Listed by model year, not purchase date nor length of ownership:
'74 Audi Fox
'75 Chevy Nova (X-body, 262 V8)
'80 VW Rabbit
*'84 VW Rabbit Convertible
*'86 Olds Cutlass Ciera
'88.5 Ford Escort GT
*'88 Saab 900 Turbo SPG
*'91 Pontiac 6000
'96 Ford Taurus
*'03 Pontiac Vibe
'13 Ford C-MAX Hybrid
*'13 Honda Fit Sport (son's car)
* purchased used
My dad (born 1920) was a perennial 'Ford' guy. His father owned a Ford garage. In Model T days, the farmers modded them and plowed fields with them! He never seriously considered any non-Ford. Just once he strayed, all the way the Mercury dealer!
I've tended to go for best value for the type of vehicle we needed at the time, not much brand loyalty.
The VW Rabbit convertible and the Saab Turbo were playthings.
So our Vibe was our first 'Japanese' car.
For one who grew up in the 50's and started driving in the 60's, when cars had distributors and points and condensers, and you could easily leave the lights on, and kill the battery, the Vibe has been as much "appliance" as a car.
Get in, turn the key, it goes.
Compared to everything we owned that was built before 1990, the Vibe has been a nearly ideal combination of space utilization, reliability, and cost-to-own, and reasonable efficiency.
Our '96 Taurus has been an extremely reliable "appliance" until we stopped driving it regularly about 3 years ago.
My son recently bought a '13 Honda Fit Sport. It feels much like a 7/8 scale Vibe: smaller outside and in, but absolutely astounding interior space utilization. Less weight, less horsepower, but a similar power/weight ratio to the Vibe. Not a fast car, but with alloy wheels & sticky Hankook Ecsta II tires, it handles like a slot car.
Our next car will be used, likely either an all-electric or a plug-in hybrid, as a replacement for Vibe.
Ideal for all those short trips we make around our small town, maybe 5000 miles a year at $0.12/kilowatt hour.
I'm looking at Nissan Leafs (Leaves?) and Ford C-MAX Energi plug-hybrids, among others.
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