Some people may still remember me (Mr. Beanz)...I quit riding a while back, but now I'm back. I got my first car ('02 Chevy Malibu), then my mom killed it driving to San Francisco. I then actually bought my first car, a 1978 VW bus. I started restoring it, during which I went through 5 cars ('05 Hyundai Sonata, '90 Mercedes 300E, '89 Toyota Celica GT, and '89 Volvo 264), after which I actually had my bus finished.
It ran very nicely before paint and bodywork (which I did myself), but I can only assume the engine was tampered with (after all, it was in my body shop class in high school) or just hurt from sitting for a year (only occasionally starting it up)...but it ran very badly when the bus was pretty. I lived with the ****ty performance of the bus for about a year, but when I had to smog it again, it wouldn't pass and I didn't have the funds to fix it.
I sold my bus October 24th, 2011 for $2,200 and bought a '99 Ford Mustang that same night. The Mustang was definitely the most reliable car I have ever owned. I really liked it and wanted to keep it. Unfortunately, I got in a car accident on Monday, March 19th and the Mustang was written off as a total loss. Even more unfortunately, I got screwed over with the insurance company. Since the police on scene shoo'd off my only witness, and the idiot that pulled out in front of me won't admit that she ran a red light, the accident was deemed a 50/50 fault. I am getting literally nothing, as of now. I have to deal with insurance companies and trying to get the 911 call that my witness made as evidence. Wawanesa insurance company (my insurance) is being utterly useless in my case.
So, since I'm a full time college student, I have to have some sort of transportation. And since I can't afford to get another car, I'm going to start commuting by bike, at least until I can afford some sort of car. I'll probably be frequenting the forums much more now.
I guess this is sort of a re-introduction. Hello!