The First Car I ever Owned…My 1990 Chevy Cavalier…

I was reading CNN a few weeks back and stumbled across this article.

I have to say that the first car I ever owned was my first car a 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier in gunmetal grey, probably my best car as well.  My parents came off a lease that we had been driving and my parents bought me my first car.  I was 17, it was a used car and had a little over 100,000 miles on it.  Being used and having that many miles it had some wear, but that didn’t stop me from falling in love with her.  I loved her so much that everyone I knew referred to her as “Magnum.”

The best part about having it was that it was all mine.  I was young and back when I thought it was cool to put all those lights inside to reflect the inside of the blue and I put in a sound system so that trunk would rattle.  I don’t remember what gas prices were back then but they were no where near what they are today.  I remember tossing in 20 bucks and it would give me a little more than ¾ a tank of gas.  Those were the good ole days.

The car allowed me to get my first job and start collecting a paycheck.  Have a means of transportation allowed me to have an endless amount of freedom.  I started working at a neighbors business, and the trusty Magnum never let me down on the days that I had to go to work.  I was able to build up a savings account and take some of my financial burdens my parents had been covering with my new income like car insurance.  I kept the car 4 or 5 years until I got my first real job after graduating college with my Bachelors degree.  I purchased a 2005 Nissan Altima brand new in Majestic Blue; we may talk about her another time.  My siblings inherited the Magnum and they sold it soon after.  I was out on the road once and saw the Magnum drive by and I just smiled because of the memories we had together.

It is different owning a vehicle now because it is not as big a part of my life as a first car was.  Having a Grand Cherokee now is nice but it gets me to work and where I need to go.  I wash it occasionally but the sentimental value is not there like the first car I ever owned where you went on so many expeditions and explored with.

What was your first car you ever owned that you ever owned?

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  1. Stopping by from the Yakezie challenge. Welcome! I’m a new challenger too. My second car (after a 1992 oldsmobile hand me down) was a 1993 teal blue chevy cavalier (a hand me down from my grandparents). I drove that car until it died on the side of the highway outside Boston. It had over 120k miles and treated me very well. She certainly wasn’t my favorite car, but she got the job done and gave me many miles of carefree driving.

  2. @ Kari – a fellow cavalier owner. Trusty reliable car, I loved mine!

  3. My first car was a $100 1969 American Motors Rambler. It had about
    70,000 miles, which in those days cars only were able to last at most
    80,000. So it was due to die soon, but it out lived expectations and
    Finally gave it’s last breathe one day going to work and the trainy quite.
    Forward gear failed, but reverse worked, SO I drove to work the rest of the way in reverse. It was probably my most loyal car and it’s when I learned how to keep it running on my own cuz my dad had no clue how cars worked. Thank God for the “Cilton’s Manual”. That book was my bible. Long story short, that car tought me the value of a dollar and has was high enough back then at 45 cents a gallon. I saved up for my first and only sports car, a 73 Z28. Memories:))

    • @ Tim – Wow $100. A hundred dollars doesnt buy you much today, barely a pair of jeans now. Speaking of that, some stores are outrageous what they charge for jeans. I was looking for jeans for my wife and at Express they were 79 dollars for a worn out pair.

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