Through The Years...

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First Car: '83 Rabbit, Maroon - 85 hp(?) - crank-o-matic sunroof Then the: '87 Mazda 626, blue - 110 hp(?) - WTFWIT? Then the: '95 Jetta GLX, black - 172 hp - this was a sweet ride
Then the: '99 Audi A4 Quattro, silver - 190 hp Then the: '02 Audi A4 Quattro, black - 220 hp And now: '06 BMW (finally) 330i - 255 hp - nirvana
I'd be interested to see others' car histories through the years...it just gets better and better.
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"Bob" wrote

First car: '85 Escort Pony - 85 hp (not sure about that) Then: '91 Stanza XE - 138 hp - sold it with 170k miles and still running strong Then: '00 Accord EX - 200 hp - boooring! Then: '01 A4Q - 170 hp (chipped to about 200) - I miss you baby! Now: '03 Sentra XE - 130 hp (?) - company car. Yuck! Future: '02 330ci - 220 hp - hopefully soon
Cheers, Pete
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All street cars? And you quote their hp ratings?

We live in different worlds. 8;)
- 57 Plymouth Fury 318 convertible - 64 Corvair Monza convertible - 61 Triumph TR-3A - 67 Alfa 1600 Duetto - 69 Alfa 1750 Duetto - 66 Alfa Giulia Ti Super - 72 DeTomaso Pantera - 72 Fiat 124 Spider - 72 Lotus Europa JPS - 75 Vega GT - 75 Triumph Spitfire 1500 - 76 Pontiac Sunbird (even-firing V6, 5sp) - 79 Mustang Cobra 302 - 80 Triumph TR-8 (GP44 prepped) - 84 Audi 5000 Quattro - 89 Pontiac Fiero GT - 91 Honda Civic Si - 95 Miata R - 02 BMW 325i (wife's car) - 04 Honda S2000
I may have forgotten one or two...
Oh, and the real fun cars -- at least one owned at all times since 1970:
- 60 Lotus 7 * - 65 Caterham Super 7 * - 65 Renault Club Racer sedan - 72 Elden FF 1600 - 76 Lola 342 1600 - 2004 WCM Ultralite (S2000 drivetrain) *
( * = street legal)
Oh, and about 30 motorcycles:
- 63 Honda 250 Dream - 65 Honda 305 Superhawk - 73 Kawasaki 400 Triple - 75 Honda 550 SS - 98 Honda Magna - 00 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport Scura
and my present:
01 Aprilia Falco 998cc 02 Honda 919
-- Larry
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Mmm, don't recognise a lot of those cars being in the UK, but for fun...
1982 Suzuki ZR50 50cc motorcycle - 30mph top speed 1976 Mark 2 Ford Escort (65 hp) and held together with beer cans and body filler when I sold it 1982 Vauxhall Cavalier SR (Pontiac Something in US I think) 90hp, engine worn out but still fun 1989 Vauxhall Astra (Pontiac Le Mans in US) 80hp, boring car, but it was reliable 1992 Nissan Primera 120hp, (Nothing Similar in US), fun car to drive, handled well 1996 Nissan Primera GT 150hp, (Nothing Similar in US), very entertaining with handling better than the BMW M3 around at that time, engine only so so, ride unacceptably firm, meet a sad ending with a tree on a bend 1998 Mitsubishi Galant 2.5L V6 160hp, handling so so, engine a match for BMW, faultess reliability record, owned for 7 years 107000 miles ... and the ONLY thing good enough to replace the Galant 2006 BMW E91 320d SE Touring 163hp, handling which beats the Primera GT (and any other car of this kind) with a comfortable ride, and all that BMW quality and refinement, awesome torque and performance from a refined, quiet, clean, diesel.
-- Adrian
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We may be in nearby neighborhoods, Larry (except that you bought 2 more Triumphs after your first one):
1952 Dodge 6 1955 Triumph TR2 1965 Corvair Monza convertible 1966 Plymouth Fury 6 (ex-wife's car) 1967 Plymouth Fury I 318 1970 Fiat 124 Spider 1972 Fiat 124 Spider 1973 Plymouth Fury III 400 1973 Mazda RX 2 1974 Maxda RX 4 wagon (ex-wife wanted to raise St. Bernards!) 1978 Renault 5 (No more St. Bernards) 1980 Chevrolet Citation X 1986 Nissan Maxima 1989 Ford Taurus SHO 1997 BMW Z3 2.8 1999 BMW 328is 2000 Saab 9-3 convertible (wife's car) 2003 BMW Z4 3.0
Plus about 10 motorcycles including a 2006 BMW R1200 RT All vehicles were manual transmission except the Plymouths and the Saab
Tom K.
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Well, if my memory still works...
First car: '57 Chevrolet Biscayne 4-Door Sedan, (Cost used: $190) Then: '66 Chevelle SS396, Marina Blue, 360 HP, (Lots of tire smoke) Then: Two years serving Uncle Sam Then: '71 Dodge Challenger, Red, 340 HP (Complete Junk!) Then: '72 Pontiac GTO, Lucerne Blue, ??? HP Then: '74 Corvette, Silver, 250 HP new, 425 HP now (I still have it) Then: '77 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Brown, ??? HP (Yawn) Then: '81 Chevrolet Chevette, White, 0 HP (Fun to toss around) Then: '82 Pontiac Grand Prix, Blue, ??? HP Then: '84 Pontiac 6000 STE, (Front wheel drive really sucks) Then: '86 BMW 325es, Black/Black, (Damn, I miss that car!) Then: '94 BMW 325is, Red/Black, (More HP but more weight too) Then: '03 BMW 530i, Silver/Black, (I should have bought a 5-speed) Now: '05 BMW M3, Black/Black, (I love this car!)
R.C.

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Well, let's see ----
50 MG TD 53 Jaguar 120MC (should have kept in jack stands in parents' garage for post retirement restoration) 58 Volvo 66 VW bus (my hippie days) 69 Fiat 850 coupe (sold before it self-destructed) 72 Saab 96 78 VW dasher (a miserable car, thought it was basically like a Audi fox; I was wrong) 84 VW Jetta GLI 86 Audi 4000CS Quattro 97 Jeep Cherokee (still have) 05 330 Ci
Have done all my own wrenching except for using a machine shop to press in bushings and had a shop replace Audi clutch at 185K miles (I just didn't want to deal with that one)
An interesting thread. I think I may be one of the oldest reading this newsgroup.
    - Jon
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I used to be able to recite all the cars I owned at one time or another off the top of my head. This thread has made me realize it has all become a bit fuzzy. A few past notables:
'62 Ford Sunliner Convertable (first car) '64 Dodge something Fiat 500 (during military service in Italy) bunch more that I just don't remember anymore.
However ....
Here's a list of my current four wheeled toys. All are registered and driven (some only in good weather)
'06 Dodge Sprinter camper '05 Ford F-350 Powerstoke - currently at dealership with engine totally torn apart. '06 BMW 750li (wifes ride, but title is in my name, heh, heh, heh.) '06 BMW M5 '06 Lincoln Mark (something) -- a Lincoln pick up truck for wife. '46 Ford convertable - street rod - 454 chevy engine '67 GTO - perfect, mint condition
and last, but not least,
'69 Dodge Charger R/T - "General Lee" - one of 17 remaining cars from the television show - complete with documentation, autographs and pictures and the original title and bill of sale from Warner Bros.
Eisboch
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you the eisboch from rec boats...nice bunch o'rides nevertheless...would love to see that charger up against my budddies cuda...whatcha got inthe water?
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In the water?
Navigator Pilothouse (52') Grand Banks (36') Scout Sportsfish (20')
Actually only the Navigator is still in the water. The others are high and dry in winter storage.
Eisboch
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Many of these overlap, I've generally had three or more cars for the last 10 years, seven was the most at one time, so I'll add general year(s) owned as well. Had a BIG selloff in 04 when I realized that seven cars for one (not rich) person is madness. Now limiting myself to three, might up that to four as long as two are classics - I want a closed sportscar to go with the Triumph.
82 Subaru GL (86-87) 76 Volvo 242 (87 - motor siezed after three months) 85 VW Jetta 2dr (87-91) 84 VW Jetta GLI (91-Present - sort of, 1/2 own it now) 87 Volvo 744 GLE (95-96 - bought with 250K miles, sold 1.5 years later with 315K for more than I paid for it - fantastic car!) 82 Volvo 245T (96 - worst car I ever owned) 91 Volvo 245 (97 - sold to best friend, he kept it until six months ago) 74 Triumph Spitfire (97-present, my baby) 79 Peugeot 504D Sedan (97-04 - kick myself for selling this one, immaculate and now in a museum) 89 Volvo 745T (98 - not one of Sweden's best efforts) 92 Peugeot 505 SW8 (98-01- regret selling to this very day) 85 Saab 900T (99-02 delightful but a super money pit) 79 Peugeot 504D Wagon (02-04 - nice but automatique) 02 VW Golf GLS TDI (02-04 - only new car ever, too much money in one car) 69 Saab Sonett (02-04 - restoration project, but no time) 90 Volvo 744 GLE 16V (03 - sold to roommate, she still has it) 92 Volvo 745T (04-05 - found on eBay in AL, great car but found too good a deal on the 00 Saab to pass up) 91 BMW 318is (04-05 - cheap fun, a bit too rusty, now a big pile of parts in my garage) 00 Saab 9-5 V6t Wagon (05-present - found on eBay in OK, silky smooth and fast) 91 BMW 318is (05-present - not so cheap, but much better than the first one, fun commuter mobile)
Kevin Rhodes Westbrook, Maine
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Peugeot in USA??? Special import?
Or maybe in those days they were still being sold there?
DAS
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Peugeots were sold in the US until the 92 model year. My 92 wagon was one of the very last shipment to the US, they only sold 1200 92's total, 505s and 405s.
I LOVE them, they are truly special cars, but parts supply is problematic and service is all but non-existant at this point in the US. It got to the point where it was just too much like work to maintain them. Actually, I realize that I forgot a car - I also had an 85 505S Turbodiesel sedan for a couple years.
Kevin Rhodes Westbrook, Maine
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Today Peugeot is 'good' at building small cars, e.g. 206, 307. The 205 was a classic. Problem is, it appears they are expensive to own (not very reliable) and relatively dangerous in a crash.
BTW, it is said that the only reason PSA (and Renault) build large cars is because French government ministers don't want to be seen getting into German cars...
My understanding is that Peugeot diesel engines are good.
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Bob wrote:

heh... amusing exercise. Here's mine (in order of purchase):
First car: '63 Ford Falcon Sport (260ci V8, 3 spd manual) Power Ragtop! '68 Roadrunner 383ci B-block, 4 speed '67 MGB - BRG (of course) wire wheels '65 Ford Falcon - auto 289ci V8 '75 Mazda RX3 rotary coupe. Yellow and black. The bumblebee... '76 Chrysler Newport. Talk about big... what a boat. '77 Chevy Nova 305ci auto. '?? Toyota Celica GT 5 speed (forget the year). '84 Jeep Cherokee 4cyl, 5-speed, 4WD. (first new car ever) '87 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 6cyl, auto. '90 SAAB 900 4cyl. 5 speed (new) '94 Ford Explorer 6cyl auto 4WD * '97 Ford Explorer 8 cyl AWD '92 SAAB 9000 Turbo '88 Mazda RX7 Covertible (Toy car) '93 SAAB 9000 CSET '87 BMW 325i Convertible 5-speed * '95 BMW 325i 5-speed * '94 BMW 540iA '00 SAAB 9-3SE Turbo Convertible '98 Jeep Wrangler 4.0L 6cyl 5-speed * '97 BMW Z3 2.8 5-speed (another toy) * '98 SAAB 900SE Turbo automatic
Plus several company cars sprinkled in that I don't count as really having been mine...
* - denotes cars that I still own today.
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First car: '89 nissan pathfinder-loved it next: '90 nissan truck- POS next: '92 nissan 4x4 king cab- big romper next: 94 BMW 318is germany specs.- sweet ride, used in offroad railly races. next: '00 Cadillac Escalade- luxury ride. But to much for gas wifes: '02 nissan pathfinder SE-nice truck Now: '98 BMW 328i black/black sprots package-I love it.
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First car : 81 Nissan Sentra - Yuck purchace price $300 85 Chevy Cavalier - 4 doors, 4-cyl, 4-speed, Better then the Sentra $750 83 4x4 Chevy S-10 pick-up - saved it from the junk-yard, drove it for 7 years $1200 84 Jeep CJ7 - rusted out, put a fiber-glass body on it. $1800 89 Chevy Beretta GT - 5-spd - quick but handeled like crap. $1500 85 Fiero GT - 4-spd - I still drive this beater to work $1600 90 4x4 Chevy S-10 4.3L v-6 5-speed - still have it. $5000 88 Fiero Formula - roled it 3 times, the last flip was end over end with a 1/2 twist to land upside down. Walked away without a scratch (except for the ones on my elbows from crawling threw broken glass getting out of the upsidown thing.) $2500 92 BMW 325i - Still fixing this one $5600 (wife's car is a 2001 Chevy Malibu) $5500
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'69 VW Beetle (wrecked, repaired, sold) '79 Chevy Chevette (sold with 120K miles) '85 Chevy S-10 pickup (stolen in LA) '87 Chevy S-10 blazer (lost in divorce from 1st wife) '85 Saab 900 Turbo 5-speed (sold with 185K miles on orig. engine & turbo) '93 Saab 900 Turbo (sold with 120K miles - still miss this one!) '96 BMW 328i 5-speed (still have - love this car) '97 Nissan Pathfinder (still have) '99 Saab 900 5-speed (wife totaled) '01 Saab 9-3 (wife totaled) '01 BMW 530i - probably my next car
Wife drives the Pathfinder now...
Karl Winkler http://www.karlwinkler.com
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I have had a little longer time than most of you to accumulate this record of used iron!
1. 40 Dodge
2. 47 DeSoto
3. 50 Plymouth Blue 2 door
4. 55 Pontiac White/brown Starchief 2dr hardtop.
5. 57 Plymouth White 2 door coupe, 6 cyl
6. 60 Pontiac Brown Bonneville 2 door hardtop.
7. 61 VW Ghia Red convertible .
8. 60 VW Ghia Green coupe
9. 60 Pontiac 2door Catalina
10. 61 Chevrolet 2 door hardtop
11. 65 VW Ghia Orange coupe;
12. 64 Ford Black 2 door hardtop;
13. 66 Chevrolet Gray 2 door hardtop;
14. 65 Dodge Dart Green 4 door,
15. 67 Tempest Green 2 door
16. 65 Plymouth Beige 2 door.
17. 63 MGB Red roadster.
18. 64 Apal Fiberglass coupe with Porsche prototype design with Porsche engine.
19. 66 Valiant Red 4 door
20. 66 VW Ghia Gray convertible
21. 72 Volvo S/W Green;
22. 65 Porsche 356C Brown convertible;
23. 75 Cutlass Silver coupe
24. 76 Ply Van
25. 77 Buick S/W Big Red;
26. 72 Toyota Yellow 4 door Corona;
27. 72 Toyota Yellow 2 door Corolla;
28 .71 Toyota White 4 door Corona;
29. 74 Datsun Z Blue 260Z;
30. 79 Audi S/W Silver wagon;
31. 79 Audi 5000 White with blue leather.
32. 81 Granada Four door
33. 74 Volvo S/W
34. 82 Olds S/W Tan wagon .
35. 81 Rabbit Yellow 2 door
36. 66 Porsche Yellow 912;
37. 80 Caprice Brown 2 door
38. 67 Mercedes 280SE coupe.
39. 84 Buick S/W Mauve wagon
40. 87 Camaro Red coupe;
41. 87 Blazer Red/white S-10.
42. 80 Toyota Brown Celica
43. 88 Beretta Red coupe
44. 77 Blazer Big Blazer, 2 wheel drive,
45. 86 BMW 735 Grey.
46. 83 BMW 320 Maroon coupe,
47. 92 Pathfinder Blue 4 door
48. 89 BMW 535 Red stick shift
49. 83 Honda Green Accord
50. 89 BMW 635 Black with black leather,
51. 93 Mercedes 300E
52. 97 Tahoe .
53. 00 Avalon Silver Toyota
54 95 BMW 540 Dark green with tan leather
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Karl Winkler wrote:

Screw the Pathfinder, shop for a new wife. Your's is obviously a lemon ;-)
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