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Your first car

  1. Sep 25, 2006 #1

    Janus

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    Mine was a 1962 Buick Special that I "inherited" from my folks. I started driving it in '74.
    It had a 198 cubic-inch V-6 engine.
    The Buick Special was also named "Car of the Year" for 1962.

    Here's an image of a 1962 Buick Special:
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    So, what was your "first car"?
     
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  3. Sep 25, 2006 #2
    The first zoobie brush mobile was something like this beauty:


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  4. Sep 25, 2006 #3

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    Well for my first car, i was really lucky :rofl: . My father gave me his 2000 Lexus LX 470.

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  5. Sep 25, 2006 #4
    My first car was a 95 Ford Escort...I hated that car....so incredibly gutless it wasnt even funny.

    P.S I hate you Cyclovenom :P
     
  6. Sep 25, 2006 #5

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    I drove my parents used VW's, and the first car I owned was a 1971 Volvo 142E, which I also inherited from my dad. Nice simple 4 cylinder in-line, electronically fuel injected, 4 spd manual with electronic overdrive.

    I got about 35-40 mpg. Unfortunately, a series of bad mechanics doomed the car. The last mechanic skipped town in the middle of the night with the local police department after him. :rolleyes:
     
  7. Sep 25, 2006 #6

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    My first car was a 1984 Ford Tempo. The company my step-father worked for had already run it to the ground by not changing the oil, so it needed an entire engine overhaul, but it was a great first car...well, except for the zebra print seat covers my step-father thought would be a really cool surprise for a teenager and her first car. :uhh: I never had the heart to tell him how NOT my style that was, so it was the subject of many a joke among my friends. :rolleyes: I put up with it, because I was just thrilled to get my own car, which I never expected (apparently, the ulterior motive was that it would spare the family car from being put out of commission when I got in my first accident...not if, when...my parents did trust my driving, but they're also rather practical about things like that, and since most of my driving was on a VERY busy highway in NJ, they figured it was inevitable that I'd be in an accident my first year driving...and sure enough, I was, when someone rear-ended me in heavy traffic :grumpy:).
     
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  8. Sep 26, 2006 #7

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    My dad was a collector of sorts, so I learned to drive in '55 Chevy PU and and '51 Willys Overland (Jeep station wagon) oh yeah, dad had a mechanic friend drop (Wedge?) a Chevy 265 V8 into the jeep, it was great fun!

    The first car with my name on the title was a '73 Toyota Corolla, nice little car which I bought about 1 month before the "gas Crisis" hit in the fall of '73.
     
  9. Sep 26, 2006 #8
    My first ride was a 1942 willys jeep, which I bought in 1973 for 125 dollars. Had it for about a year.
     
  10. Sep 26, 2006 #9
    1989 Lincoln Town Car. Big old grandma boat.

    On the upside, six months later I had a 1998 Chrysler Sebring Convertible (from before they made them look like crap). Still have that car.
     
  11. Sep 26, 2006 #10
    late 80's pontiac phoenix, followed by a 95 chevrolet beretta that died (and I"m in the process of fixing with a friend) and now I drive an 85 olds cutlass - which is also dying due to various mini holes in the radiator.

    beaters one and all.
     
  12. Sep 26, 2006 #11

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    1978 Toyota Tercel. They even have the colour right.
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    It was called The Pumpkin.
     
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  13. Sep 26, 2006 #12

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    My first car was a classic Ford, with the 79 cubic inch Endura block and fuel injection.

    Ok it was a Fiesta, but it's still going, and it's still one of the fastest things I've ever been round a roundabout in.
     
  14. Sep 26, 2006 #13

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    64 Corvair 500 coupe. Never had to change the oil - just kept adding, and it changed itself. Next was a '65 Mustang 2-door that was rusting away before my eyes until one day at work, a careless guy smashed into it with a Grade-all.
     
  15. Sep 26, 2006 #14

    Ivan Seeking

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    A $500 '68 Datsun P/U - used primarily for thrashing on mountain dirt roads. In spite of the jumps, power slides, and even floating the valves a few times [nothing hit], I sold it running. My next car was a '72, 240Z. Now that was a very fun car!!!
     
  16. Sep 26, 2006 #15
    Mine was a '64 Impala 4 door with a 283 Power Glide:!!) . I paid $500 for her. The engine caught on fire one day while stretchin' her and I haven't been the same since.:cry:
     
  17. Sep 26, 2006 #16

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    Mine was an orange 1974 Volkswagen Beetle, handed down to me by my parents.

    When I was an undergraduate, I didn't own a car. I went to a small college in a tiny village, and you could walk anywhere in no more than ten minutes. It was about a 45-minutes drive from home, so I spent about every second weekend at home, with my parents driving me back and forth, and I drove their cars while at home.

    When I was in graduate school, I didn't own a car most of the time, because I rode a bicycle almost everywhere on campus and in town. My roommate had a car that we used for grocery-shopping once a week. When traveling out of town, I usually took a bus or train, and rented a car a couple of times.

    Finally, as I was finishing my Ph.D. my parents decided I probably would need a car when I got my first "real job", and they had both retired so they didn't need two cars any more. So I got the Beetle that my mother had been driving around town. I had it for six years, and then the floor started to rust out. When I drove in the rain, my feet got wet!

    It was kind of sad saying goodbye to that Beetle, because I had been riding in or driving Beetles for 27 years. My parents bought their first Beetle when I was nine years old, and we always had one in the family until I sold the orange one.
     
  18. Sep 26, 2006 #17
    I have a 1998 Accord, which the transmission just decided to go bad on me today, again. This will be transmission number 4. All paid for by Honda.

    Despite the transmission, it's a very good car. 120k miles on it.
     
  19. Sep 26, 2006 #18

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    I don't consider a car that repeatedly has a major problem like a bad transmission to be a very good car (unless your driving style is unusually hard on transmissions, and it's not that the parts are defective). :rolleyes: Is it still under warranty that they're covering it? If so, I'd sell it before that warranty runs out! You don't want to be stuck replacing a transmission out of your own pocket. :surprised
     
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  21. Sep 26, 2006 #20

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    "Slip'n'slide with a Powerglide" :rolleyes:
    My first was that same engine combo in a '65 Beaumont. Most useless thing that I've ever seen in my life. It put a rod through the pan the first time that I took it over 100 mph. :grumpy:
     
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