I don’t know why I thought a catalog blog of the cars I’ve owned and still own is necessary, other than I haven’t blogged in a while.
Like most of my friends in High School, I did not receive a car to drive, during school nor after graduation. In fact, I didn’t take driver’s education in high school, and didn’t actually get my driver’s license until my senior year of college. In High School, I was on the cross country and track team, so I was running every where – no need for a car. Plus I had at least two friends who would drive us places we couldn’t get to via bicycle.
In college and grad school I used the trains, buses and subways to get where I needed to go. Anything around campus, was walking distance or others where driving. The impendence to get a license was the summer between Freshman and Sophomore year of college, when I needed to take some summer courses.
The little Jetta served the family well and lasted about two years after the divorce, so I had the car for 9 years and 198,000 miles, with no engine rebuild! I finally sold it to a guy who was looking for an inexpensive weekend racecar – fried the engine on the second race!
My in between car was a 1993 Chevy Corsica. It was mostly blue, about half of the paint was coming off – it was on of those that had the bad primer and just wasn’t worth redoing. It, however, did have a rebuilt engine, so it ran very good. I kept that car for well over two years and the frame had 190K plus on her. Sold it off the front yard for $200.
What I replaced the Corsica with was my all time favorite vehicle, a 1988 Chevy S-10 Blazer. She was white on top with grey rocker panels and a red pin stripe. Full aluminum running boards and a steel skid plate. I got her cheap and had to have the engine rebuilt, but all that power from the 3.6 V6 was great, auto locking, lever controlled 4×4. I took that truck deep into the woods for some serious bird hunting. That little truck also eventually came with my best buddy, Wingnut! He and I drove every where. I had to get the bottom half of the truck repainted every other year to pass inspection, but it was worth it.
After the tired old S-10 Blazer reached 250K, it was time to move on. Cycling one morning I spied this great green behemoth, and it had a bowtie on the nameplate, it was a full sized 1993 K-Blazer. Green, with a light grey interior and 80,000 miles on the original engine. She had a few dents and stains on the carpet, but I took the boys done to test drive with me. The big captain’s chairs and two rows of bench seat were and immediate hit with the teenagers! I like the massive 6+ liter V-8 engine. This truck had power out the ass and on the fly push button 4-wheel drive.
My oldest boy wanted a car in the worst way when he got his driver’s license, so since I was barrowing money from my 401k anyway, I grabbed a little extra and purchased a fun little green 1999 Mazda Miata. I enlisted the help of a friend to help me drive it from Massachusetts, as I hadn’t driven a manual shift in many, many years. I quickly remembered and had tons of fun blasting around Central Maine in the little green machine. I still have her today, only got 185K on the odometer, but is in need of another new top!
The K-blazer was great fun, until I suffered my first, and only epileptic seizure while driving. Luckily, I was entering a parking lot and only smashed a Honda Ridgeline and a brick flagpole box. Some serious fender work and the driver’s side axle broke, but the insurance company won’t pay to put her back on the road. After a year, with a suspended license, we were back in the market for a truck. The Miata was a great car, but useless in the snow.
Well, by this time, the full sized Blazers were out of production – fucking CAFE standards and EPA imposed MPG fleet rates killed a great truck. So I opted for the next best thing, the 2001 4-door Tahoe, green again, with the third row seating. This truck got me through tons of Fencing tourneys, where I transported people and equipment; the remainder of my child support days and the last of my dog transport day. I loved this truck. Command of the road, a full frame (one of only two passenger vehicles that were still build on full frames – the other being the Suburban, and aforementioned Full-sized Blazer having saved my life), comfort, gas was cheap, so who cared about MPGs.
I had to trade in the Tahoe after Obama’s second term started. His lack of oil drilling and ever increasing CAFE standards raised gasoline prices near $4/gallon and only making 9 mpg was killing the wallet. So off to the dealership to off load the only vehicle I hadn’t driven into the ground, nor made it to 180k+ miles with (125,000 was a good round number and gave me good trade in value). Next up for me was my first ever pick-up, the Chevy Colorado (a 2010 model, in Darth Vader black, binged out with silver accents – the perfect Raider’s fan truck!). I’ve had Darth for just about three years, purchased with less than 15000, I now have over 60K miles on him. Not bad, considering driving is split time in the spring, summer and early fall between the Miata and Darth.