Caroline Urch’s First Car ……

A 1986 Toyota Starlet


What was your first car and why did you buy it? My first car was a 1986 white imported Toyota Starlet bought in 1995 and I loved her!  

What did you pay for it? It is so long ago as this stage I can’t remember for sure!

 How did it change your life?  It gave me independence, no more begging for lifts or using the bus.  Was a stay-at-home Mum with a baby and I needed to get out!!

What was the longest trip you ever took in the car?   Dundrum to Bray!

What was your best memory or most memorable moment in the car?  Passing my test December 1995

What was your worst memory associated with the car? The only problem was an alarm that sounded if I went over a particular speed. The car shook then anyway so alarm kind of unnecessary and was removed by helpful brother. The other quirk was a voice that informed me when the car alarm was turned off and on.  The voice was loud and I got many a strange stare when I parked and was loudly informed that the “system is armed”!! Got some very strange looks!

How long did you keep your first car?   Replaced it in 1998 with a brand new Fiat Punto so three years of fond memories  

Caroline Urch
17th July, 2012


Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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