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Offline newportnobby

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Re: First car
« Reply #30 on: April 22, 2015, 01:12:52 pm »
Don't really have a 'best' car as I only drive them 'cos I'm physically incapable of riding motorbikes now, but I guess the best of my own vehicles was a Citroen BX14E which, despite the gear lever coming off in my hand once, the clutch cable breaking halfway to Bristol and the damn windscreen wiper freezing up every winter due to the feed pipe running up the single wiper, was a fantastic handling car, extremely well equipped at the time and had a voluminous boot, especially with the rear seats folded down ;) ;)
I've lost count of the mileage I've driven as I used to be a sales rep and have put over 100,000 miles on each of the 5 company cars I had. In effect, I've driven to the moon and back at least once ::)

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Re: First car
« Reply #31 on: April 22, 2015, 01:36:18 pm »
surprised no trikes ah' well , my first car and its still with me , was the marital runabout , restored in the mid 1970's to as you see to-day , we'll leave most of you guessing ....
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Re: First car
« Reply #32 on: April 22, 2015, 02:04:34 pm »
Some interesting replies on this thread, but analysing them, what would members say was the "best" car they ever owned, ie. the one that gave them the most satisfaction and pleasure?

First car, a FIAT 126 registration C941 PMV as far as I can remember.  Enormous fun when it was working properly, which wasn't often.  I've sometimes been tempted to try and buy another but these days prices are surprisingly high for the few surviving 126s.

Best?  Probably one of the four Honda Preludes I owned (three 1989 models in succession and a 1998 type).  The first three were the 3rd generation type with mechanical four-wheel steering (two with manual transmission, one automatic), the last was a 2.2 VTi with electronic 4WS.  All were magnificent; fast, comfortable and a delight to the senses with just about the best steering I have encountered (and I've driven a fair selection of cars).

These days I drive a modest Ford Fiesta, which is terribly sensible but not particularly interesting.  It does the job, however, and if I need to blow away the cobwebs there is the Honda CBR 600 lurking under a tarpaulin in the back garden...

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Re: First car
« Reply #33 on: April 22, 2015, 02:19:34 pm »
Is it a mk c or d Mr Bond?

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Re: First car
« Reply #34 on: April 22, 2015, 02:28:06 pm »

Best?  Probably one of the four Honda Preludes I owned (three 1989 models in succession and a 1998 type).  The first three were the 3rd generation type with mechanical four-wheel steering (two with manual transmission, one automatic), the last was a 2.2 VTi with electronic 4WS.  All were magnificent; fast, comfortable and a delight to the senses with just about the best steering I have encountered (and I've driven a fair selection of cars).

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My wife's favourite car was a Honda Prelude - the one pictured in the photo below - she put over 100,000 miles on it before selling it.


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Re: First car
« Reply #35 on: April 22, 2015, 02:41:03 pm »

Best?  Probably one of the four Honda Preludes I owned (three 1989 models in succession and a 1998 type).  The first three were the 3rd generation type with mechanical four-wheel steering (two with manual transmission, one automatic), the last was a 2.2 VTi with electronic 4WS.  All were magnificent; fast, comfortable and a delight to the senses with just about the best steering I have encountered (and I've driven a fair selection of cars).

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My wife's favourite car was a Honda Prelude - the one pictured in the photo below - she put over 100,000 miles on it before selling it.




Yes, that's the same shape as my first three.  Looks like it was the non-4WS one but nice all the same.

I think I did 100,000 miles in my first one (from 88,000 to 188,000, I was slightly annoyed that circumstances beyond my control prevented me from taking it the next 12,000 miles to 200,000).

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Re: First car
« Reply #36 on: April 22, 2015, 04:03:39 pm »



cheers, Stu.


I notice you haven't weathered it (yet), Stu :P

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Re: First car
« Reply #37 on: April 22, 2015, 07:30:26 pm »
Some great cars here, thanks everyone for posting them up.

Some interesting replies on this thread, but analysing them, what would members say was the "best" car they ever owned, ie. the one that gave them the most satisfaction and pleasure?


I've had  a few 'best' cars. Once the BMW went, I was left with a Vauxhall Nova which was the best car for B-road blasting. It had polyurethane bushes all round, stiffer and lower shock absorbers and springs, strut braces front and back, wide 14 inch Cavalier steels with 185 low profile tyres, GSI brakes with green stuff pads and grooved discs, stripped interior (Just SR bucket seats and seat belts) and numerous other bits and pieces to make it more fun but still stealthy, not your normal bodykitted rubbish. It was noisy and very hard riding but totally worth the compromise!
This was followed by an Audi 80 2.0 sport which in turn received similar chassis and brake modifications and the seats from a UrS4 but no power mods - I was paving the way to replace the 8v lump with a 2.3 5 pot 20v lump but the car met an untimely end. Sold the thing in bits for more than I could've got for it as a whole car!
Once this was gone, I was desperate for a runaround so I bought an R reg 1.3 16v Toyota Starlet which has been a faithful machine for the last 4 years and 40,000 miles. I've serviced it and put decent tyres on but not spent much cash on it - it needed a touch of weld on it's first MOT and since then it's passed every MOT without fault. It returns 40mpg in normal driving, 50mpg on a long run at 65mph and once saw 53mpg. I can leave it anywhere, not worry about it scraping over speed bumps and has never failed to start. For this, I'd say it's been the best car I've ever owned. 

With all this talk of old cars, I thought you'd might like to see the car my dad got as his first car around 50 years ago, a 1932 Morris Minor; he painted the chassis in his bedroom and drove it around the neighbourhood without any bodywork on when he was getting it sorted out.



He still owns it!


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Re: First car
« Reply #38 on: April 22, 2015, 07:48:40 pm »
 ^^ Nice one, a proper car  :thumbsup:

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Re: First car
« Reply #39 on: April 22, 2015, 07:55:24 pm »
My first car: A 1961 Austin A 35 2-door, with the 1100 cc motor.  Being a 'first' car, I didn't treat it very well, but it 'did' .  Second car was 1963 VW Beetle, which I owned for only a week as the 'very kind' car salesman (and VW agent BTW) had sold me a very expensive dud!! it was returned, and a refund given!!! My next vehicle was a 1966 Hillman Imp Mk 2 super.  Definitely my favourite car. I had lots of adventures wit the 'Limp' , including using it very successfully as a Landrover-equivalent while gold-prospecting in a very rugged part of New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula. it was an unwilling  participant in several spectacular accidents (long stories), but eventually I wore it out, so sent it on its way.  I would definitely get it back if it was possible.  The Imp was followed by an Austin  A35 Estate (vapour lock and poor brakes - exciting), a Vauxhall Viva HC (NEVER again would I buy Vauxhall; a total lemon), a Ford  Cortina Mk 2 Super, a 1985 Ford Laser 1300 (gutless) and then an absolutely superb 1996 Nissan Primera 2.0 which I have only recently sold in favour of a 2 litre Nissan Bluebird Sylphy.

Best car ('conventional' use): 1996 Nissan Primera 2.0
Best car ('non-conventional' use):  1966 Hillman Imp Mk 2 Super - it could really get in and out of some very strange places (river beds, unformed roads, 'bush' tracks).  Remarkable.

Worst Car: Vauxhall Viva HC: Ongoing Wiring / Electrical failures, Fuel Pump /s, Fuel tank leakage, Pathetic fuel tank size and consequent range (especially important in the days of 'petrol rationing). The list is almost endless.

BTW: Although I would have liked to have continued to 'Buy British',  the Nissans' have proven to be the most trouble-free and reliable of any of the vehicles I have owned, with the Primera doing 250,000 kms over 11 years - most of it over long distances and through rugged terrain.  Perhaps the stories about 'British production methods' and 'reliability' were actually true?

PS: One really good thing about the Imp was that it could out-turn and outrun Mini's (and give Vee-Dubbs something to think about as well). 'Doing' a Mini was always VERY satisfying, and could quite make one's day...
 
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Re: First car
« Reply #40 on: April 22, 2015, 08:03:06 pm »
1st car: Ford Cortina 1.6L. Written off by my colleague crashing into the back of it 6 weeks after I got it, but I got to keep the wreckage, sold it to a scrapper and with the insurance money make a profit!

Best car - TVR 350i. Not very frugal though... 20mpg if you were VERY careful. It did go like Joe Stink though, even with the roof down. The pop-up headlights were sometimes idiosyncratic however. But that 3.5 V8 sound! Anyway, sold it to buy a house! Stuck to my bicycles after that.

2nd best car - Opel Manta 2.0 GTE Exclusive coupe. Would buy it again if I could. Vey comfy and quite fast for its day but it looked like the batmobile.

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Re: First car
« Reply #41 on: April 22, 2015, 08:19:24 pm »
Is it a mk c or d Mr Bond?

Mk D , very rare Hard top (shown with hood ) , also ex factory reverse fitted 12 extra !!! - but remember in those you needed a full licence to drive a threewheeler with reverse . But I passed the test in the Bond , and in later years had to pass a further test for the 4 wheeler !

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Re: First car
« Reply #42 on: April 22, 2015, 09:06:57 pm »
first car, costing 50, was a minivan, in 1970, sold a couple of years later for 55  :thumbsup:

best is the Volvo XC70 in use at the moment, which cost a lot more than 50  :'(

in between there have been

a Ford Anglia,

a mk.1 Ford Escort,

a couple of mk.3 Ford Cortinas,

a Ford Sierra estate,

an ex army LWB Landrover FFR

a Landrover 110 County V8 3.5

a Suzuki Grand Vitara

a Suzuki Grand Vitara XL7

a Hyundai Santa Fe

frightening to think how much I've spent on cars over the years  :hmmm:


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Re: First car
« Reply #43 on: April 22, 2015, 10:21:45 pm »
RHT200M a 1973 mk3 1.6 Cortina, yellow with an immaculate black vinyl roof bought for 380 in 1984 I think. After a couple of years the camshaft went (quite normal for the Cortina) and a mechanic friend of mine sold me a reconditioned head with high lift cams for 50 and offered to fit it for nothing. He then found the piston rings were on their way out so I PXed the short engine for a 2 litre and had the head fitted to that. It left most cars behind at the lights after that. I never really understood the 'high lift cam' + bigger short engine = a faster car off the blocks as I'm no mechanic but I was happy with it. I'm sure I have a picture of it (and all my other cars) somewhere and will upload it if I do  :thumbsup:
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Re: First car
« Reply #44 on: April 23, 2015, 07:56:23 am »
My first car was a 1982 Vauxhall Chevette in bright orange !  :sick2:

Little did I know what I'd started... I passed my test in 1994 and since then I have had 76 cars ! That's an average of almost 4 cars a year, it all started when I crashed my first car (most first cars end their life this way !) and I decided that rather than spend a fortune buying nice cars I'll just buy bangers thinking I'll save money.... How wrong could I have been ?

I have kept a record of every car car I've owned and so far my car history has cost my nearly 45,000 !!! My current car is a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0 CRDi which I'm actually very happy with, chances are I may actually keep it long enough to MOT it !

If enough people are interested I'll show the whole list..... It'll take ages to post !
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