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Old 12-21-10, 01:25 PM
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The Best Car You've Ever Owned

I have a theory that most bike people are often car people too. I think most bike folks just enjoy mechanical things. So along those lines what's the best car you've ever owned.

For me it was a 1973 Alfa Romeo Spider, for some reason it was British Racing Green instead of red like it should have been. And it was full of electrical gremlins. And there was a terrible clunk going into second. And it seemed that at any given time there was always something wrong with it.


But god was that car great.
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1976 Chevy Nova, first car, two door, V-8, chrome rims, side exhaust, jacked up in the back, loud stereo, lots of good memories.


1990 VW Fox, small, cheap, reliable and economical, drove it almost 9 years and it never let me down.
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Old 12-21-10, 01:35 PM
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Toss up between 4, 70 1/2 Datsun 240z, 66 Big block powered Satellite, 88 Supercharged MR2 modded to the hilt, and 88 Celica Alltrac Turbo also modded to the hilt. Honorable mention goes to the 63 Continental.
In terms of sheer reliability though the 98 Camry is un beatable.
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Define best.
best for picking up chics? '74 fiat 128 spider.
best mechanically? '84 Buick Regal.
fastest? probably that Regal.
Most attractive? I like my current Jeep.
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Toss up between 4, 70 1/2 Datsun 240z, 66 Big block powered Satellite, 88 Supercharged MR2 modded to the hilt, and 88 Celica Alltrac Turbo also modded to the hilt. Honorable mention goes to the 63 Continental.
In terms of sheer reliability though the 98 Camry is un beatable.

I had a 71 240 and its probably my second favorite. Far more reliable than the Alfa but still not as reliable as my wife's Hyundai.
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Define best.
best for picking up chics? '74 fiat 128 spider.
best mechanically? '84 Buick Regal.
fastest? probably that Regal.
Most attractive? I like my current Jeep.
Best in that it just made you want to go out and drive. That it was like your favorite bike and when you were in it all was right with the world.
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Best in that it just made you want to go out and drive. That it was like your favorite bike and when you were in it all was right with the world.
still looking for that one.
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most fun- 1984 Nissan 300zx turbo
Best all around- 2000 Toyota Solara
Most useful & comfortable - 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer
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My current.

BMW 330ci ZHP 2005
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most practical?

1998 Ford Ranger pickup. Manual everything. I beat the crap out of that thing.
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Best: 75 and 76 Camaros I had several others, but those two are the most noteworthy. I will eventually buy 74 and 67 Camaros and upgrade them to 6 speed manual transmissions and road race suspension for ultimate bliss.

Most useful: 1975 Chevy 1 ton pickup

Most practical: A tie between Subarus and Swedish built Volvos
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-Most attention getting: 1975 Datsun B210 hatchback, weird mid-70's Japanese styling but really reliable. I took it offroad often where it had no business going, but it never let me down. Most of these rusted to death, mine had a spectacular demise on the front end of a logging truck. I was lucky to have survived.

-Most fun to be in: 1969 VW hardtop camper bus. Some of the best trips in my life were taken in that thing, but it always had something wrong with it- I think I spent more hours wrenching on the thing, underneath it on my back, than driving it

-Most practical: Current vehicle (2005 2WD Ford Escape). Nice and roomy for carrying bikes and I can sleep in it; comfortable to drive and gets 30mpg or more on the highway. It handles mild off-roading pretty well too.

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Old 12-21-10, 02:54 PM
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65 Galaxie 500- POS
68 Cuda- Best car ever. Bought it in 72, sold it last year.
72 Buick Skylark- Great car.
72 Porche 914. Fun, but POS
80 Volvo 240 Deisel- Meh
85 VW Jetta- excellent car
90 VW Jetta- not bad
92 Chrysler Town and Country- great for kids and hauling junk around
95 Ford Windstar- POS in every way
2002 Jetta- good car, uninspired
2005 Altima- nice but nothing special
2005 X-Type Jaguar- old mans car
2006 Rav 4- Nice
2006 Jeep Liberty- POS
2006 Toyota Echo- cheap and reliable.
2008 Acura MDX- I like it, so far..
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most fun and the car I bonded with the most '72 Datsun 240Z. I remember seeing 100 MPH on the speedometer in that car on many occasions. Long may you run if you're still around.

most practical/long term car '83 Mazda GLC. The right car at the right time for a long time.
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I look back with fond memories of a '71 MGB, but the memories are probably better than the car was.

Put a lot of fast, comfortable, trouble free, freeway miles on a 2007 Infiniti G35X. Liked that car a lot.
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1.) 1972 BMW Bavaria
2.) Mark II Miata
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1.) 1972 BMW Bavaria
2.) Mark II Miata
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My 1986 Subaru XT Turbo. I miss that car. She unfortunately had a bad case of head gasket issues.
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Really haven't owned a great car in my 30 years of owning cars. My '65 Ford F250 is the only one I wish I still had. The best vehicle ever was a 1984 Kawasaki GPZ 750. Bought new in 1986. Put 40,000+ miles on it, from 130 mph banzai freeway runs to touring the Southwest fully loaded with camping gear. Got a handjob in traffic while carrying a slightly overweight ex-GF. An all-around excellent motorcycle.
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Sheer joy to drive, would have to be my current:

but granted, it's not much good for anything except driving, and maybe carrying one other person and little else (the trunk does have more room in it than you'd expect given the absence of a spare tire )
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nice
300,000+ miles on ones set of rings.
It was basically a 4 door version of the 3.0 CSi. Same engine, same interior, same tractor tire sized steering wheel.
Mine was a "club car" gray market vehicle. It had only one side view mirror, twin Zenith carbs, better brakes, and a tighter suspension than the standard Bavaria.
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'64 beetle. Very unreliable, but I could manipulate the crap out of that car on the road. Was able to get it on two wheels at will around corners. Being a rear-wheel drive with the weight of the engine at the back, it was unstoppable in the winter.
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