1996 Nissan 200SX SE-R, a Sentra in all but name. But, it was a SE-R, 2.0 liter engine, 140 h.p., bigger tires and brakes, stiffer suspension. This was a B14 platform.
I had a 1992 Sentra SE-R, a B13, before that. The B13 SE-R's are actually now considered CPI's (cars of particular interest).
The salesman who took my order for an M3 in 2000 walked me out to the parking lot. When he saw the 200SX SE-R, he said "Uhhhh... how do you plan to pay for the M3?"
I drove the 200SX SE-R up to Spartanburg to pick up the M3 in 2001. A friend bought it from me, met me there, and went through the King for a Day festivities with me before driving his 127k mile Nissan back home to Virginia. He also had bought the '92 from me at 105k miles. He was a sales rep and ran the piss out of them for his job, 195k miles on the ''92, 165k miles on the '96.
These are canned pictures off the Interwebs. Digital cameras weren't cheap back then. I have analog pictures of the '92 and '96 SE-R's together, and the '96 and the M3 together at Spartanburg.
I always keep a beater, bought new. My current beater is a 2007 Cobalt SS sedan, 173 h.p. It's due for it's 100k+ mile replacement within 18 months. I'm thinking about a new Civic Si sedan after they come out in the fall, after the bugs get worked out, and demand goes down.
2000 Nissan Maxima SE with a 5 spd manual transmission, 222 hp. Still have it, with 169K miles on it. Amazingly, it is still on its original clutch, despite all of the miles, and one teenage driver. My second son begins driving in a bit over a year, so we're hanging on to it for him to drive. Cheap to maintain, relatively reliable, cheap to insure, and not too embarrassing for a teenage boy to drive to school. Before that, a 1987 Honda CRX Si; bought new, sold in late 2000 with 182,000 miles on it. Kind of wish I'd hung on to that car. Before that, a 1984 GTI; wonderful car, but unreliable as heck; couldn't wait to unload that thing. A few other cars, none all that interesting, before then.
right before the bmw I had a VW touareg -V10 turbo diesel
Loved it, but the V10 is no longer available and the new touaregs fail in comparison to the older T1 and T2's
before that was an audi allroad. again, no longer available and the new "allroads" are just a4's with body moldings.
I would owner A6 versions of allroads for the rest of my life, but audi won't import them to North America,
before that was a decade of crappy company cars not worth mentioning (with the exception of a dodge magnum rt.... again no longer made)
I had a GM 1/2 ton truck before my first bmw back in 98, I've had a bmw in the garage ever since. Might be switching brands soon, the new ones do nothing for me but unfortunately the competition does not seem any better
A couple beaters and full size trucks. But car I loved was an 86 mazda rx7. Non turbo, base model, no power options, manual steering rack.
I'd go back in a heartbeat but cant find one cheap anymore.
Best drivers car ever for the money
I had a 1986 IROC Camaro Z28 which I sold when I got transferred to Germany in 1990. It was actually a pretty good car but I don't have any desire to have it or another Camaro again. Since then my daily driver has usually been a 3 series (1983 315, 1992 325IS, 2005 330CI ZHP). There was gap between the last 2 when I drove a Tacoma which is now my toy hauler.
Before my E39 I had a VT Calais, which I wrote off after a minor accident. It wasn't too bad, certainly repairable but I didn't have the time necessary to do it. Off to the wreckers it went and a few weeks later I found my E39 for sale at a wholesaler about six hundred kilometres away.
I had a friend who was down there on business, I convinced her to ditch her return flight and drive it up for me. I paid for the car over the phone and a couple of days later I had pretty much had the beginnings of the car I'd wanted since I was in school.
2006 Infiniti M35X, 2004 BMW 330xi, 2 '99 Audi A4s , '99 Volvo XC70 Wagon, '95 Audi A6 Wagon, Ford Escape XLT, '91 Acura Integra (most fun ever!!), Ford Ranger XLT, 3 I6 Jeep Cherokees (best 4wd), '84 Toyota Tercel, things are getting muddy now....there are another dozen cars but memory is weak. There were a '60 Alfa Romeo Spyder, Chevy Nova, a Ford Galaxy, an F85 Buick, a 64 Ford Mustang, a Chevy Van, a Dodge Van, Plymouth Valiant...
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