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I was sat thinking about all the cars I have owned over the years and started to wonder at what others have driven. I am not talking about loan cars, or cars borrowed for a day. I mean the cars you have shelled out your hard earned cash to buy. It might give away your age if you start with a model T ford. But equally, it may give others more insight into your personal weapons of choice. After all, if the only cars you ever drove were front wheel drive and you then get a rear wheel drive and say it handles badly, the lessons of previous cars may tell others that litle bit more.

Finally, why are you in a beemer now. Is it the percieved image, build quality, engine, handling? What made it your current choice.

Avenger 1500 dl beige
Avenger Tiger black
Vauxhall Magnum red
Vauxhall Viva 1300 red
Marina 1300 white
Cavalier 1600 beige
Cortina MK4 2 litre White
Escort Mark 1 1300e Metallic Purple (at a time when metallic purple was cool)
Escort mark one rs2000 White
triumph dolomite 1850tc White
Escort Mark 1 1300e Gold with a black vinyl roof
Mark 2 Capri 1600 (gutless) Metallic blue
mark 2 Capri 2 litre S Black
Mark 3 Capri 3 litre S Metallic Light Blue (almost silver)
BMW e21 1600 (my first auto) White

Roundabout the end of the beemer time I got into Bikes again and a lot of jap bikes were ridden rather than driving, so much so I didnt have a car for some time, when my Dad died I was left his car and slipped back into driving cars again.

Rover 218 turbodiesel (manual) Black
MR2 mk2 2 litre White
MR2 mk2 2 litre Turbo Red
Bmw E36 316 auto Deep metallic blue
Astra H 1800 Life auto Light metallic blue

Slight cheat in that I also drove the grlfriends car a hell of a lot, so adding that here along with her current car

BMW E36 compact 1.9 Yellow Individual
Toyota Celica T sport Red

and that brings us nicely around to my current vehicle

BMW e46 325 compact ti auto Black

reason for the beemer this time? loved the looks and the engine. Drove so much better than the astra I was driving, so gone was the euro and back to BM's for me.

I tried to put the cars in the order I bought them, and I am sure I have forgotten a couple. The bikes are still in my life though, so the ducati and kwak are still in the garage for those times when 4 wheels are too many).


My favourite cars out of the list? All the fords were fun, but the Capri 3 litre was the best for out and out power and driveability. The escorts great for throwing around, the dolomite was one of the most comfortable. The viva 1300 and marina were spartan but functional (not a great time in my driving history when thats all I can say about them).
Astra life was new, fairly quick, but unrewarding. It did what was asked of it well, but didnt impress.

So what about the rest of you? fancy sharing your pride and joy experiences? and the less impressive ones too.

All the cars below this text were mine, and I loved them all for one reason or another at the time.









 

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First car was a white 85 Metro 1.3

Then another white Metro 1.3, but a 88 that time

After my wee sis wrote it off, I got myself an 88 Fiesta XR2, thats when I started modifiying cars

The XR2 ended up lowered, 15" Alloys rather than the 13" pepperpots, and a full respray in a blueish/purple metallic paint and a BB4 exhaust

Next I got myself a red 95 Vauxhall Cavalier SRI 16v, which again, was modified, with a twin exhaust, induction kit, clear lenses, spoiler, evo bonnet vent, big bumper 17" alloys and big bumper

But the Cavalier was nothing but bother, and bu th time the fuel pipe gave up I had enough of it and punted it

After that, I bought a 53 Nissan Almera which by that time, the wee man was on his way so it was left totaly standard. Never really liked driving it, but got a good deal on it

Now I have just got myself a E36 320i which has been great so far. Always fancied a BMW so when I saw it going at a not bad price, just had to get it :hihi

A few subtle mods in the pipe line, but not to much
 

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Fiesta 1.0 Popular age 17
Fiesta 1.6 S age 18
Fiesta Zetec S nearly new age 18
Escort RS Turbo S2 as well as the Fiesta Zetec Sage 19
BMW E36 M3 as well as the Escort RS Turbo age 20
Escort RS Cosworth as well as the E36 M3 age 23
Now back full time in the M3 as kind of got fedup having so much money tied up in cars.

I went to a M3 purely by luck. I was looking at insurance on silly cars that I thought I would never be able to afford, turned out I could afford the M3 :) So off I went and bought one just like that :) One of the best moves I made really as the car has been spot on, I honestly dont think I have bought a bad car.... yet!
 

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here goes...disasters...ford fiesta 1100 ghia..1977 plate.....ford escort...1300 l..w reg..1980....ford orion 1600 ghia..c reg 1987....rover 214(honda engine)d reg..1988..(great car!).astra gte 2ltr bertone..convertible..(great car)...rover 216 n reg cabriolet...(good car)...works van(pure shit!)...peugeot 306 gti6.(luv off my life!)p reg.1997..then works van again!(2000plate transit..total workhorse)..now my beloved 2004 330ci auto..unbelievable....beemers for evr more!!!..sorry for not spacing these properly....havent a clue how too do it theway you hav!!:thumbsup
 

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Nice list there Diablo...although, some of those cars are before my time :hihi
My first car was an Escort 1.3L Mark 3, followed by an XR3i (don't laugh :D). Kept them both long term before I moved onto a beemer...E36 325i Saloon, then E46 323i Saloon, and currently E90 325i M Sport and E87 120d. I think the turning point for me never to go back to another brand was the E36 :)
 

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Ive owned too many to list but the best ones were
1989 Astra GTE 16v
1990 Nova Gsi
1987 MK2 VW Golf GTi
1989 Mk2 VW Golf GTi
1986 E30 325i Sport
1994 Volvo 850 T5
1988 E30 325i Sport (regret selling)
And im now on a 1992 E36 325i

Im not a fan of newer cars but i could be tempted by an E46 330d sport..:D
 

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My first car was a BMW Mini Cooper S in Chilli Red with JCW packs on it back when I passed my test in 2002 (17) then I got a 330ci M Sport in Mystic Blue back in October 2006 whilst keeping the Mini.

I then sold the Mini for 3k less than it cost me (and with 62500 miles on the clock) in August 2007 and had a Type R GT in Milano Red on orded. Got that as a weekend toy, however towards the end of 2008 I moved buildings with work and I had to start using a car to work, so I looked at a E46 Pheniox Yellow M3 2004 with 22k miles on the clock but fell in love with a black Saphire 135 M Sport Convertible with Lemon interior and so did a deal to buy one in my Lunch break one Friday at the start of February.

why BMW, well after having a Mini and the 3 series I realised that the Honda, although quick was not comfy for my needs anymore and the paint was shocking. I have been brought up on BM's and including mines there is 5 on the drive (soon to be 6). My Dad always told me that once I had been in a BMW I would never except anything less quailty wise and he was right!
 

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ok here goes,
rover 216s
vauxhall belmont 1.6:embarrassed
mk 1 fiesta xr2
mk3 escort van
mk2 1.0 fiesta popular
mk3 1.o fiesta popular
mk3 1.4 ghia fiesta
vauxhall cavalier 1.6
bmw e30 316(absalute nail):mad:
mk3 fiesta 1.6 xr2i (blown engine)
rover 418 gsd turbo
honda civic coupe (turbo conversion)
fiesta rs turbo( went like a missile)
and now the current bmw e36 325i coupe:applause
 

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First car was a 205 1.6 gti which i blew the gearbox on.
I picked up a cheap (£60) renault clio 1.4 to use while the pug was being fixed.
Then had a dihatsu van for a bit(still got)
Then i got my first bmw. E34 520i auto but then the torque convertor went on that.
Now ive got a manual E34 520i. All of this since october last year.
 

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1st Car (Sept. 2007) - '99 Ford Fiesta 1.3 in Dark Red
Owned it for 7 months, never let me down. Cost me just the tax and MOT in the whole time of ownership.

2nd Car (April 2008) - '94 BMW E36 318i 4dr Saloon in Bright Red
Fell in love with it and BMW's and it got me into cars, as I got new alloys for it. It was my pride and joy.

3rd Car (August 2008) - '01 Ford Focus Zetec 1.8 Spec. Edition (RS Bumpers) in Silver
The BMW started having problems and I thought I should get something newer, but it felt so plain and boring in comparison to the E36 so sold it after 2 months!

4th Car in (October 2008) - '99 Hyundai Coupe SE 2.0 in Black
The aftermarket alloys, leather and cruise control sold it for me. Quick, but crap. And Hyundai.

5th Car in (January 2009) - '99 BMW E36 318is Coupe in Titan Silver
Finally got a BMW again and I've never been so happy and felt right at home as soon as I sat in it. Got it for a great price with FSH and a low mileage of just over 60k. Still love it to this day, and now properly into cars coming on here every day and having applied several modifications to this car already :D
 

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Ive owned too many to list but the best ones were
1989 Astra GTE 16v
1990 Nova Gsi
1987 MK2 VW Golf GTi
1989 Mk2 VW Golf GTi
1986 E30 325i Sport
1994 Volvo 850 T5
1988 E30 325i Sport (regret selling)
And im now on a 1992 E36 325i

Im not a fan of newer cars but i could be tempted by an E46 330d sport..:D
you cant just list the good ones, i's not in the spirit of the game, what were the bad ones? In a list like that there has to be a lemon somewhere in between? wheres the 1.1 fiesta and the hyundai NEthing? If I can admit to a 1300 viva, then anything else has to be good. Somebody mentioned that a few were before my time (I saw a chevette in somebody elses list so I am not alone in the era).

Despite my being over 40 now, there were some really fun cars in my list. The 1300E escorts were far and beyond the marina and viva in every respect. I try not to look back with rose tinted glasses too much, but the 1300E has always been the one I would still have if space and money allowed for another car for play. Though the capri was awesome for its time, lowered and breathed on, the 3 litre was a great car (even though I did have 2 concrete paving stones bolted in the boot space).

In a way, I am glad I got to have them all back then as none of them are cars I would buy today for everyday use. I spent a lot of time in the engine bays of many listed in my list, with as much time underneath the car. in fact, more often it was necessary tweaks to keep them going. Though engine swaps and upgrades were a doddle in most, and maintenance a lot eaiser than modern cars, so there were fun times in fitting bigger motors to the chicken racers. But despite some of them being great cars in their day, ALL would get wasted in almost every aspect against even the most humble modern beemer. If memory serves, even the 3 litre capri was only putting out around 140 brake horse despite the money I threw at that engine.

I am enjoying seeing the cars being listed here, and there are bound to be many that were driven by us 'oldies' that are seen as classics by the youngsters of the forum. Cars that when we had them, were the cutting edge.
 

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I've had loads of cars...

My first was a 1964 Morris Mini Minor (850cc)

Then the rest (probably missed a few here, too) in rough order:
Skoda S110R
Citroen DS21
Renault 10 (2 off)
Humber Sceptre Mk2
Hillman Hunter GLS Holbay (2 off)...Racing cars
Sunbeam Alpine Mk5
Fiat 124 Special twincam
Austin Mini 1000 (with 1097 short stroke block, 8 port stage 3 head, Piper cam, weber 45 and 125bhp at the wheels)
Citroen Dyane 6 (travelled all over Europe in this)
Datsun 260Z 2+2
Triumph Dolomite Sprint
Ford Cortina Mk3 2000E estate
Citroen Visa Super 1100
Alfetta 1.8 Saloon
Alfetta 2.0GTV SE Coupe
Another Alfetta 2.0GTV Coupe
Alfa 75 Twin Spark 2.0
BMW E30 320i 2dr
Vauxhall Cavalier 1.8 5dr
BMW 1802
BMW 2002Ti replica...Racing car
Lancia Trevi 2.0
Peugeot 505 STi saloon
BMW E30 318 (M10)
BMW E28 525i
Ford Escort Mk3 1.3L
Skoda Estelle 105S
Fiat Uno 45
Fiat Uno 70S (actually a 45 shell with 70 running gear)...Racing Car
Nissan 200sx S13
BMW E34 530i (M30) SE
BL/LDV Sherpa 200 petrol (O-Series) van
LDV 400 series LWB hi-top diesel (Peugeot) van
BMW E30 325i SE 4dr
BMW E30 320 Touring
BMW E34 525iX Touring

Currently have:
BMW E36 328i SE
BMW E30 M3
Mercedes 609D MWB

Worst car: toss-up between the Skoda Estelle and the Dolly Sprint, tbh...both had major design issues, but I think the dolly wins due to the rust factor.

I like BMWs...I prefer RWD and I like the decent engineering quality
 

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you cant just list the good ones, i's not in the spirit of the game, what were the bad ones? In a list like that there has to be a lemon somewhere in between? wheres the 1.1 fiesta and the hyundai NEthing? If I can admit to a 1300 viva, then anything else has to be good. Somebody mentioned that a few were before my time (I saw a chevette in somebody elses list so I am not alone in the era).

Despite my being over 40 now, there were some really fun cars in my list. The 1300E escorts were far and beyond the marina and viva in every respect. I try not to look back with rose tinted glasses too much, but the 1300E has always been the one I would still have if space and money allowed for another car for play. Though the capri was awesome for its time, lowered and breathed on, the 3 litre was a great car (even though I did have 2 concrete paving stones bolted in the boot space).

In a way, I am glad I got to have them all back then as none of them are cars I would buy today for everyday use. I spent a lot of time in the engine bays of many listed in my list, with as much time underneath the car. in fact, more often it was necessary tweaks to keep them going. Though engine swaps and upgrades were a doddle in most, and maintenance a lot eaiser than modern cars, so there were fun times in fitting bigger motors to the chicken racers. But despite some of them being great cars in their day, ALL would get wasted in almost every aspect against even the most humble modern beemer. If memory serves, even the 3 litre capri was only putting out around 140 brake horse despite the money I threw at that engine.

I am enjoying seeing the cars being listed here, and there are bound to be many that were driven by us 'oldies' that are seen as classics by the youngsters of the forum. Cars that when we had them, were the cutting edge.
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Ok Diablo, ill list the lemons...:hihi
1985 E36 316 carb. (Bloody awful thing)
1988 Astra sri. (Bodywork like tissue paper)
1997 Astra 1.4 Cd (the most boring car in the world........ever)
Vw golf mk1 Cabrio 1.6 auto! (screws fell out on your feet while you were driving)
1988 E30 320i auto (ate 3 fuel pumps, cambelt broke, never started properly from cold and drank fuel like no other car ive owned) Was glad to see the back of it.
1998 Renault 19 16v, (clutch went, then the headgasket. Scrapped the poxy thing)

:mad
 

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That would be a long list! I've owned over 200 American cars alone, at one stage I had 34 at the same time: all T-Birds from '57 to '71, including several convertibles; most Mustangs '64-'70 - at one time we had all three '65 models, standard, coupe and drop-top, parked in front of the house, the coupe I had painted in a fantastic contoured white/light blue pearl, one of my best paint jobs ever. I used a blue and white '69 Boss 351 for circuit and later drag racing at one stage and also a red '70 fully air brushed with a desert scenery on the sides and a prancing cowboy horse on the bonnet; Corvettes; GTOs; Camaros; Firebirds; Continentals; Cadillac limos; LTDs; two Ford Retractables, both '57s - the first cars with retractable metal folding tops and very rare cars even then; Pontiac Parisiennes, including a beautiful red leather interior convertible I had for some years; Buicks from '51 to '65; can't remember half of them :D.

My first car was an Autounion 3=6 with three-cylinder two-stroke engine, very light weight engines with combined dynamo and starter motor. They had a tendency to seize if pushed - motorways were not their natural habitat...

Before catching the Ami-bug, I owned a Lloyd Alexander, an Opel Kapitan, a Vauxhall Cresta with an excellent 3-litre straight six, a 2CV, an Austin Futura (they were called something else in the UK, can't recall what), a Triumph Herald, a couple of Range Rovers (the worst quality vehicles I've ever owned), some Jags, around 10 Mercs, an Escort Mexico (genuine), Lotus 7, a 10 tons Luton removal truck (which I bought unseen at a car auction - I didn't know what it was but it was cheap because nobody had seen it since it was too big to enter the auction premises - driving it home from a city centre in the rush hour was the first time I'd ever driven a lorry).

So, I guess I could be called a bit of a petrolhead :D

Why BMWs then? Reliability is the short answer. About 20 years ago I needed to drive through Europe one or two times every months on business and I couldn't find anything that didn't break - I had two Merc engines blow up on me on German motorways - until I bought my first 7-series (which we later cut the roof off and turned into a convertible but that is a different story). I put around 250k miles on that with no problems. After some years I bought another, which I have now owned for some 14 years. It has around 260k miles on the clock and is getting slightly worn. A couple of months ago the clutch slave cylinder suddenly went, the first time EVER it has broken down on the road! (It was easy enough to drive it to a garage without using the clutch so I didn't need the AA).

So, currently I drive my old 7-series plus a couple of 850s.

Sorry about the long post - let me know if you are bored. I could tell car stories and show old photos for a couple of weeks without pausing for breath :lol2
 

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1st car - 1989 Fiesta 1.1 Popular
2nd car - 1994 Orion 1.8l
3rd car - 1991 Sorrento Green 205 1.6 GTI
4th car - 1991 205 GTI 1.9
5th car - 2004 Corsa SXI
6th car - 2001 Vectra SRI

Yet to pick a bmw up yet but have always been a fan of the looks and the FR setup. O and racing pedigree!!!
 

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1st car Mazda with rotory engine-nearly killed me so have stuck with RWD BM's ever since-I would rather have the back going out than going headlong into a concrete wall cause you cant turn with the power and steering all going through the front wheels-I have had 3 BM's 2 E30's and currently an E36 325i whih is my favourite car ever
 

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1st car: 1995 vauxhall corsa
2nd car: 1990 mazda 323 gti
3rd car: 1997 e36 318is
4th car: 1998 mazda rx7
5th car: 2007 mazda 2 sport
6th car: 1986(think) vw mk2 vr6 (2.9 corrado)
7th car: 1998 mazda 323 estoril
8th car: 1999 e36 323i

The golf was the best thing ever but came with huge fuel costs pushing near 240bhp, back in the bmw for reliability and comfort, the 2.5 lump is a great all round engine for me.
 
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