As the title says, what made you choose the car you have today?
I was thinking earlier today about the sorts of cars I wanted as I grew up. There was a stage when I did not care what I got. Mum and Dad have always had the big aussie wagons. One that I miss was our 88 EA S-Pack Wagon, very rare, particuarly because it was a manual and was in immaculate condition, people always used to comment on how good it looked. I think that had some influence on me towards wanting a EB/ED XR6 Falcon.
One day I saw a mint looking AT TX5 Turbo. I think Fitzy influenced me a bit, he always talked up about Mazdas and the likes as far back as I remember, even when I first met him in Year 1...where he threw his box of chocolate chips into the air as a distraction and smacked some guy in the face...that's another story anyway.
As I sat for my Learners I realised that I had more than enough to buy an AT/GD and could easily afford an AX/GE. I think the technology and design is a major influence, for a car that was released in 1992, it certainly looked the part and it had the technology you would only find in an upmarket euro car (BMW etc) of the time. Take a 92 GE 626 SDX and compare it to a 92 Falcon or Commodore, what would you take?
My dad used to work as financial controller for a toyota dealershop, and the 626 was traded in by some guy wanting a landcruiser. At this point my dad rang up and asked if i was interested , and i said yes, but i had not even considered a 626 before, i was more interested in hot hatchbacks and had my heart set on a swift gti. After viewing the car i fell in love with it and bought it for $4500
My corolla i was kind of forced into buying, i had been without a car for some time and just really wanted to buy something for the sake of buying. My dodgy mechanic rang me up and said hes found me a car, but i would have to pay in advance (the first sign of the dodgyness to come) , but he promised me it would be worth it. He promised to fix it up to its former glory (it was an ex-audiocom demo car) , however it sat around in his workshop for 3 months even though i had paid for the car and everything , and it took a lot of persuation and legal threats to actually get the car. That thing was the blingest corolla i have ever seen, and i loved iit apart from the fact that it was slow, and drove like an absolute piece of [shizzle]. Even though i knew it was [shizzle], i was still sad when i saw it go (though i found out it dropped a rod 2 days later)
My current 626 was found through a lot of searching for another 626/tx5/mx6. I REALLY wanted a red 2nd gen mx6, but there wasnt much happening in the perth market so i expanded my search criteria. I drove a few tx5's (including aws ones) , a few 2nd gens and my 626 , and i found that something wasnt quite right with my 626 , and i fell in love with it. All of the cars had their own individual problems , and i had to make a compromise for a car that required a little bit of body attention , but i picked it up for $4950 , which was another bargain. To this day we are still unsure as to why its faster than a normal KLDE.
My first car was bought purely out of monetary issues. An awsome 89 Holden Astra (rebadged pulsar). It was in my price range $1400 and i looked around for ages until i found the 1.8L fuel inj version instead of the 1.6 carby. It had power steering as well which i thought was a bonus. I drove that around for about a year and did little things to it to make it slightly nicer. I then sold it for $2000.
For the next car i had just over $4000 and i was looking for a 4cyl turbo. i was looking at ET pulsars and such but just didnt really like the look of them, when i was reading through the local paper i found an mx6 turbo for sale, after some research on the net i managed to find out a bit about them. I took a champagne auto for a test drove and decided i wanted an mx6 but not that one, i needed a manual. Sure enough 3 weeks later a stock red mx6 manual came up in my price range, i was the first to view and the first to buy. I was so happy.
A year and a half later i decided i was "used" to mx6. There was just not enough power for me, i was thinking whether to do some big mods to it or look into a better base. Then i bought the 180sx and sold the mx6 for $4500.
The 180 was bought from a friend of my brothers, and id been for a cruise in it before, i was blown away with the power. Ive had the 180 for about 7-8 months now and i love it, have done some more mods on it and i enjoy it everytime i drive it, i get a huge smile on my face everytime i buy groceries.
Although the 180 is the faster car and possably the more fun to drive, the mx6 is a way better car. For a car of that year to have all the options that it did, with the power and comfortability to match is unbelievable. I think i may be buying my mx6 back in a few months as a nice daily driver and garage the 180 for weekends.
92 MX6 My First Car & now my wifes daily driver - Got it because it was better than a VT commodore for the same price when I bought it Had a little more class & character.
06 Challenger Bought new last week - cause the MX6 has a few ground clearance issues when you get to the big drainage humps. Also pretty average on the beach with 5 people in it.... Chose it cause it was the same price as a grand vitara with better clearance etc & around $15k less than a prado.
First car was an '88 EA Fairmont. Bought it cheap, sold it for double the money.
Second car was an '84 Pontiac Fiero 2M4 repowered with a 3800 V6. It was written off about three years ago.
Next was an '82 Mitsi Mirage. What a piece of crap... flicked it as soon as possible.
Then, an '82 Toyota Carina 1500. Good and solid, but just not my cup of tea.
Then an '84 Mitsi Sigma GSR Turbo. That car was nice... comfy ride, plenty of power, reasonable looking in black. Sold it once the Fiero was ready.
After the Fiero got written off, I had an '84 Laser Ghia, 1500 Auto. Yuck, sold it off to a friend.
Then, an '84 Nissan EXA Turbo. Nice wee car but it had trouble written ALL over it, so I pinged it for...
An '82 Toyota Corolla 2-door hardtop. Repowered with a 2T-GEU and full TE71 Levin running gear.
Finally the Capella...
Way back when I was a young'n my parents traded the old '82 Sigma for an '88 626 Wagon. That car was niiiiice, and I always wanted one like it... until the day I spotted a Capella C2. It was love at first sight.
Many years later (after that whole backlog of cars) a friend of mine picked up a nice black '88 C2 GT-R quite cheap. However, he was rough on his gear and was afraid it was going to fly apart - so he sold it to me for wrecker's money... $100. His subsequent car, an AX Telstar, didn't fare much better to his rough driving.
Since I've had the Capella I've done very little - replaced the gearbox at 175000km (blew due to wear from my friend's frequent burnouts) and did a wheel bearing in the front. Other than that she's been trouble-free motoring. Power is good, handling is good, styling is beautiful and it's comfortable.
I don't think I'll be upgrading for a long, long time.
I've still got the remains of the Fiero for the day when I trip over another one for a reasonable price, and the Corolla is still around (it's the fiancee's car now) but the Capella will always be the #1 machine.
If I gave my MX6 as much attention as I gave my Fiero, I'd be around here far more often!
Started with my oldest memory, being in my dads ol Gc, that car was there my whole life till recentally, learnt to drive an all in her, so when i started looking i love the underrated factor the mazda brand had, so i started looking, drove a few rx7's, a mx6 turbo, and the GE mx6/626's. In the end the overall feel of the GE won me over, it was more than i had, but so smooth and so nice inside, and since i couldnt find a nice mx6 (almost went with my heart and brought the dodgyest black mx6 ever, yes it was a jspec but with the 2.0 V6), and the fact that 5 doors are so much better than 2 i went for a 626, and ill have her for a long long long time to come
1993 626 KL-ZE, i swear its stock officer...
From SAE 920677... "LONG LIFE AND MAINTENANCE-FREE - Efforts were made to extend the life of these engines and make them as maintenance-free as possible so that customers can be pleased with the vehicle's quality long after the initial driving period."
It was crap, the only things that did not break was the engine and running gear. So it served its purpose. Got me from A to B.
Until some hooligans stole it and wrote it off. The insurance money paid for the MX6.
The MX6 happened to be in the correct place at the correct time for me to buy. It was a good price and was in good condition. My family had always been a mazda driving family (they have only ever owned Mazda).
So I did some research, drove the car and bought it on the spot. AND I had always liked the look of them.
My first car was a 74 Chrysler Valiant Galant sedan in electric blue....ahhh I loved that car. Noone would want to steal it and it was a great old car in good nick too(ie no rust)! Then driving home from uni one day some idiot driving way too fast around the corner didnt see the line of cars and slammed into the back of me making it 6" shorter than it was. RIP baby!!
I then got some other cheap car to make it through uni. It was so bad I have blocked it from my memory!
I then bought a new car, from a dealer like new new, like with 400m on the clock new. OK I admit it was my Hyundai Lantra GLS. I never had any probs with her and she did me well.
BUT I always said to my friends that after the Lantra I would have to get a sports car or a convertable. Orginally I wanted a BMW convertable, but then they started getting all really small and toy like. So then I liked the Mercedes convertables as they seemed to have that big butt on them and to me that seemed more like a convertable. Then after driving PK's mx6, I decided thats it I must have one. So I got one and now, playing with her and pulling bits out and putting it back together and learning on the steep curve as I go. I'll never be a mechanic but I endevour to at least be able to do basic things to her.
Aphra will be a labour of love....and she will be my most loved car to date. I can see it.
I'm a cat, a kitty cat and I dance, dance, dance...meow!!
Wanted a 626 when I started looking for my first car, found one in great condition, but was 4cyl auto. Changed to Manual KLZE, and 2 and a bit years down the track, still got my first car my one and only 626
Well for me I sort of always set hi -stat for me. I said that by year 12 I'd have a Rotar or turbo car. Most guys wante V8 odd ball WRx etc.
Unlike the blow arses at school. Only me and two guys Did exaclty what we said we would do. I said turbo modded - DONE by end of highschool.
Mate said during uni he would V8 worked 12's in his HJ - DONE before he finsihed uni- he's gone two steps above it all.
I played with Gemini's but never really owned one. mind you did drive them a bit
Ha Rx-7 S2 should of kept it. but oh well
Then family always had the 626 GV Wagon. Loved that thing. was planning on doing KL-Ze,F2T, FSZE or even FE DOHC.
got the Mx-6 and beening play with that and I did have obseetion with mx-6 for long time.
during that time I had the R33 GTS-T in 00, in some ways if kept that put my money into it. By now it would be doing 11's. or 10's LOL
but In them days imports well as I found out if they steal it and break the dash key lock etc partswere not cheap then like now.
I got the Tx5 as originally a spare parts car in some cases etc.
but it will be my daily. but I get ideas of OTHER DAILY DRIVERS, but you really can only have or need one car in life. too many cars and it's like well if I had this car that car etc. Could move this could beat this etc.
When wAgon was written off
Got a BA KF power astina, hardtop. Nice and all but yeah 500cc too small.
hell it's too pecky either way.
I always wanted a AE86 or similar sized RWD CAR. but I'm thinking Mx5 is going to be okay if I reposition everything for me.
but my main aim now is finish off both cars. Mx-6 and TX-5
The Mx-6 is 90% there. I hacve not decided if I will go bigger turbo YEt
the Tx-5 again daily so it jsut needs to get all the litlte things right before I say if I do this or that.
RIP WAGON 626 GV 1023 7 seat auto 10-5-05.
RIP BA-ASTINA 323 V6 -KF P-plate victim 2-9-07
FORD TELSTAR TX-5 TURBO, 80's ICON RIP 01-07-07
REBORN WAGON -MAN 28-07-07 - A NEW START
I am STILL addicted to Porn. "MXSIX" out
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