08 Honda Pilot - Cavernous and capable. Surprisingly light. Did everything well.
    '08 Nissan Versa - Ok, but a horrible CVT transmission. Totaled, my James Brown CD still in the player.
    '16 Ford Fusion - A company car. Quick, a handler, spacious. Quite good. The antithesis of US sedans.
    '06 Jeep Liberty - Many congenital design defects. Drivetrain fine, but otherwise used up at 95K miles.
    '20 Subaru Forester. - The dealer's certified used loaner with 1,950 miles. So far, a great vehicle.

    There's probably another one or two, but I need to stop and go feed the wild turkeys.
     
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  3. Steve Holt

    Steve Holt Friend of Leo's

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    I really like mine. One thing though is they burn through tires. A guy I know had one as a company car and he drove it 120,000 miles before the company sold out and then sold the car. He put a new set on every 30,000 miles and I'm seeing the exact same thing. I hit 30,000 and it's time for a new set. I'm on my 3rd complete set at 70,000. Fortunately for me the dealership I bought it at had a "free tires for life" promotion when I bought it as long as you do all your service with them. So I go in every 5 months or 5000 miles to get my oil changed and tires rotated and then laugh quietly to myself when they give me new tires for free. I'm paying for service work sure, but I'm servicing the car while I'm at it and I know I'm coming out ahead on the Deal.
     
  4. archetype

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    That's wacky about the tires. I didn't drive it long enough to see that kind of wear.
     
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  5. Steve Holt

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    Yeah if it was just me I'd probably figure I was doing something wrong. But I have exactly one other person to testify to that. So there's that.

    Plus like I said I get the tires rotated often. And I live 4 blocks from where I work (formerly one block but I changed jobs in 2018) so most of my miles are highway miles since I live in a small town anywhere I go that isn't work is a bit of a commute.
     
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    My first car was a 1971 Chevy Chevelle Malibu, 2-door with the 307. I bought it in 1984. I wish I still had it. I almost bought a 1971 Dodge Dart instead of the Malibu. That would have been cool, too.
     
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    I gravitated towards German cars later on in my teenage years despite cutting my teeth on American V8 types under the tutelage of my grandfather from about the age of 12 on. He could fix anything and passed that on to me the best he could. I've always worked on all of my cars and continue to do so to this day whether almost new or antique. Probably the best way to afford a Porsche (or any car) imo is to buy a manual and stay away from the dealers...

    1971 VW Beetle
    1972 VW Super Beetle
    1974 Porsche 914 2.0
    1073 Porsche 914 2.0
    1968 Porsche 911 Sunroof Coupe
    1986 Chevy Cavailer 2 door w/4 speed trans (no A/C)
    1982 BMW 528e Sedan
    1983 Porsche 911 SC Targa
    1970 Porsche 911T Sportomatic coupe (no sunroof or autotrans, pulled it out and put a five speed in)
    1987 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa
    2003 Nissan XTerra
    2006 Porsche Cayman S
     
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  8. boris bubbanov

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    Now, in certain markets, Chrysler did do "mules" which merged sheet metal of some of their various brands, but not in the USA.

    So, which did you have - the yellow one (last year of Desoto) or the more common Dodge?
     
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    5902ADF8-08C4-4BE8-A721-61366F1F0C41.jpeg The Benz was a 40th anniversary gift to my wife. The BMW goes back in April. I’ll start shopping again in January. I’ve had BMW’s for 15 years, Volvo’s before that. My wife is fickle. She’s had a Boxter, two Jaguars, and Subaru’s until our careers took off.
     
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    Hmm.

    I'm always telling people I had to come south in 1971, to get to the age 18 drinking age in Louisiana. And to see all the amazing musicians down in New Orleans and nearby, and maybe rub shoulders. And to get closer to the beaches and the young ladies that inhabited those beaches.

    But I should be honest and say, I couldn't stand watching the cars I'd detailed for my grandparents, and my parents, and my neighbors get consumed by rust. And my cars. We had what I called "Winter Cars" but that meant garages for the ones that were supposed to be spared. And often it still wasn't enough. I just couldn't deal with that any more.

    That Kaiser I showed above, I mean the one I described restoring, was only 13 years old when we began work. That's just not right, that a car would decay that quickly.
     
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    Well, my first I guess is my parents Toyota Yaris I haven’t bought one so far. Starting a masters degree in January so gonna be at least a year before I buy a car. If I were getting a job right now I’d probably get a Fiat 500.
     
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    Yes indeed! Made it 170,000+ miles before it was tragically rear-ended at a stoplight by a teen texting their boss they were going to be late to work. We were all ok, but the Geo was totalled. He was also definitely late to work.

    Amazing car. Definitely wish I still had it, though these days this is the ride:
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    110,000 miles so far. Hoping to make it 200,000+ once I have gigs to drive to again! XD
     
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    We've got not one, not two, not three but four of these first generation Saab 9-5s with the high output turbo 4 cylinder iron block motor

    A 2001 Aero sedan, manual, a 2004 Aero and a 2004 Arc sedan, both automatics in silver. And a 2006 wagon in black.

    The 2006 was totaled in a collision in the late spring, but we haven't formally submitted a claim under Collision nor has the at fault insuror been presented with a demand. Nope. Just driving the heck out of it, and we've put at least 7,000 miles on it. Use it, to the exclusion of the other cars we've got, treating February as a sort of deadline. Hopefully by February I will have found a black replacement door and replacement front seat (containing airbag) and installed those and then it will easily pass inspection. This whole notion as to putting yourself at the mercy of indifferent insurance company, confuses me. I've already gotten more value out of the wagon just driving it, than they were likely to pay me. So, I wish them a Happy Thanksgiving.
     
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  14. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    My first three cars:

    1. '65 Miller-Meteor Cadillac Duplex (hearse/ambulance combination)
    2. '63 Chevy II Nova four door sedan
    3. '60 Buick LeSabre four door hardtop/flattop

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    1955 Studebaker President
    1960 Corvair Monza
    1964 Ford Econoline hippi van
    1975 Triumph TR7
    1979 Ford Mustang
    1975 Saab 99
    1985 VW Golf
    1990 Ford Probe LX
    1995 Ford Probe GT
    1996 Mazda MX-6
    1986 Izuzu Trooper
    2013 Nissan Ultima
    various Jeeps, Toyotas, Fords, Dodges, Chevys, and cars too boring to mention.
     
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    Not my car or my photo, but this was my first car, bought used in 1974, with pretty much all the money I had. 1971 MGB-GT:
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  17. Chiogtr4x

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    I'm just posting the models ( don't have any original photos).of 2 cool cars we owned. ( I'm probably off on the years)

    And like every car we've ever owned, they were driven until Dead! /no value, and often donated

    Our first car was was a 1970 Torino SW, we got in 1980 ( 80K miles) for $450! It had a 351 Cleveland engine, and a 'muscle car disguised as a station wagon!' Ours was dark green metallic, fake brown leather interior and bad*ss!
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    The other cool car was bought in 1989, our 1987 Toyota 'Window Van' - a 4-cylinder FI engine under the console between the front seats. Was fun to drive, but light/short wheelbase, and there is no worse van in wind or snow!
    Ours was burgundy, had window curtains, running boards- awesome!
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  18. Viejo

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    The two I would like to have back. Not the ones in the pictures but ones like them.
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    Very cool. My paternal grandfather had one of these as his second car purchase, but gold + gold with gold interior. I think just about all his 13 grandchildren could have been packed into this massive car.

    Yeah. The man waited until he was 60 before he learned to drive. Kids, don't do this. He was most obviously the worst driver in our entire extended family. He was great at many other things, not this. But he did drive for 8 years before hitting his first elk ('66 Chrysler, also gold).
     
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    1992 Chevy Cavalier Coupe (Teal)
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    2001 BMW M Roadster (Silver)
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    2002 Infiniti M45 (Silver)
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    2010 Chevy HHR (black)
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    2010 Volkswagen Touareg Lux Limited (black)
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    2016 Mercedes GLE400 (silver)—current
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    2015 Porsche Cayman GTS (Carmine Red)—current
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    2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara (Black)—current
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