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I'll start. Mine was a 1987 Toyota Corolla that my dad gave me when I got my license in 1994. I put almost 300,000 km on that on top of the 250,000 that were already on it. It was super dependable and never had any issues. I sold her when I bought my current ride (2001 4runner which is also rock solid) but I'll never forget my first.

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1979 Lincoln Continental Coupe. almost 20 feet long, two door. It had a aftermarket huge sunroof and was a blast. I put a lot of miles on that thing until i parked it due to gas mileage. It's still at my parents house. I wish i could get it going again. Maybe one day!

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Mine was a 1990 Ford Bronco stick shift that I purchased on my own. It was amazing having a car of my own and giving rides to my envious friends to and from school. Sadly 2 years after I bought it a roommate totaled it when I let him use it to drive to his girlfriends house.

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This, but dark blue. I loved it.

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A 1991 Mazda Navajo. It was basically a two door Ford Explorer. I bought it for $1800, got in my first real accident with it, and it ultimately lasted me one year. It was an ok car for the price.

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2000 BMW 740i (e38 chassis w/ sport package). Insurance was rough, mileage was questionable, and repairs were brutal. Still a hell of a fun car to drive, I'd get another if I could afford it

Essentially this thing but in dark (Oxford) green
Essentially this thing but in dark (Oxford) green
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@jasonr86: I had to Google it as I've never heard of a Mazda Navajo. So Wikipedia says it was never sold up here in Canada. It's just a rebranded explorer. Interesting.

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@tviddy: I hadn't heard of it either till I bought it. I think they only made them for four years.

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1969 Dodge Dart in aquamarine blue, she was a beaut!

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I bought a 1987 Honda Accord LXi hatchback during my first year of college in 1995. I drove the shit out of that car. It ran great for years but some of the peripheral features like mirrors and knobs would break occasionally. Finally sold it in 2002. I was out of college by then and had some disposable income so it made common sense to get myself a new car, but damn it I liked my old car.

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This beast. 81 toyota corolla tercel hatchback. Lots of good memories from that car.

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1989 Toyota 4Runner---this was proto-SUV and was built off their truck chassis line with a Wrangler-esqe hardtop and two jumper seats thrown into the back. Was nearly 20 years old when I purchased it with 120k miles; never once had a mechanical problem until it was time to scrap her in 2012. Good first car; big, safe, slower than the gaggle of Mustangs my friends had, 4WD, no fancy touch screen/subwoofers to mess with. Just a reliable no-frills automobile.

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1995 Nissan Sentra XE in deep faded red. Complete with caved in trunk from prior rear-end accident before it was handed down to me. Now driving 1995 240sx. I guess I have a thing for '90 era Nissans.

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Im still driving my first car which is a white 1995 Nissan Altima GXE. It gets really dirty and I might soon upgrade to something more from a newer era.

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A 1996 Dodge Neon. Peeling white paint with cheap wheels from Pep Boys (Motegi MR7's) that everyone had in the early 2000's. Best believe I had all of the basic "performance" mods that a teenager could want. It had 140,000 miles on it when I got rid of it. I was moving across the country after high school and didn't trust it to do over 3000 miles in a week.

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First first car was a 1995 Izuzu Trooper, but that was the family hand-me-down. The first car I ever bought and paid for with my own money was a 2008 Honda Fit Sport.

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#18  Edited By Devil240Z

That's a difficult question to answer. When I first got my license I drove on two wheels with a Honda ruckus, then a 78 Honda 550Four. And when I got I car I had multiple cars in a 6 month period. In chronological order,88 Audi 90 Quattro, 89 Nissan 240sx(rb20det), Mazda rx7 FC, 97 Honda civic, 86 Subaru gl.

Then I finally fell madly in love with a 91 Subaru legacy. I miss that car so much.

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I had a 1999 Nissan Altima. My mom bought it used when I was in middle school or ninth grade, then my dad drove it, then I got it in my last year of high school. I drove it throughout my senior year of high school, graduated 2010, then all through college, graduated 2014, then drove it on the interstate everyday until July last year. The first car that was actually in my name was a 2015 Honda Accord Coupe, which I bought last year next month.

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85 Mustang 5.0. The red paint was faded, the air kinda worked, seats were ripped a bit and it had 89,000 miles on it. Man, it was fast though. Also, when your car is not so pretty, you are more likely to take it into the woods with your friends to the party spot with the rope swing. Less guilt about taking it over the median to see if it can clear it or get stuck. Empty parking lot doughnuts with your buddies? Check. My third older car was my real love. Got a 91 Supra in early 2000 off the action block for $3000. That thing was scary fast. Sadly maintenance/tickets I received on it was just too much. The sound when the turbo kicked in and the punch in your gut switching from 2nd to 3rd are my favorite driving memories. Paying the insurance on it was also insane.

Now I drive a clean SUV crossover thing type or whatever they are called. Has a nice drive and all the power of a souped up moped. Good gas mileage and the space to transport all my stuff, but the charm is lost.

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Im still driving my first car which is a white 1995 Nissan Altima GXE. It gets really dirty and I might soon upgrade to something more from a newer era.

Don't trust Chris with the white car.

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My first car was 1991 Toyota Tercel. I bought used in 2001 and lasted fifteen years. It was a standard and I had learn how to drive stick. The clutch was great to use as a second brake. It was a reliable car for a long time until three months ago. Plastic parts were breaking apart like the turn signal and windshield wiper switches. The driver seat beat was frayed. The driver side door handled broke and I had to enter from passenger side. The engine was making a winding noise and would move slower when I accelerated past 30 miles an hour. I tried to tough it out but it was not safe for me to drive on the highway anymore and I ended up buying a 2013 Toyota Corolla S.

It should be noted that a problem with having an older car is finding comparable replacement parts. When certain car models are not made anymore, parts can be hard to find.

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Berry Red (Purple) 1995 Chevy Cavalier with a squeaky belt. It was a high school graduation gift from my mom in 2003. Served me well for a few years until I discovered the wonders of public transportation and I sold it for too cheap just to get rid of it after it was sitting in the drive way for a year.

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My first car was a mid-90s Geo Metro

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My first car was a 2000 Jeep Cherokee Sport. It was a great car and you felt every tiny crack in the road as you drove over it. Had it from 2004 through 2013 and it survived 3 multi-state moves.

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A 2004 Volvo R+ S60. I bought it almost two years ago. I'm still driving it today, and will probably be driving it for at least another 3-5 year.

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A faded red (with added rusty bits), 1993 VW Golf 1.6, just like this one below. A dodgy starter motor and gearbox ended up killing it after a year and a bit of ownership, but still £250 well spent.

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A light-blue 92' Toyota Corolla. Weathered multiple cross-country trips, as well as just over two decades of regular commuting. Only just recently moved on to a '13 model Corolla a few months ago.

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Suzuki Alto somewhere from the 80's, white with 5 doors! And a manual choke :D

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1998 DODGE NEON. Biggest piece of crap in the world. Scrapped it at 232k km mark but lots of memories nonetheless.

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The first car I drove for any significant amount of time is a 2001 Toyota 4Runner. I never actually owned it, I just borrowed it from my parents for a while (10 or so years). The first car I actually owned is my current car, a 2015 Subaru WRX.

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Mazda 626 - did just fine for a long while, moved on to a Mustang which was awesome but not in Iowa, in winter. Absolutely love my current car but those damn Germans and their "engineering" means repairs cost so much.

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1983 Chevy Impala, handed down from my grandparents. This, basically:

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78' Chevy 1/2 ton, 350/auto, two tone white and green. Bought it in 86' the day i got my licence at sixteen. Paid $1500 cash for it, i loved that truck.

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This beast. 81 toyota corolla tercel hatchback. Lots of good memories from that car.

That was my second car that I bough used - it smelled of curry. I put like 50K more miles on it than it had when I bough it. It literally fell apart at 94K miles, windows fell into the doors, rust ate through that trunk, and many plastic parts like door handles and mirrors simple broke. But it served me well at a time in my life when I had NO MONEY, living paycheck to paycheck.

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A Volvo 240 GLE 1988 which my grandfather bought new and drove for a few years. When he passed away my father used it for 5 years before he decided to buy a new car and asked me if I wanted it. I've had it for 12 years now and I still drive it daily.

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My first car was a 1983 Toyota Camery. It was a nice first car when I got in 1990.

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Not counting the Mini I bought for £25 - it was never seen on a public road - my first car was a 1987 Fiat Uno, which I got in 1991. Same as this one:

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It's still the best car I've ever owned, and I've been lucky enough to have had Porsches, Range Rovers, WRC Imprezas etc over the years. There's something about small Italian hatchbacks which appeals to me, not least that you always seem to be travelling much faster than you really are.

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I worked and saved all summer for my first car, a 1986 Ford Escort hatchback in a very bad baby blue color bought in 2001. Two months later the driver side door's lock mechanism stopped working correctly. It lasted about 3 months before the brakes stopped working while driving home from school. It lasted 4 months before the power steering pump gave out. It lasted 6 months before the automatic transmission went to hell. It was then donated. My step father recommended that car for me, bought from a coworker of his. Never took his advice on buying a car again.

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I had a used '97 Acura Integra that sort of looked like this. Awesome small car.

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A used 1995 Toyota Pickup. Not a Tacoma. The brandless nondescript pickup truck. It was great until my stepbrother totalled it a couple of years after I got it. The photo below is not my actual truck but it's the same model/color.

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One of these (2006 Vauxhall Vectra estate)

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It was a company car (not sure if that counts) I was 18 and had not really driven since I passed my test. nearly shat myself as I had to pick it up from company HQ and drive 130 miles home on motorways (had not done any motorway driving prior to picking it up) Also it was more than twice the size of any car I had driven at that point. But I made it home and really grew to like that car. I did end up writing it off after crashing into a hedge avoiding another car.

R.I.P old friend.

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White 1996 BMW 328i. It was a hand down and was dying slowly, but I had lots of great trips and long drives with it.

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@monkeyking1969: Ha, mine fell apart too. It started for me with one of the rear windows. It just shattered when I touched it. It was propped open. I pushed it in to close it and it just shattered. Then a few days later the driver side window handle just broke off. And then later that day the window fell into the door. And from there it was all down hill. Everything started breaking and going wrong. Who ever says they don't make them like they used to never owned this car, lol. But it lasted me 75K miles. Not bad for a first car that I didn't really take too good of care of.

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@sterling: I can remember when things started to go wrong with my little Fiat. A disc broke in two (something I've never seen before or since) while going down a hill, both front springs broke within a week of each other and the electrics began to become even more unreliable than usual. I'd put 100k on the old girl and decided to retire her, trading it with a local dealer for an awful, bland Ford Fiesta.

The little Fiat ended up getting bought by a kid up the road who drove it for another 5 years without complaint.

The Fiesta lasted me 24 months...

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In direct order. First to current.

Really good car, all told. Sold it when I moved states.
Really good car, all told. Sold it when I moved states.
Replaced so many things after I got it because it was unreliable. Now runs fine, but I still don't trust it. Have it as backup only.
Replaced so many things after I got it because it was unreliable. Now runs fine, but I still don't trust it. Have it as backup only.
Current car. Kills me on gas a bit, but incredibly reliable. Something I value tons more now due to leftie over there.
Current car. Kills me on gas a bit, but incredibly reliable. Something I value tons more now due to leftie over there.

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1978 BMW 320i that an uncle gave me. A sweet 110hp engine that was fun to drive and lasted me through University/Grad school. It was rock solid and last I heard, as of a year ago, the cousin I passed it on to a little over 10 years ago was still driving it.

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Was and still is a Volkswagen Passat. It may be almost two decades old but it is more comfortable than many newer cars. I was never given a car by my parents like a lot of kids are so I was 28 when I could afford it. It cost me $2000 if I convert into USD. I've had it for two years. I think my next car will be the same model just a newer year. A minor facelift was done to the model in 2001 and it was produced until 2005 so I might upgrade my 1997 to a 2005 if and when it stops working.

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1983 Chevy Silverado Scottsdale - it was hot shit because it had A/C and electric locks/windows. Almost the same color as this one but my cab corners were more rusted, plus I wrecked it like a jackass.

Anyone else have a 305 chevy v8 that sucked for power and had a weird rattle noise at a certain rpm?

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#50  Edited By dynamix

The first car I drove was a 1990 Dacia 1310.

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It was my dad's car and it got passed down to me until I could afford something better.

Next up was a 2002 Opel Astra G Caravan.

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Currently driving a 2015 Dacia Logan. Thankfully it looks nothing like the older model. :)