Thursday, January 12, 2006

What was your First Car and your best car?

We have all heard the question on Speed Channel to famous people, racecar drivers and speed fans, What was your first car? That first car when you were 16 to 20 years old mostly that you had to pay about $900 for to get you to your first job and school. Also What was your favorite or best car and why?

First Car: For me, I have gone through four cars in my short lifetime and three of them were from family. My first car, I had two, I payed $900 for a 1986 Ford Mustang White, V-6 couple and it was classified as a lemon and drove it once, so my first car was a 1989 Chevrolet beretta 2 door couple, 4cyl, silver with over 150,000 miles and I bought it at Rent-a-wreck for $900. I know a rental car, but by the time I was done with it, I ended up replacing the gastank, air scoop and transmission, by far it was a great car for a high school student.

Best Car: My favorite or bestcar was my second car, a 1994 Suzuki Sidekick, 2 door, 4 cyl with about 85 horsepower, hardtop and 4×4. I could get out of just about any snow, ice or mud problem I was in, It got 25 miles per gallon and took me to college and back everyday, it was just about perfect, that tight turning radius was great and it was fun to drive, If I didn’t get into that car accident, I would still have it today and enjoyed driving it. I wish this was my first car..

How about you?



Blogger Big Ford Fan said...

My first car was a 1967 Ford Fairlane station wagon, with a 289 and Cruise-O-Matic auto trans. But I didn't have my drivers license. My parents gave it me and I was saving to have the engine rebuilt. But just when I got my license my Father sold it to a body shop, so I never got to drive it on the road. My first car that I bought and drove was a 1978 Chevy Monza hatchback with the 151 cu in 4 cyl and auto trans. I loved this car until the engine started to smoke like a choo choo train. Typical GM quality. It lasted only 9 months and cost me $1500 twice what most of my friends paid for their beaters.

My Best car, well that's a tough one, I've had 17 cars and loved most of them. But if you held a gun to my head I would say it was my 1991 Mustang LX 5.0 notchback with T-5 Manual. Or maybe my current ride, the 1999 Ford Ranger XLT with offroad package and 5 spd manual. Both are Dark green Fords.

I've also had 68 Pontiac Tempest, 77 Lincoln Versailes,77 Plymouth Fury, 78 Ford T-Bird, 79 Ford Pinto, 81 Chevy K-10,88 Ford Festiva, 92 Ford Crown Vic, 93 Taurus SHOmatic and 94 Chevy S-10 SS . And those are just the ones I loved. I left out a couple of flops like the Honda Accord that I had for a while. Looking at the list, it's obvious that I'm biased toward Ford.

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Croak said...

First car I bought was a '74 Fiat X1/9 that I was able to drive three times before it keeled over.

My second car was a gift from my parents, a dark green '69 Chevelle SS 396 automatic. Came home from bailing hay (summer job between junior and senior year), and there it was sitting in the driveway.

Loved it, the car was still cherry in '80. It got me into more than a little trouble, it was just too easy (and too fun!)to melt the tires and go sideways. It also earned me a lot of, um, attention from the opposite sex. It was hit and totalled in a school parking lot by a drunk/stoned dropout who stole a school bus two days before I graduated. I still miss that car and get a twinge whenever I see a '69 Chevelle or hear "Riding the Storm Out" (an REO Speedwagon 8 track was my constant companion in that car).

The first car I financed was a brand new '83 Trans Am HO, while stationed in 29 Palms. The payments and insurance were about 75% of my monthly enlisted pay. Once again disaster struck, a drunk Marine in a lifted 4x4 Ford Bronco ran over it while I was sleeping in the barracks. Insurance shafted me, I still owed $4000 after the payout..which meant my next car was a bit cheaper...

A '78 Ford Fiesta bought from a sergeant who was being transferred to Japan. This was without a doubt my worst car ever. Damn thing was horrible and almost got me court-martialed when it stranded me in the desert between Needles CA and 29 Palms for 18 hours (coming back from dropping a friend off at Las Vegas airport). After that incident, I was on house arrest and couldn't leave base anyway, so I sold it with no regrets (except for the sucker that bought it).

Silly me, my car after that was another Ford..this time a '79 Futura coupe. Six banger manual with no power steering (it was basically a Military Police car ordered for civilian use), it competes heavily with the Fiesta for Croak's Worst Car award, but it didn't get me into any legal trouble. Parts falling off, engine, electrical and transmission failures, it was a mess.

Went through a number of cars after that, including a gray market '84.5 Audi 100 Turbo Quattro (just before 60 Minutes killed Audi resale, bastards!), an '87 Cavalier Z24 (fun car for the money and time, held up well), another stab at Ford with an '89 T-Bird SC that didn't end well.

Then I started working for a Chevy dealership (sales then to Finance and Insurance Manager), which led to me working for Pontiac, Toyota, Isuzu, Nissan, Buick and BMW dealerships as F&I or Sales Manager over the course of four years (nothing unusual, turnover and roaming in that business is normal). During the dealership period I owned a few cars that I didn't drive much since I always had a demo of some sort, and a couple that were projects (a never completed '68 Ram Air Firebird 400 ragtop was the one I wish I'd finished).

After that, I took a stab at auto wholesaling for almost two years (got tired of playing musical dealerships) During that time, I "technically" owned over 300 vehicles.

Needless to say, I got a little jaded about cars after awhile, and most were an aggravation of some sort.

Through all that, my favorite car is a tossup. The Chevelle wins big on nostalgia and nookie points, but my current BMW wins on performance, reliability, and project fun factor.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Dorri732 said...

My first car was a 1983 Mercury Capri GS. It had a 3.8 liter V6 and automatic. 112 Horsepower and it was still probably too much for me as a 16 year old.

I loved it. I still want another bubble-back Capri.

My best car was my first 1979 Trans Am. It had a 403 ci Olds engine and Automatic. Posi. T-tops. Lots of fun.

Looking for another one.

5:03 PM  
Blogger Stephen V. said...

I liked autocrossing Dorri's favorite car, it was a lot of fun.

First: Well, first with a title in my name or that I was the principle driver? The toss-up there being between a '74 Opel Manta and a '69 Dodge D200 camper special crew cab long bed truck.

Reliability: 1995 Geo Prizm bought new (It's a Toyota Corrolla underneath and I never had to open the hood);
Looks: Tough call there, Opel GT's are sure pretty, but I really liked my '78 Datsun F10 Station wagon;
Performance: Toss up between an '85 Dodge D350 Crew cab with a hot 440 and a '74 AMC Matador with the amazing (when it ran) AMC 390 on speed but the Opel Mantas are hands-down winners on handling and ride (at least until I get the XJS running);
All-around car: one of several 1970 Opel Kadett Wagons. Not because they were great cars, but because they always did everything I asked of them, no matter what it was, from moving all my stuff, to moving all my friends, to towing a 1200# school bus axle with a tow bar, and I always drove around with a smile.

7:28 PM  
Blogger Cars! Cars! Cars! said...

First was a 1977 Pontiac LeMans. It wasn't a pretty car but I've never had a car since that ran as quiet.

After that I had a 1979 Fiat X1/9. It was white and when it rained it wouldn't start. And after the wires dried, the inside passenger footwell was full of water. I'll never understand why I never offered Lorraine Hoffman a ride home from high school when she repeatedly said to me, "nice car." I swear to God it took me years to realize that car was an in. At least to talk to her. I'm still a dumbass.

I had a 1986 Mazda 626 and it ran fine but the radio had some strange feedback so the radio was useless. That was lamer than hell.

Then I bought, new, a 1992 Ford F-150 Flareside. Oh, that mofo was awesome. Still my favorite.

After that I bought a new Saab 900S and (now have a '98 900S that I bought used) it's been actually very good to me. It doesn't quite have enough power, but the thing rides so well. And the driver's seat is the _best_ I've ever used for hours and hours and hours at a long stretch.

10:07 PM  
Blogger gabe said...

First: 1986 BMW 325es (bought used w/90,000 miles)

Incredible car in every sense. Had the normal electronic gremlins that many German cars of the 80s had but was phenomenal in terms of mechanical reliability. My sister now owns it and drives it everyday with over 200,000 miles on it. In 20 years of ownership I we've probably spent under $1200 in total repairs.

Best: 2005 MINI Cooper S (bought new)

This is tough as I so loved my '93 BMW 325is. But in the end just doesn't even come close to the build quality of my Cooper S. And the Cooper S is really a much more accessible car in regards to it's limits and everyday enjoyment. Simply put I love driving it everyday and can't imagine not owning it.

2:13 PM  
Blogger Lloyd said...

My first car was a 65 Rambler 660 Classic with an inline 6 cylinder. I think it was like a 192 cu inch. It belonged to my Grandparents. I ran that thing into the ground. It was a good car to learn to drive in though. My next car was a 68 Opel Cadet GT, back when Buick was selling them. It was gold with the Black rally stripes over the top of the car front to back. It had more vacuum leaks than a hoover. I traded that for a 64 Ford Galaxie 500 station wagon. It had a 390 Thunderbird engine in it. By far my most favorite car. I blew away Camaros in that thing. It had some awesome torque for such a heavy car. Since then I have had the following: 70 Merc Montego, 75 Chevy Impala, 66 Dodge Polara, 70 Ford LTD, 77 Merc Cougar (nice car!), 82 Olds Cutlass Ciera(diesel and it sucked), 91 Ford Aerostar, and finally a 2002 Chevy S10 ext cab which I still have. All in all, its fun having all those cars. My dream car is the new Camaro concept car that might be out in 2008. Or, maybe the new Dodge Charger R/T. As Tim Allen would say...arrrr...arrrr...arrrrrr!!

2:04 PM  
Blogger the garage guy said...

My first car was a 71 ford capri 1.6 which was one of the early one that were still built in germany. Mom had stopped driving it & i was only 15. I drove it around the block a few times & had started to attempt to fix some of the rot, when i returned from school one day to find that mom had had it towed.
I suppose my first real car was my grandfather's big green 69 Plymouth Fury 2 four door. This single throat carb, 318 powered beast (not!!) took all the abuse my friends & I could throw at it. I even used it in a navigational rally.

I think my fave was probably the 92 Suzuki Swift GT rally car. It handled like it was on rails & was an absolute blast on the gravel.

9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First: 1970 Chevey Chevelle 4dr 307 v8 2spd powerglide , I had this car from high school and then 1 year of college. during that time alot of Life lessons, led to an engine swap to 350 from a 70 vette , hooked up to the powerglide and a custom dual exhaust. Many iroc's and early 80's GT's were caught with thier pants down to this green taxi.

Best car: 1985 Mazda RX7 13B fuel injected ( had 1983 12a prior to this,) White GSL 5spd with Black leather/suede interior. bought used in 1987 for 5000 , with Gislaved Speed tires there was nothing this car could not do. quick but not the quickest, cool, Hell yes.

My cars : 1970 VW beetle convertible ( 1st car never registered , Long story) 1970 chevy chevelle 4dr, 1975 Ford Elite 400 V8 black / black/ blood red leather. 1977 ford lTD , 1983 Mazda RX7 Myan gold 5spd sunroof, 1985 Mazda RX7 white black interior sunroof/ targa 5spd, 1977 Chevy nova 4dr , 1980 Dodge Ram50 4 spd, 1988 Ford Festiva LX 5 spd ( what a great car) , 1989 Chevy cavalier, 1984 Honda Accord ( junk) , 1991 Ford Crown Vic LX , 2001 Mazda Miata SE British Racing Green with Biscut top wood trim steering wheel/ shift knob / brake handle, 6 Spd ( after the RX7 this was it, forget the winter, ) besides I also had 2002 Mazda Protege'5 4 spd auto, 2005 Dodge Magnum RT and last but not least my Current car 2006 Mazdaspeed6 Black Cherry with white and black Leather , Moonroof, Navigation , Grand Touring Package, this feels like a real contender , but is too new.


10:26 PM  
Blogger fast carz said...

my first car was a ford focus ZX3. I luv my car and i still have it. i have had it for 3 years. I have lowered it new exhaust, engin mods. Full stereo/compitition sound! stuff lie that. I am really into car audio.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Ben K said...

First: 1990 Corolla SE. 1.4 Litre, carb'd. My parents gave it to me in 1996 (yes, spolit). Dull as dishwater but reliable and efficient. Nothing ever went wrong on it or broke in 4 years.

Best? In what way? The 'Rolla was the best at being "just a car". My MGB was best at being pretty and getting looks from girls. My RX-7 was best at being a sports car. My Peugeot is as reliable as the Corolla (touch wood) and faster than the RX-7 but girls don't look at it.

My 68 Mazda 1500SS is the best at being cool looking, best at being a heap of ****, and best at being something for my dad and I to fix up.

10:27 PM  
Anonymous Wee Rab said...

Not my first but my greatest car was without question my bright red 1984 Suzuki F 10. "Sam" became my pride and joy, rightfully giving me the confidence to travel every and anywhere I wished: from the meaner streets of lower town Albany, New York to watching the waves come in from Japan on the sand duned beach of Pacific Palisades Park on Vancouver Island, from winter closed roads of North Bay to the muddier horse farms of Lexington KY. I regretted having to pass Sam along, but she got a good home with college-bound assistant mechanic who gave her a new lease of life with an engine rebuild at 200,000k. As of 2006, renamed "Elmo" that F 10 has been retired to her original prep mechanic's Ontario hobby farm, where she started up at -15C and simply walked out of window high snowdrifts with her indomitable Low 4WD! What a gal!
Her windscreens are siliconed together and her insides are wrecked a bit but nothing it seems will stop her. Rumours suggest her next venture will be mud-bogging up on the "Bruce". She'll beat them all, I have no doubts God bless 'er. If I could find another in decent shape I'd grab it in a second. INCREDIBLE vehicle.

3:29 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

my first car was a 76 mustang didnt like it to much but it did lose the cops lots of times.
my best car was my 79 trans am with 403.they say it only had 185 hp but how come when i raced everybody i always won(well most others)they taught it was souped up even a camaro with a 350hp was no problem even tho we were pretty close.most iroq z's late 90 mustangswere end was over 160 mph radared by the cops on a gravel road(no shit)and still creepin.

8:15 AM  
Blogger Sids89SC said...

my first car was a White With black stripes 1969 Plymouth Road Runner With the 426 Hemi duel Quads and a 4 spd.and all that for under 3,400.00 there was a god then ! the God of Thunder! MOPAR1

11:37 AM  
Blogger mokeeb said...

my first car was a deal of a life time. it was a 1972 oldsmobile cutlass supreme convertible, color saddle bronze with brown interior and a top of they wanted $1000 for it and i had just gotten my income tax back, so me my new wife and my mother in law prayed over my money and i talked the people down to 435 dollars for the car.....i wish i still had that one

8:00 AM  

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