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#15 of 54 What I gave up
Jun 26, 2007 (9:29 pm)
was a 57 T-Bird, with both tops. Bought a 77 Dodge Aspen station wagon. Sure wish I still had the Bird now.
#16 of 54 Re: I'll go first [briancam]
Jun 27, 2007 (3:43 pm)
I too had a Fiat Spider from day one and sold it for a 66 Mustang GT Hardtop due to a couple of kids. Kids are gone, but still have the Mustang. Also gone are a couple of wagons and several Town Cars.
#17 of 54 My children or a Ferrari?
Jun 27, 2007 (4:27 pm)
My divorce in the 1980s dashed my hopes for a Ferrari 308 GTS. Two children and $969 per month in child support pretty much dashed my hopes for the Ferrari of my dreams. Now that I can afford it there is not the same desire. It was fun test driving it and the other greats from the late 1970s and early 1980s.
#18 of 54 Cars I gave up..let me see
Jun 27, 2007 (6:38 pm)
The first one was a 1981 Toyota Celica. Our third son was here so it was time to get something with four doors. Or in this case three doors and a tailgate. Our first mini-van came along; a 1985 what else? Toyota Van Le. I did have my eye on a 4runner since I thought they were cool with the removable top and all but the Mrs. nixed that idea. The next one was the Nissan Sentra SE-R. This was not your run of the mill Sentra. The 1991-94 generation made CarandDriver's top ten list every year. It was compared to the BMW 2002 and was also called "a poor man's Porsche" by the automotive press. It was a great handling car and lots of fun to drive. I was in the navy then and my wife would drive me to the base every morning at 5am while the ship was in port and drive back to get the kids off to school then she would go to work. The whole scenario would be repeated backwards at the end of the day. When I deployed to Desert Storm I decided it was time to get a second car for me to commute and let my wife get her sleep. I told her to send me every car related mag to begin my research. When I got back I had narrowed it down to one car. The SE-R. We went and test drove it late one night and I immediately fell in love with it. But once again the wife nixed the idea. "Hon, the car is too small and the kids are growing up quick. We need a bigger car." So, we ended up buying a 1992 Camry. The first of three we've had in our family stable. I did get my wish later on when Mack Jr. (who had been collecting every single issue of car and driver) bought a pristine 1994 black SE-R which he would let me drive anytime he needed gas!
#19 of 54 Re: Cars I gave up..let me see [mackabee]
Jun 27, 2007 (7:09 pm)
Mackabee! Where the heck you been hiding, man?
Good to see you back. Good story, too!
#20 of 54 Re: I'll go first [euphonium]
Jun 28, 2007 (4:28 am)
I gave up my Fiat Spider long before the kids came. Luckily I sold it to a buddy of mine and he has not driven it in 15 years. So hopefully one day he will sell it back to me for what i sold it to him for (yea right!).
The one I gave up was a '02 Jetta 1.8t when kid #3 came along. With the new child seat laws there was no way to get 3 child seats in the back. Well, we did it once but it took 10 minutes to get everyone buckled and unbuckled. The Mini-van did most of the family hauling , but the need for a second car that could fit three was obvious.
#21 of 54 What I gave up....
Jun 29, 2007 (9:39 am)
Nothing exotic or even fun, that's for sure. An '87 Isuzu P'up pickup was what I was driving when our son came along. We already had the family truckster ('88 Isuzu Trooper), but on the occasions where we had to put the car seat into the truck, it just wasn't working well.
The P'up got sold and I bought a '91 Nissan Sentra SE (I really wanted the SE-R), which worked much better, even if it was a 2-door, because of the back seat.
#22 of 54 I think my daughter is finally ready
Jul 02, 2007 (6:01 pm)
to have my Audi A4
#23 of 54 my sacrifice
Jul 05, 2007 (6:07 am)
After a long string of "practical" primary cars, my wife decided I should finally treat myself to a sportscar. If we ever needed more seating, we had her SUV. So I picked up a used '04 350Z with 9K miles in Feb '05. In July '05, we found out we were having a baby. Joy! ... oh ... wait.
So just 9 months after purchase, I traded it for a less expensive 4-door and $4k cash to decorate the nursery.
I LOVED that car! And I'll be sure to always remind my son of that fact.
I do, however, still have my Alfa Spider (and, no, its not much of a sportscar, which you'd know if you ever drive one ... plus, it sees VERY little time on the road).
#24 of 54 Re: my sacrifice [qbrozen]
Jul 05, 2007 (6:26 am)
it sees VERY little time on the road
Why ? Are you too busy changing diapers ?