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Cars of a Lifetime: 2003 Toyota Matrix XRS

My Cars of a Lifetime series ends today over at Curbside Classic, and it makes me a little sad.

SnowCoveredCarMy last story is about the second Toyota Matrix I’ve owned, this one a top-of-the-line model with a more powerful engine.

This is the same car that got rear-ended twice last year and had several other cosmetic mishaps that has left it looking quite forlorn. My poor car just couldn’t catch a break!

Go read the whole story now over on Curbside Classic.

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Cars of a Lifetime: 2003 Toyota Matrix

My Cars of a Lifetime series over at Curbside Classic is quickly reaching the present day. Today I write about my little red Toyota Matrix.

My carI ended up with this car in my divorce, and it turned out to be a great little hauler. Well, except for the multi-thousand dollar repair, which came a few months before I wrecked it.

I owned this car when I started blogging, and have shown you many photos of it and told many stories about it. But now I’ve had a chance bring them all together.

So now go over to Curbside Classic to read all about it!

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Cars of a Lifetime: 1996 Mercury Sable GS Wagon and 1998 Toyota Sienna XLE

96_SableThere comes a time in every family man’s life when he needs to own practical cars. I put it off as long as I possibly could, but when my third kid was on the way I couldn’t put it off any more. I sold my coupe and bought first a station wagon and then – shiver – a minivan.

The wagon was a lemon and the minivan was terminally boring. I’ve told their stories before in this post. And now I’ve retold them in the Cars of a Lifetime series over at Curbside Classic.

These stories are probably new to you, and so I encourage you to go read them over on Curbside Classic!

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Cars of a Lifetime: 1989 Toyota Corolla SR5

Corolla4jgMy next post is up in the Cars of a Lifetime series over at Curbside Classic, and it’s about my ex-wife’s little red Corolla coupe. It was a great little car, and it suited her to a T.

For once, this isn’t a rehash of stories I’ve told before. Well, I did lift a short story from this post about the time my ex got me out of a speeding ticket. Otherwise, it’s all new writing.

I hope you’ll go read it over on Curbside Classic!


BREAKING NEWS: I have been asked to become a permanent contributing editor at Curbside Classic! I’m so excited! I plan to contribute about one post a week there, telling stories about old cars spotted by the roadside. My first one appears tomorrow. If you like old cars and their stories, I hope you’ll bookmark the site and follow my posts there.


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Cars of a Lifetime: 1989 Chevrolet Beretta

I called it The Dentmobile because no matter how hard I tried to keep it in nice condition, it seemed to attract accidents.

My next post in the Cars of a Lifetime series is up over on Curbside Classic. It was my one and only new car, and the one I kept the longest – eight years and 150,000 miles. This car was one constant in a period when I did a lot of growing up.

I adapted my story from a 2007 post that I reposted last yearClick here to read it on Curbside Classic.

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Cars of a Lifetime: 1975 Ford Pinto

For three months in 1986 I drove a rusted, unreliable Ford Pinto. And I loved that car beyond all reason.

The next of my post in Curbside Classic’s Cars of a Lifetime series is up, and it’s about my Pinto. You’ll read about all of its failings, including its stripped reverse gear and its rusted-out undercarriage.

What’s that? You say it sounds familiar? That’s because it’s a nearly word-for-word retelling of this post from 2008.

But click here anyway to read the story over on Curbside Classic!

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