View Full Version : What was your first car?

01-23-2008, 12:40 PM
So AuburnChicks birthday post got me thinking...what was your first car and was it bought for you or did you buy it?
My first car was given to me (at 18) by an elderly neighbor when her husband died and she didn't need 2 cars. They were like grandparents to me. She gave me the old K car that was lovely - baby blue, white, and wood veneer outside, with baby blue vinyl interior, 2 door and no "bells & whistles." Three best things about that car - lost weight driving it b/c I parked 3miles from my desitination to make sure nobody knew it was mine, dog vomit was easily washed out, anyone at college could drive it and I didn't worry if anything happened to it : )
That said, she (Suzie Podunk as my family named her) was an icon that I will never forget and you bet I said Thank you and smiled for all the pictures...sadly she was sold to the junk yard for $50 just 2 yrs later when her front end rusted out and would not pass inspection.;)

01-23-2008, 12:47 PM
Mine was a 1991 Dodge Spirit, silver, it had been my dad's company car from 1991-1994 at which point he bought it from the company for $400, and let it sit in the driveway until I turned 16 in 1998. The first time I started the car, I blew a squirrel's nest out of the muffler. I drove that car for about 2 years before I was involved in a very nasty 5 car pile up that totalled it.

01-23-2008, 12:48 PM
Oh, boy.........I'll show my age with this answer. My first car was a Nash Rambler and I paid for it myself.

I think I'll go color my hair now. :rofl:

01-23-2008, 12:51 PM
Oh, I love this thread!!! I feel for you on the K car!

I was 16, and my first car was a '72 Pinto. It had been in an unfortunate head on collision with a phone pole, so the front end was in awful shape. Other than that, it was in great condition. My dad helped me and with a couple of new parts and some junkyard finds, I, myself, replaced the front fenders, hood and grill. It was a real beauty! A red car with various primer grey parts! But, I loved it anyway! His name was Redford (red Ford), and my friends who didn't have cars of their own didn't mind his patwork paint job, either! Oh yeah, I never replaced the windshield, so it was cracked pretty bad. I think my Dad actually bought the car, but I paid for the parts. I remember how proud I was when I upgraded to (of all things) a Chevy Vega! :) Hey, at least it was all one color!

01-23-2008, 12:57 PM
Mine was a silver 1982 Plymouth Reliant. I paid for it myself, out of my savings. (that was when I had a savings.)

01-23-2008, 01:02 PM
LOL! Mine was a white, 1963 VW Bug! Loved that car.... thanks for bringing back these memories!!! :muah: :mrgreen:

01-23-2008, 01:06 PM
My first car was a used 1986 two door Jeep Cherokee. My grandparents paid for it, but I had to work to help pay for the insurance. It was light silver on the exterior, which was good in Houston, but the interior was a hideous dark maroon vinyl. I will never forget the feeling of my skin sticking to the seat on a humid, 100 degree, summer day in Houston.

01-23-2008, 01:16 PM
OMG, isn't it the truth? My Plymouth had vinyl seats, too. Horrible to have in TX.

01-23-2008, 01:18 PM
My parents bought me a 1981 Ford Escort that gave me a ton of trouble and I only drove it for a couple of weeks (the engine died twice.) Then they got me a 1984 Ford Ranger that I drove until I graduated from high school.

01-23-2008, 01:20 PM
An '88 Mazda 323 (purchased when I was 16 1/2 in 1997). I bought it myself for $100 (I can't believe parents buy cars for their kids, seriously! Mine helped me with insurance during the school year so I could concentrate on school work and extracurriculars without having to work more than 20 hours a week...but I was on my own otherwise).

I loved that stupid little car :mrgreen:. I could only fill the gas tank halfway for the first month or two until I replaced it (big hole near the top). I had to replace the alternator a few months in also (parts always paid for by me, but my dad did the labor for free so long as a suffered through a tutorial from him).

The three of us were also not permitted to get our licenses until we could prove to my dad that we could change a tire and drive a manual transmission. It could stall and lurch a million times, so long as we could actually get the car to go around the block, stop and start on a hill, and bring it back to the driveway.

It was a good solid car, got great gas mileage and carried my friends, my junk and me til the end of high school. I painted racing stripes on it for Senior Day :teehee: When I left for college I sold it for $1 to another kid who'd just gotten his license.

I'm now on my 4th car (98 Saturn, woo! Finally a car born AFTER I got my license!) and it's the only car I've ever had to take out a loan for. But the loan is paid off and I'm driving this baby to the ground!

01-23-2008, 01:54 PM
mine was a 1991 Geo Storm, new, I was age 20 1/2, and I bought it with my then fiancee.

my stepson is about a year away from his learner's permit, but we have no plans right now to get him a car.

01-23-2008, 02:05 PM
I was 26 and married with two children when I bought my very first car. It was a battle ship green Pontiac Parisienne four door. I learned to drive on a standard but this was an automatic transmission. It was a huge old clunker that cost me $200. I drove it until it literally would not drive one more inch. All the idiot lights came on the dashboard and I had to push it down the street and into the driveway. I loved that car because I paid for it myself and it was totally mine and paid for when I drove it into the driveway. I have pictures of my second child sitting on the hood of that car when she was two. It paid for itself many times over in the years I owned it.

01-23-2008, 02:11 PM
My first car was a shared car with my parents, a huge '74 Olds cutlass surpreme when I got my license. First thing my father taught me when I got my license was 1) how to change a flat and 2) how to change the oil.

Then when my kid brother got a car they got an 88 corrolla for us to share. As for my very own car it was a manual transmission' 99 Acura Integra, called "Silver Bullet" by DH, that I paid for, even the insurance and gas. He still stills in my garage this day. We may have to trade him in soon ... as it's only a coupe. Hard to get two toddlers in and out that car. That's why we have Pathfinder now. Told DH, there is no way I am driving a minivan when we found out we were expecting our first child

01-23-2008, 02:13 PM
It is so fun to hear about everyone's stories!!

HamaLee - my Dad made me prove I could change a tire, too! I remember I couldn't turn the lug wrench, so he got me this long iron pipe, so I could slip it over the end of the wrench, then stand on it to break them loose! I carried that pipe everywhere! I also had to do my own oil changes. I loved it, too!

My husband would say now days I don't know where to put gas in the car, let alone oil or changing tires!

NC Girl
01-23-2008, 02:20 PM
What a fun thread!

My first car was a brand new 1977 Chevrolet Camaro. Boy, was I ever proud of that car. I went to work when I was 14 years old and started saving for it. I wasn't allowed to buy a car until I was 17, so I had a few years to save for it.

My mother didn't actually buy the car for me, she loaned me the rest of the money needed to purchase it and I had to pay her back each week. She kept my balance in a little book and I thought I was just "something else" by paying this car off. LOL!


01-23-2008, 02:32 PM
My first car was a white 1984 Pontiac Sunbird that I bought off of my Dad's mechanic friend. So it was in Great condition, it only had 50,00 miles because it was his winter car (he had a corvette). I paid $1600 for it. I paid for the insurance. I shared it with my twin who didn't get her license till 6 months later. I bought in in 1994. Once my twin started driving it as well I had her help me with the insurance and gas.

I had gotten my license at 16 1/2. I was allowed borrow my father's car (he drove a company car) to drive my little brother to his practices and to drive myself for the 6 months between having my license and buying my car.

01-23-2008, 02:36 PM
My FIRST car, purchased for $350.00 in 1970 was a 1964 Ford Galaxy 500 convertible, maroon with a black rag top.

I loved that car:heart:

Oh the stories I COULD (but won't) tell about that car.

01-23-2008, 03:02 PM
This is a fun thread. I am going to have to take you back before most of y'all were born. My first husband & I bought a 1947 Plymouth in 1957 when we got married. It is the car I used to learn to drive. It had a huge steering wheel and of course standard shift. There was a place on the dash near the steering wheel to put a key and turn it. But that did not start the engine. There was a button next to the key slot that had to be pushed to start the engine. The two back doors opened from front to back. Very convient to get little ones into the back seat but you had to make sure the doors were closed tightly because if one came open while you were driving you would lose the door and the kids too. lol I don't remember what we paid for it but it could not have been more that $100.00.

01-23-2008, 03:12 PM
I inherited my Mom's 1985 burnt orange Cavalier when I was 16. Okay, I actually begged for that car. I loved it! Mom went out and bought herself a new one. I guess that's a pretty fair deal. I drove that car through my first couple years of college, except for one summer when I drove my brother's '68 Mustang before he turned 16. It was our Pepaw's mustang. Ah. Good memories!!!

01-23-2008, 03:42 PM
A silver 1980 Chevy Camero. It was a hand-me-down from my mother.

01-23-2008, 03:46 PM
WOOOHOOO JDee glad to know there's another proud K car owner !! Of course, while mine was also a 82 Plymouth Reliant - I got in 1996 !!!
After that I got a brand new Nissan Sentra - LOVED IT - and then it was totalled in an accident (not my fault) and I made the transition to Ford trucks. I am on my second F150 and expect that when the hubby and I have children I will get a 4Runner - don't see driving a minivan.
Love the stories - keep 'em coming

01-23-2008, 04:18 PM
when at home I drove an old duster that was a pretty blue...only thing is the wipers would fly off when you turned them on.. that was not fun...it didn't go very fast either and I'm not talking speed crazy...I'm talking 55...:teehee: (it wasn't mine)....then mom gave me her escort when I was 20...

01-23-2008, 04:20 PM
Ahhhhh! Memories . . . . . . . my first car was a 1977 Ford Pinto hatchback with "racing" stripes (Yeah, like you could actually race the thing) and these cool (well, for the 70s) white & blue bucket seats. I believe Ralph Nader called the Pinto "an incinerator on wheels" for its unfortunate habit of bursting into a huge fireball if hit from behind. I didn't care-Gosh I loved that car!

01-23-2008, 04:29 PM
I got my first car in '94 (I was 17). It was a hand me down '81 Ford Mustang which I referred to as POS car. It would die for no apparent reason.

When I was 18, I actually bought a car. It was a '91 Chevy Caprice. It was an enormous boat and my husband hated it, but I really liked it.

01-23-2008, 04:29 PM
Well, at the moment, my first car is currently still my car. :) It's a blue 2002 Chevy Cavalier. I got it when I was about 16 1/2, about three years ago.

I love it soo much, even the manual roll down windows and manual individual door locks.

01-23-2008, 05:05 PM
My first car was a light gray, 2-door, 1988 Oldsmobile Firenza that was passed on by my grandmother. I went to private school, so I would never drive it to school b/c I didn't think it was good enough, but looking back it was a good car until I drove home from school one day and made it back to my town and it shut off in the middle of the road. Some nice men pushed it to the shoulder for me, and when I got it started it would shut off again when I put it in gear. After about 10 minutes, it was fine. I put up with that for a couple years until I finally sold it for scrap for about $200. I helped my parents buy the next car, a 1988 Grand Am. It was fine for a few years and then it had the same problem as the first one where it would shut off and then not go into gear. Maybe it was something with that year. hehe. :teehee:

I just bought my very first car all by myself a few days ago, and I'm 28. It's a 2007 Mercury Mariner, and I love it. It's all mine, and it runs, and it doesn't break down. It's going to be a big adjustment making all the payments and the insurance plus all my other bills, but I think it'll be worth it. :)

01-24-2008, 01:40 PM
I bought my first car when I was... 22 or 23. It was a 1995 Ford Aspire and I bought it off my cousin when she joined the Peace Corp after college. I drove that thing until about a year and a half ago when my DH decided I needed a new car. He could neither fit into (too tall) nor drive (manual) that car. And since his car is in it's twilight years we needed a dependable car. So I got a brand new PT Cruiser.

My sister on the other hand got a car for her 16th birthday.

01-24-2008, 01:47 PM
I had an 83 Toyota Celica when I was in college in 1992, my boyfriend (now DH) and I bought it together. It was not the most reliable car, once it stalled out on a large hill in town that was also a one way street. I had to get a cop to block traffic while I put it in neutral and when down the hill the wrong way. Luckily, as you turned the corner, down another hill, was the town service station! Things kept falling off that car (muffler, large pieces of trim), but I still loved it.

01-24-2008, 02:52 PM
I had just graduated from AirForce OCS and since I had to drive crosscountry from Texas to Mass, I decided to buy my first car. The Chevy dealer in San Antonio offered fleet prices to the new class of shavetails and I picked out the most beautiful car I have ever owned(IMHO). It was a tourquoise and white 1956 Chevrolet Bel Aire hardtop. To this day I think it was/is the most beautiful car in the world. Thanks for the memories:star: Ellie

01-24-2008, 03:14 PM
My first car was a used 1980 Ford Escort (I got it in 83) that my father bought for me from his friend. I was 18 and had a newborn. I still started college that year and my father was curious as to how I was going to get back and forth to school with a baby. I informed him that I was going to take the bus. Well this was my parents first precious grand child. I made me empth my savings account ($400.00) and he put in the rest for the car. He even paid my car insurance. I had it for four years until someone stole it out of our driveway.

01-24-2008, 04:11 PM
Oh, boy.........I'll show my age with this answer. My first car was a Nash Rambler and I paid for it myself.

I think I'll go color my hair now. :rofl:

Show your age? HA! My 1st car was a 1949 Packard...you know the one with the huge turtle back. My father had a body shop and it had been sitting for I don't remember how long. So it was free. I needed a pillow beneath and behind me in order to operate the clutch. When I destroyed the engine by driving it without oil, I inherited a 1950 Mercury from my sister who inherited it from our brother. My 1st car that was paid for was a 1952 Ford. It cost $35 and had to be hotwired to start it and always had to be parked so another car could get behind me just in case I needed a push to jump start it. :rofl:

01-24-2008, 05:34 PM
How fun is this thread?
My first car was a '66 MGB which my parents bought for $500. Those cars are notorious for breaking down, so if I wanted to drive it to school, we had to leave early enough so we could still walk if the car didn't make it. My poor dad was always working on that car. Thanks dad............:thumbsup:

01-24-2008, 05:46 PM
Great stories everyone :) How I miss driving manual transmission....

01-24-2008, 09:29 PM
Mine was a 1968 Mercury Cyclone, handed down from my mom when she got a new car. It was a bright orange-red with a black vinyl interior.

01-24-2008, 09:30 PM
LOL, great thread!

Mine was a POS 1977 Dodge Aspen that my folks bought when I was 18 (1987). Dodges in the mid to late '70s tended to play out fast, but would run that way forever... Dodge had even recalled the '77 Aspens for front end problems, but I don't think that one ever made it to the shop to be fixed.

In fact, I not-so-lovingly dubbed it 'the Possum'.......after all it was small, white, and more often to be seen dead on the side of the road as opposed to up and running.

01-24-2008, 09:52 PM
I saved up after a whole summer of babysitting big time and for 1000$ purchased a 1982 Reliant. I was 17.

01-25-2008, 01:17 AM
My first car was a Ford Gran Torino.
Yes....the same one that Starsky & Hutch drove. :teehee:
Except, that mine was not red with a white stripe. Mine was white, with a beige vinyl roof. Very 70's.

My parents gave it to me, because it used to be my Mom's car.

All the guys at school used to BEG to drive it. :wink:

Jan in CA
01-25-2008, 02:07 AM
I bought my first car when I was 17 for $900. It was a beige, 1967 Volkswagen Beetle.

Our daughter's both paid for half of their first cars..both were Honda Civics. They were about 17-18.

01-25-2008, 07:13 PM
What a fun thread! My first car was a 6 year old 1989 Dodge Caravan. When I turned 16 my Mom bought herself a new car and I got the van. I became the chauffeur for my brothers and all of our friends.
By the time I was 17 I had saved enough money to buy my own car. I totally lucked out that my brother was dating a girl whose Dad owned a used car lot. He took my mom and I to a car auction and I bought my 1993 Toyota Celica. I paid $1500 for it. I loved that car! It was everything the van wasn't. My brother got the van.

01-25-2008, 08:43 PM
I'm not so sure anyone will even remember what these cars looked like. My first car was a black 1954 Studebaker. I got it from my Father-in-law. That pore car went through a lot. I learned to drive in it. It's a good thing those cars were made of heavy metal back then.

01-25-2008, 08:51 PM
wow what a cool looking car!!

01-25-2008, 11:04 PM
My first car was really a shared car...My mom and I shared it...a white Dodge Aries. For the life of me I can't remember the year, my parents bought it when I was 16 in '93 and I know the car was older than that. Maybe an '88 or '89. That one got totaled when I was hit by a drunk driver (luckily the only damage was to the car, no one was hurt in the accident). We had to get another car to replace that one and what did my parents get? A gold Dodge Aries! hahaha...I think it was around the same year as the white Aries. I didn't like the gold one though, we had more problems with that one than with the white one. I have no idea what ever happened to that car.

The very first car I bought myself was a beige Ford Escort, '85, I believe. I was 18, I think. That car ROCKED! Not...lol...I couldn't use the AC while driving on the highway because the car would overheat...LOL! I remember driving to visit an old boyfriend who lived about 45 minutes away and I had to pull over on the side of the highway a few times because the car overheated and died...lol...I eventually got rid of that one once it got to be too much trouble.