What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?

Long time no see, Oppo! Some of you have noticed me commenting here and there the last couple of days, so I figured I should probably do a little “I’m back” post. Might also serve as an intro post for those who didn’t know me from before. Here goes.

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Last time I posted here even slightly regularly was 2015 or 2016, and there’s only been one change to our stable of cars in that time. My wife and I bought our first brand new car, a 2019 Buick Regal TourX. It’s not manual, but it’s a wagon. And a damn good-looking one if I do say so myself. We’ve only had this car a couple of months now, but I love it already. Ours is a “Preferred” model, so it doesn’t have a ton of the bells and whistles (in fact it even has a cloth interior) but it does have a panoramic moonroof, and that’s just cool. Looking forward to keeping it around a long time and using it as our primary family hauler.

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The TourX is primarily my wife’s car as she has the regular commute while I freelance and can make due with whatever car we have, so long as it works. It displaces her 2005 Subaru Legacy GT, which we still have. It just needs a bit of work (control arms, brakes, and tires) before it’s really roadworthy again, so I’ll get to that when the weather clears up a bit. And then I get to decide whether I’m going to drive that or stick with my current vehicle which is my...

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Trusty 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix SE coupe. Some of you might remember it from the old days even though it was the less noteworthy of the two cars I owned for most of my time here on Oppo. This was my first car and it has been my daily driver for going on 14 years now. It’s starting to show its age in terms of rust on the underside, but the cancer isn’t terminal yet. Though it did eat through the driver-side lower spring seat last year which was obnoxious to replace. But the car runs and drives really well. It doesn’t even have many rattly/creaky plastic bits like one would think of a mid-’90s Pontiac with almost a quarter of a million miles on the odometer. I even personally find it easy to get my kid in and out of the back despite it being a two-door; easier even than the Legacy GT (my wife disagrees though).

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Oh, and the ‘52 Buick Super is still kicking around too, though there’s not much new to report with it. Haven’t had it out recently, but maybe later this year when it warms up.

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And of course, the car most of you probably remember me by is my 1991 Audi 90 Quattro 20V (hence the NinetyQ name). I sold it in early 2014 (which I definitely talked about here at the time, but just to catch people up) and immediately put the funds to use as a down-payment on the house we live in today. I don’t regret selling it, and it actually ended up in the hands of an awesome owner who has continued fixing it up and using it well. But I am starting to get nostalgic for an old Audi. I’d really like to get my hands on another almost just like it, or perhaps a ‘91 Audi 200 Quattro Avant.

Anyway, as for why I’m coming back to Jalopnik and Oppositelock, well, there’s no place like home. I was originally part of an exodus from Oppo in the fall of 2011 when a bunch of us grew tired of some of the changes being made and were a little concerned about some of the rumors that Oppositelock might just disappear completely. So we jumped ship to Google+. It’s weird now to think that Oppo outlasted Google’s take on Facebook. (Side note: Google+ was absolutely fantastic! At least for us. It had a lot of things that I wish other social networks would adopt, and I miss it terribly. RIP.) Anyway, that community, known as Oppo+ thrived. We had meetups and got to know each other pretty well. But over time, some people fell away and the group started to feel a bit smaller than it used to. And then G+’s fate was announced and we had to jump ship again. Some had already gone to Facebook and decided to stick with that, while others of us went to a platform known as MeWe, where a small part of the group is still active.* But mostly the group is fragmented now, and it’s a little sad. I decided to come back here and give Oppo another shot because I miss just talking about cars with people. What better place could I go to?

It’s good to be back.

*Update: Turns out they’re actually way more active than I thought; I’m just dumb and didn’t realize they were posting to the Oppo+ group on MeWe and that those posts don’t show on my main timeline. Derp.

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