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.
"She Rolls, 45 knots, 90, 135, nose comes up to 20 degrees, she's airborne - She flies, Concorde Flies"