By on April 25, 2019

2018 Buick Enclave Avenir grille - Image: Buick

People and cultures, like the arts, traditions and cuisine born of those cultures, come in all flavors, and so do cars. The great thing about global trade is that we have choice in nearly everything we buy. Few, if any, people are forced to purchase a product because no alternatives built by rival companies exist.

And, because we’re not living under the thumb of an oppressive apparatus that demands us proles buy dismal crapboxes from a sole state-owned factory, our driveway diversity is off the charts. Maybe yours tops them all.

Sure, there’s some notable absences. All Chinese-brand cars, for instance. Brands like Seat and Skoda and Holden and Opel and Daihatsu and the PSA Group lineup (for now), Hindustan, and vehicles built at AvtoVAZ factories in Russia. There’s plenty of vehicular nationalities we can’t get our hands on.

Old rarities sometimes float across the oceans, and a person’s advanced age (or globe-trotting career) can mean a now-unattainable brand once passed into their ownership, either here or abroad.

Image: Citroen

Sadly, your author can’t claim a diverse ownership history of various auto nationalities. Nope, just two countries: America and Japan. No Germans, no Italians, no Swedes (almost, though), no Koreans, and no Brits. My father’s father only owned two nationalities in his life: American and British, though a Renault Dauphine almost fell into his lap in the 1960s. My mom’s father could claim to have owned British, American, and Canadian — specifically, the Chevy-ripoff Acadian brand.

My father was very much the same, owning American, Japanese, and a lone Vauxhall Firenza. There was almost a Russian model once, but that bargain-basement Lada romance was not to be. Same goes for the VW Beetle he left on the lot following a near rollover during a test drive. Indeed, no one in my immediate family has ever owned a German car.

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Here’s where you come in. Can you claim more vehicular diversity than anyone in your family or circle of friends? We’re not talking individuals brands or bodystyles, just country of origin (in the headquarters sense, not the production side of things). What’s your tally, B&B?

[Images: General Motors, Citroen, Kia]

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103 Comments on “QOTD: Is Your Driveway a Champion of Diversity?...”


  • avatar
    gtem

    I was brought up around a 100% Japanese fleet (aside from my dad’s ’71 Zaporozhets back in Russia): a series of Civics, a single rusty old Corolla, then a pair of gen 1 Mazda MPVs and a Fit. My first car I bought with my own money was a 2012 Civic, married into a 2012 Camry of my wife’s, and bought my ’96 4Runner used. Once I got into my car flipping game I likewise started out in my comfort zone with Japanese (’00 Maxima, ’96 ES300), but then finally dipped my foot into domestics with a pair of old Ford Rangers, and really quite liked the simplicity and availability and low cost of parts. I then took a walk on the wild side with an old B5 Audi A4 Quattro, and now have again bought a domestic car, a lightly used Town & Country. So the fleet is two Toyotas and a Chrysler. Going forward I can see myself buying a Korean car, perhaps a used Gensis G80, I see in them the original LS400 as far as quality per dollar goes.

  • avatar
    retrocrank

    “Diversity” was the early 60s. Everything from Isettas to ’58 Buick Roadmonsters driving on the same roads.

    There’s no diversity now. Nearly everything out there has become a rolling suppository built with a lot of Chinese-made parts in factories scattered around the world owned by multinational conglomorates.

    I suppose the now-dead Qube and Element sort of bucked the trend, but looking out my office window just now, other than the city busses, the only real differences come down to size and just how ugly the front fascia has become.

    Diversity. Man have they got you by the gonads.

    • 0 avatar
      ravenuer

      “58 Roadmonster”. Perfect description!!

      • 0 avatar
        highdesertcat

        HaHa!

        I currently do not own any cars or trucks but use our Southwind Motorhome as our daily driver.

        The 30ft+ length of OUR “Roadmonster” limits where we can go to HUGE parking lots like Costco, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart Supercenter, and the like.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Chrome bumpers, door handles, trim, grille, etc. Round headlights. 14″ wheels with balloon tires and wheel covers. Yes, that was a time when cars had nothing in common with each other, unlike now.

      • 0 avatar
        retrocrank

        JT, you’re missing the point. The average slob will always drive what his/her neighbor drives, whether it’s a mobile living room or a stoolpile, so that paradigm will always be the most common thing clogging the roads. What is missing (relative to the chrome whores you refer to) are the outliers equivalent to Beetles, the Bugeyes, the bizarre Citroens, real pickemup trucks, Renault 4s, bizarromas like Dauphins, MGAs/Bs/TR3/250/6s/914s/124s, Greenbriers and Type IIs, etc. etc. etc. Even the current Miata has adopted the suppository morphology – one has to buy the FCA abortion of that car to get something that approaches unique.

      • 0 avatar
        ravenuer

        Yes, but I have no problem whatsoever giving you the exact year, make, model etc, for any 50s or 60s cars. When my wife asks me what that sleek SUV is in front of us, I have to wait till I can get real close and read what it says on the back. Otherwise, I haven’t a clue what it is, not to mention the year. And I’m old enough that my memory isn’t what it used to be!

  • avatar
    TheDutchGun

    1985 Ford Mustang GT
    1985 Nissan 300zx turbo
    1993 Honda Civic Si Hatchback
    2005 Mazda3 hatch
    2001 Chrysler 300M
    2006 Ford Mustang GT
    2013 Ford Edge
    2015 Ford F150 5.0L
    2017 Ford Focus ST (current)

    Fiance has a 2014 CR-V.

    5 Fords for me, 1 Chrysler and a smattering of Japanese brands in my younger days. I’m about to turn 36.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    “Sure, there’s some notable absences. All Chinese-brand cars, for instance.”

    Buick Envisions, Cadillac CT6s, etc vehicles literally made in China of 90%+ Chinese-fabricated parts content, assembled in Chinese State Owned facilities, by Chinese citizens, using equipment/machinery that was created by intellectual property theft (stealing plans and schematics from American, German, Japanese and Korean companies, as mandated Chinese Joint Venture domestic partner mandates opened the door to) and a plethora of other Guangzhou Motors/Guangzhou-Guadalajara Motors (GM, or GGM) containing 50% to 90%+ Chinese-fabricated and exported parts (largely knock-down kits) really render that above-referenced quote meaningless (yes, the vehicle may wear a Buick or other Guangzhou Motors GM badge, but so what?).

    Unlike the 80s, when “Japan, Inc.” was busy occupying the minds of strategic analysts as an economic and military threat to the very foundation of western societies, which turned out to be a false premise/prediction, China is THE REAL DEAL, and the moron politicians, bureaucrats, business “leaders” and other imbeciles steering national trade and other policies in the U.S., the E.U., and other western societies really have given a true, grave threat of a nation (China, unlike an actually scion Racially and militarily weak Russia, truly does represent an existential threat, not last seen since WWII-era Germany under Hitler, to the very survival of Western Societies.

    There should literally be nothing off the table or NOT considered by all western nations to immediately and aggressively stop and reverse China’s further economic and military strengthening.

    Unlike Japan in the 80s, and like Germany in the 40s, China IS AN EXISTENTJAL THREAT TO WESTERN VALUES, SOCIETIES AND NATION-STATES, and was fueled as such by idiotic western trade policies, and it’s time to aggressively reverse those policies (China should be isolated and literally sanctioned and embargoed to the point where it breaks, given its open, self-declared words and actions in terms of striving for economic and military hegemony).

  • avatar
    ajla

    Currently I have the Kia Stinger and a Yamaha XS850. This is the first time I’ve ever not had an American brand in my driveway.

    Overall I’ve had many American cars (all from GM or ChryslerCo), one British car (a Triumph) one SK car, and one Japanese motorcycle.

    • 0 avatar
      gtem

      You have an old Yamaha triple ajla? Very cool! I have its baby brother so to speak, a ’77 XS500, rode it across the entire US and back in 2008. My dream is to build a full Yamaha street bike fleet circa ’78ish: RD400, XS400, XS500, XS650 (Standard variant), XS750 (standard), XS1100.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        Yea. I got my endorsement last year and finally pulled the trigger on buying something earlier this month (and sold my Roadmaster). It’s an ’81 XS850 “Midnight Special”. Reminds me of a “bandit” Trans Am. It is a little on the heavy/powerful side for a new rider like me so I’m just keeping it as a back road/weekend thing for now.

        • 0 avatar
          gtem

          Yeah they’re a bit hefty with that shaft drive, definitely more of a “tourer.” Yamaha got on the “cruiser/muscle bike” wagon early with their Midnight Specials, smaller rear alloy wheel with a fat tire, stepped seat, slightly pulled back bars. I’m more of a fan of the “standard” style with flatter bars and flat seat. I’m a massive fan of the “UJM” Japanese bikes of the 70s and into the 80s, just rock solid and easy to work on things for the most part, and many still had a backup kick starter which I think is handy (although iirc XS850 lost this feature from the XS750). My XS500 just sits collecting dust these days, I clean it up and start it and ride it around the block just to cycle fluids a bit. Just no time and no good place to ride.

  • avatar
    JohnTaurus

    Not much diversity at the moment, all of my vehicles are from an American brand and were built here, too. I would love a J VIN Honda to add to the collection. My (former) 1995 Accord was a J VIN.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Since others are listing previously owned vehicles, I can say I’ve owned American, Japanese, German, Korean and Yugoslavian (very briefly on that last one, lol).

  • avatar
    seth1065

    DW glad to see your back and have toned it down a bit, I thought you might have bought a new caddy and was touring the amish lands.

    In my driveway, we have Japanese, Swedes, and in the past German and American and Italian. Mostly foreign and mostly Saabs and Volvo’s.

  • avatar
    TR4

    Swedish, British, German, American. No Asians of any kind thus far, so I’m probably in the minority here.

  • avatar
    Jon

    Chevrolet
    Chevrolet
    Mazda
    Chevrolet
    GMC (current)
    GMC
    Toyota (current
    Chevrolet (current)
    Chevrolet (current-does it count if it doesn’t run?)

    Mine is kinda like chocolate chip ice cream. Although sometimes i tried different size chips or different vanillas.

  • avatar
    iNeon

    1987 ATX/HSC Taurus sedan(first daily)
    1969 Type 3 1600TL fastback(hobby)
    1998 dodge neon coupe(first new daily)
    1973,1974(x2) Type 1 sedans(hobby)
    1979 240D sedan(hobby)
    1984 245DL wagon(hobby)
    1965 Type 1 sedan (frame-off, permanent hobby— a man should leave this one behind for someone special)
    2008 PT Wagon(second daily)
    2015 Dart Aero (third daily)
    2004 PT Wagon (current hobby)
    2018 Compass 4×4 (current daily)

    I’m 39 and basically monogamous within a tiny polyamorous garage.

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    Steph, how dare you call the Acadian a ‘rip off’? The Acadian/Beaumont lines took the small Chev, added some different bright work, lenses, Pontiac grilles and instrument panels and provided GM/Pontiac/Buick dealers with a lower priced model, equivalent to the Chevelle/Chevy II. They even offered a Beaumont convertible for one year, which was not available on the comparable Chev.

    Canadian Pontiacs were also for many years, primarily Chevs with Pontiac bodies/interiors.

    Canada also for many years had a line of Meteor cars. These were primarily Fords with Mercury trim and sold in relatively high volumes.

    Remember that in Canada, dealership structures were generally different than in the USA and dealers often had a multi-line structure.

    In my ownership/leasing/driving history, no French vehicles although there was a Le Car in the family and I nearly acquired an Alliance. No Eastern Bloc/Soviet vehicles but a close friend had a Lada for a number of years that we spent quite a bit of time driving/working on, and actually quite liked. Only one Swedish vehicle. No Italian, unless you count FCA. But a plethora of Canadian/American, Japanese, German, British, and Korean vehicles.

  • avatar
    arach

    My goal is to own every active make, so I think diversity is my highest priority. I’ve owned almost 60 already.

    At this precise moment, I actually have immense diversity- Chinese, Pacific Rim, US of A, Italian, and German… and I’m actively test driving a British!

    As far as what I’ve owned, I have owned:
    American, British, Italian, German, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Chinese, Manufactured in Canada, Manufactured in Mexico…

    I think all I’m missing is French, Swedish and Russian.

  • avatar
    thegamper

    Pretty diverse. My auto history has been a little Japanese heavy, but a bit of everything:

    Volvo
    Volvo
    Ford
    Mazda
    Land Rover
    Mazda
    Nissan
    Ford
    Nissan
    Honda
    Mazda
    Buick
    Buick

    Have had wagons, sedans, hatchbacks, Body on Frame SUVs and crossovers. No loyalty, I buy what I want.

  • avatar
    jtk

    1972 VW Bug
    1988 Volvo 760 Turbo
    1991 Nissan Hardbody
    1994 Mercury Sable
    1997 Honda Civic
    2004 Honda Accord
    2001 Buick Regal
    2012 Mazda3

    Somewhat diverse. Best one by far was the Nissan Hardbody. Most disappointing was the Accord.

  • avatar
    tedward

    Right now I have zero diversity; three German cars (2 VW’s bought new and an E30). It’s an odd spot for me bc I have zero brand loyalty and I pride myself on appreciating cars for what they are as opposed to what they aren’t. So my friends, who constantly needle me for sticking up for oddball cars they consider to be crap boxes, can just point to my driveway and make Bund jokes or whatever.

    I’ve owned American, Japanese and German over the years however. National identity definitely does influence car design, and I deeply appreciate that.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    I have all of the majors covered but nothing French or Italian, and until recently Italian cars were not readily available.

  • avatar
    ToddAtlasF1

    Previously:
    3 US-made American cars
    1 Canadian-made American car
    1 Korean-made Japanese-American car
    6 West-Germany-made German cars
    1 Italian-made Italian car
    3 German-made German cars

    Currently:
    1 Japanese-made Japanese car
    1 Canadian-made Japanese car
    1 American-made Japanese car

  • avatar
    ravenuer

    Here goes:
    2 Fords
    4 Oldsmobiles
    7 Chevys
    1 Triumph
    1 Rambler
    3 Pontiacs
    1 Datsun
    1 Mercury
    1 Nissan
    1 Subaru
    2 Toyotas
    1 Lexus

  • avatar
    jack4x

    Right now I have 4 American branded cars (representing each of the “Big” 3), and 2 Toyotas.

    3 US VINs
    1 ‘J’
    1 ‘3’
    1 ‘6’

    I’ve owned a couple of German cars in the past, not necessarily anxious to repeat the experiment.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Your last line hits the nail square on the head. Someone here once said that if one owns a German car, they’ll never go back to inferior cars. Well, guess what? Owned a German car, one with some of the most flattering of praise from most people for its supposed reliability and longevity. Sold it. Went back to inferior American and Japanese metal that actually do last a long time (my Taurus has 30K more miles than the German car did when I sold it, still on its original powertrain, unlike the German car which had a rebuilt trans before I got it yet still had transmission problems) and are cheap to maintain and repair when needed.

    • 0 avatar
      SilverCoupe

      In my 46 years of driving, I have owned two American cars, one Japanese car, and three German cars. The last 18 years have seen two Audis in my driveway, and they have been generally trouble free (though I grant you that my Toyota Supra was the most trouble free.)
      I expect when I have owned my current 2008 Audi for ten years, I will get another one.

      My wife has had a bit more diversity. A Mini, a WRX, a Saab Turbo Coupe, A CRX, a Jetta, and a Fiat. (British, 2 Japanese, Swedish, German, and Italian)

  • avatar
    teddyc73

    “proles”? If you’re going to use made up brain dead Millennial terms like this you will continue to lose all credibility.

    • 0 avatar
      Rnaboz

      +1

    • 0 avatar
      ToddAtlasF1

      How many millenials were around in 1948?

      • 0 avatar
        Robotdawn

        Good question Mr Atlas. Pretty sure I’ve seen the term prole most of my life and I’m 50. Millenials have enough baggage being unable to differentiate marketing (synonym for lie) from reality, they don’t need to be unfairly blamed for words they didn’t create (and frankly I quite like the word prole).

        • 0 avatar
          sgeffe

          Millennials also seem to have different issues with grammar: something in a program “needs documented,” for example.

          No, something needs TO BE documented, or “needs documenting!”

          Although my boss, who I would call an “anti-Millennial” Millennial (as would he) actually used the proper construct in an E-Mail this morning, so there’s hope!

          As for marketing, you really have to have a master’s degree in bovine excrement to be able to come up with some of the stuff that you see out there!

          Two GMs of American descent, one J-VIN Honda, the other three (soon to be four) Hondas from Marysville, OH.

    • 0 avatar

      Proles have nothing to do with Millennials and has everything to do with “1984”.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    Currently owned vehicles? Yes.

    2013 Toyota Tacoma SR5 DC/LB (DoubleCab Long Bed) Texas Edition (mine)
    2008 Toyota Sienna LE 8-passenger (wife’s)
    2012 Kia Forte Koup SX (Daughter No. 1’s)
    2013 Chevy Cruze 1LS (Daughter No. 2’s)
    2010 Kia Forte Koup EX 5-speed (was Daughter No.1’s, totaled, gotta sell it off)

    I’ve also owned other American and Japanese metal, along with a German one (the ’78 Audi Fox).

  • avatar
    teddyc73

    Only American for me.

  • avatar
    Rnaboz

    England (Triumph, MINI)
    U.S. (Buick,Ford 4, Chevy 2, Jeep)
    Sweden (Volvo)
    Germany (Porsche)
    Japan (Subaru, Honda 2, Scion, Mazda)
    Korea (Hyundai)

    Current is one of the Ford’s and the MINI

  • avatar
    NN

    well I have an American (Ford Transit Connect) and Japanese (Nissan Quest).

    But if you do a deep dive my “American” is Spanish made British Designed German Engineered, and my “Japanese” has French influence & capital(although not likely many French parts).

    Value and low maintenance have always been priorities for me, so American and Japanese vehicles ruled the roost.

  • avatar
    Blackcloud_9

    1969 VW Fastback (German)
    1981 Dodge Colt (Japan)
    1989 Pontiac Grand Am (America)
    1991 Geo Prizm (American built NUMI, Fremont CA; based on a Japanese Corolla; sold by GM)
    2000 Dodge Grand Caravan (Canada)
    2003 Toyota Matrix (American built NUMI, Fremont CA)
    2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara (Japan)
    2013 Chevy Volt (America)
    2014 KIA Soul (Korea)
    2015 Chevy Spark EV (Korea)
    2018 Chevy Volt (America) – Current
    2017 Buick LaCrosse (America) – Current

    • 0 avatar
      Arthur Dailey

      Greetings to another VW Type III alum. Mine was a squareback.
      In my estimation the finest vehicles built by VW. All of the pluses of the Beetle, but with more room, and none of the build quality, and reliability glitches of later VW’s.

    • 0 avatar
      seth1065

      Black cloud,
      How does one go from a bunch of small cars ending with a Volt to a laCrosse?

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    I’ve got 2 assembled in the United States and 1 assembled in Canada from 2 American Companies and 1 Japanese Company.

    1967 Mustang convertible
    2016 Terrain (Canadian assembly)
    2010 Highlander (Princeton, IN assembly)

    I’ve owned a Chinese Scooter (2008 Roketa 150cc) and it was better put together than you would think. Although that was the year that China hosted the Olympics so I wondered if there was extra “pride” in assembly. ;-)

  • avatar
    JMII

    Past rides:
    Ford (x2)
    Honda (x3)
    Isuzu
    Mitsubishi
    VW
    Volvo
    Nissan

    Current rides:
    Dodge
    Infiniti
    Chevy

    I’ll pretty much try anything… once. I don’t so much buy brands or makes, but models. If a model from manufacture checks the right boxes then I get that vehicle. For example my current Corvette. I’m no GM or Chevy fan, but the ‘Vette was the right car at the right time.

    There was a period when I believed that Honda and Japanese vehicles overall were superior. My experience has been those gave me the least problems long term. I tend to buy used and keep my vehicles for longer then average. Based on rentals (I travel for work monthly) I would get a Hyundai or Kia. I’ve considered Porsche and Audi but ruled them out for now. Another Ford might be in my future as the new Ranger is appealing replacement for my Dodge Dakota.

  • avatar
    e30gator

    My driveway/garage looks like the island of misfit toys. Okay, here we go…

    2015 Toyota Highlander (Japanese brand, built in USA)

    2009 Saturn Aura (German car built for US brand meant to compete with Japanese imports using Mexican and Canadian parts, ultimately put out to pasture due to S. Korean competition)

    1996 BMW Z3 Roadster (German car built in USA)

    1992 GMC Sierra (USA)

    • 0 avatar
      geozinger

      You do know that the Saturn Aura was built in Kansas, right? On the same Epsilon platform as the Chevy Malibu and the Pontiac G6? At best, it was styled to look like a German Opel, with a European origin platform, along with (at the time of introduction) one engine designed with European influence (3.6L High Feature).

      Nor was it put out to pasture because of the South Koreans, it was more like Brett Ratner and the Automotive Task Force.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    Mostly American except the Prelude which was a good used car deal and nice drive but a bit tight for my 6’2” self.
    1966 Pontiac Tempest OHC-6 2 door hardtop
    1970 Ford Mustang coupe
    1973 Chevrolet Impala coupe
    1974 Mercury Cougar XR-7
    1980 Oldsmobile Toronado diesel
    1981 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
    1981 Honda Prelude
    1987 Ford Thunderbird
    1995 Ford Thunderbird LX

  • avatar
    karonetwentyc

    Given that I used to change cars the way that most people would change their underwear, I’ll just stick to nationalities with annotations.

    British (repeatedly)
    French (more times than anyone would be likely to believe)
    Italian (more than the Germans, fewer than the British)
    German (two in total, four if counting West Germany)
    Swedish (only once, with a Saab 96)
    American (almost exclusively Jeeps, with a rogue Eagle Premier in there)
    Japanese (entirely Subarus, three of which were Brats)

    Special mention, as these countries no longer exist and would make Crazy Vaclav proud:

    Soviet Union (1987 Lada Niva Cossack; it was slow, heavy, loud, and basic but also very, very good at what it was designed to do)
    Czechoslovakia (1978-ish Skoda S110R; truly the poor man’s Porsche)
    West Germany (a couple of 1980s Mercedes)

  • avatar
    vent-L-8

    from the beginning:
    1981 Buick Regal
    1985 Buick LeSabre Limited
    1988 SAAB 900 Turbo
    1988 SAAB 900 Turbo Conv
    1988 Cadillac Seville
    1991 Cadillac Deville Touring
    2001 SAAB 9-5
    1997 Land Rover Discovery SE7
    1989 Pontiac Grand Prix LE
    1991 Buick Park Ave
    2003 VW Passat
    2003 Infiniti FX35
    1972 Citroen DS21
    2006 SAAB 9-3 Conv
    2009 Nissan Maxima
    1987 Mercedes Benz 350SDL
    1986 Jeep Grand Wagoneer
    2012 Ford F-150
    1973 Cadillac DeVille
    2017 Tesla Model-S
    2019 Mazda CX5

    So, US 11, Sweden 4, Germany 2, Japan 2, France 1, England 1

  • avatar
    gearhead77

    My maternal grandfather was a WWII vet in Europe. He only owned American cars and mostly Chevrolet’s. My uncles on that side followed largely in his footsteps, only American stuff, until recently including motorcycles.

    My fathers side is different. My grandmother, widowed in her 40’s, had one of the first Toyota Corollas, which didn’t sit well in the steel capital of the world. After that came a Citation V6 (powder blue of course) and then an 89 Tempo, which became my sisters car throughout college in the early 2000’s.

    My folks had a diverse fleet, but we had mostly Fords as domestics and Honda/Acura’s as imports. The last new domestic was a 90 Lumina coupe, followed by a 92 Camry V6. The 94 Cadillac Deville Concours bought CPO in 1996 was traded on a 95 S320 in 2000 or so. Sadly, my Dad passed earlier this month. Dads last car was a 2012 325 power hardtop convertible. Mom is now driving an Audi Q5, the BMW sits.

    My own fleet has been diverse, as has my gearhead brother, who is 4 years younger than me, but has had 4 more cars. These are just mine, not the wife’s ( Beretta, Alero, Legacy, Accord, Mazda 5,Odyssey, Sienna)

    81 Regal coupe V6- given by my grandparents at 16 in 1994.

    84 Eldorado- HT4100 for the loss.

    89 Acura Legend L- Totalled by my dumb young self after a month.

    95 Cougar XR7 V8

    88 Acura Legend with 5 speed

    2001 Hyundai Elantra 5 speed

    2001 Ford Focus ZX3 5 speed

    2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback (93 Aerostar at same time)

    2004 VW Jetta GLS wagon (Lancer totalled by getting rear-ended)

    2008 Pontiac G6 ( given for free to run out a lease for a family member)

    2010 Nissan Altima

    2008 Mazda 5 ( was wifes, then mine)

    2016 Chevy Cruze

    2017 VW Golf first 5 speed since 01 Focus

    89 Ford Mustang GT convertible 5 speed.

    If I could drive a French car, I would. My next car after the VW is probably an Alfa Giulia to cover the Italians. Maybe a Jag to cover the Brits (I know)Too many choices out there to drive the same brand/type forever in my opinion.

  • avatar
    seth1065

    Gearhead,
    Sorry about your dads passing, hopefully, you have good memories to enjoy.

    • 0 avatar
      gearhead77

      Thank you. My Dad gave me (and my brother) our love of cars and machines, especially airplanes. He enjoyed his cars and driving (fast). He owned a lot over his years, his favorite was his 70 Corvette convertible. I’m glad he was able to enjoy a droptop again before he passed. I was also able to tell him the story as to why I wanted and recently bought the 89 Mustang GT convertible I did.

      Tell those you love them that you do. You never know when your (or their) time will come. It was sudden and unexpected for him.

  • avatar
    mjg82

    I come from a former Buy American then Buy Mopar family. Every car I or my parents owned in my lifetime, in sequential order:

    ’79 Ford Granada, 2dr green with white landau (parents)
    ’89 Plymouth Reliant (parents)
    ’92 Plymouth Voyager (dad)
    ’93 Plymouth Sundance (mom, later mine)
    ’00 Chrysler Neon (mom)
    ’01 Dodge Caravan (dad)
    ’04 Chrysler Sebring convertible (dad)
    ’07 Dodge Caliber (mine)
    ’08 Hyundai Tiburon (mom)
    ’10 Dodge Dakota (dad)
    ’97 Toyota Camry (mine)
    ’02 Buick Regal (mine)
    ’05 Buick Allure (mine)
    ’95 Buick Roadmaster Estate (mine)
    ’15 Kia Optima Turbo (mine)
    ’14 Mazda5 (mom)

    My sisters started out Mopar, inheriting the Sundance and Neon. The sis with my Sundance then went to an ’02 Saturn SL, then took my Allure, and now has a ’16 Dodge Grand Caravan. The other with the Neon replaced it with a ’10 Mazda3 hatch.

    Family of 5- Ford/Plymouth/Dodge/Chrysler/Hyundai/Toyota/Kia/Mazda/Saturn. I suppose that’s fairly pedestrian.

  • avatar
    BunkerMan

    In order of purchase:

    1992 Saturn SL1
    1997 Chrysler Cirrus
    1999 Dodge Caravan
    1998 Hyundai Accent GT
    1998 Saturn SL2 (bought from my mother, when the Caravan was written off)
    2002 Mazda MPV
    2007 Saturn ION 2.4
    2007 Saturn Vue 3.0L (inherited from my mother)
    2007 Ford Ranger 4×4
    2011 Ford F150
    2012 Hyundai Veloster
    2011 Ford Taurus

    So:
    4 Saturns
    3 Fords
    2 Chryslers
    2 Hyundais
    1 Mazda

    As for my family, my father’s side is almost exclusively Ford. My step mother has had a couple of Toyotas recently.

    On my mother’s side, it was a little more diverse, but all American cars and trucks.

  • avatar
    cimarron typeR

    1 Indiana built Toyota, 1 British Indian car (counts as 2 right?), 1 Portuguese built German car-so 6 countries in 3 cars. 7 if you count DW’s Chinese part content.
    It really is good to hear from him, it’s been fairly stale here lately

  • avatar
    readallover

    1966 Mustang
    1973 Toyota Celica
    1957 Chevrolet 3100
    1983 Honda Accord (first new car)
    1990 Nissan Maxima (first new kid)
    1994 Mercury Sable (second new kid)
    2004 Mazda 6
    1971 Dodge Challenger (divorce gift to myself)
    2017 Mazda 6

  • avatar
    whynotaztec

    GM, FCA and 2 Honda’s. So three 1 vins and one J.

    Only owned one euro car in my 30+ years of cars which was a 94 Jetta – made in Mexico I think.

  • avatar
    stingray65

    I’m going with brand home not manufacturing country with my list:
    5 German
    3 American
    2 British
    2 French
    1 Japanese

  • avatar
    loner

    4 US-built American cars
    1 Germany-built German car
    12 Japan-built Japanese cars

    Never had a US-built Japanese car.

  • avatar
    whydidithavetobecars

    9 American
    7 German
    6 Japanese
    4 British
    1 Swede

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Brand homes:

    American (7, but haven’t owned any since 2010)
    Italian (1)
    German (1)
    Japanese (3)
    Korean (6, including two I bought with my sons)

  • avatar
    don1967

    Mexican-American pickup truck
    Swedish sedan
    Japanese motorcycle
    Canadian snowblower
    Chinese lawnmower

  • avatar
    golden2husky

    One Japanese, four American, one Japanese/Ford joint venture. Those are all present in my driveway at the moment. You can add Germany if we go back in time.

  • avatar
    onyxtape

    Cars we’ve had in our immediate family. We had pretty good diversity:

    1951 Alfa Romeo Giulietta
    1975 Toyota Corolla
    1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
    1985 Peugeot 505 (and a second one for spare parts, natch)
    1987 Mitsubishi Colt
    1987 Honda Accord
    1989 Plymouth Reliant
    1993 Subaru Legacy
    1994 Toyota Corolla
    1994 Mazda MPV
    1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    1999 Toyota Camry
    1999 Chevy Malibu
    2005 Toyota Corolla
    2008 Subaru Outback
    2011 Hyundai Genesis
    2012 Infiniti G37
    2013 Tesla Model S
    2016 Mercedes E350
    2016 Acura MDX

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    Dilrod

    I’ve been all over the Asian map & drove all of the big 3 American brands. Never had a European car.

    Current Stable:

    2015 Buick Encore (that thing is from everywhere)
    2013 Hyundai Sonata (built in Alabama)
    2013 Ford F-150 (hecho en Missouri)

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    Rick T.

    1978 Chevy Malibu
    1985 Nissan Sentra
    1993 Chevy Silverado
    2003 MB E500
    2016 VW Sportwagen

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    ttiguy

    1977 Ford F-150 – US built
    1994 Ford Ranger – US built
    1995 Ford Mustang – US built
    1996 Ford Mustang – US built
    1997 Ford Explorer – US built
    1999 Pontiac Grand Prix – US built
    2000 Ford F-150 – US built
    2001 Ford Explorer – US built
    2002 Ford F-150 – US built
    2003 Ford F-150 – US built
    2004 Ford F-150 – US built
    2006 Ford F-150 – US built
    2008 Ford Edge – Canadian built
    2006 Acura RSX – Japan built
    2010 Ford Mustang – US built
    2012 Buick Regal GS – Canadian built
    2007 Nissan Maxima – US built
    2014 Ford Escape – US built
    2014 Cadillac CTS vSport – US built
    2017 Cadillac XT5 – current – US built
    2017 Cadillac ATS-V -current – US built

    21 cars between my wife and I

    14 Fords
    5 GM
    1 Nissan
    1 Honda

    19 from American mfgs – 2 from Japanese Mfgs
    18 made in USA – 2 Made in Canada – 1 POS made in Japan

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    Diverse ? Like Hawaii.
    German car, built in Alabama
    German car, built in Mexico
    Japanese car, built in Canada
    my current diversity is that the two alleged germans are both c sized four door sedans, one is an ace of base, and the other is almost all bells and whistles…so, same sized car, both four door, but opposite poles.
    We were always a GM family, before Malaise, and after two just execrable cars, went BMW, Volvo, and Honda.

    The number of Chinese parts on my CTS, even though it said “Proudly Assembled in Michigan” (sticker was put on sideways, no surprise) was substantial. There were also a lot of Bosch bits as well.

    My last car actually built in the nation claimed, were my 2003 BMW and my 2012 TDi…the diesels were built in Germany.

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    slavuta

    I don’t like diversity. I stick with my stuff. 3 Mazdas and Highlander. And its been like this for 10 years.

  • avatar
    Cactuar

    Japanese minivan built in Alabama
    German sedan built in Dingolfing
    Old Ariens lawn tractor built in Wisconsin

    That’s all our stuff with an engine in it.

  • avatar
    geozinger

    I only have dead brands in my driveway.

    • 0 avatar

      I always for some reason was attracted to dying brands. Toyota Carina – after I bought it was killed by Toyota and replaced with new Avensis model. When I arrived to America Oldsmobile crossed my mind since I read somewhere that it is considered as a premium brand. But thankfully GM killed the whole marque and I bought Mercury instead which of course get scrapped by Ford. After that I bought two Fusions and of course Ford scrapped Fusion too. I am now thinking about Lincoln…

  • avatar
    SPPPP

    Used to be all 1F’s and 1G’s. Currently J and W. Open to all options. Build what I want, and I will buy it. Eventually.

  • avatar
    RobbieAZ

    1969 Camaro
    1978 Buick Skylark
    1976 Opel Rekord
    1972 Opel Rekord
    1979 Buick Regal
    1988 Opel Rekord
    1991 Plymouth Laser
    1994 Chevy S-10
    1997 Ford F-150
    1986 Renault 9
    2003 Dodge Stratus
    2002 Jeep Wrangler
    2004 Mercury Mariner
    2008 Jeep Liberty
    2013 Ford F-150
    2016 Mercedes C450
    2017 Porsche Macan

    All either American or German, with the exception of the one French beater.
    Only the Laser had ties to Japan.
    Currently 2 Germans.

  • avatar
    peeryog

    This is over the years, right ? Not current

    So

    Indian
    Australian
    USA
    British
    German
    Swedish
    French
    Italian
    Japanese
    Korean
    Brazilian
    Russian
    South African
    Lastly (and admittedly a bit of a stretch) Venezuelan (USA, assembled in Venezuela)

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    For those who curious what did I own. Not much and my wife does not drive and not she is not Millennial:

    Russia
    1990 3-door Lada Sputnik – nothing but trouble! Still had carb!
    1989 Toyota Carina II – it was owned by German retiree and was in quite good shape.

    USA
    1994 Ford Taurus GL – bought very used, Americans are no Germans, torque converter problem (slipping clutch) – what else? At least Lada had manual 4 or 5 speed, do not remember.

    2002 Mercury Sable Premium – new, most reliable car I ever owned.
    2003 Ford Focus 2.3L – At this point I owned three 4-door sedans and all were Fords!
    2014 Ford Fusion Titanium
    2018 Ford Fusion Titanium AWD
    202X Electric Car of choice.

  • avatar
    lot9

    Brands owned over my many years.

    Just a poor country boy and could only afford older cars – when I was a young whippersnapper – thus I own many older ones. Many were sold within a month or so. And I got someone else old vehicle and traded it as soon as something else I like, appeared..

    Many of these vehicles were 30’s, 40’s and 50’s model years. (only if I owned some of them today)
    Most of times, I would go to the Horse swapping meeting on Sundays and you could trade cars, animals, guns, hunting dogs, etc.
    I traded cars for many years, thus I drove quite a selection. Many of these cars were like the horses, long in the tooth.

    As soon as someone was interested in what I owned, would trade it or sale it and grab someone piece of metal and drive off.

    Every other Sunday was usually at the horse swapping place, listening to music, eating home cooking and some preacher was damning my soul to hell for drinking moonshine. Telling us, we all are going down in flames if we did not repent.

    Would soon find what else I was interesting in trading for.

    When I was a teenager and young man, Driving was fun and enjoyable. Seat belts were not required- most cars did not have them. No photo radar and cops all over, coming up with any reason to raise more revenue with their ticket drives.

    Not all the rules that we have today. Open empty bottle was not a crime, like today. Traffic was not like it is today.. grid lock intersections for mile.

    I really love these older cars, now as I look back. They all were different and all looked different, too. Not like it is today, cookie cutter vehicles. Just 4 wheels and an engine, is what I call them, now
    .
    Some of my older models were…
    Olds (49)1st semester of high school. Really like this sloped back model. 3 speed on the column. Like the 53 and 56s, too .

    Chevies ..Different models over the years. Many over the years , I like the 55, 56 and 57 the best.

    Fords ..many sedan and trucks. Enjoyed the 50’s flathead sedans the most. some I got before i got a license. Back in the hills, you could drive without a license..It was not a society of RULES, like it is today. Did not need ins. either on your autos.

    Mercury (48 sedan) and a 53-Monaray hardtop
    Buick, Road masters, and at least 5 other models.
    Pontiac 53
    Plymouth 56
    Chrysler 48, 57
    Dodge 50 conv. 2nd semester of high school.
    (Bathtub shaped) Hudson early 50s
    Kaiser 48 and early 50s.. They made a sport car in like 53 or 54.
    Frasier 49
    Packard -late forties
    Lincoln… 56 and 60
    De Soto …late 50ish fancy sedan

    Jeep several over the years and one was a truck. 4 wh – drives were great in all that mud on the dirt roads, I drove.

    Willy- I like these models.

    53gmc pu and later 50s and 60 trucks.
    48 international pu… they made a nice truck for that year.

    Sunbeam- small sedan 50 ish – problems
    Allstate(think is what was called… little car sold by sears. 50ish- problems

    Austin Haley – nothing but problems, sold it within the next month.

    Triumph
    Old motor bike that you paddled to start. (traded some wild foxes I caught while hunting, for it.)People wanted their skins

    Old Harley Davidson motorcycle
    Old Indian motorcycle

    Now, that I am old and cripple, I only buy new ones. Do not enjoy them like I did the older cars in my younger days.

    Newer autos I have owned or now own.

    Fords car and trucks
    chevies car and truck
    honda suvs mostly..trying to stay away from the 4cy turbo with gas in oil problems. .and cvt trannys

    toyota sedans and suv

    Datsun or( Nissan,now) like the trucks.. not the cvt sedans

    Hyundai – suvs Had good luck with the santa fe.

    Kia-… The first one of these were junk. Now, they are coming up in the world, but they are over priced, I think.

    You can buy a top of line Toyota or some Lexus for what they want for Kia’s suv’s today.

    My kids like my sedans and my trucks. Some like the larger GMC Yukons.

    Currently, I now own four vehicles….Have two homes and keep several at each. I normally do not sell my autos – now- just give them to the kids for a few buck. Try to buy a newer model every 2-3 years.

    Looking to buy a 2020 suv this year, once they all come out. Sure do not like all this infotainment junk.
    The Start Stop feature is not my thing. I will not buy another GM product with it.

    I still like CD Players, when I can find them in a new auto.
    Cars played a large part in my life as did horses and planes.

    Glad I had my run at it when I did. Back when driving was fun and lot less rules.
    And insurance companies did not blackmail you with their ridiculous rate.

    And your govt. make you buy it. (that is the business to own, huh)

    What does your credit rating have to do with safe driving? Maybe, they should rate you on your eye or hair color.

    Glad that I am an old man…that have seen better times in this country.
    Back when we all had the draft facing us at age 18. You had to make decision about what you want to do with your life.
    And I join and did my service obligations. And saw the world in the process.
    And the American dream for the middle class actually existed. Not the gig economy you have today. Or some hustle on the side.

    Sorry, if I bored you.

  • avatar
    -Nate

    More a display of stupidity I think :

    old battered worthless Little British Cars (BMC products), a close to dead ’59 VW Beetle, a ’69 Chevy C/10 shortbed stepside pickup truck with 250CID i6 engine, three old Mercedes W123 Diesels, a Coupe, sedan and graymarket 7 passenger fully optioned wagon .

    I must be insane .

    Oh yes : lots of worthless old Honda Motos, three Russian Urals and a vintage BMW R60/6 .

    Tony Stark I ain’t .

    -Nate

  • avatar
    Charliej

    I have owned English, Italian, German, French, Japanese, Mexican and American. Morris Minor, several Minis, several Austins, English Ford Cortina. Numerous Fiats, an Opel Manta, a Volkswagen, a Renault Dauphin, numerous Hondas, a Mazda, a PT Cruiser and numerous Fords. This list does not count at least seventy five percent of the cars owned. All used, mostly old and mostly junk that I enjoyed repairing and driving for the past sixty years. Beside the cars I also owned many motorcycles from England, Japan, America and Chechoslovakia.

  • avatar

    I think I’ve owned Chrysler products from all of their countries of ownership – American (’87 LeBaron, ’98 Voyager), German (’01 PT Cruiser), and Italian (’12 Ram C/V, ’18 Ram 1500)

    I also at one point had an impulse-ebay-purchased ’87 LaForza, a vehicle that combined Italian reliability with American engineering. The seats were awesome, though. Occasionally, the lights would work.

  • avatar
    -Nate

    Oh, we’re allowed Chinese lawn mowers here ? .

    O.K. then : I have a plastic Chinese “Mow Joe” that’s pathetic but works great .

    It’s electric and so far I’ve managed to not run over the cord….

    I didn’t think you wanted a list of every jalopy I’ve ever owned, most of them were junk anyways .

    -Nate

  • avatar
    Synchromesh

    Let’s see…
    1. ’87 Buick Skyhawk
    2. ’89 Subaru RX
    3. ’93 Honda Accord
    4. ’00 Acura Integra
    5. ’94 Mazda Miata
    6. ’95 Mazda Miata
    7. ’12 Subaru WRX
    8. ’72 VW Beetle
    9. ’75 Porsche 914
    10. ’68 Porsche 912 (project)
    11. ’69 Porsche 912 (project)
    12. ’84 Porsche 911

    Pretty much everything was made either in Japan or Germany. 2 exceptions: Accord and Buick were both made in US. So not very diverse. But then again I refuse to touch modern German and American cars so only buyer newer Japanese. But for old cars for some reason I like German, flat-engined and aircooled. Go figure.

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    tankinbeans

    I’ve owned 3 vehicles built in Japan, 2 built in Mexico, 1 built in Korea, 3 built in Canada (I believe) and the rest built in the USA.

    Currently, my driveway is home to two Mazdas, 1 built in Mexico and the other straight from the land of the rising sun.

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      tankinbeans

      Repeating what others have done, in roughly sequential order:

      1993 Ford Aerostar
      1993 Ford Escort
      1991 Buick LeSabre
      1995 Honda Accord
      *1994 Toyota Corolla (brother drove this one)
      2003 Honda Accord
      2006 Pontiac Grand Prix
      2011 Kia Forte
      2013 Ford Focus
      *1998 Chevy T10 Blazer (bought same day as Focus)
      *1998 Chevy Malibomb (mom drove)
      2014 Ford Escape
      *2003 Buick Century (mom drove)
      2014 Focus ST
      2016 Mazda Mazda3
      2017 Chrysler 300
      2017 Mazda Mazda6
      **2018 Mazda Mazda3 (bought jointly with mom)

      Mom has been mostly domestic (Fords and GMs) with an oddball Dodge Dynasty and a very used Volvo.

      Dad has been all domestic aside from his Festiva and Aspire.


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