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Old 11-06-2018, 10:42 AM
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Yep. Right now we have two: "lil blue" & "the taco".
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Old 11-06-2018, 10:52 AM
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Old 11-06-2018, 11:20 AM
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
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I've only named the last two. First one was called Smoove (yes, with a 'v'), because he replaced a car with a lot of troubles.
Current one is Obie - we have two Subaru's, and we distinguish which one we're taking somewhere by using Obie, or the Crosstrek. Obie is an Outback (not hugely original )
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Old 11-06-2018, 11:29 AM
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Vincent Van Gogh for the Sprinter. (Get it?) The Silver Burrito for DH's Nissan LEAF.

Both groan-worthy but such is life.
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Old 11-06-2018, 11:32 AM
Location: Midwest
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Of course. Elwood. Elwood Blue to be specific.
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Old 11-06-2018, 11:33 AM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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Sparky was the electric car (which was a Chevy Spark, so not particularly original, there)
The new red Soul Turbo is the Tomato.
The black F150 has a name (Hank) but mostly just gets called "the truck".

My first car was a yellow VW bug named Mrs. Peel.

Over the years various cars have had names, some of which stuck, some didn't. A white Ford Bronco named The Whale. A white Aerostar named The Anteater (and sometimes The Dustbuster).

There was a time that the spouse believed in the principle of similar platforms, so we had a Jetta, Rabbit and a Scirroco, all about 5-8 years old at the time, which shared drivetrain components and the FI, starter, generator, water pump, etc. The theory was that we'd always have enough parts to make sure ONE of them ran.

As we've gotten older our cars have been newer and took a lot less R&R work. I've had various sportscars over the years and it used to be that the first thing that had to be done is that the shocks and all the suspension rubber had to be replaced to get that crisp handling and usually the sway bars upgraded. Neither of us have any interest in doing that anymore.
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Old 11-06-2018, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by BBCjunkie View Post
Back in the day (or even after) did you ever give your car(s) a name?

Don't know if this was a regional thing or not, but I'm curious how widespread the practice was. Recently I mentioned it to an email correspondent of the same age (late 60s/early 70s) and she claims never heard of anyone ever naming their car. She grew up in a farming community in California; I grew up in a NYC suburb.

I always thought it was a Baby Boomer generation thing but maybe it was indeed regional?

One of the kids on my block had a yellow 1960 Buick that he named the Big Banana, and a 1970s co-worker had a red Ford Pinto that she named the Tiki Torch after the whole exploding gas tank thing started (morbid, yes, but funny.)

The funny thing is that I never named my cars back in the day (60s, 70s, etc) but I did name my 2002 Lexus "Lexie" (how unoriginal, right? lol) after I'd had it about 8 years (kept it for 15.) However, my new ride which is a 2017 Honda was named Athena during her first week.

Anyone else who either did or still does name their car(s)?
Yes. My first car was a Nissan Sentra names Sheldon. The Corolla was Burt. The Saturn was Sam, the Matrix is Mickey, after Mickey Dolenz from the Monkees, and the newest baby is my Kia Niro, who is a hippie eco conscious car, so I named her Thorkalson. Tork. After Peter Tork from the Monkees. All my cars, except Torkie, have been sticks, so boys. Tork is my first girl automatic hybrid car.

I also call my Bernina sewing machine The Nina.
Solly says Be nice!
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Old 11-06-2018, 12:09 PM
Location: Prescott AZ
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Yes. I just bought a new car. When I look into the garage at night, I say" Good night Red". (of course, it's red)
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Old 11-06-2018, 12:13 PM
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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We have twin cars, one is Mo the other Jo. We have Mo-Jo...
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Old 11-06-2018, 12:13 PM
Location: Las Vegas
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I had a bright yellow 2000 beetle. I named her Millie. My H once had a Santa Fe he named Bullet.
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