Past cars and general car talk

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by spangenb, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    The Leaf is fantastic. I think it's a near-perfect urban car for warm climates only. Nissan really did their homework here. It's the best in the class.

    I bought mine to have free access to carpool. They rescinded it three months later and turned our two major freeways into "FastTrak" where all cars had to pay. So, I went with VW TDI. Oh yeah, motorcycles can still ride free and are the only vehicle that doesn't need a transponder.
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  3. LotusZX3

    LotusZX3 Member

    96 Toyota Corolla - first car adopted from family/ totalled by some chick that ran a stop sign.
    96 Buick Skylark - something cheap while in college after the corolla was gone.
    03 2.3L ZX3 - First new car purchase. Loved it. FS intake, exhaust. suspension and wheel upgrades.
    06 Dodge Dakota Nightrunner - Needed a truck for work.
    14 Fiesta ST - No Mods yet.
    04 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland - Recently had to Repo this from an ex cause she stopped making payments and now it's up for sale.
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  4. frismanis

    frismanis Member

    76 Yamaha Enduro 100
    82 Honda XL250
    82 Yamaha Maxim 750
    89 Yamaha FZR 600
    84 Saab 900
    74 Toyota FJ40
    73 Toyota FJ40
    65 Toyota FJ45 (current)
    06 Audi A4 (current)
    14 Ford Fiesta ST (current)
  5. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    I like that listed your bikes too, it gives good flavor that I think influences us in car choices too. I'm going to update my list to include bikes too.
  6. McRib 1s Back

    McRib 1s Back Well-Known Member

    For fun, here are my bikes too. Frismanis inspired me.

    I still have the Honda NC700X DCT as an occasional commuter and the Honda Grom (not listed below). I like adventure bikes and that plays into my love of Jeeps. The Super Hawk had awesome Ohlins suspension and was a great canyon/track bike (90 mile cruising range not so fun!). Pretty much all of my bikes were modified at some point or another. I can't say any bike here is quite a FiST counterpart (because none have both the fun AND practical side). Maybe the lighter VTR or EX500, but those were not especially fast either (but represented their track classes well for the day).

    Fly2Low and I were talking about how the FiST might be like a super motard. Maybe a slightly more powerful version of my old DRZ400 SM with more displacement/power, but not so much to get into the "hyper motard" class (those are not as fun to me). My KTM SMT 990 could be an exception...


    Edit: The HTML table broke when pasted from my spreadsheet. I'll have to fix it later.

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  7. Purepump

    Purepump Member

    1991 Honda NSX
    1991 Mazda Miata
    1993 BMW 318iS
    1994 BMW M3 Euro
    1994 Lexus LS400
    1999 Honda S2000
    2000 Audi RS4
    2000 Subaru WRX RA
    2000 Toyota Echo
    2005 Toyota Previa
    2006 Subaru WRX
    2006 Toyota Previa
    2006 Mercedes B200T
    2008 Suzuki Swift Sport
    2010 Audi A3 1.4T
    2013 Ford Fiesta ST 3dr
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  8. johnnyquest

    johnnyquest Member

    OK I'll order of appearance:

    1969 VW "baja" bug
    1973 Plymouth Duster
    1986 Dodge Charger Shelby
    1993 Honda Civic Del Sol
    1995 Nissan Altima
    1996 Plymouth Neon Sport Coupe
    2002.5 VW Jetta GLI
    1990 BMW K75S
    1998 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 360
    1998 Saturn SC2
    2008 Honda Fit Sport 5speed
    2008 Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport (current)
    2013 Volvo S60 T5
    2014 Ford Fiesta ST (current)

  9. JP6

    JP6 Member

    Here's mine from first to current:
    2003 Lexus IS300 (2jzGTE Swap)
    2007 Volvo S40 (current)
    2013 Kia Soul (Wife's car)
    2014 Ford Fiesta ST (due in March '14)

    The Lexus was a blast. I got it when I was 17 and spent every penny I earned on it. Tore it apart, sold it and went with the Volvo to force myself to grow up and not spend money on mods. It's worked but the itch has gotten me back into thinks. When I came home with springs, wheels and tires for my wife's soul, she told me I had to get something of my own to play with. Searched for a new car for a year and ended up choosing the FiST.
  10. Slowclimb

    Slowclimb Active Member

    1968 Pontiac
    1988 VW GTI 16v
    1992 Wrangler
    1997 Civic
    2000 VW GTI
    1989 VW Jetta
    2001 Wrangler
    2002 Toyota Tacoma
    2004 Subaru WRX
    2004 Toyota 4 Runner
    2004 VW Passat
    2008 VW Golf
    1996 Miata
    2012 Mini Cooper
    1946 Willys CJ2
    1996 Wrangler

    1964 Beetle
    2012 VW Tiguan
    2014 Fiesta ST
  11. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    Wasn't my intention to make this a thread of lists, but it's cool to see the conversation some of these cars stir up :) So here's my chronological list ... hope I can remember them all correctly:

    1969 VW Squareback (My parents'. Moved it around the yard to learn stick shift before I was 16)
    1968 Ford Custom 4-door sedan (My first car, inherited from grandparents. Went ice racing with it!)
    1972 Volvo 142S (Beat up, tractor engine, but it was all mine :))
    1964 MGB (Was a daily driver. Loved that car!)
    1972 Buick Skylark (Winter ride for the MGB)
    1980 Datsun 210 hatch
    1967 Ford Fairlane GT convertible 4-speed (Fire engine red, white top)
    1978 Pinto GT (Yeah that's right, the 2.8 German V6 ;))
    1978 Ford Fiesta (Bare-bones transportation, but sounded like a Formula Ford!)
    1981 Datsun 210 4-door
    1987 Nissan Sentra 4-door (Great little car for a young family)
    1984 Subaru Hatchback (Dual-range manual 4WD!)
    1993 Ford Probe SE (My first new car)
    1964 MGB (Yes this is the SAME car I sold 7 years earlier LOL)
    1988 Mustang GT (Always wanted one. Sold the Subaru and MGB to get it. Wrecked in freak autox accident a couple years later)
    1986 Toyota Corolla 4-door (last of the carburetor cars ... bad idea. Replaced the wrecked Mustang)
    1988 Mustang LX (4-cyl blown head gasket. Combined with the wrecked '88 GT to make the dedicated autox car pictured in my original post)
    1983 Dodge 2WD short bed pickup (Fred Sanford P.O.S. Towed the race car though)
    2000 F250 4WD V10 5-speed (Tow vehicle upgrade ... major upgrade)
    1998 Neon ACR (Divorced, sold the F250, bought this and the '86 Mustang GT. My favorite autox car to date)
    1986 Mustang GT (All black, 2001 GT 17" wheels. Sharp)
    1995 BMW M3 (Beautiful car, too many quirky problems)
    2006 Scion xB (Yeah it's a toaster. Still think it was cool. Not fun enough for the $$ though)
    2008 Mustang GT/CS (Grabber Orange. Gorgeous. Too heavy, too much time spent cleaning it)
    1992 Toyota Camry (Winter ride. Bought with 273k miles on it. Sold with 323k! Awesome car)
    2007 Honda Ridgeline (Perfect blend of SUV and truck. Too expensive to drive and own)
    1990 Miata (Current. Bought to get some gas mileage. Over 200k miles on it!)
    1987 BMW 325is (Current, shared. My dad's. He passed away in 2000. We drive it in his memory)
    2012 Focus SEL (Current. Shed the Ridgeline and Mustang gas guzzlers)
    2014 Fiesta ST (Current. High hopes for autox enjoyment. Winter is too long :D|)
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  12. EvoNiner

    EvoNiner Active Member

    My list:

    1987 grey/blue/rust Ford Escort L

    2000 Black Monte Carlo SS

    2003 Black Svt Focus

    1991 Blue Ford Festiva

    2006 Black Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX SE (still own)

    1986 Red Toyota MR2

    2002 Red Ford Svt Focus

    1996 maroon Mazda MX6

    1991 Red Mazda Miata (still own)

    1991 Teal Ford Festiva (still own)

    2014 Orange Ford Fiesta ST (oh yah)

    My least favorite was my Monte Carlo SS. Chevy really likes to toss that SS badge around when there's virtually no driving excitement AT ALL!

    My favorite car that I regret getting rid of was my first 91 Ford Festiva. Perhaps in my opinion one of the funnest, laughable, great driving cars I'd ever driven. Both festivas I've owned have fantastic 5 speeds, super fun to toss through the gears and matched with a rev happy engine with no power anything to numb the feelings. The first Festiva had NO rust on it, I didn't realize how lucky I was to have it till I sold it. My teal Festiva has ALOT of rust. Haha. [​IMG]

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  13. Jutz

    Jutz New Member

    1990 Honda CRX
    1995 Jeep Wrangler
    1997 Jeep Cherokee
    1998 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS
    2000 Jeep Cherokee
    2002 Subaru WRX
    2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT
    2005 Subaru WRX STi
    2006 Audi S4

    The order of ownership is slightly different. I decided to trade in the Audi when I realized the value of it wasn't going to stop plummeting any time soon, coupled with the godawful gas mileage and worries about long term repair. I knew what I was getting into as far as expensive maintenance and repairs, but they are still finicky cars and if it ended up with a major service needed, I would be draining my savings for it.

    Anyway, I'm very happy with the Fiesta so far. On dry roads, its incredibly responsive and it's legitimately fast, not just "quick". I'm not used to torque steer, so that's a bit new, but it's not as strong as other, poorer laid out FWD cars I've driven. I drove it through an inch or so of snow today, and I was definitely not ready for understeer in the slippery stuff. As you can see from my list, I'm pretty used to getting some help from the rear. Otherwise great car so far, looking forward to really having some fun with it.
  14. EvoNiner

    EvoNiner Active Member

    Here's alittle bit more of what you were thinking of spangenb.

    The car that made me realize that I was a DRIVING enthusiast was my Monte Carlo SS. Not because it was so good to drive, but because it wasn't. It was fully loaded, subs, great stereo, black and modded to look nice, not gaudy. Function wise, it was fantastic... But I had more fun pushing a shopping cart around then driving this car!

    That is when I realized I could care less about how many bells and whistles it had on it, it had to be something entertaining to drive. I traded in my Monte Carlo for my first SVT Focus and have had fantastic "drivers" cars from then on. If it wasn't entertaining to drive, I passed it off.

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  15. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    Jutz, I have a lot of FWD snow experience, and really the stiffer rear roll rate that Ford put on this car helps it rotate a lot compared to most average FWD cars that will just put you in the nearest snow bank straight ahead. As long as you aren't going real fast then a little tug on the handbrake will get it to come around nicely and get you pointed in the right direction.

    On that subject, I tried to do some snow rally-style drifting with my ST in the school parking lot. A video of Ari Vatanen's rally school in Finland got me inspired LOL. I was going maybe 20+ mph and was unable to get the car to come all the way around even with the ESC all the way off and yanking the handbrake hard. I kept trying harder and harder and could get the car flat sideways, but it would always snap back in line. I think my main issue is that even with good snow tires I don't have enough traction in the front to keep the speed up once the drift starts. The fronts just spin like mad and I lose all my forward momentum.
  16. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    ... oh, but if you are on the stock tires and it snows ... much badness :hungover:
  17. Jutz

    Jutz New Member

    Yup, stock for now. Probably going to stick it out through the rest of the winter and pick up a cheap set of snows during the summer when everyone Craigslist unloads them for cheap. I never run without snows in the winter, even on Subarus and the Audi, but I figure I can manage for another month or so. I have my Cherokee as a secondary ride anyway.
  18. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    If I do decide to put the Wilwood front brakes on, my set of 15" snows will be up for sale. Good luck. I hope the weather cooperates!
  19. frismanis

    frismanis Member

    My kit is on the UPS truck for delivery tomorrow. I'll give a non-sales person review after I get them on, but that might not be for a couple weeks.
  20. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    Excellent frismanis! What wheels will you be using? There is still some question if my 16x7 Sparcos will clear. Measurements seem to indicate they will work, but perhaps not with the balance weights stuck on the inside surface of the wheel like they are.
  21. frismanis

    frismanis Member

    I have an order on the 17x7 O.Z. Formulas from TireRack, but they are 3lbs heavier than the ultraleggeras, so I might change my order (won't ship until end of Feb, so I have a month to make up my mind).

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