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  • I want to see your cars!

    C'mon guys, let's see all the cars you've ever owned!

    My first post will be my Subarus. In order:

    - Patti, my 1991 Legacy L 5MT AWD. It is the car that made me into a Subaru guy. Patti got me through high school and college, 9 years and 90k miles, without ever leaving me stranded anywhere, for any reason. Pic taken by at the Tail of the Dragon.
    - Ginger, my 1988 XT GL 5MT 4WD. I miss this car more than any car I've ever owned and sold. Quite possibly the most 80s car ever made. I did my first autocross at the 2003 Subaru Challenge in Gainesville, FL with Ginger.
    - Gretchen, my 1979 GL Wagon 4MT 4WD. I bought and sold this car not running. I never drove it or registered it, and I deeply regret never making any progress with it.
    - Okichi, the one Subaru I still own, a 100% authentic 2000 Subaru Legacy B4 RSK twin-turbo 5MT RHD, AWD of course. No, it's not 25 years old. I'm well aware. I've owned it for 8 years as of a week ago. This car needs a bit of work (knock sensor, possible vacuum leak, whining P/S pump, etc.), but I fully intend to keep this car as close to forever as possible.
    First and foremost, forever and always, a car guy.
    2000 Subaru Legacy B4 RSK - 5spd, JDM, RHD
    2017 Ford Mustang EcoBoost - 6spd, Performance Pack
    "Der Wahnsinn ist nur eine schmale Brücke/die Ufer sind Vernunft und Trieb"

  • #2
    This was my 2008 Honda Fit Sport 5MT, the only car I didn't name myself... somehow his name became Pepe and I don't even remember how. This was the result of selling all my old Subarus and buying my first brand-new car. I sold this car after 2 years to get the B4 RSK. I don't regret my decision, but I miss this little car more than I thought I would. This car took me everywhere I needed to go without trouble as I got a start in my automotive journalism career.
    First and foremost, forever and always, a car guy.
    2000 Subaru Legacy B4 RSK - 5spd, JDM, RHD
    2017 Ford Mustang EcoBoost - 6spd, Performance Pack
    "Der Wahnsinn ist nur eine schmale Brücke/die Ufer sind Vernunft und Trieb"


    • #3
      Yeah, I did this, bought a project Datsun 200SX ex-SCCA ITB race car for $500. Biggest mistake of my automotive life. It's gone forever. Let's move on.
      First and foremost, forever and always, a car guy.
      2000 Subaru Legacy B4 RSK - 5spd, JDM, RHD
      2017 Ford Mustang EcoBoost - 6spd, Performance Pack
      "Der Wahnsinn ist nur eine schmale Brücke/die Ufer sind Vernunft und Trieb"


      • #4
        My other current car, and my first domestic, Cheryle, my 2017 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 6MT, base model but with the Performance Package. No plans for mods or anything; I'm simply partial to 4cyl Mustangs since the first time I ever learned what a manual transmission was was when my mother brought home a 1984 four-eye Fox body Mustang L 4MT as my parents were getting divorced. So this car is a memorial to her, as well as a damn good-looking daily driver.
        First and foremost, forever and always, a car guy.
        2000 Subaru Legacy B4 RSK - 5spd, JDM, RHD
        2017 Ford Mustang EcoBoost - 6spd, Performance Pack
        "Der Wahnsinn ist nur eine schmale Brücke/die Ufer sind Vernunft und Trieb"


        • #5
          I'll have to dig up pictures of the older ones at a later date, ill probably have to comb through myspace to find them.

          1.) 1987 Toyota pickup blue/rust 22r/5sp 4wd 279k miles when i got it. Ended up blowing a headgasket the week before i was moving and couldn't get it fixed in time. I regret letting go of it so easy

          2.) 2000 Hyundai Elantra 5 spd bought in 2006 with 30k miles for $3000, deal of a lifetime. I put 120k on it before a lack of preventive maintenance ate the motor. Totally my fault for going double the reccomended service interval for the timing belt on an interference motor.

          3.) My first and to date only major project. 1989 Jeep Wrangler started with a 4.2 6cyl/5spd combo. Ended up with a Chevy 350/ 4 spd / t-case and axles from a square body chevy. I ended up selling this when i found out my oldest daughter was on her way.

          4.) 1995 Toyota corolla free beater from sister in law. Drove it to 250k and sold it to a woman for her daughters first car

          5.) The biggest mistake i ever made 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.2 V8. 9 mpg and a total money pit.

          6.) 2002 Mazda Protege5 i loved this car and drove it to almost 200k and a nearly non-existent rear subframe from all the rust.

          7.) 2007 Mazda3, current daily. 170k and running like a top. Remarkably clean rust wise for a new england car.


          • #6
            1.) My first are was a 1974 Ford Maverick that I paid $250 about 15 years ago. It had a 250ci straight six with an automatic and was heavily rusty. Some not terribly great bodywork, some left over paint, and some Ford Ranger wheels made it look respectful from afar. It was really quite terrible. I loved it so.

            2.) 1978 Mercury Grand Marquis It was given to me by my grandparents. Don't have a picture of it, came about before we had a digital camera. Just imagine a big, yellow land yacht. Wound up blowing up the motor and my grandfather sold it without my knowledge.

            3.) 1976 Dodge Tradesman This thing was a fricking time capsule. Chrome five spokes, two tone paint, shag carpeting, a bed, and a ice box. It was pretty rough, but still my 2nd most favorite car. Side swiped a tree and hauled it to the junkyard.

            4.) 1993 Chevy Caprice It was quite boring and mundane, but was reasonably comfortable and got crazy highway mileage. It got 27mpg on it's maiden voyage home.

            5.) 1998 Dodge Ram Van Starcraft conversion This was picked up for $2000 in 2008 to replace the Tradesman. Probably not the best idea buying a v8 powered brick right as gas prices were topping $4 a gallon, but it was reasonably reliable and comfortable.

            6.) 1992 Saab 900s This little thing changed what I wanted in a car. It was soo brilliant. Fuel efficient, comfortable, it handled beautifully, was fun to drive, reasonably fast, had loads of interior and cargo room. Driving it always made you feel special. It was so good I bought it twice.


            • #7
              7.) 1995 Dodge Dakota Sport This was my father's old pickup that I borrowed for a few months while I was between vehicles. Never took a picture of it.

              8.) 1979 Chrysler Cordoba Picked this up because it was cheaper than fixing my Saab. It was probably a really good looking car when it was new, with it's white vinyl top of red with white leather interior. But, like most malaise era Mopars, it's Achilles heel was rust. Hit a pot hole one day and had the driver's side rear leaf spring shackle shear right off. Instant lowrider. No picture either.

              9.) 1993 Dodge Intrepid Another "I just need something to get me by for a little while" car. It may have been impressive when new, but there was nothing good I think of about this thing.

              10.) 1977 MGB In another line of poor timing purchases, I bought this on the first of November, 2011. Luckily that winter was very mild, so I was able to drive this off and on up though mid January. It was a good little roadster.

              11.) 1986 Toyota 4runner I finally broke down and bought a 4 wheel drive like everyone said I needed, being in Minnesota and all. Used the 4 wheel drive twice. Totally not worth the most uncomfortable seats and ride of any car I've owned. Still, there were a few cool things about it, like the removable top and the tilt and yaw gauges in the dash.

              12.) 1979 Volvo 242 The brick! Loved how it looked and drove, hated the power sapping automatic, leaking sunroof, and various intermittent issues.

              13.) 1995 Ford Escort wagon Another cheap car to get my by when the Volvo was acting up. No pictures of this one either.

              14.) 2005 Dodge Neon The most disapointing vehicle I've ever owned. It was supposed to be something nice and new and reliable that I wouldn't have to worry about. It broke down two weeks after I bought it. It continued to be utter junk though the entire time I owned it.


              • #8
                15.) 1985 Renault Encore Bought it with the intention of turning it into a Lemons car, but never got past stripping the interior. And since it didn't have a title, it spent most of it's time sitting in the driveway, eventually donating bits to car 17.

                16.) 1980 Audi 5000 diesel At over 260k (probably more, since the odometer didn't work) it was the highest mileage car I've owned. The inline 5 diesel made an awesome noise, and it had a five speed to boot. But there's a reason you shouldn't buy a $700 35 year old Audi" they break down all the time!

                17.) 1985 Renault Encore This car was the most surprising. It was possibly the most reliable old beater I've owned, only needing rather basic maintenance (apart from the window regulators, which required constant repair due to brittle plastic). It was an absolute base model car, 1.4L pushrod inline 4, 4 speed, manual steering, no frills what's so ever. But that just made it lighter and more responsive. It was a shitbox, but I absolutely loved it.

                18.) 2011 Mazda 2 This is the nicest, newest, and most expensive car I've owned. It's a Touring model with a 5 speed, which is kind of rare. It's a pretty good car, but a lot of the modern car conveniences tend to get on my nerves. Still use it as my daily.

                19.) 1986 Hyundai Excel This is my "race car" that I run in the 24 Hours of Lemons. It's really not a bad car, to be honest, apart from being really slow and under powered. It even finished the last race with almost no breakdowns (which was more my fault than the car's). But I just can't muster any feelings about it and trying to sell it.

                20.) 1978 Fiat 124 Spider I won't say much about this one, since it's featured elsewhere on the forums. But that completes my list.


                • #9
                  1. '71 Buick Skylark 350 coupe — Given to me in February of '85 by my oldest sister when I got out of the Army.
                  2. '81 Toyota Tercel 2-door — My mom's car, given to me about 18 months later, as the Skylark was dying a slow death. Total stripper 5-speed with vinyl seats and no radio. Other than the worst possible starter motor placement, a genuinely great car.
                  3. '61 Chevy C-10 Panel Truck — When I moved to Idaho in 1991, I bought this for $900 rather than spend money on a U-Haul rental. Had captain's chairs up front, shag carpet and paneling in the back. Replacement 350 V8 and a four-speed. At some point the hood was replaced with a GMC item. Manual drum brakes. As reliable a hauler as I could have gotten for the money, and very cool, but a lousy daily driver.
                  4. '92 Toyota pickup — First 4-wheel vehicle I ever bought brand-new. About the cheapest new vehicle I could get at $7999. 4cyl 5 speed 2WD, refrigerator white. Again, a real stripper. I knew the sales manager, so he did throw in the cloth bench seat and carpet for NXC.
                  5. '66 GMC G-10 Handi-Bus Custom — I sold the Toyota during the summer of 1995. (I remarkable feat considering it was summer in Kansas City and it had no A/C). I was engaged and trying to get my finances in order, so I needed transportation cheap. 230 six and 3-on-the-tree. As crude a vehicle as you can imagine. I bought it for $600 in 1995, drove it for eight months, and got $500 for it on trade with a shot head gasket and broken turn signal switch. I wouldn't have been able to keep it running; I didn't have a garage, or tools, or spare cash. Perhaps my biggest regret; I should have figured out a way to keep it. Crazy useless in snow, however.
                  6. '93 Ford Festiva GL — I bought this car in early 1996 because it was the opposite of the GMC van — non-decrepit, comfortable, reliable, maneuverable, good winter traction, with good fuel economy. It had just about every option you could get on a last-year Festiva, except for the rear hatch spoiler. It had the automatic, but even so was perfectly adequate in city traffic. Drove it happily for 5 years. Eventually earned to swap the front brake pads in less than 30 minutes.
                  7. '96 Ford Escort LX Wagon — I dubbed it the "penalty box." I hated it, but drove it from 2001-2008 because it was post-nuclear-cockroach reliable. Other than cheap plastic linkages in the door latches that got brittle and snapped over time, it was unstoppable. The 88-HP CVH was a wretched engine, but it was non-interference, so even when the timing belt broke it was a tow and a couple-hundred bucks to get back on the road. Eventually the head gasket did fail, which kept blowing out the heater core. I sold it to a friend for a dollar. He dumped a bunch of Bars-Leak in it and his son drove it for well over another year.
                  8. '92 Lincoln Town Car — Given to me by my mother-in-law when my F-I-L went to a nursing home. It was solid, but needed some love, and I dumped a couple of grand into getting it roadworthy. A car I never would have picked for myself, and never quite bonded with fully, but hey, free car. I drove it for seven years.
                  • 2011 Suzuki Kizashi GTS Sport 6MT — Thanks to Suzuki pulling out of the U.S. market, I was able to buy a well-equipped, solidly built "Japanese Jetta" with a 6-speed gearbox and 27K on the clock for $11999 OTD. I won't go into depth, except to say I still love getting behind the wheel every day; I am sure I've already raved about this one quite enough for y'all.
                  • 2002 Ford F-150 Super Crew 4x4 — My wife and I clearly have "his car" and "her car," but this has been our third vehicle, shared equally, since we bought it in 2005. It currently has about 130K on it, and other than rusted-out rockers (result of a leaking rear window, a common issue with this model) it is still going strong. It hauled our double PWC trailer back and forth to the lake for many years, plus countless rental utility trailers. A true workhorse and one of the best purchases we've made. Right now, I think one of the headers might have a crack. We'll find out for sure when I take it in for its bi-annual state safety inspection.
                  • 2016 Toyota Sienna XLE — I haven't gone into the previous cars my wife has owned since we married (For the record, three maroon Buick LeSabre Limiteds in a row—'89, '92, '96—then a wretched Chrysler 300 Touring) but after driving a Sienna rental for a week while visiting family, we came home and she promptly bought a nearly identical twin. What a fantastically practical, versatile vehicle: it can haul any combination of passengers and cargo with comfort and ease. Handles okay for what's basically a refrigerator box, and with 268 HP, it goes as well as you'd ever need it to. XLE has sunroof and all the creature comforts, which is fun.
                  Attached Files
                  2011 Suzuki Kizashi GTS Sport 6MT • 2002 Ford F150 SuperCrew FX4 Lariat
                  2013 Can-Am Spyder RS-S • 1974 Honda CL125S • "Bultakenstein" – 1977 Bultaco Roadster (project)


                  • #11
                    so i can't fit all the photos. kinda gets limiting real quick, but here is the list.

                    original article --->

                    1996 Volkswagen Jetta GL
                    1985 Volkswagen Scirocco 8v
                    1987 Volkswagen GTI 16v
                    1986 Mazda RX-7 SE
                    1987 Mazda RX-7 Turbo II
                    1996 Eagle Talon TSI AWD
                    1990 Eagle Talon TSI AWD
                    1987 Mazda RX-7 Turbo II
                    1984 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE
                    1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE
                    1985 Dodge Omni GLH-T
                    1984 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE
                    1984 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE
                    1995 Honda Civic LX
                    1988 Isuzu Impulse JR Turbo
                    1988 Mazda RX-7 Vert
                    1988 Dodge Daytona Shelby Z
                    1991 Dodge Ram 250 Turbodiesel
                    1988 Mazda RX-7 Vert
                    1987 Mazda RX-7 Turbo II (Canadian model)
                    1982 Mazda RX-7 GS
                    1991 Eagle Talon TSI AWD
                    1991 Honda Civic Si
                    1987 BMW 325Is
                    1981 Mazda RX-7 GS
                    1983 Mazda RX-7 GS
                    1988 Ford Thunderbird Turbocoupe
                    1986 Chrylser Conquest
                    1988 Dodge Colt Turbo
                    1977 Toyota Celica
                    1987 Volkswagen GTI 16v
                    1980 Toyota Celica GT
                    1985 Merkur XR4Ti
                    1982 Mazda RX-7 GSL (SCCA ProRally logbooked)
                    1996 Subaru Impreza Brighton
                    1990 Mitsubishi Galant GS-X
                    1996 Audi S6 Avant
                    1987 Audi Coupe GT
                    1984 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE
                    1971 Mazda RX-2
                    1971 BMW 2002
                    1972 BMW 2002
                    1978 Mazda RX-7 (Rally America logbooked)
                    1987 Mercedes Benz 300D Turbo
                    1995 BMW 318ti
                    2005 CLK55 AMG
                    1997 Porsche Boxster


                    • #12
                      2002 BMW 330Ci you've all seen before.


                      • #13
                        1. 86 chevy citation iron duke 2.5 and a auto silver 4 door.
                        2. 84 mazda b2000 2.0ish and a manual regular cab silver
                        3. 85 chevy caprice 5.0 aut0 4 door
                        4. 92 chevy blazer 4.3 5speed 2wd maroon
                        5. 82 olds delta 88 5.0 auto 4 door champagne in color
                        6. 79 chevy malibu
                        7. 89 lumina apv 3.1 3spd auto maroon
                        8. 95 chevy s10 4.3 auto 2wd long bed, air bagged, maroon
                        9. 03 ford focus zx3 2.0 dohc manual
                        10. 02 chevy blazer 4.3 4wd 3inch lift
                        11. 1987 chevy monte carlo ss


                        • #14
                          Friendship ended with Honda Accord. Now Volvo 240 is my best friend.


                          • #15
                            For no other reason other than I'm a goddamned lunatic, I now own a 1993 Ford Spectron XL-T!

                            "I'm sorry, a what?" I can hear you all saying...

                            ... a 1993 Ford Spectron XL-T.

                            In many Eastern countries, the Mazda Bongo van proved to be incredibly popular, quickly gaining a reputation for being dependable and durable. Many other automakers wanted to share in Mazda's success, including Nissan, Mitsubishi, Kia, and Ford, and, long story short, one badged as a Ford Spectron from Japan has made its way into my driveway!

                            Because it's actually built by Mazda, it has a RF 2.0L turbodiesel engine making a whole 71hp and sending it to the rear wheels (some versions were 4WD) through a 5-speed manual transmission.

                            Oddly, the Mazda RF diesel engine did make an appearance in a few USDM cars, although they have been virtually wiped out of existence:

                            The 1984-1985 Mazda 626 diesel
                            The 1984-1986 Ford Tempo and Escort as well as the Mercury Topaz and Lynx

                            Parts will be a challenge, but I have over 15 years of parts experience as well as global contacts for Japanese parts... and besides, it has just over 30k kilometers on it, which equates to about 18k miles!

                            So I hope to have many more years of silly adventures with it!
                            First and foremost, forever and always, a car guy.
                            2000 Subaru Legacy B4 RSK - 5spd, JDM, RHD
                            2017 Ford Mustang EcoBoost - 6spd, Performance Pack
                            "Der Wahnsinn ist nur eine schmale Brücke/die Ufer sind Vernunft und Trieb"