Your first car? / Car history?

January 6th, 2012, 11:45 pm

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What was your first car?

To learn on? To drive? To own? (**note pics are from google, not my actual cars)

I learnt on my dad's '84 BMW 318i stick shift. Dunno how many times I stalled going up and down the block.

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Then I first had access to my mom's 87 (I think) 740 Volvo that I kinda wrecked the headliner of transporting wood to build a stage for the high school fashion show I was Creative Director of.

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Got the bimmer in University and drove it until the paint tranny and more failed. and had to prop up the driver's seat with a PVC pipe to keep it from reclining... I repainted the roundel in the design studio shop I was interning in and while masking took off some clear c0at...



First car I bought (leased) was a circa 98 New Beetle, Snot Green.

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First car I really bought (cash) was a 69 MB 250....

(my actual car)
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Then a 328xi coupe

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Now onto another classic, '87 535i
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Re: Your first car?

January 7th, 2012, 3:42 am

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Learned to drive on, and later inherited Volvo 440 GL -89
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About 1 month after I moved to a bigger city, someone tried to steal it. They didn't succeed but managed to do so much damage that the insurance company didn't want to fix it, and just gave me about $1000 to destroy the car instead. That's what you get for paying insurance for 19 years.

I needed a car to get to work, so I instantly used the $1000 to buy a newer version of same car. Volvo 460 -95.
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It lasted me 2 years, and I managed to sell it for $700 the same day I bought my "real" first car that I actually wanted to have: Audi A3 -05
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(google pics, not my actual cars, although I had those same colors)

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January 7th, 2012, 10:48 am

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Learned to drive in an 89 Nissan Maxima

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and a 94 Olds Aurora (with the "autobahn package"!)

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First car was a 95 Pontiac Grand Am. 2 Door V6, Purple. Ladykiller.

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Next up (and most favorite)

1997 Audi A4 Quattro Turbo. Still wish I wouldn't have sold it.

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Then on to a 2004 Mazda3 5-Door - Electric Blue.
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Sold that to buy an engagement ring...

Now I have a wife, 2 kids and un-fun automobiles. Story of my life.
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Re: Your first car? / Car history?

January 8th, 2012, 11:09 am

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Got my first driving lessons when I was a kid with this IZ 2715. Dad still has it, altough it hasn`t been driven in 10 years.
Sits in the garage in the country.

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At the same time we also had a Moskvich 412 that I got to practice with in the country roads. This one is long gone now.

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Then it was this Mitsubishi Lancer, also dads car. Used it alot after I got my DL.

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And then bought my own car, the 320i:

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*The pics are not of the actual cars, but similar ones found from the net.

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January 8th, 2012, 12:16 pm

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Wow you guys love your German cars lol
First car was 1995 Ford Escort had for 2 years
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1995 Mazda Mx-3 Still have it
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Now 2008 Mazda 3 Hatchback
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January 8th, 2012, 12:26 pm

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Oh come on guys, this is really dull. This is the equivalent of looking at girls in American malls who dress exactly like their mothers.

I'm no car guy, (although I've totaled three in my time...) but you seem to driving the stodgy stuff your parents would park in a suburban driveway.

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January 8th, 2012, 12:39 pm

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Stuffed Vulture wrote:Oh come on guys, this is really dull. This is the equivalent of looking at girls in American malls who dress exactly like their mothers.

I'm no car guy, (although I've totaled three in my time...) but you seem to driving the stodgy stuff your parents would park in a suburban driveway.
Well I`m going to buy my dream car Lamborgini Diablo as soon as all my million dollar ideas take off :lol:

But in all seriousness, many of the old exotic cars that can be aquired for cheap are not at all cheap to maintain.
Keeping a more reliable daily driver is sometimes just common sense.

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January 8th, 2012, 12:51 pm

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Stuffed Vulture wrote:Oh come on guys, this is really dull. This is the equivalent of looking at girls in American malls who dress exactly like their mothers.

I'm no car guy, (although I've totaled three in my time...) but you seem to driving the stodgy stuff your parents would park in a suburban driveway.
What are you driving these days?

PS for the 6300 dollars I paid for my Mx-3 it's an amazing car and extremely fun to drive. To me that's greater than any 50 grand BMW which you won't be able to afford to fix in repairs after you drive it 80k.

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January 8th, 2012, 3:32 pm

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Bought this 1981 Fiat X19 when I was 17 for about $3800 (Canadian$)
Had it until I was about 20 (pre-design school)
The (now recognized as terrible) plastic hubcaps were added as the originals were missing. At the time I of course thought they were totally bad-ass.
At this point in my life I had no clue what industrial design was - however in retrospect, my choice of a sunset timed shot to get the best color on my washed-out paint job and turning the front wheels 3/4 probably mark my humble beginnings as a designer. :)

I miss this car!

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January 8th, 2012, 3:49 pm

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Stuffed Vulture wrote:Oh come on guys, this is really dull. This is the equivalent of looking at girls in American malls who dress exactly like their mothers.

I'm no car guy, (although I've totaled three in my time...) but you seem to driving the stodgy stuff your parents would park in a suburban driveway.
Not a car guy? Why bother reading this thread, let alone replying to it? If you want to share something, share something relevant to the discussion, or say nothing at all. You are not required to comment.
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January 8th, 2012, 4:56 pm

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First Car from the parents: 1989 Chrysler New Yorker, broken air suspension, dragged ass around town. Plushest leather seats
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First purchased car: '02 Sentra Spec-V
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Handed down when my father passed away: 1973 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (Blue one), sold in '07 when I graduated, didn't have the money or space to keep it running.
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'08 Acura TL Type-S purchased after getting my first job. My current and only car.
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'01 Corvette - Purchased in '09, sold in '09. Tons of fun (525+ horsepower) but insanely unreliable and sold it to help pay for an engagement ring.
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January 8th, 2012, 5:01 pm

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First car: 1986 Ford Taurus Wagon. $2k at the time, pretty bombproof and cheap to repair. A lot of fun during Vermont winters with snows on the front wheels only (that whale tail would pass you if you weren't careful). I'm still a wagon-loving freak:
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Second car (my first independent purchase): 1993 Subaru Legacy Sport. My first turbo, first manual transmission :) A lot of car- probably overpaid, but rare and it went like stink (WRXs weren't available in the US yet):
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Third (first bought new): 2003.5 Mazdaspeed Protege. Horrible color, but got $5k off sticker because of it. Fast, fun, and a bit silly. No cruise control (!). Doesn't match my personality, so didn't last long...
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Fourth: 2005 Saab 9-2x Aero. Cheaper than a WRX, better dealer service, too. GM were throwing money at consumers to get these off the lot at one point, so I bit. Tuned it a bit, drove it like an arse at times, got horrific mileage for the most part. The seats weren't very comfortable either- the main reason I sold (plenty of 5-7 hour drives out here in the desert):
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Current: 2007 Saab 9-3 SportCombi 2.0T. Everything I need. Peppy turbo'd engine, manual transmission, enough room to throw my road bike in the back with both wheels on, mountain bike with front wheel removed. 30mpg @ 80mph. Cheap to insure. 40k miles and fewer issues than the Mazdaspeed or Saabaru. Fell off the truck on its way to me from Salt Lake City. Frightening depreciation, though:
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Just for fun: We lifted my girlfriend's 2005 Subaru Outback Sport (Impreza). 9.5in of ground clearance with Forester springs and wheels. :D Surprisingly capable on moderately nasty dirt roads:
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January 8th, 2012, 5:50 pm

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My second car was a 1990 SAAB 900 SPG (turbo), modified to Hell and back, won some awards at car shows... really got me interested in Industrial Design. The car had whatever you can think of... boost controller, big upgraded turbo, homemade water/alcohol injection, huge 3" thick FMIC, cold air intake, 3" downpipe to tail exhaust system, upgraded fuel system, etc, etc. Wish I never sold it. Pictures are of my actual car when I owned it. (First car was a 1989 SAAB 900 S, non-turbo).

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January 8th, 2012, 6:52 pm

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Does anyone remember the scene from Dances with Wolves, near the end where, in near panic, Kicking Bird (Grant Greene) is rampaging around the tepee because he can't find his cherished pipe to trade with Lt. Dunbar (Costner)?

Well, that's been me all afternoon looking for my old photo album that contains the original photos of virtually every car I've ever owned.. . Image
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January 8th, 2012, 8:06 pm

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Lmo wrote:Does anyone remember the scene from Dances with Wolves, near the end where, in near panic, Kicking Bird (Grant Greene) is rampaging around the tepee because he can't find his cherished pipe to trade with Lt. Dunbar (Costner)?

Well, that's been me all afternoon looking for my old photo album that contains the original photos of virtually every car I've ever owned.. . Image
Got to be the most obscure movie reference/real life comparison I've ever seen.

And yes, I know exactly what scene you're talking about.
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