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#2 of 4 Memory Lane First Post
Jun 12, 2008 (5:27 am)
The First Post. Memory Lane
I have been driving Corolla's as long as I can remember, it has been my first new car, and a third I have been driving. It has been the only second Toyota I have ever owned.
The Cars down my memory lane.
1. 1989 Ford Aerostar XL, purchased it from my dad back in 1998. In the first few weeks had a lot of electronic problems when bought new, had that fixed under warranty. Met my son's mom in it, got my drivers license in it. First Minivan I ever owned. This was the minivan that was designed after the Space Shuttle.
2. 1972 Toyota Celica ST, purchased it from a guy, it was gutted so I got it for $500. Modified, street raced with it, loved it. Had to sell it as it was always a magnet for police. The only true ticket I got was one for "Making Uneccessary Noise in a residential area." Which carried no demerit points but cost me $50. I eventually sold it to a collector for $5000. Bought it in mid 1998.
3. 1998 Toyota Corolla VE (my first Corolla) bought new. Had to trade in my Areostar. It was a great car, It was a desert dune color. The first week I had it, I was in an accident rear ending a taxi as it cut in front of me and braked hard while going down hill as it was raining. Cop was there and declared it his fault. After getting it back from repairs a week later, it was then stolen. Who steals a Corolla?
(June 19 1998-June 30 1998)
4. 1998 Toyota Corolla TRD (my second Corolla from my insurance company) purchased new. It was badged as TRD when on ordering for my new replacement Corolla. I was told by Toyota that my insurance company has overpaid, I contacted my family friend and informed her about this, she said its okay, the money has been paid out. And there was nothing they can do at that time as long as Toyota used all the money up replacing the car.
I then told Toyota to modify it as much as they could with TRD stuff for it. In the end I had the racing engine from an TRD WRC '98 Corolla, 16" Titanium Cut (not molded) Low Profile rims, dual exhaust, dualtronic transmission, TRD rear and front spoiler. The best memory of this car was beating my friend in a drag. He was driving a 98 Ford Cobra 5.0 lol!
Unfortunately after a week of getting my new car, it was stolen. Fortunately I still had my Toyota Celica to go around in.
(July 1998-Aug 1998)
5. Got 1977 Mercury Cougar Broughm 4-dr sedan powered by a Windsor 351. In Sept 1998. My wife drove this car around mainly for a year, as I drove my Celica. But it did allow my parents to reminisce about thier first new car, and their 2nd Anniversary. On parents 2nd annivesary my dad bought a new car, and it was a 1977 Mercury Cougar 2-dr Sedan also powered by a Windsor 351. My 4-dr was such a beast, my friends called it the White Beast Of Scarborough. I bought it for $600, the air con didnt work, and the button on the radio somewhat melted on an oldie station.
One day as I was cruising along the city streets, out poped an nice civic Sir, running a red, I hit it hard, my bumper was inside the civic, and it cut it open like a can opener ripping open a tin foiled can. The driver was in shock, he was charged for street racing. My bumper just had to be rechromed.
Sold her to a collector for $6000 after I had her restored to show room condition.
(Sept 1998-June 1999)
6. 2000 Corolla VE the last of good modifiable Corollas without speed limitars and all. Sold my celica to a collector. Had to trade it in, too heavily driven. 158,000 Km. Repairs needed (4x Tires, all brakes, all rotars, suspension, alignment, 3rd cylinder siezed, muffler, and automatic clutch)
(June 1999-June 2004)
7. 2005 Corolla CE Great car all and all, lasted longer than my previous Corolla's. 184,000 Km, drove it hard too! Repairs needed (4x Tires, all brakes, all rotars, suspension, alignment, 3rd cylinder siezed, muffler, radiator, emissions test needed, both front and rear brake calipers siezed, and automatic clutch)
(June 2004-June 2008)
8. 2008 Sienna......
9. Dream cars would either be a 1957 Chevy Belair Convertable, must be red, or a 1958 Plymoth Fury that looks like Christine.
#3 of 4 Memory Lane...
Jun 18, 2008 (6:56 am)
My first car was a 1980 Ford Mustang Ghia. Cute, but it was neither fast nor fuel efficient, with a 99hp straigh six engine. Can't say I miss it.
Then I had a 1980 Datsun 210. By the time I got it, it was well worn, so I only kept it for a little while.
Then it was the 1986 Chevy Sprint. Don't laugh, I got 45mpg. It did feel like a tin can, though.
My first brand new car was a 1991 Ford Escort GT. Nice powertrain, but the interior bits kept falling off, literally, and I hated the motorized mice seatbelts. It was totalled.
Next I had a 1998 Subaru Forester. Still miss that one. It gave me about 9 good years, then I traded it in for my Sienna.
We missed the Forester enough that we just picked up a 2009 Forester for my wife, so we're all set.
Between the Forester and Sienna I bought a used 1993 Mazda Miata, which I also still own. Good little errand/commuter car.