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Subject: Your familys' cars in your lifetime?

Written By: 90s Guy on 05/17/18 at 6:27 pm

Am curious -
What were your family's cars during your lifetime?

1985 Chevrolet Astro (1990-1995)
1989 Ford Bronco II (1995-2001)
2002 Chevrolet Tracker (2001-2009)
2009 Toyota Corolla (2009-present)

70s or 80s Audio Hatchback (198x-1994)
1995 Plymouth Neon (1994-2000)
2000 Chevrolet Cavalier (2000-2003)
2004 Toyota Corolla (2004-present)

Subject: Re: Your familys' cars in your lifetime?

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/18/18 at 5:49 am

Can'r drive, I take the bus!

Subject: Re: Your familys' cars in your lifetime?

Written By: Dundee on 05/18/18 at 6:25 am

Renault Twingo up until 2009

Subject: Re: Your familys' cars in your lifetime?

Written By: Howard on 05/18/18 at 7:56 am
My Father used to drive a Ford LTD from the 1970's.

Subject: Re: Your familys' cars in your lifetime?

Written By: CatwomanofV on 05/18/18 at 2:39 pm

I can't remember the early cars. My mother usually drove a station wagon, my dad a convertible.

The ones I remember:


I'm not sure the first station wagons.
She had 3 AMC Hornet Sportabouts

After she moved in with my step-father, they had a Ford LTD and something else (can't remember).

I can't remember his first convertible.
Alpha Romano
A 1964 (?) Plymouth Valiant convertible named "Pwecious" (after Lord of the Rings) that he bought in the mid '70s.  He had that for the longest time. The last time I rode in it was about 1999/2000 or so and I could just feel everyone's eyes on us as we drove around D.C.

Finally "Pwecious" gave up the ghost after Dad driving her for probably about 2 or 3 decades and he bought a Toyota Celica (yeah, another convertible named "Princess Summerfall Winterspring" from Howdy Doody.)

As for me, I have had 2 Nissan Sentras.

Since being with Carlos:
He has had:
Dodge Colt
Dodge Shadow
Toyota Celica
4 Honda Civics

Oh, and a camper van.


Subject: Re: Your familys' cars in your lifetime?

Written By: 90s Guy on 05/19/18 at 10:58 am

My paternal grandpa and maternal step-grandpa (two different sides of the family) both drove Plymouth Reliants as a kid, so I've always thought of that as an older person's car. Back in the 1960s, my maternal grandpa drove a 1963 Buick LeSabre. He had it from at least 1962 to 1967.

Subject: Re: Your familys' cars in your lifetime?

Written By: mqg96 on 05/19/18 at 11:42 am

Mom or Family Vehicles

1989 Chevrolet Cavalier: 1989-1998

1999 Mercury Villager: 1999-2007 (we were on the Interstate in January 2008 and this van literally died off)

2008 Toyota Sienna: 2008-present (bought in January 2008 for above reason)

Dad's Vehicles

1994 Geo Prizm: 1994-2001

2002 Ford Ranger: 2002-2015 (bought in Christmas 2001; first car I EVER drove; it's still at the house but haven't driven it since the end of 2015 because of transmission issues; I miss it)

2012 Toyota Corolla: 2012-2013 (car accident damaged it permanently)

2013 Toyota Camry: 2013-present

Subject: Re: Your familys' cars in your lifetime?

Written By: d90 on 05/19/18 at 11:57 am

Moms cars
Plymouth Reliant Abt 1984-1993
Blue 1991 Toyota Tercel 1993-early 2001 had a car accident in 1998 and the radio stopped working by 1999
Red 1993 Toyota Corolla 2001-2010 dad gave mom his Toyota Corolla and bought a new car.
Grey 2011 Toyota Scion Xb 2010-

Dads cars
Gold Mazda GLC Abt 1981-1992
Red 1993 Toyota Corolla 1992-2001
Grey 2001 Toyota Corolla 2001-2017
Grey 2017 Toyota Corolla 2017-

Subject: Re: Your familys' cars in your lifetime?

Written By: nally on 12/29/18 at 10:40 pm

When I was born, in 1980, both of my parents had Dodge cars from the 1970s: a '73 Dart and a '78 Diplomat. We had 'em both until 1986. Then we replaced them with a used '85 Nissan Sentra (which my dad primarily drove) and a '77 Chrysler Newport (which my mom primarily drove; it was a "tank" because it used up gas so much, but my grandparents sold it to us).
In 1989 we replaced the Newport with an '83 Chevrolet Cavalier (which my grandparents also sold to us) and in early 1990 replaced its stereo with one that had a tape player so we could listen to cassettes in the car. Then in November 1991 we replaced it with a brand new '92 Toyota Camry (which we kept for over 20 years; we were diligent about having it maintained regularly, which is why it lasted a long time).
In early 1992 we replaced the aforementioned Sentra with an '86 Cavalier coupe (which my grandparents sold to us), which we kept until the end of 1995; we then got another car from my grandparents: a '91 Buick Skylark, which we didn't want in the first place, but my dad accepted it anyways (and we had to keep forking out money to have that car repaired) and we had it for seven years.
On the first day of April 2003 we got rid of that Skylark and replaced it with a brand new Toyota Sienna minivan, which came in handy for transporting more than five people at a time or carrying things that wouldn't fit in the trunk of a sedan. We kept that van until late 2016, when we sold it to a musician friend of ours and bought a new '17 Camry Hybrid.
And in June of 2013 our Camry of more than 21 years finally conked out to where it would cost more than its worth to repair, so we "donated" it and bought a used '07 Altima from a car dealer; we still have that car today. I usually drive it to where I need to go.

Subject: Re: Your familys' cars in your lifetime?

Written By: Elor on 01/01/19 at 3:14 am

Those that I remember:
VW Golf I
VW Passat B2
Opel Kadett D
Audi 50
Mazda 323 (known as GLC in the US)
Mazda 323 Sport (I believe they were called GT X or something...)
Mazda 121

Mazda 323 (Sedan)
Mitsubishi Lancer
Mazda 3 (2004)
Mazda 3 (2011?)

Subject: Re: Your familys' cars in your lifetime?

Written By: karen on 01/01/19 at 8:27 am

My mum didn't learn to drive until she was in her 50s and never had her own car. There was no need - she didn't have a long commute (either cycled or caught the bus) and shortly after she learned to drive my dad retired and didn't need the car every day (or could drive my mum somewhere).

cars I remember my dad owning

Vauxhall Victor
Renault 16
Vauxhall Viva
Ford Consul
Lada ?

There was probably a Ford Cortina somewhere in the mix as well. All these were second hand.

Then he suddenly decided to buy a brand new Vauxhall Nova (Corsa) in the early 90s and has owned remained loyal to this car ever since, buying his last one about 4 years ago.

Subject: Re: Your familys' cars in your lifetime?

Written By: Catherine91UK on 01/01/19 at 9:48 am

My mum has never owned her own car, but here are my dad's:

1987 Fiat Uno (1987-1999)

1999 Skoda Felicia (1999-2010)$_86.JPG

2009 Kia Rio (2010-present)

And here are my grandad's:

Unsure of year - Toyota Corolla (late 80s? - 2000)

2000 Toyota Corolla (2000-2013)

2011 Seat Ibiza (2013 onwards)

Subject: Re: Your familys' cars in your lifetime?

Written By: meesa on 01/01/19 at 10:35 am

So.Many.Cars. So I will narrow it down a bit.  ;D

My Dad was a Chevy man and he loved his '55. He bought it in around 1964 I would say, and had it is whole life. It was his passion project and his baby; when he bought it, it was white with yellow fins (IMO the '55 doesn't have true 'fins' like the '57, but that is what he called it so I'm going with it). The first time he could afford to paint it, it became white with red fins. And then he continued to work on it and it evolved until it's last look was glossy black and chrome. My brother owns it now and it continues it's life with him and looks the same as when my dad passed. I consider it the true love of my dads life; for regular driving about he owned a series of Chevy Blazers and trucks for hunting/piddling around in. This is not an actual pic of his car but looks exactly like it (except the wheels- Dad used rally wheels):

My mother's first real car was a 66 Chevy Chevelle SS. She didn't have it long because she always has been and always will be certifiably insane and sold it. She usually just buys what's cheap-but I would love to have had this car. Again, not the actual car, but it was this yr/make/model. The red on her car was deeper.

I was mostly raised by my paternal g'parents and I don't really remember much that was special about the cars, during my lifetime grandpa had a big old station wagon, then a Toyota, and finally an El Camino.

Not during my lifetime but a bonus: He would tell a story about the first car he owned was a Model T that you had to hand crank to start and my grandmother hated that car, she could never crank it no matter how hard she tried. And my grandmother would talk about riding in the rumble seat of their car and how her skirt would inevitably get dirty so she would only wear grey and brown skirts and dresses and would insist on using a blanket to cover her skirt if she had to ride in that seat. I don't know if that was the same model T or something else TBH; I don't know enough about that type of car. I have this pic of them with one of their vehicles but don't think this one is the rumble seat one- as that one had a convertible/open top.

I have only owned a few cars myself, mostly a series of Ford Explorers as I have found them to be dependable and I like four wheel drive. My newest car, however, is a white 2014 Chevy Cruz that I bought last year because my job requires occasional long road trips to the office. And it's pretty cute to me; I like the compactness of it. Not brand new, but in great shape.

Funny for you: My maternal grandmother never learned to drive. She had no need as someone always drove her where she needed to go. About 10 years after my maternal g'pa passed away, my Uncle decided it was time to teach her- she would have been in her 60s at this point. Well, they tried. He would tell her what to do and she became more and more flustered and finally he decided the lesson was over. I don't even think we got around the whole block.  ;D ;D And I'm pretty sure my uncle was a bit buzzed (he usually was).

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