The Webmaster's Past Cars
This photo is from 1990 or so.
I'm older now and have less hair.
1976 Plymouth Valiant
160,000 original miles or thereabouts on the original (and unrebuilt) 318 engine, transmission, trans fluid, carburetor, and radiator when sold. (But it was on the third speedometer!) I cured the problems the dealer had not been able to! Surprised? There are more photos over on the Plymouth Valiant site.
1973 Dodge Dart
This is the Dart at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's home near the University of Virginia, in roughly 1984.
Sold at about 130,000 miles, probably also in 1984. I liked the car for a while but then was sucked in by a more fun and comfortable car.
1976 Chevy Camaro
The least reliable car I've had, the Camaro had leaky rings, so every time it started cold blue smoke would go shooting off into the distance. The 305 V-8 was less impressive than the 318, it had less power (as one would expect) and the car was heavier. Plush interior and comfy ride. Handling didn't even approach that of the Rabbit but easily beat the Dart!
I'm a Mopar guy but I have to say, this is one of the best looking cars I've ever owned.
1970s Buick Skylark
The less said the better. It was given to me in return for helping someone else find a $300 1971 Dodge Coronet. I think I sold it for $300. I don't think I drove it more than a couple of times.
1979 VW Rabbit
Until the 300M, the most reliable car I've had. I got it from my father when it wouldn't pass inspection due to a bad vacuum hose. 30 mpg, 99 mph top speed with base engine and four-speed manual. It could outrace my V-8 Camaro 0-50 (and then get burned above 50), and easily outpaced Escort GTs at the Ford plant where I worked for a while. Great car, great handling even with 50,000 mile old 13-inch tires as long as the road was perfectly dry and clean. Terrible car when under warranty, but once out, only need one new brake caliper at 50K or so and one new alternator at about 100K. Sold it when I went to college - about 102,000 miles and no rust. Should have kept it, for when I needed it, but I figured I'd be in school for five years in Manhattan, and would then get a great job and pay all my bills with money left over for a hot new car. Ha, ha.
I had photos but they had my girlfriend in them and since she's married now and has been for over a decade, I think it's better to just let you remember what Rabbits looked like. It was beige if that helps.
1973 Plymouth Satellite
Sold at 137,000 miles when my insurance policy turned out to be twice what the Allstate agent had said it would, and New York refused to do anything about the fraud (and I couldn't get another policy -- and Allstate wanted a retroactive payment for the retroactive premium increase!). Managed to sell the car to a friend, for $50; a year or two later it turned up again, and another friend took it to Rhode Island, sold it later, and saw it a year or two later, still on the road and looking as bad as ever.
The two door had a much different look than the normally-grilled four door. It was a tough car that put up with a lot of abuse.
Extremely comfortable car, very good handling for something that size (or even for something much smaller), decent gas mileage, sold (why did I do that?) at about 110,000 miles. Came by it a year later at Rutgers, with CB equipment drilled into it. Original 318/TorqueFlite. Another "Why'd I sell it?" foolish decision I would probably not make again.
1991 Plymouth Sundance
1993 Plymouth Sundance
2.5 liter 5-speed. Added Yokohama Avid MDH-4 tires and it handled more like a Neon than a Sundance. About $60/tire including mounting and balancing to transform the entire car. They were still 185/70R14s, and the ride was as nice, but on water it held its grip, and on dry pavement it cornered quickly. Even better in snow. Added a K & N filter, but doesn't make much of a difference except making a throatier sound under low-rpm acceleration. Passed its 40,000 mile checkup with no problems - original brakes were still okay. Sold it for the Spirit R/T.
1991 Dodge Spirit R/T
1995 Dodge Neon
Departing from the Plymouth tendencies...my wife's roomy zoomy Neon. Cool car. No problems at the 40,000 mile checkup - original tires and brakes all OK. This car became mine as of 2003 when my wife got a 300M. I waited long enough, don't you think? (Now has 95,000 miles.) Photos in our Neon section. Finally sold with 108,000 miles in 2005.
2000 Chrysler 300M
Acquired by my wife in 2003, allowing me to get the Neon. Sold to Chris Carpenter in late 2013. I miss it.
2003 Plymouth GT Cruiser
Five-speed with the full turbo. Sold it in favor of a 2006 Chrysler Town & Country which I'd love to replace with a smaller car, but it's so danged useful.
2006 Chrysler Town & Country
Sold. An exceedingly utilitarian car. Comfortable enough, yes, powerful enough, soft and forgiving, and easy to abuse by loading it with stuff.
2013 Chrysler 300C
1974 Plymouth Valiant
A slant six. I said I'd never get another! Here's the review.
2013 Dodge Dart
Why? Why would I buy an Aero, for one? Why a 2013, the worst possible year? What am I, an idiot? See the review.
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