For car guys particularly, your very first set of wheels occupies a special place in your heart - for good or for bad reasons! Please share your story here... I guess I'll go first: I had just gotten back to college and was surprised with some extra scholarship money, a gift from family, and had a Swiss friend who offered to finance me (banker blood?). I was having a hard time getting a date for the first time ever (in my time out of school I had gained 80lbs - Prednisone); I bought the car the night I test drove it; yes, test drove and bought at night... I know, I know. It was an '88 190E 2.3, 145k mi., $3400. Had a fairly new transmission and some other work (right away I put a new master cylinder and pads on it, totalled $190 and some rides to town for my mechanic buddies, that was all I did the first year, except oil/filters). So, as happens when you go to college in the boondocks, you become a popular friend when you get a car - my friends found their new taxi. One night I'm in the library and my best friend comes up and asks me to drive this girl around to run errands, oh, and he wanted to go shopping, etc. too. I said no, but caved when he pestered and offered to make dinner for me. So I met this girl and was being a real punk. Just being dumb cause I was rather miffed at females at the time. But she played along and joked around and even made a lie that she liked cars and had even sat in a McLaren F1 (I bought it); and was impressed by the Mercedes. At the end of the night I was impressed by this cute girl and asked her out. She tried to dodge me, but my buddy was still in the car and pressured her to go out with me (she already had dates lined up for Fri and Sat...). We were engaged two months later and married that summer. The car ran for two years with only minor maintenance; never failed once. Everyone thought it was nearly new and worth $20k+. My friend backed it into a new truck and caused $1400 in damage to the back, I sold it 6 mos later (at 170k+ mi), unrepaired, for $3200. I told the guy it would help him find a wife ;-).