Auto Brand Loyalty

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Auto Brand Loyalty

Postby -DL- on Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:28 pm

Another car thread!

What brands have you been loyal to in your driving lifetime?

1= 5 Ford ( C Reg 1964 1.5 Mk 1 Cortina, V Reg 1979 1.3L Mk 2 Escort, W Reg 1980 Mk3 2.0 GL Granada, D Reg 1986 Mk 4 1.4 LX Escort, 55 Reg 2005 1.6 Ghia Mk 2 Focus*)

1) = 5 Renault (R Reg 1997 1.8 Mk 1 Laguna, 57 Reg 1.6 Scenic II, 08 Reg 2.0d Grand Scenic II, 63 Reg 1.6d Grand Scenic III*, 2015 1.5d Megane III*)

3) = 4 Rover (G Reg 1989 200 Mk2 1.4i, H Reg 1990 200 Mk2 1.6GSi, K Reg 1992 Mk1 400 2.0 GSi, M Reg 1994 Mk1 600 2.0Si)

4) 3 SAAB (X Reg 1981 900 2.0 GS, C Reg 1985 900 2.0 GSi, G Reg 1989 9000 2.3T)

5) = 2 Honda (03 Reg 2003 Civic 2.0 Type-R*, 66 Reg 2016 Civic 1.6d SE)

'Kin 'ell, I've had a few, and that don't include the single make cars.

My first car was the first SAAB...

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Re: Auto Brand Loyalty

Postby DasNutNock on Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:36 pm

Polo, Punto, Fiesta, MGF, Golf. 20 years car ownership there. If I was capable of embarrassment and shame, I’d feel both.

Brand loyalty has always puzzled me. I’ve had 2 VWs and I won’t have any more, due to being murderous bastards. Actually, I will probably avoid buying German cars from here on.
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Re: Auto Brand Loyalty

Postby WHU_Del on Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:46 pm

Fiat, Vauxhall, VW, VW, Ford, Triumph, Lancia, Fiat, Renault, Datsun, Mazda, Daihatsu, Citroen, Renault, Ford, Ford, Fiat.

So it seems that I like Fiats and Fords. But actually, I've usually just bought whatever I could afford at the time!
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Re: Auto Brand Loyalty

Postby Tenbury on Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:52 pm

From the age of 16 and a month until I was 47 I owned a Norton Commando (initially a 750,then an 850). I also had a succession of CX500s ,7or 8 over 15years,but they were for work,so don't count.
Had a few 240 Volvos (strange choice for a biker) but the common denominator with my motors is they're all cheap!
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Re: Auto Brand Loyalty

Postby Toulouse_Iron on Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:11 pm

Mini Clubman, Austin 1300, Mini 1000, Mini 1000, Mini Metro, Mini moke, Mini 1275GT, Mini Clubman Estate, Seat Fura, Mini Cooper, Mini Cooper Monte Carlo, Mazda MX5, Subaru Impreza GT Turbo estate, Saab 900 Turbo, Alfa Romeo 145.
I'd love another Mini....
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Re: Auto Brand Loyalty

Postby hammerdivone on Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:13 pm

Having worked for both Renault and Fiat/Alfa Romeo I'll have to ignore the ones I had there as I had a new car every 6-8 weeks. So....

Ford Orion Ghia & Ford Fiesta
Alfa Romeo 156
Audi Q5
Citroen Xantia
Fiat 500
Jaguar XE
Mazda 626
Mercedes C Class
Nissan X-Trail
Saab 9-3 Convertable
Seat Ibiza
Suzuki SC100
Volvo V40

A right old mix and only Ford more than once!
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Re: Auto Brand Loyalty

Postby Clucking Bell on Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:17 pm

In the UK ....

Vauxhall Viva
MkIII Cortina GT
MkIV Cortina Ghia
Fiat Strada Abarth
Lancia Delta Integrale
Vauxhall Astra 16v GTE .... truly marvelous engine. 135 mph and 35 mpg.
Ford Mondeo Ghia X

In the US ...

Dodge Caravan
Subaru Impreza WRX
Ford Explorer
Ford Expedition
Audi RS-6 ..... possibly the best point-to-point car ever made in any weather conditions
Mazda CX-9
Ford Fusion V6 AWD (... a US Mondeo)
Ford Escape
Ford Fusion 1.6 (hit a deer in this and replaced it with ...)
Ford Fusion 2.0 AWD

I've also got a Ford F-250 pickup for work.

I'm generally a Ford kinda guy mostly because I still can get a discount and I like the way Ford sets up the brakes and steering on their vehicles. If you could get GM engines in Ford cars, that would be perfect. I only really go to other manufacturers when they produce something that really tickles my fancy.
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Re: Auto Brand Loyalty

Postby sendô on Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:17 am

Ford - Y reg 1.3 Fiesta, V reg 1.8 Focus, Y reg Puma, 17 plate S-Max
Vauxhall - W reg 2.0 Astra SRi.08 plate Vectra
Audi - 11 plate A4, 53 plate S4.
BMW - 04 plate 318i, 56 plate 320si.

Yea, a certain amount of loyalty there.
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Re: Auto Brand Loyalty

Postby Hammer1972 on Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:22 am

Bloody hell DL, that's a lot of cars. I have been driving for over 25 years and I'm only on my 7th car...

3 Audis
2 Fords
2 BMWs
1 Alfa
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Re: Auto Brand Loyalty

Postby Wembley1966 on Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:35 am

1971 - Austin A35 Van conversion
1974 - Morris Mini 850
1975 - Morris Mini 1000 - but I put an MG 1100 engine in it
My gf and my mum had Minis as I could fix them!
1977 - Rover 2000
various company cars until
1984 - Saab 900 Turbo - company lease
1987 - Saab 900S Turbo - company lease
1990 - Saab 900 Turbo S Convertible - originally a company lease car which I bought myself after 3 years and kept it until 2014 when it got beyond my capability of fixing it and I needed the space in my garage where it was most of the time.
1994 - wife had a Saab 900
2007 - wife had (BMW) Mini Cooper
2007 - Saab 9-3 - which was really a GM piece of crap
2017 - Kia Sportage
2017 - wife got Kia Rio

So loyal to British Leyland in the first few years and then Saab and now Kia. I did have my one and only Jaguar in 2000 for 6 years which along with the Saab Convertible was my favourite - an XKR.
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Re: Auto Brand Loyalty

Postby Knighter10WHU on Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:43 am

2 Fords and 1 VW. I will be back to VW when I next need a new car without a shadow of a doubt, superbly made cars.
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Re: Auto Brand Loyalty

Postby Hammer1972 on Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:50 am

Knighter10WHU wrote:2 Fords and 1 VW. I will be back to VW when I next need a new car without a shadow of a doubt, superbly made cars.


Slightly OT but I just watched the Dirty Money documentary about VW on Netflix last night, was a real eye opener.
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Re: Auto Brand Loyalty

Postby wolf359 on Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:56 am

I've just purchased my third Toyota Yaris (new 18 plate) on PCP (has 6 months left on current one) nice getting a new car every 2 years or so and Toyota have done enough to make me want to renew once again.
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Re: Auto Brand Loyalty

Postby Knighter10WHU on Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:09 am

Hammer1972 wrote:
Slightly OT but I just watched the Dirty Money documentary about VW on Netflix last night, was a real eye opener.


I'll give this a watch, I never really delved deep into the emission scandal at VW so would be good to see what was going on there.
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Re: Auto Brand Loyalty

Postby -DL- on Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:45 am

Hammer1972 wrote:Bloody hell DL, that's a lot of cars.


I get bored of them quickly :lol:

Longest I've ever owned a car is just under two years.

Shortest has been about 8 weeks!
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Re: Auto Brand Loyalty

Postby Hampshire Hammer on Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:11 pm

I've had two Volvo estates, put 150,000 miles on one, 120,000 on the other. Great workshorses and comfortable to drive, I'd have another one.

Owned several fords, more than happy with them.

Had quite a few Vauxhalls (mainly as company cars), wouldn't touch one again.

My other half is on her second Honda CRV, unexciting but reliable and I'd be quite happy to have another.

One friend of mine has bought Fiestas ever since 1984, replacing her car every 2 or 3 years, now that is brand loyalty!
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Re: Auto Brand Loyalty

Postby EastBrisHammer on Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:45 pm

Ford Escort Mk 1 1300e
Vauxhall Astra
MG Montego
Ford Fiesta (God I hated that car - had a few Basil Fawlty moments with that one)
Vauxhall Cavalier
Renault Megane (Had from new for 14 years)
Dacia Sandero (so far so good and so cheap)

I've had use of other cars (company pool cars, etc.) and included BMWs and Volvos. The MG Montego was by far the best with its electronic dash, decent acceleration and speaking computer. My friends called it the Knight Rider car as it was about the same time that programme was on.
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Re: Auto Brand Loyalty

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:47 pm

1. MG Midget
2. Morris Marina x 3
3. Ford Cortina Mk11
4. Morris Ital
5. VW Polo x 2
6. Honda Civic
7. Honda HRV
8. Vauxhall Astra

If I ever will able to afford one I'd like a Volvo XC60 or XC90 before I pop my clogs .
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Re: Auto Brand Loyalty

Postby Whitters on Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:24 pm

My first two cars were old-school British Leyland Minis, but everything else has been different brands. My last two have been a Jaguar and Land Rover, which may have the same parents and some shared technology, but very different brands, not to mention performance in snow.
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Re: Auto Brand Loyalty

Postby Greatest Cockney Rip Off on Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:31 pm

Cars =
1 x Mini
7 x Fords (2 x MkIV Cortinas, 2x Capris, 1x MkI Escort, 1 x MkII Escort, 1 x Sierra)
1 x Vauxhall Cavalier
1 x Talbot Horizon *what a pile of crap that was
1 x Morris Ital
2 x Honda (Civic and Accord) *very very nice motors.
1 x Volvo XC70

Motorbikes =
3 x Yamahas (XVS125 Dragstar, XVS1100 Dragstar and FZ750)
1 x Honda (CB500 - really regret selling that bike)
2 x Kawasakis (VN2000 and an ER6F)
3 x Harley Davidsons (883 Sportster, FXDB Street Bob 1600, 1450 Road Glide)

Tenbury wrote:I also had a succession of CX500s ,7or 8 over 15years,but they were for work,so don't count.


They make great looking cafe racers. Highly sought after now too.

Had a few 240 Volvos (strange choice for a biker) but the common denominator with my motors is they're all cheap!


Currently driving an XC70 which I really like. Takes a bit of getting used to after the Honda Accord but I'm really liking it.
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