What do you miss about your first car?

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Getting your first car is a moment you don’t forget: your dreams have come true and suddenly you’re holding the keys to freedom.
No matter what other cars you go on to drive, for most of us our first car will always occupy a special place in our hearts. There’s always going to be something irreplaceable about it.

Read on to find out just what it is that people miss about their first cars, from the generosity of a family member to custom paint jobs.

Subaru BRAT

1985 Brat

Image: Wiki Commons

One of our favorite first car stories comes from Jim Sewell, whose dad bought him an ‘85 Subaru BRAT.

“My dad bought the car and sold it to me on the afternoon of my 16th birthday in 1988. He surprised me by selling it to me for the one dollar bill I had in my pocket, as money has to be
exchanged during a bill of sale. I have to say that was a great and memorable birthday.”

Jim misses the BRAT’s distinctive welded-in rear-facing seats.

Volkswagen Beetle

Customized VW Beetle

Image: Shannon Sneed via CARFAX Facebook

It’s one of the world’s most iconic cars, and Shannon Sneed was lucky enough to get this unique Volkswagen ’76 Bug from his dad.

“I’ll always cherish the memories; hard work and good times that were made while restoring it. I’ll always miss the custom paint job we did ourselves and the simplicity of the motor,” he says. These are the best kind of teenage memories to create with your car!

Nissan Maxima

90 Nissan Maxima

Image: WikiCommons

Jeffrey Green made some classic high school memories when he was a junior by winning the high school drags at 13.5 seconds in the ¼ mile in his 1990 Nissan Maxima. “Man I miss that car!”

Dodge Daytona

89 Dodge Daytona

Photo credit: Jared Jackowitz via CARFAX Facebook Page

This sleek ’89 Dodge Daytona was Jared Jackowitz’s first car, and he loves it so much he still owns it. There are plenty of reasons that he’s not tempted to part with it: “It still has the original paint and mostly everything is still stock. This thing flies. T-tops don’t leak either.”

Plymouth Satellite

68 Plymouth Satellite

Image: Greg Gjerdingen

It’s not just dads giving beloved cars to sons either. Kelly Bradway’s grandmother passed on her ’68 Plymouth Satellite.

“I put a dual exhaust with glass packs, painted in forest green and jacked up the rear. No one had a car like mine. It sound and looked great.”

Chevrolet Camaro

First cars don’t come much more desirable than the Chevrolet Camaro, particularly if you’re a serious petrol head. Reddit user PlehhBlooper misses his fourth generation ’00 Camaro, its LS engine and those long days when “I could work on it and mod it all day long”.

Pontiac Grand Prix

It was a nineties classic and Reddit user kabaded found that going for a sedan doesn’t mean missing out on a powerful driving experience.

“I miss the torque that my 1990 Pontiac Grand Prix Turbo had. It was actually difficult not to chirp the tires every time you accelerated.”

Honda Civic

93 Honda Civic

Image: Hector Alejandro

“My first car was a ’93 Honda Civic Si with a B18C1. I miss it for its raw feel and great handling. Also, the looks. 5th gen hatches look great, especially lowered,” says LocoTSX. No wonder Honda Civics are consistently popular as a first car.

Mitsubishi Mirage

97-99 Mitsubishi Mirage Sedan

Image: WikiCommons

First cars often need to be tough and that’s exactly what ghrelly misses about his ‘97 Mitsubishi Mirage: “Thing was bulletproof. 250k miles, no drivetrain issues.”

Ford Taurus

It’s not always the car itself that drivers miss. The sound system was Reddit user’s ShifitingLanes favorite part of his ’98 Ford Taurus, which “worked great and sounded amazing.” Who doesn’t miss having teenage levels of disposable income to drop on sound systems too?

Honda Element

Honda Element

Image: P J Johnson

Getting your first set of wheels opens up precious opportunities to socialize away from the eyes of parents. Redditer Code-sloth misses their Honda Element as its “little tailgate was so handy and cool for cookouts”.

You can check out the full threads we sourced our stories from on the CARFAX Facebook page and Reddit.

If you’re looking at buying your child their first car, check out our post on how to split costs and our Used Car Buying Guide.


What was your first car, and what do you miss about it? Leave us a comment below!


By | 2018-02-13T20:58:26+00:00 June 4th, 2014|Car Buying|1 Comment

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  1. Michael July 31, 2014 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Oh man! My first car was a 1988 Toyota Camry with almost 190k miles on it when I bought it. Paid $1000, sold it for $600 four years later. It only broke down once — $100 fix. Everything leaked, but I miss that car…

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