Bear with me - this will be a long one.

My parents and I moved to states in 1999, with $8800 to our name - $8000 to theirs, $800 to mine. I was the first one to get a drivers license, and I was the only one that required a car to get to work, so although my parents bought this one, I was the primary user.

We bought a salvage title 1996 Ford Escort station wagon in appliance white. The car ended up working perfectly for 4 years, but then check engine light came on. My mom was driving the car then, so we just bought her a new one a sold the Escort on craigslist.

What did we want to buy? A Thunderbird from the same seller - same story, salvage title, but he couldn’t get it repaired soon enough. In hindsight, Escort was a better car, but that Thunderbird was like a space shuttle for me, after moving here from the world of Yugos and old Opel Asconas.

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Soon enough, my mom needed a car as well, and I was making a ton of dough - $2200 per month back in 2000. I was delivering furniture for American Furniture Warehouse, and I worked some crazy hours and had no time to spend any of that money. So, I went looking - I was a bit of a Ford fanboy at the time - and I found a 1991 Ford Taurus SHO with 80K miles for $4k. Leather, alloys, power everything, 220hp from that awesome Yamaha V6 and those intakes....hgggggggggg they still make me... you know what.

I have photos of it on my desktop, but wife is working in the office, so here it is - same color and wheels as what I had.

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I loved that car, until it shit its clutch cable at 91k miles and it cost me like $900 to have it fixed. So I decided I’m done fucking with old cars, so I went to Toyota, and traded this for a

2000 Toyota Tundra V8 SR5 Access Cab.

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It was platinum metallic, and I loved everything about it. But, it was my second choice - what I really wanted was another Ford, an Explorer SportTrac.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, based that I switched to reliable Japanese cars), local Ford dealership wouldn’t finance me. Toyota did, to the tune of $600 per month for that Tundra. I was still flush with cash so it wasn’t hard to pay for it.

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I did own another vehicle at this time - 2001 Honda Shadow Ace 750, like this one, but without any add-ons

I loved the truck for 2-3 years, but then import bug bit me, and I decided to buy a new car. What I really wanted was a 2003 Honda Accord Coupe

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Unfortunately, they were brand new and they only had V6 models on the lots, so I ended with a

2003 Honda Civic Si, the shoe-box Ep3.

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I like that car a lot - I bought a set of cool wheels, curbed them, sold them, bought another set of wheels and never curbed another one since then. I seriously researched importing Type-R kit from Japan or England, but they were so damn expensive. Then I seriously researched HPF parts when they came out, but my love affair with a small, slow import was vanning, and I wanted some German luxury, so I got another used car again

2004 VW Touareg V6

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What I really wanted was the V8 model with height adjustable suspension, but those were way out of my budget.

That car made me never want another VW again - it was in the shop for electrical gremlins constantly. They day it turned 48 months old and warranty expired, I traded it in.

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Somewhere around this time I bought a 1997 Suzuki TL1000S, owned it for a little while, but had to sell it to buy a car for my (now EX) wife

What I really wanted was a 2006 Mazda MazdaSpeed6

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I had the deal worked out - price, financing, and the car was supposed to be a dealer trade as I wanted the base model and dealer only had a loaded one. I was driving to the dealership after work when they called me to tell me they sold the base model and couldn’t do a trade.

Good thing that happened, because I bought a baby monster that turned so large, a sedan wouldn’t cut it

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He started as a cute little 8 week old pupper, ended up as fur shedding 100lbs machine. So, we bought a 2008 Subaru Outback 5sp manual 2.5i Premium

It provided enough space for the dog, and power was adequate with a manual. What I really wanted was a few grand out of my reach

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2008 Outback XT, with that glorious turbo and top mounted intercooler

I drove that for a few years, and then bought the worst car I owned

2010 Outback 2.5i Premium CVT

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Combination of size, low HP and CVT made for a slug-mobile, but it moved us and the dog to many hikes, so I guess it did its duty.

What I really wanted was the 2010 Forester XT, but again, a few grand too much for the budget at the time

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Around this time, I bought another bike, and my dad bought a matching one in blue, with 3pc luggage kit

I sold it after a year or so as my dad didn’t get into riding as much as we hoped he would. We almost bought 2x BMW R1200GS but they were 4x the price of V-Stroms

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I traded the Outback late one night for a 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the Laredo X package with 20" wheels and 5.7L V8 Hemi

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It has these wheels - 20" in dark gray, but the Jeep was silver. I hated it after a few months - 13mpg, felt like it had an anchor in the front with that massive engine... and it wasn’t what I wanted anyway, which was

2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee TrailHawk V6

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But the dealership wouldn’t budge on the price on this one - they gave me 10k discount on the Laredo X, but only few grand on the trailhawk.

So, around 5-6 months later, I decided I didn’t want the huge payment on a car I didn’t like, and I had two dogs at the time, so I still needed space, and I got a 2013 Honda Pilot EX (not the more common EX-L)

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That car made me realize I never want another black car again. It did it’s job admirably, but it was boring. Very boring.

So, when the lease was up, we got something a bit faster, but still room for dogs, and wife an I both got new cars

2016 Forester XT - one white, one Graphite

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In the meantime, I decided to get a new car as well, as a fun mobile

2014 FIAT 500 GQ edition, which I converted into full Abarth with OEM Abarth exhaust, steering wheel, badges, plus I added Magneti Marelli wheel in black in 16". I loved this car, but we decided to sell it and both Foresters and to lease two WRXs to lower our monthly payments.

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So, we got 2x 2017 WRX base manuals, one white and one silver.

What I really wanted was an STi, but... wife is building up her practice, so once she is making what she potentially can, we’ll buy what we really want.

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Both of these are leases, I got the 2000 Tundra from above back as my dad got a 2018 Tundra SR5 TRD Sport, so now I have a vehicle for dog duty and I can drive whatever.

So, when our lease is up in 2020, wife wants something a bit taller - maybe Ford Edge Titanium, and I will probably get another Abarth as I loved that car more that any other car I over owned.

Thanks for reading!