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: What cars have you owned and driven a lot throughout your driving history?

05-25-2008, 06:40 AM
So what cars have you owned or driven a lot? W'll leave motorcycles for another thread!I'll start. I just ordered a 2008 328i Coupe. Before that:

2000 Mercedes E320. Bought it in June of 2004 with 31,000 miles on it. Mercedes made the W210 E-type much softer than the previous W124 E-type, which was really a driver's sedan. It was a fine family car. Totaled, with 92,000 miles on it, in April of 2008 from flood damage. I knew I was going to get a smaller car, but I wanted to wait another year or so.
1995 Mercedes E300 Diesel. Bought in 1999 with 49,000 miles on it. Great car. Had a 23 gallon tank and got 31+ MPG. That's a 700 mile range! Drove it to 150,000 miles. That car would have lasted more than 300,000 miles. It looked new and was in perfect running order. Then, in May of 2004 some s.o.b. who wasn't looking rear-ended me at 70 MPH while I was in a traffic jam.:mad: Totaled the car.:cry: Of all my ex-cars, its the one I wish I still had.:(
1995 Nissan Maxima Sport. Bought new. Good car. But after 75,000 miles I could tell that the body integrity was starting to go. I got rid of it before it started to shake apart. That's when I decided to buy German cars.
1986 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. Bought new in 1986. I drove it for 10 years and 150,000 miles when it was truly falling apart.
1984 BMW 318i. Bought it new when I lived in South Africa. Right hand drive and manual. This is the most fun car I've ever owned. Not fast, but handled like a dream. Drove it 25,000 miles before I had to come back to America.
1987 Acura Legend Coupe. The first generation Legend. My Mom's car. Manual transmission and it was a blast to drive. I asked to borrow it every time I thought I could get away with it! She drove that car nearly 200,000 miles before replacing it with another Acura Coupe, a CL in manual.
1981 Buick Regal. Bought used with around 20,000 miles on it. Nice and comfy. Borderline lemon, though. I was glad to get rid of it.
1969 Volvo 142 Coupe. My first car. My parents got it for $500 in 1976 when it had 60,000 miles on it, and gave it to me when I graduated from high school in 1978. Dependable and ran like a tank. Manual transmission, no A/C, and plain old AM radio. My brother totaled it in 1982 when it had 120,000 miles on it.:(
1969 Cadillac Sedan DeVille. My Dad's car that I got to drive to my senior prom! Huge car! I swear you could actually see the gas gauge go down. Finally died around 1979.
1964 Volvo Amazon Station Wagon. My Mom's old car, and the car in which I learned to drive. Manual, no A/C, AM radio. My Mom got rid of it in the late 80s with 250,000 miles and the original clutch. I hope its still chugging along today.

05-25-2008, 09:30 AM
1988 Nissan Sentra (1994) - learned to drive in this thing. Don't remember much about it because after 3 months, I replaced it with...

1990 Dodge Spirit (1994). This had been my grandma's car, and it was in pristine condition with less than 10,000 miles when I bought it from her in 1994. Not sporty or fun to drive, but it was a reliable driver and treated me well for 80,000 miles in college, until...

1996 Nissan 300ZXTT (1998)- one of the last ones they imported into the US, with low miles. Beautiful but so harsh to drive. My job offer fell through just as I graduated and I couldn't afford it, so my dad took over the payments and kept it.

2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT - My first new car from the dealer. Extremely reliable and good to me, but after six years, I was ready for a change...

2003 Z4 3.0i (2006) - My first bimmer and my baby. I'm planning to keep it as long as possible. First time I've ever been in love with a car.

NC BMW Driver
05-25-2008, 12:02 PM
First to last - i may have forgotten a few...

1965 Corvair - learned to drive with this car as well as work on cars.
1977 Toyota Celica - My first and last new car. Did OK.
1964 Corvair Spyder convertable - Fun
1974 TVR 2500M - cornered like a cockroach in full escape mode
1969 Jaguar XKE convertable - WOW.
1966 Jaguar XKE convertable - Bought for the neat parts on it.
1977 Audi Fox - Bad enough it turned me against Audi's forever.
1974 Jaguar XJ6L - super highway cruiser that didn't do bad in the corners either
1978 Toyota Celica - OK car also.
197? Toyota Corolla - Came with the wife.
1971 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser Station Wagon - needed something to pull a boat.
1980 Chevy Caprice - Gift from my Father in law. Still haven't forgiven him.
1972 Mercedes 250 - Ugly blue, but ran well.
19?? Dodge Ram van - Bought a bigger boat, so needed a bigger tow vehicle.
198? Dodge Minivan - Kids, sigh
1983 Mercedes 240D - Tough, dependable, taught two teenagers to drive.
1990 Plymouth Minivan - Didn't learn the first time.
1985 Mercedes 300D - needed more power than the 240D.
1985 Mercedes 300TD - Bought for my wife so I could get my 300D back.
1985 Mercedes 300D - Nicer than the one I had, so traded.
1977 Isuzu Trooper - Beach car
1989 Ford Bronco - Another Beach car to replace the trooper
1991 Suzuki Sidekick - Yet another beach car.
1990 Nissan Pathfinder - Beater car for bad weather, chores, etc.
1986 Mercedes 300SDL - Wife wanted more room.
1991 S10 Blazer - Mountain car.
1984 Mercedes 300D - Lasted one month before oldest daugher was hit by and it was totaled. She's fine.
1982 Mercedes 240D - Youngest daughters car.
1989 Mercedes 300E - Gave my 300D to my daughter and took this.
1991 BMW 735il - My first BMW.

Three motorcycles and two airplanes.

I know I forgot a few, but these are the ones I can remember.

05-25-2008, 12:42 PM
I forgot two:
1980 Pontiac Sunbird. Manual. Real piece of crap. I got it after my brother totaled my Volvo. The block was cracked at 23,000 miles. Good riddance.
1984(?) Jaguar XJ-S (gray market) that I drove a lot in 1988. Not really my car. It belonged to the business I worked for. It cost me $3,000 in repairs for the eight months that I had it:yikes:, so I decided that was it. I drove it to work and told them to keep it. But when it ran that V12 was the smoothest engine I've ever driven with incredible acceleration at highway speed. And it was beautiful. But that damn repair bill...!

I also didn't think to add my wife's cars. As far as I can remember:
1975 Ford Thunderbird. Fast and big. It had a huge 460 cubic inch V8 and didn't get crap for gas mileage. Its what she was driving when I met her.
1981 Buick Riviera. Beautiful white exterior and dark blue valour interior. Very pretty car. Ran well, too.
1987 Honda Accord. Solid car. After 100,000 miles her family had a big car swap. My wife gave it to her college bound cousin, and her mother gave her her own...
1992 Honda Accord. Solid car. She got it when it had around 15,000 miles. She drove it to around 100,000 miles.
1993 Mercedes 300E. Got it used in 1999 with only 30,000 miles on it. My oldest daughter drives it today. Its been a good car.
2004 Honda Pilot. Been a darn fine family car/people mover. It has 108,000 miles on it and rides like new.

05-25-2008, 03:08 PM
Just under 100K in a Merc S500
Just over 80K in a Volvo 850
75K in the BMW 528

and my '95 Range Rover County (original body style) just turned 153K miles last week.

Other than those most less than 20-30K

05-26-2008, 09:13 AM
First car was a '65 Austin Healey Sprite (think MG Midget) single hub spoke wheels, dual piston carbs, 4 spd manual, convertible. Only put on a few thousand miles since this was a project car from my 13th to 16th birthdays. Sold it for more than I bought it to some dude who wanted to convert it to an electric car (mid 70's). I switched to a motorcycle when I turned 15 (it was legal in FL).

Second car was an '80 Honda Civic hatchback 1500. Another 4 spd manual although it needed a 5th gear. Drove this thing for about 12 years and 150,000 miles or so. from halfway through college, 3 years of working then another 6 years of graduate school. Total this thing (known as The POS) had over 300k miles and still running strong (interior was completely gone though). Sold it to another grad student.

Bought my first and only new car. '99 Passat saloon with V6 and 5 spd manual. Nice car and was very happy with it. Not a performance car but decent with good lines, ok performance, and good safety. After 140k miles, it was totaled on the freeway after being rearended by a Dodge Ram 2500 PU (driven by a 19 yo chick, what she was doing in that beast I have no idea).

Then I got my CPO '04 330i ZHP. Now I have performance, styling, safety, and good gas mileage. Best all around car I have ever driven (and I have driven many, many types and styles of cars).

05-26-2008, 06:50 PM
1998 Dodge Caravan
2002 Mini Cooper
2002 325xi
2002 525i
1999 540iT
1998 740iL
2000 540i
1994 530i
1998 540i
2008 Mini Cooper S

05-27-2008, 04:39 AM
I usually own 3 or 4 cars at any time.

52 Pontiac Chieftain
55 Lincoln Capri
57 Ford 500
58 Vauxhall Victor
58 Fiat Abarth
64 Mercedes 250SL
64 Pontiac GTO
66 BMW 1800
68 VW Karmann (bug convertible)
71 Toyota Crown
72 Mercedes 280SE 4.5
74 Toyota Corona
77 Mercedes 300D
78 Buick Century
84 Mazda 323
85 Porsche 944
88 Mazda 323 Turbo
88 Mercedes 190 2.5
93 Jeep Grand Cherokee
94 Mercedes C280
95 GMC Jimmy
96 Mercedes E320
98 Isuzu Rodeo
03 Mercedes E500 (upgraded to AMG 55 specs)
08 BMW 535i (bought Oct 07)
08 VW Jetta SE (bought Dec 07)

This is the first time since 1964 that I have not owned a Mercedes.
I retired in 1998 and I don't buy many cars anymore.