What was your first car - what do you drive now??

 
  Railnthusiast Chief Commissioner

Location: At the computer
Never knew the one Graham posted existed, but the song that Foamer posted was the song I was thinking about. Thanks for posting that!!!

I should of written a hair cut and get a real job. Dammit.

In my circumstances get a real job suites well! I don't want to stay a volunteer until I'm 65 and I can get the pension!

Anyway, sorry for hijacking the thread. That song is and oldie but a goodie.

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  GrahamH Chief Commissioner

Location: At a terminal on the www.
First car was a new 1974 Hiace van. Excellent for going down rough tracks (later noticed it had the same approach and departure angles (though less ground clearance) as the mid 90s Landcruiser wagon), went places where everyone else took a 4WD. I kept this going until 1997 when I couldn't afford repairs for rego.
The second was an HZ Kingswood sedan in 1984, which I still have.
Third was an HQ Kingswood wagon later in 1984 which I had for around 9 months then sold for a modest profit.
Fourth is 1988 pulsar sedan. Mum bought this new, gave it to a family member when she stopped driving, who then gave it to me when she didn't want it.

So I still have the second and fourth cars and the first is now an on-farm car owned by an acquaintance and still going.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
The AU Falcons were, from memory, a terrible car!
"trainfreak"


Someone must have liked them.  I had one (Company car ) for about 9 months until person or persons unknown pinched it from the car port under the flat where I lived.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
My first car was a Ford Anglia, a great little car.   Then a LC Torana, VK Commodore, VN Commodore, VY Commodore, and now a Territory.   But with 2 young drivers using the family car, now also own but not drive a Camry and a Pulsar.
  bagus70 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Wanting to revisit Australia again.
The very first car that I drove back in driving in 1995 was a 1984 Toyota Corolla. It was a small and comfortable, air conditioned car that doesn't feature power steering. So, it was rather heavy to handle when compared with contemporary cars at the time.

After I finished the driving school, I improvised my driving skill using my father's Mazda Capella 626. This car was quite sophisticated car of the era as it featured adjustable suspension, digital speedometer, automatic air conditioning (including the vent that could automatically changed direction), and of course sophisticated power steering. These features were novelty in 1990s, and some are still novelty by today's standard.

Back in 1997, my father replaced his Mazda Capella with Toyota Kijang. In case if you don't know the car, you could check on the link below:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qualis

It is a large car that is a mix of minibus, SUV, and MPV. They don't sell this car in Australia, so I wont be surprised if most of you don't know what car is this. This car is definitely a multipurpose car as it can speed up until 180 km/hour (which I used to do that on some occasion, thanks to the absence of speed camera in Indonesia Laughing ), yet it could also be used on rough terrain. If that's not enough it could double as freight vehicle when needed.

When I moved to Australia in 2000, I didn't have a car as I couldn't afford one. But I would occasionally drove my friend's KIA car (forgot the type). However, as I rarely drove car (or any vehicle) when I was in Australia, my driving skill degraded to the level where I didn't have confidence to drive car when I returned back to Indonesia in 2002.

It was after I attended one motivational seminar in 2005, that I regained my driving skill once again. But still, I couldn't buy any car. Only after I become financially fit, that I was able to purchase one Daihatsu Terios (Advantage) in 2009.  It's a nice car with smooth handling, and good comfort level. Yet the car seemed to be underpowered as I struggle to speed up the car in highway, and the handling felt sluggish when I carried five large passengers.
  libertyRS Junior Train Controller

Location: staring at the water
ok... so everyone who has posted has named all their cars, so I better do the same
Datsun 240k, Nissan Exa 1.8t, Nissan Navara 4x4, Suburu Liberty rs, Toyota celica, Merc Benz c200, Merc Benz CLK500, Audi A4 wagon, VW multivan, and now currently Audi A6 sedan and Audi A6 allroad ... A6 sedan is going to go and be replaced with a Merc Benz AMG ML63... A nice fast family car!!! no doubt the wife will get that one!!!
  speedemon08 Mary

Location: I think by now you should have figured it out
1st and only car: Nissan Pulsar with a 2L engine. Was given to me by my uncle who didnt need it anymore. It had a few problems at the start, but they are now sorted. Weirdly enough the car is 2 years older than me!
"speedemon08"


SSS, Q or Ti?

I have a 1993 SSS Nissan Pulsar 2 Litre. Got it Feb last year and after a few very minor issues it is giving me hastle-free driving. and in that time I have driven 23,000kms.
"Jajb94"


I think its a Ti. Quite nice, and cheap to fill up Very Happy
"speedemon08"


Cheap? I spend about 60-70 bucks a tank on mine, but then again, I only ever put in 98 RON, over the 23000kms only about 1500 is not on 98 RON.
I get about 450kms/week from about 40 Litres.
"Jajb94"


I fill mine up with 91, so that might explain why
  Jajb94 Deputy Commissioner

Location: In a BAM
1st and only car: Nissan Pulsar with a 2L engine. Was given to me by my uncle who didnt need it anymore. It had a few problems at the start, but they are now sorted. Weirdly enough the car is 2 years older than me!
"speedemon08"


SSS, Q or Ti?

I have a 1993 SSS Nissan Pulsar 2 Litre. Got it Feb last year and after a few very minor issues it is giving me hastle-free driving. and in that time I have driven 23,000kms.
"Jajb94"


I think its a Ti. Quite nice, and cheap to fill up Very Happy
"speedemon08"


Cheap? I spend about 60-70 bucks a tank on mine, but then again, I only ever put in 98 RON, over the 23000kms only about 1500 is not on 98 RON.
I get about 450kms/week from about 40 Litres.
"Jajb94"


I fill mine up with 91, so that might explain why
"speedemon08"


It's only a few $$ overall to use 98 and it does give me better economy in city driving.
  Draffa Chief Commissioner

~1994: 1976 TX Gemini Sedan (Kermit Green).  Came with a 2-inch exhaust and 6.5 inch tires.  Driven into the ground for Pizza Hut.  One one delivery, I spotted another TX sedan beside the road, and stopped for a squiz on the way back.  $500 later I had a spare car.
~1998 or so: 1976 TX Gemini Sedan (Blue).  Totally bog stock auto.  Reliable driver, also for Pizza Hut.  I drove it while I the original Gemini was taken off the road and given a full rehabilitation.  Vynal seats are shagged.  Had half the passenger side torn off by a Falcon Ute one night, when they pulled out from a No Standing Zone as I went past.  Fortunately, they were fully insured.  Currently residing in the lean-to in the backyard, since I tried to sell it once it served its purpose, but the people I sold it to brought it back because it had an oil leak (after sitting unstarted for a year and then being driven 200km in one hit straight up after purchase.  Their real reason was that they wanted a discount so they could paint it.  I took the car back and left then to figure out how to get themselves home).  $50 and 30 minutes work later and the leak was fixed.  Spent some time after that as the families spare car.  A wheel came off one day and gave Mum a hell of a fright.
~2000: Back to the original green Gemini.  Now sporting Nolathane all round and a mild engine.  Still pretty gutless compared to other cars of similar vintage like Escorts and 1600's, but sticks to the road like nothing else I've driven.  Very reliable and fuel efficient, but eventually succumbed to a intermittently faulty fuel pump and a water leak in the pump.  Currently sitting in the front carport awaiting some attention.
~2010: VK Commodore Wagon.  Had been stored in our backyard by a friend of the family. Bought it off him for $500.  Intended to use as a beater for six months while I built a house, but that saga is still ongoing.  Drinks fuel around town like a 15yo girl drinks Midori Cruisers, but runs nicely on the highway.  Gutless wonder.  On the bright side it's cost me bugger-all in repairs.

At various times I've also driven Mums VK Commodore Sedan (which also had apalling fuel mileage), her old Datsun 120Y (which was a good, reliable car for over a decade), current Pulsar, step-fathers Mazda 323 and current Hilux ute (has a turning circle of the USS Iowa), brothers Astra, girlfriends Laser, gf's borthers work ute.

The future: take Bombadore off the road.  Turn Gemini into a EV.  Do up Torana.  Buy the Bluebird TRX off step-father and do it up.  Build bigger shed. Very Happy
  Poath Junction Chief Commissioner

Location: In front of a computer most of the time.
My first and only car - a 2009 smart ForTwo,  purchased when I was 39. I was thinking of getting a Lotus Exige but decided something a bit more practicle  was in order. (note the correct spelling of smart is all lowercase, most motoring mags get it wrong).

  Australind Minister for Railways

Location: Perth, Western Australia
First car was a Nissan Pintarra, car I drive now is a 2005 Toyota corrolla and also a 2007 VZ holden commodore wagon
  toshi Train Controller

Location: Heaven
First car I ever drove was at age 10, which was an Aqua Green Ford XC Wagon. That was the sturdiest car my family ever owned, although it guzzled fuel like myself on a bender. When fuel was 98c/pl, it used to cost $50 to run it to Melbourne from Colac, one way. It also handled like a Warthog, and we considered entering it in a demo derby when we no longer needed it, but eventually sold it to a young kid on his P's for $500 with 1 months rego. Got a call from the police about 3 weeks later, who said that it had been abandoned on the side of a road in Werribee. So, it defaulted back to us, and we sold it again for $300 to a friend of a relative. Still going strong today.
 
First car I ever owned personally was a 1994 Holden VR BT1 Commodore, which I purchased on Australia Day this year for $1,500. Ex NSW Police Force car on Dual Fuel with 350,000KM's on the clock. Went like a rocket, and the fastest I ever got it up to was 195KPH on a straight road when I got the speed wobbles. Never went that fast again, and sold it in early April this year to a friend for $800 with a blown head gasket, nearly stuffed engine and 362,000KM's on the clock.
 
Current car is a November 2001 Holden VX Series II Berlina, which I got for $4,600 in late March, with 148,000KM's on the clock. Best car I, and indeed everyone in the family has ever driven. Such a smooth ride. currently in the process of doing it up, which will include a white leather interior, sound system, gas conversion, rims and a HSV Senator bodykit. Runs very well, and averages between 8-10L per 100KM's. Had it up to 220KPH in a straight line, and still had more to accelerate, but ran out of road. Love this car, and probably won't ever part with it.
 
Next car will most likely be an R33 Skyline, once I'm off my P's of course.
 
Also, my father has just scored majorly, picking up a White 1990 Holden VN Commodore with only 59,000KM's on the clock. And no, it hasn't clocked over aha.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking

toshi - I know this is a bit OT and its coming from someone with grey hair, but for your own sake and that of others (including your family), please dispense with the need for speed. Yes, we all like to see how fast she will go, but in this day and age its not a wise idea. At the very least you might get caught and I wont go into the other unpleasant possibilities.


  toshi Train Controller

Location: Heaven
It's the first thing I do when I hop in a new car, I go to a secluded straight that I know well and floor it. I don't drive like a maniac all the time though.
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
It's the first thing I do when I hop in a new car, I go to a secluded straight that I know well and floor it. I don't drive like a maniac all the time though.
"toshi"


Probably still not a wise thing to do... and that's coming from a red P plater.
  Sir Thomas Bent Minister for Railways

Location: Banned
No. Just because it's on the speedo, doesn't mean it's safe or smart.
  Foamer GEEWONG

Location: Geelong
Or it is really going that fast.  
  BM3801 Lobster

Location: Go Hard or Go Home!
I recommend you go to a track day. You can go flat out all you want in your car, and do things you could  (illegally) do on a main road in a safe enviroment. Much better than putting your life and someone elses in danger on the main road where others mind sets arnt the same as yours- Your mind is go fast (which everyones is on a track day), other road users minds generally take it easy.
  wrongroad Deputy Commissioner

Location: Grafton
Yeah toshi,
There are a few of us here on Railpage that have competed in motor sport over the years and know what we are talking about. And while I do not always agree with Sir Thomas, the gentlman is very correct. While this is OT I am sure the others watching will give me a little grace while I try and save your life.

While we all know that things can and do go wrong on the race track, it is still the most logical place to go hard.

You say that you like to hop in a new car and floor it. Sorry mate but with that attitude some poor bugger will have to pick up what is left of you one day.

I have held an international racing licence and have competed in many different classes including cars that have more horse power than you can even dream of. I did not jump in any of them from new and 'floor it'. That would be totally stupid. How do you know what a new vehicle will do?

How about having close on one thousand neddies under the sheet metal and then find the back of the car lifting off the ground at 190kph. A very slow speed considering the vehicle was supposed to be good for 390kph.

If I had of 'floored it' , there might have been a red smear on the tarmac. Me.

We had been slowly building up the speed of the car. Lucky, huh?

Do your fast driving on the race track. There are plenty of club days right around Australia with everyone going in the same direction in a controlled enviroment.

What if some poor bastard or an animal like a cow, horse or even a child on a push bike, comes out of a side road on your 'secluded' road. How would you feel in that split second before you plough into them?

Any way, I hope you think long and hard about what you are doing in the future.

And for the record, you do not have to going fast to die. My brother was killed in an accident where neither vehicle was estimated, by the police, to be doing over 15kph and all safety equipment was in place and working as it should.

Does your family want that knock on the door?

Now, what cars have I owned,

First car was a Mazda Capella that was set up for rally work. Talk about a tough old girl. (take note of this bit toshi) During a rally on supposed closed roads, an elderly local decided to go into town for a feed, completely forgetting that the road in front of his place was closed for a couple of hours. Because it was a normally secluded road, he drove out without looking and I had to go into a ditch to avoid hitting him at about 145kph. The steering was wrecked but we did finish the section.

Next was a Toyota Corolla Panel Van. Sleep two in the back or not 'sleeping'. The choice was hers.

Then a Holden Gemini TC. That car did some of the Series Gemini events at Lakeside. Four gear boxes and three engines later, I moved into a Holden LD Astra.( Nissan Pulsar) This was later fitted with a Nissan CA18 turbo charged engine and was a quick car in Hillclimb events. And NO, on the highway it did not use a lot of fuel. In fact, it got better milage that the original 1.8 litre engine. Better bang for the buck.

Now I have a TS sri 2.0 lt Turbo Holden Astra. And it a very nice car to drive. Heated leather seats. power windows ( I amuse myself with window races when in traffic jams), all the nice things and almost a 1000 k's on a fifty two litre tank.

All my speeding is on a race track and after a meeting, I sometimes find myself driving home along the highway at 90 - 95 kph. There is nothing to prove.

Regards and respect

Two edits.





  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
It's the first thing I do when I hop in a new car, I go to a secluded straight that I know well and floor it. I don't drive like a maniac all the time though.
"toshi"



I remember going to one of my first car accidents as a volunteer firefighter. 1 person had been thrown through the windscreen and lay crumpled on the road. A motor bike had come around the corner, and could not miss the body, came off as well.

The driver of the car survived, but had been stabbed by a tree branch. Do you know how much pain that person now has to endure, knowing that he killed his mate. How? Because he thought it would be fun to see how fast his car could get up. Do you know what its like to arrive on scene, and know what it is like to look at body that has been through that tramua? It sticks with you.

Another call I went to, 3 cars had crashed after racing each other on a "quiet" street. Except, another car came from the other direction. That person died and left a wife and 2 kids.

The community I live in is really small, and when you go to these calls you know that its highly likely going to be someone you know. Just got to pray that it isn't your family. These are innocent people who are travelling to/from work, and the emergency services and their families who deal with the stress afterwards. 

Its sickens me that people like yourself STILL don't get the message. Just because you think its a quiet street, its no sure thing that a mother and her young child are driving around the corner towards you. Just because the last 100 times you drove the road, there was no pot hole you had to swerve at high speed to avoid, and hit an oncoming truck doesn't mean that time 101 that it will still be safe.

I sincerely hope that the cops find you, and take your licence off you. Driving a car is not a right, and you are a danger to everyone else on the roads with your misconceptions. 


Think about everyone else on the road next time you get behind the wheel, because one day you will kill yourself, or someone else. There is absolutely no good reason for doing what you do, and to brag about it makes it even worse. 



  tainted Missing Link

Location: Shepparton, Vic
If anyone wants to be discouraged about speeding PM me and I can fill you in on some stories from my time in the CFA based at the lower end of Mt Dandy Tourist Rd. I can be very, very graphic if it helps. After this I can only hope that you'd either care for yourselves more, care for those who care for you, or care for those who have to end up scraping you off the roads afterwards...

edited my poor sleep deprived spelling
  Railnthusiast Chief Commissioner

Location: At the computer
Do we all have to take the mikey out of Toshi? He can make his own choices and face the penalties it may bring. Us lot sounding like his parents is only going to make him either
                                                                        a) rebel aginst the advice
                                                                        b) try to proves us wrong
                                                                        c) find us annoying
                                                                        d) and a slim chance he will listen and take advice but I imagine a,b and c would be more likely.
Give him a break and leave it to people who actually know Toshi in life to talk to him and try to change his ways.
  newington Chief Commissioner

Location: Here, very occasionally.
Do we all have to take the mikey out of Toshi? He can make his own choices and face the penalties it may bring..
"Railnthusiast"


You have completely missed the point. We are saying that he could kill himself **and** someone else....
  Railnthusiast Chief Commissioner

Location: At the computer
That would be part of the penalties wouldn't it?
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
That would be part of the penalties wouldn't it?
"Railnthusiast"


You say that like it would be a good thing. Loss of life is never a good thing. We can try to get through to him (and others). If we fail, at least we have done what we can to prevent tragedy. If we don't try we could have blood on our hands...

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