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And before your Polestar....?

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Apologies if this has been done before, but I'm curious about the people who choose Polestar as a brand. I've come from Alfa Romeo, (Giulia) so we always identify with other slightly left-field choices such as Volvo, Saab (in the day) Lancia (back when...), Citro毛n, even Jaguar. What did Polestar owners have before and what made you change? Just curious. 馃
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Now that's a list! Evo 6 TME is one of my all time favourite cars.
Wish i kept it, sold it too a local couple i knew, who said they would look after it. They wrote it off 2 weeks later 馃槶
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My daily was a 1999 BMW M Coupe. I still own it, its just more of a weekend car. Before that all kids of equally strange cars.
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These would be 'my' cars. Been married since '97 and I've owned others but these were the ones I drove daily, as my wife drove the other ones unless we were all going somewhere as a family. I started leasing 'my' cars in 2007 and haven't regretted it. I like technology and cars too much and get bored quickly.

1990 Pontiac Sunbird
1996 Oldmobile Cutlass SL4
2001 Audi TT Roadster
2004 Audi A4 Cabriolet
2005 Ford Mustang Convertible
2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2014 Audi A5
2017 Audi SQ5
2018 Bolt EV
2022 Polestar 2
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1985 MB 300TD - used, a family hand-me-down
2003 VW Passat 1.8T w/6MT - chipped, H&R springs, Koni shocks
2013 VW Golf R - still in my driveway for its manual transmission

Wow, compared to others here I don't buy cars often. I was looking at the V60 T8 Polestar as a replacement for my Golf R but was also looking at BEVs. A Polestar Polestar was an easy choice as my first EV.

(For the marketers doing research: I like wagons and hatchbacks. When can I trade-in my P2 for a electric-only V60?)
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1974 VW Bug
1988 Ford Taurus
1994 Ford Ranger
2000 Hyundai Elantra
2002 Ford Windstar
2010 Honda CRV
2011 Honda Civic
2012 Subaru Impreza
2013 Honda Pilot
2014 Mitsubishi Outlander
2015 VW Jetta TDI
2017 VW Golf
2022 Lexus UX250H
2023 P2
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Here's an older thread I remember reading when I was just lurking,

As expected, a lot of car enthusiasts who weren't afraid of and embraced a new car brand.
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Immediately prior to buying my PS2, I owned a 2011 Mazda MX-5 (Miata) GT with Power Retractable Hardtop. I had to sell it ($11k) to be able to afford to buy the Polestar. Saddest day of my life: I loved that car: such a bundle of fun and it fit like a glove. Nevertheless we really wanted a non-Tesla EV to protect ourselves from the huge increases in gas/petrol and so as to be 'green'. I liked the Polestar 2 because it's safe and solid like my other car, a 2016 Volvo XC70, and also is somewhat good at being connected to the road with a good steering feel and good handling. It's also fast as I have the LRDM.
My other cars over the last 30 years since coming to California have been (one after the other) three Volvo wagons. I have also had a Saab 900 and a Saab 9-3.
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Apologies if this has been done before, but I'm curious about the people who choose Polestar as a brand. I've come from Alfa Romeo, (Giulia) so we always identify with other slightly left-field choices such as Volvo, Saab (in the day) Lancia (back when...), Citro毛n, even Jaguar. What did Polestar owners have before and what made you change? Just curious. 馃
1986 Dodge Colt premier
1988 Ford Thunderbird LX
1995 Nissan Maxima GXE
1995 Lexus LS 400
2001 Saab 9.3 SE
2002 Honda Accord EX-L V6
2001 Mercedes E430 sport
2005 Lexus ES 330
2006 BMW 325i
2008 Toyota Camry hybrid
2013 Chrysler 300c hemi
2016 Ford fusion energi
2022 Polestar 2 single motor
Was time to go full EV
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Technically, the GR Yaris circuit was the car I owned before the P2, however, only by 8 weeks and they sit on the driveway together.

As most of my cars in the last 20yrs have been workhorses, it鈥檚 filled with cars I鈥檓 happy to wreck within 3/4yrs of ownership. VW Passats, Ford Mondeos, BMW 3 series, couple of Peugeots, whereas the fun cars have been actual fun when going sideways! JDM Civics, Clio v6 255, integra dc2, Focus RS, Mini Cooper S r52.

The P2 sits firmly in the first category, chews up miles nicely, in relative comfort, with little drama, but it鈥檚 the GR Yaris I pick up the keys to when I have the need to drive somewhere other than a customer site as it puts a grin on my face that鈥檚 only ever been matched by a 205GTi 1.9
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A 2006 Honda Civic is the only car I've owned until I bought a 2023 LRDM a couple weeks ago. Quite an upgrade.
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I'm about to put a deposit down for a 2.
my previous cars:
2013-2014: 2000 Trans AM
2014-2015: a 2014 scion fr-s (totaled because someone turned into me at what a way to start 2015)
2015-current: 2013 Scion Fr-s 10 series. (probably mid June for my polestar 2 to arrive)

Test drove the Polestar 2 Monday, I forgot howmuch having so much torque feels like and instantly fell in love.
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Fun question at @Amphicar770 ! I can see the Alpha 164 reference! I always loved that car. I tried to convince my mom to get one back in 1991. She got a Mitsubishi Diamante instead with the 3000GT motor. Probably the more reliable choice, but I would have loved to have borrowed that Alpha as a high school kid at the time. I makes me think of the Audi A4 from the early 2000s (the B3 model if I'm not mistaken) in its tailored tidiness.

Toyota MR2
Audi TT Quattro (mk1)
Audi S5
Audi S3
VW Golf R (mk8)

In that order, still have the TT .... someday I hope someone makes a somewhat affordable EV coupe to replace it though I will think about the Fiat 500e Abarth if it comes to the states.

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Fun question at @Amphicar770 ! I can see the Alpha 164 reference! I always loved that car. I tried to convince my mom to get one back in 1991. She got a Mitsubishi Diamante instead with the 3000GT motor. Probably the more reliable choice, but I would have loved to have borrowed that Alpha as a high school kid at the time. I makes me think of the Audi A4 from the early 2000s (the B3 model if I'm not mistaken) in its tailored tidiness.

Toyota MR2
Audi TT Quattro (mk1)
Audi S5
Audi S3
VW Golf R (mk8)

In that order, still have the TT .... someday I hope someone makes a somewhat affordable EV coupe to replace it though I will think about the Fiat 500e Abarth if it comes to the states.
The Alfa was one of my favorites, albeit she did require a lot of maintenance. Similar to the PS2 in that it was unique, had some quirky ergonomics, was fast (for its time), and was a joy to drive. The one thing it had that no EV ever will was an engine which sounded like a 6 cylinder symphony. Still, time moves on. Several years later I picked up a 164Q, did not keep it long as I soon discovered the memory was better than the reality.

I also had an MR2 turbo as I see you do or did.
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Renault 5,
Ford Fiesta,
Abarth Grande Punto,
Golf R,
Abarth 124 Spider,
Renault Zoe,
Polestar 2
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Can鈥檛 remember the years鈥.
Company cars first
1.3 astra
1.4 cavalier
2.0 cavalier
2.0 mondeo ghia x
When I had to buy my own
2.0 mondeo ghia x
2.5 AWD Jaguar x-type (manual)
2.5 BMW M sport tourer
3.0 Jaguar XF Premium
5.0 Jaguar XF S Premium (NA not supercharged)
2.0 Jaguar XE (240 BHP Ford engine)
2.0 Jaguar EPace (ingenium)
2.0 Jaguar XE Reims special edition (the bluest car ever)
Polestar

All petrol until my EV conversion
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The Alfa was one of my favorites, albeit she did require a lot of maintenance. Similar to the PS2 in that it was unique, had some quirky ergonomics, was fast (for its time), and was a joy to drive. The one thing it had that no EV ever will was an engine which sounded like a 6 cylinder symphony. Still, time moves on. Several years later I picked up a 164Q, did not keep it long as I soon discovered the memory was better than the reality.

I also had an MR2 turbo as I see you do or did.
I put a 3.0 engine into my first Alfa GTV6; that engine was sublime. As you say the sound was on another planet and so so smooth. Unfortunately that car ended up in a race track wall but I replaced it with another and transplanted all the mechanicals from the 1st one to it. Between the 2 I did 60,000 miles over 10+ years. So sorry I ever sold that car.
1980 Chevy Citation.
My first car. It was purchased from my grandparents in 1987. Only had mono AM radio! Needless to say that one needed some upgrades.

1983 Honda Civic.
Purchased from my aunt in 1989 after I totalled the Chevy in an accident. This was my first stick. I taught myself to drive stick after a quick lesson from my cousin. Spent the next 2 weeks bucking all over town.

1989 Honda Civic.
My 1st new car. I was now hooked on manual transmission so it was also stick. Drove that thing from New Jersey to California and then back 2 years later. Drove it through the Rockies on the way out! Was losing speed in first gear as I was struggling to go up the mountains.

1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse.
Sweet car. It was stick too, but so much more power than my Hondas.

2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse.
Loved the first one so I got it again. Nice enough car, but a mistake. Mitsubishi sucked all the power out of the engine and it felt cheap.

2011 Volkswagen Jetta.
Was working an hour from home so I needed something good on gas. I also now had a son so I needed 4 doors after 5 years of trying to squeeze into the back to put him in his car seat. This car is so well made. Solid, great get up and go. Loved this car. Loved it so much my son now drives it.

And that brings us to...
2023 Polestar 2
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My P2 hasn't been delivered yet so I'm jumping the gun. Hope to have great memories with the P2. Got it with Performance, pilot and plus packs.

Here's my list:
- Macan S (love this but gave up waiting for the Macan EV, and also the R1S and EX90 for that matter)
-91 Corvette L98 V-8 manual transmission (pandemic nostalgia buy. Will keep this indefinitely)
  • 911 Carrera 4S (loved this but it was impractical as the only car. Will have to buy another one day)
  • BMW X1 (meh...not much to say about this one)
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland (first SUV)
  • BMW 335xi (another manual but it was nowhere near as fun as the 330i Sport)
  • Lexus GS300 (really wanted to support Lexus given my first car was a used Lexus)
  • BMW 330i Sport (manual - drove on rails. One of my favorite cars I've owned)
  • Honda Accord (for 4 months - held me over for the summer while staying for the bar exam)
  • VW Passat (manual - learned how to drive a manual transmission on this car, also my first new car)
  • Lexus ES300 (my first car in college)
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Here is my list I'm sure I have left some out in my 65 years of ownership. LOL
1963 Impala SS
1969 Chevelle SS
1970 Chevelle
1969 Impala
1967 GTO
1976 Corvette
1980 Corvette
1975 Ford F150
1990 Ford Festiva
1994 Chevy S10
1992 Cavalier
1992 Ford F150
1992 Camero Z28
1969 Camaro RS Z28
1964 Impala SS
1969 Elcamino SS
2009 Challenger SRT8
2011 Challenger SRT8
2011 Ford F150
2021 Nissan Leaf
2022 Polstar 2 currently own
2022 Ford F150 Lightning currently own
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Well my vehicles from passing my test in 1990

1972 Austin Maxi 1750 o_O - First car, what more can I say!
1978 Ford Escort Mk2 - Everyone seemed to have one
1982 Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2 - A rare 2 door non convertible version
1987 Vauxhall Cavalier Mk2 Club - What an interior!! No one would ever nick it:ROFLMAO:. First serious mods with dropped suspension, cam, exhaust, strut brace and wheels.
1988 Ford XR2 - Great for falling off roundabouts backwards :censored: and why i prefer larger cars!
1998 Vauxhall Vectra 2.5 SRi
2004 Vauxhall Zafira GSi - First nearly new car (6months old when i got it)
2007 Vauxhall Zafira VXR - First new car. Modded to stage 1.5 and 280BHP
2009 Vauxhall VXR8 - Probably the best all round car that i have owned. 6 month old when bought. Modded exhaust to hear the V8, gearbox remap and stage 1 mapping
2011 Subaru WRX STi 320 - 2nd new car. Best handling car i've owned, scarily quick round the corners. Loved the ability to vary the centre diff
2013 Audi RS4 - Year old when bought. Fun, but no VXR8 or STi. Cramped inside too
2019 Range Rover Evoque P300 HSE R-Dynamic - My 3rd car from new. Quite enjoyed and surprisingly quick for what it is, but nowhere near previous 3 cars. More room than the RS but still a little cramped for 4x 6ft adults.
2022 P*2 - 4th new car. This one is giving the VXR8 a challenge as my best all round car, just need to get it back on the summer tyres.

(and embarrassingly, in the last 15 years my other half has managed to keep the same car - VW Eos FSI... i think i'm a little fickle)
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