What cars have you driven?

Please prepare for a completely non-financial, non-educational, non-frugal, non-useful but hopefully still entertaining exercise about cars. I (Mr. CF) still like cars, albeit have not been focusing on them as much as I used to (i.e. since starting with the journey to FI). I still like watching programs like Top Gear, Fifth gear and the likes, but have started to realize that the dream of owning a small little sports car is more expensive than I would like. Unless we win the lottery (which we don’t play), I’m very doubtful that I will ever own a sports car (small or fancy). But I may solve this by renting one, one of these days. The experience is likely worth the money for a petrol head like me.

What cars have you driven?
What cars have you driven?

What cars have you driven?

After having some work done on my company car that I’m current driving, I got a temporary loaner car. Because apparently the previous user had smoked in the car, it smelled horrible. So I requested another loaner. Then I realized I had just been driving 3 different cars in the span of just 3 days, which got me thinking about the number of cars I have personally driven since getting my driver’s license in 2001 (hint, I was well past 18 year of age before I got my license. Got something to do with a good public transport system, high cost of driving/owning a car and being a student). I therefore began to make a list in my mind, but this got a lot longer than I was anticipating.

So I had to write it down (and I probably still missed a few):

  • BMW 335i
  • BMW 740 (shown)
  • BMW X5
  • Cadillac STS
  • Citroen ZX 1.8
  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Daihatsu Materia
  • Dodge Avenger
  • Dodge RAM 1500

    What cars have you driven? Dodge Ram 1500
    What cars have you driven? Dodge Ram 1500
  • Dodge RAM 3500 (shown)
  • Fiat Cinquecento
  • Ford Ka
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Ford Focus
  • Ford Focus SVT
  • Ford Focus Station wagon
  • Ford F150
  • Ford Taurus
  • Ford Suburban
  • GMC Sierra
  • GMC Yukon
  • GMC 1500
  • Iveco Daily (ok, this technically is a van and the longest one at that series, parking was fun!)
  • Jeep Patriot
  • Lancia Thesis (shown)
  • Mercedes C220 (car in which I learned to drive and passed the driving test)
  • Mitsubishi ASX
  • Mitsubishi Lancer
  • Nissan Micra
  • Opel Astra station wagon
  • Opel Insignia
  • Renault 5 Alpine
  • Renault Twizzy (not sure if you can actually call this a car)
  • Seat Ibiza
  • Seat Leon Station wagon FR
  • Smart for two
  • Subaru Impreza WRX 

    What cars have you driven?
    What cars have you driven?
    Subaru Impreza WRX
  • Suzuki SX4
  • Toyota Yaris
  • Toyota Previa
  • Toyota Prius Plus (or Prius V in North America)
  • Toyota Tundra
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Volvo S40
  • Volvo V50
  • Volvo S60
  • Volvo S60R
  • Volvo S80

That’s a total of approximately 49 different cars (added the Fiat based on a comment below), which sounds like a lot. But this is actually only just over 3 different cars per year for the last 15 years.


Most of these cars are quite unremarkable (horrible even) except for a few:

  • The Lancia Thesis might not sound as exotic (or look the parts for that matter) as a Ferrari or Porsche, but this particular car was a bit special. It was the first ever delivered to the Netherlands (of only 67 total that first year!) and equipped with every available option. It may actually have been more rare than some fancier cars like the Porsche 911.
  • The BMW7 series is a master piece, great car for extremely comfortable cruising. I drove this car when I was hustling during my student days as a private chauffeur. Never forget the moment when I drove up to a McDonalds and walked in there in my blue suit. Still remember the looks on people’s faces……how can that young guy afford such a car…it was priceless.
  • During the same side hustles as noted above, I had the opportunity to drive the Volvo S60R. Fun car for sure, especially if the client allows you to pull up at the lights at full throttle and directly fly up the highway at 120km/h (plus). You should have seen the smile on my face 😉

Notable mentions of cars I did not drive personally but experienced from the front passenger seats:

  • Audi S4
  • Dodge Charger SRT8
What cars have you driven? Audi S4
What cars have you driven? Audi S4

If you have not had enough about cars yet, we can recommend the following:


(in Dutch, for some creative car cooking).

http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2016/09/12/reader-case-study-young-man-saved-from-jeep-suicide/  (for some good old financial car bashing).

This one is really special, it made my cry and smile at the same time…..



How about you? What cars have you driven? Any cool cars? Have you ever rented a sport car for a day of fun? If so, was it worth it?


    1. The Mazda 3 is a nice car actually, have some fiends that own one. You actually reminded me that I have to add the car in wish I learned how to drive (A Mercedes C220). It’s not in the list!

  1. I don’t understand the passion for cars at all. For me a car has always been four wheels that gets me from point A to point B with the minimum of fuss. Also, I dislike driving. With that preface, my humble list of cars are: Tata Indica, Honda Civic, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Spark (Mr. BITAs primary commute car) and Honda Insight (this is what I drive now, and it was my husbands from before we got married. It was bought used). 5 cars. 3 owned jointly after marriage. 2 electric.

    I’ve sat in the front passenger seat of a few fancy cars – a Plymouth Prowler, a BMW M3, some sort of sporty 2 seater Mercedes, a Tesla and a red Mustang convertible.

    1. What a nice list of sensible cars Mrs. BITA. Good to see that you don’t waste your money on cars.
      But I have to say, the whole car thing has got to be in your DNA (for both gals and guys). Because I can also see your point of view, it technically is just a mode of transportation. But the thrills of a good handling, fast, good looking car still appeal to me….

  2. Oh cars. I was actually thinking about it lately. For some guys, cars be really a ‘thing’. Luckily, I am a gal and had some sensible (well, on the point of my car) advice. My first one was described as ‘to be wrapped around a tree’-type, and I never, ever paid more than 1500,- euros for a car (including those ‘afleverkosten’).

    So far I owned:
    – Fiat Cinquecento. Had one flaw: the gasket plate. Not so cheap to replace. Finally caved in last year’s spring when it finally started to become more expensive to repair than to buy it again.
    – My silver Ford Fiesta. Had airco, had it for 2/3 months, then it ended up behind a lorry. Total loss.
    – And then finally, my black Ford Fiesta. This was the most expensive one (1250 or 1500,- euro’s).

    I only have the most necessary car insurance, but the thing I’m driving isn’t as worth much. Never had the urge to rent a more expensive one for a day. So, pretty frugal on that point.

    1. Way to go Minimaal, very wise decisions on your part. If we were to buy a car again (when our current one dies), we might end up doing something similar to you.
      And thanks for the reminder, I’ve actually also driven a Fiat Cinquecento (one owned by my aunt) for an evening….makes 48 🙂

      1. I still have a soft spot for those cinquecento’s. <3 Unfortunately, repair-wise, they are terrible. Makes me not buy one in the future.

  3. Wow, that’s a long list! How many of them have you actually owned?
    I can’t come up with a list of cars I have driven (there’s definitely no cool one on the list), but here’s the list of cars that I owned so far:
    – Nissan Cherry: my first car, was almost the same age as I was
    – Renault 21: only a bit the younger, but robably the most comfortable one I had
    – Ford Fiesta: My first (and last) car I bought as new
    – Honda Civic: My current one, which definitely raises less eyebrows than the Lancia Thesis 🙂

    1. We actually only ever owned 4 cars. Of which we current still own one, which we plan to keep for a while longer.
      Pretty reasonable cars to have owned for you RR, you are a lot more sensible then me!

  4. Impressive list, and thanks for the shout out. We are still rocking our Opel Corsa 🙂 Thinking in FI terms it’s the best decision we ever made though. And we also have a possible buyer for the Audi A5 in January, which will give us the opportunity to do some stock shopping!

    If you’re a car enthusiast it’s awesome to drive the better or more unique cars. It might not be worth it to own them however, so driving around as a chauffeur in a fancy BMW7 sounds like a good experience!

    1. Nice, hope you get some good cash for the A5. If you can also have a simultaneous market crash, it would be the perfect combo 😉
      The private chauffeur days were cool, might do that again once I’m FI. Perfect way to drive nice cars while being paid!

  5. I had/have one car: an opel combo (which tells you exactely how much importance I attach to having a ‘cool car).
    Although we bought it together, it is in the name of the wife (cheaper insurance) so technically I have never owned a car! 47 cars is ridiculous and you should be facepunched about 46 times. But I am feeling generous and will round it up to 50 facepunches next time we meet 😉

    1. Ah, we never owned 47 cars, just only 4 actually…. The others were company cars, cars driving while working as a private chauffeur, cars from family, rental cars during holidays, etc. That being said, the thrill of driving that Subaru Impreza WRX still makes me smile today!

  6. That is a long and cool list of cars Mr CF. Since I have my drivers license I owned 6 different cars of which I still own two. One is a station for when we go on family trips and the other is a Toyota Aygo for daily commute. I have driven quite some other cars (not as many as you) including a Porsche 911 Turbo, Porsche Boxster and Ferrari California. Those were probably the three coolest on my list. However, I only ever rented those for a few hours which still cost a lot of money. You can actually do some cool driving in rented super cars on Zandvoort circuit in the Netherlands. It still costs quite some money but it is much cheaper than owning one of those money drainers. Can you imagine the maintenance/repair bills on a Ferrari, let alone the insurance, taxes, fines etc? In short, I love cars but I could never bring myself to buying one of those.
    This was an interesting and very different post to the usual subjects you write about 🙂

    1. Well, you beat us. We only ever had 4 of them (still own one today). But I have to say, those are some seriously cool cars to have driven DIB! I’m very jealous! I’ve done the slip-course at Zandvoort and an offroading day at Waddixveen (ignoring the large amount of offroading I did on construction sites!). That was pretty neat, just need to do a track day and tour with a fancy car. That would complete the wish-list.
      For a while (before the FIRE journey kicked in) I actually calculated what it would cost to own an V8 Vantage or DB9 (this was still in Canada). Expensive, but not as astronomically as you would think. Still, it was too expensive for me then. And right now I will not even start the spread-sheet anymore….
      Thanks for the last compliment, it’s good to shake things up a bit every now and then 😉

  7. Impressive list! Good for you you drove several of them while being paid for doing so.
    I have been into cars as well. I love old timers. I own a 2CV as you have noticed. I have owned (and wrecked) a Alfa Romeo GT 1600 Junior. And I have been building my own 2CV with a 4 cylinder engine (canard a vitesse ;-)). Sold it before I finished it though, but I have driven others and it was lots of fun to go 0-50km/h in a couple of seconds with a 2CV and get all people staring at you at the next traffic light…
    Fortunately I have seen the FIRE light as well and cycle as much as I can, very rewarding.

    1. As noted earlier, the private chauffeur days were cool, might do that again once I’m FI. Perfect way to drive nice cars while being paid!
      But you have been doing just fine youself too. At least you are handy that you can also maintain some of your own cars (the oldtimers that is), makes a big difference. And the 2CV’s are pretty affordable to keep on the side.

  8. 2017 is likely to be a monumental year in car terms. It’s shaping up that I’ll relinquish my low-mileage BMW sports for a Citroen C4 Cactus, because it makes sense in FI terms. I’m still yet to figure out whether I’m becoming lost or found 😉

    We drove San Franchiso, LA, Vegas In a Mustang. That was alright! And in Australia we drove Great Ocean Road, Varra Valley and Dandenongs in a Ford Falcon XR6 (FG Mark II I believe) XR6. And Gold Coast to Coffs Harbour (and surrounds) in a Holden Commod SV6 (VE Series II).

    In Europe, until now, it’s been Beamers, or Volvo V70, or Audi A4. Going forward, did I mention, our touring will be had in a very sensible Citroen C4 Cactus.

      1. Thanks. A share, yes. It still doesn’t stop me trying to convince myself that an HSV GTS is a worthy “investment”, since they’ll soon stop producing them altogether… And as the HSV slogan goes: “I just want one”.

    1. I struggle very much with finding a balance between frugal, financially smart and my passion/love for cars. Right now it is fortunatly focussed on the financially smart side, but I still like to experience the thrill of driving on a track or an Aston Martin on a road trip. One day perhaps, more important goals to achieve first!

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