Monday, December 5, 2005

Your Favorite Piece of Crap Car

Ian McGibboney over at Not Right About Anything has a nostalgic posting about the gallery of automotive turkeys from MSNBC and his recollection of his mom’s Chevrolet Vega.

Ah, remember the Vega and its counterpart, the Ford Pinto (aka the Ford Flambé)? Who among us hasn’t had a car in their lifetime that they haven’t since looked back and thought, “What the hell was I thinking?” Mine is a toss-up between my 1974 Jeep Wagoneer which had a carburetor designed by Shell Oil and a body that rusted out to the point where the tailgate literally fell apart, and a 1984 Subaru wagon that was so underpowered it couldn’t climb a hill in Colorado without having to drop into first gear. After 60,000 miles the oil-sender unit blew out, the engine seized, and I practically had to sue the dealership for not honoring the extended warranty. Six months later I sold it back to them and bought my 1988 Pontiac, which I still have.

So, what was your favorite awful car?