For a person who is 25, very nearly 26 years old, I do get around when it comes to cars… lol… I’ve had 6 cars in total, including my current Mazda. Each car has their story. Sit down, grab a cup of coffee or tea, get a bowl of popcorn and read on about my misfortunes.
1: 1996 Chevrolet Corsica BASE in Red – Owned from 2007 to 2009
Oh, this piece of shit. This was given to me by my mom and then-step-dad as a means to stop using my mom’s 2002 Mercedes-Benz ML320 (also a piece of shit). This Corsica worked, some of the time. At least it had the decently torquey 3100 OHV V6. The fuel pump kept dying while driving (back then I thought it was overheating causing it to stall, lol). Also the alternator failed on me while driving as well, the power locks actuated by themselves and the rear window defrost had like two working heating grids.
2: 1996 Volkswagen Jetta GL in Black – Owned from 2009 to 2010
Oh, Jenna the Jetta (how original, I know). She was my trusty first manual love. I instantly fell in love with this little one when I sat inside. It smelt of old people and the headlight-on warning chime was a buzzer! When you leave the key in the ignition it gave off the ‘La Cucaracha” tone!
I covered this Volkswagen in my previous post on “How I Got My Start Part 1 – First Volkswagen & Dealership.”
3: 2000 Pontiac Grand Am SE1 in Spruce Green Metallic – Owned from 2010 to 2012
Ah, the Pontiac. My second GM vehicle. I found this sucker on Craigslist for sale with a salvaged title for like $1300 or something like that. It was involved in a rear-end accident so the rear of the vehicle was actually a different Pontiac Grand Am. The Frankenstein job was actually pretty good, couldn’t tell from the outside and underneath the vehicle was pretty damn clean. Does explain though the leaky-unsealed trunk. I had a fair amount of clothes actually ruined because I failed to see the trunk was leaking copious amounts of water. Oh well. This one had the 3400 OHV V6 mated to a 4-speed auto. I especially enjoyed that the instrument cluster needles swept back and forth when you started it. I thought it was the coolest thing ever (don’t judge me. I get excited easily). Though several months of ownership I became part of GAOC (Grand Am Owner’s Club) and there was actually a pretty decent following in Minnesota! I went to some meets. Most of them were GT’s so I was one of a few SE’s in the group.
4: 2008 Volkswagen Jetta SE in Platinum Gray Metallic – Owned in 2011
The second Volkswagen I had. The 2.5 Inline-5 mounted side-saddle mated to an outdated 5-speed manual. This is the first vehicle I’ve had where I financed it. I had a lot of plans for it, unfortunately I wasn’t able to spend much time with her (about 5 months) then I got rear ended by a Dodge Shadow that failed to see me stopped going approximately 35-40mph. The impact was catastrophic. I did unfortunately get to enjoyVolkswagen’s safe technology in the form of ICRS (Intelligent Crash Response System). What it does is: unlocks all the doors, turns on the interior lights, shuts power to all high-power electronics, disables the fuel pump and turns on the hazard warning lights. It turns on if there’s an airbag deployment or in my case, a seat belt pretensioner is activated via an impact sensor.
5: 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP in Galaxy Silver Metallic – Owned from 2011 to 2012
As a last-minute $0-down effort to get something that would run and be fun, I financed this beauty. I bought it from a Chevrolet dealership that I thought would’ve inspected it and refurbished it better. I needed a car that would be nothing out-of-pocket to get and would run and drive because now since the accident, I’m without a car and American Family isn’t going to help me pay for a replacement because the jerk that hit me didn’t have a driver’s license nor did he have any type of valid auto insurance. No bueno.
Tune in next Sunday for a post about my current car, a 2012 Mazda Mazda3 iTouring hatch with the 6-Speed SkyActiv 6MT. Lots of stories with this one, lemme tell ya!