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

 
  libertyRS Junior Train Controller

Location: staring at the water
I see more and more younger people with their 1st cars being new..... 13 years ago I bought my 1st car, a 1974 Datsun 240k coupe. I was the second owner, it had low km and full service history. Great car until I was at a servo and a truck ran into it... Now days I have the boring sedan (Audi) and my wife has the typical boring family 4wd (Audi)... I would still love to have that blue and white datsun.... (sigh)


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  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
My first car was a Standard 10, it was a family hand-me-down, dad bought it 2nd hand for Mum, then my two older sisters had it, then my brother, then me! Finished it's life at Rowley Park Speedway in a demo derby!

after that a Hillman Imp, EH Holden, HK holden wagon, 180B 5 speed, 180B auto, Toyota Cresida (ex got that in the divorce   Evil or Very Mad ) , HX Holden wagon, WB Holden  tray top, Mazda E2000, XH Ford panel van, BA Ford tray top and currently an FG Ford tray top.

Last three have all been refered to as "the Tin Chook"
  BM3801 Lobster

Location: Go Hard or Go Home!
Although the car I currently drive isnt mine yet (parents bought it a few years back, but im gradually paying for it as they are looking at a new car and I would like to have it) I drive a 2005 Mazda 6. Very reliable and I love it, its perfect for the trips to uni, whenever I need to duck out or long distance train adventures  Wink 
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Mine was a 1969 HK Kingswood, sold to me very cheaply by my father. That was later sold when I went Overseas to work. After that I owned (all purchased new) a Datsun 120Y, Toyota Corolla, a 3 year old Ford Laser (fathers car when he died), another Ford Laser, Toyota Camry, and presently a Holden Astra. I keep saying that my next car will be a Benz, though that was also the case 3 cars back!!!
  railsymphony Train Controller

Location: Over the rainbow
Although the car I currently drive isnt mine yet (parents bought it a few years back, but im gradually paying for it as they are looking at a new car and I would like to have it) I drive a 2005 Mazda 6. Very reliable and I love it, its perfect for the trips to uni, whenever I need to duck out or long distance train adventures  Wink 
"BM3801"


Most of your recent "long distance train adventures" have been in my car! Razz

My first car was a 1985 Toyota Corolla sedan, given to me by my grandmother for my 17th birthday. It went fairly well, didn't have too many problems while I had it and probably would've kept going as long as I maintained it. Unfortunately, some low-life juvenile delinquint decided he'd like to use it, and pinched it from out the front of my house.

Since then, my car has been a 2004 Nissan Pulsar sedan. Another very reliable car, again has had very few problems. Eventually I'm going to need to upgrade as the pulsar just isn't practical for me moving equipment around for work (I teach Orchestral Percussion, and the unwritten part of my job description involves "furniture removal" it seems!). So eventually, when I can get some $$$ together, a station wagon it will be. Smile

(oh, btw... secretly, although I love my grandmother dearly for giving me the Corolla, and it was a great car... I kinda wish she had kept her other car and given it to me - an original Mini! I want one!!)
  Foamer GEEWONG

Location: Geelong
First car was a 1981 Ford Cortina Ghia.
Great little car but upgraded to a V8 Fairlane on my Ps (when you were allowed to have them).
Having had a work car for the last 4 years I have no need for  a car.

My partner has an older Ford Falcon.  It is cheap to run, very reliable, cheap to repair and being a mechanic anyway, very easy to work on.
  alstom_888m Chief Commissioner

Location:
I have a 1990 Holden Commodore. It was my first car too.
  stu1818 Junior Train Controller

Location: Longwarry, Victoria
First car 20 years ago was a 1986 1.3 litre ford orion petrol sedan, next was a 1989 1.6 litre ford orion diesel sedan, 3rd was a 1993 1.6 lxi ghia ford orion/escort sedan (These three were whilst i was in the uk)

First car i drove over here (aus) was a 1976 XD Falcon, then a 1976 Transit van, now have a 1997 EL Falcon sedan  (Ex taxi) 950000 kms on the clock and a 1997 Chrysler grand voyager .
  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!
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
48/215 (FX) Holden complete with those chrome dome things instead of hub caps. Lever action shockers that one had to fill with oil every so often. 
I still cringe at the thought of that car - it was unsafe at any speed. A heavy brake application and it would stop (eventually) but which way you would be facing was another matter altogether.

Second car was a 1970 Hillman Hunter - great simple little car - totally predictable and very comfortable I still have it in mother in law's garage with only 80,000 miles on it.

Third (is) a a 1998 Corolla which has required only one repair in 14 years - the interior light globe died.

Then a Holden Barina which was the greatest bl00dy lemon I have ever had the misfortune to own:
Speedo made loud ticking noise (0 km)
Steering jammed (that set light to the GM tail feathers) (30 km)
Ignition lock seized (2000 km).
Timing belt follower or something like that failed (50, 000 km)
Water pump failed, engine overheated, warped head (100,000km)
During above repairs found cam starved for oil (not unusual apparently) - new camshaft and 4 followers. 'They all do that was the quote'.
Running beautifully - written off by some silly 'non male person' turned right through red light in face of oncoming traffic. No one hurt glad to be rid of the bastard.

I will NEVER enter a Holden showroom again as long as I live. Even if I won a Holden I would sell it immediately. On the other hand I share my former employer's preference for EMD locos.

Needless to say I have just bought a new Corolla.



  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
An '06 Kia Rio for me- first and only car so far
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
Year Purchased - Vehicle
1969 - 1959 Ford Zodiac sedan
1970 - 1962 Ford Cortina sedan
1970 - 1965 Ford Falcon XP sedan
1971 - 1964 Morris Mini 850 sedan
1972 - 1964 Chrysler Valiant AP5 sedan
1973 - 1972 Ford Escort 1300 sedan
1975 - 1970 Ford Fairmont XW sedan
[then I got married]
1975 - 1964 EH Holden sedan
1976 - 1969 Ford Cortina sedan
1977 - 1970 Ford Falcon XW sedan
1980 - 1974 Ford Falcon XB sedan
1980 - 1974 Ford Falcon XB sedan (another one)
1987 - 1984 Ford Falcon XE sedan
1991 - 1985 Ford Falcon XF wagon
1996 - 1994 Ford Futura ED wagon
1998 - 1980 Mazda 626 sedan (second car)
2001 - 2000 Ford Falcon AUII sedan
2003 - 1987 Mitsubishi Colt sedan (second car)
2012 - 2007 Subaru Outback wagon

As of last weekend I no longer own a Ford for the first time since 1976!
  xxxxlbear Token Booking Clerk

Location: Geelong
Got my license as a 'mature' adult at 30 (18 years ago now) and my first, and only, car so far has been an '81 Nissan Bluebird.
I subsequently sold it in favour of public tranport after a few years of good service when I left work, and couldn't afford to run a car any longer.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Point of order to YM-Mundrabilla . . . there is/was no such thing as an FX Holden. It was a 48/215.
The FJ was the first of the two-letter designations which indicated the year of first production using an alpha-numeric code.
Then the FE was '56; the FC was '58 and so it went on.

My first car was a Vintage 1930 side-valve Morris Minor. It couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding; 40 mph flat out down a mine shaft with a tail wind.
Then came two Holdens;  FE and HD.

The best car I ever owned was next - a Peugeot 504. I used it to set the entire course of the 1975 Alpine Rally (final heat of the Australian Championship ), plus a couple of (Victorian) State Championship rallies, and sundry Club trials. That car went to places where "the hand of man had never yet set foot."  It was a little under-powered, but it handled like a dream on any surface at some pretty considerable speeds. On gravel it was magnificent. There is a great memory of a fast night run from Omeo to Harrietville, via the top of Mount Hotham which, according to an observer on our arrival at Harrietville, had the front discs glowing a very dull red. (Me, constable?  Never.)

After that, I drove Company cars for over 30 years. Having just resigned from being a full time employee, I took over the car I'd been driving which is a Lancer VRX.  I've had an excellent run with Misubishi cars, having had five different ones. 
A Lancer (not Company-owned!) was also the last car in which I competed until I quit rallying in the late 1970's.
Best of the rally cars I competed in was a Renault R8 Gordini. It was the world's fastest butter box, but without the rally lights et al, it looked like mum's cooking-version Renault shopping car.
  gtrtorana Train Controller

Location: VIC, former home of the best loco's in OZ
Some great first cars there. I am lucky enough to still own my first car. It was originally purchased by my father in 1977 and I purchased it off him in 1997 and restored it. My first ever car ride was the trip home from hospital in the Torana. It was also the first ride in a car for my brother. I have made it a tradition and brought all 4 of my kids home from the hospital in her. It is part of the family and we all love her.


  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.
  ContactBand Junior Train Controller

Love that Torana story.

My first car was a Ford TE Cortina 6 cylinder.

My current car is a Holden VK Calais that i have put a 5.7L LS1 motor out of a VX Calais in. Also have the family shopping trolley Holden VE Omega.
  DRR_Fireman Deputy Commissioner

Location: -
My first car was a Dastun GN620 flat tray (1500 motor, one tonne payload), still got it in the shed, slowly doing her up. Then I had a '99 Holden Rodeo flat tray (space cab, 3.6l V6, horrendous on fuel!), now I've got a '88 Mazda 121 (Shades model, 1.3l) she's a solid little bus, comfy and good on juice!
  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
  tainted Missing Link

Location: Shepparton, Vic
1981 Moke Californian, third owner, compete with denim effect vinyl hood, funny thing is I still drive it nearly 20 years, but it no longer has the same hood.
  Sir Thomas Bent Minister for Railways

Location: Banned
YM-Mundrabilla, I could tell you innumerable horror stories about Holdens; I worked in their warranties department... Shocked

First car: 1970 VW Type 3 Fastback. Mechanic in cahoots with my dad fitted a Gemini exhaust and extractors.  Friend of mine I lived with at the time could hear it coming from about 3km away. Had first kid, he didn't fit in the back in his seat thingo.  Lent it to my dad.  Someone T-boned it, and when the front guards were removed, the rusted out underframe meant it got disassembled.

Second car: 1986 ST141 Toyota Corona sedan.  Unkillable; except when the top radiator hose blows at speed on a 45C day; heated up that quickly and head blew not long after.  Again, went to wreckers.

Third car: 1991 Magna auto sedan.  Dad's got it and it's still going after 400,000kms.

Fourth car: 1994 Magna manual sedan.  Did a clutch and it got wrecked for parts.  Power-wise, the manual shat on the auto. 

Fifth car: 1996 Lancer coupe. Temporary lend from father-in-law.  When looking at doing it up, found out that the previous owners had repaired it from a write-off and the whole frame was twisted.  Promptly disposed of to wreckers.

Current car is (another) mid-1990's Magna station wagon.  Bigger engine, goes well and does what I need it to do.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
YM-Mundrabilla, I could tell you innumerable horror stories about Holdens; I worked in their warranties department... Shocked

"Sir Thomas Bent"


That would have been quite an experience no doubt!
Probably goes some way to explaining your preference for Mitsubishi. Smile
  Foamer GEEWONG

Location: Geelong
Having once worked in one of Australia's busiest Ford dealerships for over six years as a mechanic, I can say that I did not see too many horror stories like the ones that have come up so far.  Still, I own a Ford (wife does) and most of my family members also own Fords.
  Watson374 Chief Commissioner

Location: Fully reclined at the pointy end.

Third car: 1991 Magna auto sedan.  Dad's got it and it's still going after 400,000kms.
"Sir Thomas Bent"


I have an uncle who has a Merc C200 sedan that's still going after around 500,000 km, and it's from the mid-nineties.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Having once worked in one of Australia's busiest Ford dealerships for over six years as a mechanic, I can say that I did not see too many horror stories like the ones that have come up so far.  Still, I own a Ford (wife does) and most of my family members also own Fords.
"Foamer"


My brother worked for a Leyland dealer back in the P76 era. He said they were lucky to have just one out of a truck load they could put on the showroom floor with just a basic pre-deliver service!

And they would average one per truck load thats was that bad it had to be sent back to Leyland  Shocked

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