I think one's Car History can be interesting and revealing. Especially the first car.
List YOUR cars - don't give a 'family car' history...
And before you scream "ElderG4Y", the years listed are the cars', not mine!
1968 Ford Mustang - boy, did I have a lot of sex in that car!
1966 Rambler Station Wagon - not so much
1986 Nissan Maxima
1994 Dodge Shadow
2002 Hyundai Elantra
2006 Hyundai Elantra
1997 Acura EL
2001 Acura TL
2005 MINI Cooper S
2008 Mercedes C300
2011 Mercedes C300 4Matic
1963 Valiant convertible.
1971 Fiat 128SL.
1971 Hornet Sportabout.
Then rentals for the last 30 years.
I'm 50 and I've had 50+ new cars since I was 16.
'68 Datsun 510
'76 Toyota Corona
'84 Subaru Hatchback
'89 Mazda 626
'97 Honda CRV
'09 Hyundai Sonata
Yeah, boring. I also keep cars for a long time. The CRV had over 225,000 miles on it.
I've only had three cars - the 1999 Honda Accord I drove in HS, the 2005 Toyota 4-Runner my parents gave me when I left for college, and the 2012 Mercedes E350 Coupe I drive now.
I'm 56, and I've only had four cars in my life. I tend to just keep them until they're not drivable. They are: 1972 Audi Fox, 1985 Saab 900, 1993 Saab 900, 2001 Jeep Wrangler. My current car -- the Jeep -- is 12 years old, but doesn't even have 80M miles on it. I work at home -- I'm an artist -- so don't drive much. Hey, check out my web site!!!
99 Honda CRV
2002 Honda CRV
2006 Nissan Murano
2009 BMW 135i Convertible
and my second car is a Audi A8 right now
1984 Chevy Cavalier hatchback
1987 Ford Mustang GT
1996 Mazda Miata
2000 Mazda Miata
2004 Mazda 3
2005 Mazda 3
2012 Prius C
1972 Chevy Impala (which I had it now)
1971 Dodge Charger SE (still dream about her)
1975 Dodge Colt (piece of shit wasn't the word)
1984 Subaru GL (a tank - loved this car)
1991 Honda CRX (my first new - loved it)
2004 Volkswagon Jetta (nothing but trouble)
2008 Honda Accord (made in America, never again - falling apart)
2010 Honda Civic Hybrid (most uncomfortable car ever)
[quote]I'm 50 and I've had 50+ new cars since I was 16.
Given that the average new car drops 15% or more when it leaves the lot, using an average of $20,000 per car and a 3% interest rate, your retirement savings are about $173,000 lighter than they could be.
Increase that to $30,000 and a 20% drop and a 4% interest rate, and you're down $420,000.
Love that new car smell though, I guess.
I' 57 and my first car was a 2005 Lexus RX330. I still have it, @83,000 miles. I learned to drive late in life after living in Manhattan for 25+ years.
1976 Chevy Caprice
1982 Dodge Callenger
1987 Chrysler Lebaron Convertible
1999 Mercury Cougar
2008 Infinity R45 SUV
1978 Datsun B210. My first car and it was 9 years old when I got it. My parents bought it for me in high school.
1991 Toyota Corolla.. My folks didn't have a lot of money, but they bought me a new car to take off for college in. Wasn't an exciting car, but it was fine and reliable. Gave it back to my mom when I had my first job and could afford to buy my own car:
1996 Toyota Rav 4. Loved this car! Drove it for a long time.
2004 Volkswagen Passat. Loved the look of this car but when it did have problems, they were pricey to fix.
2010 Subaru Outback. Love it!
1914 Ford Model T
1974 Mercury Cougar
1980 Mercury Capri
1986 Mazda 626
1993 Jeep Cherokee
2003 Saab 9-5
1979 Ford Pinto
1986 Honda Prelude
2000 BMW 328i
2013 Infiniti G37
I drive them until they drop...
1974 Mercury Montego (MX Brougham!)
1980 Ford Mustang
1986 Ford Bronco II
1994 Ford Ranger
2004 Toyota Tundra
2006 Lincoln MarkLT
A 2004 anniversary edition Mustang and a 2002 Jeep Wrangler. I still have both of them. My parents got me the Mustang when I graduated from high school and they gave me the Jeep for Christmas a few years ago because the Mustang is crap in the snow and ice.
The Beetle was my high school and college car, bought used. The others were purchased new. I try to keep cars for 10 years, but the Corolla barely lasted 7 years. Love my Sorento!
1972 VW Super Beetle
1987 Toyota Corolla SR5
1994 Honda Passport 4WD
2005 Kia Sorento
1966 Chevrolet Impala
1977 Chevrolet Impala, piece of crap, spent more in repairs than the car cost. The last American car I would ever buy, didn't make it to 90,000 miles
1977 Honda Accord
1990 Honda Civic Hatchback, made it to 250,000 miles
1996 Honda Civic, best car I have ever owned, made it to 250,000 miles
2003 Honda Civic, 130,000 miles so far. It is the last car I will own, absent an accident
1979 Audi 5000
1979 BMW 733i
1973 BMW 3.0CSI
1986 BMW 535i
1995 Ford F150
1991 BMW M5 My personal favorite, and still have.
1992 BMW 535i
2002 GMC Sonoma
Nothing too interesting except two Fiat Spiders. I used to drive one of them to the beach nearly every day.
1982 Honda Civic Wagon
1990 Honda Accord
1995 Infinity G20
1997 Mitsubishi Mighty Max- damn, I loved that truck
2007 Prius (love that I can shove my longboards in it)
I call bullshit on R3. NO ONE gets multiple cars a year, EVERY year, not even the ridiculously rich.
r3 might own a used car lot.
Cars I've had since the age of 16 (I'm now 41), in order:
1988 Ford Mustang LX (the 88-hp version, which resulted in me getting endless shit in HS about driving a "fag car")
1987 Honda Prelude
1993 Ford Explorer Sport
1996 Acura Integra GSR
1999 Saab 9-3 Convertible
2001 Audi TT Roadster
(lost job in dot-com meltdown)
1992 Lexus SC400
(got new job)
2002 BMW 330i sedan
2007 BMW 335i sedan
2008 BMW 135i convertible
2003 BMW 330Ci coupe
1971 Satellite Sebring
1976 Mercury Monarch
1980 Datsun B210
1984 Plymouth Lazer
1995 Dodge Avenger
2002 Ford Ranger
2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
1967 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham Sixty Special Sedan.
1979 Chevrolet, Chevette 4 speed! What a ride! College days.
1988 Nissan Sentra, piece of shit, handled horribly, totaled.
1987 Mercury Lynx, (gussied up escort) 5 speed, purchased w/ low miles, ran 200,000 miles. Great vehicle.
1994 Ford Explorer XLT, big rear door, great to haul cargo. Awful steering and handling, like driving a marshmallow.
2004 Infiniti FX awd, a bit too hippy for me, a sweet drive though. Powerful.
*2005 BMW X3 3.0, Almost perfect to drive.
*2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid, totally tricked out. The cd player is a joke to load, not bad, boring to drive, but easy, like a go-cart.
*2011 Infiniti M37, big, broad, and powerful. Fantastic electronics, navigation.
*2013 BMW 335i, Convertible, okay, it's not quite as fun a the 2003 version. Hardtop convertible is nice. The navigation is awkward.
1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee, nice enough, wouldn't do again.
2000 Lexus RX 300, great vehicle, ride, handling...
2002 Jaguar S type, piece of shit, ford decimated a brand. Dumped lease early.
2003 BMW 335i convertible, totally fun to drive,
2003 Lexus RX 350, navigation was easy to use, great, but not as nice as the 2000, a little too soft.
2005 Acura RL awd, one of the nicest sedans ever. Easy nav use.
2006 Acura MDX awd, nice, a bit wide. Good nav.
*2012 Acura RDX awd, nice size, nice handling, easy to drive. Nav still great.
(multiple homes, and a car whore.)
Oh, well, then...
It must be nice to have rich parents like R10.
1988 VW Fox - best car I ever owned. It was a free car, to begin with, when I was dirt poor - abandoned by a college kid, and the mother just wanted it gone. It had a book value of $1500, just for the engine and in the thirteen years I drove the little bugger, I didn't even put that much into it. All it needed was tires, when it came into my hands. The odometer stopped at 385,000-some, and stayed stopped for ten years, so I really don't know how many miles were on it when I finally sold it - it had become almost impossible to find parts, for it - - to a guy who was dropping a new engine in it to race it. I get teary-eyed, just thinking about it. Mein Dieter.
2003 Saab 9-3 (the first year GM owned them...and tons of problems)
2007 Mustang convertible (not as fast as I thought even with the V6)
2012 Kia Optima (has features that cars twice its price don't have...and quick with the turbo but a gas guzzler if you can belive it)
1969 Camaro my Dad bought for me in 1978.
1996 - Pontiac Fiero
1993 - Honda Civic
2003 - Honda CRV
2007 - Cadillac CTS Sold it, it was my Mom's :^(
I am now looking for a used 200x Sportsmobile I just missed one last week.
1976 Buick skyhawk (used) POS
1979 ford mustang (new) POS
1983 Nissan pickup (new) 200k + miles
1993 Nissan Altima (new) 200k + miles
1997 Audi A4 (used) totaled
2002 Audi A4 (new) faulty which lead to
2002Audi A4 (new) 200k + miles
2012 VW Passat (new) wanted new as I generally drive til they become too unreliable and didn't want to spend over $30k. Now I wish I picked up another A4.
1983 Subaru gl
1986 Toyota supra
1989 Nissan 300Z
1991 s class
1994 s class
1997 s class
2000 s class
2003 s class
2006 s class
2009 s class
2012 s class
Yes it is that good.
Those S-Class M-Bs must be shit if you have to keep buying one after another one.
Hope they're under warranty.
considering that r50 's s class cars are at 3 year intervals, I suspect he leases.
(R50) yes they have all been leased. Only way to buy them.
[quote] 2003 Lexus RX 350, navigation was easy to use, great, but not as nice as the 2000, a little too soft.
Lexus didn't put out the RX 350 until 2006.
2003 Renault Megane II
2009 Renault Megane III
R17, I'm rich. Deal with it.
330, r54. I skipped on the 350.
1985 Toyota Corolla -- given to me by my mother when I graduated from high school (she bought a new Corolla). Totaled in 1991.
1987 Toyota Tercel -- after I totaled the Corolla, my sister was trying to sell her Tercel so I bought it from her for $2000. Sis had 4 kids and so it was pretty much shit by then. After a few years, I saved enough to get a new vehicle.
1994 Ford Ranger -- bought it used in 1995, it had 18k miles on it; drove it for the next 15 years, by which time it had over 300k miles on it; by 2010, I was ready for a new vehicle -- it broke down twice that summer on the side of highway and I was tired of the stick shift (never, never again), so....
2010 Ford Focus -- first car I bought new and I love it, drives beautiful, great gas mileage, a dream.
1972 Buick station wagon
1984 Nissan light pickup truck
1988 Ford Bronco II
1995 Volvo 850 turbo
2001 Ford Explorer
1991 Mercedes 560SEL
2004 VW Phaeton W-12
2011 Think City electric
My first new car was a Model-T
I'm nearing 60 and I've only bought two cars.
I just never wanted to put that much money into rolling stock that depreciates so badly.
I handled the depreciation factor by driving my cars till the remaining value was next to nil. The one I drive now is 13YO.
I had much rather have a better investment portfolio than a shiny new ride every few years. My self-worth is not tied up in chrome, leather, speedometers, and gasoline.
1975 Pontiac Astre
1979 Buick Century
1981 Oldsmobile Omega
1990 Geo Storm
1995 Honda del Sol
2000 Toyota Solara
2006 Impala SS
2010 Mini Cooper Convertible
a Little Deuce Coupe
a Little Red Corvette
a Merry Oldsmobile
a Pink Cadillac
a Chevy (on the Levee)
a Hot Rod Lincoln
a Hooptie and
a Rocket 88
First car was '66 289 Mustang. Currently I am 3/4 through with the complete restoration of a 1959 Cadillac limousine. If you watch the car auctions or Velocity or Speed channels, you may see this car late fall.
R60, how was the VW Phaeton? I heard it was one of the most reliable cars out there. Always found them interesting. A VW luxury car.
1974 Toyota corolla
1978 Pontiac Grand LeMans
1982 Pontiac J2000
1983 VW Scirocco
1986 Suzsuki samurai
1990 Honda Accord
1996 Audi A4
2001 Mercedes Benz C320
2005 Mercedes Benz E320 CDI
2011 Mercedes Benz E350 Bluetec
What car do I WANT to own. A 2014 Rolls Royce Wraith Coupe.
I want the new 2014 dodge Durango with "racetrack" Brad K approved tail lights. Sharp rig.
1976 Ford Granada; 1991 Chevy Corsica. A 1994 Dakota truck.
The last have been old Volvos: a 240 sedan; a 240 wagon; a 740 sedan; a 740 wagon; a 940 sedan; a 760 sedan (present). It's kind of a fetish.
Volkswagen Sirocco, one of the cool later black Wolfsburg editions.
86 Saab 900
88 Saab 900 Turbo Convertible
97 Nissan Maxima (leased new)
98 Nissan Altima (HATED IT)
98 Nissan Maxima (bought after 97 lease ran out - LEASES SUCK)
03 Infiniti G35
I have like all except the Altima, but the Saab Convertible was my favorite.
R70 Gay men don't have fetishes about vulvas.
Just an old Merc hand-me-down. Maybe looking at something electric next.
1982 Ford EXP, 1991 Pontiac Grand Am, 1993 Ford Escort, 2002 Jeep Liberty. Couldn't care less about cars.
1975 Chevy Malibu
1977 Olds Cutlass Classic
1984 Olds Cutlass Ciera
1989 Pontiac Grand Am (first new car)
2001 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
1995 Geo Tracker
1996 Chevy S10
1997 Ford Explorer Sport
1998 VW New Beetle
2001 Ford Escape
2003 Acura MDX
2005 Infiniti FX35
2008 VW New Beetle
1967 Dodge Dart-- got it when I was in high school.
1970? AMC?? Javelin
1975- Ford Mustang
1980 VW Rabbit -awful car.
1986 Ford Tempo
1990- Acura Integra 5 speed
2001- 2000 Buick Regal
2013- present: 2012 Hyundai Sonata - love this car!
I will soon become the proud new owner of the fabulous 2014 Mercedes s class. Can't wait.
1974 Toyota Carolla
1978 Pontiac Grand Lemans coupe
1982 Pontiac J2000
1983 Vw Wolfburg Scirocco
1987 Suziki Samurai
1990 Honda Accrord Coupe
1996 Audi A-4
2001 Mercedes Benz C320
2005 Mercedes Benz E320 CDI
2011 Mercedes Benz E350 Bluetec
And for fun (weekend cars):
2006 Mini Cooper S Convertible
2014 Mini Cooper S Roadster Convertible
1988 Toyota Corolla
1993 Ford Probe
1993 Mazda Miata
2000 Saturn S
2007 VW Rabbit
2013 VW Jetta
r80 - how do you like the new Jetta? I love the look of them, but hate to part with my '99 MK3 Jetta.