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    1985 Fiat Panda (only 34 horse power but plenty for me at that time; the reason I am still alive...)
    Peugeot 205XS. Nice car. My first new car. I actually would have loved to have a 205 gti or even better a Golf GTi but nit enough money at that time.
    Citroën BX (company’s car) - boring
    Golf 2 (company’s car) - very nice car
    BMW 520 (company’s car) - boring. Heavy. 200km/h was a word however at that time.
    Peugeot 306 (company’s car) - just for work
    BMW 320i - nice V6 but not enough power
    Porsche 911/993 Carrera 4 - first 911 and modified a lot of course
    Porsche 911/964 RSR (only for racing) - one of the best sport car at that time. I loved it.
    Porsche 911/993 turbo - too heavy
    Porsche 911/993 GT2 (only for racing) - one of the best sport cars
    Ferrari 355 GTS - too basic inside. Bling only for outside.
    Ferrari 355 Challenge (only gor racing) - fun to drive but not fast
    Jeep Grand Cherokee - comfortable and “US feeling”
    Mercedes SL 55 AMG - very nice car; really loved it. Had to sell it because of my move to Canada.
    Now:
    2016 Dodge RAM 1500 V8 Limited - you must have a pickup truck once in your life....


    Vespa ET4
    Vespa GTS 300 super
    BMW R1100
    Ducati 996 R (only for racing)
    Ducati 998 S Ben Bostrom - the best look
    Ducati 998 R - (only for racing) - just so fun to drive on the race tracks
    Suzuki GSX-R 750 - not enough power
    Suzuki GSX-R 1000 - power but not so much fun as with the Ducatis
    - All sold -
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    ~1930 Ford with the back half of the body chopped off and made into a faux pickup bed, for $15. I was 12 years old and just learning to drive, so . . .
    1955 Chevy Bel Air - vroom, vroom, my fast car phase
    1959 Chevy Biscayne, 6 cyl., 3 on the tree, reliable and cheap;
    1970 VW beetle, drove that nearly 200k;
    1976 Dodge pickup;
    1980 Datsun (Nissan) King Cab pickeup;
    1982 Pugeot, most comfortable car I ever owned;
    1989 Dodge Grand Caravan - very practical soccer mom car;
    1986 Subaru 4wd wagon;
    2000 Subaru Outback;
    2014 Subaru Outback - still driving it, hopefully for a long time yet.

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    Once you go for Subaru you usually always drive a Subaru then. Good quality! And 4WD.

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    Geez, such long lists! I tend to hang on to cars forever

    1974 Fiat 128SL
    1998 GMC S15 Jimmy
    2002 Subaru Forester

    That's it. That's all I got....until next summer.
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    81 Subaru Gl wagon
    75 Super beetle
    85 Nissan pulsar
    86 Honda Prelude
    72 Baja bug
    87 Mazda 626
    85 Chevy S10
    86 Nissan pickup
    85 Chevy S10
    90 Mazda MX6
    97 Ford Ranger
    98 Ford Explorer
    91 Toyota Supra
    90 Nissan Skyline GTS-t
    87 Toyota Town Ace
    03 Ford Focus SVT
    88 Ford Ranger 4x4
    03 Nissan 350z (still have )
    05 Nissan 350z
    11 Nissan Juke
    07 Jeep Grand Cherokee (still have )
    94 Hyundai Accent
    98 Kia Carnival (5 speed diesel )
    14 Toyota Sienna (still own)

    also had had a few more bugs in there. A 69 mustang I bought to flip. I still have the 67 GT fastback my dad gave me. I could also do a nice list of motorcycles
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    Quote Originally Posted by tony_mm View Post
    Once you go for Subaru you usually always drive a Subaru then. Good quality! And 4WD.
    Good quality unless you count the too-numerous-to-count older engines that blew the head gaskets. I had 2 that did this, common to boxer engines.

    - '68 MG Midget. POS. NEVER buy British.
    - '75 AMC Gremlin. The Lead Sled. Also a POS. 141,000+
    - '82 Dodge Colt, actually a Mitsubishi something, probably a re-worked Zero, a good little car. 85,000
    - '86 Isuzu Trooper, workourse truck, terrible 4 cyl engine, 140,000+
    - '92 Ford Escort Wagon, not a bad little car. Terrible electronics, 141,000+
    - '01 Subaru Forester, good car, bad head gasket, 145,000+
    - '03 Subaru Outback, hand-me-down from wife, she got the Impreza, everything failed at once including the HG. 142,000
    - '11 Subaru Forester, nice car, new FB25 engine used too much oil, bad engine, traded it after putting 55,000 on it.
    - '17 Subaru Outback, new purchase and my most luxurious vehicle, a very nice car.

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    1993 autobianchi y10
    1996 Ford Ka
    1997 Jeep Wrangler
    2002 Subaru Forester
    2006 Toyota Prius
    2014 Toyota Yaris hybrid

    Still owns Prius and Yaris. Jeep Wrangler the most miserable car ever owned. A lot of clutch issues on the Subaru,but that was a fantastic car. Prius kicks everybody’s ass.

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    How the heck do you remember the year of manufacture? Here's my list but couldn't tell you the years.

    First car..Ford Galaxy (I was 15 when I bought it from a neighbor and drove it home)
    Fiat (traded for a shotgun and some shells)
    Buick Lesabre (broken frame I fixed with angle iron and an arc welder)
    Olds Delta 88 (thought it was a race car)
    Plymouth Barracuda (when bought the trunk was filled with dirt for extra weight)
    Ford Torino (bought from a teacher in High school)
    Olds 98 (the boat)
    Dodge Dart (first car from a dealer)
    Ford F100 (bright orange, repainted with Rustoleum brown)
    Toyota truck (fun, fun, fun and a tough little truck)
    Buick Century (kept it parked in the barn under a tarp except for dates)
    Ford Aerostar van ( yep, kid time)
    Chevy 1500
    Chevy Lumina van
    GMC Jimmy
    GMC Sierra 3/4 ton
    Mitsubishi Endeavor
    Mitsubishi Outlander
    Buick CX5 (current)
    looking at Land Rovers right now
    Miles of agony for moments of ahhh!

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    1962 Corvair Convertible 4 speed spider
    1963 Chevy Impalla
    1967 Pontiac GTO Convertible
    1967 Pontiac Grandprix
    1969 Camaro Hard top (still have)
    1972 Chevy Van
    1967 Chevy Deluxe
    1979 Chevy Van
    1969 Camaro Pace Car (still have)
    1991 Jeep Cherokee
    1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    2004 GMC Sierra Crew Cab 4x4 Diesel
    2008 Jeep Commander LTD (wife's car, still have)
    2015 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab 4x4 (still have)
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    My (and my wife's since I've known her) cars:

    1997 Geo Metro
    1991 Chev S10 Blazer
    2003 Ford Taurus
    1998 Ford Aerostar
    1989 Buick Regal
    2002 Hyundai Elantra
    1997 Chev Astro Van
    2008 Nissan Xterra
    2011 RAM 1500
    2011 Nissan Cube
    2014 RAM 1500
    1983 Ford Ranger

    We still have the Taurus (my son's car now), the 2014 RAM, the Cube, and the Ranger (my work beater).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
    - '17 Subaru Outback, new purchase and my most luxurious vehicle, a very nice car.
    I seriously hope that you don't sit inside other '17 cars. I have sat inside the new Outback and the Crosstrek and thought my neighbor's POS 2001 Honda Accord was much better than any new Subaru interiors right now.

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    Other than the Mustang it's all Mopars and Volvos...

    1963 Plymouth Valiant convertible
    1978 Volvo 242
    1970 Plymouth Fury convertible
    1985 Volvo 244
    1966 Plymouth Satellite
    1988 Volvo 245
    2007 Ford Mustang GT
    2007 Volvo V70

    Next car will be a 68-69 Plymouth GTX or Road Runner...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keoki View Post
    I seriously hope that you don't sit inside other '17 cars. I have sat inside the new Outback and the Crosstrek and thought my neighbor's POS 2001 Honda Accord was much better than any new Subaru interiors right now.
    My wife has a 2016 Crosstrek limited and it is definitely a very nice ride! The AWD is also very smooth together with the CVT transmission. We both live it! Nothing against Honda or Honda Accord but they are just basic average cars. On the other hand if you prefer a Honda Accord buy one. Not everybody has the same taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry Chinaski View Post
    Other than the Mustang it's all Mopars and Volvos...

    1963 Plymouth Valiant convertible
    1978 Volvo 242
    1970 Plymouth Fury convertible
    1985 Volvo 244
    1966 Plymouth Satellite
    1988 Volvo 245
    2007 Ford Mustang GT
    2007 Volvo V70

    Next car will be a 68-69 Plymouth GTX or Road Runner...
    I had a 68 roadrunner 383 Mag, 4-speed manual, dual exhaust. I still get excited when I see one. Even with stock exhaust, at idle it sounded muscular, menacing, and mean... like the PA State Police Plymouth Fury interceptors of the time. Blub blub blub blub blub....

    When the 4 barrels on the giant carb opened up, the whole car would stand up and fly.

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    We started out in pre-ownership (we were not yet licensed) with a nearly dead Austin A40...used to race up and down our gravel alley and do donuts until the neighbors called the cops...

    in rough order;
    1956 Morris Oxford (blew up)
    International Harvester Panel truck--195x--still had running boards, fenders, a floor starter and 6 volts--yes, it was that old. It was our bike transport vehicle for races;
    1963 Beetle--modded and dangerous
    197x Ford Econoline ski van
    197? Fiat 128 sedan (wrecked)
    1973 Toyota Celica--looked like a bad 70's muscle car with huge wheels and casual denting;
    1971 Super Beetle
    ???? drawing a blank--I think there may have been something else in this period,
    1984 VW Jetta GLi (Sold for grad school--missed still)
    198x Buick (aka 'the Black Beast'--a real turd of a car--I may have pushed this off a cliff--I honestly have no recollection of what happened to it;
    With my lovely wife
    1978? Toyota Corolla
    1989 Jetta (POS) at the same time as a >
    198? Golf (for a brief moment we were a two VW family--what were we thinking?)
    199x Mitsubishi Eclipse--sold to buy>
    1984 Porsche 944 beater (died an untimely death and donated before move to UK)
    1993 Mitsubishi wagon (sold to move to the UK)
    *a period of no cars until we bought a:
    1997-8 Volvo 850 GLT "Estate"--that's a wagon to you Yanks
    *a period of company cars in Germany--we were again a two VW family
    2003 Tundra (still with us)
    1999 Volvo V70 (donated)
    2011 Acura TSX wagon (still with us)
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    1977 Honda Civic. Bought for $75. Wish I still had it. I could probably carry it in the back of a pickup for errands.

    Borrowed vehicle

    1980 Diesel Rabbit. College car. I sold a trumpet and a bit of my soul for this piece o junk. I learned a lot about life with this one.

    Borrowed Vehicle

    1981 Diesel Rabbit. I'm officially done with them now.
    For.
    Ever.

    El Camino. 70 something. Can't remember any more. Delivered papers with it, and one night I got two flats in a row, bang bang. Only carry one spare. Went and called home from a pay phone, and got a ride. By the time I got back to the car, it had been towed. Yay.

    1977 F-100. Best Truck Ever. Had a tree fall on it and didn't hurt it a bit. Wish I still had it, too. Sold it to a guy for an agreed upon price, got the first payment, and never a cent more. 22 years later I am about over the bad juju.

    1991 Honda Civic, bought new as a leftover in 1992. Best Car Ever. Also our first new car. Good times. It was $7000, and had less than 20 miles on it. No radio. THose were extra.

    Shitty slant 6 Dodge work van replaced the F100. It is probably still running somewhere. It was bulletproof.

    14' (I think) Grumman van. I wanted to carry everything. I could park this monster better than what I drive now.

    94 Accord that Mrs. 10ae bought to replace the Civic.

    another 70's F-150, those are nice trucks.

    Ranger pickup from my brother after I wrecked the F-150. siezed up after too many trips to Philadelphia to see Pop in hospital.

    Shitty Chevy work van bought for $500 to replace the dead ranger. Also blew this up

    1994 Ford 250 inherited from Pop. This hung around for a while until I ran out of parking options and a contractor bought it from me.

    Shitty minivan I had for a few days til it stranded me on the turnpike, and almost got me fired. I'm a little fuzzy on where in the sequence it goes. I think here. Was going to do side work for it, but the people never let me do the work because of the breakdown and subsequent hassle. Seems to be a shitty van thing going on with me.

    1999 Miata (10th anniversary #1203), first nice car I ever got myself.

    98 Escort. The Accord sprung a horrific oil leak, I didn't have time to fool with it, and we replaced it with this unassuming humble runabout. After a few years, Mrs. bought herself a new 07 Fit. I cleaned up the Escort and put it up for sale for $1500. A guy came to look at it, asked me to take him for a ride (what?, whatever, ok) and on the way home he looked at me and said ok, will you take $1000?

    Nah.

    So he turns, looks at me with his big sad brown eyes and not very good English, and says, you do not want one thousand dollars?

    ****.

    Who doesn't want a thousand dollars? He got me.

    07 Fit. About time for it to be replaced, sadly, over 200k on it and starting to do dumb stuff.

    1998 Lumina, which was bought after the Miata ate a piston. The Lumina was $2500, and a good emergency solution. Within days, a guy came to the back door and pestered me til I sold him the Miata. For $2500. There is order in all things.

    2010 Cobalt, which I hate. The Lumina was sort of gross, smelly, and ugly, and was starting to die slowly, a part at time. For a grand or so I could have fixed everything, but was moving on up, and wanted a car that was less nasty. It was 11 grand, had less than 15k miles, and was shiny. It's too small, a 2 door, and too small.

    1974 Scout 2, gone. After we moved it sat for over a year, and I could watch it rust. I made my peace with letting it go, and sent it to a good home.

    Edit, forgot a few.
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    Some cool cars here in the other lists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
    I had a 68 roadrunner 383 Mag, 4-speed manual, dual exhaust. I still get excited when I see one. Even with stock exhaust, at idle it sounded muscular, menacing, and mean... like the PA State Police Plymouth Fury interceptors of the time. Blub blub blub blub blub....

    When the 4 barrels on the giant carb opened up, the whole car would stand up and fly.
    The best... Just made an offer on a 68 GTX... (440 power)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10ae1203 View Post
    1977 Honda Civic. Bought for $75. Wish I still had it. I could probably carry it in the back of a pickup for errands.

    Borrowed vehicle

    1980 Diesel Rabbit. College car. I sold a trumpet and a bit of my soul for this piece o junk. I learned a lot about life with this one.

    Borrowed Vehicle

    1981 Diesel Rabbit. I'm officially done with them now.
    For.
    Ever.

    El Camino. 70 something. Can't remember any more. Delivered papers with it, and one night I got two flats in a row, bang bang. Only carry one spare. Went and called home from a pay phone, and got a ride. By the time I got back to the car, it had been towed. Yay.

    1977 F-100. Best Truck Ever. Had a tree fall on it and didn't hurt it a bit. Wish I still had it, too. Sold it to a guy for an agreed upon price, got the first payment, and never a cent more. 22 years later I am about over the bad juju.

    1991 Honda Civic, bought new as a leftover in 1992. Best Car Ever. Also our first new car. Good times. It was $7000, and had less than 20 miles on it. No radio. THose were extra.

    Shitty slant 6 Dodge work van replaced the F100. It is probably still running somewhere. It was bulletproof.

    14' (I think) Grumman van. I wanted to carry everything. I could park this monster better than what I drive now.

    94 Accord that Mrs. 10ae bought to replace the Civic.

    another 70's F-150, those are nice trucks.

    Ranger pickup from my brother after I wrecked the F-150. siezed up after too many trips to Philadelphia to see Pop in hospital.

    Shitty Chevy work van bought for $500 to replace the dead ranger. Also blew this up

    1994 Ford 250 inherited from Pop. This hung around for a while until I ran out of parking options and a contractor bought it from me.

    Shitty minivan I had for a few days til it stranded me on the turnpike, and almost got me fired. I'm a little fuzzy on where in the sequence it goes. I think here. Was going to do side work for it, but the people never let me do the work because of the breakdown and subsequent hassle. Seems to be a shitty van thing going on with me.

    1999 Miata (10th anniversary #1203), first nice car I ever got myself.

    98 Escort. The Accord sprung a horrific oil leak, I didn't have time to fool with it, and we replaced it with this unassuming humble runabout. After a few years, Mrs. bought herself a new 07 Fit. I cleaned up the Escort and put it up for sale for $1500. A guy came to look at it, asked me to take him for a ride (what?, whatever, ok) and on the way home he looked at me and said ok, will you take $1000?

    Nah.

    So he turns, looks at me with his big sad brown eyes and not very good English, and says, you do not want one thousand dollars?

    ****.

    Who doesn't want a thousand dollars? He got me.

    07 Fit. About time for it to be replaced, sadly, over 200k on it and starting to do dumb stuff.

    1998 Lumina, which was bought after the Miata ate a piston. The Lumina was $2500, and a good emergency solution. Within days, a guy came to the back door and pestered me til I sold him the Miata. For $2500. There is order in all things.

    2010 Cobalt, which I hate. The Lumina was sort of gross, smelly, and ugly, and was starting to die slowly, a part at time. For a grand or so I could have fixed everything, but was moving on up, and wanted a car that was less nasty. It was 11 grand, had less than 15k miles, and was shiny. It's too small, a 2 door, and too small.

    1974 Scout 2, gone. After we moved it sat for over a year, and I could watch it rust. I made my peace with letting it go, and sent it to a good home.

    Edit, forgot a few.
    Love your stories!

    And a pity you don’t have the El Camino any more. That was a real car imho!

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    honda cl350
    1968 chevy nova( street racer)
    1969 El Camino
    kawasaki kz650
    Kawasaki kz750
    1981 toyota corolla
    1981 honda accord
    1982 camaro z28
    1984 chevy 1/2 ton
    1985 chevy cavailer
    1988 pontiac wagon
    1987 toyota tercel
    1974 chevy 3/4 suburban
    1992 chevy lumina
    1987 chevy 3500 crew cab daully
    1996 pontaic grand am
    1967 pontiac lemans convertible
    1985 chevy blazer
    1999 mazda miata
    1992 buick roadmaster wagon
    2001 kawasaki zrx1100
    1969 honda ct70
    2003 chevy 3500 crew cab daully
    1970 el camino
    2014 jetta deisel
    2017 outback
    1998 jeep wrangler
    1972 chevelle wagon
    and numerous dirt bike and boats
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keoki View Post
    I seriously hope that you don't sit inside other '17 cars. I have sat inside the new Outback and the Crosstrek and thought my neighbor's POS 2001 Honda Accord was much better than any new Subaru interiors right now.
    I’ve sat and traveled inside my brothers Mercedes and BMW’s, as well as extended time in the Honda CRV. My point was compared to “all the other cars I’ve owned”, the ‘17 OB is certainly the most comfortable I’ve spent extended time in., but then again I spent 7 years in a Gremlin so the bar was set low early on.

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    ?? Kharman Ghia
    ?? VW bug Frankencar (front and rear different years)
    1970 Opel Kadett 2dr (Sold)
    1972 Chevy S10 (traded for VW)
    1976 VW Rabbit 2dr (hit and run driver while parked, never the same after repair)
    1972 Opel Kadett Wagon(burned up in driveway) Loved this car!
    1978 VW Rabbit 4dr (T-boned)
    1984 Honda Civic SI (hit by car crossing yellow line)
    1985 Honda Civic SI (traded for Accord)
    1990 Accord Station Wagon (traded for more room)
    1986 Ford Taurus Station Wagon (cracked cylinders, ran great once repaired - began rusting and needed head gasket)
    1990 Ford Escort Wagon (Blown Head Gasket)
    1990 Ford Taurus Station Wagon(fancier but slower than previous Taurus)
    1999 Subaru Forester (sold to repair shop - needed head gasket & more. Owner rolled it a week after repairs - claimed it saved his life)
    1999 Honda CRV (totalled by truck)
    1998 Honda CRV (Replaced the 1999 almost made it to 200K - Hit by red light runner)
    2011 Honda CRV (bought while on vacation to replace 1998 - Still driving that)
    2013 Ford Fiesta (traded for Escape)
    2016 Ford Escape (bought to tow trailer - wife's current drive)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry Chinaski View Post
    The best... Just made an offer on a 68 GTX... (440 power)
    Good luck Henry!

    That car is a monster.

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    Great thread. The lists are much more interesting biographies than the lists of bicycles.

    Some details are a bit fuzzy but ---

    1968 Fiat 850 Spyder. Unreliable as heck but ultra fun and a chick magnet deluxe. I once got 50 mpg on a tank.
    1976 Honda Civic. The anti-850 Spyder but still remarkably sporty. I actually kissed it goodbye when I sold it for...
    1984(?) Volkswagen Jetta. Eventually it was running on three cylinders. Bu'bye!
    1974 Mercedes 250. Well over a decade old when I bought it. Miserable gas mileage but comfortable, reliable and extremely well-assembled. I felt like a king driving down the road.
    Honda Fit. As sweet as my Honda Civic. Five speed stick. Reliable. Surprisingly tactile.
    I'm now on my fourth (or is it fifth?) BMW 3-Series. First two were sticks. Sogno and I bought the second one in Germany and drove it around Europe on our Honeymoon. The latest one is still with us, now garaged alongside the VW Electric Golf that replaced the Fit.
    Mapie is a conventional looking former Hollywood bon viveur, now leading a quiet life in a house made of wood by an isolated beach. He has cultivated a taste for culture, and is a celebrated raconteur amongst his local associates, who are artists, actors, and other leftfield/eccentric types. I imagine he has a telescope, and an unusual sculpture outside his front door. He is also a beach comber. The Rydster.

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