What did you own before your Delica?

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What did you own before your Delica?

Post by delica 304 » Wed May 21, 2008 5:41 pm

The title pretty much says it all.

Here is my old set of wheels, a 1981 Mazda Rx-7. I had it for about five years, it got broken into twice, stolen once and then stored for two years while I cleaned it up to what you see now (replaced all the door seals, repainted it, added the ground effects, a strut bar, and a new stereo.) This is one of the for sale pics


I still see it around every once in a while, its new owners aren't caring for it as well as I did, You can see a lot of new dents and some car cancer :cry: Poor little beastie.

So, I showed you mine, let's see yours!

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Re: What did you own before your Delica?

Post by Schwa » Wed May 21, 2008 5:56 pm

Well, I drove a 1991 Mitsubishi Colt, still need to sell it, just been lazy about advertising it... $500!


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Re: What did you own before your Delica?

Post by mararmeisto » Wed May 21, 2008 9:18 pm

I don't have pictures, but here's the list:

I learned to drive in my friend's Dodge Colt (actually a Mitsubishi Galant) and then...
  • a 1982 Datsun 200SX
    a 1994 Honda Civic
    a 1996 Nissan Altima
    a 2002 Honda Civic
    a 1982 VW Cabriolet
    a 1986 VW Golf (still got this one as a commuter)
and finally a 1990 Mitsubishi Delica Super Exceed w/ Crystal Lite Roof!

As you can see, I've never actually owned a 'North American' car although both the Hondas, the Nissan and the Golf were all built in North American plants. Don't know where the 200SX was built, but the Cabriolet was definitely a German-built vehicle. Guess I was never really meant to own an 'American' car - sorry Buzz Hargrove. :?
I still miss my '94 Pajero!

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Re: What did you own before your Delica?

Post by jessef » Wed May 21, 2008 9:27 pm

92 Pajero

Loved the thing to death. Needed more room = Delica :M
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Re: What did you own before your Delica?

Post by konadog » Wed May 21, 2008 10:01 pm

Niiice! Had a close-ish look at one of those rigs for the first time the other day - I Like it!

Here's my ride history list:
1970 Toyota Corolla - automatic!! :-( Loved it all the same though - "Sid"
1978 Ford F-150 pickup :-( Crap, just crap.
1977 Ford F-150 Econline van!! :o , I know, I know, but it was FREE, and not as bad as the truck, though it rusted bad and fast.
1971 VW bus :-D No motor, but also FREE. New rebuilt and :-D :-D :-D
1991 Nissan 4x4 pickup 4 cyl. :-D VERY reliable truck. Still towing the trailer for work until it can't and we can bring ourselves to lay the yoke on Hazel's hitch :shock: Cancer on his fenders and a mill that has seen nearly 320,000km, all but the first 72,000 with me behind the wheel :-D
That's it for me, it'll be delicas from now on :wink:
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Re: What did you own before your Delica?

Post by kidwrecked » Wed May 21, 2008 10:18 pm

Sorry, too many to list. I currently drive a 1989 F-250 4x4 on propane(good beast for heavy off road and hauling fire wood). I've been looking at Landcruisers and Pajeros and Delicas for years but never found the finances to get one until my lovely wife drove her GMC Safari into a bridge and broke it good, YEAH!!!! :-D :-D :-D

I had to pull out the fender about a foot so we could still drive it until we got the Delica.

You can see the Delica and the Ford in the background.

Now we had an excuse to buy the Delica and Love it.
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Re: What did you own before your Delica?

Post by coaxial » Wed May 21, 2008 10:50 pm

wow I will see what I can remember

starting with my first car:

1983 ford ranger 4x4 5spd 2.6l V6 ... $300 .. drove it for years, was very mean to it, it held up very well and I sold it for $500
198* oldsmobile delta 88 .. auto.. 320 V8 .. free .. giant land yacht, put a holley 4 barrel racing carb on for tire squealing fun times
198* buick POS.. no amount of repairs would stop if from overheating.. yet I commuted with it for a while
1991 pontiac sunbird 5spd 2.1l 4cyl... nice new car but what a POS as far as quality
198* chevy pickup, diesel
198* ford f150 custom 451 windsor v8, column shift manual, good times, good offroad for a 2x4
1972 chevy c10 I restored to classic good condition, bored out a 454 V8, racing carb/cam/etc, posi rear, etc., big fun pickup truck that could do wheelies
1989 jeep cherokee 4x4 v8 with big fat mud tires.. unstopabble offroad until the transmission ate itself in the forest and I had to drive out 4 hours through the swamp in reverse
2002 kia rio wagon thing.. cheap new car, very very gutless engine
-1982 yamaha xj650 maxim motorcycle.. was a sport bike it it's day and it shows, 180 km/h no problem :-) -still have it, ride it to work every day
-2007 honda ruckus 50cc scooter! still have it and ride it sometimes! it is kind of offroad capable
-1992 mitsubishi delica, the ultimate camping/exploring/fun vehicle! 8-) -weekend / grocery / offroad / heavy rains vechicle

what next? I really want to have a city car and a non-city vehicle. I'm kinda poor though so I'll probably end up with something fuel efficient for the city and something like a $2000 zuki samuri or geo tracker for out of the city. Would be really tough to get rid of the delica though I really like it :)

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Re: What did you own before your Delica?

Post by tomanique » Thu May 22, 2008 12:27 am

82 Datsun Pickup
83 VW Scirocco
87 VW Scirocco
96 Jeep TJ
91 Nissan Pickup
93 Nissan Sentra
96 Ford Exploder
93 Mazda MPV (died on the Port Mann)
03 Ford Focus (still have as my commuter Chilliwack to Vancouver 4 days a week...working on it's 2nd tranny)
92 Delica Super Exceed (and looking to get a second)
kidwrecked wrote:Sorry, too many to list. I currently drive a 1989 F-250 4x4 on propane(good beast for heavy off road and hauling fire wood). I've been looking at Landcruisers and Pajeros and Delicas for years but never found the finances to get one until my lovely wife drove her GMC Safari into a bridge and broke it good, YEAH!!!!
Which bridge? Was it around Chilliwack?

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Re: What did you own before your Delica?

Post by Duke » Thu May 22, 2008 5:53 am

Ok I'll play
1970 Datsun pickup, took me everywhere, a true death machine
1976 Datsun F-10, hunk of crap, continually fixing it
1979 Honda Civic, I like Hondas alot
1972 Datsun pickup, not a death machine, excellent truck
1976 Chev Monza, my first "sports?" car, lasted 2 weeks (it's rear end fell in love with a telephone pole)
1990 Suzuki Samari, these things can climb a tree and 35 mpg too, but NOT a family car
1976 GMC 3/4 ton pickup, crap, but did take me camping lots
1993 S-10 Blazer, very reliable 4x4, put over 250,000 kms on that, then gave it to my son who beat it into the ground
1993 S10 Sonoma, good truck, but I can't get to the off-road camp sites with it, for sale
1992 Delica, the wife still has'nt got behind the wheel :twisted:
As you can see I like trucks and 4x4, cars not so much. Most cars have oil pans that hit the rocks when off-road. Then it's a long walk out.

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Re: What did you own before your Delica?

Post by docsavage » Thu May 22, 2008 8:35 am

I don't have pics of them all, but here goes:

1970 Chevrolet Nova
1978 Saab 99 (3 different ones)
1968 Land Rover Series IIA 88"
198x Nissan Micra
1984 AMC Eagle (great 4wd drive actually)
1996 GMC K3500 Extended Cab
1987 Toyota LandCruiser HJ60
1996 Nissan 4wd Pickup
1962 Land Rover Series II 109"
1991 Range Rover Classic

1981 Citroen 2CV (Still have)


1991 Mitsubishi Delica Super Exceed


I think that's all - of the running ones, there were a few parts vehicles in there as well.


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Re: What did you own before your Delica?

Post by BCDelica » Fri May 23, 2008 7:25 am

Always so wanted a SX4 when they came out James, had that ugly sexy thing going like a Delica.

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But as not to hijack a good idea;

Too many cars to list this early, including our kids cars, but why is it the ones that we keep in our memories are the ones that we adventured in? Not the ones that took us back'n'forth to work everyday, or took a couple years of bank payments, or seemed like they always broke down. A new Camry and a Dakota 4x4 were both 96 POS' - was it a bad year for NA vehicles?. Belonged in the van club since 84; the toy, two westies, 78 Chev and 97 Dodge work boxes, and a 00 Astro pre Delica. Throw in a several import beaters and a silly high HP caddy which I could barely afford to run at 35 cents a liter. 8.2 liters of Coquihalla dominating fury during the first summer with both - the highway and the built caddy engine.
86 Mazada - the camper is in Courtenay and looks as good as new still!
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35,000km on whole power train but major body cancer; first owner parked right by the ocean almost never using her. Thing ran like a new vehicle despite how it looked, our orange westie was the complete opposite.
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84 Toy Van; more miles and memories then any other vehicle I've owned. 384,000km's and the only vehicle I ever felt emotional about when it sold!!
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Re: What did you own before your Delica?

Post by FalcoColumbarius » Fri May 23, 2008 8:59 am

No pictures available.... But....
'87 Plymouth Voyager (3 litre)
'85 Plymouth Voyager (2.6 head gasket blowing litre)
'81 Chevy Van
'74 Chevy Van
'76 Civic
'81 Civic
'79 Civic (1600 cc) (I had a lot of fun with this one, could fill the tank up for $15.00 :o & do the Squamish in just under 20 minutes with no brakes, even beat a Porsche until we got to that big long hill :cry:)
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Re: What did you own before your Delica?

Post by Green1 » Fri May 23, 2008 1:21 pm

Before the Delica I drove a 1983 Mercedes 300SD Turbo Diesel (my first car...)


That Benz did more off-roading than most SUVs ever will!
But as much as I loved that car, it really wasn't practical for what I was doing, and it was starting to rust, so it was time...

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Re: What did you own before your Delica?

Post by robinimpey » Fri May 23, 2008 9:25 pm

Let see if I can remember......

1963 Chev Biscayne
1969 Beetle (Crushed in an accident with a truck.)
1972 Super Beetle
1969 Thunderbird (4 door with suicide doors, very cool)
1979 Cadillac Eldorado
1965 Dodge Polara (Home made convertible!)
1985 Honda CB 900
1986 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight
1951 Chevrolet Deluxe
1966 Oldsmobile Toronado (resto project)
1980 Dodge Van-15 Passenger
1992 Saturn SL2
1989 Jag Vanden Plas (Sweet ride!)
1983 Honda Gold Wing-Aspencade
1983 Nissan Sentra
1985 Civic
1971 VW Westfalia (Very fun ride!)
1976 AMC Hornet
1986 Chrysler Laser (Turbo and it could talk! Better than KITT car!)
1989 Ford F150 Custom
1995 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight
1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cierra S
1988 Ford Bronco II
1991 Mitsubishi Delica Starwagon Exceed. I HAVE FINALLY ARRIVED!
Next.....a Jaguar XF Supercharged and Honda Valkyrie Rune

I think that about covers it.

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Re: What did you own before your Delica?

Post by JMK » Fri May 23, 2008 9:34 pm

Green1, Pic taken at Spray Lakes west side campground?

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