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Old 01-22-2014, 09:55 AM   #6 (permalink)
andyinatl
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Since 1996:

1992 Hyundai Excel (that was one sorry introduction to the world of automobiles), with 4-speed manual transmission

1989 Honda Accord

1995 Dodge Neon

1992 Honda Accord

1994 Audi 90S

1995 VW Passat VR6

2000 Nissan Altima

1985 VW Golf Diesel (body rusted out, but engine was top notch through over 300K miles and it actually started and ran when it went to crusher)

1988 Saab 9000

1985 Mitsubishi Mighty Max

2003 VW Golf GLS (first car purchased brand new)

1998 Volvo V70 GLT

2006 VW Passat (purchased on the first day this bodystyle became available in US. Still consider this biggest mistake i've made that's car-related, because if i didn't purchase that Passat, i still would've been driving the Golf, which was an awesome car)

2000 GMC Sierra

2006 Chevy HHR

2005 GMC Yukon

1994 Volvo 960

2000 VW Passat V6

1998 Volvo S90

2010 Mazda CX-7 (liked the handling, hated pretty much everything else)

2000 Volvo V70

2004 Volvo V70 (current wife's daily driver)

2002 Honda Civic

2002 Infiniti G20 (made second biggest mistake of my car life when i traded it in)

2012 Fiat 500

2006 Infiniti G35 (current daily driver)



I may have missed a couple cars here and there... All in all, a lot of money wasted on trade ins, but there were few times when i made out ok. Out of all the cars listed, my personal favorites were Volvos. Always bought them with complete history, and never had any issues. Wife's current V70 is running like a champ, with 108K on the clock. What i like about Volvos is how every component was designed for long run, all the bushings in suspension are replaceable (i.e. you don't need to replace control arm to replace the bushings) and there are plenty of access under hood to replace whatever. That was not the case with VWs that i had, nor with my current G35, that really is challenging to even check oil due to dipstick location.
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