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Posted 12/22/12
What was your first car and why was it your first? If you have never had a car because your underage or others reasons. Then pick a car you want to be you first, and why.Am curious about what cars people drive and why?
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Posted 12/22/12
m first is not truely a first for i never fixed it up it was a 92 saturn sedan. I am saving for a dodge charger or challenger
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Posted 12/26/12
I bought an 2001 IS300, as my first car after I graduated HS. I still have it to this day. I also have a 2006 E90 330i
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Posted 12/26/12
Well being in the military I did not need one but I got one not to long ago. Its a Hyundai Tiburon Tuscani GT/LE 2008 Metallic Black.

Mainly I got it because it was one of the few they put out because the Tiburon car line stopped in 2008. Not to mention the Tuscani is a mix between Korean made body, German engineered systems and the interior is all custom made. Over all is a great import. So far I have had no problems with is and for a 2008 It only has 50 K on the mileage. Anyways thats my baby lol.
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Posted 12/28/12
Nissan Quest > Subaru WRX > Subaru WRX STI > Datsun 280z > Mazda Miata

I still own the Datsun and Miata. Couldn't be bothered with a STI, the insurance was more than the car payment.
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Posted 12/30/12

spensaur wrote:

Nissan Quest > Subaru WRX > Subaru WRX STI > Datsun 280z > Mazda Miata

I still own the Datsun and Miata. Couldn't be bothered with a STI, the insurance was more than the car payment.


How much was the insurance compared to the car payment?
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Posted 12/31/12

Havoc_360 wrote:


spensaur wrote:

Nissan Quest > Subaru WRX > Subaru WRX STI > Datsun 280z > Mazda Miata

I still own the Datsun and Miata. Couldn't be bothered with a STI, the insurance was more than the car payment.


How much was the insurance compared to the car payment?


The car payment was somewhere around $350 with no down for a 2005 STi. The insurance was around $400 a month.
Posted 1/1/13
my first car was a 1998 ford ranger lol called it the Danger ranger cuz the back end was so light i would fish tail every turn ... i miss him
now i drive a 2012 ford explorer
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My first car was a 76 Cutlass w/ t-tops and no rear bumper. Currently, my driver is a '94 Saturn SC2, but I also have a couple of GMC's, a '00 Sonoma and a '94 G3500 van
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Posted 1/3/13

spensaur wrote:


Havoc_360 wrote:


spensaur wrote:

Nissan Quest > Subaru WRX > Subaru WRX STI > Datsun 280z > Mazda Miata

I still own the Datsun and Miata. Couldn't be bothered with a STI, the insurance was more than the car payment.


How much was the insurance compared to the car payment?


The car payment was somewhere around $350 with no down for a 2005 STi. The insurance was around $400 a month.


Holy hell, $400 a month for insurance?
It costs me $150 to insure both my IS300 and 330, and I thought I was paying a lot. haha.
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Posted 1/3/13

Havoc_360 wrote:


spensaur wrote:


Havoc_360 wrote:


spensaur wrote:

Nissan Quest > Subaru WRX > Subaru WRX STI > Datsun 280z > Mazda Miata

I still own the Datsun and Miata. Couldn't be bothered with a STI, the insurance was more than the car payment.


How much was the insurance compared to the car payment?


The car payment was somewhere around $350 with no down for a 2005 STi. The insurance was around $400 a month.


Holy hell, $400 a month for insurance?
It costs me $150 to insure both my IS300 and 330, and I thought I was paying a lot. haha.


It was a 100k coverage plan and I believe I did have one point against me on top of my age. Another thing to note is that even though the STi is a 4 door, it's the second most expensive car to insure next to the s2k (excluding super cars etc) because it's considered a hardcore sports car. $150 doesn't sound bad, that's a bit over what I'm currently paying.
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Posted 1/5/13
BMW E46 323i to this very day, because I love beamers
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spensaur wrote:


It was a 100k coverage plan and I believe I did have one point against me on top of my age. Another thing to note is that even though the STi is a 4 door, it's the second most expensive car to insure next to the s2k (excluding super cars etc) because it's considered a hardcore sports car. $150 doesn't sound bad, that's a bit over what I'm currently paying.


I didn't think the sti would be that expensive to insure, since its more classified as a sports sedan, than an actual sports car. I have a classmate who has an sti and he pays a little over $200 a month for it.
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Posted 1/12/13 , edited 1/12/13

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spensaur wrote:


It was a 100k coverage plan and I believe I did have one point against me on top of my age. Another thing to note is that even though the STi is a 4 door, it's the second most expensive car to insure next to the s2k (excluding super cars etc) because it's considered a hardcore sports car. $150 doesn't sound bad, that's a bit over what I'm currently paying.


I didn't think the sti would be that expensive to insure, since its more classified as a sports sedan, than an actual sports car. I have a classmate who has an sti and he pays a little over $200 a month for it.


It can also depend on the insurance company.

When I got my RX8, it was classified as a 4 door sedan with a 1.3L engine by AAA. Because of that insurance was cheap. Two years later, they updated their policy and my insurance went up about $50 a month. I was selling the car anyways so it didn't really bother me, but I noticed that they now classified it as a 4 door sports sedan, with a 1.3L engine (This is funny to anyone who does not know about rotary engines).

My first car was a 1990 Mazda b2600i with the 5MT. It was a blast to drive, and it was a pickup which are cool in Texas. I got it as a birthday present from my grandparents during my sophomore year. They were buying a new truck, and were not offered a lot for trade in on it (less than $1K). It sat in our driveway for 6 months before I got to really drive it around. I only started it up to let the engine run while it sat there, sometimes took it around the neighborhood (it was gated, so no cops) when my parents weren't home. Soon after getting my license, the radiator got a leak. It was made out of ABS plastic, so it had basically disintegrated. I drove a few miles down the highway when it happened, and didn't notice the temp gauge needle way above the H. Needless to say, that cracked the head gasket. After putting a new radiator in it, I couldn't afford to get the head gasket fixed. I drove around with several bottles of radiator fluid in the back seats (it was an extended cab) as I had to fill the radiator up once a week since the radiator fluid was going through the crack and being burned up. My truck also always had white smoke coming out the tailpipe. It ran perfectly fine despite all that.

I drove it for 6 months like that before my step-dad decided to buy a new car, and he decided to give me his 2000 F150 XLT V6 and use my truck on the trade in. We got $500 for it, even with the cracked head gasket, so we thought we got a good deal. Although now I regret getting rid of it, I would like to one day try and track it down and buy it back and fix it up once I get my bachelors and get another job. Hopefully it didn't find its way to a junk yard.

I drove the F150 for a couple years after graduating high-school. I had a good job working for a health insurance company on the night shift as an assistant server admin. The truck had over 150K miles and was still running great. It had some sticky or out of aligned valves, so it always ticked, but all the electronics and A/C still worked great. Had enough power to do the towing and rock hauling I needed it to do, even though it was only the V6 with 200hp. (it was still slow as shit)

After that I traded in my F150 for a 2005 RX8 GT 6MT. That was a fun car, but the maintenance was a hassle. Had the engine replaced under warranty because the previous owner did not redline it, so the exhaust ports were sealed shut with carbon build up, and the apex seals were covered in carbon build up as well so it was lacking power and failed Mazda's compression test in one of the rotor chambers. After getting the new engine, I did some research online and read all about the oil fiasco with Mazda. So I learned to put 2 stroke oil into the gas tank at every fill up. I owned that car for about two years, and then the clutch pedal started squeaking. Normally, that isn't an issue, but in this car that means the mounting bracket for the pedal has become weak and will break soon. Lots of RX8 owners have become stranded because they snapped their clutch pedal off. Someone on RX8 Club created a stronger supporting bracket that people can order from him to fix that issue. I was about to order one and put it on, but then the gas prices started skyrocketing. (This was late 2008) so I decided to sell the car as I was only getting about 14mpg. During that time was when the insurance thing happened that I talk about at the beginning of this post.

In February 2009, I decided on a 2009 Camry SE V6. I know, it is a big change from the RX8, but it had everything I wanted at a good price. Good power, acceleration (C&D listed it as the second fastest car under $25K, only being beaten by the WRX), and lots of room as the biggest complaint my friends and family had with the RX8 were the back seats. The car was stickered at $30.5K with the options, but I was able to talk them down to $24.5K before trade in or money down, so it was a steal. (It was below invoice) The car had been on their lot for 8 months, and the 2010 models were just being delivered, so they wanted to sell it.

The 2009 Camry SE V6 is still my current car, and it has been great. It is a real sleeper as everyone thinks Camrys are slow. It doesn't handle like the RX8, but I wasn't planning on tracking it, and for a 4 door sedan, the sports suspension (Lowered, different shocks) on the SE model was actually one of the best in its class when the car came out. It was able to put down better slalom and figure eight times than the Accord or Altima, and it out accelerated both. The steering is less boosted as well, but it still feels pretty numb.
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My first car is a GMC Envoy '03. I only started driving 3 months ago so I'm cherishing it. I've already done some minor customizations including installing my first sound system.
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