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      03-19-2012 04:02 PM #1
      As the title states post what your parents or parent or guardian had while you where growing up as far back as you can remeber. You can post your experiences with them if you want. Pics are optional. If you cant remeber just post the manufacturer and around what year.

      1. Early 70's blue oldsmobile either skylark or cutlass around 1990 I was 4
      2.1992 Ford Festiva just like this one. Had a static shock issue everytime I got in. I was about 5 or 6

      3.70's or 80's yellow datsun not sure what model, they won it an auction same age as Festiva
      4.Chevvrolet Spectrum just like this one
      5.86 subaru xt just like this one, wish I got to drive it. Digital Dash was so cool for me at 9.
      6.91 Celica Gt, Red. I was able to drive this before they got rid of it when I was about 16 or 17. I wanted it, but family had financial issues.
      7.95 Nissan Pathfinder, burgandy. I learned to drive stick in this thing.
      8.95 camaro v6, I owned this car after I moved since I didnt have a car, but gave it back when I had to go on deployment.
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      03-19-2012 04:14 PM #2
      Parents - Married in '88 I was born in '91 Bold = Currently Own

      80's Oldsmobile of some kind
      80's Toyota (Corolla I think)
      89? Pontiac Grand Am
      98 Ford Ranger XLT w/ 5 Speed
      9? Dodge Grand Caravan - Crapped out at like 70k miles due to transmission failure
      01 Toyota Sienna (Replaced Caravan) Parent's claim best/most reliable car they have ever owned
      06 Ford Ranger - Dad had over 150k miles on the old one in 8 years are grew tired of driving a manual in traffic
      97 Chevy Express 1500 with Conversion - used for road trips when all of us kids were at home (2 of us are in college now) now used for extra car/moving stuff

      My parents don't buy cars very often, My parents are of the drive them into the ground mentality

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      03-19-2012 04:21 PM #3
      I'm trying to followe the drive a car to the ground mindset unless I win the lotery. Sometimes I feel like I wannna try some other cars though.
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      03-19-2012 04:23 PM #4
      Not actual pics, but these were the cars I remember:

      '61 Renault 4CV, that they bought new. First car I "drove," when I was 5.



      '55 Dodge Custom Royale, was my grandfather's car before they got it from him in the '60s.



      '61 Falcon wagon later in the '60s:



      '60s Ford econoline panel van with a couple windows cut into it:



      '72 Pinto squire wagon, pea green:



      took my driver's test in it.
      I love cars, but the problem is they are like schroedinger's hobby. They're always in a quantum superstate of being both awesome and a huge waste of time and money... until observation momentarily forces them into one state or another.

    5. 03-19-2012 04:29 PM #5
      unknown-year Rambler Rebel - I don't remember this one, I was too small.
      1966 Rambler Classic
      1970 Datsun 510 (no, nothing special ... 4 door automatic, which rusted out in two years after being a complete pile of rubbish in the meantime)
      1972 AMC Hornet (replaced the 510)
      1977 AMC Hornet (replaced the Classic - JUNK - dad swore off American cars after this and has never bought another one since)
      1978 Honda Civic (replaced the '72 Hornet - learned to drive with this one and became a hand-me-down)
      1983 Honda Accord (replaced the '77 Hornet)
      after that is about when I left home.

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      03-19-2012 04:34 PM #6
      I grew up in the back of Chevy Caprices. Nothing but Caprice wagons. By the time I had my own car, my dad's 4th Caprice had 494,000 km on the LT1 and it was on its second transmission.

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      03-19-2012 04:35 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by GoFaster View Post
      unknown-year Rambler Rebel - I don't remember this one, I was too small.
      1966 Rambler Classic
      1970 Datsun 510 (no, nothing special ... 4 door automatic, which rusted out in two years after being a complete pile of rubbish in the meantime)
      1972 AMC Hornet (replaced the 510)
      1977 AMC Hornet (replaced the Classic - JUNK - dad swore off American cars after this and has never bought another one since)
      1978 Honda Civic (replaced the '72 Hornet - learned to drive with this one and became a hand-me-down)
      1983 Honda Accord (replaced the '77 Hornet)
      after that is about when I left home.
      My mom might of had a 510 from the family pics and the pics I just googled thats what it might of been. From my unlear memory of this it was way better than that festiva that always shocked us with static, it was loud from what I could remember.
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      03-19-2012 05:02 PM #8

      my dad had an '82 S-10 "Durango" 4cylinder 2wd, bought new in 1982, traded it in 2001 towards one of these:

      now has a 2010 chevy 2wd short box

      Mom's:





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      03-19-2012 05:09 PM #9
      In for some Communist cars:

      1. First car my parents ever owned was a Zaz 968 A in green. Air cooled, RWD, singe carb, solid rear axle communist POS:



      2. Second car my parents had was a Wartburg 353 Deluxe in red. Water cooled, FWD, 3 cylinder, 2-stroke engine. It had 4-spd manual transmission which had the ability to switch gears without using the clutch. Very very ingenious device! The gear lever was mounted on the column.



      3. My graddad eventually got too old to drive a car so he handed down his car to my dad. It was a Volga in black color. The exact model escapes my mind. It had 3-speed manual with gear lever on the column. Front seat was identical to the rear seat and it was a full bench. It was somewhat common to swap the front seat with the rear because the driver side would sometimes collapse.


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      03-19-2012 05:17 PM #10
      1st Gen RX-7, Porsche 944, Chevy 1500, Chevy Beretta

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      03-19-2012 04:26 PM #11
      Furthest back I can remember was my Moms 90s Golf. It was a Red 4door and I remember always taking trips to NC beach in it as a kid and sleeping inside the trunk with one seat down in the back. Me and my brother always thought that was so cool for some reason haha. My dad drove a really old Merc that my PopPop had imported over here from Germany but I dont remember what kind it was. We only had it for maybe half a year. After that, my dad bought a red Audi 80. It had a crank sunroof but it was a pretty cool and it ended up being my first car after I got it from my brother. My mom then got a 97 Passat TDI wagon that we still have to this day. They bought it brand new at the very end of 97 and it has over 220k on it, original clutch and still going strong. After my dad gave my bro his Audi, he bought a 2001.5 Passat 1.8t. He still has it but hes been thinking about getting something alittle nicer, we'll see if he ever does. He also has a 69 Kharman Ghia with a 2.1 stroker motor and alot of other nice air cooled bits. Had the motor and trans all built in Mannasas VA by this guy whos like a legend with aircooled VWs. It mostly sits in our garage but hes slowly been fixing small things on it over the years. He drives it alot in the summer time tho, such a sweet classic VW.
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      03-19-2012 04:18 PM #12
      Until I was around 12-13 years old.
      This was the family car

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      03-19-2012 04:26 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by bubbagti View Post
      Until I was around 12-13 years old.
      This was the family car
      Haha this was the same Merc my dad drove for awhile back in the day.
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      03-19-2012 04:40 PM #14
      Going back to when I was 4:

      70 MGB GT - dad's toy/project
      87 VW Quantum Wagon - Mom's
      88 VW Jetta Diesel - Dad's
      92 VW Jetta was bought new using the 88 as a trade - dad's
      92 Mazda MPV 4wd manual - mom's - sold before move to AZ in 93.

      93 Ford F150 XLT extended cab 4.9l 6 w/ manual trans. - 92 Jetta was traded for it. - Sold truck in 97.

      83 Jetta Diesel - bought to flip in 94
      88 Fox - bought to flip - dad paid $200 for it in 94, sold it for 1500.
      78 VW Rabbit - bought in 96
      84 VW Rabbit - bought in 97
      87 Audi 5000 bought to fix up as a second car - never happened.

      86 VW Jetta diesel coupe - traded for an 84 BMW 318i

      traded in 84 BMW for a 97 Jetta GT in 2000.

      Dad bought an 85 VW Golf and gave mom the 97 Jetta shortly after.

      in 01 Dad traded the 85 Golf in for a new Jetta Wagon for mom on mother's day.

      Dad bought an 01 Tundra V6 4wd Manual and sold the 97 Jetta.

      Around 01 Dad bought a 68 MGB to restore - sold it in 2008.

      Jetta Wagon was traded in on an 03 Jetta TDI.

      01 Tundra was traded in for an 05 Jetta TDI.

      03 TDI was sold and an 06 Tundra double cab was purchased.

      06 Tundra was traded in for a leased 09 Camry. - dad's
      05 Jetta was traded in for a 2010 Jetta TDI Sportwagen - mom's

      An 04 Camry was purchased to replace the leased Camry, but both ended up being traded in for a 2012 Corolla.

      So they currently have the 2010 JSW TDI and the 2012 Corolla.
      Current: 2013 GLI Autobahn
      Previous: 84 Jetta, 00 Jetta TDI, 04 Frontier, 05 Tacoma, 01 Jetta, 05 GTI, 85 Jetta, 06 Tacoma, 81 Rabbit, 81 Rabbit, 86 GTI, 86 325e, 89 GLI, 99 Jetta, 73 Stupid Beetle, 89 GTI 16V, 92 Jetta, 74 F250, 86 325es, 77 MGB, 73 C10, 06 MCS, 11 Silverado, 13 Silverado

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      03-19-2012 05:42 PM #15




      Yeah my dad wasn't rich thats all he could afford

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      03-19-2012 06:00 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by bubbagti View Post
      Until I was around 12-13 years old.
      This was the family car
      Ha, this is a carbon copy of my parents current vehicle.

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      No lie. Loved that car.

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      03-19-2012 06:12 PM #18

      2004 Vw Passat
      My Parents car, then I adopted it. I used to brag to all my friends when I was little that it had a "turbo" and it was the fastest thing ever. Its my Baby now

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      03-20-2012 05:50 PM #19


      Quote Originally Posted by Mk1Madness
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      Yeah, I prefer slow-cooked bacon; and bacon grease saved is great for frying other stuff, adds some good flavor to almost anything. Except maybe tofu, that stuff is beyond help.
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      The car's best safety feature includes ejecting you in the moment of impact and wishing you the best of luck.

    20. 03-19-2012 06:37 PM #20
      Not in exact order:

      Cutlass Ciera


      This in panel van form
      Plymouth Voyager


      Jeep Wagoneer


      VW Jetta (I ended up getting my license in this)


      Pontiac Grand Am


      Plymouth Caravelle


      Only ones I can really remember.

      Totally pissed at my dad at getting rid of his Jeep couple years before I could drive. The Caravelle was my favourite car as a child. Still trying to find decent examples of both to purchase. Needless to say my parents have had an amazing experience with American vehicles. The Jetta was the first non American car they owned since being in Canada in 1988.

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      03-19-2012 06:47 PM #21
      Born in 1987

      Cars my parents had:
      '72 MG Midget (parts car)
      '73 MG Midget (currently still own)
      '85 Nissan King Cab 2WD pickup (Dad's)
      '86 Audi 4000 CS (non-Quattro 5MT, Mom's then Dad's)
      '87 Volvo 740 Turbo Wagon (manual transmission too, Dad's)
      '93 Mercury Villager LS (Mom's)
      '94 Honda Civic LX (Dad's)
      '99 Mercury Villager Estate (Mom's)
      '99 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0 (Dad's)
      '99 Olds Intrigue GLS (Dad's)
      '02 Subaru Outback L.L.Bean (Dad's current)

      My Mom passed away in 2009, her last car was the '99 Villager.

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      03-19-2012 06:59 PM #22
      As far back as I can remember, from mid-eighties until when I moved out in 2001 at the age of 19:

      Dad:
      *1935 Ford pickup w/1948 flathead engine (his first car)
      *1955 F-100 w/390ci from a racecar
      *1985 VW Golf Diesel
      *1990(ish) Isuzu Pickup 5spd (the first car I learned to drive a stick-shift)
      *1961 International Scout 80 w/V6 Pontiac swap
      *1951 Willys Pickup w/250ci inline six swap

      Mom:
      *1976 VW Type II Bus
      *1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass
      *1988 Pontiac Bonneville (the first car I learned to drive, back in 1998 at 15 yrs old)
      *1995 Ford Crown Victoria

      Both owned/drove:
      *1984 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

      There have been other cars they have owned since I moved out, but I didn't list them. All these cars I remember.
      -Bryan

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      03-19-2012 07:43 PM #23
      Lots of good stuff in this thread

      late '60s MG 1100 (essentially a slightly bigger Mini)

      early '70s Austin America (ditto)


      1976 Pinto wagon. Olive green; I think this color, but no fake wood. My brother and I would pretend it was an Army truck...



      After they divorced, mom kept the Pinto. Dad got a couple of Le Cars (one for his girlfriend/2nd wife.)

      Wish I had the MG and Austin.
      Last edited by reddfoxx; 03-19-2012 at 08:14 PM.
      Not red, not blue- red, white, and blue

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      03-19-2012 08:22 PM #25
      I was born in 1990.

      My father bought his E30 325i new in 1987, still has it. Looks like this minus the stripes and different wheels.


      My mother had a Mk1 Ford Fiesta (white with red stripe):


      This was replaced by a Toyota Tercel 4wd (blue):


      Which was replaced by a mk1 Mitsubishi Pajero 2.5TD (blue):


      In turn replaced by a mk2 Pajero 2.5TD (blue/silver):


      Then a Volvo XC90 D5 (black):
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