What did you drive in the 90s?

What did you drive in the 90s?

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Om

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405 posts

42 months

Thursday 25th February
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OK. Not very original. But I went to the What did you drive in the 80s (https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&f=74&t=1800408) thread and because:

a - I was too young/poor in the 80s
b - The 80s by and large weren't that great anyway (see (a) above)
c - I only owned rubbish cars

I decided to create one where I didn't feel quite so vehicularly challenged. I put this in GG rather than in Classic Cars... as the 90s still seem too recent but if it should be in another section, so be it.

By the 90s some things had improved -
  • Car design and engineering had improved significantly by this point (in the late 80s really but see above). Overall reliability, galvanising, fuel injection, turbos etc were more commonplace and better understood. Computers were being used more in the general design and engineering. These were starting to be used in the 80s but by the 90s had matured and cars were increasingly robust. Fewer howlers.
  • Just enough safety features to add to rather than detract from the experience.
  • I had finally sufficient money from an actual (though poorly paid) job to be able to save up/borrow enough money to start buying the cars I would have liked to own in the 80s...
The music had gone downhill, though it had been doing that since the 70s and if I create a thread for the 70s then its Matchbox and Corgi as far as the eye can see...

Which brings us to - What did you drive in the 90s?

(Mine to follow when I have found the damn photos).

wrayvon

34 posts

110 months

Thursday 25th February
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Born in 88 so mostly something like this:


J4CKO

33,426 posts

164 months

Thursday 25th February
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I passed in 1988, having won a MK2 Golf GTI in a Daily Mirror competition which I sold to my dad as the insurance was 3 grand.

1969 Mark 1 Capri 1600 GT XLR - First car, was my dads
1984 MK3 Capri 1.6 LS - Seemed like utter Luxury
1982 Golf GTI MK1 - Seemed like a rocket ship after the Capri - Sold as went to America for the summer - Wish I hadnt
1987 (Late 'E' registration) Capri 1600 Laser - My dad got me this for my return, not fast enough after a Golf so didn't last long
1986 Manta GTE - Seemed like a good idea, looked nice, nice seats, crap brakes, not that fast
1988 Montego GTI - Not sure why I bough that, was actually alright - left most of gearbox on road on one occasion
1985 Polo 1100 Bread Van - temporary having got married
1983 Golf GTI MK1 1900 GTI Engineering - Bit of a shagger, fast though,
1990 Audi 100 2.0 E-SE - Awesome, me being sensible as had kids by then

Quhet

1,952 posts

110 months

Thursday 25th February
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I was born in '89 so will answer instead for my parents.

-Beige 1984 Peugeot 305 estate. 1.6 petrol until about 1996
-White 1994 Peugeot 405 GRDT estate. 1.9 diesel from 1996 - 2006

Wasn't a particularly thrilling time carwise but I used to love riding in the boot when we had more than 5 people to transport. No chance you'd get away with that sort of thing now I imagine!

anxious_ant

1,688 posts

43 months

Thursday 25th February
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Passed my driving test late 90s, and as poor student didn't really have anything interesting.
2 notable cars back then was a 2.0 Ford Cougar and 2.0 Leon Cupra (non-R).

I wished I can afford the 3.0V6 Cougar but the otherwise the Cougar is a pretty looking car, and surprisingly large load space. Could fit one of those huge CRT TV in the back smile

The Cupra was my first taste of turbo power. Very nippy and well built. Missed it really. However, as with the Cougar, really wished I could afford the Cupra R...

ARHarh

1,138 posts

71 months

Thursday 25th February
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1990 - 1991 1981 cavalier 1.6l
1991 -1994 Another 1984 cavalier 1.6l
1994 - 1997 yet another 1988 cavalier 1.6l
1997 - 2019 1971 Morris minor
1998 - 2007 1960 Morris mini minor
1998 - 2002 1994 cavalier SRi 16v

Had quite a few cavaliers, and started to buy classics cars as toys

carlove

6,588 posts

131 months

Thursday 25th February
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Born in ‘94, so one of these (or similar) was my wheels.


Dad had a Cavalier and later a Saab 9000 which I also got chauffeured in.

Boobonman

5,568 posts

156 months

Thursday 25th February
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A Renault Espace mainly, only when my parents weren't in though as I didn't pass my test until 2000.

cuprabob

9,762 posts

178 months

Thursday 25th February
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1990 - VW Scirocco MK2 GTX
1991 - Suzuki Swift MK2 GTI
1995 - Seat Ibiza GTI
1998 - Seat Ibiza Cupra
1999 - Seat Toledo 1.8 SE

DanielSan

16,062 posts

131 months

Thursday 25th February
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Something like this but not a Bigfoot.

Om

Original Poster:

405 posts

42 months

Thursday 25th February
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For me the dawn of the new decade brought a job, a little money and slightly less silly hair and clothing. Hear me roar!

In my MG Metro, which saw out the 80s and remained for the first year of the decade. Red carpets and red seatbelts ftw!



Which brings me to the point where for me at least it gets more interesting. My first 'proper' car - it had 5 gears, electric windows, central locking, fuel injection AND a turbo. I had finally made it - in my Fiat Uno Turbo ie. A proper 80s hot hatch. In the 90s. My first Italian car. For some reason I can't find the picture of it, but it was red and looked like this:



The Uno Turbo then begat a Honda CRX 16V as I wanted a change and something a little less like it was constructed from recycled milk cartons. In white. First Japanese car. Nice:



Then I got a hankering for more debt and my eyes settled on this:



Toyota Supra 3.0i Turbo. Lovely straight six engine. First car with air-con (bought just before the hot summer of 95 - yay me). First car with leather seats. First car with cruise control. First car (and last) with a metallic black paint job. Went like stink after the CRX. Loved that car but it was too expensive for me to run on my meagre wages. Following a drive down to the South of France camping in my then girlfriends MX5 I decided I needed a sports car in my life:



Another red car - my Toyota MR2. Third Japanese car. A real hoot to drive. Had always loved these since sitting in one at a motor show years before. I particularly liked that you could pop out the sunroof and store it in a recess in the front boot to have almost-ish open top motoring. Kept the MR2 for several years and one of the few cars I would still like to have.

Sadly I then decided to 'grow up' a little and get something a little more respectable and grown up. I did lots of research, reading, viewing and eventually settled on a BMW 318is (E30). 1 owner, low mileage, a couple of years old. Red (again) in all its yuppie glory. I went for a car with the legendary quality of a BMW. Unfortunately I got one with the legendary quality of a latter day BMW and not one from the 80s/90s. It was a dog. I have no photos of this car. It is dead to me.

The BMW episode rather put me off my automotive stride. It was replaced by the rather more dependable Rover 220Gti:



In green (I know). The head gasket went a couple of times and the gearbox shat itself but at least it was better than the BMW. At the point of the third head gasket starting to leak I decided to get back into something reliable - my blue Fiat Marea ESX:



About as low key looking as it was possible to get. It did have the fantastic 2 litre 5 cylinder engine shared with the Bravo HGT and the Fiat Coupe so it went a whole lot better than it looked. Also, being Italian it was totally reliable with nothing needing doing beyond regular servicing.

And with that the 90s drew to a close.

AndrewGP

1,594 posts

126 months

Thursday 25th February
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I passed my test in 1993 and had:

1994 - Peugeot 106 1.1 Ski. Loved it, took me up and down the A1 to university with no issues. Came with free insurance (how very 90s biggrin )
1996 - Vauxhall Corsa 1.2. Family member worked for Vx so big discount on price. Utterly miserable car to drive, 45hp and 0-60 in 18s. 18 fking seconds!!!
1998 - Vauxhall Tigra 1.6. Same deal with the discount so bought cheap. Thrashed the living daylights out it, seemed fun at the time.
1999 - Vauxhall Astra SRi 2.0. More discount....not a bad car but not great either. Reasonably quick for the time but handling was pretty poor.

Whilst the 90s were a great time and I really enjoyed life then, I think the less said about the cars I had the better biggrin


Crook

5,550 posts

188 months

Thursday 25th February
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Om said:
For me the dawn of the new decade brought a job, a little money and slightly less silly hair and clothing. Hear me roar!

...Cars...

And with that the 90s drew to a close.
thumbup Nice post.

Chester draws

1,209 posts

74 months

Thursday 25th February
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Born in '75, passed in '93.

B reg Mini,
B reg Fiesta 1.1
F reg 205 GTi 1.6
L reg Renault 19 16V Chamade

Downhill from there with company cars and family cars.

Fastchas

2,155 posts

85 months

Thursday 25th February
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1990-92 Ford Onion
93-95 Honda CRX 1.6 16v
95-96 Honda CRX V-tec (loved that car)
96-97 Honda Prelude 4WS 2.0i
97-98 Toyota MR2 2.0i
98-2000 Honda CRX 1.6 16v
2000 Fiat Coupe Turbo 16v

Magnum 475

2,278 posts

96 months

Thursday 25th February
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I past in '88. Sadly I have no surviving pictures of my first few cars.

Daily drivers:

'88 to '90 - 1967 Triumph Herald 1200, modified with lots of Mk 2 Spitfire parts. Sadly destroyed by a blind truck driver who pulled out directly in front of me and couldn't be avoided due to traffic on the other side of the road.

C'90 to '92 - 1971 Triumph Vitesse Mk2 - also modified a bit to up the power output of the mighty 2.0 6 from 104 to around 125 bhp.

92 to 93 - Lada Riva estate. Required for getting kayaks on the roof / people in the car.

93 to 96 or 97 - Vauxhall Carlton 2.0GL. Good for carrying loads of kayaks and people, but still remains the single worst car I have ever owned. Unreliable, temperamental, thirsty, glacial acceleration

95 to 96 - '89 Porsche 944 turbo. Yay! my first Pork. Brilliant machine that I shouldn't have sold.... but.....

96 to 97 - Porsche 928 GT Manual. Awesome motor in every way. But then I made a huge mistake...

97 to 99 - '95 Alfa Romeo 155 Q4. Oops. The only car I've ever owned that cost more in repairs than it did to buy. Brilliant when it worked, which wasn't very often.

99 to 03 - Went back to a 944!

Edited by Magnum 475 on Thursday 25th February 11:45


Edited by Magnum 475 on Thursday 25th February 11:45

lost in espace

5,257 posts

171 months

Thursday 25th February
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2CV bought for £100 I think. 1990.
AX Salsa.
Series III LWB safari.
Renault 5.
Saab 9000
Mk2 Golf auto horrid car.
TDi Defender nearly new.
YF600, BMW R600
BX 1.9 TD

808 Estate

1,052 posts

55 months

Thursday 25th February
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Yamaha V-Max

TwigtheWonderkid

35,212 posts

114 months

Thursday 25th February
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The 1990s was when I started buying all the 80s hot hatches i couldn't afford in the 80s. I would have had a Mk1 XR2 in 1990, and then worked my way thru various others, XR3i, Escort 1.6i Cabrio, Golf GTI, Peugeot 205GTI, Astra SRI & GTE, even the dreaded MG Maestro. I finally settled on a Peugeot 309GTI that i kept for a while, alongside a Nissan Terrano for the family stuff.

Gad-Westy

11,295 posts

177 months

Thursday 25th February
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Passed my test in '98. Drove a 1987 Polo Coupe S for the remainder of the 90's. Fast as f**k compared to walking! Handling a little untidy in hindsight. But man, I loved that car. Totally opened up my world. Sold it to buy something faster after a couple of years but after 20 years of experimenting since, I'm yet to recapture the fun of a first car. I suspect just about anything would have sufficed.