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Well ladies, it is time to confess as to what was the first car that you owned.
Mine was a red with black interior 1974 Ford Pinto hatchback; it had a 2.3L 4-cylinder engine with a 4 speed manual transmission. It wasnít very fast and it didnít even handle that well, but it was cheap to buy, cheap to maintain and it was very reliable.
The best memory I have about the car was that I learned how to do 4 wheel drifts in it! :D
Tell us about your first ride.
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Save a tree, eat a beaver... :p
I had a 1973 white Superbeetle that had half a black baja kit on it, and a rebuilt exhaust that you could hear coming for miles. It was completely idiotic looking, had holes in the floor, and was the loudest thing I've ever heard- but I loved it, (it took off rather nicely) and ran it into the ground. When it died, my parents decided to help me buy a "real" car (1990 Ford Festiva- BLEAH) since I obviously had no sense when I paid my entire summer's earnings of $600 for that Superbeetle. Now, I have nothing, since I gave the Festiva to my little sister. I miss the Superbeetle though. We actually did the traditional VW thing and fit 7 college students into it the week after I bought it, and managed to drive around campus a few times before we all got so hot and cramped it made us sick. What a car that was!
GOD ALMIGHTY I hated driving that thing. Tons of understeer even at 25mph. Ate gas, and as a result of my rather hard driving, I blew the water pump, the radiator, cracked a cylinder head, busted the rear left suspention, and needed to fill up with a quart of oil every two weeks. I think I put up over $15k for all that.
So I finally got a clue and now have a BMW 325i, and am just tearing up the all seasons on the thing. The auto can't keep up with me, so I'm looking for alternatives... :p
The first car I owned was a 1969 350 Chevy Camaro. I bought it off my brother who was stepping up to his first Porsche.
The Camaro was fast, had a 4 speed Hurst shift (Great), but handled like a boat. However, it was quite a step up from my mother's 1963 Volkswagon.
I traded it in to buy a 1974 Mercury Capri V6. A great looking car. Dad helped pay for it.
The first car I bought new with my own funds was a 1981 Mazda RX-7. My pride and joy! I finally sold it a few weeks ago. It was very hard to watch an old friend be driven away. My garage now has a nice spot for an RX8. The only car I am interested in.
Originally posted by Grimace ...Eerily close to my first car. 1986 RX-7 GXL (but it was white and a 2-seater). More car than a 17 year old could handle, looking back. Especially in the winters with no snow tires! ...
My first car was a base Arctic Blue 1986 RX7. I mean, all it had was A/C (South Carolina...), and the "Sport Appearance Package". Fortunately, that "appearance" package replaced 14" steelies with 15" aluminum wheels.
That's 3 FCs, who else?
P.S. I thought the car was fun in the snow. When 4 inches of snow dumped in South Carolina one christmas, I made two runs to get fellow Marines to the airport to get home for Christmas. I saw about 30 trucks/SUVs in the ditches along the way, but no RX7s .
P.P.S. I learned how to drive in N. Illinois and Colorado, so that kinda helped .
"The truth is faster than fiction."
...bought it off my grandmother, it was a piece of garbage. It had bench seats in it which was good for hooking up with chicks. Had 2 winter tires on the rear which helped me tread thru the blizzard of '93 in Syracuse, NY (40 mi to a girls house in 4"/hr snowfall, wipers broke, defroster barely worked...it was worth it). Anyway, it had a 6 cylinder that had the power of a 4 cyl. and the gas mileage of an 8 cyl---the best of both worlds!!! My dad thought it was garbage, too. I kept telling him in the early '90's that Chevy would resurect the Malibu. How right I was...
Got rid of that for an '89 Mazda 323. That car wasn't too bad except all the parts made by Ford kept breaking and those damn rear wheel bearings!!!
Elara, I notice you're from Richmond. Are you planning on purchasing an RX-8 in that area? Reason I'm asking is because I'll be in school at Ft. Lee, VA at the time the RX-8 is supposed to be launched. I plan on putting a down deposit on one of the dealers in the Alexandria area, any recommendations?
I haven't actually checked with any of the dealers in the Richmond area, because they were so slimy when I went to look at Miatas that I just don't want to deal with them. However, Dankgummy talked to Bill Britt Mazda in Fredericksburg, and they are taking deposits and guaranteeing no more than MSRP. I may give them a call, but as I'm not sure when next year I'll actually be looking at one (we're starting the house hunt in December, and that has to be done before the car) I'm not sure if I'll put down a deposit or just wait and order one. In any case, I'll be emailing dealers in NoVA to see what they're offering, and I'll let you know if I hear any good news.
well, i've not yet bought my own car... i hope someday to purchase an FC as my first... colour/trim/year/series doesn't matter anything to me... all i want it something that's had a little care, passes emissions, and hasn't been riced (or at least something not unriceable)
1989 Chevrolet Sprint Turbo, which I bought brand new just after I graduated from college.
The reason I mention the "brand new just after college" thing: holy crap, GMAC was charging me over 16% interest on that car loan!!!! That's how bad I wanted a new car, and how little I knew about anything (wait a minute...that's still true...) They were so nice though: If I recall correctly, I got a $500 "recent graduate" rebate.