Cars, cars and more cars!

Happy Monday my friends! This week, to honour her beloved but now departed minivan, Stasha asked us to write 10 things about our cars. I’ve been driving since I was 16, so have had a lot of cars, but there are a few things and memories that stand out about some of them.

– When I was in Grade 12, I had a ’81 Ford Mustang. The thing leaked oil and every time I stopped and parked it, like when I went to work, I had to check the oil levels before I could start it up again, and usually add some oil. Let’s just say I went through a lot of oil. You know what though? That car was COOL. Ask anyone who knew me back then.

– Also around that era, I drove a Pontiac Grand Le Mans. The thing was a big green boat, and man, could that car go. Plus, you could fit 3 people in the backseat. Not that I ever did, of course. 😉

– The first car that I ever bought myself was a Suzuki Sidekick 4×4 and I got it from It was a few years old, but it was mine. It was blue, with a stick transmission and a soft top convertible, and I was 19 years old. I loved that truck. I had an aftermarket deck installed in it, and for a while, there was a glitch with it and a couple of wires were crossed. There were two choices for volume. Quiet and LOUD. We used to drive to the beach in White Rock, and then to the clubs at night, with the stereo just blaring. TLC’s CrazySexyCool and the Offspring’s Smash were two of the CDs that we used to listen to. Man, does that ever bring back memories.

– The first car that I ever bought brand new was my 2005 Subaru Impreza. That car was my pride and joy and I adored it. It was cute, zippy and could handle almost anything. I had that car for 7 years, until I traded it in last year.

– I was rear ended in my Subaru when I was newly pregnant, before I even knew. Although my car and I were a bit dinged up, I truly believe that my beloved Subaru helped keep my little buddy safe, even though I didn’t know he was there yet.

– We brought Mr. Q home from the hospital, all 5 lbs 2 ozs of him, after 10 days in the NICU, in the Impreza. We had Pennywise’s Reasons to Believe album playing on the stereo, and we strapped him into his little seat, and I squished into the backseat with him. It was October 17, 2008.

– When Q was tiny, he didn’t like to sleep. The only place we could get him to sleep reliably was in the car. We must have put 1000’s of kilometres on the cars getting him to nap. We would often just get in the car and drive, and would end up in Manning Park, or Kamloops or Squamish. We would drive around the backroads and explore as we drove, for hours, so that he would sleep. The car was my sanity saviour during that time.

As you can see, he still sleeps in the car. It is actually the only place, outside of bedtime, that he will sleep. Ahhhh, quiet.

– When Q was 3 months old, we realized that we needed a second car. We had narrowed our choices down to a Nissan Xterra and a Toyota FJ Cruiser. When we took the Xterra for the final test drive, Q screamed and cried through the entire drive. When we took the FJ Cruiser out, he slept through the whole thing. Guess which one we bought?

– Last year, we started to feel that it was time to trade in the Subaru before it started to break down. In its place, I got a Hyundai Sonata, and I love it. I didn’t know if I would be able to love a car as much as my Subie, but I do. I love the heated seats, the dual zone climate control and the kickass stereo system. I also love the room that it has. It’s a great car. Q loves it too and still refers to it as “Mummy’s new car”. If you are looking to purchase a new vehicle, whether it is a new car or you want to move on to something like a van, you may want to look into a site like One Sure Insurance, who offer cheap van insurance and help find the latest deals on the market, to save you and your family money.

– A few months ago, we decided that the gas was getting too expensive for the FJ, so we decided that it was time to say goodbye and bring a new car into the family. After months of research, my husband finally decided on the Hyundai Veloster. Although Q was sad to see the FJ go, he loves the Veloster, as do we. It is a real head turner, and is great on the gas. For a family who loves to hit the road, this is important.

– Our cars have taken us on some amazing trips, both as a couple and as a family. We have made memories, had fun and seen some amazing sights. We drove to Calgary twice in the Subaru, have taken countless roadtrips to Whistler, Vancouver, and Vancouver Island. Last fall we drove to California, a 3 day drive each way, and had the most amazing trip. I guess you could say we are a road tripping family, and we love it that way.

I was talking to a friend about how they protect their family when they are going on family trips in the car and my friend said to me that she always has the number of a lawyer with her and the one she uses is Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. the Car Accident Lawyer in Jersey City, NJ and they has always been so personable and helpful. They would always promptly answer her questions and guide her through the whole process.

Are you a car family? What was your favourite car?


  1. says

    Enjoyed your trip down car memory lane. And I remember those days. I so wished we had a garage so I could let my children stay asleep in their car seats when we got home. I was never brave — or desperate enough to let them stay outside by themselves.

    • Brandee says

      Thanks. We didn’t usually let him sleep in the car alone in the garage, only once in a while. I was far too paranoid for that. Sometimes, in a moment of desperation, I would grab a book and sit/sleep in the car with him if he was still asleep when we got home. Glad we are past those days now!

  2. says

    I always wanted an FJ Cruiser – the gas thing kept us from looking at them. Then we decided I needed a “commuter car” that got really decent gas mileage for driving to and from work – so my son ended up with our 12 year old Subaru Outback and I’m now driving a Hyundai Elantra. It does get good highway gas mileage. I do like the Sonatas, too. And the Veloster? Cool!

    • Brandee says

      We loved the FJ’s from when they first came out, and were so excited to finally get one. Gas is SO expensive here though, and since we weren’t using it for 4×4’ing, it seemed like a good time to downsize. We love the Veloster, it is fun and uses approximately 1/2 the gas the FJ used.

  3. Betty Ferral says

    I got my first car when I was 17!!! The condition: Straight A’s all year in all subjects…I did it and got a VW White Atlantic which I named Pegasus. I loved it and it took me and my friends in many adventures and I always relied on it…It was a great car!!!! Got married at 20 and my Dad gave me my second car as a gift. Chrysler Shadow navy blue. It’s name, Blue Phantom. It shared with me my first few years as a married woman…grocey shopping, work, home, all day everyday…. Three years later Nandy was born and my husband gave me a Red Chrysler Intrepid as my gift. Name: Red Dragon….INandy and I rocked the streets of Mexico city in that car. I loved it and it had an integrated phone!!!! More like a brick but it actually was a phone!.
    7 years later, I got a beautiful Black Volvo S60..Name: Black Storm..God I loved that car. It had a great sound system and I listed to my music all the time while driving. You practically live inside your car in Mexico City because of the traffic!!! Nandy loved the car too….My last car in Mexico was another Volvo S60 navy blue, Name: Blue Tide, very similar to Black storm only newer…I owned the City with that car. Did many trips with it with my kids and my friends, and boy it was FAST!!!!! Was very hard for me to leave it behind when we moved to Canada. I have loved all my cars and each one of them were part of me and who I was at that moment. Coming to Canada 7 years ago my now ex-husband gave me a Blue Nissan Quest, my first “female”car…Her name: Blue Beluga. I adore it and take very good care of her.
    I have always liked cars…

    • Brandee says

      I LOVE your car memories Betty! I could totally picture you in the A60, music cranked, hottie you driving it and turning heads everywhere. Thanks for sharing those with me. 🙂

  4. Nat says

    My most memorable car was my ex’s Rabbitt. It was LOUD – starting it would set off car alarms. The driver’s side door had been smashed in an accident so it would not close completely. The thermostat was stuck somewhere in the middle, as was the fan. So in the summer there would be hot air blowing out if the vents, and in the winter cool air would blow in from the vents as well as through the driver’s side door. This was in Alberta, by the way. We could only afford used tires – in the winter we had to use chains, and one summer on one the tires exploded, stranding us on a lonely Alberta highway and destroying part of the rear wheel well and bumper.

  5. says

    That FJ was a sweet ride baby! Love how Q helped you pick it 😉
    But sometimes practical wins, specially when it is as lovely as your new car. Great list.

    • Brandee says

      Thanks Stasha! The FJ was super practical too, great for putting the skis in and all things baby related, but since we don’t really use a stroller anymore, and with gas being so high here, it was time to say goodbye to our beloved FJ. The Veloster is awesome though. 🙂

    • Brandee says

      Thanks! I think he was actually about 8 months there, already wanting to drive. Many people have said how much they love their mini-vans. There must be something about them. My mom adores hers, I doubt she’ll ever go back!

    • Brandee says

      Thanks Danielle. Isn’t it funny the things we remember about our parents cars? My family had a blue Cricket when I was about 4 or 5, and I was devastated when they sold it. Was the car colour awful, or just the car itself?

    • Brandee says

      I’m only 5’4″, so I totally understand about the hard to see out of part. Plus, I found the blind spots on the sides took a bit to get used to. It was a great truck though. Foresters are awesome, practical and fun at the same time. I miss not having the AWD, but I love my Sonata just the same. 😉

  6. duckyh says

    Mustangs ARE cool! My dad has owned several. My favorite was the 94 convertible. I use to sneak it out when they would go out of town. I’m pretty sure he knew but never said anything. Man that car was a blast to drive around!

  7. says

    Lol…your mustang reminded me of the first car I drove…my parents old K car. It leaked oil, rattled when I drove it, and the window would get stuck, but I was on top of the world to have it!

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