questionswhat was your first car?

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My first car was still owned by my parents. They bought and loaned me a car to drive while I was in college. It was a 1989 Ford Escort. Tiny little white, two door, stick shift, power nothing car that, aside from being white, was the perfect car for me at the time. I could park it anywhere. The back seats folded such that the back was flat (dad called it "truck mode") and had enough space to move all of my stuff when I shuffled between school and my co-op job. It got between 35 and 40 mpg and, aside from rust issues that caused holes in the gas tank and the gear shift to detach from the gear box, it was a great car. I still miss LC sometimes.

After I got out of school I bought my very first car I would call mine; a little, dark green, Ford Ranger with an extended cab. I always enjoyed driving it and helped a lot of people move, haul gear and such. Another great vehicle for the time in my life. And, living in Texas, I fit right in.

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@samstag: I'm actually surprised my parents didn't insist on something big like that and opted for the little car!!

@gt0163c: While I was in college my Mom bought my Dad a used little Ford Ranger, it was red and had a ton of life left in it. She was tired of him using her car, he wasn't home often, traveled a lot for work so they didn't actually need 2 cars but it fit him perfect. It came in handy when it came to moving stuff back and forth from school and moving everything else over the many years they had that thing. It was sad to see it go when they traded it in.

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@kp1111: The Mustang!! That was my first ever new car! That thing lasted forever. It had over 200k miles on it when I decided I wanted a new car some point after graduating from college and instead of trading it, I gave it to my parents (they helped me buy it at the time), and they kept it for several years after that. We definitely got our money's worth out of that car.

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1969 Mustang Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet. Something like this one, only mine didn't have the extra wing spoiler on the back, rear louver or the stripe down the side:

http://www.mustangmonthly.com/featuredvehicles/mump_0111_1969_ford_mustang_mach_1_428_cobra_jet/photo_01.html

What were my parents thinking, allowing a 17-year-old to buy a car like that? :-) I had a lot of fun with it though and even managed (mostly) to stay out of trouble.

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1984 White Ford Bronco named Nicole Brown.

I 4-wheeled the hell out of it and it died.

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78 Oldsmobile custom cruiser. i loved that car, fake wood panelling and all.

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1979 Volvo 245DL.

I think the only pictures I have was after the wreck. 35mph + other driving running red light at 40mph = OMG. Spun a 180 through the middle of the intersection ... came to a stop ... I checked that I was still in one piece ... and then opened the door, and walked out.

FWIW, my car was 18" shorter - none of it in the passenger compartment.

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96 Subaru Outback. I still miss the hell out of that car.

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1985 Ford F-150 extended cab. I learned how to drive stick shift on that bad boy! His name was the Honkey Tonk.

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1996 Ford Ranger!
Bought it from my brother-in-law when I was like 18 (used mom and dad's car before that).
Drove that truck for several years. Extended Cab, 6ft bed. It was a lot of fun...so fun in fact, that I decided to buy a 2008 Ford Ranger FX4 just like it! :)

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1987 Toyota 22R extended cab 4wd pick up. Loved that thing.

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1979 Mercury Monarch, baby blue. It was a tank, and it saved my life on 3 occasions.

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1993 Plymouth Voyager. Loved having a car that could carry all my friends and all their crap.

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Mine was a 1974 Volkswagon Camper.

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@bingo969:

Well, that went well. Still don't have the hang of the new format and can't find the link to the faq.

Anyway, my first one was a 1974 Volkswagen Camper. Bright orange with an orange, brown and green plaid interior. Styling, to say the least!! :)

This site has a bunch of pictures of one that looks exactly like mine did.

http://www.vwbullibarn.co.uk/campers-for-sale-parent-page/1975-vw-volkswagen-t2-westalia-continental.html

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A 1967 Simca, a bread-loaf sized French vehicle imported by and soon orphaned by Chrysler. http://tinyurl.com/8zwtosu It was a quirky little vehicle with the softest, cushion-y seats a car ever had. It totally lacked any way to lock the doors from the inside, so my protective father installed a small slide-bolt on each front door inside panel so I could be safe while driving about town. It had a rear engine; the front compartment was hinged over the bumper, not near the windshield, and people would often stop to ask where the engine was when I unloaded my son's stroller at the local mall. It had no air conditioning, no floor carpets, and very low horsepower, but it cost under $1500 brand new, its monthly payment was $47, and it kept me independent when I was a poor single mom. The sturdy little thing ran well over 100,000 miles, and I eventually gave it away to the local spouse-abuse shelter in 1977. It was a great car.

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@bingo969: Oh, sweet memories! In 1972 I dated a guy who drove a VW camper, also orange. He worked in the same building I did, and on lunch break we'd pick up fast food and drive to the local marina, where we could eat burgers, chat, and watch the boats in the river. Peaceful, happy times.

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The first car I drove was a gigantic 1969 Galaxie 500 with a 390. The first car that was considered "mine" was a 1974 AMC AMX, also with a 390. The first car I bought with my own money was a cute little 1967 MG MGB hardtop in turquoise blue with a Blaupunkt stereo and wire wheels.

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@ohcheri: I had a bright yellow 1976 MG Midget I bought in my 20's - LOVED that car!!! Black interior with a black soft top. Kept it for 12 years before I sold it for twice what I paid.

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1972 Ford Torino. It had been an old USMC staff car at one time.

No AC, but since we lived in Hawaii, didn't really need it.

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@carl669: Owned one of those once; 84 I think, but with the converted diesel engine (350).

That engine was the reason I sold it after only 8 months. The cool thing was that the land yacht, when it was working right, got 32 MPG on the highway!

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1988 Ford Festiva "Sport" model. It was the most unreliable cheap piece of crap that ever existed, yet I have such a love for that car. I kind of want to get one again so I'll have something to fix every now and again. The 40+ MPGs would probably be nice as well.

I sure do miss old Maybeline -- "Maybe she'll start..."

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1980 Honda Civic, that thing was a death trap - I stood no chance in surviving an accident. I only paid $400.00. My dad took it into the mechanic one day for me and the mechanic said "Look it's none of my business but I wouldn't allow my teenager to drive this car" My dad was notoriously cheap so it took him a few weeks to figure out I needed a safer car.

He co-signed me a 2,000 loan (I was only 16) and got a 1989 Honda Accord at a police auction which wasn't a bad deal for a 3 year old car

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1986 Toyota celica. It was red, fast and a cop magnet!

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Still driving it. A 1997 Honda CR-V with 305,000+ miles on it and counting. Still haven't had any major problems, and everything still works except the power locks.

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@lmensor: I had my MG for 3 months before it was totaled by some folks in a station wagon :-(

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1984 Nissan Stanza. To this day it was the most reliable car I have ever owned. Got into an accident and had to get rid of it.

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1966 VW Bug, loved that car

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1989 Isuzu I-Mark XS - owned the car from 1991 to 1998, bought the car a few months before my 16th birthday and have MANY fond memories of my first car. A lot of "first's" and tomfoolery after tinitng the windows - traded the car with 95,000+ miles on it, 88K of which were put on by me.

Pimp'n '91 style

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The first car I bought with my own hard earned money was a 1988 Chevy Camaro. That was a pretty hot car for an 18 year old to own, lol.

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1974 Mazda RX-3. It was a great car until I had carburetor problems and decided to let my high school buddies "fix" it. It was never the same after that. :(

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Plymouth Duster, 73 I think. Metallic Green.

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My mother and grandmother did not drive. Therefore, when I was 16, my step-father bought me an English Austin (little yellow flippers that came out of the side as turn signals. Don't know the year of the car, but the year I got it was 1953. Dear me but those two women wanted to go somewhere every single day - mostly to another town to the grocery store while I sat and waited! It was great for the weekends though to drive my friends to movies out of town.

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Bought a black 1980 Pontiac Sunbird for $1200 in 1987. Put at least a couple dozen used tires on it over the years, but they were easy to change because it had a steel frame you could just jack up. Great car, and it was still running when I sold it five years later.

Next five years I had a white 1988 Reliant K-car. Another great car.

The first new car I had was a purple 1997 Chevy Cavalier. Drove that one for five years too.

Only car I really wanted to buy after that was a PT Cruiser. But by then I needed three car seats and you can't drive a PT Cruiser with three car seats.

SInce then it's been whatever my husband buys. Big diesel pickup trucks and the like. Yuck.

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I had a 1993 Saturn SL1 (bought new).

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I had a 1980 Honda Accord in college and a year thereafter. A great car which never let me down. My brother inherited it from me and proceeded to kill in a few months the later. It was so sad going to the savage yard and removing the stereo and stuff. It was abandoning an old friend as they were dying.

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I think it was a '65 Galaxie 500 convertible. The first one without fins. It was two years old when I got it. Loved that car. Had a lot of fun in that car.

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85 1/2 suzuki samurai 4x4 softtop. Ended up getting a 4inch lift and 33 inch tires, brushguard & winch. That thing was so light it could get through mud and water that would bog down bigger 4x4s.

Never rolled it, and that's saying something if you knew how I drove that thing.

Awesome gas mileage too, on that little 1.3 liter engine. Hell suzuki made MOTORCYCLES with bigger engines.

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1979 Plymouth Duster

My first new car was a 1997 Ford Ranger. Drove it for 10 years, then sold it to pay for my airfare to Bolivia. I still miss that truck.

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1978 Ford mustang II - the mustang that it appears everyone loves to hate (except for me). It was heinously underpowered with an I4 that made around 70hp flat-out on a really good day. I was once pulled over for speeding and planned to contest the ticket with a claim of "this car can't physically accelerate like that" but I plea-bargained out of it instead, which was enough to prevent it from being reported to my insurance.

Best thing about the car was probably that it weighed almost nothing. Once in high school it wouldn't start (left the lights on) and one guy from the football team was able to push-start it with me in it. I even once got a cop to push-start it (with his own car) since cops in our town wouldn't give jump starts.

I eventually replaced it with a 1995 mustang GT that made 4x the horsepower and had the same mpg. Now that car is gone, too.

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2001 (or was it 2002?) Saturn. Anyway. First/last/only car. Paid it off, sold it to a friend (and oh, the road trips it takes now!), no regrets. It was an adorable dark green with a kicky stripe on the side.

edited: @jazzsinger! We can be Saturn SL1 buddies!

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@pooflady: Eeek - I was speed reading and read that YOU were 2 years old when you got it!!

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@cellphonecase: Not sure what for, but thank you for the ego boost! :-)

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1987 Olds 98 Regency Brougham sedan.
Was My Grandpa's Car, got it when he passed.(Oct 98), Sold it in Aug 01.
put 40K miles on it in that time, during which time nearly $11000 worth of parts and work was put in to it,(not counting the 2 $400 Stereos) could only sell for Book value ($2000)