Car threads have been popular lately, and one recent thread had people waxing nostalgic about “the one that got away”: the car they most regret getting rid of.
I’m curious about cars at the other end of the spectrum: cars that were so bad, such complete pieces of junk, that your station in life was significantly bettered simply by not having to drive them. Or maybe you know someone or had a family member that had such a vehicle.
I posted this in the other thread:
I found out later that my parents actually paid my uncle (the owner of the farm) something like $1K for that POS.
Years later I owned a… I forget the year, but 1986 or so Buick LeSabre coupe. I was dirt poor and my brother gave it to me for something like $200. The headlights and taillights worked but nothing else electrical worked: no stereo, no heater or fan, no dash lights, no cabin lights, nothing. My dad gave me a little 12v heater to put on the dash as a defroster.
When our first son was born I finally upgraded to a little 6-speed 4wd Tercel wagon. Great car, and one I drove for a decade. But that Buick, and the IH before it, has always made me weary about buying lemons.
I’m considering buying a new 2020 Kia Soul, but have been hesitating because two of the features I want – adjustable lumbar seats and a moonroof – are only available on a trim with a DCT, which has a poor reputation. I don’t want to end up with another POS.
So tell me your crappy car stories!