What’s Your Favorite Car You’ve Owned?
HFV_Junkyardin last edited by
Most of us have owned a handful of cars. I’m sure we all have our favorite, either for nostalgias sake, or because it was fun to drive, or maybe it was just a good car.
For me my current car is probably my favorite. For a long time it was my 1991 Civic hatch, then my Galant VR-4, but the E90 has both of them beat. I’m getting close to 3 years ownership, I bought it 1/26/18. It’s the most versatile car I’ve owned, being comfortable for road trips, decently fun to drive, and now able to tow my small boat, or utility trailer.
I the 4 years I’ve owned it it’s only had 2 reliability issues. And both of them were solved within 2 weeks, or less than 300 bucks. That certainly beats the Civic because that car blew and engine, and the GVR-4 was a constant problem.
Anyway I like this car a lot. It’s easily my favorite car I’ve owned. Not the most nostalgic, or most special, but overall I love it.
So what’s your favorite car you’ve owned and why.
Highlander last edited by
@hfv My 2006 Mazda3 has been amazingly reliable, practical, and dare I say it? Fun to drive. The 240Z is fastly approaching favorite car status but I need more seat time and more "memories" in it before it is moved to #1 spot.
@hfv Current car is fav, ‘89 325i. Not by much though. The E21 may in fact be a more engaging and rewarding drive.
@hfv The 02. The M3 (E46) is a close second. Both are dream cars and both were very difficult to get and keep in their own ways. However the 02 was all me. I shopped, prepared, educated myself on the cars for more than a decade before I found the perfect one. It was an auction, car located on another continent, at a very delicate time in my life. I knew from the second I opened the notification email and saw it that it was mine. It was almost as magical as the first time I saw my wife.
ClassicDatsunDebate last edited by
@hfv I've owned so many cars I'd consider good (and a few turds) that it would be hard to pick a fav.
So, Ill go with my first car...a '75 Volvo 242GL 5-speed. Burgundy with tan interior. Really wish I had that car today.
@st80mnd Just passed on a really nice E21 because it was too auto x focused. looking for an E30 but am growing more fond of the E21
Jordan last edited by
@hfv Obvious answer is obvious. It's been the most dependable car I've had to date, and is by far the most fun. It's not even the least comfortable.
way2blu last edited by
@hfv Most of the time I drive my turbo Camaro and think ”this is the most well-rounded & capable car ever!” and think it’s my favorite.
Driving my MR2 reminds me that my MR2 is the actual winner here. It’s so goddamn fun beyond anything any modern car can do.
Both are ”look back” cars when walking away after parking, for sure. But looking back and seeing this?
That’s always the dream.
TexturedSoyProtein Banned last edited by
Top 3 that I can't quite rank but...
'13 BMW 135is
'99 Mazda Miata 10th Anniversary Edition
'20 Honda Civic Si
@texturedsoyprotein I LOVE that 1er
jminer last edited by
@hfv My favorite was an 01 Focus ZX3 5 speed. It was a blast and the first little car I ever owned. Reliable as hell, consistently got over 30 MPG and could hold a surprising amount of cargo for a 2 door.
liam last edited by
1996 Lexus LS400
@tripper Not a comfortable car by any stretch. Very spartan on features (82 whaddya expect). But therein lies its brilliance. No power steering, or anything else for that matter, motor included! Super light, can feel every tiny individual stone or crack. The car just communicates so well, its like you wear it. And lack of power? Absolutely! Finesse and the understanding of momentum are paramount skills this car ingrains. And on a gravel road? A complete revelation.
trivet last edited by trivet
1990 Plymouth Laser RS Turbo
Picture is not of mine, but a carbon copy.
Interior oozed "fighter-cockpit" awesomeness.
Awesome car. Bought new, had for 7 years as a DD and autocrosser. Never had a problem, was comfortable and fun as hell. Want it back.a
@st80mnd Yeah that more or less describes my 02. Actually it's engine probably came out of an E21 318 as it is a 1.8l M10. Your 82' still using points for the ignition!? Mine is but I have a pertronix distributor ready to go, just need some help for that job.
Roadkilled last edited by
That's an easy question. My favorite car is my current car! My personal opinion is that if your current car is not your favorite, it's time to get another car, assuming you have the budget to replace your car.
OK, I realize some of us have a limited budget and are stuck driving something practical for our situation or what we can afford, not what we want.
CivicWagonEngineer last edited by
@liam my '97 is up there on my list. Easily my favorite "commuter" car I've ever had.
interstate366 last edited by
Might still be the honeymoon phase talking, but my Aristo. Comfortable, fast, weird, but also anonymous enough to make people not take a second look at it unless they know exactly what they’re looking at.
@tripper Yep, same mill. Mine has the Bosch K-Jetronic. Which may indeed have been done aftermarket. Literally the only thing I want to change is the rear axle. Wouldn’t mind discs and a LSD.
Mark Tucker last edited by
Hmm. I'm not sure I could pick one favorite. But I can award best in categories:
Most fun to drive: 1991 base-model Miata. Of course. There's a reason why everyone loves those things. It's maybe not ALWAYS the answer, but it's rarely a bad choice.
Best "sleeper": 1988 Olds Calais, Quad 4, 5 speed. Maroon 4 door, looked like Granny's car. But I surprised a few A4 and E36 drivers with that thing...
Favorite truck: 1991 Nissan Pathfinder, 2WD 5 speed. Had over 300,000 miles on it when I bought it, and just did everything I asked of it without complaint for 3 years.
Best all-rounder: 1993 Ford Escort 4 door hatch. Not fast, not exciting, but the best "hop in and go" car I've ever had. I only sold it because I wanted something "new," which was a financial mistake.
My current daily beater Corolla has a good chance to take over the "best all-rounder" category, if it sticks around long enough. It's at least as practical, reliable, and efficient as the Escort was, and more fun to drive.
@st80mnd Yeap I plan to do the diff and discs in the rear in the future, those drums do not like going down steep hills. The points on mine need to be adjusted/replaced. It's cold, the battery is nearly shot, and I'm cammed/DCOEs so starting takes a little bit, haha.
3point8isgreat last edited by
@hfv On all logical levels my favorite is my current, the Veloster N. I like everything about it (except the missing rear door...), and its by far my most capable sporty car.
But I also know I'd get rid of it before I'd get rid of my mustang. Even though the mustang is slow, becoming unreliable with age, and might be rusting out to a point of not being safe. Ive just had too many memories in the mustang to let it go.
Boxer_4 last edited by
@highlander That’s where I’m at - it’s too early to tell and I don’t have enough memories with the Crosstrek to say that it will be “the” favorite. It will be hard to dethrone the Forester though as I had a lot of great memories with it.
rctothefuture last edited by
It's between my 84 Fiero and my 91 E34 528i. I loved my Fiero, my favorite classic car as it had won multiple shows and had trophies. Taught me how to drive a RWD car, it was slow but so much fun.
My BMW was my first "restoration" from an undriveable junkyard heap to a daily driver. Took lots of frustration, skills and new tools but it's still one of my favorite projects I ever did. Had to go to BMW and get a key made, that's how bad it was. Then it was doing road trips between Chicago and Minneapolis. I loved it.
Huzer last edited by
Any time I see this question, I'm reminded that I don't have a favorite car I've owned. I usually default to my '02 Tundra, which is the first new vehicle I ever purchased. I had many good memories in my '96 Yukon, but it was a mechanical nightmare.
Rather than having a favorite vehicle, each just kind of serves as a time stamp of where I was in my life when I had that vehicle. But there really isn't one that I would necessarily want back.