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after reading other peoples posts, i'll have a go at remembering the vehicles i have owned...
motorcycles first (not that many considering they are my living)
Mobylette 50, Honda c70, Kawasaki KH100, Honda cd175, Suzuki 250 X7, Yamaha Townmate 80, Suzuki Love50, Husqvqrna TE610 Supermotard, Kawasaki GPZ1000RX (streetfighter), Honda CX500, Suzuki TL1000S, Suzuki SV650, Honda CD250U, Aprillia Habana 50, Yamaha CT3, Sun 98cc. - see not that many lol, now the cars..
Datsun 120Y, Ford Escort mk1 estate (sold for 15quid...ouch), Ford Escort mk3, Mini Metro, Mini x2, Ford Anglia e494A, Austin A35,Austin A40, Standard 8, LandRover series 2A, Reliant Robin saloon, Reliant Robin estate (i loved this car!!), Reliant Regal saloon,Reliant Rialto pick up, Reliant Kitten estate, Hyundai Atoz, Skoda Estelle, Renault Scenic, Skoda Felicia, Mazda 626, Vauxhall Agila (ashamed to admit this one!), Ford E493A Prefect (with Mazda mx5 engine), Trabant 601, Volkswagen Beetle type1, Suzuki Swift,
I can't remember any more at the moment... there probably is!
 

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Bikes - - I've hated all the Hondas I've owned. Favourites - my 1971 BSA B25SS and my Harley XL1200S Funnily enough the current price of the BSA is higher than the price of the Harley! I don't have the BSA any more - it got lost in the aftermath of my divorce.

Despite the unfortunate name the Kitten is one of the most sensible cars ever built. And the Skoda Estelle isn't bad either. We had a 105 for a while, given to us for free, which had crap performance, but you could fix or adjust pretty much anything with half a dozen tools. I replaced the throttle return spring with my wife's panties elastic on one occasion.
 

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the Reliant Kitten was given to me by a friend, i drove it for about 3 yrs. unfortunately? it was a real early one - pre galvanised chassis so along with other issues was enough to give it to my dad as spares for his kitten saloon. it was a very sensible and usable car for its time. its age let it down.
The Skoda Estelle 130? i bought for 50 quid to build a trike from - i was in my trike building phase at the time, it wouldnt start as the starter motor was goosed so i bought a similar used one from a breakers,made one from the two and drove it for about 2 yrs! i eventually sold it to someone who was going to build a trike from it! this was a great comfy capable car even if a little outdated. i must admit though that it took me a while to find the release cable for the engine compartment...
 

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You can blame @plastic wiganer for this ;) Meanwhile, I'll say thank you - it's amazing how many memories are intertwined with these, um, gems of the automotive industry.

Bikes, in rough date order: Suzuki GP100; Yamaha YB100 (I was like a drum on a pea, on that thing!); Kwak Z250; Kwak Z200; MZ TS125; MZ TS250 custom trial bike; BSA Tracker; Honda CD175; MZ TS250, became an outfit*; Dnepr 650 outfit; Suzuki GS400; Dnepr 650 outfit ex-traffic police pursuit special; Dnepr 650 outfit; Dnepr K-750; MZ ETZ300; MZ TS125; Honda VT500; MZ TS250; Suzuki Katana 650; Yamaha XJ900; Yamaha TDM850; Honda CX500 outfit; MZ ETZ250; Sym Excel 150; Sym Attila 125; Sym Shark 125. There may have been more, but those are the ones I can remember...

* Sidecars for MZs are like hen's teeth now, and were never that common. It's a tribute to the strength of the 250cc motor that people thought fixing a sidecar on would be remotely worthwhile (although, as I write, I am in Malaysia, and here you see box sidecars strapped to the side of kapchai step-thru 125s...) Anyway, an unattached sidecar came up for sale in walking distance from where I used to live in Nottingham, from a guy I didn't know, for trivial money. You don't spurn the cosmic exchange company when things like that happen. It turned out to be a great combination, and it is a lasting regret that I sold it in order to buy yet another Ukrainian heap of scrap iron. Of the rest, I was disappointed by the TDM, of which I expected greater things, although it did once take me to see Leonard Cohen and Buzzcocks, so, you know... The XJ was actually a very capable long-distance commuter that I didn't appreciate at the time, although I had a 100-mile round trip to do. I confess I do have a soft spot for the humble MZ, not least because you could try and wring out every last drop of performance and handling (and they are capable machines) within usual UK road speeds, and they are absolutely perfect for the back roads I prefer.

Cars: Reliant Robin saloon; Reliant Regal custom hatchback; Austin Allegro 1748; Citroen BX saloon; Citroen XM estate; Reliant Kitten estate; Toyota Emina; Toyota Hi-Ace 3-litre custom; Ford Escort estate; Citroen C5 estate; Volvo 850 estate; Mazda Bongo. The stand-out horror in that list was the Ford Escort - man, what a piece of hastily-flung-together shoddy components that sorry excuse for a vehicle was. And I say this as someone who has owned Reliants and Allegros. I was actively fond, to greater or lesser degrees, of all the others. I do have to say, though, that when we got our first Japanese car, it did feel like a broad step into the future - and they were none of them new by the time we got our sticky mitts on them. By tenuously stretched analogy, I can understand what happened to the British motorcycle industry...
 

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Oh...we're doing the full list?

  • 1983 Ford Fiesta Popular 1.0
  • 1984 Nissan Cherry 1.3 GS
  • 1987 Peugeot 405 GTXi 1.9
  • 1994 Rover Metro Rio (the Pug literally blew-up, so I inherited my mum's old car for a bit)
  • 2002 Citroen C3 (my first brand-new car)
  • 2005 Peugeot 206 Sport (my last brand-new car)
  • 1988 VW Scirocco Scala
  • 1990 VW Scirocco GT2
  • 1994 Toyota MR2 GTi16
I've definitely got cooler as I've got older.
 

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My list of vehicles I've owned is quite small:

Citroen BX 16 RS beige (my first car - my Dad gave it to me after he'd used it for about 10 years). Horrible car, always needed fixing.
Vauxhall Astra 1.6 litre Mk 2 (horrible car, always needed fixing).
Toyota Corolla 1.6 Si - the best car I have ever owned. Fantastically reliable. Really good acceleration.
Citroen Nemo Multispace - my current car. Has its good points and its bad points. It's slow, it's a diesel and it gets mistaken for a post van.
 

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My list of vehicles I've owned is quite small:

Citroen BX 16 RS beige (my first car - my Dad gave it to me after he'd used it for about 10 years). Horrible car, always needed fixing.
Vauxhall Astra 1.6 litre Mk 2 (horrible car, always needed fixing).
Toyota Corolla 1.6 Si - the best car I have ever owned. Fantastically reliable. Really good acceleration.
Citroen Nemo Multispace - my current car. Has its good points and its bad points. It's slow, it's a diesel and it gets mistaken for a post van.
My father-in-law has sworn by Toyotas since the 70s, he won't buy anything else.
 

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... i have actually remembered some more vehicles that i have owned/do still own! BUT i will save you all the details as there's nothing really interesting lol ... as you were
 

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'Best' I suppose needs some qualification. For many people I expect 'best' would mean 'most reliable'. But In my case I'd add 'comfortable' 'quiet' and 'reasonably satisfying to drive'.

It's probably not fair to comment on reliability because nearly all my cars have been old, and a lot then depends on what treatment they have had from previous owners.

However, my GSA's have been reasonably reliable, although when they do go wrong they are a nightmare to fix. They score highly on the other counts. Very comfortable, quiet (good aerodynamics so little wind noise) and a fairly unobtrusive motor, and very enjoyable to drive - they handle well, and are very economical for a family car of that period. They do have to be 'learned' like many old Citroen's they need a driving technique of their own.

If someone would provide me with a brand new GSA Pallas SE and the spares and service support to go with I'd happily drive it for the rest of my life. But alas parts are so scarce and the few people who have the resources to work on these rather unique cars are so far away I had to give up on them. Also they rust like nobody's business - unless you and all previous owners have faithfully kept up the annual Dinitrol treatment recommended by Citroen. .

Since finishing with the GSA's I have been driving Saab 93's which are very good cars. I'm on my fourth. I did have one lemon but I think it was cursed.
 

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My current Citroen Saxo 1.5 Diesel is probably the best as far as reliability goes. and the ZX before it (still have this car) was also ultra reliable. Both suffer from the dreaded Citroen Rust Bug.

But, there again, I do have the welding gear and some old fridge panels; and lots of spare time.

These two cars, plus the BMW that is a sort of long term project (was the most unreliable car I have ever owned) will probably 'see me out' as they say.

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