• Nov 26, 2008
It was the Spring of '93 and I was living large in my 1988 Dodge Omni. The little hatch was white with a burgundy interior, smelled like fast food and usually carried a substantial coat of dirt and grime that held it all together. One of the black plastic bumper pieces was missing from when I backed into my dad's car and the Omni was rolling fat with four over-sized tires scored from my brother's totaled Pontiac 6000. The tires were so large that I couldn't make a tight turn without grinding the rubber against the wheel well.

For my big date, though, the Omni at least go washed. I pulled into this poor girl's driveway jamming my brand new Jackyl tape when the her dad walked up. He glared at my car and said "You guys will be going to the baseball game in my wife's Astro Van, and you're not driving."

That was my first date car, which was followed by an Escort, Ranger and GMC Sonoma. Quite an unimpressive array of vehicles with which to make a first impression, which I reckon makes me an expert on the subject. So here it is: the Top 10 Cars You Should Never Drive on a First Date.


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      • 6 Years Ago

      What about some good old classic American Iron? Something like an 1950's chrome yank tank?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess if the Merc is on the list my 03 crown vic/P71 is included, haha. I admit, not the sexiest car around, but its fun... and when you put some nice flowmasters on that 4.6 windsor modular, it does make a nice exhaust note.... and its always fun to play good cop/bad cop when you have a cop car and a huge back seat, hahaha.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The back seat isn't really that big, but at least it's flat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is just one of those posts best left on the cutting room floor. Kind of like my comment.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have a Dodge Magnum R/T. Luckily I also have a girlfriend. Its few and far between on ladies that can appreciate a hot rod wagon.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed! My girlfriend had absolutely zero interest in hatches until she drove my Mazdaspeed 3
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thankfully I went on a first dance with my 09 GTS Lancer. Worked out pretty well even with the first words "nice car!"

      • 6 Years Ago
      Considering I went to my first date riding a bybicle, any car would be better, heheheeh.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The HHR Panel would definitely make a great "F**k Truck".
      • 6 Years Ago
      School Bus FTW.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i let a first date drive my 71 roadster. when i slammmed the shifter into reverse, she still did not realize she had driven the car two feet under the rear of a pick-up truck. i sold the car with a foot long gouge in the hood. dates do not get near my 599.
        • 6 Years Ago
        she was parking. she couldn't see the front of the car and was easing it forward. at the time i was looking out the side window. fortunately i noticed, out of the corner of my eye, the bumper of the truck in front of us was rising. i then grabbed the auto shifter and pushed it forward into reverse and then into park when my beautiful roadster was out from under the truck. still not knowing what was going on, i asked her to come to the front of the car where i pointed to the foot long gouge in the hood. she sat down and cried. i don't know if she was, because she was upset about the damage, or upset because that was the last time she would drive my cars.

        • 6 Years Ago
        If she was in reverse, how did the hood of the car get under a truck?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love this post! I actually retell stories from my dating days about the cars guys showed up in.

      Had a date show up in a purple PT cruiser - we made it through one drink and I asked him to take me home. When I refused a second date, he cried. Then went on to a guy with a classic Ferrari. I loved it, but like you said, date had nowhere to go but down and the car was one of his only good qualities and as it turns out it was his dad's anyway. On to the guy with the new Honda Pilot. Okay, I could go with that until he told me he purchased it so he'd be ready for kids right away. Uh, yeah, date over. And the final saga involved a guy in a huge lifted truck - let's just say it was definitely over compensation.

      But, against all odds, I'm marrying a guy that picked me up in an '84 Mustang that really needed an overhaul. However, it was the stable of classic muscle cars he was personally restoring that redeemed him there. ;)

      Good post. Now we need best first date cars...
      • 6 Years Ago
      OK lets be real... if you're in Vegas in your 599 and your first date doesn't go well, just leave her standing at the valet as you zoom away to that sweet, sweet exhaust music. Two blocks later, you spot your next first date on the street. You stop, ask her if she needs a ride. She will.

      Wash, rinse, repeat.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My thinking is that if you have a 599 you probably have a pretty nice stable of other fine cars that should be impressive as well. It's not like many(any) 599 owners commute to their 9 to 5 in a 1992 Toyota Camry or anything.

        For the record, the only 599 I've ever seen in person was at a local sushi restaurant in my town. I may very well have seen the car on one of those first dates. Very beautiful car in person as well, but would have looked better if it wasn't purple.
        • 6 Years Ago
        599? Isn't the point of a date for things to go DOWN
      • 6 Years Ago
      Buffalo Bill drives an HHR Panel.
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