The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

3 February 2006

A man of constant maintenance

Since Acidman is almost pathologically truthful these days, I'll take this at face value:

I'll be 54 years old in two weeks. I've owned a total of ELEVEN different cars in my life.... I suppose that's really not very many, especially when I consider where I stand right now.

I'd say it's as close to the practical minimum as you can get — unless you happen to be, um, me. My next birthday is my 53rd; my current car is my sixth, and that includes one I hardly ever drove and gave up in the separation agreement. (Scarier: when I turned 40, I was still on the third.)

I think we can all agree, though, that car payments are an abomination unto the Lord.

Posted at 6:31 AM to Driver's Seat


Either you don't drive very much, or you know how to take good care of a car. Either way, you're saving yourself from a LOT of "abomination."

Posted by: Acidman at 7:45 AM on 3 February 2006

A little of both. I drive about 10,000 miles a year, which is below the national average, but half of that comes in a three-week period in the summer.

And I do a decent job of keeping up with the maintenance, I think.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:50 AM on 3 February 2006

Hm, I'm about to turn 54, and I've owned:

-- 1967 Toyota Corona
-- 1966 Ford Mustang
-- 1970 Ford Mustang
-- 1976 Mazda RX-4
-- 1974 Ford Mustang II
-- 1980 Saab 900 EMS
-- 1985 Lincoln Mark VII
-- 1971 Toyota Celica
-- 1978 Toyota Celica
-- 1987 Saab 900 S
-- 1993 Mazda MX-3
-- 1993 Mazda MX-6
-- 1997 Chrysler Town & Country
-- 1999 Plymouth Neon
-- 2002 Lexus RX-300
-- 2002 Chrysler 300M
-- 2001 Toyota RAV-4

...so whay have you guys been doing with all that spare time and money?

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 12:02 PM on 3 February 2006

I'd like to say I spent it on whiskey and women, but alas, I probably wasted most of it. :)

(I had the '93 MX-6's four-door sister, the 626. Replaced it with a '00 as the '01s were arriving. And by gosh, I've actually owned a Celica.)

Posted by: CGHill at 12:14 PM on 3 February 2006

At age 42, I've only had two cars (not counting the three that my wife has driven):

1985 Toyota Camry -- killed by a careless driver just shy of 100,000 miles

1990 Toyota Camry -- still going, passed 200,000 last year

Posted by: Michael Bates at 6:25 PM on 3 February 2006