#11 1970 MGB GT I inherited this car from my Aunt when she passed away in 1994. She had had it since 1970. I remember riding in it when I was a kid. It ... Show moremust have been the first sportscar I had ever been in. It always had that leather and oil smell to it. Unfortunately my Aunt was cheap (may God forgive me) and the repairs she had done to it never lasted. It had just been painted a couple of years earlier and the paint was already flaking off.
The little MG wasn't fast nor did it handle that well by today�s standards, but it was so much fun to drive. As long as you didn't have to rely on it to get you somewhere it was a blast. But in the 6 months I had it, the car always had something that needed to be fixed. I wasn�t making much money at the time and couldn't afford to keep repairing it, so I sold it for a couple of grand. Boy do I regret that. Of all the cars I sold I wish I had that one back.
Lesson #6:A car does not need to be high performance to be fun to drive.
Lesson #7: If you have a sentimental attachment to a car, try to keep it. If you can.
Lesson #8: I NEED two cars at a time.
#12 1996 Honda Del Sol The MG cured me of my lapse in sanity and I decided I needed a fun car to drive again. The Del Sol filled the bill nicely. It was fairly quick and handled well except at high speed. At high speed it was very squirrelly. I bought it new and really enjoyed driving it, especially in San Diego with the top off. The day I made the last payment on it someone changed lanes into me at 70mph and totaled it. I had it exactly 3 years. And yep, that�s my real hair.
#13 1986 Cadillac Seville I also inherited this car from my aunts husband when he passed away a few years later. It was my aunt�s car, but he kept it as a second car. I would never have imagined that I would like a Cadillac, but I enjoyed this car. You have a completely different mindset when you drive a cushy car like this. Suddenly you are in less of a hurry and are more relaxed. Turn signals seem like an unnecessary formality as you drift between lanes rather than changing lanes. The ride was so smooth that you no longer paid attention to the condition of the road. If there was a pot hole, so be it. Who cares? I don�t think I kept it for more than 6 or 8 months, due to the fact it needed repairs and I didn�t want to pay for it.
Lesson #9: The kind of car you drive influences how you drive.
#14 1999 Acura Integra I had this car longer than any other car to date. I bought it new and drove it for 4 years. It was a great all purpose car. Fun to drive, good on gas, and with tons of cargo space. This is the only car that I have had stolen. It was parked out in front of my house in a nice neighborhood in Boulder Colorado. I was in San Francisco at the time visiting friends. It was hot wired, driven a few miles and partially stripped. They mostly just got a few CD�s and the wheels. It looked as if they were trying to take the stereo but couldn�t get it out in time. In the process they butchered the dash. It had a lo-jack anti theft device but the police in Colorado did not have the ability to track it.
#15 2001 Honda Accord EX Coupe This was the first automatic transmission car I bought since the BMW. I don�t count the Cad because I didn't buy that. Now living in San Francisco and commuting into the city, an automatic is the only way to go. With the hills, stop signs and traffic a clutch is a pain. Either that or I'm just getting old. It was a really good commuter car. The accord was comfortable, handled well, and had plenty of power with the V6. I miss it, as it was a much better commuter car than the Infiniti.
Lesson #10 At least one of my cars must be an automatic. I think it is an age thing.
#16 2001 Mazda Miata SE To date, including the Infiniti, this is my favorite car. When I bought it, I really was not interested in owning a convertible. All I wanted was a sports car with rear wheel drive. One that was reliable and fun to drive. However, once I got the car, I never put the top up! The Del Sol was kind of a convertible, but the Miata is a totally different experience. Driving with the top down opens up a whole new aspect to driving. Even when its cold I drive with the top down and the heat on. The only time I drive with the top up Is in the rain or on an extremely hot day.
The other major reason for getting this car was the color. I have always loved the color British Racing Green. Its not dark green, green mica or metallic green. Its British Racing Green, or BRG for those in the know. This coupled with the tan leather and wood interior trim gives it that classic British sports car look without the headaches of a British sports car.
I could go on about the car, but it has its own web site with all the information. Check it out. http://www.cardomain.com/ride/456293
Lesson #11 One of my cars must be a convertible!
#17 2005 Infiniti G35 This car is by far the fastest, most beautiful, best handling and most expensive car I have ever owned. It is basically a 350Z in a tuxedo. I got it as an automatic for commuting and the manual shift option is great, but this is really a sports car. It should really have a manual transmission. It also should not be used as a commuter car as the suspension is Very rough. It is a blast to drive and I never thought I would have a car this nice, but I'm not really in love with it. Go figure. I think I would like it alot more if I just drove it on the weekends and it had a manual trans.
Lesson #12 Just because a car is expensive, or looks good, does not mean its going to be any more endearing than a cheaper car.
#18 1995 Lexus SC300 It had been well over a year since I got a new car, so I was past due. Actually I hadn't planned on buying a car (any more than I usually do) but I saw this Lexus SC300 on Craig�s list with 16,500 original miles! I figured it would be gone before I got to it, but I e-mailed the person anyway. I should have called. I was second in line to see the car. It was owned by a nice little old lesbian couple in Menlo Park. They just drove it back and forth to down town Menlo Park, never even taking it on the freeway. A carfax confirmed the original mileage so I bought it on the spot for $14K. A bargain at full retail, the car is practically brand new. I love this car. Its not particularly fast, but it does handle fairly well and has a very smooth ride. It even came with this brick sized "carphone". Lesson #13 If you want a good deal on a car, constantly look and be ready to pounce when you find it, regardless if you are ready for a new car or not. Show Less