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i believe only a few of my current readers remember seeing me in a machine like this. 1987 chevrolet monte carlo ss, 305 V8. [five hours on us-23 through michigan at 70mph gained me the most efficient drive in that car -- a whopping 18mpg!]. my first car... i had it for eight years. this car was a beast, and it was f'n big. i think the hood itself was as long as my current cavalier. went through two or three fuel pumps. the a/c died a couple of years in. a few more years in, and the passenger seat inconveniently locked into its most forward position. the door windows leaked when driving in the rain at 55mph. the alloy rims were a bitch in winter, causing slow leaks in the eagle gt II's. the upholstery on the roof lost all adhesive power in that last year, creating a nice Covering Your Dorm Room Ceiling Light With A Drooping Flag/Sheet/Blanket look, and as a bonus, partially obscuring the rear view.

and regardless of all those things... my heart skipped a beat when i saw one in the parking lot yesterday.

Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 01:32PM by Registered Commentermdog | Comments13 Comments

Reader Comments (13)

I remember that thing! Kick ass!!
Aug 1, 2006 at 05:37PM | Unregistered Commenterrachel mcH
Hey, 18mpg was pretty respectable back then... wow, that's more WT than my Mustang!

...you could almost paint the confederate flag on that puppy...
Aug 1, 2006 at 09:04PM | Unregistered CommenterJeff
ah, but on most days it hovered around 10mpg. also a thirsty mother.

and i think the confederate orange would clash too much with the maroon...
Aug 1, 2006 at 10:20PM | Registered Commentermdog
My first car was a 1984 Volvo. It was a beautiful, boxy car. I have no idea what sort of gas mileage it got, though I suspect not that great because the thing was built like a tank (heavy and nearly indestructable). It also ran on diesel, which was more expensive than gasoline at the time. You know, like $1.12. Wow, it's so hard to believe that was only 11 years ago....

The best part about it? A real power sunroof. I still miss having a sunroof.
Aug 2, 2006 at 02:27PM | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
mdog... no, you need that big old truck. You are definitely a truck girl.
Aug 2, 2006 at 02:44PM | Unregistered Commenterpaul
GM makes a hybrid pickup... yup, gets 15mpg. No joke, hybrid technology hard at work.
Aug 2, 2006 at 09:42PM | Unregistered CommenterJeff
"ah, but on most days it hovered around 10mpg. also a thirsty mother."

-must've been that bullet hole in the gas tank...
Aug 2, 2006 at 09:43PM | Unregistered CommenterJeff
first love
Aug 3, 2006 at 12:32AM | Unregistered Commenterrachel
The first car I drove regularly (although not techincally mine) was a 1982 Oldsmobile Delta '88. Talk about huge, this thing required a boating permit. The nice thing was that it could comfortably seat me and six of my friends. My next car (and the first one that was really mine) was a 1991 Nissan Sentra. This was a great little car, and it forced me to learn to drive stick, which I'm still grateful for. I think I need to send thank you notes to all those kinds souls who waited four rotations of the light for me to get my car across the intersection just beyond the dealership on my way home.
Aug 3, 2006 at 01:55PM | Unregistered Commenterjared
I remember it.
Aug 3, 2006 at 08:05PM | Unregistered Commenterhappyhearn
my first car was a shitvette, i called it babybeater.. not cuz it was rough with kids, but as a term of endearment for my lil beat-up vehicular motor ;D

i pretty much killed it by taking it roadtripping to calgary; it barely drove 100km/h without shaking. what a trip though.. the semi's would pass me on the flats and i would them on the hills..

ahh.. good times!
Aug 5, 2006 at 03:09PM | Unregistered Commenterlana
Maria taught me how to drive in that car!! Don't tell my parents- they still think they taught me how to drive. ha ha
Aug 8, 2006 at 06:45PM | Unregistered CommenterSarah Jean
shhhhh... i won't tell. :) and don't forget all the after-school and late night conversations in your driveway in that thing. ah, if that car could talk!
Aug 8, 2006 at 10:34PM | Registered Commentermdog

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