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17 year olds first car #1669578
16/01/2024 21:48
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Mazda MX5 laugh

Eldest grandson passed his driving test first time, just after Christmas and I'm very proud of him for doing so.

He's a car enthusiast and has been coming to car shows with me since he was about 2 years old.

He's always liked the MX5's, especially the Mk1's, but never expected him to own any of the models.

Insurance is horrendous on anything he looks at, but I unexpectantly saw a cheap and local MX5 for sale on Saturday and we ended up buying it laugh

It's a Mk2 and he's extremely happy, so one happy grandson laugh

Good thing is, is that he can't have 4 or 5 mates all squashed in the back either laugh

Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: Theresa] #1669581
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Ha, good stuff grandson thumb

So you'll be able to borrow it whenever then, T wink


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Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: Theresa] #1669587
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He'll probably manage to squeeze for or five girls in though !!!!!!

Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: Theresa] #1669592
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Brilliant news T thumb

Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: Theresa] #1669614
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Nice to hear some good news Theresa, happy trails.


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Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: PaulL] #1669628
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Originally Posted by PaulL
He'll probably manage to squeeze for or five girls in though !!!!!!


Sequentially or simultaneously?

(ooer missus! laugh )


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Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: Theresa] #1669663
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Got me thinking of first cars.

Mine was a Ford Escort 1100L. Silver, same as a galvanised steel bin.

Brilliant little car. I don't remember putting fuel in it, it may have run on beer breath.

This was the time in my life when you packed up the car with mates and set off on holiday. Very basic plans, no preparation blind optimism.

Result, no problems and great fun.

As for Sequentially or simultaneously, we weren't that clever. We'd aim for one after the other. Or all at the same time. Not that it got us very far.

Paul

Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: Theresa] #1669673
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Morris Minor 1000 for me, grey, CSW 541.

Wrapped it round a telegraph pole coming home from Glasgow back in the day, skidding on un-treated snow-packed road at a rural junction.


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Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: Theresa] #1669682
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The first car I drove was my Mother's 12 seater Bedford Utilabrake on an airfield aged 13.

Aged 14 I had flown a DeHaviland Chipmunk and by 16 I had driven a Ferguson Tractor and a Land Rover also on airfields, retrieving gliders and towing launch cables from the winches to the flight line and flying Slingsby T21b gliders.

The first car I actually owned was a 1933 Morris Minor with a central accelerator pedal, which was different to my mothers and also the driving schools Morris Minor 1000s


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Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: PeteP] #1669683
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Originally Posted by PeteP
1933 Morris Minor with a central accelerator pedal


Pretty good for a car that was first produced in 1948 laugh


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Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: Theresa] #1669684
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16VT and X1/9 1500

We must all do our part for the planet.
I unplugged a row of electric cars that nobody was using.
Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: Theresa] #1669685
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Give me a moment to go back and shout at Wikipedia....


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Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: Edinburgh] #1669687
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My first car was a Datsun 120a F2, little 1200cc engine that was super economical, but the bodywork was rotten as hell


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Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: Theresa] #1669688
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Today we bought the first car for our son. A second generation Panda.
My first was a Peugeot 306 diesel from my employer.

Last edited by jaaps2; 20/01/2024 16:16.

20VT, build in 1997, first used in 1998
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Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: Theresa] #1669692
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Val had three Pandas. All wonderfully simple.
Ours were fitted with aircon,satnav,dash cam, dishwasher and cctv.

New cars are a bit like microwaves, too many gadgets, when all you want to do is cook a baked potato.

Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: PaulL] #1669693
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Originally Posted by PaulL


New cars are a bit like microwaves, too many gadgets, when all you want to do is cook a baked potato.



New cars are full of chips though.


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Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: Theresa] #1669694
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Ooohh

Like a joke, but...

Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: Theresa] #1669695
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My first car was a mini that someone had previously squeezed a 1700 engine into... I have no idea how; I was young and innocent then.

I had later (after a Nissan Sunny, a MK1 Escort, and a Datsun Bluebird) a Datsun 120Y which was a hoot... I dropped a five speed box into that one, just to see if it was possible, and that led to a Datsun 240Z, an Escort-based kit car which ended up with a 120Y lump in it, and a couple of Fiats, pandas and unos and puntos, a 127 powered kit car, a Nissan Silvia, more Fiats, the 16v coupe, a further selection of Fiats, a 20vt coupe, more fiats, a Seat Leon Cupra, a 20vt powered kit car, more fiats, and finally the current French Thing[tm].

It seems I have a strange taste in cars. Many of the above overlapped.


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Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: barnacle] #1670006
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He's starting to discover the 'joys' of a 20 year old car laugh

Central locking playing up.
ABS light has come on.
Check engine light on, then off.
Handbrake warning light on and off.
Something hanging down and making a noise at the rear of the car (which I suspect is a handbrake cable ).

Told him to join an MX5 forum laugh

Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: Theresa] #1670016
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Originally Posted by Theresa

Told him to join an MX5 forum laugh


Good work T laugh

Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: Countrycruising] #1670373
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Well, it's now a write off grr

Grandson is ok, but he's been a d!!k and the car has now gone for scrap frown

Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: Theresa] #1670374
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Originally Posted by Theresa
Well, it's now a write off grr

Grandson is ok, but he's been a d!!k and the car has now gone for scrap frown


Oh no shocked

Thank goodness he's alright. Prang is bad enough but could have been so much worse....


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Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: Theresa] #1670380
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Ooops...


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Re: 17 year olds first car [Re: Theresa] #1670382
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That's not good news T, relieved he didn't get hurt other than his pride so the car did it's job.


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