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I'll only list the cars I drove daily, follow by final disposition, and by purchase price:

begin ---> Year, 1989:
1965 Chevy nova - 2-DR hardtop (no post). 230 c.i. I-6, Powerglide, =$0 Passed down from family
Trade for 1980 El Camino, 327 c.i. V-8, dual exaust, 2bl carb (returned, frame bent) = $1300
1976 Dodge colt - 4mt (rolled - totalled) = $350
1980 Mercury Capri 2.8L V-6 (blew engine - connecting rod through pan) = $450
1976 Chevelle Malibu - 350 V-8, 2bl carb. (RR axel shaft left car at 50mph - total loss) = $1000
1984 Caprice Classic - 305 V-8, 4bl carb. beautiful silver w/green pinstripe = $1450
Traded for 1983 Subaru GL, 1.6L H-4, 5mt = even trade
Traded for 1979 Porche 924 = sold back to dealer.
1985 Camero, 2.8 V-6, 3AT? - warped block/blown head = $2100
1991 Subaru Justy GL, 1.2L I-3, 5mt, AWD. Funest car I've ever owned! = $4600
1981 Mercury Lynx, 1.6L, 4mt (sold) = $800
1992 Olds Achieva 2DR SC Coupe, 2.3L (180hp), 3at, dual exaust (went airborne, lost oil pan - totaled) = $7800
1991 Toyota Corolla, 1.6L, 3at (ex-wife took it) = $0, collateral swap on totaled SC
1981 GMC Truck, 192c.i. I-6, 3at (sold) = $900
1991 Ford Escort, 2.0L I-4, 5mt, (sold) = $1000
1995 GMC Jimmy, 4.3 V-6, 4at, (sold) = $14,000
1990 Dodge Dakota single cab. 3.9 V-6, 5mt, (sold) = $1200 --->current @ the year 1999
1994 Mitsubishi P/U, 2.4L I-4, 5mt = $1000
Traded for 2002 Subaru Impreza 2.5 TS, 2.5L H-4, 4at AWD (sold) = $18,000
1992 Chevy Caprice Classic, 305 V-8, 4at, (sold) = $1100
1995 Subaru Impreza GL, 1.8L H-4, 4at FWD (sold) = $4600
2001 Mitsubishi Mirage GL coupe, 1.8L I-4, 4at (traded in for wife's 2009 G5)= $1500
2005 PT Cuiser, 2.4L I-4, 4at, = $18,000
Traded for 2011 Chevy Cruze 1LT

Not listed: 1979 VW Sirocco, 1994 Caravan, 1985 Towncar
 

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No such thing as a 327 in 1980. The 327 was introduced in 1962 and discontinued after 1969.
Possibly a 305 or 350?
The El Camino was previously someone's project. When I got it, it had dual exhaust coming out under the doors, and that 327. Strangely, it had a two barrel carb. I'm thinking it was a truck/van engine at one point.
 

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The El Camino was previously someone's project. When I got it, it had dual exhaust coming out under the doors, and that 327. Strangely, it had a two barrel carb. I'm thinking it was a truck/van engine at one point.
OK I was thinking that but it doesn't make much sense to do that. However, autos from the early 70s through the 80s especially 1980 were complete dogs as far as power is concerned. Insurance, the EPA and the oil embargo were to blame for that so I can understand the thirst for more power. I have a 1968 327 in my garage from a corvette, 4bbl, camel hump heads 2.02/1.60 rated at 300HP, good motor.
 

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All are in my sig. All purchased new. Driving across country in my Fiero 2M4 I didn't like the sound of the engine and actually pulled over in a rest area on I-70 and listened to it. Traded it about a month before the Fiero Engine fire reports hit the media. The Fiero GT was the full flying butress body with spoiler. Had to trade it for a larger vehicle. I actually liked the dust buster shape of the Pontiac Transport - traded it when monthly repair costs got to the point where it was the same price to buy a new car. Also, it didn't have head rests in the middle & rear row seats and my kids were getting tall enough that that was becoming a concern. The Montana AWD was driven to death as a tow vehicle. It was equipped and rated for 3,500lb towing and was used to tow a 3,000 lb scout troop trailer several times a year through the Colorado Rockies. GM's Versatrak AWD system is excellent and the Montana could go just about anywhere you wanted. Unfortunately GM killed Pontiac before I was looking for a car to teach my younger son how to drive a stick shift so I ended up with the Lancer. Fun car to drive, lots of power, crappy handling in high winds (too light) and, as it turns out, a short lived clutch that started burning out after 30,000 miles. I did some research at that point and discovered that Mitsubishi had a known, long term problem with the Lancer clutches failing early. Long term in this case was over at least the previous 10 or so model years. In the meantime I went to the Denver Auto Show and a 2011 Cruze ECO MT was on static display. Test drove a 2011 ECO MT and decided that would be my next car and I ended up with a 2012 ECO MT, which fits my driving style like a glove.

My older son drove my ECO and purchased a 2013 ECO MT when his Jeep Liberty got totaled. My younger son drives a 2012 LS MT that will have title transferred to him when the tags are renewed this summer. It's his graduation present for graduating from the Colorado School of Mines. He was driving the Montana until it died of overwork.

I've driven a lot of other cars over the years but keep coming back to GM for my vehicles. When we see members not liking their Cruze after coming from another brand family part of the issue is that different brand families really do drive differently.
 

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I remember the Pontiac Montana commercials. Where the cowboy leans out the side door of the van to lasso a calf.

Our next ride will be a half or 3/4 ton truck. I've recently inherited a Airstream (argosy) travel trailer. 4600lbs empty.

This Cruze will be in my driveway until it no longer runs.
 

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1988 S-10 Tahoe 4x4 (inherited family farm truck)
1981 Mustang 4-cyl (learned to drive stick)
1989 Bronco II
1991 Camaro Z28 convertible (Mint...miss this car)
1997 Accord (sooooo much money wasted)
1994 Supra Turbo (dream car)
2001 Xterra
1987 Camaro Z28 convertible (tried to relive past glory...failed)
1998? VW Jetta
2004 Trailblazer LTZ
2008 Malibu LS
2015 Cruze 1LT RS
 

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I'm not really in the "whole lotta cars" club. But I want to play with you guys anyway.

In order of purchase:

1989 Olds Cutlass Supreme
2001 Pontiac Sunfire (bought new)
1953 Chevy (still own it)
2013 Cruze LTZ (bought new)

I also drove a handful of my parents spare vehicles. Saturn, Lexus, Chevy Blazer, Pontiac 6000 (lol) - but none were actually "mine"


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It all started with a
1989 Chevy S10 Blazer 4X4
1991 Chevy S10 Pickup 4X2
2000 Pontiac Grand Am
1993 Chevy S10 Pickup 4x2
2002 Chevy Trailblazer LT
2013 Chevy Cruze LT

As you can see I'm kind of a Chevy guy!
 

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I had a bunch of sub $1000 junkers.

83 Oldsmobile 98 Regency (aka: the 98 Regurgitate)
65 Chevrolet Impala. It was an oddity because it was a two door post like a Biscayne or Bel Air. Every other 2-door Impala I have ever seen have been two door hardtops. But it had Impala badges and 6 taillights. It had been an Air Force Colonel's Wife's car.
A couple of Volkswagen Type 1s
A couple of Fiat X1/9s One had no reverse. On the other the transmission disintegrated the day after I bought it.
The second X1/9 led to a Fiat Strada. It had a dent on every panel and was a horrible orange color with a brown interior. I got it just for the transmission for the X1/9. The linkage would never work. They stupid little whiskey dented Italian car was the best $100 car ever. It was about as good a driver as one can expect from a 60hp fwd car with 145/13 tires.
A Suzuki Swift. Horrible driving car but it was incredibly tough. I abused it relentlessly and it always came back for more. Got 45mpg
The Civics. ED3 and an EH9
 

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My sig shows what I have NOW (all insured and have valid tags). Not what I've owned previously.
 

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since 2008 iv had
1984 Camaro Z28 5.0
1993 Buick La saber
1996 Ram 1500 5.9
1997 ram 2500 Cummins
1984 Ford F250
1989 Chevy C/K 10 5.7
2000 Ram 2500 Cummins
2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0
2006 Ram 1500 4.7
2013 Chevy Cruze
2002 Ram 1500 5.3
2001 Ram 2500 Cummins
Leased the cruze in hopes of slowing my buying and selling, didn't quite work
 

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going to keep car and truck timelines separate as they mixed around
since 04

1984 C10 Silverado (free from uncle, needed motor) sold to by 1992
1992 K1500 Silverado (still have sitting around, bad trans)
1985 K10 Silverado Diesel (bought as project truck in 08)
1999 Silverado (traded for 2007)
2007 GMC Sierra *current dd truck*

1992 Geo Prizm GSi (quit driving when I graduated high school)
1993 Pontiac Sunbird (aka the turd) (still have sitting around, bad motor)
Same geo as above (got back when my sister graduated high school)
1991 Geo Prizm coverted to gsi after I smashed the true gsi (still sitting around, worn out suspension with just over 200k)
2014 Cruze 2lt
 

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Starting in 2007:

2002 Ford Excursion V10, bought for $14k in Florida, drove it for about 45k, sold it in July 2012.

2012 Cruze LTZ, bought new 8/21/12 and loving every mile since.

2005 Ford Excursion V10, recently inherited from my mom (who bought it new, and I drove most of the time). It's my baby, never to be sold!


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1) 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 regular cab long box 2wd.

2) 1989 vw scirocco 16 100 (bought cheap and the engine blew on it)

3) 2012 Ram 1500 crew cab 4wd. Replaced the 03 with this one.

4) 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt 2.2 5 speed. (sold the 2012 as I didn't need a truck anymore)

5) 2007 Saturn Ion 2.2 5 speed. (upgrade from the base cobalt)

6) 2004 gmc sierra 1500 regular cab long box 4x4. (bought for cheap, replaced knock sensors, sold it for a profit to a coworker who sold it back to me, then I sold it again for another profit.)

7) 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab 4x4. (bought a ring, got the truck)

8) 2011 chevy cruze eco 6M.


Didn't realize I've had that many vehicles.
 

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Whatever, know we at least need two, everything depends on us having our own transportation, our jobs, school, food, without this transportation, we would be dead meat in this society. And depending on one vehicle is a prime example of putting all of your eggs in one basket. So we have three.

Government sure know this and are taxing us to death with our vehicles, and while its a positive necessity to go to work or school that is the law, none of this is tax deductible.

For a good while was just me, and seem to have a limitation of only being able to drive one vehicle at a time, but still had to pay insurance and registration fees on all three as separate entities. Really doesn't make any sense, does it?

Ha, nothing seems to make sense anymore.
 

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Since 2000
1994 Geo Metro 3 cylinder 5 speed
1997 Dodge Dakota Single Cab 4 cylinder 5 speed Lifted
2000 Ford Ranger ext cab v6 4.0 5 speed Lifted
2005 Chevrolet Colorado ext cab LS lowered inline 5 Automatic SLAMMED
2007 Jeep Wrangler X 4x4 v6 6 speed LIFTED
1990 VW Golf GTI mk2 8v 5 speed SLAMMED
2000 Ford Explorer XLT v6 4.0 Automatic STOCK
2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco 1.4T Automatic
 
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