Your vehicle timeline

My first car was a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle 1.6 M4 that I bought in August 2004
(sorry for the small pics)

Which I re-sprayed to look like this.

Then sold in September 2007.

In September 2006 I bought a 1997 Saab 9000 2.3T M5 off of my father that I drive to this day.
And in May I bought a 1983 Honda Shadow VT500c M6.
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What kind of maintenance issues were you having, if any, on the cars with the high mileage?

There have been a few though they're not all nessasarily related to high mileage:

The 500SE had a lot of rust and I had to replace the steering box, alternator and clean the injectors. The transmission was also replaced.

560SE had a lot of issues with an LPG conversion that came with it - though thats not related to the mileage or Mercedes-Benz. The radiator sprung a leak at some stage, think it was damaged by a driveway entry, but otherwise car was trouble free.

The Jackaroo kept firing out one of its spark plugs as a previous owner had stripped the thread. A freind kindly welded it in. It didn't get any other maintainence but it didn't run very well and it burnt oil.

The BMW has needed the starter motor and fuel pump replaced. I think I'll be hanging onto this one for a while as it feels like its still got heaps of life left in it.
2002 - present: my first car was a '91 ford fiesta 1.1, given to me by my parents when they didn't need it anymore. never really let me down and so I keep it in the garage, needs some overhauling though.


2005 - present: bought the '79 fiat x1/9 as a not-really-runner, used it as an everyday car since. it was later reborn as "the grey"



2009 - present: got the '85 bmw 525e from ebay


2009 - present: bought the '96 Fiat 126p to save it...



only one at a time is licenced for road use, the others are kept in a garage...I'm all for interchangeable numberplates.

...and then there's my grandfather's '71 Mercedes w115 220 which he doesn't drive anymore and I take care of...

Here's what I've run since I was sixteen.


I originally bought this '84 Vanagon that I have discussed before. Subaru 2.2 swap, four-speed manual. Learned how to drive manual in it as well. Bought it spring 2006, drove it on learner's permit over the summer of 2006. Got my license fall 2006 and drove it up until the winter. Due to a variety of reasons (eg, potential rust issues that I wanted to prevent, no heat, etc) I put it away for winters, which meant a few years of procuring $300 beaters to get me around during the winter months.

Boston - parked next to an example of a car I would eventually own, but never would have guessed at the time.


Note how it's parked across a regular space. It still fit.
During this time, I also ran this '70 Subaru 360. 25hp two-stroke twin mounted at the rear. Suicide doors. Dog-leg four-speed with non-syncro first gear. It was quite the fun ride, if slow. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly, money became tight and I had to let it go. It's in a museum in Massachusetts now.

One of these cars is American. The other is not. Can you guess which one?


My first winter beater was this 1993 Ford Taurus. Hey, it did get me around. Unfortunately, like all Tauri second-generation and beyond, it was an automatic. At least it kept my van out of the salt. Bought for $400 and sold for $600 in the spring.


Ran the van for spring, summer and fall 2007, purchasing this beat to shit '93 323 (also an auto, unfortunately) for $300. That was the most horribly beaten car I have ever owned, but it ran and ran. Sold for $500 in spring of 2008.


Ran the van spring, summer and fall again. Bought this '94 Excel for $700. Five speed. Unfortunately it did not last a month as the oil pump failed at 66,000 miles (carfax legit miles), so I did not make out so well. Sold the rest of the car for $350.


Bought this Prelude for $700. It got me through the winter, however it was dual carb'd and therefore it was a real bitch to start. That, and the right front brake was nonfunctional and therefore the car went into a slide every time I hit the brakes on a loose surface. Five-speed. Taught me a serious lesson in car control. Sold for $500 in the spring because it wound up having some more issues that I had no time to deal with.

The van was sidelined for the spring and it currently awaits a restoration once I have the time and expertise.


At that time, I had a pretty good amount of money saved up so I bought this five-speed '92 SL1 for $1200. I did a bit of work to it and it got me around for a good 12,000 miles or so before problems became too severe. Sold for $750 - a decent return on a car notorious for not holding its' value.


At this point I could finally afford full-coverage insurance so I bought myself a six-speed '08 Versa SL. I'm keeping it stock so it will be a nice reliable daily driver while I restore the Vanagon.


My dad and I also went halves on this '88 Mercedes-Benz 420 SEL that - so far - has been a REALLY sound investment.
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  • 2003-2007 1994 Opel Corsa 1.4 (black, 90hp)
  • 2007-2009 1995 Ford Fiesta 1.4 (maroon, 75hp)
  • 2009-2011 1994 Opel Corsa 1.6 (red, 109hp)
  • 2011-2013 1994 Honda Concerto 1.6 (blue, 122hp)
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Dec 1999-Dec 2000 - Volkswagen Fox 1989 - I4 1,8 M4
Dec 2000-Nov 2002 - Hyundai Accent GS 2001 - I4 1,5 M5
Nov 2002-Jan 2005 - Mazda Proteg? LX 2002 - I4 2,0 M5
Jan 2005-Sep 2005 - Chevrolet Cobalt 2005 - I4 2,2 M5
Sep 2005-Mar 2006 - Mazda 626 LX 1987 - I4 2,2 M5
Sep 2005-Dec 2006 - Pontiac G6 2005 - V6 3,5 A4
Dec 2006-Sep 2008 - Ford Focus ZX5 SES 2005 - I4 2,0 M5
Sep 2008-Mar 2010 - Honda Accord EX-L 2008 - I4 2,4 A5
Oct 2009-Sep 2010 - Mini Cooper Mayfair 2010 - I4 1,6 M6
Sep 2010-Now - BMW 323i 2011 - I6 2,5 M6
Eh sure.

Factory - hp/tq (in ft/lb)

1993 - 1995
'86 Mazda RX-7; 146/138 (sold)
No pics, but was silver and base model

1995 - 2004
'92 Nissan 240sx SE Coupe; 155/160 (Totalled)

2002 - 2006
'02 Nissan Pathfinder SE 4x4; 240/265 (Sold)

2004 - Current
'93 Nissan 240sx SE Coupe; factory = 155/160; current = 282/287

2006 - Current
'93 Nissan 240sx LE Convertible; 155/160

2007 - 2009
'07 Nissan Versa SL Hatchback 6MT; 122/127 (Traded)

2009 - Current
'03 Infiniti G35 Coupe 280/270
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2001 - Ford Fiesta 1.1 55bhp (UK)
2003 - Ford Fiesta 1.6 XR2I 105bhp (UK)
2004 - Ford Focus ST170 170bhp (UK)
2008 - Rover 25 1.8GTI 142bhp
2011 - Ford Focus ST-3 (Getting very soon)
You guys had a lot of cars (probably cuz I'm kinda young), anyways

I learned in my older brothers 03' Nissan Maxima SE, a pretty fast car (and most expensive car on our insurance). Drove that for a year until I turned 17, when I got my real first car (paid for in full with half of my funds)

2008-09 - 2003 Nissan Maxima SE Automatic
09- now - 2005 Mercedes CLK320 Coupe Automatic

Two thus far, one my 'rents gave me and my current one I pay for myself.
1st car: 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix GT (only pic I have of it)

2nd/Current: 1999 Chevy Camaro Z28 (Random pic after a day of racing + stuff in my sig if you want to see more)

Probably selling the Camaro soon, once the snow goes away. I'll most likely buy a cheap $2,500-or-less beater to get around in and get some good mpg for a while (got my eye on an Integra and a Civic right now). Assuming all this goes as planned, I will be adding an 05/06 Pontiac GTO to the stable (6 speed only:mrgreen:).
2010 - VW Jetta 1.8T GLS

Yeah. I don't think my Dad's list would fit in this box, he estimates he has had about 200 cars.
I don't really know what years i owned my cars, so i'm doing guesswork.

2002 - 2004(?), 1985 Volvo 244DL, 2.0 I4(B200K), M4
2005 - 2007(?), 1978 Ford Mustang II, 2.8 V6, A3
2007(?) - present, 1980 Buick Century Estate Wagon, 4.9 V8(301), A3 (now 5.7 V8(350))
2009 - present, 1992 Hyundai Pony GLSi, 1.5 I4(4G15), M5 (known as Excel in the US)
2010 - present, 1991 Volvo 240GL, 2.3 I4(B230F), M5
They sold the Mustang II in Europe?
1997-2000 - 1976 Volvo 245 DL
Just like this one but in green with steel wheels

2000-2002 - 1998 Toyota Camry 4cyl slushbox
Pretty much identical to this

2002-2004 - 2001 Jeep Cherokee Sport
Pretty much identical to this:
Although I did move the spare to the roof, added a basket and off road lights towards the end.

2004 - 2010 - 2004 Honda Civic Coupe "Value Package" (MT)

2010 - Current - 2006 Nissan XTerra Off Road, MT -- 2000 Honda VFR800FI
It was probably the personal vehicle of someone in the US Military.
Got my license March 2010: I had a 2003 Chevy Silverado Regular Cab with V6...110k miles, it always worked, but I wasnt a fan of the whole three seats thing, and it goes without saying it didn't have onroad performance, and as me and my best friend found out in the middle of pasture, it didn't fare very well offroad either. I honestly didn't really drive this very much, usually driving my dad's tiguan or mom's tahoe.

December 2010-Present: I got a 2008 Infiniti G35 Sedan...absolutely amazing, haven't so much as touched another car since, everything I have wanted in a car and more... Only thing at all that bugs me about it is the fuel gauge has a mind of its own, seeing as I have driven about 100 miles with it on E with --- miles to empty showing on the center console.