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 Group admin 
We are all obviously car enthusiasts here, and I was wondering what those of us old enough to drive actually own. Post a list of your current vehicle and any past ones you owned of note.

It's not a contest to see who has the best car, this is an informal pole to see what others in the group enjoy driving.
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| January 27, 2017, 3:53 pm
I love sports cars, but I don´t drive. I don´t have a car or driving licence. I travel by bus, train or I walk.
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| January 27, 2017, 3:59 pm
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I'll go first. Here's my list:

My wife and I currently drive:
2015 Mazda 6 Touring - black, black interior
2015 Mazda 6 Grand Touring - blue, black leather interior
2005 Porsche 911 - Speed Yellow, black leather interior

We formally owned:
1963 Chevy Impala 2 door - red and white with a red interior.
2008 Porsche Cayenne S arctic silver with gray leather interior
1998 Chevy Camaro SS - sport gold metallic with tan leather interior. 1 of 36 built in that color, removable t-top roof panels
1985 Chevy Monte Carlo SS - Maroon with Maroon interior, removable t-top roof panels.
2000 Chevy Xtreme - red with gray interior, lowered suspension
2010 Nissan Maxima Sport - Maroon with black leather interior

lots of other regular cars and pick up trucks

Oh yeah, I walk a lot too!

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| January 27, 2017, 4:08 pm
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Quoting LegoPredator !
I love sports cars, but I don´t drive. I don´t have a car or driving licence. I travel by bus, train or I walk.


Your environmentally friendly transportation leaves more gasoline for me. Thanks!
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| January 27, 2017, 4:12 pm
Quoting Blaine R.

Your environmentally friendly transportation leaves more gasoline for me. Thanks!


Just you wait when I´ll buy Ferrari one day! :D
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| January 28, 2017, 1:55 am
Current cars (wife and mine):
2004 Ford Freestyle (wife/family car)
2012 Chevy Sonic (my daily driver)
2004 Subaru STI modified to 360 HP

Previous cars:
1998 Eagle Talon
1994 Chevy Caprice Interceptor (LT1 interceptor tune, 475hp) was first car lol.
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| January 28, 2017, 5:16 pm
I currently drive a 2016 Ford Focus 2.0 diesel ST line, chipped to 200hp and 470nm. My first car was 1998 (classic) Mini Cooper.

Nice list you've got there Blaine!
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| January 28, 2017, 5:55 pm
Hehe, i currently "drive" a bicycle! :-P

I did own a used Toyota Corolla 1.6 until a couple of years ago though. Best car i ever owned, didn't spend a cent in auto repairs for the three years i had it.

Before that, i have had a Mazda 323 and a Citroen Xsara 1.3 (wouldn't recommend that last one to anybody though, unless you're fond of your local mechanic!)
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| January 29, 2017, 2:17 pm
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Quoting Builder Allan
Hehe, i currently "drive" a bicycle! :-P

I did own a used Toyota Corolla 1.6 until a couple of years ago though. Best car i ever owned, didn't spend a cent in auto repairs for the three years i had it.

Before that, i have had a Mazda 323 and a Citroen Xsara 1.3 (wouldn't recommend that last one to anybody though, unless you're fond of your local mechanic!)



I learned to drive in a 1985 Mazda GLC hatchback (before they were called 323). Great, indestructible little car.
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| January 29, 2017, 5:59 pm
Quoting Blaine R.


I learned to drive in a 1985 Mazda GLC hatchback (before they were called 323). Great, indestructible little car.

Ok, then maybe i was unfortunate with my Mazda :-) Among other minor things it had engine sensor problems, so i only had it for about a year. I spent about 3000 $ in repairs before i gave it up.
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| January 30, 2017, 4:32 am
I currently drive a 2015 VW Amarok Ultimate Edition and my girlfriend has a 2009 Seat Leon with performance package.
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| March 14, 2017, 10:29 am
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Quoting Sven ;o)
I currently drive a 2015 VW Amarok Ultimate Edition and my girlfriend has a 2009 Seat Leon with performance package.


A VW pickup truck? They don't sell that in the USA! Does it have a frame and separate body like a Ford F-150 or is it a unabody like a Honda Ridgeline?
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| March 16, 2017, 12:29 pm
Quoting Blaine R.

A VW pickup truck? They don't sell that in the USA! Does it have a frame and separate body like a Ford F-150 or is it a unabody like a Honda Ridgeline?

Yes, a VW pickup truck ;) Yes, they don't sell it in the USA (maybe because of the chicken tax) In Europe, Brasil and Australia the Amarok is very common. It has a frame and a separate body. But it's a bit smaller in size compared to a Dodge Ram or Ford F-150 but in the one ton cargo load range.
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| March 16, 2017, 12:47 pm
Two weeks ago it made an year since I got my driving licence, but unfortunately I only drove 4 times ever since, only short trips, and it is also about to make a year since the last one. The whole reason for that was some issues at home, as my mother that came with me those times expected me at the last one to drive faster than I felt comfortable doing in city roads and to properly park the car in our building's common garage without trouble, after doing that only three times before. Well, she's incredibly hot headed and I decided I didn't want to drive with her anymore, and after all this time I can't feel confident to drive again, as even back then I couldn't feel too confident with my obvious lack of experience.

As buying my own car, I don't work (and can't, scholarship clausule) so I couldn't afford one and my family doesn't plan to offer me one, so I'll eventually get my own once I finish my course.

Long story short, bus and subway for me! *sigh*
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| March 16, 2017, 7:54 pm
I currently drive a 2017 Volvo V90 T5 Inscription, I used to own a Mazda RX-8 as "fun car" but I got rid of it last year. At the moment still looking for a replacement.

Cars I used to own are:
-2017 Volvo V90
-2003 Mazda RX-8 1.3 by Renesis
-2015 Volvo V60 D6 Twin-Engine Polestar Kit
-2014 Citroën DS3 Convertible 1.6 VTI
-2012 Peugeot 208 1.2 VTI
-2010 Lexus CT 200h (you could consider the 208 a downgrade but I had more fun with it)
-2006 Toyota Auris lease car (my first car)
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| March 20, 2017, 3:14 pm
 Group admin 
It never fails to amaze me how many cars and trucks we can't buy in the USA. Most of what you all have listed is not for sale here. Number one on my list I can't legally import is the third generation (current) Mazda 6 Sport Wagon.
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| March 20, 2017, 9:40 pm
I understand US doesn't want to hurt it's own automobile industry, and by no means I want to offend your country, but doesn't those importation rules seem a bit hypocrite? I see all those people making a chassis from scratch, putting it on a car that got the interior stripped out and racing seats, and the cherry on top of the cake being a massive supercharger sticking out of the engine block. However, when it comes to imports, either it passes the 20/25 years rule (not sure the exact age) or it has to respect a ton of rules it appears your national car doesn't have to.
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| March 21, 2017, 3:40 am
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Quoting André Fontes
I understand US doesn't want to hurt it's own automobile industry, and by no means I want to offend your country, but doesn't those importation rules seem a bit hypocrite? I see all those people making a chassis from scratch, putting it on a car that got the interior stripped out and racing seats, and the cherry on top of the cake being a massive supercharger sticking out of the engine block. However, when it comes to imports, either it passes the 20/25 years rule (not sure the exact age) or it has to respect a ton of rules it appears your national car doesn't have to.


There are not any real tariffs that are keeping foreign brands from being sold in the US. In fact, a lot of foreign brands cars are built or partially bill in US factories anyway. That's not the reason that many of those vehicles are not sold here, it really comes down to cost of marketing a new brand to the US and meeting the federal safety and omissions standards.

There is definitely a double standard when it comes to automobiles in the United States. The federal government mandates an extreme amount of safety and emissions tests that not standardized around the world. In addition, each of our 50 states has their own laws about vehicle standards. It's a very complicated and extremely expensive process for an Automaker to get their car approved to sell in the United States.

That being said, the double standard comes in when you look at kit cars. You can't register a modern car that does not meet federal standards that was built out of United States. But you are allowed to import that car without a driveline in it and build it yourself as a kit car. The net result is the same car, but putting it together yourself makes it legal to register for road use. It doesn't make any sense as the car is not any safer or less safe whether you build it yourself or it is built at a factory. The only reason that loophole in the law exists is because of our extensive hot rodding past and deep seated custom car culture.

At least we can build any LEGO car that we want!
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| March 21, 2017, 9:30 am
Quoting Blaine R.
At least we can build any LEGO car that we want!

Amen! Lol. Tho, I think part of the reason there are such restrictions is because of the illegal street racing.
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| March 21, 2017, 9:42 am
the single biggest restriction on cars for road use in the US is safety. each new car has to submit a minimum number of cars to be crash tested, and for it's auxiliary safety systems to be fully tested. if the car never goes through that test then it can't be imported complete. if it fails the test it can't be imported complete. if it passes but performs very poorly then importing it isn't even wise as the competition will surely advertise their superiority in safety.

then there is emissions which each year get tougher and tougher to meet. though most of Europe is getting close to US levels too. California still goes way over the top on their restrictions.

on the Kit car front, there actually are reverse loop holes for the Government to use against "kit factory cars" (also known as Grey market, basically black market cars that become legal-ish) that allows the state you reside in to inspect the car if they chose and see if it is a complete car as it could be purchased overseas due to the way you assembled it. if so then that car is subject to all the laws preventing it's import. at which point you have 2 options, have it re-classed as a racing car not for road use. or have it confiscated and destroyed. so many people who do grey market builds will heavily modify the engines and suspension to prove that it is not a standard car, it just looks like one.

(I spent a lot of time trying to line up a Skyline GT-R R33, but ultimately stepped away from it when Michigan went after all GT-Rs in the state. some are now historic cars and completely legal (25 years for Michigan))
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| March 21, 2017, 10:08 am
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Quoting Gallardo of LU
the single biggest restriction on cars for road use in the US is safety. each new car has to submit a minimum number of cars to be crash tested, and for it's auxiliary safety systems to be fully tested. if the car never goes through that test then it can't be imported complete. if it fails the test it can't be imported complete. if it passes but performs very poorly then importing it isn't even wise as the competition will surely advertise their superiority in safety.

then there is emissions which each year get tougher and tougher to meet. though most of Europe is getting close to US levels too. California still goes way over the top on their restrictions.

on the Kit car front, there actually are reverse loop holes for the Government to use against "kit factory cars" (also known as Grey market, basically black market cars that become legal-ish) that allows the state you reside in to inspect the car if they chose and see if it is a complete car as it could be purchased overseas due to the way you assembled it. if so then that car is subject to all the laws preventing it's import. at which point you have 2 options, have it re-classed as a racing car not for road use. or have it confiscated and destroyed. so many people who do grey market builds will heavily modify the engines and suspension to prove that it is not a standard car, it just looks like one.

(I spent a lot of time trying to line up a Skyline GT-R R33, but ultimately stepped away from it when Michigan went after all GT-Rs in the state. some are now historic cars and completely legal (25 years for Michigan))



Correct on all counts.
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| March 21, 2017, 12:35 pm
Quoting Blaine R.
It never fails to amaze me how many cars and trucks we can't buy in the USA. Most of what you all have listed is not for sale here. Number one on my list I can't legally import is the third generation (current) Mazda 6 Sport Wagon.


Vice versa though. I visited Dubai last month and even the most common cars amazed me, which were partially Nissans and Chevrolets/Fords from the US markets.
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| March 22, 2017, 3:34 pm
I wanna go to Dubai and grab a car from one of the graveyards. I'd get a boat to take it home for me, but then I'd have to have my dad drive it home (no license)
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| April 4, 2017, 11:24 am
Living in London, there is little point to invest to much on a car,

Nonetheless, I drive a Merc A Klass 220 Sport and... a Kia Sportage. Guess what: my kids prefer the Sportage - lots of car education to give them still!

Previously I had
- a Seat Leon (a bit bland - I did not keep it long)
- a Range Rover Sport (Best experience was to drive it on big fat dunes near Dubai)
- a Kia Sorrento (I needed a cheap 4x4 in Dubai)
- an Alfa 147 (I miss it sooo much)
- a Merc SLK 2nd gen (I miss it a bit less)
- a Seat Ibiza gen 1 (cheap thrills and good look)
- 2 Renault Clio 1st gen (I crashed the 1st one in east Germany mid-90s, the roads at that time were so wrong there)
- a Renault 9 (also crashed in Germany 6 months before the Clio - by a Lorry driver - thanksksfully nobody was in the car at the time)

Cheers!

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| April 14, 2017, 2:35 pm
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