The linked post took me up to 1979, so here we continue:
1974 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme - had a 350 ci engine with a 4-bbl, but couldn't get out of its own way. Since that was pre-Internet, I found out only later that '74 was the worst possible model to buy because of all the mandatory smog controls. Detroit didn't have the technology then to overcome the handicap, and the thing just didn't have any power.
1979 Plymouth Horizon TC3 - after the success of Chrysler's K-cars (due to the gas shortage earlier in the '70s), economical cars were all the rage. In those days of less-advanced technology, that meant smaller & lighter, rather than more efficient. Ours had no power equipment of any kind, clear glass, and no A/C. We were in college at the time (early '80s); the Midwestern sun made it so we could only make long drives at night. It got 35+ mpg, but was made of pot metal. That was back in the days of the CB radio craze, so I used a center punch to make a dimple for drilling an antenna mounting screw. The punch went all the way through. :^(
|1978 Ford Fairmont Futura - somewhere in the mix, we bought a used Fairmont from a buddy, and drove for a few years. It wasn't a bad car, but I don't remember much else about it.|
|1999 Ford Escort ZX2 - while I drove the minivan, my wife drove this little scooter. It had a 4-speed stick, got great mileage, and made a good commuter vehicle. I could drive it comfortably enough, but had trouble getting in and out of it.|
|2006 Ford Explorer XLT - this is the replacement for my trusty Expedition. It's not quite the truck that Big Green was, but it does what it needs to do, and provides reliable transportation. Reasonable mileage, and has room to haul cargo as needed.|
And that brings us to the most recent acquisition:
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