questionswhat model was your first car? how long did you…

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'74 Audi 100LS, rebuilt the motor(bearings, rings, had head professionally rebuilt) fiberglassed floorboard and a few body panel rust areas, clutch, breaks, etc. ran it for quite a few years before getting into Volvos and Fiats. Loved the mechanical wind open sun roof on the Audi!

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1970 Ford Torino 4-door. Had it about a year. Drove the you-know-what out of it too.

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Hey kids, my first car was an 8 year old '52 Pontiac - paid 250 bucks for it. Had it about a year and traded it in on a '54 Ford. I also had a '50 Ford "project car". I was fortunate enough to have a Grandfather and several Uncles who knew everything there was to know about cars, and learned a lot from them.

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1965 Ford Falcon. It died about a year after I got it.

It had 135,000 miles on it when I bought it. American cars didn't last as long as they do now.

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1988 Ford Festiva. I owned it until it fell apart (It didn't take long).

I owned an 89 model after that one (my dad loved them for the gas mileage) and it was a really good car until I wrecked it.

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1971 VW Karmann Ghia.
INDESTRUCTIBLE!....traded it about 4 years later.

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'86 Saab 900. I learned to drive on it and it became mine when I got my license at 18. Proudly drove it 12 years 'til last summer, when a cascading combination of failures in one horror-drive of a morning led to such a high cost for repair that it just didn't make monetary sense to fix the car, no matter how I tried to justify. Sold the carcass for what metal worth I could get. I cried when I handed over the title to that car. It was the best damned old pretty fast car, ever. RIP, my rubber-bumpered swedish rockstar rocket baby. ~pours some champers out on the ground in head-shaking mournful tribute~ (Though my replacement car will never be as good as my first and only Saab, I gotta admit I do appreciate not having to stare at and freak out over the temperature gauge every time I hit even the slightest bit of traffic now. And modern air-conditioning is pretty nice, too.)
The last photo I took of my Saab baby while waiting for scrapheap pickup :( :

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First car I bought on my own, as a single person, was a Maverick. Probably a '70, don't remember the exact year. Ended up giving it to my son when he was 16. Good car. Did not do well in snow - I lived in Denver. Had to put a 50 lb bag of (dry?) cement in the trunk. Else it would never get traction. The rear end would do a 'hula.' Very disconcerting. Dangerous, too.

Many other cars in between, w/various and sundry husbands. Not worth noting? Though one of grfeat import was a '63 Corvette. Split window, black on black. A memorable beauty.

After that one (the Maverick)...3 old 356 Porsches. <---my favorite car to this day. Currently own a 2005 Lincoln LS. I've gone from cheap, yet sporty (Maverick), to exotic (Porsches) to a stable 4 door, somewhat luxury car (Lincoln). Ack!! I've grown old. Who knew? (Me.)

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Old VW Bus. I still have the keys. It was an emotional purchase on a Bus that had seen better days. Engine froze w/i 6 mo.while going up a hill. Took me a year before I could bear to let go. wahhhh. I loved my old bus. The steering wheels on those babies like that on a real bus, was so fantastic. I would buy one again, if I could find one restored. And just cruise.
They just don't make them with the same amount of character any more do they? Every car on the road looks the same to me.

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The first car I ever owned was a rose-colored and then 5-years-old 1995 Pontiac Sunfire I named Maggie (IDK why, but the car just seemed like a Maggie). I had Maggie for a couple months shy of 10 years. I'm now on my 2nd car, a blue 2005 Pontiac Sunfire. I'll be in trouble in 7 years when it's time to get a newer car since my car of choice is no longer being made. I guess I'll have to switch to whatever the current Chevy iteration of the Sunfire/Cavalier is.

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A Fiat spider. Fun to drive but it was "fix it again tony" that spent a lot of time not running.

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My first love, I mean car was a 1959 Impala. Big fins and cat eye tail lights. Learned how to work on it with my dad. Couldn't drive into Wichita until I passed the "I can change a tire and check the oil test". Thanks Dad!

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A 1984 Camaro. I loved that car, V-8 engine, T-Tops, Dual Exhaust, Quadraphonic Sound - probably not the best choice for a 16 year old boy to start driving with, but we had a ton of fun.

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A 1995? I think it was '95, might have been '93, Ford Taurus. Had it for about 2-3 years, never really had to do any repair work to it in that time. Just changed the fluids and filters when needed.
Currently driving a 2007 Mazda3 that I've had about two years. Who knows when the next one will be.

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1968 Datsun 2000 convertible. Purchased in 1974. Owned about 6 mos. before engine fire totalled it.

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1979 Triumph TR7, had it for about two years but only actually got to drive it for roughly 14 months total due to all the mechanical breakdowns it had. That being said, when it ran it was awesome.

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1994 Honda Accord, got it in 2004, sophmore year of highschool. Got free from my aunt, 7 years later she paid for my honeymoon :-) Drove it halfway through college until the transmission gave. I loved that car, 34+ mpg, plenty of space to lug us all around town. Just bought my first NEW car last year, 2103 Hyundai Elantra, actually reminds me a lot of the Accord.

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@ceagee: If you serious about looking for a type II VW, you should be looking on www.thesamba.com

Thats where all the AC VW folks are.

My first was a '68 VW Beetle. Dad bought it for $300 when I was 14. It was rusty, and the engine was seized up. Over the next two years we restored it. Full interior job, candy paint, rebuilt performance engine. I crashed it two months after I turned 16.

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My first was a rebuilt, repainted '65 Mustang. White on white, with blue carpet & dash. (Must have been blue originally.) Paid for with earnings from my paper route, I was just over 16 when I got it. Only had it for about 9 months when I got into a stupid accident and totalled it.

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1974 Ford Pinto, neon blue with blue fur on the dash. I paid $500 for it in 1983, sold it for $600 two years later. It burned a quart of oil for every tank of gas, but never left me stranded.

@lpsession: this is the best question I have seen in a long time - really enjoyed reading everyone's answers!

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The first car I ever had was a 73 Ford Pinto my dad bought for my HS graduation the year they were exploding into fireballs all over the country. Nobody wanted to drive them as they were unsafe, so my dad was able to get me one cheap. That says all that needs to be said about my relationship with my dad. I drove that car for about five years and traded it to a friend who needed to get out of town quickly for a few boxes of his possessions. The first car I bought for myself was a 73 Ford Mustang that had been totaled and rebuild using nothing but Bondo, but it had a great set of tires on it. That one only lasted about two years but I got more in trade for it than I paid for it. I have a long history of getting good deals when disposing of used-up cars. But other than being a hard driver I treat my cars well. My current Honda Civic is six years old next month and has 32,000 miles on it.

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94 buick regal. Had it 9 years from 16 all the way through my Masters program. Just now replaced it with a newer car, but its still running at over 210k miles.

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1978 Mustang II coupe (yeah, the mustang that so many mustang guys love to hate). Brown with two parallel orange pinstripes; tan interior made of fabric and pleather sides. I loved that little car. I had it for 6-7 years until I decided it was time for a more powerful car; so I bought a 1995 Mustang GT. Oddly enough the 1995 with a V8 had the same fuel economy (20 mpg) as the 1978 with a 4 cylinder, even though the V8 made easily 4 times the power.

I was once pulled over for a speeding ticket in the 1978, a cop claimed I was doing 48 in a 30 - about 300 feet from a stop light where I came to a complete stop. I went to court to contest it based on the fact the car was not physically capable of accelerating to that speed in that distance. The 4 banger made around 60hp on a really good day and I had two other guys (total around 500 pounds between them) in the car with me.

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My first ever car was a hand-me-down (from Drunk Uncle) turd brown '72 Celica ST with landau top.

I got T-boned while in High School and didn't get a replacement for a long long time.
My first car I bought with my own money was this:

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@j5: That old Celica ST would have been RWD, right? And then you more recently bought a VW Scirocco I see... Nice choice.

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@lparsons42: Yep, RWD.
The other car is a Corrado, the Scirocco successor. I had the '93 SLC variant.
I loved that car hard until a tree fell on it, then I got an Audi (before they were cool)

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'89 Honda CRX over here. Hatch back, 2 seats, perfect for a high school kid! The funniest thing was it required 3 different keys: one to unlock the door, one to open the trunk and one to start the engine. Sad to say it bit the dust but it was a fun little first car!

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1989 Isuzu I-Mark XS 4 door - picked up the car in August 1991 with 7K miles from a older lady who was moving to a retirement home. The car had a bad case of "Central Florida Sunrot" on the tires and wipers - other than that the car was mint. Of course that was until I got my hands on it.... :-)

Did so many firsts in this old carb 1.5 litre 70 HP 3 speed automatic. I owned the car until fall 1998 and traded her in with 98K.

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1994 Saturn SL. I bought the manual transmission to force myself to learn. I'm sure the salesguys had a week long laugh at how I managed to get the car out of the sales lot.

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A 4 year old 68 Nova. Never ran right, but always ran. Must have been owned by a guy before me. He got in an accident and fixed the fender himself. Not very well. I never got hit on that side. So I never got rid of the homemade repair.

Got rid of it in 84 or 85. I was too embarrassed to park it in the shopping center in the rich neighborhood. They had a great Gap there.
Plus I had a baby and it didn't seem quite safe to have the baby in the 16 year old car.

The worst thing the car did to me was ... the windshield wipers broke. They were always on. Do you know how embarrassing it is to drive on a sunny day with your wipers on?
My boyfriend (now husband) wanted to buy the proper part to repair it. My dad wanted to bend some part in the car and put it back in. Dad won. Took it out. Bent it. Put it back. Never gave me trouble again.

After that Dad said I had to choose. Either he or boyfriend would fix the car. Boyfriend got the car repairs after that.

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@j5: Oops, my bad. The Corrado never got any respect, perhaps because it looked too much like the Scirocco to be recognized as a new vehicle by someone who wasn't a big VW follower (and I have owned VWs in the past). Bummer that you lost it to a tree - I sure hope you weren't in the car when it happened!

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@goldenthorn: I too learned to drive on a red stick '86 Saab 900S. Seeing your photo did make me tear up a little bit. If only they had been a little cheaper to fix, my parents still might have it today. It was a great car to drive.

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My first car was a 1988 Pontiac Fiero. We bough it in 1995, my sister got it first and then it was passed to me when I got my license a few years later. I still own it and, in fact, drove it to work today. (given, it needs to go back to the shop like.. yesterday... but still)

Quick back story on how this tiny little car is still running:
It was left to die (not really on purpose) on my family's driveway in 2006 when I got a new car (99 Jetta - worst car ever) and just over this past winter I got it hauled up to where I live now and revived it with a lot of help from the loyal Pontiac Fiero community haha. (Nearly every car seems to have little groups of loyal drivers throughout the country, it's amazing really)

And.. it's not all fixed up yet, but it at least starts again and made it to work with me today!

’88 Fiero