I love cars. Always have. When I was a kid in the 70’s I remember worrying about the gas crisis – what if we ran out before I was old enough to drive?
Currently I’m driving a 2001 Volvo S60 T5 (the car pictured is similar, but not mine). Its got 160,000 miles on it and I’ve learned over the years that parts for this car are expensive! The car hasn’t been trouble-free, per se; but it has been dependable, for the most part. However, recent problems and maintenance have got me thinking that it might be time to “put down” the S60. I might not have any choice but financially at the moment I might not be able to replace it, either. It could be that I replace one aging, high-mileage car with another.
Still, because I love cars so much, and will probably be looking to buy in the months ahead, its got me thinking of various cars I’ve owned – and would like to own. I know what I don’t want – an SUV, or an automatic transmission or a car that I’ve owned before (list below). I think I might be looking at late model/last generation versions of the Subaru Legacy, Mazda 6, Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Golf and maybe a Saab 9-3. I need a fun, sporty, 4-dr. sedan.
I’ve owned so far, from first to most recent:
1982 Subaru BRAT (Brown, with white rims and the obligatory Dunlop white letter GT tires. Brown was a great color car to drive in high school. Did you know you have to depress the clutch when you shift into 4-wheel drive? I found this out after the transmission died)
1978 Honda Accord (a lot of bondo and a lot of money went into this car. Oh, the things I know now)
1981 or ’82 Toyota Corolla (This was brown – yes, again – was later painted red, and was bullet proof. Got a great deal, was in terrific shape and got rid of it too soon)
1982 Toyota Celica (I should not have got rid of the Corolla for this, but wanted something sportier, faster, bigger, and this was! First car with a sun-roof, first car with something other than a 4-cylinder. This thing could cruise)
1982 Honda Accord (I put a lot of miles on this one, was low-mileage and near mint condition when I found it at a used-car lot in southeastern CT. Blue, just like my first Accord)
1992 Mistubishi Eclipse (My first brand new car. Got it when the Accord was really done. I still remember that new car smell)
1993 Ford Probe GT (My second brand new car, traded in the Eclipse. Big regret was getting the automatic trans – and trading the Eclipse in for it. This was the last brand new car)
1995 Mistubishi Diamante (Bought in 1996, a year old; traded in the Ford Probe. Underrated car, very dependable, great highway cruiser. Took Alex home from the hospital in this!)
1981 or 1982 Mazda RX-7 (The original version. Was going to really rebuild this nicely over time, but getting laid off derailed that plan.)
1993 Infiniti G20 (Oh, could this thing handle! Super-fun to drive)
2001 Subaru Forrester (This was primarily the ex-wife’s but I drove it often. Best handling car in the snow I ever drove. Made two trips to CT. Just a terrific car)
2001 Volvo S60 (bought in September, 2004)