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Hello from the Great White North!

Postby MisterTwo » Fri Feb 14, 2014 10:32 am

I'm so glad to find a forum dedicated to this topic!

My name is John and I'm from the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario Canada.

At 16, my first car was a 1973 Austin Marina, 4MT, so I cut my teeth on standards. Piece of junk, really, and basically biodegradable, but hey I was 16 and had my own car!

Next, an '85 Dodge Omni GLH, 5MT, than I actually won in a competition. Fun to drive but the dash rattles with 3,000 km on it made me worry.

Then I got a job as a driving instructor and needed an AT vehicle, so sold that and bought an '84 Toyota Tercel. Equal parts boring, underpowered, and reliable.

Decided to go back to school, sold the Tercel to finance that and went back to driving the Austin for a while. Next came a '74 Toyota Corona coupe, 5MT. Got me through university.

After graduation I came across a '83 Toyota Celica 5MT. One of my favorite cars actually, but again the rusties kicked in. About this time, I also inherited a '66 Chrysler New Yorker basket case from my grandparents. It's 3AT, the only way they came. (The lower trim levels could be had with the 3MT, but uptake was very low, even back then!) Did a full restoration on that and it's not going anywhere!

Took out my first ever car loan to get to a '91 Toyota MR2 Turbo 5MT, the Celica became the winter beater. I still have the MR2, it's just a really cool, fun, and powerful (if totally impractical) vehicle.

Went through a couple of winter beaters: '86 Honda Accord Hatch 5MT (300,000 km and going strong, until the bumper rusted off), '90 Acura Integra hatch, 5MT, a solid fun car too.

Next came an 2001 Mini Cooper S 6MT. Man was that thing fun! Like many German cars though, it seems, it seemed to see a fair amount of shop time, reinforcing my perception of Japanese quality. When the first kid came along, however, I realized I needed something with 4 doors.

Came across a '98 Nissan Maxima 5MT, so that was that! That was an excellent car, the 3.0 V6 is one of the nicest engines I ever had. Kid number two plus a dog was becoming a bit of a challenge though.

So my latest, a 2005 Subaru Legacy GT LTD 5 MT wagon. This is a fantastic fit for my lifestyle: super fun to drive, hauls the family, blows away BMW's and snowstorms, you name it. Only complaint is the fuel economy isn't great.

Where next? I have no idea, but as you can see I only have ever had automatics due to necessity. There simply isn't anything out there which appeals to me, other than possibly the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon with the Tremec M6, which I can't afford. Thoughts?
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Re: Hello from the Great White North!

Postby ClutchDisc » Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:07 am

Welcome John, sounds like you had a lot of nice older cars! Any pictures of any of the cars?
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Re: Hello from the Great White North!

Postby theholycow » Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:25 am

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"The Great White North" today could describe most of North America! :lol:

Have you considered converting the '66 to manual? :D
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Re: Hello from the Great White North!

Postby tankinbeans » Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:59 am

Welcome!

I live in the Little White North. Looks like you've had quite the collection of vehicles from all different categories.
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Re: Hello from the Great White North!

Postby AHTOXA » Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:32 pm

Welcome! I really like that gen of the LGT's. Great cars (aside from the headgasket issues).
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Re: Hello from the Great White North!

Postby Squint » Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:54 pm

Welcome! Fascinating car list, my dad or mom used to have an Omni back in the day well before I was born. How many of those vehicles do you still have?
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Re: Hello from the Great White North!

Postby MisterTwo » Fri Feb 14, 2014 5:13 pm

Squint wrote:How many of those vehicles do you still have?


Just the ones in my signature!

The Legacy will need replacement some day, but for now I'm hanging on to it as I can't thing of anything out there that meets my requirements:

> Space for 4 plus a large dog
> Stick shift (obviously)
> Fun to drive (i.e. forced induction)
'05 Subaru Legacy GT Wagon 5MT
'91 Toyota MR2 Turbo 5MT
'66 Chrysler New Yorker 3AT

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Re: Hello from the Great White North!

Postby AHTOXA » Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:03 pm

Well, the above requiremes are VERY easy to meet. Problem is - how much you're willing to spend? :mrgreen:
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Re: Hello from the Great White North!

Postby monkeyhunk » Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:53 pm

The GTA is the great white north LMFAO.......that's great. Cool story though. Welcome.
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Re: Hello from the Great White North!

Postby potownrob » Sat Feb 15, 2014 2:38 am

MisterTwo wrote:I'm so glad to find a forum dedicated to this topic!

My name is John and I'm from the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario Canada.
welcome john!! i'm rob from potown (poughkeepsie, ny). we just got bombed with snow and ice and other random stuff. :D
At 16, my first car was a 1973 Austin Marina, 4MT, so I cut my teeth on standards. Piece of junk, really, and basically biodegradable, but hey I was 16 and had my own car!
still sounds like fun
Next, an '85 Dodge Omni GLH, 5MT, than I actually won in a competition. Fun to drive but the dash rattles with 3,000 km on it made me worry.
goes like hell, eh?? also sounds like fun
After graduation I came across a '83 Toyota Celica 5MT. One of my favorite cars actually, but again the rusties kicked in.
uh oh, i have a feeling certain members are gonna ask more about this :)
Took out my first ever car loan to get to a '91 Toyota MR2 Turbo 5MT, the Celica became the winter beater. I still have the MR2, it's just a really cool, fun, and powerful (if totally impractical) vehicle.
nice!!
Went through a couple of winter beaters: '86 Honda Accord Hatch 5MT (300,000 km and going strong, until the bumper rusted off), '90 Acura Integra hatch, 5MT, a solid fun car too.
can relate more to those, though the mr2 sounds like slightly more fun...
Came across a '98 Nissan Maxima 5MT, so that was that! That was an excellent car, the 3.0 V6 is one of the nicest engines I ever had. Kid number two plus a dog was becoming a bit of a challenge though.
NOW you REALLY got my attention. had a black 98 maxima gxe 5 speed for a few years. would be more practical with a folding rear seat (fixed on later models, IIRC). I nicknamed mine the black bull.
So my latest, a 2005 Subaru Legacy GT LTD 5 MT wagon. This is a fantastic fit for my lifestyle: super fun to drive, hauls the family, blows away BMW's and snowstorms, you name it. Only complaint is the fuel economy isn't great.
nice

Where next? I have no idea, but as you can see I only have ever had automatics due to necessity. There simply isn't anything out there which appeals to me, other than possibly the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon with the Tremec M6, which I can't afford. Thoughts?
do they make a lowerend CTS wagon w/ manual?? what about a TSX wagon?? volvo xc70??
BUT DEM FAHGLEITZ!! :shock:

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Re: Hello from the Great White North!

Postby MisterTwo » Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:19 pm

potownrob wrote:do they make a lowerend CTS wagon w/ manual?? what about a TSX wagon?? volvo xc70??


No CTS unless you go to the $80K CTS-V
No TSX Wagon in Canada
All Volvos are automatics these days, at least in Canada...

AHTOXA wrote:Well, the above requiremes are VERY easy to meet. Problem is - how much you're willing to spend? :mrgreen:


Well just for kicks let's say I had $40K at my disposal....
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Re: Hello from the Great White North!

Postby potownrob » Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:16 pm

MisterTwo wrote:
potownrob wrote:do they make a lowerend CTS wagon w/ manual?? what about a TSX wagon?? volvo xc70??


No CTS unless you go to the $80K CTS-V
No TSX Wagon in Canada
All Volvos are automatics these days, at least in Canada...
thought the lower end V6 cts came in wagon form, and also thought Canada had the tsx wagon...
BUT DEM FAHGLEITZ!! :shock:

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Re: Hello from the Great White North!

Postby MisterTwo » Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:32 pm

Should have been more specific: no manual in the CTS unless you get the CTS-V.
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Re: Hello from the Great White North!

Postby IMBoring25 » Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:35 pm

Not sure I'd own one even if I didn't have a prejudice for RWD, but all your requirements could sound like you're talking about the Mini Cooper Countryman S I was given as a rental car on one of my business trips.

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Re: Hello from the Great White North!

Postby AHTOXA » Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:55 pm

MisterTwo wrote:
potownrob wrote:do they make a lowerend CTS wagon w/ manual?? what about a TSX wagon?? volvo xc70??


No CTS unless you go to the $80K CTS-V
No TSX Wagon in Canada
All Volvos are automatics these days, at least in Canada...

AHTOXA wrote:Well, the above requiremes are VERY easy to meet. Problem is - how much you're willing to spend? :mrgreen:


Well just for kicks let's say I had $40K at my disposal....



Yeah, not for $40 but for about 80 grand you can get this.

So hot.

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