List the cars you've owned

Discussion in 'My Ride' started by TheStepChild, Nov 29, 2013.

  1. Our cars (as of today)
    2012 Express van - my work beast
    2013 Volt - me
    2013 elantra gt - Agent
  2. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    Ahhhh-much better-I misunderstood.
    Yeah-ALS lucked out that that guy had no sense.

    Now I always like that quirky TR8-but pretty sure that was some sort of almost USA V-8-too small for USA taste-so GM sold the tooling??
    Maybe my memory is tricking me??

    Love that Suburu!!
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  3. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I forgot one car. In 1983-84 I had an AMC Hornet Sportabout wagon ( not sure if that is the correct name) that had originally belonged to my then-wife's grandfather. I don't know if it had the 232 or 258 six , but it was one of those. This car had a genuine 3-on-the-floor manual trans.
    When Earl was alive , he told me that he once got 33MPG with that car. I didn't believe him at the time , but I do today. I only bought the car ( from wife's uncle) to drive the very short (1.2 miles) commute to work in the wintertime when the bicycle wasn't practical.

    Fuel economy ? Who knows ? But considering the super-short trips and cold weather , not too good. I converted the failing automatic choke to a manual , but aside from that , never did anything to it. I was probably pretty cruel to this car , but I bought it to save the Mazda for longer trips.
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  4. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    Edwin-a Rambler more or less.
    AMC Rambler- was always FE oriented to some extent.
    My dad-(cheapskate mpg nut in his own way-kept mpg log in glove compartment)
    To his regret bought a 1961 Rambler SW- with that straight 6 aluminum block?? (or head)
    He LOVED the front seats-they flopped back so you could nap on the roadside(great USA road trip)
    But I distinctly remember riding down the road with it spewing steam from under the hood-exhaust-everywhere.Yeah he used the strongest language he every used in respect to that car!! Apparently is was a worse lemon than the 1958 Ford SW- (he never bought another Ford-think it overheated on road trips)

    AMC-Romney's dad ran it very well in the 1950's I think- was always somewhat FE efficiency "give the customer what they need CORP"-a little like Honda-but without Honda's QC
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  5. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Short lists here.

    1990 Suburban (old 80's body style). Gas hog, so I traded it for:
    1996 Civic
    2009 Fit

    1990 Dodge Dynasty (fixed and sold when it developed a fuel leak onto the exhaust pipe! :eek:) Hunk of luxury junk, lots of features that broke, not great as a car.
    2004 Odyssey
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  6. Gord

    Gord Super Moderator Staff Member

    My list will be very different due to UK car market!
    '73 VW Beetle 1.2 (loved it)
    '72 VW Beetle 1.2 (only car I've sold for a profit)
    '81 Ford Escort 1.3 (Shoud have kept the beetle!)
    '83 Ford Sierra 1.3 (Company car and very underpowered)
    '84 Ford Sierra 1.3 (ditto)
    '89 Ford Sierra 1.8 (Company car - first new car I ever had)
    '93 Ford Mondeo 1.8 (Company car - new. Had it for 1 year - left company)
    '94 Hyundai Lantra 1.5 (Back to private ownership - first new car I'd bought)
    '93 BMW 318i SE
    '97 Vauxhall Astra Estate 1.6 (bought off father-in-law)
    '00 Vauhhall Zafira 2.0 diesel (bought 2 years old from work. First diesel)
    '06 Honda Fr-V 2.2 i-CTDi (Current car - owned from new)

    Fiat Uno
    Fiat Uno
    '97 Fiat Punto
    '05 Honda Jazz 1.2 S
    '10 Honda Jazz 1.2 Si (Current Car)
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  7. ksstathead

    ksstathead Moderator

    '77 Chevy Silverado 3/4T pickup
    '82 Chevy Celebrity sedan
    '90 Toyota Camry 5MT
    '94 Chrysler Town & Country minivan
    '00 Honda CR-V (still own, mine) AWD 4AT
    '93 Acura Legend sedan (the only one bought used)
    '03 Toyota Tacoma crewcab pickup
    '08 Honda Fit Sport 5AT
    '10 Toyota Prius III/NAV (still own, wife's/ours)
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  8. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    '89 Pontiac Grand Am 2.5L 5MT, EPA 21/30mpg (post-2008 rating). Bought new, traded for Integra at 65k miles.
    '87 Acura Integra 5-door 1.6L 5MT, 23/28mpg. Bought at 60k miles, sold at 85k.
    '85 Honda Civic Wagon 2WD 1.5L 5MT, 26/31mpg. Bought at 110k miles, traded for next Civic Wagon at 165k because I wanted 4WD.
    '87 Honda Civic Wagon 4WD 1.5L 6MT, 22/26mpg. Bought at 90k, sold at 175k miles. Fantastic car but the lack of AC drive me nuts.
    '96 Saturn SW1 1.9L 5MT, 24/35mpg. Bought new, sold at 15k miles. Too many problems to list!
    '90 Honda Civic Wagon 2WD 1.5L 5MT, 27/31mpg. Bought at 110k miles, regrettably sold at 160k miles. Best car I've owned.
    '98 Honda Civic EX sedan 1.6L 5MT, 25/32mpg. Bought new, sold at 15k miles.
    '00 Subaru Outback 2.5L 5MT, 19/25mpg. Bought new, sold at 20k miles.
    '90 Subaru Legacy wagon 2.2L 5MT, 18/24mpg. Bought at 130k miles, stolen at 205k (!). Otherwise would have kept it going to 250k-300k miles. One of the best-built and most reliable cars I've owned.
    '93 Honda Civic VX 3-door 1.5L 5MT, 39/49mpg ('90 Legacy became wife's car during the period I owned this). Bought used, always delivered subpar mpg. Sold after neither I nor the dealer figured out what was wrong with it.
    '96 Subaru Outback 2.0L 5MT, 19/26mpg. Bought at 130k miles, sold at 165k miles. Was very reliable and cheap to own, but also big and klutzy so we never liked it that much.
    '01 VW Jetta Wagon 2.0L 5MT, 21/29mpg. Bought at 75k, sold at 110k. Was costing a fortune to maintain.
    '00 VW Golf TDI 1.9LD 5MT, 35/44mpg (wife's car). Bought at 140k, still going strong at 215k miles. Also expensive to maintain, but TDI makes it worthwhile, at least to my wife.
    '11 Hyundai Elantra Touring 2.0L 5MT, 23/31mpg. Maybe the 2nd best car I've owned. Bought new, currently with 34k on it.

    Except for two sedans and the VX hatch, every car has been a 5-door.

    Except for the '87 Civic Wagon (which had a super-low crawler gear, but worked like a 5-speed in practice), every car has been a 4 cylinder with a 5-speed manual transmission. I hope to get through life without having owned any slushbox automatics, or automated manuals, EVER. There's a chance we could eventually own a CVT, with manuals being seriously endangered now. It's likely we will eventually own an HSD-style hybrid. And I hope that eventually it will make financial sense to own a commuter BEV (or, even better, that we eventually manage to run our family of 4 around with a single car and not need a commuter at all).

    One pattern is that I've gone back and forth between (a) buying new cars and selling them within a couple of years (either because my needs changed, the car had tons of problems or the payments were too onerous thanks to my mistaken belief in taking out as short-term a loan as possible), and (b) buying used cars and driving them to well over 150k. The latter has been really sound financially in most cases, with most of my used cars costing me just 5-8c/mi in maintenance (the Jetta wagon's 20c/mi being a notable exception). With the Elantra Touring I have FINALLY managed to buy a new car with the potential to stick around for a long time. It is still meeting our needs well, and actually made more financial sense than an overpriced used car in the crazy 2011 market. And even in today's market, there are still very few vehicles that can match its combination of fuel economy and cargo capacity (Pretty much just the CX-5 and Prius V, either of which would cost us a lot more to own than the ET).
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  9. alvaro84

    alvaro84 Homura-chan's selfishness

    I intend to do the same with the YARDIS. Similar with the bikes. All three are our 'first' vehicles: two first bikes and a first car. So it isn't a long list.

    '04 BMW F650CS (Teresa, my first bike)
    '05 Hyosung GV250 (Ciliegia, shiNIN's first bike)
    '99 Toyota Yaris 1.0 (The YARDIS, the first car)

    Maintenance costs... (doing some math) ... 9.6c/mi for Teresa and 8.6c/mi for Ciliegia, excluding that one major accident. The YARDIS' costs can't be concluded yet: as a new owner I got replaced the tires, battery, windscreen, headlight, front brake discs+pads and some other bits, so it's 27.55c/mi at the moment. Some distance should help, but we use the bikes more.
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  10. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Ideally , I will buy a new car and drive it for 12 years/250K miles. I always can tell when the previous owner has been "unkind" to the clutch and shifter.

    Buying a used HSD wouldn't be too bad , but Yota's huge resale value just makes me want to buy a new one.
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  11. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member


    Right-used Toyotas and used Hondas-are tough to get good used prices on.
    I managed to buy 2 used Toyota trucks in the 90's-but that took a lot of looking-and my willingness to BUY A MT the 94 and buy one with cosmetic sheetmetal damage 98 AT
    Otherwise-kinda pointless to buy a used Honda or Toyota(unless you are buying one of your 12 yo 250,000 ones-but even they aren't cheap)

    GMs-especially the 1/2 ton SUVs-are bargains used-the actual pickups-hold their value a bit too well now that gas is cheap. Suburbans-used-are still cheap to buy because they are viewed-correctly- as having high TCO (if you can't DIY repair-they are expensive to own)

    No surprise here-you guys own lots of Hondas Toyotas Station wagons-maybe the Suburus are a surprise-lotta Volvos too?
    With the exception of ALS 's HS College muscle cars-very few COOL cars!!and my 1971 383 Cuda
  12. Blackbelt

    Blackbelt Well-Known Member

    This is always kind of a fun topic for me. I think i count 101.
    I also had a few motorcycles mixed in here also.

    1966 Impala………My first car, 327 4bbl and a powerglide
    1967 Impala SS……Pale yellow 2 door fastback
    1965 Galaxie… with a 390 4 speed
    1966 Comet…….Capri 2 door hardtop, 289
    1971 Pinto……..80% bondo
    1973 Javelin……first car I ever bought on credit…a real POS
    1969 Torino 428………scary fast car
    1971 Mustang Mach 1….351C, loud and quick
    1961 Falcon 428….Scariest car I have ever driven..
    1973 Vega…..80 bucks and 1 qt of oil per tank of gas
    1974 Vega GT…drove this one on our honeymoon
    1976 Vega….ugly orange and a real slug
    1979 Dodge Omni 024…My first brand new car. A true lemon.
    1976 Pontiac Ventura 260 V8
    1974 Nova my small block drag racer
    1971 Charger…bought it to race, it was a dog
    1980 Rabbit C Diesel
    1981 Rabbit LS gas
    1983 Rabbit GTI…Kept this one for 19 years..still miss it
    1971 Type 3….Pumpkin orange, fun car
    1971 Super beetle
    1980 Rabbit C….$400 beater, indestructable
    1965 Impala….freebie from a cousin
    1965 Corvair….cool car
    1969 Chevy C10….beast with a diamond plate lined bed
    1969 Camaro…307 powerglide
    1984 Prelude….yawn
    1987 Accord…..yawn yawn
    1986 Accord….yaw yawn yawn
    1985 Subaru RX Turbo…not as fast as it looked, but the 4wd was sweet
    1981 Chevette….gave this roach to my brother
    1986 GMC S15 4X4….bought it from the company I worked for and sold it
    1988 Plymouth Voyager
    1989 Plymouth Voyager Turbo
    1990 Grand Voyager
    1990 Ford Probe
    1994 Ford Probe..the worst car I have ever owned…horrible POS
    1987 Suzuki Samurai…..Way too much fun
    1961 Nash Metrolpolitan…”Baby Shamu”..wife is still pissed I sold it
    1964 Rambler American
    1965 Rambler Classic….3 on the tree and manual steering and brakes
    1991 Eagle Summit
    1986 Merkur XR4TI….
    1989 Isuzu I-Mark RS…One of 247 in the country..wife totaled it..ARGHHHH
    1987 Toyota tercel 4X4 wagon(actually, i owned 2 of these)
    1986 Ford Tempo
    1990 Ford Tempo
    1992Ford Explorer
    1989 Ford Taurus
    1995 Neon…..ordered and bought new..3 Head gaskets under warranty
    1996 neon
    1993 Hyundai excel….crap
    1992 Jeep Cherokee 4.0HO
    1988 Jeep Cherokee….had 231K on it when I sold it
    1994 Jeep Wrangler….4.0 and 5 speed…I miss this one
    1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee…boring white, never liked it
    1987 Buick century
    1989 Buick Regal
    1979 Dodge Aspen….showroom condition bought it in 2001..sold it in 2001
    1987 VW cabriolet
    1994 Camaro Z28 26MPG highway!!
    1988 Colt Vista 4X4 mini-mini van
    1995 Cirrus…..Great car, reliable, gave to my son, had over 150K when sold
    2001 PT Cruiser…Ordered new in 2000..never had a problem with it
    1988 Grand Am
    1983 911…..basket case
    1988 Saab 9000..$300 beater
    1987 Golf…another $300 beater, taught son to drive a stick with this one
    1988 Festiva…..36mpg FTW
    1983 Subaru wagon…..winter beater
    1988 Dodge Daytona
    1983 mercury Marquis (the little one)
    1981 Chevy Citation….$400 winter beater
    1961 Ford Galaxie Victoria….looked like Andy Griffiths cop car
    1996 Grand Voyager LE
    1988 Jeep Cherokee Limited
    1989 Chrysler LeBaron Turbo Convertible
    2002 PT Cruiser
    1994 Dodge Shadow ES
    1997 Jeep Cherokee
    1996 Geo Tracker 4 dr
    1998 Neon Expresso
    1969 SAAB 96…. …big fun
    2004 Dodge Stratus
    1985 VW Scirocco…was mint condition, sold in 2007
    1994 SAAB 9000 turbo
    1999 Dodge Stratus
    2006 Scion xB
    1997 Ford Escort LX Sport
    1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    2000 Subaru Forester….4 snow tires and this thing will go anywhere
    2004 Chrysler Crossfire…..A Mercedes SLK all dressed up
    1987 VW Cabriolet wolfsburg triple white
    2007 Dodge Caliber R/T AWD
    2008 Smart ForTwo
    2009 smart fortwo cabriolet
    1997 Mazda Miata
    1999 Dodge Dakota 4x4
    2008 Jeep Wrangler
    2009 Suzuki SX4 AWD
    2010 Suzuki Kizashi AWD
    2012 smart fortwo
    2002 Chrysler Sebring convertible
    2005 Jeep Liberty
    2013 Fiat 500 sport
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  13. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Hey , you're a freaking DEALER ! Not fair, lol.
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  14. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    428 1961 FALCON??? WTF ?? Pretty sure that wasn't a factory option!
    Blackbelt has considerable improved the en masse "cool quotient" of the posted cars.
    BUT with 3 YES 3 VEGAs-one he drove on his HONEYMOON ?
    and a PINTO- he has damaged his own "cool quotient"

    Samurai-wasn't that a notorious "flipper"? Chevy rebadged it as something?
    They were pretty popular off road-inexpensive relative to"real jeeps"-
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  15. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    If anyone can fix my Mustang it'll raise the cool quotient of this list again lol.

    Ideally I'd keep around a cheap beater commute car - current Echo fits the bill perfectly - for, you guessed it, the commute. Efficient, paid for, and already beat up for my non-caring, thoughtless day to day pleasure. But I'd like to replace the Kia with something larger. Mazda5 or maybe even a Ford Flex. Three row seating, plenty of room to put stuff or haul family (important for us to have at least a couple times per year). I'd really flip my lid over a SkyActive diesel Mazda5 and a 6-speed three-pedal arrangement. Honestly, it does seem a teeny bit small but very manageable I think. I'd like to have a conversion van and although I've had plenty of gas hogs, those things make even me blush a little with their incredible rate of fuel consumption. Ideally something like a Taurus or Impala wagon - yes, with old-fahioned rear-facing 3rd row - would be what I would love to have, maybe even one with a smallish-to-midsize diesel? Volvo 960 wagon looks attractive now...
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  16. Blackbelt

    Blackbelt Well-Known Member

    OK Charlie, to address your comments.

    The 61 Falcon had a straight front axle from an econoline van since the big block really didn't fit between the original shock towers. the 428CJ was from a 69 and had a solid lifter cam. 4 speed tranny and 4.88 gears. The car got sideways a lot. Really scary. Bought that car when i was 18, the guy who built it got bored with it..LOL
    The Vega's. What can i say? I was poor at that point in my life. The first one i bought when i was 20 Y.O. and was trying to support myself and also save up for a wedding. it was 80 bucks, and got me back and forth to work. The second one(the one i drove across Pennsylvania to our honeymoon in the Pocono's) was a GT model and was actually a nice little car. Paid $450 and drove it for a few years until we got on our feet. The third one (the 76) was another cheapie. It ran OK and i kept it for about a year. It had the "durabilt" sleeved block engine, so at least it didn't burn oil like a 2 stroke.
    The Pinto was a $75 winter car purchase so i didnt have to drive my Javelin during the winter. It didn't blow up, although nobody rear ended me so who knows?
    I got the Samurai from a friend as part of a deal where i sold him my 88 Vista. It was so damn much fun i really wish i had it back. I never came close to rolling it, and i did some crazy stuff in that thing. CR was full of crap!
    Oh, and the Suzuki sidekick was the one you are thinking of that Chevy badged as the "tracker" Check the list, i had one of those..LOL
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  17. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member


    Speaking of sideways-buddy of mine had a Corvair-we LOVED to get it to swing sideways on the gravel roads in the town where I grew up.
    Yeah fell like a dirt track racer-fun little car!!

    Yeah guess it was CR that slammed the Samurai
    So it the Sidekick that Chevy rebadged as the Tracker-they actually sold plenty of them.

    I like that Fiat 500-love the ad too-best looking women in a car ad "The Italians are coming"
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  18. 08EscapeHybrid

    08EscapeHybrid Moderator

    1980 Pontiac Bonneville Safari (learned to drive on this)
    1981 AMC Spirit (shared with my sister and given to us by my aunt - used to be grandma's commuter car)
    1984 Buick Skyhawk (inherited when grandma died and immediately traded it to my sister for her 1981 Buick Regal Limited)
    1981 Buick Regal Limited (still own)
    1974 Chevrolet C10 Custom Deluxe (sold to my sister after 2 years)
    1986 Chevrolet C10 Silverado (still own)
    1998 GMC K1500 (still own)
    2006 Harley Davidson Super Glide FXDI (Still own)
    2008 Ford Escape Hybrid 4wd (current daily driver)
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  19. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    Ramblers AMC PAW PAW MAW MAW cars!!
    Cheapskate old man bought one of course-to his everlasting regret-the aluminum block 1961 6.
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  20. 08EscapeHybrid

    08EscapeHybrid Moderator

    The 81 AMC Spirit had a Pontiac 151 "Iron Duke" 4 cylinder. Never had a day's problem with it. Reason we got rid of it was it did not have a/c. No a/c in Connecticut where grandma bought the car was not as much of a big deal as driving a car in Virginia with no a/c.
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