Car Appreciation Thread

Hey y’all, how are ya? I’m starting this thread because I have a car I absolutely love, and I wanted to know if there were any others here who loved their cars too. :)

I have a blue 2008 Honda Fit Sport, and it’s the best car I’ve ever owned. Fun as hell to drive with fantastic handling, decent acceleration and a great ride at speed. She’s also really practical with a ton of room inside and is very comfortable to drive on long hauls. I love my car so much that I don’t even mind LA traffic at all, because she’s so much fun to drive. ;) I’ve never had a car that clicks with me as much as this one does. :)

How about y’all? :)

I have to say, 11,356 posts all to establish yourself before beginning your viral marketing career? That’s dedication.

Wow, Brian, you have a blue Honda Fit? Why haven’t you mentioned this before? ;)

I have a 2004 Saturn Ion 3 and it’s the best car I’ve owned. I love that car, from the dent proof doors to the solid engine. I’ve never had major issues with it, and I don’t treat it that well maintenance-wise. I’m pretty sad that Saturn has gone away; I would definitely buy another one, if I could some day.

I’d nominate my grandmother’s old maroon colored Plymouth Horizon. I spent a lot of time in that car. She’d take me out to lunch for filet-o’-fish in it, and on the way I’d just sit and slap the saggy flabby part on the backs of her arms so it swung back and forth. Not once did she complain. Those were fun trips. By the time I was old enough to drive, she had put some shaggy muppet-fur type seatcovers on it, also maroon colored. Very sharp. I took Stephanie P. to prom in it, and right there in the maroon, shag, arm-fat-slapping passenger seat is where I became a man.

I miss my old, mostly-broken, salvage-titled '95 M3. That was the best, most fun car to drive, with comparatively few bells and whistles, and no other car I’ve driven can even come close.

It’s way too boring for some/most, but I am very happy with my recent purchase of a 2011 Honda Civic, my first brand new car.

I have a soft spot for my first ever car, a 1980 VW Rabbit Diesel. It was total crap mechanically and the roof rattled at certain RPMs, but it had charm inside and out. Also, it got over 50 MPG on highway trips, the last of which claimed its life. /lights glowplug in its memory

Oh, if we’re getting nostalgic, I also really miss my first car, a 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser station wagon with a lovely V8 engine it it. Car was a damned aircraft carrier, but I loved driving that thing.

We’ve got a 2009 Honda Fit and we love it. Never had a problem with it, the only thing I’d change is that I want map lights, dammit, but we didn’t feel like upgrading to the Sport just for those.

What are map lights?

Small lights above the center console, like what you have on airplanes. They light the driver and passenger side so you can read a map. You know, if you happen to be driving and get lost in 1995. ;-)


Oohhh, yeah, seems a bit weird. I’ve not seen anyone use an actual map in ages.

They are very helpful if you are looking for something in the car while driving at night or if you have a baby in the car and are digging through the diaper bag and want the use of both your hands.

Oh, that makes sense, though I’d hope they could be turned on and off at will. I’d hate for them to be on all the time.



Your advocacy for your car would be more persuasive if you’d shown sign of having driven any other car at all since 1985.

'78 Buick Skylark, for me – we probably could have traded each other half the parts!

I can’t say I miss it much, though. The thing was built used. Rolled out of the factory with 50,000 miles on it. The five years I had it were a parade of irritating problems (hardly any of them my fault, honest), culminating in the headliner coming unglued and sagging down into the passenger compartment for an Arabian Nights motif.

On the other hand, it was easy to work on, provided any number of learning opportunities, and the parts were certainly 1) easy to find and 2) cheap.

I’ve owned “better” cars since, but oddly enough the one I really loved was a 1987 Mazda 323 hatchback. Totally unglamorous, but durable as hell, ridiculously cheap to run, an elegant minimum of moving parts, and surprisingly good performance (power to weight!). Just a solid, eager to please workhorse.

I love my VW Rabbit right to death. So awesome.

I honestly haven’t had a lot of cars. The ones I’ve had are:

1979 Olds Wagon
1992 Buick LeSabre
1996 Chevy Blazer
2008 Nissan Sentra
2008 Honda Fit