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car history

Posted on 2007.09.21 at 23:07
Current Location: seattle, wa
Mood: goodgood
Music: watching numb3rs
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sir_montag inspired me to try and recall the list of cars i've owned since i started driving 13 years ago.

in reverse order:
2002 subaru wrx wagon (awd + turbo = love)
1989 bmw 325is (twitchy lil bitch)
1991 nissan 240sx coupe (bandwagon yay)
1995 nissan 240sx (bandwagon yay)
1985 toyota mr2 (never ran, but whatever)
1987 vw gti 16v (technically still own this one)
1991 nissan sentra se-r (yes, another)
1997 vw gti-vr6 (shouldn't have tried to revive the dream)
1997 vw golf 4dr (bought for gf, her mom wrecked)
1989 toyota celica turbo all-trac (awd + turbo = love)
1998 vw gti-vr6 de (still haven't forgiven myself for wrecking it)
1992 vw jetta 4dr (lil' tank, beat on this thing mercilessly forever)
1986 toyota celica gt-s (sad substitute for an se-r)
1991 nissan sentra se-r (inspired by reading grassroots motorsports)
1984 toyota celica gt (thanks dad, this car taught me to drift half a decade before i knew that's what it was called)

averages out to a little over 1 per year since age 16. yes, i have car ADD.

alright car-geeks, let's see how much you can recollect.


tonight, i agreed to send a deposit on the next car on the list. (since foobiwan will be concerned, purchase price is $2100 if both parties agree to finalize.)

tomorrow night; decibelfest and speedy j, mf'er!


Things Gone and Things Still Here
jette at 2007-09-22 06:27 (UTC) (Link)
This one is easy for me. It goes like this:

1964-2007: ...
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-09-22 06:34 (UTC) (Link)
and what sucks is, i'd be unbelivably more wealthy and at the same time incredibly unhappy if my own list looked like that.

i think it all goes back to my first driving lessons involving my dad, a yamaha-60cc-powered go-kart, and a racetrack in davis, ca.
siwwy_wabbit at 2007-09-22 06:43 (UTC) (Link)
Ahem. And what will this next car be? :p

And. I started learning to drive on a 1998 Mercedes ML320, switched to a Toyota Highlander sometime around when I actually got my license [we still have it but I never remember the year; Chris mostly drives it now, though the rest of us will still steal it on occasion], quickly moved on to the 1992 Lexus SC300 [5-speed] and I'm still there. I love love love this car. Love. All of these have been and still are in Dad's name [except the ML; he sold it to a co-worker when we got the Highlander] but the SC is informally mine [and unlike with Chris and the Highlander I actually take care of the maintenance]. And I'm still weighing suspension options [way too complicated and I suck at making decisions, dammit] though we've got a guy who very much knows what he's doing and offered 50% off the labor, so at least we've got the shop part figured out.

Other cars that have been in the family that I've driven but not consistently in approximate backward chronological order by last time driven: 2007 Porsche Cayman, Lexus RX330 [I think it's an '05 though I might not be entirely accurate about that], Ruf BTR-2 [converted in 2000, started life as a 1995 993 Carrera 2], Honda Odyssey [Mom's baby; some year but who really cares], Mazda Miata [5-speed, forget what year, supercharged, hardtop, lowered about an inch on Bilstein coilovers], 2000 BMW M5 [which also possessed a steady flow of modifications until its untimely demise]. Bet you can't tell which ones Dad picked without much input from Mom.

Oh, cars. Cars are wonderful.

siwwy_wabbit at 2007-09-22 06:45 (UTC) (Link)
Oh. Next month will make six years as a licensed driver, which means I've been driving the SC consistently for about five and a half but on and off for about six and a half. Which is certainly longer than it's felt.

/[still] melis
Nick Rubenstein
nrubenstein at 2007-09-22 14:43 (UTC) (Link)
Let's see. In reverse order:

1995 BMW M3 (still have)
2002 Subaru WRX
2006 GMC Sierra 2500HD (Still have the diesel powered race car tow beast!)
1999 BMW 323i (still have - race car)
2004 BMW M3 (POS lemon)
2001 BMW 325xiT
1994 BMW 325i (My first car)
1999 Mercedes E320 4Matic Wagon (Mom's)
1992 Mercedes 400SE (Mom's)
1995 GMC Suburban (Learned to drive on this)

10 cars in 9 years of driving. Oy.
siwwy_wabbit at 2007-09-22 17:02 (UTC) (Link)
Curiosity strikes: in your opinion, how does the handling compare between the e36 and e46 M3s?

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Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-09-22 17:38 (UTC) (Link)
they are a bit understeery from the factory- but if you like getting sideways like i do, that can be a good thing.

as far as bang-for-the-buck and more-cheap-power potential, the '02/03 is hard to beat in the "used car <5yrs old" market right now.
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radhegovinda at 2007-09-22 15:00 (UTC) (Link)

my list is short...

1967 vw beetle
and then some horrible ghettosled my bf at the time and i had.

have fun with the wrx, teh bf has one and its a joy to drive. =)
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-09-22 17:32 (UTC) (Link)

Re: my list is short...

oh, the wrx went away before i shipped. E1 pay wouldn't have covered payments + insurance. thankfully, BofA was cool about it.

but there is something just as fun and much more cost-effective coming down the pipe.
betternewthings at 2007-09-22 16:59 (UTC) (Link)
You know what's sad?

The overwhelming majority of my list would be "trucks used to haul motorcycles"

I'm considering a 911 in about a year when I make captain though.
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Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-09-22 17:54 (UTC) (Link)
Growing up with ricer cousins, I always thought being into cars = fug body kits, attention whore exhausts and whatnot.

well, look at what cars are to us as a culture- for those of us to whom they're more than A-to-B, they're extensions of how we want to represent/project ourselves. so naturally, when you get the bug, flash comes first. i think almost all of us start out that way.

the "techi-est" i got in high school was analysis of the new-car stats in the back of MT & C&D; 0-60 & quarter-mile & lateral-g divided by MSRP and the like. and that still made me a goddamned dork.

Bugeyes are hawt.I was eyeing the wagon for a minute..

with the new (dry-heave) impreza bearing down upon us, the '02/03 remains my favorite design since the introduction of the model; and once you get rid of 2 of the 3 cats, it's also the least-hamstrung by ECU trickery (IMO).

ooo have fun at speedy j. i saw him in '03 in detroit, zomgUNFunfunf

oh, i plan on it. *grin*

there's also another venue in the event, techno all night.

i'm liking the music scene in the PNW so far.
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Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-09-22 23:53 (UTC) (Link)
as you can see above, i certainly understand getting another of a vehicle that agrees with you.
Tad Griggs
alphakami at 2007-09-23 09:19 (UTC) (Link)
Jesus. Started driving in 1995.

1977 Datsun 810 Wagon
1987 Toyota Supra Turbo, heavily modded. 400 crank HP.
1987 Toyota Supra N/A
1986 Toyota Corolla GT-S
1985 Toyota Corolla GT-S
1986.5 Toyota Supra N/A
1896 Toyota MR2
1985 Toyota Corolla GT-S
1977 Datsun 280Z
1991 Mazda Miata (only car totaled, not at fault)
1985 Toyota Corolla SR-5
1995 Eagle Vision eSi
1985 Toyota Corolla GT-S
1987 Toyota Corolla SR-5
2000 Ford Explorer XLS 4WD
1986 Toyota Corolla GT-S
1990 Mazda Miata

Yep, that's it. Insane.
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-09-23 19:23 (UTC) (Link)

"one of us, one of us"

*points up*

you're in good company.
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