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Car related off-shoot of 5?Friday

Unread postby hebner20 » Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:47 pm

The question from 5? Friday about cars got me thinking about the cars in my life. Especially since i just was given a 2010 5 litre Mustang for a rental car last week when I paid for a subcompact. It was the only thing they had left and i wasn't complaining.


Below is my list with some brief memories about my “rides”:

1943 Willy’s Jeep (CJ2 or CJ3 model) - Top speed was about 45 and could get about 18 mpg if you were easy on the gas pedal. It had no heater and was a rag top that was ordered from the JC Whitney catalog.

1969 Chrysler New Yorker – had a 440 cubic inch engine and a 4 barrel carburetor. It was a massive gas hog. It was the first car that I drove over 100 MPH. I don’t think I have done that since. You do get wiser with age.

1979 Ford LTD Station Wagon – This car took me to the prom my Senior year

1986 Dodge Reliant (K Car) Station Wagon – a company car I drove this 50,000 miles in one year.

1980 Ford Fairmont – My first car I actually owned after I got out college. Your grandfather would have been jealous of the maroon vinyl top and red vinyl seats.

1983 Chevy Cavalier Station Wagon – A great car for hauling my bicycle to various races. It was a 5 speed that got good gas mileage.

1992 Chevy Cavalier Coupe – My first brand new car. I took out my first loan and bought it with no money in my pocket when I signed the papers. It had fold down rear seats that were handy for hauling that bicycle around to races.

1994 Dodge Intrepid – I bought this car used with about 15,000 miles on it. I loved this car. It had more electronics on it than the Apollo 13 rocket – or so said the salesman when he tried to sell me an extended warranty. I declined and had little or no trouble with the car until it hit 150,000 miles.

1995 Chevy S-10 Extended cab - I bought this truck used right after I got married and forgot to tell me wife what I was doing. I guess I forgot I was married. This was a great truck that hauled my bike and everything else I could fit in it. I sold it with 135,000 miles on it for $1,600 and the guy who bought it drove it for 3 or 4 more years.

2003 Chevy S-10 – I bought this new after I sold the ’95 S-10. I called it “PJ” since it was a plain Jane. The only thing it had was a CD player and air conditioning. It was a 5 speed that got good gas mileage. I sold it to my brother when it had about 55,000 miles on it. He drove it for about 3 years and got almost as much as he paid for it. Good resale value.

2002 Chevy Impala Sedan – I got this car from a company I used to work for. I drove it for 2 years and sold it to my other brother for about what I paid for it. I really liked this car, it was very roomy. I would buy it back from my brother if he would sell it.

2009 Chevy Malibu Sedan – This is the car I drive now. I bought it at the height of the credit crisis when no cars were selling. I got a really good deal on it. I like this car but it is smaller than the Impala and I miss the roominess.


I wouldn't mind hearing about some of your cars maybe not the complete list but whatever works.
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Re: Car related off-shoot of 5?Friday

Unread postby waborat » Sat Mar 05, 2011 5:45 pm

I'll play:

'79 El Camino: First auto titled to me @ 17, had the V8 and used to cost me bout $12 and change to fill up

'88 S-10: My first brand new purchase, Had to learn stick shift, ran me something like 8K out-the-door (w/ rustproofing ;-) ;) :wink: )

'90 Buick Reatta: Cool 2 seat ride, my sled while cruizin the Flats

'93 Silverado: 3/4 ton w/ plow, I've owned a full-size ever since

'00 Silverado: Hit 160K on my other and it was time to upgrade

Currently:

'08 Silverado: Finally went extended cab for all my chit

'02 Monte Carlo: Earnhardt edition, pretty bad assed looking car for a newer model

'67 Firebird: Bought it in '98, fastest ride I've owned

The wife's had Blazers, Trailblazers & Tahoes over the past 20 years and is currently in an '07 Tahoe, which might be my favorite vehicle we've owned

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Re: Car related off-shoot of 5?Friday

Unread postby Squints » Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:13 pm

'88 Honda Accord- first car end of sophomore year of high school ('93). Bought it from my mom for $1500, manual tranmission, loved that thing. Had 122,000 miles on it when I sold it for $1200. Would still have it if that was realistic.

'93 Ford Escort- Opposite of the Accord. Hated it, small and crappy. Only thing I liked about it was that it was a manual transmission. My dad convinced me to buy it off of one of his friend's sons. '97- spring of '00. Wrost car I've owned. The engine would overheat if not moving- i.e. summer construction. Would redline occasionally due to some computer chip. Has turned me off to the Ford product.

'97 GMC Jimmy- My dad felt sorry for me, gave me this car as a hand me down, he took the escort and used that as trade in money. My first big car, first one with CD player! Except I got this in grad school (read.....the poorest part of my existence) hade to commute an hour to my clinical internship when the gas prices started to increase. '00- winter of '02. Like that car very much.

'02 Olds Alero- Loved the car. The first new car that I bought and paid for. Just out of school. Manual transmission. Good looking car. Loved it, but had to get rid of it as the family grew. '02- winter of '07.

'03 GMC Envoy. My current vehicle. Did the swap with my dad again. No more manual transmission as the seem to have gone the way of the dinosaur. A good looking car, but had some issues with it- had to replace the gas tank- it rusted out. Replace the brake pads several times, replaced the 4x4 component. But it has close to 120,000 on it and has stood the test of time.

Newest car- To the Auto Show today to find the next one.
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Re: Car related off-shoot of 5?Friday

Unread postby hebner20 » Sun Mar 06, 2011 12:20 am

Wabo,

Sweet car! My uncle had a '67 camaro convertible which was the first year it came out. My dream car is a '69 Z-28 but i'll never get one. Cars used to be special, now they are just a way to get from point A to point B.
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Re: Car related off-shoot of 5?Friday

Unread postby waborat » Sun Mar 06, 2011 9:21 am

hebner20 wrote:Wabo,
Cars used to be special, now they are just a way to get from point A to point B.


You said it Heb, kinda got the car thing outta my system now...

My wife switches between the Tahoe & MC in the winter/summer to keep the miles low (MCs got 22K in 10 years), My truck's for work & the 'Bird has gotten about 300 miles on it over the past decade-in-a-half...

Not really into wasting my mulla on rides any more, buy what ya like & KEEP IT is my motto
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Re: Car related off-shoot of 5?Friday

Unread postby Love child of shawn kemp » Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:20 am

1972 Monte Carlo - first car I bought for myself, $600. 350 cid. Of course I had to do the mag wheels, big rear tires and air shocks thing that was popular in the 80's. Still one of my favorite cars I have owned. It had long tube headers straight into cherry bomb mufflers dumped under the middle of the car. One friend used to call it the pressure chamber because of the exhaust pulses and noise inside.

1985 Mazda RX-7 - this was a pretty cool little car, two seater with the rotary engine

1985 Mustang GT - the last of the carbeurated 5.0 mustangs. Loved the car but the clutch was never quite right. You always had to double clutch it to get the thing moving. Traded it in on the next Mustang

1988 Mustang GT - I owned this car for 12 years. Bought it with 14,000 miles and it had 130,000 when sold. This was a daily driver for many years and then I was able to give it weekend duty down the road. Always told my son it would be his when he turned 16 but he wife made me sell it when I got the next car listed below. Both my son and wife were crying when it drove away. I am still kicking myself for getting rid of it.

2004 Mach 1 - strictly weekend and summer car, stored in winter. Just over 30k miles in 6 years. Mildly modified and runs mid 12 @ 109 mph in the 1/4 mile. This car has been on SPEED channel twice on Pinks All Out. No, I never made the finals.

2007 Honda Accord - current daily driver. One of the smoothest, quietest, best mileage cars I have ever owned. My goal is 200k miles before I dump it.

All the other vehicles, and there have been a lot, are just transportation and not worthy of remembering.
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