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    Default The best car I have ever owned.

    Hi Froggies.
    Something positive...
    What's the BEST car you have ever owned....regardless of make ?
    It does not necessarily have to be new...or French.

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    I'd have to say for me it's the CX...there's so many factors that lead me to it..the fact that they are so well engineered, so nicely designed and so DIFFERENT...and now so RARE.
    But I'b buy/order a C6 tomorrow if I won Tattslotto.
    I'd keep both..of course.
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    Probably the CX2500 GTi Turbo ... But then again the early CX's certainly have something special about them.... And the ID19 certainly is a great car to drive, and the GS is something special .... Hmmmm, decisions....

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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1/8th
    Hi Froggies.
    Something positive...
    What's the BEST car you have ever owned....regardless of make ?
    It does not necessarily have to be new...or French.

    I'd have to say for me it's the CX...there's so many factors that lead me to it..the fact that they are so well engineered, so nicely designed and so DIFFERENT...and now so RARE.
    But I'b buy/order a C6 tomorrow if I won Tattslotto.
    I'd keep both..of course.
    Cheers...George 1/8th.
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    I'll take this one on notice!!!

    Having several of the French cars that I regard as real classics, it's a hard one. The Renault R8 is pretty damn good, and so is the 16TS. The Peugoet 306 is a wonderful car, and fabulous in comparison with the opposition when new. But "best"? I reckon the CX gets the vote despite how much I enjoy the BX wagon. I love its wonderful engineering, how it all comes together in a unique way, its complete idiosyncracy and, in some ways above all its refusal to tolerate mediocre handling - our CX definitely knows how she should be treated, and insists.... All of these have been "Car of the Year" too!

    Yes, it's the CX. Of what I've owned.

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    The Best....??

    How does one define best...?

    Most reliable? fastest? most "character"...greatest lines? so subjective... and I so love my GS... but if best was defined as "the one that leaves the bigest smile on your face.. when on song"....

    I'd have to say our 1991 XJS 5.3l Jag Coupe... closely followed by our '66 Austin Healey BJ7 3000.... those were the days ... pre divorce settlement of course...
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    I have to agree - the CX is a magic car. Not the quickest thing on 4 wheels, but oh so refined, superb steering and brakes.... Body lean is always fun, but the wheels are forever planted on the tarmac no matter what you throw at it!

    Enjoyed all the pugs I have owned, fav was the 505 and would buy it back tomorrow...where are you mvk730!

    Not that I would part with the 406, and wouldn't knock back the 504 or the 405!

    Where can I fit that 8 car garage???

    George, I still owe you photos....hopefully soon!

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    Ahh George, you really know how to ask the hard questions.

    In my Motoring Career I have owned and mostly loved, (roughly in order) the following:

    Austin A30, Mini Deluxe, HR Holden, MGB, Fiat 850 Sport Coupe, Renault 16TS, Renault 4 (x2), Renault 6, Renault 10, Renault 12 wagon, Peugeot 504 wagon, Citroen DS23 Injection 5 speed, Peugeot 504 sedan (x2), Peugeot 505 Wagon (x2, a GR and a GTi), Citroen CX 2400 (x2), Mini Clubman, Mini Deluxe (again) and after 20 years, another Citroen DS.

    I reckon I've sampled my fair share of classics over time, and have never gladly parted with any of them.

    Favourite to drive: MGB followed by Hot Mini a close second.

    Most reliable: 504 wagon. 350,000 original Kms pulling a tonne of Scout trailer and umpteen passengers. Rust got her in the end! (Sob)

    Dream Car: The DS. It's why I've come back for more. Just gotta love the engineering.
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    1957 Slough 2CV ("Alphonse") Waiting in the wings
    1975 GS Pallas ("GiSelle") Also waiting in the wings
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    1970 Mini Cooper S MkIII - factory stock except for rear anti roll bar, tacho, and BL Special Tuning silver band displacers. I could do anything in that machine...Italian Job, Perth style.

    You can no longer drive through the Hay Street mall, though...

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    Default 2CV & DS!

    Depends what you mean by "best" car. Having turned over so many Cits, Pugs, Renaults, SAAB's, Volvo's, Alfa's on a freakishly regular basis, it would have to come down to one car that I will NEVER sell & that is the good' ol 2CV. No other car has bought so much enjoyment & as many experiences as this one. Maybe not as "solid" as a SAAB nor has the driving experience of my old 205GTi it nonetheless has given us the most stories to tell! The DS would have to be right behind that, it wouldnt matter what new car I have I will always have the 2CV & a DS of some type

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    being a youngin i haven't personally owned many cars. The best car, that i have personally owned is a 504 Ti reasonably fast for there time, and they handel like there on rails.

    the best car i've been in in it's own way.... the Salmon pink 403 wagon we owned

    the worst pug i've been in ever... our blue 404, i have nothing god to say for 404's

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    I think the best car I ever had for sheer fun value, has to be the AX GT.
    I mean it when I say, it's the most fun you can have, with your clothes on. And sometimes if you get lucky, with them off. Been there, done that Away from the lights, it will happily keep up with a porsche 911 john s
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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1/8th
    Hi Froggies.
    Something positive...
    What's the BEST car you have ever owned....regardless of make ?
    Cheers...George 1/8th.
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    My 99 Kawazaki ZZR 250, It's not a car but bikes make every road car I've driven ( and thats in the thousands from multy $$$ to .05% of a $ machines), seem almost boring, and definately less involving. - Chris

    ps, note i said road car.
    ... ptui!

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    My old GPz 900 beats that, sorry! john s
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    Quote Originally Posted by CHRI'S16
    My 99 Kawazaki ZZR 250, It's not a car but bikes make every road car I've driven ( and thats in the thousands from multy $$$ to .05% of a $ machines), seem almost boring, and definately less involving. - Chris

    ps, note i said road car.
    It's really a semi road car but my EVO 6.5 has steering and responsiveness that is sooo close to a GpA rally car but no restrictor to dumb down the top end... it's just lucky for my licence I live 500m from work! And it's sooo user-friendly, you can get the arse out, you can get it sideways, you can do it smoothly,any thing you want and all with the right foot..if you've got the brave pills...
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    Quote Originally Posted by smiffy1071
    My old GPz 900 beats that, sorry! john s
    And my best mates ZX9R beats your GPZ, but I'm sure you know why my bike has served me so much better, cheaper to run, insure, faster, more convenient, more reliable, very easy to keep clean and service etc... plus a stack load more fun than even my 306. - Chris
    ... ptui!

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    I'm afraid I don't care for the really modern stuff. Sure they may be lighter, faster, etc, but it's the style I go for! as you may gather from my list of CX's, I like big overweight dinosaurs, and the GPz 900 also fits this discription!
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    Quote Originally Posted by casnell
    It's really a semi road car but my EVO 6.5 has steering and responsiveness that is sooo close to a GpA rally car but no restrictor to dumb down the top end... it's just lucky for my licence I live 500m from work! And it's sooo user-friendly, you can get the arse out, you can get it sideways, you can do it smoothly,any thing you want and all with the right foot..if you've got the brave pills...
    Chris
    Chris, like your self Im a motorsport nut. I've been lucky enough to drive some amazing machinery on the road and on the track. Everything from a Silver ghost RR, through an ex Ken-Worx R33 GTR VspeccII(which is supersprinted for 6 months), to the new model Aston Martin DB.... sex on wheels.
    My bike does more for me on the road, (and I'm cheeky enough to say that in the sydney CBD nothing compares, and will keep up with 90% of cars on the straight parts) but on the track my Rotax makes even the best tin-top race car seem numb. No suspetion or steering aids (unless you call a steering wheel an aid) karts just have the most RAW feel of any 4 wheeled machines I have pushed. But until my god father lets me race for Swift Engineering I won't know true motorsport nirvana. - Chris

    ps, want to see a kart race, come to Eastern Creek Karts this saturday.
    ... ptui!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smiffy1071
    I'm afraid I don't care for the really modern stuff. Sure they may be lighter, faster, etc, but it's the style I go for! as you may gather from my list of CX's, I like big overweight dinosaurs, and the GPz 900 also fits this discription!
    john s
    Oh agreed, the GPz 9's will go down as part of the best Kwaka's ever made, along with the turbo750 they are both ledgends. - Chris

    ps. Every year they get quicker, faster, smoother, but not necesarilly better looking, personally I lurv ol school naked bikes.
    ... ptui!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHRI'S16
    I won't know true motorsport nirvana. - Chris

    ps, want to see a kart race, come to Eastern Creek Karts this saturday.
    You want motorsport nirvana I reckon you need dirt, all this nancy-boy stuff on bitumen...actually I'd love to see fast Karts, but it's a bit far from Melbourne...My motorsport nirvana moment has been fanging for a day with Simon Evans in the Subaru , can that guy drive!
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    Quote Originally Posted by casnell
    You want motorsport nirvana I reckon you need dirt, all this nancy-boy stuff on bitumen...actually I'd love to see fast Karts, but it's a bit far from Melbourne...My motorsport nirvana moment has been fanging for a day with Simon Evans in the Subaru , can that guy drive!
    Chris
    dooh!!!! i forgot your in melb! Dirt's kool, but i'd rather do that on a trail bike, as WRC style events are against the clock, if it was actual racing ie they had actual overtaking not timing, it would be better. Besides, you rarely get up above 200Kph, so don't come with these nancy boys stuf here.... actually i'm kidding I love it all. Yes, Evans can drive but my I was lucky enough to get driven in my OWN pug by Warren Luff, who knows 306's and Oran Park like the back of his hand... made me think what I could do if it was up to me. - Chris

    ps LETS STOP THERE AS I'M STRAYING FROM THE ORIGINAL CONTENT OF THE THREAD.... APOLOGIES.
    ... ptui!

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    The best car I have ever owned was aa SAAB 99, but my favourite, by a long way, was a 1960 VW Karmann Ghia - subtley lowered and fitted with a 1400 cc engine and sports exhaust - it looked great and was fun to drive. Also, my brother used to do all the work on it for free- maybe that had some thing to do with it.

    Other things I have owned have been a VW Station Wagon; a Mini Clubman, A VW 1500 beetle, A Fiat 850 Coupe, A Mitsubishi Ute, a Mazda Capella, a Rover 3.5 litre coupe, 2 Daihatsu Charades and a Nissan Pulsar SSS

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    Renault 16TS.

    Astonishing ride comfort;
    Willing, tireless performance, such a sweet engine;
    Wonderful highway cruiser, and swallows up the backroads too;
    Delightful, tactile steering and unwavering directional stability;
    Amazing fuel economy;
    One of the most versatile cars ever designed;
    Crazy load carrying capacity;
    Excellent mechanical reliability;
    Great instrumentation and ergonomics;
    Highly innovative in so many ways;

    Biggest downsides:
    Some are prone to rust;
    Wear in the rear suspension is very expensive to have repaired;
    Specialist equipment needed to balance the wheels.
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    I'll go through it using functions

    Best car, function: Toyota Echo
    - Did it's job (=shopping trolley) very honestly
    Best car, reliability: Toyota Echo
    -I only filled the washer tank and fuel about every three months.
    Best car, frugalness: Toyota Echo.
    - Smell of an oily rag. It averaged 5.0 l/100 km, and did a best of 4.45 l/100 km on a trip between Sydney and Melboure.
    Best car, lust factor: VW New Beetle
    - sad case that I am, I must admit I went into the garage to look at it a few times. Not drive it, just look at it. I have more photos of this car than any of my others
    Best car, performance: VW New Beetle.
    - It had a turbo and could go around corners properly. Shamed most hotted up V8s at the traffic light derby, although I picked my wins carefully (no point in going up against WRXs).

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    Best vehical i've ever owned was a 1987 Ducati Laguna Seca I bought new and raced for a season, what a sound. Cut the GSXR brigade and jap fours to bits in the corners, under brakes and on tight tracks. I know it's not a car but once your a rider everything else just dosent come close.

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