What was your childhood car? #blogpost
I have three childhood cars, one from the Philippines, and two from the U.S.A. The one from the Philippines was a ‘04 CR-V (I know, I’m young). It was incredible. I thought it was the coolest thing at age 4. I had my own Recaro baby seat and a cup holder, what was not to love. My mom and dad took my brother home from the hospital in the car; I also said my first word in it. My first word was Toyota by the way. Before my family left for America, we had to sell the car to a family friend. I was sorrowful to say goodbye to it.
Later in life, my family moved to the U.S. We had no car at first, but we were given a ‘95 J80 Land Cruiser from one of our family friends. The radio was busted, and the car broke down about three times. But I loved it. The image above is not the same J80, but it had a similar bull bar. The bar made it cooler for me. It looked like a monster truck or zombie survival vehicle when I was 3 foot 8. My classmates were terrified of this thing. We had it until 2012 because we sold it. Though we have seen a J80 in our town in the same color and the same dent on the driver’s side. I still have a sliver of hope that that J80 was the one we owned.
The last car my family had as I was a child was a ‘04 Toyota Sienna. We got it pre-owned in 2006 and have it up to now. When we got it, it had about 20,000 miles. Now it has a little more than 180,000 miles on the odometer. Up to now we have not repaired any major part of the car except the starter and the timing belt. The a/c still runs great and we still have the factory stereo. We’ve taken this thing on numerous road trips to San Francisco and Las Vegas. My dad and I can’t wait for the day this thing surpasses the 200,000 mark. That would be one big milestone. I have not yet seen a fellow Sienna that has passed 100,000 or 150,000 yet.
Compared to all these three cars, I believe that the Sienna is the one I am most fond of. My dad and I have cared for it very well and we always remind the family to clean up after themselves when they’re in the car. We bought protective seat covers and a set of weather tech mats for the van. I think this is the one that would be the hardest to say goodbye to. But enough about my childhood cars. What are your childhood cars? Which one was your favorite? What was your fondest memory in that car? Put your experiences in the comments below! Thanks for reading!