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Totally forgot.

Sunbeam Tiger (hipo motor with a cobra riser and dual quads! oh my god..)

Ford thingy... ummm.. cheap Jamaican races... uhh.. What the hell do you call it?!! A... umm...

I owned a pickup truck for about half an hour once.


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Old 11-29-2003, 10:09 AM
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Dang,

What's wrong with you guys? I buy a car and it runs and runs and runs. Got 25 years on my Superbeetle and 17 years on my Vanagon. My only loser was a (bought new) POS Honda that lasted 7 years before it blew the engine and tranny.

Honda, works great (new) , won't last long. That's the difference between quality and reliability. Never seen a Honda ad for reliability- only quality.

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'70 Porsche 914/6
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'72 VW Type 47
'75 Porsche 911-S Targa
'76 VW Type 47 (still have)
'73 VW Type 47 w/ Chevy V8 (still have)
'93 Ford Escort wagon 5-spd (275,000 miles before it died)
'87 Plymouth Colt Vista wagon 4WD
'96 Ford Windstar
'04 Toyota Sienna LE AWD (still have)

There were two or three other insignificants along the way. . . .

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Old 11-29-2003, 03:13 PM
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Hey Mark,
Go ahead and list your dirt bikes......i'd be interested in knowing.
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Old 11-29-2003, 07:35 PM
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I've not owned many...

'77 Toyota Celica (first car, I miss that car)
'74 914 2.0 (I've owned for almost 14 years)
'69? MG Midget (never got it running)
'91 Isuzu Truck (most reliable vehicle I've owned, replaced 1 battery and 1 alternator in 10 years)
'86 Volvo 740 Turbo (for wife, that car would fly)
'92 Mini-Van (for wife)
'95 Volvo 940 (for wife)

Still own the truck, 914, and '95 Volvo

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some interesting similarities (flat fours, monster V-8s, and above all, obscurity and wierdness). I would love to see pictures of the wierdest ones. I've always thought that such a topic (wierd and cult cars) might support an entire car magazine: "The Unloved- cars everyone but you forgot about" 914/24/28s, Simcas and Renaults, odd VWs, Corvairs and derivatives, home builts, one-offs, etc. Y'know, I'm pretty sure all the cars I've owned should still be on the road unless they were crashed. They left my possession in better shape than could be justified (another aspect for the mag!).
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Not quite as reagle as the rest of you.....but then again, I'm young.
82 Honda magna
94 Honda magna
71 914 1.7
82 Ford escort (was actually more reliable than 914)
86 Ford Bronco II Eddie Bauer edition
91 Jeep Cherokee laredo (Still have, 914 tow truck)
87 BMW K75S
87 BMW K75S (customized with K1100RS body kit. My first success story and I still have it)
73 914 1.7 (now with 2.0, soon with 3.1 corvair)(of course, still have)
74 BMW R75/6 (Still have)

I am not a friend/fan of fords, but I do have a thing for German stuff.
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74 Porsche 911 Targa
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02 Mitsubishi Galant (Soon to be Wife #3)

I loved that Datsun. Cool car. Ditto the Corona. My college cars.
The Prelude was my first new car.

Some how on my way to buying an MG I ended up with a 914.
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Hey Miles - Things are well, it can only get worse.

I forgot two more:

?? Capri 2000
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Old 11-30-2003, 05:53 AM
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I used to have the big Corgi model of the 2600, blue.

I wish they'd rerun Johnny Quest, and the good WB cartoons.




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Originally posted by Hi_Fi_Guy
1987 Ford Mustang Convertable: PURE LEMON
2001 Jeep Wrangler Sport: LEMON, turned off of Jeeps forever!
Jeeps have changed their manufacturing techniques and companies since your 1998 Wrangler. Too bad! I really like Jeeps. Wont own one now thoe.

I understand you Ford Mustang being a lemon. Ford's are the first thing on my list of Cursed Vehicles.
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I've had two fords, that was two too many. never again. I've never owned a jeep, even I aint that dumb ;-) (no offense).

Red Beard, you liked the datsun B210? I drove my parent's B210 for a year in high school, talk about a gutless wonder. About 60 ft pounds of torque and the POS clutch couldn't even hold that much
It did get great gas mileage tho.
Old 11-30-2003, 06:46 AM
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Confessions?

Bunch of beaters, in order (more or less):
70 Buick GS 350
56 Ford F100
70 914-6
30 Model A 2dr Sedan
63 VW Panel
56 VW convert
32 3 window coupe
59 VW Single cab
64 VW Notch
70 Buick GS 455 Stage 1
67 Ghia convert
65 Ghia
64 Type 3 Ghia (for sale)
72 914-6 (factory)
39 Pontiac Sport Coupe (327 Gasser)
40 Ford pick up
40 Lincoln Zephyr 3 window
73 911
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Wish I had a new car

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Jeeps have changed their manufacturing techniques and companies since your 1998 Wrangler. Too bad! I really like Jeeps. Wont own one now thoe.
Yes, the 1998 was a well built, reliable vehicle. I put tons of miles on it with no problems whatsoever... just regular oil changes and scheduled maint.

The 2002 was a problem from day one. Had the front discs and pads replaced THREE times under warantee in the first 6 months because it would pull to the right every time you applied the brakes. Of course the suspension was always "within chrysler specs".

Went through 3 sets of tires before 36k miles. Each time the tires had been rotated by the dealer at the specified intervals and every time they became severely cupped and produced defening road noises. Even though they had plenty of tread. Again the dealer claimed that the alignment was perfect and all the suspension components were... you guessed it, within chrysler specs.

The most frustrating problem was the transmission. Having owned the 1998 I know what the transmission SHOULD have felt like. This thing was so sloppy it made the 914 feel like an F1 machine. It NEVER wanted to go into second and sounded like a deisel motor when in nuetral. We had it at two different dealers to be adjusted/repaired close to six times over two years. Each time guess what we were told? Within chrysler specs!

One service manager even told me that if something bad were to happen to it, say like all the tranny oil was accidentaly drained, and then the transmission was actually dammaged THEN they could replace it under warantee. He was basucakly telling me how to get around the system but I guess I am just too honest to do that sort of thing.

After a lengthy battle with Chrysler and the original dealer we were finally able to sell it back to Jeep for about what we owed.

The entire process was a nightmare. No more Diamler Chrysler products for me ever!!!
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1979 Ford Fairmont, 2.0L 4cyl. with 4 on the floor, govt. beige w/Beige vinyl interior. A bazaar concept -- the ultimate dork mobile. It was mom's but the first car I had to drive. Transportation, yes; Dates, not!

1969 Dodge Sportsman window van, 318 V8 -- oh, the memories. I still grieve the loss of that one! Family purchase used in 1970. became mine in 1982. Party mobile. Mattress fit in the back -- use your imagination : )

1979 Mazda GLC (inherited upon aunt's suicide)
1982 Isuzu I Mark, 4Dr. Diesel -- no power, 50mpg
1970 VW Square Back Loved it for 4 weeks till teh engine blew

1966 Rambler Station wagon. (paid $150). Looked like I drove it out of a junk yard, which was more or less true. One of the most reliable cars I ever had and the quietest smoothes engine. But when the ex and I bought our first house, she was too embarrassed by it to keep it. What would the neighbors think? Had to go.

1969 BMW 1600 (wish I had that one back now that I can afford to restore it)

1984 Plymouth Torizmo, 2.2, Bronze, ugly -- What were they thinking?! What was I thinking?!

1988 Susuki Samuri, Hard top. Remember the rollover scare? Man did I get a great deal on this car because of that! $6000 -- my first new car. Loved it, drove it to death on and off road. Never rolled it (despite some good efforts!). Amazingly well built. Still miss that one, too.

1994 Ford Probe. Decent car, looked pretty good, not a bad driver. Good for single life and apartment dwelling; not so good for hauling building materials for the home renovation project.

1992 Jeep Cherokee Sport, 2 Dr. Great engine, excellent off road, Hauled several thousand pounds or stone as well as lots of lumber, etc. Driver's side door fell off. American's still need to work on engineering and quality.

1995 Mazda 626 (for the wife) yawn. Very reliable and economical. Never had a problem with it (except a failed alternator).

1973 914 1.7 (now six conversion) aka my therapy. Found it in 1997. Drove by it every day for six months and it didn't move. Left a note on it in 1998, and as expected, starving student who couldn't afford to keep it going. This has been and continues to be the project I've wanted to do for years. Keeps me sane (or not, depending on the problems it gives me).

2000 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab, loaded, my present to myself for getting through grad school. Love it.

2003 VW Passat 1.8T. Surprised my wife with it for our anniversary last year. She loves it, I love it. I don't get to drive it much ("Why do you need to drive my car when you've got your two?!?")

1969 Jauar XKE coup, canary yellow -- this is dad's baby, but will come to me when he can't take care of it any more, someday.

My life as a car.
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'66 Morgan Plus-4-Plus (50 made, my Dad's car, the one I learned to drive with)
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'59 Bugeye 998cc
'61 Bugeye 2175cc
'74 Capri 2600
'76 Capri 2800
'85 Dodge Van
'72 914 1.7
'69 Midget
'72 Kawasaki 440 (moved from LA to FL on)
'74 Honda 400
'76 Honda V65 Magna (1100cc, only means of transportation for 3 yrs)

'73 914 1.8
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'93 Mitsu 3000 GT/SL (wife's)
'97 Mitsu 3000 GT/SL (wife's, airbag deployed while entering interstate)

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Red Beard, you liked the datsun B210? I drove my parent's B210 for a year in high school, talk about a gutless wonder. About 60 ft pounds of torque and the POS clutch couldn't even hold that much
It did get great gas mileage tho.
Yes to everything. I think I got it up to 80 mph once. It had A/C which worked. It was the hatchback/fast back. It looked sortof cool. Girls I dated _liked_ it. It actually had a sporty interior, bucket seats, etc. The cargo area could actually hold a lot of stuff!

I think the engine was a 1.6 and developed something like 65 hp. Very aerodynamic and could hold 70 mph reasonably well. And it drank gas like a camel drinks water. 40+ mpg, using a carb! And it didn't require a cat and ran on regular gas!

It was a Japanese VW bug!
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Toast Good morning. This list is for your interest.

Motorcycle list order of purchace.
1975 Honda Z 50 (got for free)
1975 Honda XR75
1973 Rickman Montessa 250 (STILL HAVE)
1980 Yamaha YZ125G
1981 " YZ125H
1982 " YZ125J
1983 " YZ125K
1984 " YZ125L (WENT PRO MX)
1985 " YZ250M
1985 " YZ250M
1986 " YZ250N
1987 Kawasaki KX500
1988 Suzuki RM250 (RETIRED FROM PRO MX)
1973 Yamaha RD350
1975 Yamaha RD350 (STILL HAVE)
1993 Yamaha YZ250
1995 Husqvarna TC610
1996 Yamaha YZ250
1985 Yamaha RZ500 V4 (STREET)
1986 Honda VRF750
1998 Yamaha YZ400F
1980 Yamaha YZ125G (BOUGHT ANOTHER ONE) (STILL HAVE)
2003 Yamaha YZ450F (STILL HAVE ) (TURNED VET PRO MX)
Sorry it is so long Mark.
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* 1969 Cadillac Sedan de Ville -- Gift from grandparents, 1st car.

* 1979 Ford Mustang 5.0 -- First year of 5.0 in Fox platform. You could wear out the Michelin TRX tires in just 5K miles. Front end heavy but fun, no wonder the 5.0 GTs became so popular.

* 1978 VW Scirocco -- First import for me, bought used. Gave to my sister who drove it to 150K. Great car -- reliable, great looking, wonderful handling, super smooth engine.

* 1980 Ford Fiesta S -- Too much motor for the chassis, 12" wheels. Kept it 2 years and got what I paid for it.

* 1978 Datsun 280Z -- This was a 1 owner mint car. Consumed huge amounts of oil even after a valve job. Great looking but drove like a truck. Kept it 2 years and got what I paid for it.

* 1986 Audi 5000 5-speed -- I was intrigued by the value proposition -- luxury sedan, 4 years old, for only $7,500. Very disappointing to drive. Kept it 1 year, got what I paid for it.

* 1991 Sentra SE-R -- Good looking, light, extremely well balanced chassis, smooth torquey engine, great seats and shifter, need I say more?

* 1986 Porsche Carrera Coupe -- Bought from an older IBM engineer in Central Calif. Took over a year to find a Coupe without spoilers and in original condition. I've put 20K mile on it in 3 years that I've owned it. A bullet proof tank that is fun to drive.

* 1969 Mercedes 280SL 4-speed -- I always like these and have had my eye out for a Calif. original car. Found one 2 years ago and did a partial restoration on it. I think these are under valued. Extremely solid cars, very smooth on the open road.

* 1970 Porsche 914-6 -- A friend liked the restoration I did on the SL and told me of a 914-6 he had in storage. I bought it and am restoring now.

Favorites were Scirocco, SE-R, 911, 280SL and 914-6.
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