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Well, I got rid of my Porsche Carrera 4 last fall (Not exactly a great car for Cleveland in the winter). I had it for four years and I did enjoy driving it. Unfortunately, there aren't a whole lot of places to drive 165 mph around here. About the most fun I could have with that car was second gear on a winding country road. I had the "tiptronic" version which allows you the option of automatic or manual shifting. My wife and I have two almost identical Lexus 330's for winter driving. With a couple of exceptions, I've found the Lexus to be the best engineered car I've ever driven (the sunroof switch is goofy, as are the automatic windows). I've been browsing for the past few months, looking for something that really knocked me out. The Mercedes McLaren SLR would be my first choice IF IT DIDN'T COST ALMOST HALF A MILLION DOLLARS! Great looking vehicle, though. I saw one in person in L.A. and it was just about the coolest car I've ever seen. The Porsche Carrera GT is almost as nice but that one rings in at about $250,000. Having grown up in the midwest, I just don't think I could ever plunk down that kind of cash for a car. My Porsche tested my upper limits for indulgence and I don't think I could cross that threshhold without feeling intense guilt. I like the Bentley GT and they're supposed to be coming out with a cabriolet version this year, but I suspect that one will also be in the $200,000 price range and I'm just not goin' there. A BMW Z8 is a possibility. I've entertained the idea of an old Jag XKE Series 1, as well. The only problem with the Jag would be that the Lexus has spoiled me with all it's creature comforts, and the Jag was engineered in the 60's. The new Jag's aren't bad but they seem a little bland to me. My brother just bought a new Mercedes 500 SL. Great looking, but Mercedes quality control has been lacking in recent years. I owned SL's from 1978 to 1998 and they were darn nice cars. Then there's the BMW 650 ic. Kinda cool, but the back end looks like a Camaro. I don't know. The jury's still out on this one. :blink:

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Eric, those models are a far cry (I would guess) from your earliest cars. So let's go back to the mid-1960s to get the full-circle picture:

What type of vehicle might you have been cruising around Cleveland back when you started driving?

(The first car I ever drove was a used, puke-green, four-door 1971 Chevy Nova that tended to stall in cold weather. Ugh. This would have been in late 1976....)

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Thats interesting, my girlfriend and I have identical Ford Focus's! Well, not exactly, I have the high powered SVT variant which is a fun car with the stick. But her car is clean and you can actually sit in it. Mine you have to sit in horse poop if you actually want to use any passenger seat. Still, its good to support American manufacturers also with all their financial problems. Ive got an old 944 in the garage gathering dust whose gearbox imploded.Some Porsches are a little stiff I think. My favorite car I ever owned was the Lotus Sunbeam. When I lived in England. It is essentially a rally car and you only have to use first gear for driving on the side of a mountain. German gearbox, incredible. Always 2-3-4-5. Great car.

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My Mom had a gutless, turqiose Corvair that was the car I got to drive. I vaguely remember that dark blue Cougar, I think that was my Mom's car as well. The first car I bought was a red Pontiac Firebird. Good little car. Later I bought a black Thunderbird which my brother dubbed the "pimpmobile." After that I puchased a navy blue Jaguar XJ6. Worst electical system ever designed. Didn't like to start in cold weather. Didn't like to start in hot weather. I sold it less than a year later and bought a cognac Mercedes 350 SL with a custom painted black hard top. For the next 20 years, I drove the little two seater Mercedes convertibles exclusively. Then I became a responsible Dad and bought the Lexus SUV.

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My first car was a used 1969 Firebird. (Mine was blue). It looked like it was painted with a paint roller. But I loved it. It was fast. Unfortuneately it was totaled in an accident where the other driver "fell asleep" at the wheel, veered off the expressway, drove up a hill and t-boned me on a bridge. I remember being mostly upset because my box of cassette tapes flew off the front seat and ended up on the passenger side floor.

Believe it or not, my next car was a 1970 Ford Thunderbird (Red) with suicide doors. A big boat with lots of power. I probably got about 5 mpg.

Lots of cars in between, but now I have the Focus without the horse poop. Well with less horse poop anyway.

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We bought a '06 chevy Impala LTZ 3 days ago. All the bells and whistles. Love it. It replaced my '01 Impala. 89,000 miles on it at trade-in time and I never had a speck of trouble with it.

My 1st was a '76 silver camaro with a black vinyl top. Wish I had that one sitting on blocks somewhere! My hubby had a white TransAM and then a black one with the gold firebird painted on the hood. Not sure of the years, but he loved them both.

My brother had a schoolbus yellow Gremlin! Oh my!! Hope you all don't think less of me now!!!

--Julie

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The first car I ever owned was a hand me down from my Father. A Gold 1969 Ford Galaxy 500 which we painted metallic Blue. The first car I ever bought on my own, was a 1979 White Camaro. I LOVED that car until it started leaking oil all over the place, then I had to get rid of it.

I'm currently driving a Red 2002 PT Cruiser, and I love it...

Jeff

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A note about that memorable '71 Chevy Nova from my first driving days: It was winter '76 and the big song of the day was a wonderfully depressing ballad, "All By Myself," that sent me digging into the Raspberries catalog.

My other teen cars were hand-me-downs, including a pathetic Chrysler stationwagon I had during first year of college so I could get back and forth to work. (I remember having a car full of freshman once, headed to some bar in Rochester, NY, and I had "Run Away" playing when some girl goes, "Is that Dan Hill?" Don't know why I remember that; I just do.)

Later in college, I drove a '73 Cutlass and a '75 Ford Granada (ugh). And right after college, I went out and bought a brand new... '82 Cutlass Supreme. I drove it for 6 years and then bought an '88 Cutlass, which I drove for 14 years. My friend said I should have been an Oldsmobile spokesman. I wasn't in love with Cutlasses, but they were just reliable, solid, workmanlike cars.

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