What car did you pass your test in?

What car did you pass your test in?

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dxbtiger

3,904 posts

118 months

Thursday 12th September
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A white Clio Diesel.

Frank7

3,436 posts

32 months

Thursday 12th September
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Monkeylegend said:
My father "learnt" to drive in the Army in 1940 and spent time driving supply convoys during the war. Never took a proper driving test, he would have failed if he had.

Although he never owned a car after he was demobbed he still drove for his work and occasionally other times but would always pull away in second gear, refused to use first gear.

He was not "very sympathetic" mechanically, and was a nightmare for any gearbox or clutch he had control of.
Most truck drivers rarely if ever used first gear, I drove everything from 3 ton vans, to 38 ton artics, and only ever engaged first if pulling away loaded on a slope or hill, second was more than adequate.
When driving the tractor unit only, (no trailer), with 4 forward gears, and a “splitter”, giving you 8 forward gears, you could pull away in 3rd or 4th if you wished.

XJSJohn

15,242 posts

164 months

Thursday 12th September
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croyde said:
Renault 6, with the push pull gear shift like on the 2CV.
My mum had a green Renault 5 with one of them .... must have been a french thing at the time ...

VAGLover

702 posts

23 months

Thursday 12th September
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BMW Mini One.
Which was good. As my first car was a BMW Mini Cooper

FIREBIRDC9

624 posts

82 months

Thursday 12th September
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Time for you to all feel old.


A brand new 2010 Ford Focus 1.6

Still to this day the newest car i have ever driven for a long time!

noell35

2,987 posts

93 months

Thursday 12th September
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Frank7 said:
Monkeylegend said:
My father "learnt" to drive in the Army in 1940 and spent time driving supply convoys during the war. Never took a proper driving test, he would have failed if he had.

Although he never owned a car after he was demobbed he still drove for his work and occasionally other times but would always pull away in second gear, refused to use first gear.

He was not "very sympathetic" mechanically, and was a nightmare for any gearbox or clutch he had control of.
Most truck drivers rarely if ever used first gear, I drove everything from 3 ton vans, to 38 ton artics, and only ever engaged first if pulling away loaded on a slope or hill, second was more than adequate.
When driving the tractor unit only, (no trailer), with 4 forward gears, and a “splitter”, giving you 8 forward gears, you could pull away in 3rd or 4th if you wished.
This is replicated in the AWD Dacia Duster biggrin

Nimby

1,989 posts

95 months

Thursday 12th September
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Mk I Ford Escort with He-Man dual controls. I remember that because it had a sticker on the rear window, and to parallel park perfectly you lined up the hyphen with the kerb.

Monkeylegend

16,346 posts

176 months

Thursday 12th September
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Frank7 said:
Monkeylegend said:
My father "learnt" to drive in the Army in 1940 and spent time driving supply convoys during the war. Never took a proper driving test, he would have failed if he had.

Although he never owned a car after he was demobbed he still drove for his work and occasionally other times but would always pull away in second gear, refused to use first gear.

He was not "very sympathetic" mechanically, and was a nightmare for any gearbox or clutch he had control of.
Most truck drivers rarely if ever used first gear, I drove everything from 3 ton vans, to 38 ton artics, and only ever engaged first if pulling away loaded on a slope or hill, second was more than adequate.
When driving the tractor unit only, (no trailer), with 4 forward gears, and a “splitter”, giving you 8 forward gears, you could pull away in 3rd or 4th if you wished.
Yes, he said that was how he was taught in the Army and it stuck for the rest of his life.

towser44

1,217 posts

60 months

Thursday 12th September
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A diesel Mazda 121 (re-badged Fiesta if I remember correctly)

Mr Tidy

9,147 posts

72 months

Thursday 12th September
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I just remembered that my mother never had to take her test.

She applied for her licence in 1940, so just got sent a Full Licence! (I believe potential Examiners were busy doing other things).

She finally sold her last car in 2010 as she wasn't using it enough to justify the cost.

LostTraction

131 posts

8 months

Thursday 12th September
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2015 Merc A Class, I specifically chose that driving instructor because of the car laugh. But thankfully, it worked in my favour as I was able to pass with only 18 lessons and no private lessons. Just goes to show he genuinely does want his learners to pass and not rob them out of their money.

STO

582 posts

101 months

Thursday 12th September
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'B' reg Fiat uno , it was vertualy brand new, and the driving insructor had to drive back from the test station, cos I wasn't insured anymore with a full license.

Pinkie15

240 posts

25 months

Friday 13th September
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E reg Micra (in 1988/89), in silver

1.0, or maybe 1.3 l, of carborteured (spp ?) powahhh

Still the 4 X 100 watt Hela spots were different and switching them on would draw so much energy the car wouldn't go over about 30.

Plus strategically placed stickers in back window to aid lining car up with kerbs for reversing round corner.

GeordieInExile

608 posts

65 months

Friday 13th September
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I had three driving instructors before passing, due to moving around, and they all had mk7 Fiestas. All diesels, as well. Perfectly decent cars, if a bit claustrophobic due to lack of window area.

Monkeylegend

16,346 posts

176 months

Friday 13th September
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GeordieInExile said:
I had three driving instructors before passing, due to moving around, and they all had mk7 Fiestas. All diesels, as well. Perfectly decent cars, if a bit claustrophobic due to lack of window area.
I had two. I had about 5 lessons with the first one before the husband of a woman he was teaching broke both his legs as a reward for giving his wife a few extras during her lessons.

Hubby went inside for a bit and the driving instructor disappeared in his wheelchair never to be seen again.

nunpuncher

1,299 posts

70 months

Friday 13th September
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A red 3dr Vauxhall Nova with a beige interior. Put me off Vauxhalls for life.

ghost83

3,196 posts

135 months

Friday 13th September
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Started learning in a corsa b but then March 1st came and instructor got a lovely new corsa c

So I passed in a corsa c in 2001

Then went and bought one for September 1st

Loved that car