Thought I should introduce myself now I have joined after a period of lurking.
I'm from London (well Chingford which is more like Essex really) but I have moved around with work and I'm currently based in Houston, Texas.
My shite history is not that extensive but I never seem to buy a car newer than about 1995 for myself.
First car a Mk 2 Astra 2 door with the usual arches rust, terrible buy but was handily written off for me one night by a car full of idiots on the wrong side of the road.
The settlement from that was mostly spent on boozing so a 1984 Sierra wagon in 1.6 pinto flavour was sourced from a AA patrolman friend of a friend. Another epically bad buy it was 'welded' back together and limped on for another couple of years. Several trips down to Cornwall with canoes and sometimes people on the roof were enjoyed in this one.
Did a bit of private hire with a 1.7TD cavalier, I must have learnt a bit as that was a great car, bought with 96000 and sold with 256000 miles, should have kept the thing.
Went a bit posh when I got a proper job and got an E34 525, gr9 car, sideways fun in the Aberdeen winter. Sold that as I got a job in sunny Australia.
Epic shite in Oz as instead of getting a dull modern I invested in a Lada Niva with an LPG conversion. The Lada was a good motor, changed all the fluids and it was great on the beach and the bush. Always amusing driving around Range Rovers bogged on soft sand, they never seemed to appreciate offers of a tow. Other almost shite in Oz was the wife's 2002 Falcon estate, factory LPG, 4 litre straight 6, live rear axle on leaf springs. It was basically a ute chassis designed in the early eighties but drove pretty well despite that. Sold up in Australia as I got offered a job in Houston, Texas.
Apart form a boring mini van (US model Honda Odyssey) there wasn't much that met my criteria in the US. Criteria being RWD, manual and not totally slow which left a '93 E36 coupe as the only affordable choice. I have replaced the viscous and electric fans to cure a tendency to get hot, replaced the springs & shocks with secondhand OMGLOWZSTANCED items and changed all the fluids. Recent purchase is a '74 Pontiac Grand Ville convertible that I don't think is shite but plenty will disagree.
Will post some pics but I'm lazy and not very organized so may take a while.
Just wanted to say that this is a great forum, so much more interesting to read about Princesses and Yugos than most of the drivel on some other forums.