QOTD: What Car Do You Miss Most?

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

As I was cruising YouTube for a video to accompany Glenn's Honest Bob blog, I typed in "Red Integra" and stumbled upon this love letter to a… red Integra. Which got me thinking: what car do you wish you'd never left behind? For me, it's a Jaguar XK120 restored/created from the ground-up by Guy Broad in the UK, at enormous expense. Of course, Coleen was a stupid car. It looked like a Victoria's Secret angel, went like shit off a shovel (a full-on 4.2-liter six shoved under bonnet) and handled like a truck. I lost her twice. First, whilst driving her on a snowy road (I took out half a village) and then again in the divorce. I can still smell the leather, gas, oil and fear. Sigh.

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  • Jordan Tenenbaum Jordan Tenenbaum on Feb 18, 2008
    wmba: That right there is why someone would have to steal the keys to my 240 wagon out of my cold, dead hands. Great story. The car I miss the most is my '71 Cutlass S. It wasn't anything special, but it was mine, and it drove nice. Nothing was more fun that just hopping in and taking it for a 30 mile cruise to nowhere. If I wanted to drive like a tool I could, but I rarely did because it was not friendly on the wallet when it came time to fill it up. College came, and it just became unfeasible to keep two cars, so it had to go.
  • Davinp Davinp on Feb 19, 2008

    Their are a couple cars my late father used to own that I miss: 1978 Honda Accord CVCC. I vaguly remember that silver coupe. I know that this car is not on the road anymore because the next owner forgot to put ol in it! Then my father had a white Chevy Nova with a red interior. He didn't have it for long. Then he bought a red 1986 Dodge Grand Caravan SE. I don't know if it still exists today.

  • Kericf Kericf on Feb 19, 2008

    Cars I have missed: 1994 Isuzu Rodeo 4x4 - Would go anywhere - Drove like a tank but for whatever reason it was the most comfortable car I have ever driven. - For some reason girls love Rodeos. I don't know why but every girl and now my wife would want to drive it every chance they got. 1998 Ford Ranger (4cyl, 5spd, reg cab flare side) - Next purchase after the mailman knocked my 94 Rodeo on its side. Brand new for $10,500, 0% APR, and minor hail damage. - First year for the 2.5L motor that really made the thing go. It felt much quicker then my friends 97 Mazda with the 2.3L. - Got nearly 30 mpg highway. It did everything I wanted and the thing really was a very sporty truck. I don't know why the Ranger gets such a bad wrap. If it wasn't for having absolutely no interior space this would be my favorite car. - Never a problem, sold to my Aunt who drove it to work to save gas. Now my cousin drives it everyday and to his motocross races ont he weekends with bike in tow. Over 200,000 miles and still going strong. 1998 Isuzu Rodeo 4x4 - Bought after the Ranger was sold for something bigger. - Same as the above. It is an incredible 4x4, and the thing is great on ice with the winter drive mode. - Approaching 228,000 miles and the most I've done is a new radiator (stupid plastic reservoirs). Cars I do NOT want back: 1984 Pontiac Fiero - First car, and boy did it look good. Too bad it was as reliable as it was scary to drive in the rain. - Leaky sunroof, bad radio position, constant overheating problems, the front lights didn't go up and down with any regularity (they sold a drill attachment to put them up and down if that tells you anything) and the thing would never stay aligned. - Worst purchase of my life. 1998 Chevy Blazer - I claim it as an in-law. It was my wife's car when I got married. - It was nearly brand new (3,000 miles) when we got married. - At 8,000 miles the transmission went out and had to be replaced. OK covered under warranty but not after a lengthy fight with the Chevy dealer. - At 13,000 miles the master brake cylinder went out. Again, had to fight with Chevy dealer to fix it but they tried to claim brake systems were not covered. - At 23,000 miles tranny went out again. Same problem, same bad part. - At 45,000 miles, tranny out again, sold it and bought a Ford Taurus. 2001 Ford Taurus (wife's new car) - No reliability problems other than a blown seal and it has proven to be a safe car (2 accidents). - Terrible gas milage for a midsize sedan. - Most uncomfortable seats I have ever sat in. - Handles like a dog and has road noise from hell. - Can't get rid of it because my wife loves it.

  • Anonymous Anonymous on Feb 19, 2008

    I don't really miss any of the cars that I've owned. I still own my first car, which has tons of sentimental value, a '58 Chevy Apache Fleetside. My grandfather bought it new, and I inherited it the summer before my junior year of highschool when he died. I've got so many good memories of camping trips with my grandfather that the "Old Buckin' Bronco" would probably be the last thing I would ever sell.