posted on Jan, 2 2007 @ 09:00 PM
God, this story is almost embarrassing to tell!
My first car was a DISASTER! I'll begin by saying that all my life the thing I was most looking forward to was driving and having my own car- to the
point where I was actually caught by the police TWICE for driving under age! I just LOVED driving and I was always into cars growing up.
Anyway, I made one of the biggest mistakes you could possible make when shopping for a car- I rushed and I didn't look around. I just looked in the
paper for something that I liked and something in my budget. In this case, my eyes came to the attention of a 1989 Lincoln Mark VII. I believe the
year was 1999 that I purchased it. Anyway, I didn't bother researching the vehicle itself, or I would have discovered the horror stories of
Lincoln's TERRIBLE air suspension- among other things!
So, and this is really embarrassing to put, after checking out the vehicle- AT NIGHT (ugh, I know), I made arrangements to purchase it for $3,500.00
USD. As you can guess, it was a huge mistake. The car probably lasted a few months. The suspension was basically shot. You had to warm the car up
for 10 minutes before the individual "air bags" that comprise the air suspension filled up, or else it would look like a low-rider and the tires
would rub against the wells. The electrical work in it was shot and when I tried rolling down the passenger window, SMOKE came out of the switch!
The gas guage was broken which led to me running out on many occasions.
Thankfully my time spent with this crap-box was very brief. My next car was a 1993 Dodge Intrepid ES, which I had really wanted all along because I
was always a huge Intrepid and a huge Dodge fan. I named her "Veronica" and she was very good to me for a few years. Next up was a 1997 Jeep Grand
Cherokee Limited, which is still my favorite car that I've ever had. After that was a 2002 Ford Explorer which I HATED! I'll never buy Ford again
(nothing personal, so please don't attack me Ford Fans- I know you guys can be vicious). They weren't kidding when they said Ford stood for "Fix
Or Repair Daily"!
I had much better luck with my 2002 Acura 3.2TL Type-S. She also was named Veronica, as all my cars are because she is the soul and the soul will
always be with me and whichever vehicle I own. We had some very good times until she was stolen by some thugs and basically totaled!
Next up was an '03 Chevy Trailblazer. I don't have any major complaints other than it wasn't a Grand Cherokee!
Finally, I just purchased a couple of months ago a 2007 Toyota Camry. I wanted some much-needed reliability and good gas mileage. Hopefully it
won't snow too much this winter so that I'll regret my switch from SUV's!
Anyway, I know the thread was about first cars so I apologize for rambling on and on (once again). The sad part is that I've had all these cars
already and I'm barely 25 years old!
PS- Congratulations to everyone who campaigned for an Autos forum here! I thought it would be a great addition so let's prove myself right and keep
up the good threads/posts on here!!!!!