Falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5708 posts, RR: 29 Posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5340 times:
I am sitting here at parent teacher conferences and nobody ever wants to talk to the auto teacher. That got me thinking about pitiful cars. I am not talking about sad old rusted junk that used to be cool. I am talking about cars that people made fun of when they were new too. A few came to mind:
GEO Metro/Pontiac Firefly
Renault Le Car
Any 1960s NSU
US models of the Fiat 128
Some sad cars had inner charm like Chevetts with plaid seats and the Gremlin with the Levi package. What are some pitiful cars you can think of?
That was a turd, but the engine was great. Ford used a variation of that engine into the 2000s. As far as sad cars go I like the Pinto Wagon with plastic wood. Another Pinto plus is the fact that it is rear wheel drive. That leaves it open for some cool customs. Every now and then I'll see a tubbed Pinto with a 460 under the hood.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5304 times:
Bloody Renault Twingo - every asshole driving one of those things thinks he's the local Speed monitor, and drives deliberately 10 km/h under the speed limit just to piss people off. Listen, just because YOU bought a piece of shit car, doesn't mean the rest of us have - some of us can actually go 70km/h without falling to bits or exploding. Bastard stupid French bastards
Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 6): I think it would be fun to drive here for the looks one would get in Detroit!
If you ever get one call me and we will cruise Woodward. I would love to drive one. The US will not allow an import of one, but on the grey market it would be doable. Michigan would be ok to license it too, since we have no inspection of any kind. The secretary of states office would know anything about it and just register it. A buddy did that; he registered an AM General military vehicle as a regular 1/2 ton pickup truck.
Falstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5708 posts, RR: 29 Reply 17, posted (5 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5249 times:
Quoting Airfoilsguy (Reply 10): Anything that has 4 cylinders, 4 doors, no muffler and is front wheel drive but has a huge spoiler on the trunk providing down force to wheels that are not even driving the car.
I always look at those cars in traffic and the drivers probably think I am admiring their cars, but I am really making fun of them in my head. I once had a student who stuck on every glue on item they had at Autozone (or so it seemed) He even glued felt to the outside of his car and painted the side windows black, yes painted.
Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 12): Let's not forget its predecessor, the Festiva.
I did a valve job on one of those once. Around the D I see more of those than Aspires.
Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 12): The Korean-built Pontiac LeMans from the late-80s
I tried to sell a service manual for one of those... Nobody wanted it. I think they are all gone and there are non left to service.
776236ER, Those Neons sucked, swapped an engine on one last year. It was a rusted turd. I was amazed the owner wanted to spend the money on it.