General What cars have you owned in the past?

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  1. TheVDM Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    I have always been a bit of a fan of Rovers and have owned a few before buying my Accord Tourer, here are the cars that I have owned:

    '89 Austin Metro 1.0
    '92 R8 Rover 418 SLD (Peugeot 1.8 TD engine)
    '94 R8 Rover 214 SLi (K-Series, never had a problem with the head gasket)
    '02 Rover 45 Impression S2 (K-Series, head gasket failure was the least of my worries, sued a very bad garage over this one)
    '03 Kia Rio LX 1.3 (Good reliable car, but very basic and slow)
    '98 Hyundai Atoz 1.0 (Bought it to teach the other half in, hated it so eventually gave her the Kia Rio and bought the car below for myself)
    '98 Rover 820 Si Fastback (Loved it! Although my state of health got in the way of the restoration and keeping up with the rust so it had to go)
    '04 Honda Accord Tourer (Also love it! No rust in sight :Grin:)

    What was your route to Honda ownership, or have you always had Hondas?
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  2. FirstHonda Moderator Staff Team

    United Kingdom Ed Wiltshire
    My Accord is my "First Honda." And most excellent it is too!

    I also used to have a soft (ish) spot for Rover, but my route was (I think):

    1988 E Lada Riva 1200L. In beige. Mmmm, nice. Bought for me to learn to drive in. Not cool, despite my "Street Machine" magazine "awesome" sticker on the back. An early attempt at irony.
    1980 Vanden Plas 1500. An Allegro with a big grille and a leather interior. And walnut picnic tables. Far too cool for school.
    1988 Mini Mayfair automatic. Given to me by my Mum when she upgraded to a Nissan Micra. Went to Mini 30 at Silverstone in this one. She was a bit slow for the track though...
    1985 Austin Montego 1.6HL automatic. Great car. Loved it. No rear seatbelts, and you could fit a surprising number of people on the rear bench when needed.
    1991 Rover Metro 1.1C. Terrible, terrible, terrible. Everything in the world went wrong with this one. Gear linkages. Paintwork. Electrics. Seats. Rubbish. And it is still the only car I've ever crashed.
    1993 Daihatsu Charade CXi 16 valve automatic. And the "16 valve" was so important it was in red letters down the sides. An absolute peach, loved that car. Should never have sold it. But my (now ex) wife wanted something more practical, so...
    1996 Hyundai Accent 1.5GSi automatic. Very good. Reliable. Practical. But never as good as my Charade.
    2000 VW Polo 1.4S automatic. Nearly as bad as the Metro. VW took it back and replaced it due to all the problems.
    2001 VW Polo 1.4S automatic. No problems with this one, but by then I wanted a...
    2001 MINI One automatic. The demonstrator from the dealer, so no waiting list for me. British racing green, with two tone beige and black leather. Wonderful.
    2004 MINI Cooper automatic. Still have this one in the garage 10 years later, and with only 12k miles. Every extra ordered except the John Cooper bodykit, and I went to Plant Oxford to see it built. She's only been driven in the rain twice.
    1974 Mini Clubman automatic. A genuine 12k mile, one owner, classic and I still regret selling it again 3 years ago. Some pictures of it already somewhere on here.
    2005 Renault Scenic automatic. Practical and cheap, I needed an everyday driver so I didn't have to use the Minis or borrow my Dad's car!. Lots of bits fell off, but my niece still has it, and it is still going despite some pretty severe punishment.
    2009 VW Tiguan automatic. Never again VAG, never again. Ever. Good at first, but then kept going wrong, ending up destroying the gearbox in the third lane of the M1. Hopeless.
    2012 Honda Accord I-DTEC EX automatic. Brilliant. Just brilliant. One of my better decisions...
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  3. TheVDM Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Ahh a Lada Riva, my dad used to have one of them in bright orange, although I was too young to remember it properly, all I can remember of it was it sitting on the drive as it was pulled apart and sold bit by bit. Then came along a wonderfully styled :Aghast: Volvo 245 in beige, that's where my childhood memories lie.
  4. FirstHonda Moderator Staff Team

    United Kingdom Ed Wiltshire
    ^^We've already got a "My Dad had one of those" thread...some great stuff on there!

    Off-Topic - My Dad had one of those... • Honda Karma

    Ahh, memories. Mini 30 at Silverstone. I still have the brochure, and the letter about joining the track cavalcade, and even the "You never forget your first Mini" sticker that I've never used. Did London to Brighton that year too (still have that sticker too!), although I was (just) too young to drive. I should really try to sell some of this stuff!!

  5. Phil1978 Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    United Kingdom Phil Salisbury
    1985 Austin metro 1.3l in a fetching shade of brown.

    1989 Ford Sierra 1.8lx, loved this car purely for being RWD.

    1998 Vauxhaull Astra 2.0cdx. After selling this I owned bikes for 4 years.

    1979 Ford Fiesta 1.1, the only car I have owned that someone has tried to steal and it happened twice.

    1993 Ford Fiesta 1.3, paid £12 for it due to RTA damage.

    1989 Nissan Micra 1.0.

    1996 Seat Cordoba 1.4.

    1998 Mandarin 626 2.0, given to me by my sister as it constantly kept cutting out on her, one £6 inlet gasket later, good as new.

    2004 Skoda Octavia VRS 1.8 turbo, my first venture in to the tourer word due to dog purchase.

    2003 Honda Accord 2.4 i-VTEC Executive, my first but definitely not last Honda, utterly brilliant piece of kit.
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  6. herald Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    harry Australia
    Always loved cars I'm only 26 years of age- so I will only mention the cars that i drove and registered under my name...- I had over 9 wrecking at one stage that i won't mention. (Honda CR-X'S)

    1990 Holden Commodore 3.8L V6 (My first car) Australian made - terrible car. lasted 6 months before moving to Honda's

    1989 Honda Civic ED 1.5L twin Carby

    1992 Honda Civic EG breeze (1.3L CARBY)

    1993 Suzuki Swift 999cc Cino, MOST ECONOMICAL CAR EVER. only had it for about 3 months before the head blew :Frown:

    1995 Honda Civic Gli 1.5 fuel injected, air bags etc.

    1992 Honda CR-X ED9 Australian delivered 1.6L DOHC Fuel injected. (Still parked in my garage).

    Nissan Pulsar 1989 N13, 1.6L (as a daily whilst CR-X was being pampered with upgraded sussy and other things)

    1995 Honda Prelude BB2 VTI-R H22 Jap Spec red top motor, Full leather trim (this was probably the hardest to let go - was in the family for 8 years).

    2007 Honda Legend 3.5L V6 AWD - huge jump in what my style is - but work life and maturity kicked in i guess.....Although i get that silly grin when i see my CR-X in the garage :Smile:
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  7. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

    England CJ Leeds
    Herald I used to work with Suzuki .. was your 1993 Suzuki Swift with a car? I an put 100 quid your car was tuned by some idiot to run lean. That why you got great mileage:Blink:. The Swift were renowned to screw up their heads !
  8. herald Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    harry Australia
    the aussie brought a few different versions of them, A 999cc 3 cylinder economical car, a 1.3L OHC slow as anything than they brought the GTi - 1.3l DOHC BEAST.... my car just wasn't taken good care of hence the head....but oh well I got the car for free. :Smile:
  9. numpty67 Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    I have had a fair few cars over the years, don't remember the years but will list the cars in order of purchase and add the year if It comes to me.

    Passed my driving test in 1985, these are cars I actually bought.

    Fiat 126 Black - Engine gave up in the end.

    Austin Mini 1000HL - Good car, sold for something newer.

    Fiat Uno 45 Fire - Fine, bit boring.

    VW 1302 Semi-Automatic - My first classic car, got it repainted, re-trimmed, but it was not reliable enough.

    Fiat Panda 4x4 - Good wee car, no faults.

    Suzuki Santana Sport - Good fun with the roof off, roof not great in the Winter.

    Citroen AX GT - Loved this car but bits fell of every time I drove it.

    Fiat Cinquecento - Written off after I hit a dumper truck. Very lucky.

    Fiat Cinquecento SX - Replacement with a few extra goodies.

    Fiat Cinquecento Sporting - Great little car.

    Suzuki Cappuccino - Great in the Summer, not so in the Winter, liked to spin.

    Fiat Panda Selecta - Economising, bought a new flat, good enough wee car.

    Fiat X1/9 - Great fun, but just would not start in the mornings, it had to go!

    Fiat Punto Sporting - Really liked the Punto, good memories.

    Mercedes A160 Avant Garde - Really practical, great for the dog etc, then it started to go wrong.

    Peugeot 206 SW 2.0 TD - This was one of the best cars I owned, fast, economical and practical.

    Renault Scenic RX4 TD - Bought on a whim, even more practical but even as a diesel it had terrible fuel economy.

    Citroen C3 Exclusive TD - Again bought on a whim, great fuel economy but awful to drive, terrible.

    MGF - Good car, no issues at all.

    MG Metro - Bought as a 2nd car to have with the MGF.

    Smart Roadster Coupe Brabus - Bought to replace the MGF, great car, can't say enough good things about it.

    Suzuki Vitara - Bought to replace the ageing Metro, good for the early winter mornings.

    Peugeot 1007 - Bought to replace the Vitara, liked the car, doors were good fun, not such a great car to drive. OK.

    Smart Forfour Brabus - Bought to replace both the Smart Coupe and the Peugeot 1007. Didn't keep it long though.

    1982 Honda Prelude - Finally!!!! Had this car for 4 years, the longest I have ever owned a car, love it!!!

    1989 Honda Civic Shuttle - Bought to have something a bit more practical for day to day living. Sold on to my Sister.

    1995 Honda Civic Shuttle Beagle - Couldn't resist, 4WD and an auto, to be honest, a bit of a dog, sold it on ebay.

    2000 Honda HR-V - Got this to replace the Beagle, good car but I really wanted an auto.

    1996 Honda S-MX - Saw this and had to give it a go. 4WD and an auto, really like it, bit different. So far so good.

    There you have it, 29 cars in 29 years. If you got to the end, well done you! Thanks for the thread. :Smile:
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  10. FirstHonda Moderator Staff Team

    United Kingdom Ed Wiltshire
    ^^ Some cracking cars on there. I've always liked the look of the Smart Roadster...
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  11. ampers Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    1969 Austin Cambridge A 60,
    1972 MG 1300,
    1975 Triumph Herald,
    1978 Morris Marina 1.3,
    1983 Austin Princess 1.7,
    1987 Austin Ambassador 2.0,
    1989 Peugeot 205 diesel,
    1992 Rover 214,
    1997 Rover 216 GTI,
    1999 Rover 420 SLI,
    2002 Ford Mondeo V6,
    2004 Saab 95 2.3 turbo,
    2006 Honda Civic 1.6 Ex,
    2008 Jaguar X type 2.0D,
    2013 Honda Accord 2.0 Ex Gen 8,
    Best car to drive - the Jag, but modern diesels eventually have EGR, DMF, injectors etc problems. (Rover 216 GTI was pretty good too, Honda engine I suppose).
    Most reliable - the Honda Civic, only had the Accord 7 months so will have to wait and see for reliability but very nice to drive just lacking the diesel torque.
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  12. Pottermus Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    88 1.4 Ford Escort LX
    95 1.1 Ford Fiesta LX
    00 1.2 Ford Fiesta Zetec
    02 1.6 Ford Focus 1.6 Ghia
    85 1.6 Ford Capri Laser
    93 1.8 Volvo 460 SXI Auto
    98 1.4 Ford Fiesta Ghia
    99 1.6 Nissan Primera SX
    04 2.2d Nissan Primera SE
    80 1.6 Honda Accord Std
    02 2.2 Honda Accord Type'R

    I think that's it from 14 years driving. My favourites have got to be the Fiesta Zetec, Volvo and Capri. Otherwise, pretty boring stuff.
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  13. Accord_N22 Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    The 7th Generation Accord has been the best/ modern car I have had I have never owned such comfort and refinement but the Prelude is the best for sheer fun factor. You can beat a high revving VTEC Honda engine J (both cars offer sheer value for money with each doing a specific job)

    My Car History
    First Car: 1994 EG Honda Civic 3 door 1.3 DX (EG3 carb version 75BHP)
    Second Car: 2000 EK Honda Civic Coupe EJ6 (SOHC D16Y7 engine model 108BHP )
    Third Car: 1999 Honda Prelude 2.2vti BB8 (H22A8 engine with 4 Wheel Steer 197BHP) (still in ownership)
    Fourth Car: 1999 Seat Arosa SDI 1.7 Diesel (interim car for long commute 65BHP)
    Fifth Car: 2006 Honda Accord I-CDTI 4 door Ex Saloon (N22A1 Engine 140BHP) (in ownership)
    1994 EG Honda Civic 3 door 1.3 DX

    2000 EK Honda Civic Coupe EJ6

    1999 Seat Arosa SDI 1.7
    1999 Honda Prelude 2.2vti BB8

    2006 Honda Accord I-CDTI 4 door Ex Saloon
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  14. Chrispy Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Chris Nottinghamshire
    Oh boy you guys are going to love this....well I'm 22 (just turned) and have only had two cars to date (feel like a little baby in comparison lol)...

    I passed in 2011 and got my first car, beautiful Vauxhall Astra 4th Generation / G Club 1.6 8v, only had the EGR valve being a pain so I had it blanked off and ECU updated to compensate:

    Induction Kit
    Straight Through Exhaust
    LED kit
    Debadged with new grill on front

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    Did around 20k miles with it and craved more power and then the Honda Accord 2.2CTDi was in view, so I sold the Astra and bought an Accord early last year:


    Other than costing me a fortune to maintain (pampered), she's been fun, but will be looking at a new Ford Mondeo next year (2.2 Diesel 200BHP) Drove my old mans and it really is a good drive, not as firm as the accord, but its huge, nippy, and reliable. :Smile:
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  15. accordheritage Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    England York
    Dug out some old pics of my previous Hondas. Will find the others soon. Ten Accords to date taken a while to get the best ones.

    Attached Files:

  16. Nelf Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    United Kingdom Neil Sheffield
    Here's mine:
    • 1998 Fiat Punto 60 SX - Simple and cheap to run, comically long gear :tut:!
    • 2003 Fiat Stilo JTD 115 - Handled like a boat but refined and well spec'd
    • 2003 Fiat Stilo JTD 115 - Remapped, lowered and quite quick, lovely "sky roof". Electrical "issues" forced me to move on
    • 2003 Audi A4 tdi Sport - Solid car but quickly discovered parts prices were a joke
    • 2003 Skoda Fabia VRS TDI - Brilliant car, loved every minute
    • 2002 Skoda Octavia VRS 1.8T - A lovely car and a great engine, sold to fund wife starting a business
    • 1995 Honda Prelude 2.3 4WS auto - A £400 bargain and a truly life changing car, and a joy to drive (unless the 4ws played up and you'd change lanes at 70 without moving the wheel after hitting a bump)
    • 2006 Honda Civic Type-R FN2 - Excellent car and a real all rounder, but just couldn't justify fuel and tax costs for the my use
    • 2008 Honda Accord ES GT NAV - Current car and very happy :Smile:

    Next car I'd like to think would be an Accord 2.2 Type-S tourer, however I just wish Honda did some quick cars in a decent body - New Type-R is too loud and brash and there's no hot accord or Legend :-( I really wish they had an Audi S4 equivalent, may have to go Lexus GS 450H.
  17. accordheritage Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    England York
    The Legend would outrun a Type-R anyday. It's very very quick. Around 300 horse power. Plenty and 4 wheel drive. Excellent winter car. High tax though.
  18. Nelf Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    United Kingdom Neil Sheffield
    I suppose the issue is that I don't consider the Type-R a fast car either ;-) having had one its great fun but modern diesels (albeit notHonda ones) are faster and effortless. The Type-R is nippy but you sound like a prat when pushing on in town.

    At a risk of taking this off topic, I meant something with performance comparative to that of the super saloons offered by the Germans. S4, s6, M3 etc...Honda are in my opinion the best engine designers in the business, but they don't do anything that rapid. Refined, smooth but not fast.

    Agree the legend is a lovely steer but not for me :Smile:
  19. accordheritage Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    England York
    Found some more pics of my past cars.

    BFA840T Donor saloon. STA60008.JPG My CE8. Donor Special Edition RGR816V. new coupe 2 crop. Civic group 1-1.
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  20. Dr Chaos Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Fiat panda
    Mercedes SL 500
    BMW 520 and 116i
    Ford escort xr3i
    Lexus 430
    Lancia delta
    Yamaha 1000exup
    Mercedes 230e
    Peugeot 107
    Escort estate
    Honda Civic and accord
    Ford sierra
    Jeep grand Cherokee x 2
    Volkswagen golf
    Alfa romeo 33
    Volvo 740 and 340
    Mg tf
    First car a Lada Riva Argggggghhhhhh