View Full Version : What kind of car did you learn to drive in?

05-26-2009, 11:51 PM
I learned in a Chevy Nova.

I ask because yesterday I stopped at the bookstore, and there was a car out front with a sign on either side for some local driving school, and "student driver" stickers on the back bumper. What kind of car, you ask?

A black Mustang convertible. :wtf:

05-26-2009, 11:57 PM
A Geo Metro.

A Camaro.

A Toyota Camary.

A Chevy Cavalier. :wave:

05-26-2009, 11:59 PM
'91 Civic and a '90 Ford Ranger.

A Mustang is NOT a car should learn to drive in.

katie kaboom
05-27-2009, 12:07 AM
I learned on a Dodge Neon. Even now I wouldn't dare try to drive a Mustang at all, much less a convertible.:eek:

05-27-2009, 12:27 AM
Learned in a Toyota Corolla, have been driving a Nissan Silvia S13 for the past 12 or so years

05-27-2009, 12:30 AM
I learned on a garden tractor when I was about 14... (if ya didn't have good clutch control, it'd pop a wheelie... all the way over):p

And digging trenches in our gravel driveway with my uncle's '65 Mustang...

The trenches had to be filled in before my dad got back from church...:devil:

My first car (circa Jan '70) was a 59 DeSoto with a pushbutton automatic.

05-27-2009, 12:32 AM
Learned to drive - 1977 Oldsmobile Delta 88
Driving Lessons and test - 1983 Mazda GLC 4-door
Learned to drive manual - 1985 Mazda GLC Sport
Learned to race - 1987 Mazda RX-7

Current ride - 1995 Toyota Avalon.

Yeah, I like my cars with at least 10 years on them. :lol: (Except for the '85 GLC - drove it from new and it died with 350,000 km on it)


05-27-2009, 12:51 AM
I had my lessons and test in the same car. Got my permit the day before I turned 17, and my license 24 days later. Six months after that I totalled my mom's car.

First car - mom's '83(ish) Mercury Marquis
After I killed that, they bought an '89 Chevy Cavalier (also mom's)
That died of old age (but not before I got to drive it for most of January and February with no heat) and they got a '98 Chevy Prism, which I later bought from them for $1 (for sales tax purposes when I moved to PA).
That was murdered in '02 :cry: and I got my brand-new Hyundai Elantra with the insurance money, which I still have.

05-27-2009, 01:03 AM
In Driver's Ed, we used......I think it was a Dodge Caravan or some other type of Mommy Van...

At home, I practiced on a 1992 Ford Tempo.

05-27-2009, 01:26 AM
My Dad's Ford truck...it was a club cab, and, ummm...It was green. I don't remember the year model, but I started learning to drive when I was 13 (which would be 1996). There was a town about 7 miles from our house (as the crow flies) and we usually went there by country roads. So, anytime we had to go to that town, I'd drive as far as the city limits, then we'd pull over and Dad would take it from there.

My first "car" was a 1998 cherry red GMC Sonoma. I totalled it fall of 2008. :cry: Don't get me wrong, my Camry (also a '98) is a good, reliable car and gets great gas mileage. But...it's just not as pretty. *sniffle* I can't wait for the day that I have enough money to get a shiny blue or charcoal grey Prius or Corolla.

ETA: There is one more benefit to the Camry. I am no longer asked to help everyone and their neighbor move. And that is a lovely thing.

05-27-2009, 01:42 AM
1984 Camaro.

It stalled out constantly, but it was awesome. I kept it until I was out of high school and had to move away for school, then gave the keys to my brother. He drove it to death in less than 6 months.

05-27-2009, 01:58 AM
'93 Toyota Corolla named Jennie.

That car was, is, and always will be my baby. My brother (3 and a half years older than me) learned to drive on it, and drove me to school. We spent our summers in that car, everything we did and everywhere we went was in it. When I was old enough, I then learned to drive on it. From then on it was my car, and I have a lot of very fond memories of it.

When I went away to college my mom deemed it too unsafe for me to drive. She then took it, refused to do any maintenance on it (whereas I was doing it regularly) and several months later blew up the transmission. She killed Jennie so bad she had to be towed to the scrap yard. :cry:

05-27-2009, 01:59 AM
I learned mostly in my first car: a 1991 88 Royale Oldsmobile. There were a few other cars in driver's ed: a tiny Honda or something like that and a van, but the Olds was my car. I was upset when it finally gave out on me in January :(

05-27-2009, 02:04 AM
a 00 chevy s10.

It was a little red truck. Very cute. Was a stick. took me a week to go down the street without it stalling.

The funniest thing was my father all scrunched up because it was a bench seat. im 5 ft tall and he is 6 ft tall.

05-27-2009, 02:59 AM
I can't wait for the day that I have enough money to get a shiny blue or charcoal grey Prius or Corolla.

The Prism is (was) the same car as the Corolla, but they don't make the Prism anymore. I would have gotten another one but that was the year they stopped making it. And the Corolla was too expensive. Next car I might look into a hybrid of some sort. That'll probably be in the next few years.

05-27-2009, 03:18 AM
the driving schools car was a small chevy, i forgot what type
i kinda learned on my moms old car a 1990 Chevy Lumina
then i got my car i have now, a 2001 toyota corolla

05-27-2009, 03:23 AM
1989 Pontiac Grand Am. The first car I drove after getting my license was one of our grain trucks, back and forth between the farm and the grain elevator :runaway:

05-27-2009, 03:45 AM
I don't remember what cars my driving instructors used, but my first car was a 1962 Dodge Dart 4-door with push-button automatic transmission. Yes, it got quite a few admiring stares and comments back in 1988! :cool:

I still miss that car... :(

05-27-2009, 04:09 AM
All of my formal driving lessons (ie, with the Auto School) were in either mid 90s Ford Escort hatchbacks, or in then brand-new (first year) Ford Focuses.

However, the first thing I ever drove besides go-carts was my father's 1990 Toyota Camry DX, five-speed manual, and most of my learning was done in that car. Yes, I learned how to drive in a stick shift car in 1998, well into the decline of the stick shift. Though when I went out with my mother (on those rare occasions when she worked up the nerve) it was in her 1994 Caravan.

I even took my road test (passed on the first try) in that Camry. I think the state trooper who administered the test was impressed that I pulled it off in a stick shift. :D

I ended up "inheriting" that car when my father got a new Camry in 1999 and drove it until I was broadsided in September 2003 at college. I currently drive a 1997 Civic LX 4 door, 5-speed.

Of course, the downside to this is that 10 years later, my kid brother has just gotten his learner's permit and has expressed an interest in learning to drive a stick shift. Seeing as my parents stopped driving stick when I "inherited" the 90 Camry, guess who gets to teach him? :cry:

05-27-2009, 07:38 AM
I still drive the 95 Hyundai Accent I learned in. Great little car actually.

05-27-2009, 09:06 AM
Family car was an 88' Oldsmobile.
The instructors car was a Hatchback (don't know what year)

Irving Patrick Freleigh
05-27-2009, 09:45 AM
Instructors car--A chevrolet of some kind.
Family Car--a 1990 Olds Cutlass.

05-27-2009, 12:42 PM
I still drive the 95 Hyundai Accent I learned in. Great little car actually.

That's heartening.

I just bought a 2009 Accent, and I'm hoping to drive it for years after the loan's paid off. I'm glad to hear they last so long.

05-27-2009, 12:47 PM
My parents let me drive their cars down the driveway starting at 8 years old, so

92 Ford Tempo
88 Ford Ranger
94 Mercury Cougar (replaced Tempo)

When I was 14 I got my first car, a 78 Pontiac Trans Am that ran but needed body work. So I drove it around the back field all the time.

When I got my license I drove my own 88 Ford Ranger (my Dad and I had basically the same truck)

Driver's Ed Instructors used Dodge Neons

05-27-2009, 01:01 PM
Driver's ed car was a 1990s Pontiac Grand Am. I'd previously only driven my parents' '89 Dodge Grand Caravan. Probably not the best car to learn to drive with...but it made handling the '87 Tempo I "inherited" from my father much easier.

Sort of. By the time I got the Tempo, it was a piece of shit. It had been hit, and had very little done to it maintenance-wise. Driver's door would fly open if you hit the brakes :eek: provided...that the brakes actually *worked* :eek: I used that car to pass my driving test on my second attempt. First attempt, was a failure--the steering pump suddenly went out, and I clipped one of the cones.

At least the car didn't last long--I'd slid into someone on a slick road, damaging the front end. That wasn't it though--roughly a year later...it was totaled. On the way home one afternoon, the engine blew up. As I was trying to get out of the car...someone hit it, and totaled it :eek:

At least I got a "newer" car out of it--the '91 Tercel. Hard to believe that it's been gone 15 years, and I still miss it :cry: By 2000, it was nearly 10 years old, and starting to show it. There were a few minor rust spots, some electrical issues, the front seats were falling apart, and it was burning oil.

Then came the Mazda Protege. Great driver's car, but a bitch to work on. Ran that well over 120,000 miles, and it looked it. It didn't look too bad, but there were some dents all over it...caused by a hail storm. Again, the electrical issues were annoying, and after the car failed its safety inspection *twice* in 2007, it had to go.

This time, I bought a Corolla. Not quite as nimble as the Mazda, or even my MG, but it has proved extremely reliable and economical. 40-45mpg isn't anything to sneeze at!

05-27-2009, 01:37 PM
Before my accident, I got a few driving lessons in my mother's 1983 Dodge Ram. It was my father's, but after he died my mother took the "damn thing" (as she always called it back then), repainted it green, and renamed it Gumby (I suspect the whole repainting and renaming thing had something to do with getting back at my father for some reason or other :shrug:). I believe it was originally blue.

05-27-2009, 06:48 PM
I learned in a Ford Focus, but I'm damned if I can remember the year...

05-27-2009, 07:05 PM
Driver's Ed- van

at home- my grandma's Dodge van.

Learning in a van makes a regular car a breeze. Ask Plaid about my driving. Vroom Vroom. :devil:

05-27-2009, 07:39 PM
Let's see...

Geo Metro
a Toyota something or other
Ford Taurus
whatever my instructor, Vito*, provided

*slightly off topic, but my driving instructor was the only guy named Vito I EVER knew when I was in NJ.

05-27-2009, 09:14 PM
1973 Dodge full-size pickup with club cab (it was huge!); and

1970 Dodge Coronet 440 (I can't believe the speeds I used to drive that thing through the hills. It was also the first car I totaled: I wasn't speeding, I blew a tire on a bad curve and went off the road.)

The one Driver's Training car I remember was a Datsun B210. Sporty-looking, but was powered by a sick gerbil and a hamster with shin splints. The maximum speed uphill was 40 mph.

First car I owned: 1968 VW Beetle with a 1973 engine. Great little car, but it had chronic transaxle issues.

05-27-2009, 10:08 PM
To drive, I learned in my dad's '83 Chevy Chevette

To drive a manual, I learned in my then boyfriend dickhead's Toyota pickup and his best friend's F150.

05-27-2009, 10:48 PM
When I did driving school, there were a couple different cars I learned to drive in. Can't remember which kind but they were all average, mid-sized cars. Did most of my permit driving in my mom's Chevy Lumina.

Now I drive my 2000 Z24 Cavalier. Nice and small, light weight, but only about 160-165 horsepower. Very easy to parallel park in.

05-27-2009, 11:16 PM
Learned automatic in my Dad's '93 Volvo... some sort of sedan, I forget exactly the number. Later bought it from Dad for a few bucks, and it kept me safe for many years. Then Dad wanted it back 'cause he was being stationed overseas and had heard bad stories of the local drivers, so we traded cars and I ended up with a 2001... or is it 2003?... Volvo S80. That's my current ride.

In between, Dad taught me how to drive a manual on his pick-up. I think it was a Toyota. My mother-in-law let me practice in her Subaru, so now I am proficient with both the manual and the automatic. Happy!

05-27-2009, 11:29 PM
*slightly off topic, but my driving instructor was the only guy named Vito I EVER knew when I was in NJ.

I actually know a guy named Vito. Friend of a family friend...:p
(don't think I'd want him teaching anybody how to drive, though...)

powered by a sick gerbil and a hamster with shin splints.

:lol: Thanks! I needed a good laugh. :lol:

That was murdered in '02 :cry: and I got my brand-new Hyundai Elantra with the insurance money

Skimming back through the thread, I realized this kind of makes it sound as if I put a hit out on my car...:whistle:

I should have thought of this when I first posted the thread - did you learn at school, or did you have to go through a driving training school?

My high school did not have actual driving in driver's ed. Driver's ed was the 10th grade health class (or in place of it) but all we did was the rules of the road, the horrifying videos, and took the written test. I was 15 when I took the written test, but didn't actually get behind the wheel of a car until a year and a half later when I was 17. I had to take lessons from a driving school (my instructor happened to be the father of a kid I went to middle school with; we practiced parallel parking between cones in front of his house :p).

05-28-2009, 12:12 AM
My Dad taught me. My school had driver's ed, but it was during the summer, and it conflicted with the ACT prep course. I already knew how to drive, so I went with the course that would help me get a scholarship. :D

05-28-2009, 12:38 AM
I learned through the school,who had an instructor through a company. It was a graduation requirement to take the classroom portion. I chose to take the driving portion through school also because it was cheaper and I could only miss classes I was doing well in.

Jack T. Chance
05-28-2009, 12:49 AM
I'm a GM man, and part of the reason is that I learned to drive in GMs.

When I took Driver's Ed in high school, I learned to drive on a GM... an Oldsmobile, I think.

It was a few years before I could actually get a car, so when I needed a few refresher lessons, I think the driving school came out in a GM as well.

The first car I drove on a regular basis was my mom's old Chevy Malibu... it was one of the ones from the early to mid-'80s.

Then I bought a Chevy Cavalier that I'm still driving 9 years later! Those things run practically forever! :D

05-28-2009, 01:24 AM
Drivers ed instructor had a '99 Skylark, so that was the first car I drove. Then I spent some time in my parents '98 Forester, before I bought my first car - a '95 Eagle Summit.

05-28-2009, 02:28 PM
Driver's ed car - red '85 Sunbird 4-door.

First car was a '77 Chevy Van, shortbox, 305 V8. It's steering column had been replaced with a used one from a '74 van that had about 1/2" of play, and the brake master cylinder only half-worked - I had front and only partial rear brakes. Talk about an adventure to drive! :eek:

Thankfully, 3 months into driving it, it was replaced with an '83 Chevy Cavalier station wagon, which I drove to death. Old van was sold for parts.

05-28-2009, 02:35 PM
I learned to drive in an '86 Accord owned by the driving school. The first car I owned was also an '86 Accord (my dad bought it for me in '98.)

I now own a white Mustang convertible. And I think that's not a good car for a kid to be learning in. There's too much power for someone just starting out.

05-28-2009, 04:03 PM
I actually know a guy named Vito. Friend of a family friend...:p
(don't think I'd want him teaching anybody how to drive, though...)

Does he encourage people to drive on the GSP by having the driver look on the window with a foot on the gas while he holds the steering wheel?

I forgot to add that I also practiced in the Jerseymobile, aka a Dodge Intrepid.

I hate that car. It's like driving a loveseat.

05-29-2009, 12:23 AM
Does he encourage people to drive on the GSP by having the driver look on the window with a foot on the gas while he holds the steering wheel?

Not that I'm aware of, but his drug habit would make him unsuitable as a teacher of driving...

05-29-2009, 04:21 AM
Response to the OP: If the 'stang is a V6, then he/she should be OK.

Car I first learned in: '79 Cadillac Coupe Deville. We drove it to the junkyard when it started to become a rolling repair bill.

Car I got my license in: '95 Mercury Sable. My dad uses it as his work beater.

Car I current drive: '98 Mercury Sable.

05-29-2009, 08:08 PM
Not that I'm aware of, but his drug habit would make him unsuitable as a teacher of driving...


I think people who learned to drive in NJ and Manhattan are unsuitable driving instructors. :lol:

Jack T. Chance
05-30-2009, 03:30 AM

I think people who learned to drive in NJ and Manhattan are unsuitable driving instructors. :lol:Let's add in DC, Virginia, Florida, the Carolinas.... Hell, just make it ANYWHERE South of MD.... while we're at it! :rolleyes:

05-30-2009, 08:58 PM
My mom's 1990 Honda Accord LX, real easy one to learn how to drive in. I've even driven SO's mom's car (2000 Nissan Altima) once. I would've driven his but he has limo grade on his car along with subwoofers and such too (1992 Honda Accord Wagon). My sisters also learned how to drive in that same Honda as me, but what was funny was that our poor dad had double time driving duty back around 2006 My middle sister got her first car (a 2005 Acura RSX coupe...which is manual btw) and since she didn't know how to drive stick shift, our dad had to drive the car out of the dealership lot for her and then teach her how to drive stick shift. Then there was our youngest sister who was learning how to drive for the first time,she now has a 2000 Mazda Protege.

06-01-2009, 05:53 AM
And I forgot to mention my '91 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais. I owned my first car before I had my license. Sold that POS for the price I paid for it a year later despite it needing a new alternater (I think...it's been 7 years) because it had almost brand new (about a year old) tires that I had just put on it.