List the cars you've owned

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

  1. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis Well-Known Member

    08 ESCAPE
    I know how that is
    Cheapskate that I was-I bought a 1980 D-100 long bed-new $5200-
    3 years later the hand cranked windows had rusted SHUT
    Yeah 3 years in New Orleans summers-with just the tiny vents!!
    Even my dad was never that cheap(of course my mother was from Mass-he was from Philly-so New Orleans heat humidity-was rough-she would have killed him if he bought a no AC car)
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  2. 08EscapeHybrid

    08EscapeHybrid Moderator

    Yeah, the AMC Spirit was a damn good car. Very sturdy and well built. I swear that car had 30 MPH bumpers on it. You could run into anything and not even scratch it. Plus it had like a 23 gallon tank. Getting over 1.000 miles on a tank was no problem. The big problem was that it was the absolute base level trim (blue vinyl seats), no a/c, and an AM only radio. Only option it had was a rear window defroster. Grandma figured that she only lived 10 mins from work, and didn't need a fancy or comfortable car to commute in. If they went out together they took Grandpa's car (A very well equipped Ford Granada).
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  3. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    No a/c ain't as big a deal to me as most. I find that forcing my exposure to summers here gets my body better acclimatized to the heat and humidity.

    Heck, I grew up in a HOUSE with no a/c.
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  4. 08EscapeHybrid

    08EscapeHybrid Moderator

    I drive a lot without the a/c on now, but when I want a/c, I want it. Its nice to push a button and cool off. I even make a point to keep the a/c working in all of my vehicles. It even works in my 1981 Buick. A couple of years ago I spent about $1,000 replacing the a/c system in the K1500. I even spent time and money fixing the a/c in our 1 ton van that only goes about 400 miles/yr.
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  5. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    I will admit I use it when my daughters are in the car...other than that, I do try to turn it on once a month for 10min or so just to keep the oil flowing in it, etc. It was also on the other day as the defroster fought to melt the frost on my windshield...hate wasting gas in the driveway like that. The a/c in the Echo is fairly weak though.

    Like I said though, my first summer here in Texas was rough. I was always running to the a/c. Still, when driving from California to Texas in my '92 Bronco, that thing was a champ, averaged probably 18-19mpg running a decent bit of a/c along with vent windows and cruise set to about 62mph. Not bad for a 4600lb 4x4 with a flat tappet 302 V8, 32.5" tyres, aerodynamics of a sticky brick, ~500lbs of cargo, and speed-density, gang-fired injection. That a/c was brand new, would probably have put icicles on the windshield in the dead of summer :D My second summer I started to cut a/c use due to my budding interest in saving fuel, as well as taking walks around campus in between classes. I noticed that my exposure to the hot temperatures and high humidity allowed my body to more fully acclimatize itself and while not pleasant, summer here is easier that way. It's a fantastic side bonus :) I have no a/c in the Mustang, so if I drive that one, my hand is forced.

    I'll admit that having grown up without a/c in the house, though, that it'd be hard for me to give up home a/c no matter where I live.
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  6. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    No way would I own a car without AC - the lack of it was the main reason I sold my 4WD Civic Wagon, which was otherwise a phenomenal car. And that was when I lived in freakin' Seattle (average July high = 75 degrees).

    I do live in a house without AC, by the way (OK, we do now have a window AC in the upstairs bedroom, which we use about half a dozen nights a year). The difference is that when it's 85 degrees out, it doesn't go to 140 degrees in my house.
  7. ALS

    ALS Super Moderator Staff Member

    Those cars were lead sleds as they say. When I was in high school I use to run rental cars between the airport and downtown for a few bucks per trip. We use to laugh because coming down Greentree Hill towards the Fort Pitt Tunnels the highest speed we could achieve in those rental Granada's was a whole 83 mph. :eek:
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  8. I drove exec's in Lincoln town cars for a while. A lot of back and forth to the airport stuff. I kept hearing at the '98 stretch'. Someone finanlly told me what it was. A stretch of I94 with no entry/exits, no median and walls on both sides where a Town car could hit 98 mph.

    Yup drop your rider at the Airport and you can hit 98 mph on the way back.
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  9. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Now that the weather has turned, I'm glad to finally have a car with AC. Not for the Texas summer, but for defogging in the humid winter. Our winter weather is a back-and-forth battle between cold fronts and Gulf of Mexico warm fronts (ie. HUMID). When the next cold front comes through, you get cold weather mixed with already-humid air and everything gets condensation on it. EVERYTHING!
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  10. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    True. I thought I noticed more condensation, spottily, at temperatures I never thought I'd have to be worried about...

    ...*sigh* to be a weather-naive Californian :D
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  11. 08EscapeHybrid

    08EscapeHybrid Moderator

    I don't know. By the time I got a driver's licence Grandpa had traded the Granada in on an 84 Buick Skyhawk. I'm pretty sure he would have ordered the Granada with the most powerful motor that was available though. The Skyhawk had a pretty good amount of power, and was surprisingly nice inside considering that it was just a dolled up Cavalier.
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  12. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    ... which was probably slower than most 4-cylinder subcompacts today. The 6-cylinder '75 Grenada automatic was one of the slowest cars I ever drove---- as in 0-60 in 20 seconds flat, sluggish even by 70s standards. It made up for that with 16 mpg at 55 mph steady-state.
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  13. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    Briefly had a '61 Mercedes 190b my Pa and I wee going to restore. Neat car, 2-bbl OHC 4-banger with a column shift 4-speed. Great chassis, great clutch, 4-wheel manual drums worked better than they had a right to. 4 very skinny radials-in-place-of-bias-plies held on tenaciously, a pretty gifted suspension. Compact outside, roomy inside with just enough gauges, big trunk! Far too expensive to restore or maintain. It was slower than christmas, hard to maintain, but maybe the most fun you could have in a little car out on the road. Around 20-22mpg.
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  14. smart-za

    smart-za Well-Known Member

    Here's my list:

    - ??? beach buggy 1.3 (first car, restoration project with my dad, taught me that if your car is a convertible, you don't need any other features whatsover)
    - 1990 Opel Kadett 2.0 GSi (effortlessly fast: probably not the most sensible car for a student. Luckily I only crashed it gently)
    - ??? Fiat Uno 1.1 (taught me to drive slowly, because trying to drive fast was fruitless in this car)
    - 2002 smart fortwo 0.6 (replacement for the Uno when the Uno was written off in a hailstorm. Awaiting sale now that the Volvo has arrived)
    - 2004 Renault Clio 1.1 (girlfriend (now wife)'s car, then our family car, now my daily driver. Surprisingly nice car in many ways)
    - 2013 Volvo V40 1.6 diesel (first new car ever, all the bells and whistles I could reasonably wish for)
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  15. timw4mail

    timw4mail Well-Known Member

    My really short list:

    - 2010 Toyota Corolla - 1.8L
    - 2012 Scion iQ - 1.3L
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  17. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Wish they sold the Honda City here. I have owned many cars, but the current one is a 2015 Prius Two Liftback.
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  18. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Nah. We have the hatchback version called Fit, which is a better car because of the hatch. Nice car, build on a good platform.
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  19. alster

    alster Well-Known Member

    1960 Corvair / first car
    1961 Ford Falcon
    1964 Ford Falcon
    1972 Chevy Nova
    1977 VW Rabbit Diesel / purchased new
    1985 VW Jetta Turbo Diesel / purchased new
    1994 Honda Civic VX / purchased new (the very rare one 55 mpg hwy)
    2003 Jetta wagon diesel 5 spd manual / purchased new (sold to my brother 2 years ago/ he loves it)
    2010 Prius still driving it 136,000 miles / purchased new
    2014 Volt my wife's car 36,000 miles / purchased new / 140 mpg avg per car computer
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  20. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    New 81 Chevette Scooter
    Used 85 Merkur XR4Ti
    New 87 Mercury Sable
    New 91 Toyota Previa
    New 97 Nissan Pickup
    New 02 Chevrolet S10
    New 03 Ford Ranger
    New 03 Acura MDX
    Used 01 Insight
    New 03 Corolla
    New 05 Accord
    New 13 Prius PHEV

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