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Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Sun Jun 01, 2003 8:11 am

If your first car was brand new, or made had a 3-point star on the hood... do not reply. This post is for the people who had to deal with cars, that even despite the fact that they ran, were complete piles of crap. Cars that your friends made fun of you for having, despite the fact you were hauling their sorry butts around in it. Also it would help if your car had more exposed primer and/or bondo than paint.

My first car was a 1984 Dodge 600ES. On face value not a bad car, it ran reasonably well, and when it wasn't broken the a/c blew cold... more importantly it meant I didn't have to ride the bus to school my senior year in high school. The car was a hand me down from my brother after he graduated college and bought a then new 97 Neon (which was also a crappy car). To begin with my Dodge was in this mousy dark grey. It had a cheap respray some years earlier, but pretty much every surface that faced the sun was pretty much oxidized. It had a cheap aftermarket pop-up sunroof that leaked (note we did not put that in the car, it came with it when we bought it used in 1989). The headliner behind the sunroof was sagging, and the upolstery was pretty worn out in places. Not to mention that Chrysler saddled this car with the 2.2L EFI 4-cylinder and a 3-speed Torqueflight automatic. Boy was this car ever underpowered. My friend used to say that if you floored it the car went 35.

Now here is the good part. At some point during my senior year, my dad thought it would be a good idea to close up the sunroof (I to this day think it was more a form of therapy for my dad than a project that was worth doing). Now this involved a few things. One, it entailed the removal of the back seat, the plastic C-pillar trim, and the old saggy and rotted out headliner in order to pull the sunroof. Now to patch the hole left by the sunroof we rivet in a piece of sheet steel under the opening in the roof and filled the gap up top with bondo. So for the remainder of my senior year, my car had no back seat, was a lovely two-tone grey, primer on top mousy grey on bottom with a big area of bondo on the roof.

The car was ugly as sin and won me the "Uglier Car than Drew's Award," from my speech and debate team. Which was a real kick in the groin since he was driving a 76 Nova Sedan in oxidized silver grey.

On the plus side it was a car, and I was lucky to have it. It only didn't start twice. Once before school, but I took my dad's Camry instead. And once before work... dead battery (but on the plus side being out in the garage that early afternoon did avail me the chance to see a Speedbird Concorde on approach to PHX). It never broke down on me on the road, but I never went too far from home with it. But it was still a rolling turd.

So lets here those stories of crappy cars.
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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Sun Jun 01, 2003 8:23 am

Not me, but my parents owned an Eagle XXX (I forgot the model) in 1993 and needless to say within three months the Chrysler Corp took the car back and gave us a fully loaded Jeep Cherokee Manual (my dads dream car) because we were having so many problems with it
 
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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Sun Jun 01, 2003 8:40 am

A 1967 Pontiac Bonneville. That car could pass anything but a gas station (and had a 25 gallon tank to go along with the 454 with a Holley 4-barrel carb)! It was a former taxi and started but man did it suck!

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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Sun Jun 01, 2003 8:42 am

Guess I'm lucky. I bought my first car in 1958 (dates me, huh?), a 1953 Ford, and I just retired from GM last year. I've NEVER had a really crappy car. Of course, I still have my '53 Ford Crestliner...jack
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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Sun Jun 01, 2003 9:01 am

Jaguar 3.6 Sovereign. I had many problems, from the power window to the whole break system. Was wrecked after 2 monthes, may it RIP and never come back.
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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Sun Jun 01, 2003 9:05 am

I've never owned a car  Wow!
 
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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Sun Jun 01, 2003 9:09 am

My first car was the one my friends gave me crap about, a 1979 Buick Regal, which was a hand-me-down from my sister, who got it as a hand-me-down from my mom, who bought it used back in 1985. The vinyl seat on the driver's side was cracked and spliting (taken care of by the placement of a big towel) My friends referred to it as "The Bucket". I wrecked it in March of 1994, and my stepdad and I put it back together. That's when it looked like crap. Imagine a white car with a light metallic blue hood and left front fender, and a pushed in rear bumper (as the result of an accident a few weeks after we fixed the car). I had it for a little over a year, from August of 1993 to November of 1994 (prior to getting the car, I had to share a car with my mom most of the time) I then got a 1988 Dodge Lancer, ugliest car I ever owned. Was a good car for the year I had it, until I blew the motor. The car is still around, I sold it to my uncle, who put a new motor in it, and still drives it to this day. My crappiest car was my third car, a 1990 Ford Taurus I bought in 1996. I paid $3500 for it, and in the 2 and a half years I had it, I put about $2000 into it in repairs. The used car lot I bought it from did a very crappy job of cleaning the car after it was traded in. I filled up a large trash bag with all of the junk crammed under the seats and in the trunk. The trunk had a major leak, so after a heavy rain, I'd have to bail out the spare tire well. When I traded it in, I thought I wouldn't get more than a few hundred bucks, but ended up getting $1000 in trade. The car I got then (a 1994 Nissan Sentra) wasn't too bad, I only had three problems with it. First the battery died (no surprise, it still had the original battery); then about six months later the starter died (completely unexpected). The final problem led me to getting rid of the car. One of the valve gaskets blew, and the repair was going to cost $2500, which wasn't too much less than what it was worth. I basically signed the title over to the mechanic, and got $250 for it (he needed to get a car for his daughter, and since I needed to get rid of mine, problem solved) after racking up about $500 in repairs before he discovered the valve gasket was blown. I like my current car (1997 Chevy Lumina), I have only had to put it into the shop twice (once for a brake job, the other to replace the a/c condensor). Brakes are a given repair, the condensor was making a lot of noise (never a good sign).
 
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Sun Jun 01, 2003 9:32 am

A Merkur XR4TI.

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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Sun Jun 01, 2003 9:56 am

I had worse than all of you.  Big grin

A Fiat Cinquecento.

It was very high mileage - well, far higher than most cinquecentos would survive. It was inherited from my sister, whose boyfriend mechanic kept it on the road with regular homebrew repairs. Only a very level road, mind.

I had to keep a hammer in the glovebox, in order to get the starter motor going on cold (or warm, or moderate) days. The handbrake cable was, apparently, spliced with some kind of twine or rope; it could only be parked on perfectly flat surfaces. Changing gears was like stirring a bathtub full of spanners with a baseball bat. Performance was near zero.

Got rid of it almost immediately.  Smile
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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Sun Jun 01, 2003 10:02 am

A ford Escort

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KROC

(Having BEEN in the thing, I can vouch that it is crap)
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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Sun Jun 01, 2003 10:03 am

A ford Escort

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KROC

(Having BEEN in the thing, I can vouch that it is crap)


At least I bought my own car............
 
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Sun Jun 01, 2003 10:14 am

Bobrayner... was your sister's boyfriend named Tony perchance??? I would have to say that even a new Fiat probably wins as crappiest car ever, though apparently they are better than they used to be. One of my friends had a 1976 Fiat Spyder. I feared for my life each time I rode in it. Not only was the car of questionable reliability, but my friend wasn't exactly the world's greatest driver... the damn thing blew a rod on her on one of her many trips between Tucson and Phoenix. Her parents wisely bought her a much more reliable and safer Nissan Altima.
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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Sun Jun 01, 2003 10:18 am

My first: A Mazda 626- the $#% &Y^#% !@# piece of %^!%$ was in the shop EVERY week for the first four months- the entire engine was rebuilt twice in that time period. To add insult to injury, Mazda really knows how to legally build a lemon- it just missed every criteria necessary for requiring the manufacturer to take it back as a lemon in my state.

On the other hand, my current car, ironically a three-pointed star SLK230, has had its fair share of problems too, something increasingly common for the brand. No where near as bad as the Mazda, but it seems like every six months or so some expensive part needs to be replaced... thank god its still under warranty. Saddly, as much as I love the car, I am seriously considering not buying a new one simply due to the number of problems I've had with this one.


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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Sun Jun 01, 2003 10:20 am

The car I have right now...a 1989 Olds Cutlass Calais coupe with 80k on it. I got it for free though. A good car while i'm still in high school. It beats having to pay for a car and it still runs great.

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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Sun Jun 01, 2003 10:28 am

My mom had a 90-something Buick Skylark.. worst car ever made.


We also had a 96 Chrysler New Yorker that was really a blast.... great car...... WHEN IT RAN, of course.
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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Sun Jun 01, 2003 10:36 am

by far and away the worst car I ever had the misfortune to own was a VW Jetta. What a POS.
 
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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Sun Jun 01, 2003 10:52 am

At least I bought my own car............

Yeah, well, I DID buy my first 2 cars.. an 89 regal and a 95 Corsica.. First one finally got rid of cause it was costing to much to repair all the time, the Corsica, well, smashed.. I have to scan the pics sometime..

Anyway, KROC, What WAS that greeting card I saw in your back seat? I coulda swore it was signed by Matt D.. Hmm..


Chris

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Sun Jun 01, 2003 10:57 am

Yo Chris, see I take care of my ish, and I never wrecked my car, cause I don't drive like a biznitch. And if you saw anything in the back seat, it was a used condom wrapper, left over from when your moms was riding my meat. So you can go to the ole Matt C jokes, but try being original, and not always getting your ass poked.

WHAT?
 
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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Sun Jun 01, 2003 11:04 am

Yo Mike, I talked to my mom.. She said she had better by herself.. And whatever that was, I doubt it was a condom wrapper. Maybe a Condemnation notice, but a condom wrapper? Heck no.. Unless for some reason you are pleasuring yourself with a band geek, who has already been "stuck" with more things than you can shake your gear shift at.. Oh please..

WHAT?
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Sun Jun 01, 2003 11:12 am

Great post Chris, I'm keepin' it
It will do the trick next time I can't get to sleep
A whole lot of "uhm's" and "Ah's"
and you can't seem to stop talking about men's shafts and backsides
But really though, next time you want to step up
Get with your man Arsenal, because compared to you, even he's a step-up
And a Condemnation notice, we're talking about my ride
Not the place where you reside
Go back to slingin' drinks and peanuts as a sky waitress
Cause steppin' me, will always be disasterous
And you can keep your band geeks, cause if thats what you got chief...
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Sun Jun 01, 2003 11:31 am

Found it...

http://www.carsfromitaly.com/fiat/wallpapers/cinq_2_800.html
41bhp of throbbing Italian power! Yee-haa!  Smile

I used it as trade-in against a Nissan Almera. The salesman offered £1000 without looking at the Fiat, presumably because he was desperate for a sale and wildly optimistic about Fiats in general, and this one in particular. I made sure to park the Fiat on the only flat section of the dealer's forecourt, on a dry day, and left it unlocked so he wouldn't immediately discover the locking glitches. Then I signed the paperwork for the Nissan as quickly as possible and ran away.

The only-marginally-better Nissan Almera:
http://www.tiscali.co.uk/motoring/roadtests/roadtest_58_1.html
It never had more than 2 people in, so at first I permanently folded down the rear seats for more luggage space, and eventually removed them completely.  Smile
As well as the urban stuff, it could reach 200kph with a lead foot and a little patience, which was handy for commuting long distances at night on the M1 / M62 (UK) and A10 (Belgium). The handling and gearbox were actually pretty good; certainly better than my subsequent car, a Citroen Xsara...
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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Sun Jun 01, 2003 12:13 pm

I am so embarrassed. I had an AMC Gremlin once. I paid only $100 for it but still it was a sad experience, I only got to drive it about 200 miles before it caught fire.
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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Sun Jun 01, 2003 3:45 pm

My first car was a 1974 Toyota Celica. It actually was quite reliable when it went. Had to get rid of it after the Auto tranmission blew and it wouldn't change gears at all.
 
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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Sun Jun 01, 2003 5:16 pm

Worst car I drove was a Peugeot 206. Lucky for me it was only for a day or so while my car was in the shop for maintenance.

Thing would just refuse to go over 70kmh sometimes, which can be deadly when you're accellerating into traffic on the highway.
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Mon Jun 02, 2003 6:30 am

My first car was a very bizarre car, the American Motors Gremlin.
 
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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Mon Jun 02, 2003 6:54 am

A ford Escort

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KROC

(Having BEEN in the thing, I can vouch that it is crap)

You're BEEN in KROC's car? Dude, not even Matt D has BEEN with KROC in his car.
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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Mon Jun 02, 2003 7:13 am

I've had loads of shit cars. Even my nice cars seem to end up being shit too.

My first car was a 1987 Fiat Panda 4X4 1.0. It was a real rust bucket, but it got me where I needed to go and hardly ever broke down. Used to thrash the pants off it too and go bashing around offroad in it as well. It was ok for a 17 year old, cheap to run/insure maintain.

I traded the Panda in for a 1987 Ford Orion 1.4. I had to have a new gear box fitted the day after I bought it, as reverse and 5th gear were non existant !!!. Over the next few months it cost me a small fortune as it had this nasty habit of just dieing for no reason whilst you were driving it, so to get it going again you either had to take off the air filter and pour petrol into the carb, or sit and wait for 20+mins before it would re-start. It had a new fuel system, battery, you name it - it had it but still just kept breaking down. Turned out that the hoses and valve thingys on the carb had all be connected up the wrong way round so the carb wasn't working as it should.

I had a couple of nice cars after that, but smashed one up and sold the other to fund my travels. Just before I went travelling though, I bought a 1988 Rover 213S for £200. It was the biggest pile of crap going. It was full of big holes and had faded red paintwork and just looked awful, but it worked and did the job, but there was no way it would pass an MOT once it ran out, so I ended up driving it for about 2 weeks with no tax insurance or MOT until it got scrapped, got £30 for it from the scrappers though.

My latest car is a nice car - 1992 Rover 216 Gti Cabriolet, but has had loads of problems. The day I collected it, the igniter went, so it had to be towed back to the garage. 3 months later, the (75,000 mile Honda) engine blew when I was blasting down the motorway at 110mph, I had to replace the roof too as it was full of holes, and just last week I was driving from London-Leeds in rush hour bank holiday Friday traffic and the goddamn radiator went - managed to get home without overheating tho !!. Now though it is like a brand new car, new roof/engine/radiator and the bodywork is in better condition than my g/f's 1998 Escort 1.8si.

Anyway thats mine. It is so true that people will take the pi$$ out of your car, but don't refuse a lift when faced with a long walk home.

 Smile


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Mon Jun 02, 2003 8:11 am

Hey, now..... I own a Ford Escort! I love it!!!!!

The worst car I ever owned was a 1989 Dodge Daytona. For only $3000 (in 1994), the transmission was going, the clutch was going, the enging was crap and the tires were bald. One tire blew out on the freeway, and the rest is history.
I will admit I owned a 1982 Nissan Maxima diesel at one point. That car was the shiznit!!! Power everything and got me everywhere for almost 3 years. The last time I had that car, I only had 4th and 5th gear and was 25 miles from home. *sigh*

GO CANUCKS!!
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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Mon Jun 02, 2003 8:16 am

Unless you consider a BMW (With interior by KIA) a crappy car, then I've never EVER owned or had a crappy car.

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Mon Jun 02, 2003 9:13 am

My crappiest car was winter-beater 1990 Cavalier. I beat the crap out of that car for 3 years.The drivers door wouldn't lock,and because the bottom of the door was rotted away,slush went up in there and froze - now the door doesn't open at all. I found this out the hard way - returning from Miami to the airport parking lot in ROC in February! Not happy about being home in 15 degree F weather and then this happens!
Anyways,I sold it for $500 , bought it for $800. I need to start looking for another beater before winter !
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Mon Jun 02, 2003 9:18 am

1969 VW Fastback. My 1st car. Modern and well appointed for a VW of that era ( "bugs" were very spartan and prehistoric ) but the whole thing was a maintenance hog that kept me busy constantly. Parts were expensive, and component access sucked. It's a shame, because I kinda' liked it anyway.
 
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Mon Jun 02, 2003 10:20 am

I had a Honda Civic which was, in every respect, a piece de merde. It overheated, A/C barely worked, sometimes the starter would not crank at all, and its fuel mileage was abysmal (for its size).

I know Honda got 'em better (and, for that matter, my sister had one of the same vintage that was a real gem), but mine was proof that not every Japanese car is divine and flawless.

Last I heard about it, the guy who bought it from me was complaining about a noise in it on the way home. Sorry champ, your problem!
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Mon Jun 02, 2003 3:22 pm

Guys,

My first car was my mothers hand me down purple Mazda 121 coupe. It was the long late 70's version and the thing had rusted out big time after my mother thrashed it to death for nearly ten years.

Nice matching shiny purple corduroy upholstry, leaking sunroof, door locks wouldn't work and the aircon blew gas out at you.

Did I mention the rust? There were holes in the rear footwells - you could see the ground when driving. It ran OK except for the automatic transmission would cycle weirdly and I ended up having to drive it through the autobox gears manually. The power windows screeched and the temperature guage didn't work. And for some reason it attracted huge spiders.

ooooeeerrsssss

mb  Big grin
 
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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Mon Jun 02, 2003 6:26 pm

Mx5_boy, where's the evil clown reference in your post?!

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Mon Jun 02, 2003 11:45 pm

That would be the 1976 (or so it seems) Opel Kadett 1.6 which I'm driving around at the moment. Either that, or the "Yellow Lightning", which was the codeword for a lemon-yellow Fiat of some sort. If we were driving around Spain or France in the summer months, we had to turn on(!) the heat system in the cabin, otherwise the engine would get off. During its last few years, it was dubbed "The Yellow Lightning in Kassel Hills with holes in the bottom", since when driving through Europe (and in particular Kassel Hills), we would sometime lift the rubbermats on the floor of the car, and look straight down on the pavement Big grin
 
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Tue Jun 03, 2003 3:28 am

I had a Opel Kadett 1977, orange, former owners where a MC gang. Horrible car, glad I gave it to my brother.
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Tue Jun 03, 2003 3:40 am

1980 Mercury Monarch (sedan.) My parents owned it, my sister and I had to ride in it. The car was an absolute lemon. Brake problems, fuel pump problems... We bought it in 1983 and unloaded it as a trade-in for a slightly-used 1984 Toyota Tercel wagon, two years later.

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Tue Jun 03, 2003 3:42 am

 
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Tue Jun 03, 2003 3:48 am

Fortunately I never owned this car, can anyone find a car worse than this one?





 
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Wed Jun 04, 2003 3:31 am

The first car that I regularly drove after I got my license (did not own it) was my mother's Chrysler Reliant K car. Total piece of crap. I drove this for a few months when I was lucky enough to borrow it, until I got finished restoring my '68 Camaro.
 
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Wed Jun 04, 2003 4:07 am

Our first car here in America - 1985 Toyota Tercel. 2 doors, manual, it ate fuel like no Excursion could, despite being a small POS. It could not drive over 55 miles per hour. It ate oil. It had boogers embedded into seat cushions. It was missing a spare tire. It had a nasty smell inside. It did not even look like a piece of Japanese engineering! It had this permanently dirty look, and was full of rust. No air conditioning either, cracked windshield, to show that you're turning right or left, you had to hold the little lever. Windshield wipers were busted as well - worked half the time... I am glad that POS is somewhere on the junkyard.

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Wed Jun 04, 2003 2:12 pm

DesertJets:
Tough call man.

The crappiest car I had, I fell in love with. It was a 5 year degrading relationship with a 1987 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible (same frame and powertrain as your 1984 Dodge 600ES).

It was a beautiful car that was in showroom condition. Not a single scratch or tear in the interior, dash and the original paint still had the new clearcoat finish.
The devil was in the detail. A very loud and underpowered 2.2liter turbocharged 4 cyl. engine and front-wheel drive to make matters worse.
The engine caught on fire 3 times luckily I was pulling in to my garage when it happened .

I have traded it with a sucker for another 1977 Lincoln Town Car and I love it.


I think this is one of the best 'looking' cars ever build and certainly in the 1980s. This car should have been rear-wheel drive with a 318 V8. Then it would have some integrity.



This car even had a computer that talked to you. It told you everything!
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Wed Jun 04, 2003 3:11 pm

Yeah, I remember that car, Superfly. It always told you that you were out of the transmission fluid. Big grin  Big thumbs up.

Can't wait to see your other Lincoln.

Alex.
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Wed Jun 04, 2003 5:09 pm

An-225:
You're bringing back memories Alex!  Laugh out loud
That was a bad sensor in the transmission.
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RE: Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had

Wed Jun 04, 2003 5:13 pm

Well having owned only two vehicles in my life I would have to say that the 81 Ford P/U is the more creakier of the two.

But I don't blame the truck.

I had just gotten a job about about two months of unemployment out in CDB. Since that is out in the bush I wasn't taking the truck out with me. So I left it in my moms driveway. I told my kid brother, "Look I know you are taking shop in high school this year. If you want to pack the bearings or something for a project, go ahead"

About a month later I call home, and this is how the conversation went.

Mom, "Oh we where wondering, if you ever had a new truck what color would it be?"

me, "WHY?????"

Mom, "Oh your brother has started sanding the body and has the bed almost off, he just has one more bolt to cut through.


He put the truck back together eventually but it has never been the same since.
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