Car history

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  • #51548 Reply

    wmcforum
    Which Mobility Car

    We did this when the forum first started but it could do with a reboot.

    Mine started well but quickly went downhill (unlike the Fiat Uno):

    Mini 1275GT (Yellow)
    Fiat Regatta (1.6 twin cam)
    Triumph Spitfire
    (The motorcycle years, mostly spent on a BMW R100RT)
    Peugeot 405 (Company Car non turbo diesel – so slow accelerating)
    Fiat Uno
    Renault 5
    Renault Clio
    VW Golf 1.8
    Mercedes 200D W123
    MGBGT (why oh why)
    Vauxhall Vectra
    Honda Accord Estate
    Citroen Berlingo
    Ford Galaxy
    VW Sharan
    VW Van WAV

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  • #66265 Reply

    Toshtl

    Erm this brings back memories

    Ford popular

    Ford prefect

    Ford Anglia

    Ford Zodiac

    Ford Cortina

    Ford Capri (Liked Ford’s at the time lol)

    Triumph Herald

    Triumph Spitfire

    Hillman Minx

    Mini Cooper S

    Rover V8

    Toyota Celica

    Fiat 500

    Volkswagen Camper Van (Wish I still had it)

    Citroen Xantia

    Ford Fiesta

    Citroen ds3

    Nissa Qashqai

    Volkswagen Tiguan Dsg 150 R-Line (Love this car)

    Owned more cars than these over the years but just can’t remember them right now!!

     

    #66387 Reply

    Trev
    Moderator

    Nice list Toshtl,

    My brother had a TR7, loved that car.

    See u side-stepped the Ford escort and cavalier.

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    #67152 Reply

    Ben

    A 4 speed nova saloon lol which my dad won of someone in a game of pool I didn’t even have my provisional at the time.

     

    Alfa 33 whilst i was learning

     

    Never did take my test was booked for October 1996 but my army call up happened. I rebooked it for June 1997 a broken ankle scuppered it rebooked for Dec 97 and 2 days before it I got an emergency transfer across to another unit as needed a para trained medic to cover injury.

     

    At that point figured I was jinxed and didn’t bother until earlier this year when it became apparant my daughter wasn’t going to regain the ability to walk.

     

    Zafira 1.6 petrol

    Mazda 5 sport nav luxury remapped and custom exhaust to hit the 200hp mark.

     

    #68129 Reply

    Moody
    Participant

    Datsun Cherry 0.96 l  yellow with vinyl roof
    Vauxhall Nova Saloon 1.2 l
    Austin Montego 1.6 l  – no pwer steering  – nightmare
    Ford Sierra 2.0 GLS
    Ford Sapphire 4×4 GLS – got stolen twice as it looked like a cosworth
    Renault Laguna 1.6  – Company car – crap
    Vauxhall Vectra 2.0 – sold to a friend for £1 to get rid
    Ford C-Max 2.0 tdci
    Ford Grand C-Max 2.0 tdci Zetec – motability
    Ford Kuga 2.0 tdci Zetec – motability
    Ford Kuga 1.5 Eco 176PS AWD Auto Titanium X – motability

    Motability
    Grand C-Max 2.0 tdci zetec
    Kuga 2.0 tdci zetec
    Kuga 1.5 eco 176ps awd auto titanium x

    #68305 Reply

    joss
    Participant

    First ever car was

    • Vauxhall viva
    • Renault 5
    • Vauxhall Cavalier
    • Mini metro
    • Volvo 340 GL
    • Peugeot 306 hatch 1.6 metallic gold
    • Ford Focus 2.0 Ghia Silver
    • Ford Fiesta 1.2 hatch LX Silver

    Mobility

    • Ford Focus 1.5 TDCI Titanium Magnetic
    • Next mobility will be the New Ford Focus ST line Due to order soon

    Joss

    #69926 Reply

    FloozW
    Participant

    History of cars:

    first car was a Honda Civic, can’t remember much about it other than it was white and auto (cvt or whatever it was called then.

    ford escort cabriolet

    vw polo

    vw golf gti

    several ford sierras, all company cars

    mazda 323f – company car

    ford Orion auto – company car, 0-60 in about 2 hours and put me off Ford Autos for many years

    Back to my own cars:

    Ford Fiesta zetec

    vauxhall astra 1.8 sport

    then joined the Motability scheme, after husband pointed out my favourite car was on the list!

    Mazda mx5 1.8, the last geared car I had, or will ever have

    mazda 6, can’t remember anything other than it was comfortable – and black! 😳

    Vw golf 1.4 tsi

    vw golf 1.6 tdi

    hyundai Tucson 2.00 auto awd.

    now waiting for the next car, due in April! 😊

    #70174 Reply

    72 Dudes

    OK then , as I’m a Newbie, here we go. It’s my wife who is the Motability customer.

    1972 Austin 1100 2 door in Flame red

    1978 Austin Maxi 1750 in Brooklands Green

    1978 Renault 16 in Blue. Took my Advanced Driving Test around here in 1985, using my dad’s 1981 VW Derby 1.3 GLS

    1979 Ford Capri 2.0S in Signal Orange (loved it until it was rear ended by a 4×4, went off it!)

    1984 Honda Accord Executive 3 door in Silver

    1989 Vauxhall Cavalier 1.6L in Blue (company car) First of the MK2 new shape, thought I was bees knees)

    1991 Rover 820 SLi in Platinum (company car) what a dog!

    1995 Peugeot 405 GLX 1.9 TD in Vulcan Red (company car)

    1997 VW Passat 1.8T SE in Silver (company car) First car I had built to factory order.

    2000 Audi A6 1.8T in Hibiscus Red (company car, climbing corporate ladder!)

    2003 Volvo S60 2.4D SE in Polarctic Blue (company car, possibly favourite). Around this time I bought a restored 1969 MGC GT in British Racing Green as a plaything!

    Redundancy in 2004:- 1996 Saab 9000 CSE 2.3T auto in Aubergine with intergalactic mileage

    One year contract with company cars: Volvo V50 2.0D SE in urine yellow!; Peugeot 407 SE 1.6D SE in grey; Rover 75 2.0 CDTi Contemporary in Silver. Sold the MGC around now.

    2001 Citroen C5 2.2 HDi SX in Hurricane Grey

    2007 Volvo S40 2.0D SE Lux in Barents Blue (another favourite). Around this time I bought a 2007 Mazda MX5 1.8 in Copper Red, such fun.

    2007 Mercedes A180 CDi Elegance SE in Horizon Blue (still owned)

    2006 Mercedes SLK 350 in Tellurite Silver (traded in MX5, still owned)

    MRS 72 Dudes cars: (bought by me)

    1980 Honda Accord auto in silver blue (fell apart with rust)

    1984 Audi 80 1.6 auto in Navy Blue

    1991 Rover 216 GSi auto in Beige

    1997 Rover 216 SLi auto in Green (another dog, should have kept the old shape beige one!)

    2001 Renault Megane Coupe Sport 1.6 auto in metallic blue

    2008 Peugeot 207 1.6 Sport auto in White

    2017 She went from DLA to PIP and her internal Neurostimulator was suddenly regarded as an ‘aide’ which gave her the points for Motability.

    2017 Audi Q3 1.4 TFSi Sport S Tronic in Mythos Black. We both love it!

    #70175 Reply

    Trev
    Moderator

    Impressive list 72 dudes,

    Personal fav for me is the 2001 renault megane sport 1.6 – only because i had the same, Y reg, manual, in platinum – a real fun car to drive.

    Thanks for sharing.

    I'm running the Virgin London Marathon 2019 in support of MIND The Mental Health Charity

    #70184 Reply

    ChrisK
    Participant

    I started of driving cars that never had a year identifier on the plate so can only go by the decade. All cars manual up to the Motability years then all auto’s.

    Vauxhall Victor circa 1959

    Ford Prefect circa 1958 3 forward gears and one reverse.

    Vauxhall Velox circa 1960 Converted from column change to floor change with Jaguar gearbox.

    Triumph 2000 1965 A favourite

    Hillman Hunter circa 1971 A nightmare

    Austin Princess circa 1976 Another nightmare

    Ford Cortina circa 1977 Not bad for a 1300

    Ford Escort 1991 German built very reliable

    Ford Escort Ghia 1998 Another favourite

    KIA Rio ICE 2007 1.5 TDi My first diesel and also first brand new car.

    VW Golf 1.9 TDi DSG 2008 Motability First car driven as a disabled person

    Seat Leon 1.6 TDi DSG Motability 2011

    VW Golf 1.4 TSi DSG Motability 2014 3 year lease

    VW Golf 1.4 TSi DSG 1 year private

    KIA Carens 1.7 Diesel DSG Motability

    #70186 Reply

    Trev
    Moderator

    There’s a pattern forming there Chris, Kia, Vag x4, Kia……..

    Was the switch to a Leon due to costs, or something else?

    I had a Leon ST petrol prior to our current car, very sporty, and very fun to drive. Would have look at another if we didn’t have to switch to something higher.

    I was a late learner, but was in era where most of my friends had an escort. Was a passenger in quite a few on trips to the nightclub. 2 of my friends use to play the lotto scratchcards (was when they first come out) they won the jackpot, and bought themselves matching escorts…… think that’s when i realised they weren’t so cool lol

    I'm running the Virgin London Marathon 2019 in support of MIND The Mental Health Charity

    #70188 Reply

    72 Dudes

    Great list ChrisK.

    Was the 1960 Velox the USA influenced one with the curved front and rear screens?

    Nevertheless, I bet the 1965 Triumph 2000 felt like a Rolls Royce in comparison – very smooth and refined with its 6 cylinder lump!

    #70228 Reply

    ChrisK
    Participant

    There’s a pattern forming there Chris, Kia, Vag x4, Kia…….. Was the switch to a Leon due to costs, or something else? I had a Leon ST petrol prior to our current car, very sporty, and very fun to drive. Would have look at another if we didn’t have to switch to something higher. I was a late learner, but was in era where most of my friends had an escort. Was a passenger in quite a few on trips to the nightclub. 2 of my friends use to play the lotto scratchcards (was when they first come out) they won the jackpot, and bought themselves matching escorts…… think that’s when i realised they weren’t so cool lol

    Trev, that pattern with the KIA > VAG > KIA are results of circumstances at the time with my first KIA bought because the company I worked for relocated from south Bristol to Stonehouse in Gloucestershire and I was filling the tank of my Escort Ghia with petrol every other day with the running around at work included but bought the KIA Rio because it was a cheap diesel that I only had to fill once a week.

    The changing back to KIA was brought about because of the VW Touran delays in delivery.

    The Seat Leon came about because I’d realised I wasn’t going to work again so less money in the pot and the AP was a couple of hundred less than the Golf and the car had more tech in it however it fell from favour because of the design of the hatch door with that big curving at the bottom of the hatch-door making it hard to put a scooter in the boot apart from that I got on just as well with the Leon as I did with the Golf, that I forgot to add to my notes, is probably the best car I’ve ever owned or least.

    #70229 Reply

    ChrisK
    Participant

    Great list ChrisK. Was the 1960 Velox the USA influenced one with the curved front and rear screens? Nevertheless, I bet the 1965 Triumph 2000 felt like a Rolls Royce in comparison – very smooth and refined with its 6 cylinder lump!

    72Dudes, Yes the Velox did have that American spaceship sort of look about them as did many of the GM / Vauxhall cars had back then. The Triumph 2000 was like pure luxury, a luxury I couldn’t really afford at the time as I was always driving around with the fuel warning light on and this was in a time when petrol went up in price by one old penny a gallon and not one new penny a litre. LoL

    I blow a piston ring in that old six cylinder job about 6 months after requiring the car and that piston blow in the middle of the old Severn Crossing bridge that was then part of the main M4 so at 70 MPH didn’t do it much good and after repairing in my own time at home it was never quite so smooth but still a nice car to drive.

    Those cars way back then seem to me to be massive and had loads of room in them but a couple of years ago I was driving behind an old Triumph 2000 and it looked like a Mini Metro size wise up against my Ford Escort.

    #70230 Reply

    Trev
    Moderator

    Cheers Chris, interesting you mention about the hatch door on the leon – when we went to test drive it, we were unsure if to get the hatch or estate, and if to get diesel or petrol.

    The dealership gave us extended unassisted test drives in a petrol hatch, and a diesel estate. I was surprised as how little difference is driving, parking, and vision there was between the hatch and estate, and what sold us on the estate is that the boot floor was adjustable and could be raised level with the lip – eliminating the problem you describe. So we ended up with a petrol estate.. what’s more at the time, it was zero AP, and didn’t even take my wife’s full allowance!

    I agree it was a fantastic fun car to drive.

    I'm running the Virgin London Marathon 2019 in support of MIND The Mental Health Charity

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