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Before the 3, what have you owned/driven?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by RayK, May 12, 2018.

  1. RayK

    RayK Member

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    With the poll asking if the Model 3 is the most you've ever spent on a vehicle, that got me thinking about my previous cars. So here's my history and I invite others to contribute and maybe we can find some common ground. Or debate the virtues of Model "A" vs. Model "B". Just no flame wars....

    1973-75: (years are approximate, given my age and recollection)
    1967 Dodge Polara (aka, the "Tank"). Parents car driven in high school. Safest thing ever on the road. Except when the power steering would occasionally go out. Like on highway 17 over to Santa Cruz.

    1975-80:
    1971 Lincoln Mercury Capri (2000cc engine). Bought from my parents; previously my older brother's car. Last car that I was able to really work on. Personally did the tune-ups, replaced the water pump, alternator and timing belt, adjusted the valve clearances, re-built the carburetor, adjusted the clutch. Left the brakes and transmission to the experts.

    1980-88:
    1980 Mazda RX-7 GS. First car I bought new. Last couple of years was running with an aftermarket turbo.

    1984-91:
    1984 Mazda 626LX 5-door hatchback. Bought new. Eventually sold it to my brother.

    1991-2000:
    1981 Chevy Camaro. Wife's car she replaced with a Dodge Caravan. I had bought her a license plate frame that said: "Wow! I could of had a V8!" (it was the gutless 6 cylinder).

    2000-present:
    2000 BMW 323i. Bought via this new thing called the "internet" from CarOrder.com. In case you're not familiar with this company, they acted like a middleman between the customer and traditional dealers. They took a person's order and then shopped around for a dealer willing to supply the car at CarOrder's price. Although I lived in San Jose they sourced the car from Alexander BMW in L.A. They must have lost some money on this transaction as I configured the car with the standard leatherette but when I was given the detailed specs prior to delivery saw that it was built with leather. Told them about the error but they said they would cover it. About a year later they closed their "doors".
     
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  2. Tezlanian

    Tezlanian Member

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    Just two: 1995 Ford Aerostar and 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI.
     
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  3. LBusDoor90

    LBusDoor90 Member

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    Also just 2:
    1991 manual trans Ford Escort for 14 years.
    2005 Prius right now that just reached 13 years in April.
    I take delivery of the best (and maybe last) car I’ll ever buy on Friday.

    Can’t freaking wait.
     
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  4. novox77

    novox77 1.21 Gigawatts

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    1980 Toyota Starlet
    1987 Mitsubishi Minivan
    1991 Geo Metro
    1995 Honda Civic
    1998 BMW M3
    2004 Honda Civic
    2011 Hyundai Sonata
    2014 Tesla Model S
    2018 Tesla Model 3
     
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  5. Thomas Edison

    Thomas Edison Active Member

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    89 golf
    98 golf
    93 golf
    81 rabbit pickup
    83 rabbit pickup
    00 Jetta
    06 golf
    10 transit connect ftw

    After Dieselgate I'm more or less done with VW, except I really like the styling of the new golf wagon and will never sell my rabbit Pickup.
     
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  6. cellogig

    cellogig Model X..Model 3

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    67 vw bug 1985-86
    75 delta 88 1986-87 left abandoned
    83 Buick skylark 1988-90 velor seats
    90 2dr Honda Accord 1990-93
    89 Jeep Sahara 1992-93
    93 240sx rag top 1993-2001
    01 Audi TT 01-05 baseball glove
    04 Audi TT 05-12 V6
    92 240sx convert 2010-10 left abandoned
    11 Mini clubman 12-15 piece of...
    71 Chevelle 2012-17 small block
    15 VW GTI 2015-...daughter drives
    18 Model 3....

    1964 Wife... 1998-presently
    1989 Honda Accord 2000
    2000 Volvo S60 2000-04
    2004 Volvo Xc 90 04-08
    2008 Toyota Highlander 17 other twin daughter drives
    2017 Tesla Model X presently
     
  7. jtpassat

    jtpassat Member

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    2016 Fiesta St
    2014 Fit EV
    2007 Acura TSX
    2003 Honda S2000
    2002 BMW M3
     
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  8. voip-ninja

    voip-ninja Give me some sugar baby

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    1977 VW Rabbit
    1985 Ford Tempo
    1993 Acura Integra
    1996 Acura Integra
    2000 Audi A4
    2007 Audi A4
    2013 BMW 328i
    2016 BMW 340i
     
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  9. Ejl80

    Ejl80 Supporting Member

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    Abridged list
    98 Firebird
    02 WRX
    99 Z28
    05 Legacy GT
    09 Murano
    11 335d
    11 Sonata
    13 328
    16 340
     
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  10. ProphetM

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    1980 Chevy Impala wagon (got from my Dad who bought it about 1982)
    1987 Ford Festiva (wife's when we got married)
    1992 Oldsmobile Achieva (replaced the Festiva around 1997)
    1999 Pontiac Grand Prix (replaced the Achieva in 2000)
    1997 Subaru Legacy wagon (replaced the Grand Prix in 2002)
    1989 Subaru Justy (replaced the Impala in 2003)
    2001 Toyota Echo (replaced the Justy in 2005)
    2008 Toyota Matrix (replaced the Legacy in 2012)
    2014 Chevy Spark EV (2017)

    The Impala was made in the same factory where they make the Teslas - it was GM's Fremont Assembly from 1962-1982.

    I should post my Dad's list. It's ridiculously long.
     
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  11. 355rockit

    355rockit Member

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    Upcoming: Tesla Model 3
    2015 Jaguar F-Type R (current)
    2005 Toyota Highlander (current)
    1998 Toyota Tacoma (current)
    1995 Ferrari F355 GTB
    2015 Toyota FR-S
    2006 BMW Z4 3.0si Coupe
    2003 BMW Z4 2.8si Convertible
    2003 Honda Civic Hybrid
    2000 Toyota Tundra
    1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee
    1992 Mazda MX3-GS
    1989 Toyota Corolla
    1983 Toyota Corolla
    1981 Audi 4000 5+5
    1978 Datsun 310GX
     
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  12. EnrgyNDpndnce

    EnrgyNDpndnce Member

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    1980 VW Rabbit
    1989 Honda Civic
    199x Nissan Sentra
    198x Dotson something hatchback
    1994 Dodge Ram 1500
    1997 Ford Taurus (start sales career with company cars)
    2001 Pontiac Grand Prix
    200x Ford F-150
    200x Buick LeSabre
    201x Chevy Equinox
    201x Chevy Trailblazer
    201x GMC Envoy
    2006 Lexus ES330 (new job, no company car)
    2014 Mazda CX-9
     
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  13. pavankp

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    1996 Maruti-Suzuki 800
    1999 Toyota Corolla
    2007 Hyundai Elantra
    2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive
     
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  14. Blu Angel

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    2018 Tesla 3 LR
    2008 Cadillac CTS awd (current)
    2000 Chevrolet Corvette (current)
    2004 Pontiac Grand Prix
    1996 Eagle Vision Tsi
    1984 Pontiac STE
    1978 Chevrolet Monza
    1974 Chevrolet Vega
     
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  15. Thomas Edison

    Thomas Edison Active Member

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    Ha!
     
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  16. jsanford

    jsanford Red Model 3

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    1982 Honda Prelude hand-me-down from my father in high school.
    1995 Toyota Tercel base, green, first car bought new. Still see them on the road.
    1996 Toyota Celica ST anniversary edition. First automatic, bought used in 1998.
    2003 Honda Insight, bought used in 2004. Only Insight I’ve ever seen with daytime running lights. Only other automatic.
    1997 BMW F650ST motorcycle, bought in 2005.
    2007 BMW F800ST, bought new. Hopefully the Model 3 will be a more reliable first-run vehicle than this was. Sold in March 2016, just a few days before a certain reveal...
    2008 Ducati Monster M695, second vehicle bought new. Still have it.
    2009 Toyota Yaris hatchback base, traded in the Insight. Definitely a knee-jerk reaction to suddenly needing to replace the battery pack in my Insight after less than 40,000 miles. Buyer picking it up in two weeks.
    - spouse enters the picture, with a 1977 Datsun 280z Zap edition we still have.
    - 2004 Moto Guzzi Breva 750 for spouse.
    - 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer for spouse.
    2011 Toyota Tacoma standard cab, manual, bought in 2015.

    With the Model 3, we’ll be done for fifteen years or longer.
     
  17. Randy Spencer

    Randy Spencer Active Member

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    #17 Randy Spencer, May 12, 2018
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    1966 VW Bus Blue with Sunroof and 23 windows I picked up from the Wolfsburg factory when I was 5 (left for my sister)
    1973 Pinto Brown (wrecked)
    1985 Dodge Daytona Gold (wrecked)
    1989 Chrysler Le Baron convertible Burgundy (threw a rod)
    1992 Chrysler Le Baron convertible Silver (donated to PBS) Too bad they stopped making Le Barons

    And now all the cars in my .sig, this thread appeals to my vanity. It's been fun, but I am done buying cars this lifetime

    -Randy
     
  18. geometro

    geometro Member

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    Almost all used cars and all manual transmissions...

    1990 Geo Metro* (1990-96)
    1989 Toyota Supra (1996-98)
    1991 Nissan Maxima SE (1998-99)
    1999 Honda Civic Si* (1999-2000)
    2001 BMW 330i (2004-2008)
    2001 BMW 325it (2010-present)

    *new
     
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  19. mhan00

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    2004 Honda Pilot
    2008 Lexus ES350
    2013 Nissan Leaf S
    2017 Chevy Volt Premier

    Still waiting for my Vin for the 3.
     
  20. fseir

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    Not sure about some of the model years, but here goes:

    1984 VW rabbit
    1986 Honda CRX
    1987 Acura Legend
    1989 Toyota pickup
    1996 Acura Integra
    1997 Honda Prelude
    2006 Acura TL
    2007 Acura TSX
    2008 MINI Cooper S
    2012 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
    2013 Nissan Leaf

    In my memory, the Honda CRX is still the most fun car I’ve ever owned (although woefully underpowered). Would be really interesting to go back in time and drive it after the M3. I’m sure it wouldn’t hold up too well to the test of time!

    Sometimes I do miss my manual transmissions, though. Wonder if you could add a simulated stick shift to an EV...? :D
     
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