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SQ-beast posted "The worst car you've ever owned" which got me thinking about what was the best car I've owned, which was the BMW 520D tourer I had before my Q5, which I really like but hasn't won my heart over yet, if that makes any sense.

But what was the most likeable car you owned? Which has the fondest memories?

The most likeable car, for me, was a Volvo 240 DL estate. I bought it at Brighouse auction for £3250 with 32000 miles on the clock in 1991 and sold it for £24 to a scrap dealer with 245,000 miles on in 2001 with rot in the back end and knackered valves. So it depreciated £325 per year.....

During its life with us, a PA system, keyboards, guitars, stage clothes and the two of us went round the working mens clubs, British Legions, pubs, anywhere that wanted live music. On holiday it lugged our caravan. Big, solid, comfortable and dependable, we still remember it with great affection. My wife called her Snowdrop. There's irony for you.
 

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Well most likeable/fun was me 1st car a DATSUN cherry estate,in yellow,900cc,had the best times in that motor,unfortunately it got wriitten off and scrapped 4 £75 ????
 

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Presently owned Tiguan. Sorry to see it go but looking forward to the Q5, just hope it lives up to expectations.
 

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Loved my Fiat Coupe Turbo in Sprint Blue. Bought it new in 1998 and kept it 7 years. Sold it still looking totally immaculate.
 

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Vintage MG midget. Great wee car. Just completely unsuitable where I live now.
 

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1970 Cortina 1600E. The passenger door would self-open at exactly 100mph, so girlfriend had to cling onto it
 

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1970 Cortina 1600E. The passenger door would self-open at exactly 100mph, so girlfriend had to cling onto it
I served an apprenticeship at a Ford main dealers at the end of the 60s and we once had a Cortina Savage with a V6 engine only ever saw one.
 

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For smiles per mile (driver, passenger and onlookers) hard to beat a 1959 Austin Healey Frog Eye Sprite!
 

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I served an apprenticeship at a Ford main dealers at the end of the 60s and we once had a Cortina Savage with a V6 engine only ever saw one.
Me too...started mine in 1973 at Hartford Motors Oxford, 25th June 1973......

As for favourite car, the Audi A1 I bought after the ill fated Evoque went back and I was waiting for the 1st SQ5, it's probably the only car I'd swap the SQ for even today, it was the perfect little car, but in the driver seat felt and drove like a proper Audi should.
 

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Me too...started mine in 1973 at Hartford Motors Oxford, 25th June 1973......

As for favourite car, the Audi A1 I bought after the ill fated Evoque went back and I was waiting for the 1st SQ5, it's probably the only car I'd swap the SQ for even today, it was the perfect little car, but in the driver seat felt and drove like a proper Audi should.
The first job I got with the mech I was assigned to at 15 was a chassis changeover on a Ford Trader tipper lorry. We had to add flich plates to
strengthen it. What a job! Left at 22 to go to BAE systems. Pity. The garage was the best days of my working life and more fun than flyin' blowlamps.


Apologies I digress.
 

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My 53 plate R32, loved it but what I loved more was taking my partners dad to bingo in it. He's sat in the back trying to keep his false teeth in, suspension a bit hard for the old sod.
 

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There are almost as many great old garage stories as there are musicians stories. A friend used to work in a Jaguar main dealer, and was regularly told to "Lock the doors and give that car an 'aircut son. About 15 thou, good lad."
Or the Ford dealer in Carlisle that couldn't replicate the awful rattle in an 1100 Ford Escort Estate until the mechanic asked "What speed are you doing when this noise occurs Sir?" "Ninety eight and a half miles per hour"...
 

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Back in the late 60's we used to get police cars in for the 1st service. We would wait till a mech went out on test then follow them and pull them up with the blues and two's on. Also got the local hurst in now and again. We would get an apprentice to lie in the back with a sheet over him and then he would sit up at at the traffic lights. Those were the days.
 

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1993 Nova GSi. As a relatively young lad it was the nuts.
I also had a nova 15td modded up to look like the GSI, H reg,I loved that motor ,unreal on juice and was nippy,a real pocket rocket,bak then it was £27 for a full tank ????
 
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That was my dream car as a teenager can still see that wooden dash with those four raised dials now
Now, not to split hairs, but I think from memory, you may have that slightly wrong technically.
The 1600E was indeed a lovely wooden dash, but the 4 dials were in the main frame, not raised.
They were raised on the 1600GT, ,but that was a mere plastic dash.
Great cars. The E only came in 3 colours
 
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