- 'Everyday' cars you miss.
Family cars.. we used to have Nissans in the 80s so the Rover 216 we got after those seemed really plush. But the 214 that replaced it, that was lovely.
The last Nissan was a Stanza. Dull even for a kid but that thing gave is the best years of our lives. So many experiences started and finished with it.. it never once went wrong in any waymore in almost 100k and many years.Posted 6 years ago
I got given the “workshop” mini pickup when i passed my test at the age of 17 and 3hrs of age and told to look after it or they would kick the shit out of me, I was an apprentice at a Rover garage back in 1989 and the mini was a little belter as it had constantly been tweaked and worked on over the years by the mechanics, 1360cc A series engine with twin su carbs onto a straight through side exiting exhaust and uprated discs from a MG metro – i think they took pity on me as i only got paid £29.50 for 6 days work thanks to the YTS system but i had been working on cars n’ engines for years thanks to my upbringing so i was doing the same mechanical work as everyone else in the garage and i was always keen to learn from everyone else as they all had masses of experience, some in motorsport, some in clubman rallying so i would be the first to offer to help out with anything going.
A cracking little car that was so fast off the line and through the corners, as long as you kept the power on it could corner pretty much as well as anything else on the road. I learned how to correct lift off oversteer and how to prevent it………fill the rear bed with a couple of sand bags and do all the braking before hand then power on and turn in.
Two years later at the age of 19 i had bought a rear ended Lancia Delta HF Integrale from one of our customers as the insurance company had written it off due to the expense of repair, i spent the entire summer repairing it in the bodyshop and rebuilding it from the ground up, it cost me a fair bit but i had been left the money so it was worth it. 21 years old and driving a rosso monza lhd 220bhp 4wd monster……..sadly it only lasted 11 months before i had to sell it due to the running costs and insurance costs. Quite possibly the most stupid decision i’ve made in my life as it was utterly sublime to drive and i’ll never be able to afford another one.Posted 6 years ago
Had a couple of bangers from the age of about 14 to learn about engines and mess around in the fields and on the farm tracks where I grew up. First was a ’65 Morris Minor – lovely car, surprisingly fun to drive, and very comfy inside. Picked up for £50 from a mate of my Dads. Intended to be first proper car when I passed my test but sadly needed too much work….would be worth a fair bit now. Got swapped for a ’73 Cortina estate in bright yellow with a brown vinyl roof which was known as the flying banana and was truly vile. Again expired well before I passed my test.
First proper car of my own was another Cavalier – a silver 1987 1.6L handed down from my Dad. Really nothing special now but as above, loved that car – comfy, loads of room and could be hustled along pretty well. Not been a fan of anything they’ve done since though.
Car I loved the most (apart from my current T4) and the one I most regret selling on was my Red ’92 Golf Mk II Driver. Just such a solid car, with bags of character and also great to drive. My father in law took it off our hands with 190K on the clock when we “upgraded” to a Mk IV (which I never really got on with), only for it to get nicked and totalled a couple of months later…I almost cried. Would have another tomorrow if I could afford it.Posted 6 years ago
Mate’s Dad had a Montego Turbo
I used to service them in the rover garage i worked at, along with the maestro turbo which was a hoot to drive in a straight line as long as you could cope with the horrendous torque steer as they would tramline at the slightest provocation, when the turbo spooled up you had to have two hands on the wheel otherwise you’d be in the ditch.
Fancy pants electronic dash as well, but that was crap as i used to get the job of changing them on a monthly basis coz the lcd displays leaked or just stopped working for no reason.Posted 6 years ago
Just for the MK2 Golf fanboyz on the thread 😀 , here’s mine…go on…buy one for yourself and tell the wife it’s an investment as they will only go up in value year on year. Mine is currently valued at £6K and going up by £500 a year as long as i keep it in good condition but it has been rebuilt from the ground up at a cost of £4k+, 1960cc ABT tuned 16v engine conversion, quaiffe diff etc 192bhp 965kg, 0-100mph time through first 3 gears is……. quite fast enough 😉
Driven like it should be i get 18 mpg, but to be honest i drive it with the utmost care and consideration for the car and maximum mpg which i have got up to 36.3 mpg apart from the odd 2nd gear overtaking manoeuvre when i stretch it a bit to the 7500rpm redline which is admittingly is bouncing the speed limit.Posted 6 years ago
Those cars handle very well too.
Especially with eibach roll bars/eibach springs, bilstein b12 shocks, fully polybushed and quickrack wi a lsd diff thrown in for good measure along with everything running gear wise replaced for original VW items (anything else and i wouldn’t have trusted it under load) – a mk6 golf gti rapidly disappears in the rear view mirror 😆
Go on folks, for the price of a 2nd hand ford focus or mondeo you could drive something that actually makes you smile and it will gain in value every year so it’s an investment really.
A very nice place to sit but i admit it is rather noisy due to a 4 branch miltek manifold and 2.5″ Jetex exhaust, but what a noise…….. especially through the clyde tunnel as it pops and farts on the overrun.
Not an especially fast car or exotic in the slightest but i like it for what it is, a decent daily driver.Posted 6 years agoB.A.NanaMember
bearnecessities – Member
Mate’s Dad had a Montego Turbo
Wow. Just wow!
That’s what I said 0-60.
I assume you’re taking the p1ss, but it was the fastest accelerating family car at the time, you probably aren’t old enough to comment in context to the time.
samuri – Member
I’m sorry. I don’t believe any Montego was put together well enough to withstand the strain a turbo would put on it.
Doing some research reveals it had a 0-60 time of 7.3 seconds. That damn fast!
I think that was the opinion at the time, but it was sh1t hot acceleration (at the time) until it fell apart, which was quite often. It was a wow car for a very short time
I remember the MG Montego turbo, more torque steer than steering wheel steer. And turbo laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag!
I never drove it, but it was the first car I sat in on a 0-60 drag race and was pined in the seat with g-force (I assume that’s what it was). However, I recall within 6 months from new, it broke down on us twice.Posted 6 years agosimmySubscriber
This tread is bringing back some memories.
I had a citiroen ax gt that me and a mate went halves on. We left it in the garage and someone nicked it and took it round the local BMX track 😯 absolutely wrecked it.
Car I regret most losing was a Mk 4 escort estate that we had about 11 years and in that time it had a new engine then mum gave it to me to put through an MOT and it failed on loads of welding.
I stripped it to a shell and welded it all up, had it painted and dark yellow and put a RS turbo engine in it. Did it fly. Only thing that stopped it was a Punto pulling out in front of me and I went straight into the side of it..
The bonnet folded over, the engine dropped so I couldn’t move it and the girl who was with me asked ” as it damaged our car ? ” as I climbed out the window Bo and Luke style 🙄 she was eye candy to say the least…….Posted 6 years agoSaxonRiderSubscriber
Words can not express how much I loved this car.
A 1988 740 GLE, it carried my wife and first child from Northwestern Canada to Winnipeg, to Montreal, to New York, to Vermont, Toronto, and back again. It never missed a beat, and when it did need repairs, I was always able to get my own parts and do them in the driveway.
I would get another in a heartbeat.Posted 6 years agoMerakMember
I’ve had some quick cars over the years, even some concours level stuff. But in keeping with the everyday car theme the one I miss the the most is an old VW Vento.
It was a 30’odd thousand miler I bought from an local old boy. It was burgundy with an un marked biscuit interior. It was entirely ordinary with a chasm for a boot.
I sold it to buy an Escort RS turbo…Posted 6 years agoLionheartMember
Have had a few cars I miss, original Cooper S, 1956 Landie, couple of my Spridgets, 2.8i Capri, a Senator (what a great car!) but in keeping with the original request – the everyday car was a. Citroen Xantia estate.Posted 6 years ago
We bought it very cheaply with 42k on the clock to have a ‘leave at the railway station overnight’ car, thinking a few months at the most. Then kept it for 14 years and 240k miles with us. Never broke down, never had much done to it, carried tons of kit (self-levelling), seemingly did high 30s mpg,very comfy, once wound up carried momentum very well, great four wheel drifter on roundabouts! Never rusted (galvanised), went through snow, across ploughed fields, happily did mild to medium ish green lanes. Eventually sort of became all used up and worn out, drove to the breakers with 280k on the clock (they gave me £150) and cycled home – we all miss it : /
Rip Thunderbird 4!bjj.andy.wMember
Why the hell I sold my 54 plate civic type r I’ll never know, it was SO much fun to drive. In the 4 yrs/40k I had it not one problem with it.Posted 6 years ago
2nd best car I had was a vauxhall chevette hsr replica (don’t laugh) standard as in piss poor 1.3 engine but with spax adjustable suspension. Bloody hell it could handle, always remember “racing” in my misspent youth with my mate who had a Renault 5gt turbo on some back roads and he said he struggled to keep up with me.neilsonwheelsMember
I had a B reg Mitsubishi colt 1.5l with a 3 speed auto box. It was as dull as dish water but as reliable as time its self. The thing just kept going. It carried all manner of bikes and tents over the years and never missed a beat. Loved that car and only got shot of it because the B pillar rotted through beyond repair.
I had a mk2 XR2 before that. Very fast for a shopping car and had loads of teenage fun in it. This ended up like most hot hatches of its day, upside down. 😯
I still have a 306 estate that is knocking 14 years old now. TBH it is definitely feeling every one of its 150000 miles but it never misses a beat and is going fully loaded with bikes and kit to France in a couple of months. I will be sorry to see this one go as like the Mitsubishi it has been a faithful companion on many an adventure.Posted 6 years agoThePerfectKissSubscriber
loving this thread… as a 70’s child… the 80’s provided some notorious cars…Posted 6 years ago
MG Metro Turbo…
Renault Fuego, think there was a turbo variant
Ford fiesta XR variant with pepper pot alloys
Ford Sierra XR4 (i + sapphire + cosworth) again some models with pepper pots
After passing my test was lucky to have as my wheels an Audi 80 LS 1975 plate (cadiz orange) then went to a Mars red 1977 Audi 80 GLS replaced by a Triumph Herald 1360 convertible… happy daysNeil FMember
My mum had a Vauxhall Viva E Coupe, like a Firenza without the droop snoot and all the body add ons and souped up powerplant.
Loved that car, used to polish it for extra pocket money.
I had a 1991 “H” Mazda 323F 1.8GT, which was fantastic. I don’t think it had a rev limit. I still regret selling that car! 😆Posted 6 years ago
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