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October 25, 2010
By Casey Lim of Holden High School



 

There's no better feeling than hitting the open road when you first get your license. 

This is the time where we all start learning responsibility while having more freedom. Chances are we will never forget our first car. For some of us it may not get around too good. It might be an older one, with a lot of problems, but it will always be special to us.

There are some students, though, already lucky enough to have a nice ride.  Justin Baker, a senior, has a Red 1998 Dodge Ram 3500 it has a 12 valve Cummins turbo diesel with a manual transmission. He bought this truck with his hard earned money.

"It's loud, obnoxious, smokey, and it's just a diesel," Baker said.

Close to Justin's decked out truck in the parking lot most days you can find some rides that are a lot older and have a few miles on them.

Keith Henke, a junior, possesses such a car. He has a Silver 1988 Ford Festiva. it has a 1.3 liter motor with a 2 barrel carb. No power steering, and it has a five-speed manual transmission. Mileage is a factor to keeping cars in good shape this one has 239,000 miles on it.  

"I like my car because it's unique, and gets very good fuel mileage," Keith said. "Also I bought it myself."

For some of us juniors and seniors in high school, it is the most important years of our lives. This is the time where we all start driving, and learning more responsibility. For others of us it is the time where we are franticly trying to get their parents to let loose of them, to get the chance to have freedom.

But no matter what kind of vehicle you have you can keep it maintained and it will last a long time.

  • 1. Check your oil every two weeks. Some of today's cars run hotter than ever. It is often normal to go through a quart of oil every 2,000 miles. Chose the correct oil for your vehicle. The owner's manual will recommend the proper viscosity for your car.
  • 2. Replace the automatic transmission fluid and filter every 36,000 miles. Change earlier if the normally pink fluid takes on a brown tinge or smells burnt. If the fluid has a burnt odor, have the car's transmission inspected before an oil change.
  • 3. Check tires twice a month for abnormal wear. Rotate tires every 7,500 miles to preserve them.
  • 4. Lubricate door hinges and locks with a penetrating grease or graphite lubricant spray once a year.




Remembering  their first car:

Now let's get some input from teachers and faculty members of the school, about their first vehicles.

Secretary Mrs. Collins states "I had a 1987 Ford Mustang and I loved it." She also told us that it was Metallic Blue. When asked "Why did you like it?" she said "duh it was my first car!"

Assistant Principal Mrs. Jones told us "I had a sweet 1979 Mercury Marquee it was burgundy, and I liked it because I could carry lots of friends around."

Physical Education/Basketball coach Mr. Wescott stated to the eagle press that his car was the ultimate best. He says "I had a 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo it was white with a blue land-all top, it had air shocks, and a sunroof. It made me look good."

Science Teacher Mrs. Thompson states "I had a 1977 Mercury Marquee, it was red with a white top." When we asked her why she liked her first car she told us "it was big and all my friends could ride with me."

Math teacher Mr. Gudde told us a bit about his first ride, he said "I had a 1983 Cutlass Supreme and it was grey." Asked him what his favorite thing was about it and he stated "I paid for it myself so my parents couldn't take it away."



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