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Would be interesting to see what cars some members on here have owned previous to their Alfa

Each car must have a picture, either of your exact car or as close as you can find on Google

I'll start:

17 - 1.1 "L" reg Ford Fiesta LX

Ended up in a scrappy after some daft bint pulled out of a side ride in front of me



17 - replaced the Fiesta with, another Fiesta!!! (not my actual car in the pic)



18 - time for my 1st half decent car - 2006 1.2 VX Corsa SXi+

Started life as this



Turned into this



19 - got a new job so was time for a smarter car - 2004 Audi A3 2.0TDI Sport



Ended up getting to expensive to fix, so i sold it cheap and bought a nicer Audi

19 - 2007 Audi A3 2.0TDI (170bhp) S-Line



Which turned into





20 - dabbled with a Corsa VXR and Astra VXR which i only really bought to sell on for profit. Corsa VXR came in handy as the Audi was in the garage getting repaired for 3 months!





21 - time to buy my 1st property, so the Audi went in place for something that would save me about £10k - 2005 Mondeo ST TDCi

When i bought it



When i sold it



22 - then came the Alfa :inlove:

 

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DO NOT turn your 159 into something resembling a spaceship.

A fair few cars you've had so far.
Not a chance

I look back on the Corsa and think "what a waste", although at the time it got magazine articles published about it, so it can't have been that bad!

The Audi and the Mondeo were more subtle modifications

The 159 doesn't need anything doing really, gorgeous as she is :inlove:
 

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if you do a search there about 20 of these threads, why not go post on one of them instead of cluttering up the forum with another one?
 

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I've owned well over 400, and quite likely over 500 cars since I passed my test 20 years ago, no diital photo's of the early years, but I do have a lot of my later stuff.. I'll dig out some of the highlights....:eek:
 

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if you do a search there about 20 of these threads, why not go post on one of them instead of cluttering up the forum with another one?
Ghosty, dude! that's hardly entering into the spirit of things, is it? :tut: ;) :) Is bandwidth at such a premium that the same question can't be asked again? ;)

But...back on topic:

1985 Nova SR - my first car; growly engine/exhaust, peppy, well built, but duff dynamics - loved it to bits! I keep looking for minters on Pistonheads...i'd love to drive another one again!

1986 Uno Turbo, and a 1985 Escort RS Turbo - both were shared cars, because my Nova kept getting broken into by chavs, and was off the road being repaired more than it was on the road being driven. Both the Uno and the Escort Turbo were terrifying to drive...too much engine, too little chassis, too little safety, too much bravado, too little skill :(

1990 Golf GTi - a big bumper MK2 Golf GTi that was - literally - a painted shell and four wheels, as VW made back then. It had absolutely no equipment at all; no PAS, no alloys, no radio, no c/l, no electric windows. Nothing. What it did have, was bad karma (yes, yes, i know that sounds daft). I had two grisly near-misses with this Golf (involving motorbikes overtaking me); after 18 months, I got rid.

1991 Golf GTi - now this is more like it! bought this big bumper mk2 used with 20k on the clock. A peach of a car, and loaded with the kit (a/c, BBS lattice alloys, PAS etc etc). Did 120,000 miles in it over seven years...the longest period I have owned any car.

1982 Alfa GTV6 2.5 - see above; the Golf GTi was my day to day car, the Alfa my toy. Owned it for five Busso-tastic years. What else can i say? It was an exhilarating, thrilling, car to drive. There's something - no, many things! - that are explicitly Italian about this car...and I can't tell you how much i miss it. :cry:

2002 RenaultSport Clio 172 - ahh, Puppy, the Happy Clio 172 :) You want to go fast? Ok, here we go! A terrific little bombshell of a car. Hysterical to drive, with an induction system that was big enough to suck in the tarmac.

1998 Polo 1.4 auto - my utterly resilient mountain goat. Despite various bits failing - which you could work around - it coped with everything; deep flooding that floored 4x4s? No problem! Snow and ice that sent everyone else into a ditch? Bring it on. A remarkably tough little buddy - there was nothing that could stop it from getting me home; nothing. It's got 144,000 miles on the clock, and it's just about to start its new life as a motorway hack (again!). When the world ends, and Mad Max can't rely on his supercharged V8 Interceptor, that tough little VW will man up for the job, easily :)

1991 Mercedes 190E - i'm only two weeks into this one...and it's a smooth, placid, serene place to be. Me likey me Mercy. :thumbs:
 

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Christ were do I start. Have had all of these since I was 17!!

2007-2011
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Got a Clio for when I passed my test. Loved it too bits. My mate and I often went out runs at night in it, happy times. Every MOT theres was always something that went wrong. Gearbox sensor went, suspension, brakes, hand brake cable snapped and recently the throttle cable snapped while driving on the motorway. Loved taking it to work in the snow because you could just throw it into bend and it'd slide :D done better than most 4x4s up my bit.

2009-2010
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Got my first Mito after seeing it on Top Gear. Alfa Red, 95bhp Veloce, looked stunning an still miss the colour. Got the Alfa bug from my bro-in-law who had a 156, driving down to his a few years before the Mito I saw a 147 in a dealership, wanted it so much but couldn't afford it :(

2010-2011
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2nd Mito, traded my red one in because my mother said I would be getting a new car without having to pay another 10k. This one was the same as the red but in Tornado Blue this time. Wasn't as good as the red for some reason.

2011-current
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Traded the blue Mito in for the fantastic QV :D Still love it to this very day even though half my wage goes towards it every month. Went for the faster car since I wasn't allowed at motorbike :(
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Also traded my Clio in. The mother was wanting a Pug but since it was my car then it wasn't being replaced by anything that wasn't Italian. Tried for a 147 but ended up getting a Fiat Grande Punto.
 

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Can't remember my age at the times of these cars but will list them in the order I had them:

1. Alfa Romeo Alfasud 5M - The start of my love affair with Alfa Romeo. No rust, no issues just great driving fun. Still wish I had it.
2. Ford Capri 1600S - The end of my love affair with Ford.
3. BMW 323i - What a hoot to drive. Really quick and rwd.
4. Audi Coupe - The start of my love affair with Audi (yes I know!) Bloody good car though and one of the early coupes with the twin headlights and 5-cyl engine. A cracker!
5. Fiat Uno - I was saving up to get married and buy a house. Again, not quick but it never had any issues and I traded it for more than I paid for it.
6. VW Golf Driver - Not as good as my Audi but reliable and ticked all the boxes at the time.
7. Audi 80 Sport - One of the best cars I have ever owned. It had 50K miles on it when I got it and I put 125K on it over 5 years. In all that time I had to change the fuel pump once. Never failed an MOT, never broke down (except when the fuel pump went). The only reason I traded it was I needed an estate car.
8. Peugeot 405 Estste - Needed the room. Good car. Nuff said.
9. BMW 318i - Not as much fun as the 323 but it was alright for the little time I had it.
10. SAAB 9000 CS LPT - Again, another of the best cars I have owned. Bought used, lasted for over five years and still brings back great memories for me.
11. Alfa Romeo GTV - Took me long enough but I got there in the end. Great car. Had its issues over the five years I kept it but was easliy the best looking car I have had. Stll one of the best looking cars Alfa have produced IMHO.
12. Alfa Romeo 146 - Not what I was after at the time but when the GTV had to go I needed something to do me until the MiTo was delivered. Did a deal with a local guy who took the GTV and gave me this to run about in for three months. Good car.
13. Alfa Romeo MiTo - My first (to date) brand new car. Was so pleased with this when I first got it but various (and far too many) issues have really spoilt the new car ownership thing for me. Can't see me replacing it any time soon however, but can't see me replacing it with another Alfa either.

As well as the last 4 cars above I have had 4 company cars at the same time:
1. Ford Mondeo 2.0 Tdci -Rep mobile but great to drive if a little fragile.
2. Ford Focus 2.0 Tdci Ghia - Like sh** off a shovel and well equipped but again a little fragile.
3. Ford Mondeo 1.8 Tdci - Great motorway car but it had more shakes, rattles and rollls than a 1950s pop band! Not lucky either as people kept driving into it!
4. Audi A3 Sportback S Line - Changes in the company car rules meant I could go up to this. So far it is confirming by previous experiences with Audi. Great.
 

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I can't do photos, but my car history is (with rough dates):

1987 Fiat Uno 45
1988 Fiat Uno SX
c1990 Fiat Tipo 1.6
c1992 Fiat Tipo 1.9 diesel
1995 Alfa 145 1.7 boxer
1997 Alfa GTV 2.0
1999 Alfa GTV 3.0
2008 Alfa Brera JTDM
 

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I've owned well over 400, and quite likely over 500 cars since I passed my test 20 years ago, no diital photo's of the early years, but I do have a lot of my later stuff.. I'll dig out some of the highlights....:eek:
Ok... some highlights...

1972 Dodge Challenger- wanted one since seeing Vanishing Point as a kid, but bought at the height of the American muscle boom, so instead of a 1970 440 or Hemi, I ended up with a 72 318. Built a motor for it which was fast and gnarly, but still a small block,, with the wrong grille, taillamps and drum brakes on the front... I then realised, never meet your heroes..

1978 Dodge D100 pickup. A total shed, but came with a big block 400ci, with a few choice bits. Absolutely hilarious, 33x12.5x15 tyres, which you could spin at will, 6ft flames out the sidepipes if you lifted off the throttle, would set car alarms off in a 100 yard vicinity.. but 8mpg if you drove VERY carefully.

1995 Volvo 850T5 estate, Ex Police, and pretty non standard, apart from the looks. Ferociously fast, ATE front tyres, but nothing, NOTHING ever held me up on the motorway, especially when wearing my hi vs jacket:D

1981 Alfa Giulietta 2.0RS. Had this when I was 18, when all my mates were driving Nova's and Fiesta's. Amazing noise, ad handling, but my teeth are still on edge when I remember the noise it made when I went for second gear...

1976 Opel Manta , fitted with a 2.2 Carlton engine, dogleg gearbox and LSd. Roll cage, 4 HOOGE Cibies on the front. I drove this sideways everywhere, thinking I was Jimmy McCrae. What a machine. Still love Opels.

Various early 80's Audi 80 Sports. Brilliant cars, fast, reliable and never less than 40 MPG. No attention from the cops or boy racers either.

Various Mk2 Cavalier SRi's. Devastating 3rd gear, from 10-90 without a hiccup.

1989 Trabant, better than I imagined, and an absolute hoot!

1982 Suzuki SC100 (x2) great fun, oversteer everywhere,without leaving your lane. Still have scald marks on my led from one where the heater hoses burst, filling the car with steam at 60mph.

Fiat X1/9's - Loads. THE best handling car I've ever driven, and that includes Ferrari's etc. Not that much grip but the balance is perfect- like being on tip toes. Had an Uno Turbo engined one and really didn't like it. Quick,yes, but lost the delicacy which I love so much

VW Passat GL5 estates+ Santana GX5's- loads. Amazing car, fast, roomy, economical, with that brilliant 5 cylinder noise. Did my first Euro trip in one of these.

Alfa 145 QV. Really mde me fall for modern FWD Alfa's. Beautiful steering, gutsy engine and very useable. Bough one for 500 quid, did the belts and a service, then battered it through Europe in terrible weather for 2500 miles in a week, and it never got tired.

Merc 190D 2.0. Very very lesurely, but sooooo relaxing. the world slows down when driving one of these... used to love peoples faces when I came out of ASDA with a trolley full of Sunflower oil and poured it straight in the tank.

So mny more, but its teatime...
 

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if you do a search there about 20 of these threads, why not go post on one of them instead of cluttering up the forum with another one?
Lighten up ladies:tut:

If you went through all of AO removing or merging all the duplicate threads, the entire forum would probably fit on a 16gb mem stick:lol:;)
 

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I've owned well over 400, and quite likely over 500 cars since I passed my test 20 years ago, no diital photo's of the early years, but I do have a lot of my later stuff.. I'll dig out some of the highlights....:eek:
Quite impressive, how do you manage to have so many cars? :eek:

'72 Dodge Challenger - very nice :)
 
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