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When I met @Puglet in 1998 she had a red Peugeot 205 XE, followed by an XS, while I owned my Hyundai Stellar.

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How things have changed!

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Miss C has a 2015 Corsa, when we met 4 1/2 years ago she had a 2002 Corsa called Minty that she owned for 10+ years since it replaced her first car (also a Corsa).  Before that she drove her then boyfriend's Corsa, before that she learnt to drive in her mums Corsa and her driving instructors.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suzuki Swift.

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On 25/04/2024 at 05:18, Boycie said:

Reading this thread seems to show many of us prefer old snotters to young wenches ....

Reminds me of Rimmers reminiscences of how he lost his virginity in the excellent Marooned episode of Red Dwarf

 "Still, the first time. The first time was this girl I met at cadet school, Sandra.
We did it in my brother's car.
- What was it like? - Brilliant. Incredible."


"Bentley V8 convertible.
Walnut panelling.
Marvellous machine.
Marvellous."

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My girlfriend,  now wife of 30 years ,  didn't drive. I had a fully rally prepped Manta with full cage,  buckets and 6 point harnesses..  18 year old me had to make a decision between vehicular arse out action and well, vehicular arse out action. 

Few weeks later I had a Passat GL5 estate..

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When I was at school I had a girlfriend who obviously didn’t drive, but whose dad had a 71 Merc w115 200. He daily drove a Jag S type too which was also quite cool at the time. We got on well.

I used to see him at local shows until only a few years ago and he had a Daimler Dart then. He used to greet me still, and if with friends etc would say “this is the fella who broke my Joana’s heart”, and that would always inevitably direct a few stares at the chap in the clerical collar..

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The only girl I ever dated who had a vehicle when we met, drove a Renault 5. Back in the mid 90's. Only went out with her once.

None of the others drove at the time we met.

It's only reading this thread that I realised that was the case.

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My Wife didn't have a car, but she did have her licence, and I didn't!

My Father in Law was a proper shiter though, he had a MK3 Escort in 1999 (I was in that when the cambelt snapped) and then a couple of Rover R8's before he died. The two R8's are still at my MiL's house (sat for a decade now). 

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When we met, my now husband had a 1996 Camry V6 saloon which smelled of stale bread. I had arrived in a 2004 Volvo S40 2.4 that I'd bought cheap from some quite dodgy Indian chaps who lived in the first story of a building that could only be accessed by climbing on a bin and then on to a small balcony because the wooden stairs up to it had collapsed. It was covered in sunscreen handprints burned into the paint and was constantly broken in a new and really annoying way any time that I thought it was ready to sell.

About 5 dates in he complained that the Camry was running hot. The cooling system was almost empty so I filled it with water. Two days later one of the head gaskets finally went pop properly and that has been blamed for ever more on me refilling the cooling system.

After sitting on the road for a few weeks it was scrapped and replaced with a Honda Civic Ferio 1.3 auto which had no working radio, no oil and a howling rear wheel bearing which lasted until I took it on, replaced it with a Mk4 Golf, fixed it up and sold it off. I had 10 more cars in the year and a bit he had that Civic.

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3 hours ago, egg said:

Father in Law was a proper shiter though, he had a MK3 Escort in 1999

A car that could have been as young as 13 and no more than 19 years old. I wonder How Many were Left back then? I suppose the present day same-aged almost exact equivalent is the Mk2 Focus which will surely be around in greater numbers, relatively speaking. 
 

Full disclosure: I did have a B -reg mk3 Escort on the road in 2005-06 but it was definitely an endangered species by that point. 

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59 minutes ago, mk2_craig said:

A car that could have been as young as 13 and no more than 19 years old.

I can't remember the year, which is unusual for me! He also had a borked MK2 Escort in the garage when I first knew Mrs E. I think in the nineties he had a MK2 Celica for a bit.

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The fair wife to be, drove a java green metallic Allegro 1.3 and me, a 4 door Chevette GLS. A match made in heaven. 

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When my OH and I met I had Minnie,my 2006 Fiesta, she had a 2005 Corsa which she wrote off under the Humber Bridge a few months later. That was replaced by a 2000 Fiesta, then a 2005 Fiesta, then in 2017 she bought a Suzuki Alto that a certain chain of garages beginning with E H stitched her up on. She didn't get on with that car so it was replaced with the purple Corsa she has now

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On 23/04/2024 at 07:15, mk2_craig said:

The now Mrs_Craig had what was then a newish Astra mk4 convertible, the Edition 100 model with tan leather and BBS alloys. It was sold to raise funds for fixing her 19 year old cat which managed to break its leg while we were on a few days break in Scotland. She bought a 1998 MGF with the change and got a few months out of it before the inevitable cooling system issues made themselves known (we began fixing it before throwing in the towel and “upgrading” to a 2008 TF in Vibrant Orange). 

Current car is the perennially fragile Bini R57 which is older now than anything else she’s ever owned. 

The now Mrs_Craig had what was then a newish Astra mk4 convertible, the Edition 100 model with tan leather and BBS alloys.

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It was sold to raise funds for fixing her 19 year old cat which managed to break its leg while we were on a few days break in Scotland. She bought a 1998 MGF with the change

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and got a few months out of it before the inevitable cooling system issues made themselves known (we began fixing it before throwing in the towel and “upgrading” to a 2008 TF in Vibrant Orange). 

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A four* seater was required again so the TF was traded in against a two year old Astra Twintop with only 200 miles on the clock.  She moved it on at about 3200 miles and we still see it about, the dealer exported the orange MG to Guernsey and it eventually moved on again to England, don't know about the blue MG or the older Astra but in both cases the registration marks are now on other vehicles.

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Still back in the US then before I dragged him over to this side of the Atlantic, he had a 1988 Chevrolet Cavalier which had been handed down from his grandmother.

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Actually a lovely driving old thing, was immaculate inside and mostly up top.  Sadly the underside showed plenty of evidence of being a Michigan car in that the floorplans basically weren't attached to the sills any more.  Obviously being in an area which doesn't have any form of vehicle inspections meant this was never really noticed until I actually looked at it.

I was still dailying this at the time.

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Which I still regret selling in a fit of common sense a few months later.

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1 hour ago, Peter C said:

??????

And the girls not bad either. I'm guessing anyway as I've never seen it done like that before.

I think it means you're sexy or could be the car, probably the car🤣

 

21 hours ago, mk2_craig said:

Phwoar!! ATGNBE 

 

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58 minutes ago, Agila said:

And the girls not bad either

Yeah. The comment was indeed referencing the car by the way @Peter C , not you, dreadfully sorry about that. 

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40 minutes ago, bezzabsa said:

none of my exes were able to drive when first met!!!!!

Please tell me you’re not a driving instructor. 

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Current partner couldn't (and still can't) drive, however I did buy her a 306 DTurbo with a knackered turbo as a first car (I like her really, I promise). Someone reversed into it outside mine and bent it to the extent it wouldn't track straight, so that went sadly. Was a nice car too (if you can call a car with a knackered turbo, 173k and lacquer peel nice).

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When I met my wife (in 1980) she had a Viva HB. It was rotten as a pear and soon got dumped.

The year before, when she first started driving she had a 1964 Mini, and still hankers after another one through her rose tinted specs.

She was coming back from a night out with three mates in the Mini and came across a lot of mud on a sharp bend - left there by a farmer.

She steered hard left and stamped on the brakes, which resulted in terminal understeer through a hedge, followed by a trip to A &E for stitches in her chin.

She has never had a car of her own after the Viva. Just drove my cars, until she couldnt be bothered with driving at all about 10 years ago.

I just cant coax her to get behind the wheel now. I think health problems have sapped her confidence.

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