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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous



  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    the highest number of cars anyone has owned at one time?

    For me, it is five, and I am single. One was new, the other four were well used. I almost had a different car to drive for every day of the week! That was when my CCB syndrome had reached its zenith. Most of the time since the mid-80s I have not had more than three at once.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • driftracerdriftracer Posts: 2,692
    Getting ready to be 4 again real soon, and maybe 5, depending on how fast the PT sells while I have the F-350 on order.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    at the time I had 5, I had this faint justification in the back of my head that I had the extra cars in case the new one broke down. Weak justification at best, you might think. The new one at the time was the Saturn SL2, and yup, sure enuf, it broke down twice! :-P

    I also had a turbo '87 Supra, an '86 Celica GT-S, a rear-ended '82 Supra that I picked up for $500 and ran great, and an '84 Subaru GL hardtop. They were all gone within 18 months, including the Saturn! Should have kept that Celica longer. It ran perfectly and only had like 60K on the clock even though it was 9 years old.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,046
    with 7. 6 of them are tagged and insured. 3 of them are on an antique policy that's really cheap, like $170 a year for 3 cars (Dart, DeSoto, Catalina). The Intrepid, pickup, and 5th Ave are on a regular policy that's something like $1440 a year for all three (only the Trep has full coverage). So that's one reason that I'm a bit lax about not getting rid of's not like it's costing me an arm and a leg to insure them. I think my roommate pays more insurance on his '98 Tracker than I do on BOTH of my policies!

    I need to get rid of my Gran Fury. Just been too lazy to mess with it, I guess! And I really need to cut my Dart loose, as it's got 338,000 miles on it now, and not currently running. I think it just needs a fuel pump to run again, but it has other issues as well (rust, some body damage, water leaks here and there, a shorted out heater fan, etc). But on the plus side, the Dart costs a whopping $24 a year to insure...which is one reason I've probably been lazy in motivating myself to get rid of it!
  • stormdavystormdavy Posts: 83
    but haven't the resources to buy. Getting tired of the rusty looks of my Celeb, and recently made an offer for an (affordable, w/ 116K mi) '89 Vette, and that was the closest I've been yet to being a Vette owner, but unless a miracle happens I won't get financing.
    Now, the '01 Impala is falling into my lap. Most weekends I'm checking out car lots... and tall grass can yield some beauts, too: one nearby farm has a blue Cougar convertible that could be in an Andrew Wyeth painting.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 70,576
    In order of acquisition...

    '70 Ford Galaxie coupe.. no air.

    '77 Ford Mustang Cobra II.. no air.

    '76 Jeep CJ-5.. no air.

    '82 Honda Accord hatchback.. no air.

    '67 BMW 2000CS.. no air.

    '84 Porsche 911 Targa.. air, finally!!

    '90 Nissan 240SX hatch

    '94 Acura Vigor GS

    '88 Mazda 323GTX.. intercooled turbo, AWD

    '95 Nissan Pathfinder SE

    '97 Honda Accord EX

    '98 Honda CRV EX

    '99 Honda Accord EX

    '01 Honda Accord EX

    '02 Honda CRV EX

    '92 Acura Legend

    '03 BMW 325i Sport

    It seems like it should be more, but thats it.. bought my first car in 1976. But, I am also the designated "car guy" for family and friends, so I've been involved in the purchase of many, many more.



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  • black_tulipblack_tulip Posts: 438
    Andre: Didn't you have an Altima at some time?

    Anyway, my list (started at '87)

    '81 Chevy Chevette
    '83 (could be wrong) Dodge Diplomat
    '81 Buick Skylark
    '81 Toyota Tercel
    '89 Honda Civic DX
    '93 Acura Integra
    '95 Nissan Maxima GXE
    '95 Acura Integra
    '97 Acura TL
    '97 Honda Civic DX
    '99 Toyota Camry (current with 180K miles)
    '00 Audi A4 1.8TQ
    '00 Lexus RX-300 (current with 71K miles)
  • anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
    WE have had 5 at one and are at 4 now but about to be back at 5 but we are planning to sell 1 or 2 then buy another.

    Currently we have ...

    2004 Honda Odyssey EX RES/1500 miles
    2004 Honda Accord EX-L/18,000 miles
    2003 Honda Civic Si/15,500 miles
    1994 Lexus LS400/125,000 miles (plan to sell)

    coming is a ...

    1997 Infiniti I30/120,000 miles.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,046
    I've never owned an Altima, but I was really impressed with the current generation when it first came out. I test drove an '02. It was just a 4-cyl, but I think it was an S-model? Pretty gutsy for a 4-cyl I thought. I probably would have bought it, if I wasn't so upside-down on my Intrepid at the time!

    My Mom & stepdad have a '99 Altima. I think it's an ugly excuse for a car, and wasn't too thrilled with it when it was newer. The tranny failed at 35,000 miles. But Nissan replaced it under warranty with no attitude. I think they have about 110,000 or so miles on it now. It did leave them stranded one other time about a year or so ago, when the battery died. I guess newer cars aren't like those old Mopars I'm used to where you could actually yank the battery out while it's running, and not have a problem. Until you turn the car off, that is! Still, I have more respect for that Altima now that it's got some miles on it, and still kicking.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 70,576
    That is my complaint with Nissans.. They usually run forever, but you aren't all that happy about it... I agree... that first Altima was a poor excuse for an Accord competitor.


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  • badtoybadtoy Posts: 368
    in another topic, but here's my list (the first column is the year of purchase, the second column is model year)...

    1963 1956 Pontiac Star Chief – with all the power goodies (inherited from my folks)
    1964 1958 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia – repainted Coronado Red, then totalled
    1965 1957 DeSoto convertible w/348 hemi – fat, fast and finned
    1965 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Veloce - my first love!
    1966 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint w/close-ratio 5 spd – a truly sweet little coupe
    1966 1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Normale – the perfect LA car
    1967 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air w/265 auto, custom paint & interior
    1967 1952 Chevrolet Custom Cab pickup – my Hippie Taxi (LA to Haight Ashbury)
    1968 1952 Plymouth Savoy – ugliest car I ever owned, but reliable as taxes
    1969 1955 Volkswagen delivery van w/custom interior – 55 max, with a tail wind
    1969 1968 Pontiac Firebird w/350 - 4 bbl, mags & shackle bars
    1970 1965 Plymouth Barracuda w/273 – a $250 car for the dash to the coast
    1970 1965 Ford Fairlane 289 – almost as ugly and reliable as the Plymouth
    1972 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Berlina – stealth Italian sedan for hunting Bimmers
    1974 1969 Plymouth Road Runner w/383, 4spd & 3:75 gears – very, very quick
    1976 1968 Cadillac Sedan de Ville w/472 - 375 hp & 550 lb/ft – a Nova killer
    1976 1962 Volkswagen Baja bug – tough little nut
    1978 1974 Chrysler New Yorker Brougham w/440 – great engine, lousy quality
    1978 1973 Plymouth Road Runner w/318cid, 340 heads, 650 Holley
    1981 1969 Ford Econoline w/352 Cleveland / auto w/shift kit – a real sleeper
    1981 1974 Scratch-built 5-wheeler w/750 Honda engine (don’t ask!)
    1981 1974 Lotus Europa Twin Cam / Big Valve – title came back stolen! Oh well…
    1982 1970 Buick Gran Sport w/350 4bbl, 315 hp. Iron fist in a velvet glove.
    1982 1974 Chevrolet V8 Vega with 327/350, headers & turbo 400
    1983 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix w/330 hp, SE 400, 450 Holley. 140 mph+.
    1985 1985 Mercury Cougar – first new car ever. What a mistake!
    1985 1970 Datsun 240Z – body gone, but the heart of a lion. Made my top 3 list.
    1985 1968 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia – 1830cc, slammed & shaved. Very LA.
    1986 1986 Toyota 4x4 pickup w/TRD cam & racing exhaust. Tough as beef jerky.
    1989 1989 Firebird 350 w/auto & t-tops. Great cruiser, but engine gave out at 44k.
    1990 1984 Lincoln Mark VII LSC. Wonderful car, but EVERYTHING went @ 120k.
    1992 1985 Chevrolet Camaro w/HO 350 – auto w/shift kit. Simple & quick.
    1993 1993 Toyota Celica GT. Slow, but built like a Swiss watch.
    1995 1972 Buick Skylark coupe w/350 4bbl. Gran Sport redux.
    1996 1996 Toyota Tercel w/TRD suspension intake & exhaust. On-ramp terrorist.
    1998 1999 Toyota Tacoma TRD PreRunner. Stiff as a board, willing as a puppy.
    1999 2000 Corolla LE w/Toysport turbo & TRD suspension. Mustang eater.
    2000 2001 Celica GT. Birth of the new style. Awesome suspension and steering.
    2001 1985 Corolla GTS – all TRD & Trueno parts. Old school drift monster.
    2001 1992 Toyota Paseo. My daughter’s old car gets commuter duty. 198k so far.
    2002 1990 Lexus LS400. 66k and still in the wrapper (now all the way up to 78k).
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    I had such a complete and thorough listing of all the cars I ever owned. I used to do some casual selling, and would sometimes have cars that only stayed in my hands a couple of weeks, while occasionally I would keep them six months or more until I got bored, and THEN sell them.

    Despite the large number that have come and gone, one that really stands out in a good way was my Subie Outback Sport, which is one of the few I bought new.

    I saw a green one for sale just the other day, a '98 where mine was a '97, low miles, and I had half a mind to pick it up...what goes around comes around, maybe?

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • badtoybadtoy Posts: 368
    at how quickly and completely memories of your cars will come back to you once you start a list. Of course, you do have to put it down and come back to it a few times to pick up ones you forgot, but it's really fun to look back on all that machinery...
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,046
    that right off the top of my head, I'll forget about a car here and there that I've owned. Especially if it was during a time that I ended up acquiring/disposing of a lot of cars in a short period of time.

    For awhile, I was averaging something like one car a year. If I missed a year, it seemed like I'd end up getting two the next!

    I almost made it through 1996 without getting a single car, but took delivery of my '79 Newport on New Year's Eve! Didn't acquire one in '97, but then I got two in '98 and THREE in '99! Nothing new in '00, then I got my NYer in '01, and Mom gave me my pickup in '02. Didn't get anything in '03, and so far, nothing in '04. This might actually be one of the longest periods of time I've gone without picking up another car!
  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Posts: 1,722
    Short, and not so distinguished list, but in order of purchase.

    1966 Mustang coupe (super powerfull 200ci I6! ;-)
    1984 Ford EXP
    1984 Honda Accord
    1992 Hyundai Scoupe
    1996 Ford Escort LX
    2000 Ford Focus ZTS (current)
    1985 Cadillac Fleetwood (FWD) w/ 4.1L V8
    2002 Ford Focus ZX5 (current)
    1967 Jaguar MkII sedan (current)

    Not a lot of expiring cars in that list. In fact the first three cars I purchased for a combined total of $1800 (each were $600)!
  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    Just discovered this topic.

    While I don't think I suffer from CCB, I too have always been interested in cars.

    My list, which spans high school, college, two marriages and a relocation from California to Colorado:

    1979 Pontiac Sunbird
    1977 Buick Omega
    1985 Honda Accord LX 3-door
    1986 Isuzu P'up
    1988 Isuzu Trooper
    1991 Mazda Protege LX
    1991 Nissan Sentra SE
    1992 Honda Accord LX
    1993 Honda Accord DX
    1997 Ford Escort LX
    1999 Ford Expedition XLT
    1999 VW New Beetle GL
    2002 Ford Explorer XLT
    2003 Saturn L300
    2003 Ford Focus ZX5

    In summary:
    HS/College - 2 cars (Pontiac, Buick)
    Post College - 1 car (Honda)
    Marriage #1 - 5 cars (P'up, Trooper, Sentra, Protege, Accord LX)
    Post Marriage #1 - 1 car (Accord DX)
    Marriage #2 - 6 cars (Escort, Expedition, VW, Explorer, Saturn, Focus)

    Currently have the VW (step son is driving it), the Saturn (bought for me but wife is currently driving it) and the Focus (my daily driver, but may go to daughter when she turns 16).

    So, there may be another purchase (or two?) this year -- I really like the Focus, the wife might consider trading in the L300 for a VUE when the weather gets crappy again and the daughter may end up with something else - the Focus is a stick and she is having trouble mastering a clutch. Daughter would really like a Mini - perhaps with the CVT tranny. Son is to buy the VW from us outright when he has the money saved up.

    So, are we here for encouragement or to get help?
  • anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
    I think we are here to get a little of both.

    I seem to have won this round of the car buying bug vs. my wallet battle. Will be keeping the Accord til 100,000 miles now. The countdown is on ... only 82,000 miles to go.
  • rae52rae52 Posts: 103
    Well, I've got CCB bad also. My list, starting from high school...

    1970 Barracuda-worst POS I ever drove. I guess Assembly workers decided to take the day off when my car was built-too many problems to list
    1970 Ply Duster-wore it out then gave to sister
    1970 Ply Duster with 318 V8-uncle gave to me when he gave up driving.
    1973 Buick Regal-bought used from my 1st boss-over paid of course. Car wore out right front tire; probably due to prior accident
    1978 Rabbit C-very unreliable-was stranded TWICE on highway in winter due to faulty alternator. Car was originially a dealer demo w/ 45oo miles.
    1979 Chevy Caprice 305 2BBL. Car had the INFAMOUS turbo 200 trans. Didn't know it at time of purchase, butcar sat in flood up to middle of doors at dealer in Elizabeth, NJ
    1979 Honda Accord- fine little car EXCEPT underbody was rusting out within 1 winter on NJ's highways
    1980 Honda Civic GL 5spd-nice little car until immigrant ran red light and t-boned me at blind intersection with his '78 Ford T-Bird!
    1981 Accord LX- fine little car
    1983 VW GTI-bought black car w/o a/c-NEVER AGAIN!
    1984 VW GTI-red car WITH ac! Handled awsome!
    1984 Honda CRX- love hatches!
    1986 Honda Civic SI-no ac
    1988 Honda CRX SI-with ac
    1988 Acura Integra LS-5spd
    1989 Olds Delta 88- bought used a used car dealer-off ourse I overpaid-this before internet
    1992 Hyundai Sonata GLS- very poor quality and was rear-ended twice--in 6 weeks. Car HAD to go!
    1993 Pontiac Sunbird with 6 cyl. Say what you want about the 'J-cars', my ran until 145K miles then was told it needed another engine; bad crankshaft...buta blast to drive with tuned exhaust from factory

    My 2 present cars...'99 Civic DX hatch with 5 spd and air. Most reliable and economical car owned to this date
    Last car...don't laugh...'02 Cavalier LS coupe. Car is loaded with every bell&whistle and has'nt missed a beat.

    Gotta love GM rebates and GM card earnings!!
    There, you have it! Do I qualify for membership?
  • badtoybadtoy Posts: 368
    I guess it all depends on how you mean "help". If you mean assistance in furtherance of your addiction, you've come to the right place. I mean, really -- is this an affliction you wish to rid yourself of? Surely not.... =D
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 23,046
    a J-car story that turns out to be a pleasant experience! By '93 the Sunbird had the 3.1 V-6, didn't it? I'd imagine something like that would've been decently quick for its class, for the time.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 26,367
    Is it a problem when you have a car on order, and the mean people in the weekly chat start making suggestions about other choices, you actually listen to them?

    Geez, if I had the same problems committing to a women, I would be like Julia Roberts in that movie where she keeps leaving men at the alter.

    I'm much better off when the car is there, and I do the deal on the spot. If the new car is incoming, I have too much time to talk myself out of or rationalize away the purchase (or just get attracted to the next pretty face).

    Sad thing is I could go out and buy a new house with less effort than I spend deciding on a car!

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • seminole_kevseminole_kev Posts: 1,722
    Stickguy - too funny about the house. I'm the same way. Looking for a house with my wife, all day long I was saying "oh this looks fine", "This will work", "Dear I Don't CARE!", etc....

    Cars though, I'm annoying as heck to shop with because I'm very particular (not that you'd know it from a lot of the cars on my list from when I was younger! ;-)
  • anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
    "Geez, if I had the same problems committing to a women, I would be like Julia Roberts in that movie where she keeps leaving men at the alter."

    I guess I am like J. Lopez then. I have no problem committing to a car I'm just always looking for the "next best thing".
  • driftracerdriftracer Posts: 2,692
    I'm getting ready to buy a cheap car. Has to be fun.. Looking at Civics, VW GTIs, Acura Integras, etc - just a disposable $2000 that won't need much, that I can drive until next Spring when I get my hot rod.

    Do you know how many under $2000 cars in this category there are within 100 miles of here? A bunch! Sounds fun, but it's horrible - I hate looking at cars and worrying that I might make a mistake, or I'll buy a car, and see something better a week later!

    I'm not one of those people who spends 6 months researching cars - you can't do that with a used car with a current sale ad, anyway. There's too many choices, and I'm worried that I'll still make the wrong one!

    Signed, Jim, who will buy another car within the next two weeks.
  • anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
    We had a 93 Civic EX coupe 5-speed and that car was probably one of the best we have ever owned. Car would do 80 mph all day and still get 35+ mpg. Only problem with it was it got a tad gutless at lower speeds if you had the AC on.

    "I hate looking at cars and worrying that I might make a mistake, or I'll buy a car, and see something better a week later!"

    The good part about a $2000 Civic or Integra is that if you do find something better they quick and easy to sell.
  • driftracerdriftracer Posts: 2,692
    and I'll make money on it, because I'll detail it up and put some decent wheels and tires and suspension, selling it to some wide-eyed kid with daddy's checkbook next Spring.

    I have to have a 5-speed, and it has to be fun, because whatever it is, it's getting autocrossed.
  • etze_etze_ Posts: 27
    Well, I don't want to bore you with the details.

    But the short version is 16 cars in 24 years of driving which works out to a car every 1.63 years.Looking to add number 17 now. I'm glad I don't have the addiction like some of you nut jobs.

    Although my mother in laws parked car(no one in it) was totalled this weekend by a drunk driver and I thought how lucky she was . I guess I do have CCBA.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 26,367
    I always dreamed of having a truck get loose and roll into my parked car, totalling it. But that's just me.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • driftracerdriftracer Posts: 2,692
    who owns his cars, one at a time, for 8-12 years, putting over 200k on them. He's 42 and is on his THIRD car. That guy needs counseling! How boring!
  • anonymouspostsanonymousposts Posts: 4,202
    Yeah, what's wrong with him anyways driftracer? Maybe we should stage an intervention.
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