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Old 04-15-2001, 11:01 AM   #1
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Post What was your first car (Subaru or not)?

Reading the thread started by MFerrara has got me thinking. To all you posters, i'm curious to know what cars you've driven prior to your Subaru Impreza now. And i'm more interested in hearing about prior other import or even non-import performance car purchases and 1st car beaters that were handmedowns from the rents or that first summer job. Sometimes we appreciate what we have more when we think about the POS we used to drive/own =)

Anyways to start off, my first car was a 1986 black Ford Aerostar Minivan. This thing was a piece of junk, was very top heavy, built on a non-sturdy Ford Taurus chassis that carried more load than it was designed too. It died a fitting death when i rear ended someone (a Jeep Cherokee) on a bad rainy day at 30 mph. The fuel injectors and engine was trashed on the Aerostar, the Jeep suffered a dent in its rear bumper

My 2nd car was my dad's old 1991 Dodge Stealth R/T auto (yes neither he nor i knew how to drive stick *shamed*) and i had a lotta fun driving it, being seen in it and owning car is what started my interest in sports and performance cars, especially imports. As I said, it was a great image car (black too boot, but it never really suited my personality or style.

So when i started car shopping around 2000 cause i knew i was going to need a new car before i moved and finished school (stealth already had 120K miles and some body damage from a small crunch, and the auto-tranny was starting to act up=:0 ), i started looking seriously into my own new first car purchase and looked at all the cars in a certain price range which included: Civic Si, Jetta GLX, Golf Gti, Prelude, Integra and last but not least, the Impreza RS. It started to boil down to the Civic and the Impreza, and the Civic being such a car for the masses and esp performance masses, the allure of a rally based car with totally unique looks, personality, only one being AWD in its class (except for the Eclipse GSX)and living in michigan was enough for me to get really excited about the RS. Plus having to wait 8 weeks for my car to arrive only made it that much more special....and learning to drive stick on it as well. I think some ppl will agree that the 99RS doesn't have the easiest clutch in the world for a newbie

Ok, enough reminiscing from me, i'd like to hear your stories too!

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Old 04-15-2001, 11:19 AM   #2
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'81 Datsun 280z '86 Honda accord '88 Honda crx '95 Nissan 240sx '00 2.5RS Motorcycles:
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'90 yamaha fzr600
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Old 04-15-2001, 11:28 AM   #3
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I'd be willing to bet I'm the only i-club member whose first car was an Austin A40. This was in 1966, the car was a 1960 model. The A40 was a small two door hatchback, much the same size as a Civic, but powered by a 36 horsepower 848cc engine. Top speed was around 60, unless the windows or vent windows were opened which slowed it down a bit. The engine and running gear were much like that of the MG midget, including the poor Lucas electronics and the dual SU side draft carbs. As the car had bad bad ball joints which would have cost more to fix than the purchase price of the car ($125) I sold it and moved to a more powerful Renault Daupine Automatic. Luckily that car was soon "totaled" in an accident, it didn't take much to write off a $200 car.

Then came my first "sports" car - a Triumph Herald Convertible. This had a bigger engine - 1147 cc and was very fun when it was working. In the two years I owned it I replace three rear axles and had to do a ring and valve job - in the middle of a Minnesota winter in an unheated garage.

Since then I've had many more vehicles, including a few slant six Valiants, a Fiat 124, a 1970 AMX which I bought new and kept (mostly in storage) for 21 years, a couple of Datsun 510's, a BMW 325, a Turbo II RX-7, and my 98 Legacy GT wagon.

And NEVER in 35+ years of driving have I had such fun and joy in driving as I do with my new WRX wagon.

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Old 04-15-2001, 11:32 AM   #4
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Old 04-15-2001, 11:36 AM   #5
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Old 04-15-2001, 11:37 AM   #6
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a Renault Dauphine? wow,thats cool...my first ride was a 500$ 1964 Peugeot 404 saloon designed by Pininfarina,white/w red interior(cult car in N. Africa!)-that lil Pug was great,despite inop speedo & drums on all four corners-i really loved it
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Old 04-15-2001, 11:39 AM   #7
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My first car was a Ford Escort...almost as fast as all your old cars

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Old 04-15-2001, 11:39 AM   #8
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Heh, last car was a '98 (or was it '99? lol) Toyota Corolla...Now, it was a great car, but nothing like my scooby
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Old 04-15-2001, 11:41 AM   #9
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1988 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight (boat, but it was nice) (antelope in color)
1991 Acura Integra LS (jet black)
1994 Acura Integra GSR (hunter green)
1999 Honda Prelude (Milano red)
2001 Impreza s.2RS (blue ridge pearl)

Next? I am thinking about another 91-92 Teg for a play car...
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Old 04-15-2001, 11:44 AM   #10
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i had an 85 chevy cavalier
it still only has 59000km on it :b
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Old 04-15-2001, 11:45 AM   #11
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This is my first car..1995 2.2L AWD Impreza
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Old 04-15-2001, 11:48 AM   #12
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Old 04-15-2001, 11:58 AM   #13
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They already have had posts like this, it got about 200 responses or so. I cant remmember post name sorry. Search and you will find it. If not here are mine again.
1)1977 Pontiac T/A (455ci HO modded to 450hp,620tq, 3mpg)
2)1985 Pontiac Formula (350ci modded to 320hp, 15mpg)
3)1991 Mercury Tracer S/W(1.9L 88hp):lol36mpg)
4)2000 Subaru Impreza RS(2.5L 167hp, 24mpg)
Love my Suby but miss my Firebirds.
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Old 04-16-2001, 12:00 AM   #14
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'85 subaru xt something (bought it from a friend who needed gas money, $120) Going to do some fun stuff with this car (jumps, lots of rallying, etc.) We'll get it all on film so I'll post it when we're done.
'02 WRX (wishful thinking)

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Old 04-16-2001, 12:01 AM   #15
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I had a first truck actually!

A little ol' 1988 Ford Ranger. Black. Regular cab. 2wd. 2.0 litre four banger. (Emphasis on banger!)

It had like 0 weight in the back, so it was a lot of fun rally racin' on backroads! Perpetual oversteer was the name of the game!!

Anyway, got hit by semi, and then rear ended some time later, so it was pretty much dead when I traded a local wrecking yard in Calgary 75 bucks for it!!

I'll have to post the story about the day the entire exhaust system fell off!! Keep an eye out over in the OT forum!

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Old 04-16-2001, 12:05 AM   #16
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well my first mode of transportation was a suzuki katana 750. then a 1995 isuzu trooper (a real tank by all means), now my trusty dodge neon (which got me started in the whole rally thing sadly enough).. and now ive got a subie on the way
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Old 04-16-2001, 12:09 AM   #17
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I started out in a beat up 87 VW Golf GT. Then I upgraded to 95 Civic, and now I'm anxiously awaiting my new WRX
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Old 04-16-2001, 12:10 AM   #18
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97 mercedes benz E320 (used)
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87 alfa romeo milano 5spd
79 alfa romeo sport sedan 5spd (used)

as for the others, its been a while
so the year model and sequence get fuzzy in my mind

vw rabbit 4 spd
mazda rx3 5spd
vw bug (used)
audi fox 4 spd

obviously, this dates me a bit, i'm not a 22 year old.
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Old 04-16-2001, 12:12 AM   #19
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Old 04-16-2001, 12:25 AM   #20
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My first NEW car was a 1982 Toyota Tercel... (Please dont laugh to hard).
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Old 04-16-2001, 12:33 AM   #21
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Old 04-15-2001, 01:16 PM   #22
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my first car was unfortunately a '93 Dodge Sprirt v6, it was a great street drag car (especially after what I done to it)

My beloved '93 Civic Si Hybrid was next (sold this to a friend) and now :

1997 Honda Accord EXR
1998 Subaru Legacy L Sedan
1999 Subaru Legacy 2.5GT Sedan

Hoping to find a 1998 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS to compliment the stable
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Old 04-15-2001, 01:22 PM   #23
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I've got you all beat! I was driving a '91 Dodge Caravan before this
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Old 04-15-2001, 01:25 PM   #24
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Old 04-15-2001, 01:28 PM   #25
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