Every Vehicle I’ve Owned

Posted: October 23, 2008 in my experiences, vehicles

Disclaimer – this does not include my wife’s two cars that I’ve “co-owned” in the last 5 years.  Also, these are not actual pictures of the cars I owned.  They are pictures of the same model year and type of car I owned.  Mostly just the colors are different.  With that said, starting at the top left, going clockwise:

1. 1987 Ford Escort.  Mine was a 2-door, black, with red interior.  4 speed manual.  Bought it in June 1992 with 60,000 miles for a grand total of $2300.00.  Put in a Kenwood CD player and a big-ass speaker box in the trunk.  Drove it until December 1995.  It had roughly 107,000 miles when I traded it.

2. 1993 Mazda Protege.  Mine was 4 door, 5 speed manual, champaigne colored.  Had about 34,000 miles when I bought it in December 1995.  I was traveling a TON on weekends with ministries during college, and was not confident in the Escort anymore.  Used some student loan money for a down payment and financed it on my own at age 19.  Pretty cool.  Nice car.  Replaced the power steering pump at 60,000 miles (it went out on me) for about $300.00, but that was it.  Drove it until June 1998.  Had about 96,000 miles at the end of my ownership.

3. 1995 Ford Ranger XLT.  Mine was 2 door, 5 speed manual, green colored.  I had been wanting a truck for a while, just had an itch.  Bought this 1 month after I graduated and moved to Knoxville.  Had about 70,000 miles when I got it.  Good truck, ran well, I enjoyed it.  However, I quickly learned that a 2-door, 3 seater truck wasn’t the best vehicle for a youth minister with no church van.  I needed more seats.  Hence…

4. 1998 Mazda Protege LX.  Traded the Ranger for this one in November 1998.  The car was 1 year old with 32,000 miles.  White, 4 door, 5 speed manual.  First vehicle I owned with power locks, windows, and a remote entry.  Drove it until it had 102,000 miles and did no service to it other than oil changes, battery, tires, general upkeep stuff.  Very dependable car. 

5. 2001 Mazda B3000.  My first ever brand new vehicle.  Bought this about 4 months after I’d started selling cars for a living.  Traded the 98 Protege and leased the truck because of a great lease rate Mazda had, which made for a great payment at the time.  It was 2WD, white, extended cab, 5 speed manual.  Looked pretty much just like the picture above, except it wasn’t a 4×4.  Awesome truck, just one complaint.  It was extended cab but didn’t have a 3rd door.  So the extended cab was nearly useless, because you couldn’t get things in and out of there.  Only owned it for 1 year and 17,000 miles.

6. 2002 Mazda Protege LX.  My 2nd new vehicle.  Why so soon?  After driving the 2001 truck for only 1 year, 9/11 hit, gas prices went up dramatically, and my car sales career wasn’t going very well.  The Protege’s were on 0% for 60 months at that time, and the car got 10mpg better than the truck.  Payment was almost identical, but I was immediately saving about $30.00 a month in gas alone.  Every penny counted.  This car was silver, 5 speed, with a sunroof.  Really, really, really great car.  Drove this one for over 6 years, 97,000 miles, and never had one mechanical issue.  Just like the previous Protege, all I did was oil changes, new battery, tires, etc. 

7. 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS.  White, 4 door, automatic.  Got it in September 2008.  After 16 years of driving, my first automatic transmission.  The 2002 Protege was great, but needed about $1400.00 in “age” repairs (timing belt and clutch) to continue it’s life.  I didn’t want to fork out that chunk of money, and after 6 years was sort of ready for a change.  This car is very basic.  No power windows, locks, no keyless entry.  10 years ago I would NEVER have considered a Hyundai.  5 years ago they started getting my attention.  Now I finally feel comfortable owning one.  So far, after 2600 miles, I’m averaging 31 mpg consistently.  I only hope it will be as reliable and long lasting as my Protege’s were.  

8. My future car.  A 2008 Porsche 911 GT2.  I’m thinking with inflation, resale value, and saving every penny, I’ll be able to buy a used 2008 Porsche 911 GT2 sometime in the year 2019.  I’ll be 43, in a mid-life crisis, and ready for a hot, fast, identity-crisis type of car.  It will be perfect.

  1. Meriam says:

    When Ron and I were dating we fell in love with a maroon 1990 Acura Integra EX hatchback. I worked in the periodicals room at the library and actually rushed to his dorm to get him and bring him back to the library to see the ad in Motor Trend. (This was pre-cell phone days.) It took us ten years, but in 1999 his 1976 Chevy Camero finally bit the dust and we just happened to find it when we were looking for a replacement. It’s not the EX, but it’s just one model down and he could pay cash for it. Now Emily is afraid we are going to make her drive it in 3 years when she turns 16.

  2. Jason says:

    Wow, that’s cool. You were actually alive pre-cell phone.

    =) just kidding – i didn’t get my first one til 1999. And the Acura Integra has to be one of the overall best cars ever made. They’re still very popular, and they haven’t been produced for about 6 years. And Emily should be PROUD at the possibility of inheriting that car.

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