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Old 01-22-2014, 05:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm curious about this group and what's "typical" for the number of cars you guys and gals have owned. ¬*I'm 45 years old and I've owned 23 so far, which is way more than most of my peer group. But from reading posts on the TTAC site, I think I might be roughly average for this gang. ¬*

Here's what I've had so far (last 2 are my current pair):

1. '79 VW Van
2. '79 Citroen CX Pallas
3. '89 Ford Escort GT
4. '79 Chevy C10 Van
5. '78 Olds Cutlass
6. '68 Plymouth Fury
7. '94 Saturn SC2
8. '88 Ford Bronco II
9. '96 Ford Explorer
10. '96 VW Cabrio
11. '00 VW Jetta TDI
12. '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee
13. '03 Mazda Protege5
14. '04 Honda Element
15. '68 Mercedes 250S
16. '01 Saab Convertible
17. '08 Lincoln MKX
18. '09 Mazda RX8
19. '08 Mini Clubman S
20. '04 Mercedes E320 Wagon
21. '11 Chrysler T&C
22. '10 Kia Soul
23. '10 Volvo XC60

How about the rest of you? ¬*
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I know I'm on the low side for my age but I like to buy used, make at least a $1000 down payment, and take a long loan because I know I'm going to keep the vehicle for many years.

1. 1982 Chevy Celebrity sedan Iron Duke (1993-1997) - 1st car former family car, Dad basically gave it to me when the resale value dropped below $600. When I dropped it the car had 150,000 miles, sister drove it another 3 years after that.

2. 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Brougham sedan, (1997 to 2001) 307V8, posi-trac, every available option except power vent windows. Another former family car, got it at about 100,000 miles drove it to 150,000 miles before it was stolen in Detroit, MI over Thanksgiving Weekend of 2001. Cops found the stripped carcass in an alley, total loss.

3. 1997 Ford Escort wagon (2001 to 2009) 2.0 SOHC and automatic, all the options but no cruise control. Picked it up with 21,000 miles and took it to 70,000 before the ex-wife took it in the divorce. She only wanted it because it was paid off.

4. 2004 Ford F150 Heritage (2006 to present) 4.6V8 automatic and bench seat, rubber floor, crank windows. I hope I still have it when its 40 years old and I'm in my 70s.

5. 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible (July 2013 to present) 289V8 and automatic, family heirloom. Dad cried when he signed over the title.
Owner 1967 Ford Mustang Convertible: 289V8, Cruise-o-matic transmission, vintage burgundy exterior, black interior and top, MSD Ignition, true dual 2.5 in exhaust system, Ford 9in rear. Owned since July 2013, in family since 1967.

DD: 2004 Ford F150 Heritage, single cab, bench, crank windows, 4.6V8, automatic, aftermarket flatbed, Dynomax cat back dual exhaust. Owned since 2006. 2010 Toyota Highlander, V6 AWD, three row, family truckster ¬*
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Old 01-22-2014, 06:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It's times like this when I start to realize exactly why I don't have as much in my savings/401k as I should:


1. 1967 Chevy Impala fastback
2. 1986 Nissan Sentra sedan
3. 1990 Pontiac Sunbird LE coupe
4. 1990 Nissan Maxima SE
5. 1997 Audi A6
6. 1999 Dodge Dakota R/T
7. 2005 Scion tC (new!)
8. 2000 Chrysler Sebring LXi coupe
9. 2000 Dodge Dakota R/T
10. 2007 Subaru Legacy GT wagon
11. 2000 Honda Civic EX coupe
12. 1966 Pontiac Catalina sedan
13. 2006 Pontiac GTO
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:03 AM   #4 (permalink)
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1979 to present

1) 1979 dodge omni 024

2) 1984 dodge laser

3) 1987 dodge laser

4) 1992 chevrolet lumina

5) 1994 chevrolet k5 blazer

6) 1998 jeep grand cherokee

7) 2002 gmc envoy

8) 2006 chevrolet suburban

9) 2007 toyota avalon
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Age 43 here for reference... I've included my wife's cars too because technically I "owed" them, sort of. I tend to buy used and keep my vehicles around for awhile.

1983 Ford Mustang GLX - my first car stolen within 8 months, didn't miss it at all, inline 6 = not fast, boring.

1985 Honda Civic S (1500) Hatchback - loved it, drove to over 160K miles, wish I still had it!

1988 Chevy Caviler - wife's first car (only dating at the time), major POS, wrecked

1993 Honda Civic EX Sedan - wife's second car, never a problem, weak torque, good mileage and handling

1989 Honda Prelude Si - best handling car I ever owned, awesome dash and seats, low on torque and weak brakes however

1996 Iszuz Rodeo - big mistake, sold within 9 months, lesson learned: SUVs suck! bad mileage and handling, not much room behind the seats either

1997 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS-T - leased this one, very quick turbo, loved the woosh from the boosted engine, leather was 2nd rate stuff

1996 Ford Ranger Splash Extra Cab - bought to tow my boat but the V6 couldn't hack it, kept breaking down

2000 VW Passat 1.8T - wife's third car, nice when new then fell apart (literally, pieces of the interior just dropped off!), typical VeeDub electrical gremlins

2002 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab - my current truck, pushing 100K miles and runs (and looks) like new, no complaints

2008 Volvo C30 - wife's current car, sexy, sporty, perfect grocery getter

2003 Nissan 350Z - my current car, throaty engine, tons of grip, modern remake of the classic Z car… just a touch heavy. Ride is rough.
Garage: '03 Nissan 350Z Touring, '02 Dodge Dakota SLT V8 Quad Cab 2WD, '08 Volvo C30 V2
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:55 AM   #6 (permalink)
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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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Old 01-22-2014, 10:52 AM   #7 (permalink)
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1. 1985 Ford EXP Sport - manual - underpowered, ill-handling, unstoppable in the snow - traded-in

2. 1987 Ford Tempo GL Sport coupe - manual - attractive, even got questions in parking lots, but meh - totalled

3. 1987 Ford Escort GL five-door - appliance - private sale

4. 1989 Ford Probe LX - manual - 186K miles in 4-1/2 years, favorite vehicle ever owned, blast to drive, reliable, efficient, interior wore like iron, nice ride, hatch could hold anything - private sale

5. 1987 Porsche 944S2 - manual - loved to drive it, didn't love to fix it - private sale

6. 1987 Merkur xR4Ti - manual - died a mechanical death after just six months - worst used car purchase of my life - not worth fixing - junkyard

7. 1993 Subaru Legacy L - horrible, brakes, oil leaks, HVAC, electrical - traded

8. 1995 Chevy S-10 4.3L V6 2WD Extended Cab - manual - fun to drive, very useful, thirsty beyond belief, moved to South Dakota so - traded

9. 1997 Ford Thunderbird LX V8 - great highway cruiser - shockingly good in the snow - light V8 growl - ex-wife took as part of divorce

10. 1998 Pontiac Trans Sport Montana FWD LWB - worst vehicle ever owned - lived in service - traded

11. 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche Z71 - loved, loved, loved, rode great, surprisingly easy to drive as long as you weren't backing up, could do anything, go anywhere, but 13 MPG in 19-1/2 feet of Mexican metal is impractical - traded

12. 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix GT - ya, GM W-body meh that was nicely optioned, cheap, cheap to insure, cheap to feed, bowed at the altar of torque, and as reliable as the sunrise -¬*traded

13. 2005 Nissan Altima - still in motor pool

14. 2009 Pontiac G8 GT - garage queen

15. 1998 Pontiac Trans Sport FWD SWB (no, not a typo, I bought another one used) - bought on the cheap $1.9K, drove for one year limping along with a failing head¬*gasket after three months of ownership, went 12K more miles - ¬*private sale bad headgasket and all for what I paid for it

16. 2005 Saturn Relay FWD3 - current weather beater

17. 2006 Subaru Forrester - still in motor pool
2009.1 Pontiac G8 GT
White Hot w/ Onyx interior, Premium Package, Sport Package, Sunroof

SHOW: Holden conversion including badges, Holden backup assist, Holden triple digital center console gauges, custom made Holden instrument cluster calibrated for US MPH, front clip shaved w/ painted lower grilles, matte black hood scoops, clear bra, 35% tint, auto dimming mirror, Homelink, bass bias mod, VG shark fin antenna, Vehicle In Motion modification, Bluetooth, full size spare w/ GM jack kit provided by Pace, glovebox light, white fuse covers, Rotofab radiator cover, engine cover custom painted w/ SS trim, billet aluminum engine bay trim, SS hood liner, Maverick Man billet fasteners, MGP caliper covers, Third Shift Studios plaque, JBL MS-8, Morel speakers all around, SAS 10" sub, Redline Goods rear armrest

GO: Volant CAI, Superchips Cortex 91 tune, Billet Prototypes white catch can, modded lower grille, Solo Performance¬*axle backs; DBA 4000 series rotors; Russell SS brake lines; ATE Blue; Hawk ceramic pads, Camaro SS 20s 245/35F & 275/30R with custom center caps

0-60 MPH: 5.01 Seconds | 1/4 Mile: 13.354 Seconds @ 105.85 MPH | 290kW / 572Nm DynoJet uncorrected
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I'm a 53 year old who tends to buy cars new (except when I lived outside USA), and tries to keep them for a long time.

74 'Dodge' (Mitsubishi) Colt-- 4 speed stick. Hand me down from my older sister.

'76 Toyota Celica GT (notchback)-- 5 speed stick. ¬*The first car I chose for myself; bought it new in '76.

'83 Subaru GL wagon-- 4wd, 5 speed stick. ¬*Also bought it new, lent it out to my sister when I left the country to spend a few years in Kenya, where I first borrowed a friend's... ¬*It was slow but unbreakable and got through lots of bad weather and soft-roading without a hitch.

'78? Lada Niva-- 3 door, 4WD, 4 speed stick. ¬*This shotgun marriage of Fiat and Soviet automotive talents proved to me that "indestructible POS" isn't an oxymoron. ¬*I named it Leonid (in honor of Brezhnev) because every time you jabbed the brakes it lurched to the left. ¬*After a few months with it I bought myself a...

'69 Toyota FJ two-door Landcruiser -- three speed manual, in-line 6. ¬*Prior owner had cut off the roof and put on a roll cage and soft top. ¬*Paid $5200 for it in '87, sold it for $5100 in '89 when leaving Kenya, but had to rebuild the engine in the meantime.

'92 Saab 900 three door-- 5 speed stick. ¬*Loved this car. ¬*Bought it new

'00 Saab 9-3 five door. ¬*5 speed stick. ¬*Fell completely out of love with Saab over this one, though it was objectively better in most measurable ways and gave me no major problems. ¬*Bought it new.

'00 Toyota Prius. ¬*My wife chose this and I bought it; it was one of the first hundred or so in Los Angeles. ¬*At the time you had to order them from Toyota of America, so that dealers couldn't mark them up. ¬*People would walk past Ferrari's to gawk at it and ask her questions. ¬*We still have it. ¬*Toyota warranted the **** out of the early ones, so she was able to replace the battery pack for free in '09, (they even gave her a free loaner for a week).

'12 VW Golf TDI four door-- 6 speed stick. ¬*Bought it new, to replace the unloved 9-3. ¬*Am in love again.
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OK, let's se if I get this right. 35 years old now, and a few of the cars I bought were exclusively for parts, or just unrealistic projects.

1968 Ford Taunus 20m (scrapped while still a project)

1983 Honda Quintet (shared with brother, dads 'last' car before devoting his life to bikes)

1980 Audi 100 (totalled after three days)

1980 Prelude (only a few days)

1978 Buick Century Wagon

1978 Opel Ascona (repainted and sold, only car I ever made money on)

1978 Volvo 242

1985 Peugeot 505 GTi. (Never got it started though...)

1985 Volvo 245, (parts car for the 242)

1969 Ford Taunus (got screwed on this, could never get a title for it)

-Roughly 12 1983-1990 Ford Sierras , still have one , an '84 2.3 GL, and most of the parts of an '84 XR4i. Some were before and some in between and after the cars below here, and some were just for parts.

1987 Ford Scorpio (traded for a Sierra, but traded it back, because it wouldn't run right)

1980 Ford Granada Wagon (european version)

1986 Mazda 626 ( I may have made some money on selling this for parts)

1990 Honda Accord 2.2

1988 Audi 100 2.2 Quattro

1997 Renault Laguna

1989 Ford Scorpio

1993 BMW 525 IX¬*

2003 Honda CRV¬*

2007 Honda CRV

So, that's so far.¬*
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This is going to be fun.

1970 Pontiac Bonneville - 360HP 455 4v, but so much weight it hardly mattered. ¬*Every part on the car broke..twice!

1980 Datsun 310GX - I knew after driving this car for a while that the domestics were in trouble. ¬*One of the lowest rated Japanese cars at the time, it still ran good and had no issues, something you NEVER saw with a 1980 domestic product.

1983 Subaru DL Station Wagon. ¬*Loved it. ¬*All of the smog equipment removed. ¬*After the Datsun, the Subaru felt like a race car. ¬*The metal on this car was considerably thicker than found on my 70 Bonny.

1989 Chevy S-10 with 2.8L V6 and 5spd manual. ¬*2000RPM at 70MPH, couldn't run the interstate in 5th gear if the wind was blowing against it or it was raining. ¬*Terrible truck all the way around. ¬*Gutless, handled terribly. ¬*Junk

1984 Toyota Van 5spd manual. ¬*Easily the most unique and one of the most fun vehicles I ever owned. ¬*Dorky, silly, slow, quirky, but so insanely cool. ¬*Oh, and it had a 3500Lb towing package on it and it would tow 3500lbs easier than the S-10 would tow 500lbs.

1993 Dodge Spirit 2.5/auto. ¬*As reliable as the sunrise, around 30MPG at 70MPH, comfortable, and did I mention it was bulletproof?

1993 Ford Festiva. ¬*Wife's car when she met me. ¬*The previous owner didn't keep it serviced so it ate oil. ¬*Drive it like ya stole it and still get over 40MPG. God help you if you hit anything larger than a horsefly though.

1997 Ford Taurus. ¬*Good car with a self destructing drivetrain.

1995 Honda del Sol. ¬*Fun fun FUN car, very unique.. not many things better than a 70 degree evening with the top off and the windows down.

2003 Honda CR-V. ¬*Ideal exhibit for what happens when you let the bean counters get involved in engineering and design. Unreliable for a domestic car, but throw in the Honda badge and it's inexcusable. ¬*It being built in the UK only added to the tarnish. ¬*Got more hood chips in the first 500 miles prior to bug shield installation than my 2000 has gotten in 170K miles.

------------CURRENT FLEET------------

2002 Ford Ranger. ¬*Stripper except for the A/C. ¬*Paid 9300 out the door for it new. ¬*If it blows up tomorrow, I more than got my money out of it. ¬*Rubber seat and floor, but easy to go all "Fred Sanford" when making a land fill run.

2000 Honda CR-V ¬*EX 4wd 5spd ¬*Doesn't do anything as well as the 2003 on paper and yet in every way is so much better than the 2nd generation CR-V. ¬*it's kinda cool to drive a non VTEC Honda and having to keep it in the sweet spot to get power.

2012 Mazda5. ¬*How this vehicle sells under 20K units a year is beyond me. ¬* Minivans aren't mini and most of the room is wasted in most driving and use. ¬*Meanwhile, the Mazda5 drives like a Miata with seating for six. ¬*The 2.5 pull well and the car handles like it's on rails. ¬*One of the few modern automatics that actually drives in a way that I don't notice, picking the right gear, holding the gear and shifting when appropriate. ¬*Yes, modern Hondas get better MPG (the 5 is still not Skyactive) but it never lets you forget it's trying to save gas at the expense of drivability.
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