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Ok time for a SERIOUS vanity...What was your BEST car and why, Worst and why...
05 March 2013 | US Navy Vet

Posted on 03/05/2013 11:52:09 AM PST by US Navy Vet

I'll start, Best-1974 Chevrolet Malibu Classic 2 door just ABSOLUTLY beautiful! Worst-1979 Ford Futura DAMN thing couldn't get out of it's own way, got PASSED by a Ford Pinto on the 805 to the 92(I think)South in San Diego.


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To: US Navy Vet
Best car was the 1967 427/435 HP Corvette I bought returning from VN. Could not afford to keep it for very long, but what an outrageous beast the car was.

Worst car was a VW Dasher, ne Audi Fox. A complete POS. Almost everything fell apart on that thing.

51 posted on 03/05/2013 12:37:48 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: CrazyIvan

My first car was a 75 Scirocco. Ran great and was actually pretty fun. It cracked in half six months after I sold it.


52 posted on 03/05/2013 12:37:55 PM PST by cyclotic (In a society of wolves, you do not fight back by creating more sheep-Dan Bongino)
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To: massgopguy

First car was a 66 Opel Kadett wagon. Bought it for $260 and had some great memories in the back of that car. The 69 Camaro SS convertible, 396 was a beast and the girls liked it but was truly a bucket of bolts. Put 200K on a 1980 Benz CD that never stranded me. Worst was probably my 2001 Chrysler LHS. Needed a new engine at 90K.


53 posted on 03/05/2013 12:41:42 PM PST by H.Bowman
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To: US Navy Vet

My favorite was a 1968 Ford ltd with a 428.

Worst was a 77 Monte Carlo.


54 posted on 03/05/2013 12:42:07 PM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

Peeling paint disease is another gift from the envirowhacko crowd. I think it was due to water based primer that had zero adhesion for th etopcoat. My 99 Neon had the disease bad. I even saw a couple flakes come off on the freeway


55 posted on 03/05/2013 12:45:32 PM PST by cyclotic (In a society of wolves, you do not fight back by creating more sheep-Dan Bongino)
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To: US Navy Vet

1999 Honda Odyssey.....drove it for 13 years, taking my kids to school, vacations, etc. Had to retire it at 215,000 miles. We felt like we lost a family member when it was replaced.


56 posted on 03/05/2013 12:46:35 PM PST by cblue55 (The original point and click interface was a Smith and Wesson.)
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To: US Navy Vet

I’ve had two great vehicles and I can’t decide what’s the best:

1984 Chevy Impala. White, four door, used to be owned by a small town in Montana. My first car. It survived everything a wild teenager could do to it, got good mileage, could seat 12 or so on a Friday night, had a posi rear end so it was great for winter.

1997 Ford Ranger. It just wouldn’t die. I’d still be driving it if I hadn’t been car number two in a five car pileup on the interstate. 4 cylinder manual.

The worst? I should never have bought my wife that V-12 Jaguar to drive around. What a money pit.


57 posted on 03/05/2013 12:46:51 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: US Navy Vet

‘72 Mach One when I was a senior in HS in ‘74.

While the jocks were at practice, I was busy seeing how many of the cheerleaders I could fit in my Mustang.

nothing like being packed into a small smace with 7 or 8 of the hottest chicks in school


58 posted on 03/05/2013 12:47:31 PM PST by digger48
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To: US Navy Vet

Best, my 2012 Silverado. Big Engine. High off the ground. Most comfortable drive I have ever had.

Worst: My HHR. The low profile wheels are a nightmare if you drive anywhere that has, you know....asphalt roads. I hit one pot hole on the Mass Turnpike and blew two tires are once. The front window leaked. It had little power. The only good thing about that car was the seat warmers. I do miss those.


59 posted on 03/05/2013 12:49:38 PM PST by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: MeOnTheBeach
My Mach 1 was my daily driver, purchased used when the early '70s shoved so many musclecars onto the used car lots. My dad's friend worked at the used car lot at Bill Watson Ford in New Orleans, a place I rode past on the bus each day coming home from high school.

I was working a part-time job after school for over a year, saving my money for a car. One day the Black Jade '69 appeared on the lot and I hopped off the bus right then and there. Made the deal (had the guy call my Dad and get his verbal approval; I was still 17) and picked up the car on my way home the following day.

What a great car to drive during my senior year of HS (it was definitely a status-improving asset) and on through college. I'd love to find another one to fix up.

60 posted on 03/05/2013 12:51:09 PM PST by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: US Navy Vet

2003 Nissan Altima 2.5. It was my 5th Altima. Put 195,000 on it. NEVER had to align it. Only replaced rear shocks and brakes until 190,000 miles. Then I had to replace the coils, and the alternator went at 195,000. EVERYTHING else was original equipment (except tires, spark plugs, windshield wipers, brakes, lube changes, etc...). GREAT sound system and air conditioner. Great pick up. Decent mileage. 24 city/30 highway. It was my 5th Altima. Bought a Ford C-Max hybrid. Would have bought another Altima if they had a decent hybrid. Maybe the next one.


61 posted on 03/05/2013 12:52:38 PM PST by klgator
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To: US Navy Vet
Best

Best 1990 Lexus LS 400

WORST:

Worst 1991 BMW 850i Auto

62 posted on 03/05/2013 12:54:34 PM PST by DCBryan1 (Dear Congress Critter: Help create jobs and support RKBA by repealing 18 USC 922 (o).)
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To: US Navy Vet
Worst was a used Corvair my parents bought me for my college graduation for $150 in 1969. I lived in Oahu,Hawaii, and when I would drive over the Pali in the middle of the island
I had to put a quart of oil in coming and going (a half hour trip maybe?)I sold it in 1971 for $50. It was always a conversation starter!
63 posted on 03/05/2013 12:55:10 PM PST by fatfertile
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To: Hot Tabasco

My wife had a 77 Nova. She loved it, but that paint came off. I remember telling her to take to the dealer and she woulc get it repainted for nothing. She did not beleive me. Years later, my ‘89 Park Ave started peeling. I drove the delaer....and a week later it was back, painted and looked brand new.


64 posted on 03/05/2013 12:56:08 PM PST by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: US Navy Vet

My best was a 1963 Studebaker Gran Turismo, R1 Avanti powered, power shift and twin traction. I used to eat Mustangs for lunch in high school!

Worst was a 1972 Chrysler Newport, big heavy boat that constantly fouled its plugs.


65 posted on 03/05/2013 12:59:42 PM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Best: 1980-ish Ford Bronco - full sized, 4 or 5 speed,
I don’t remember.
Ran like a top, could fit 14 kids in it for
movies and skating parties. I felt so macho driving it,
I always called it ‘My PE^!$ on Wheels’....
I finally sent it to live on a farm when the floorboards rusted too badly.

Worst: 1973 Triumph Spitfire Convertible. My ex-husband
bought it with the insurance money I had from maternity leave. It was a stick which I couldn’t drive at the time.
I never got to drive it, it was awfully cute, didn’t fit a car seat for the baby. Ex-hubby had to ‘pop’ start downhill, and one night it ran over his heel. I laughed.


66 posted on 03/05/2013 1:00:42 PM PST by CaptainPhilFan
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To: US Navy Vet

Best car-My current daily driver 1992 chev silverado 1500 4x4. 279000 miles and still going. cheap (Except for mileage) and easy to fix.


67 posted on 03/05/2013 1:02:32 PM PST by READINABLUESTATE ("We must hang together, gentlemen...else, we shall most assuredly hang separately." - Franklin)
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To: US Navy Vet

My best and worst was one vehicle - a 1972 Series III Land Rover. With a winch, jack and chains it would go virtually anywhere in the north woods. However, it was mechanically a basket case needing a new exhaust manifold every 12,000 miles, electrical connections behind the dash that came loose from time to time (sometimes generating smoke), door lock tumblers that came out with the key, etc.


68 posted on 03/05/2013 1:02:47 PM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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To: US Navy Vet

Best Car

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Worst Car


69 posted on 03/05/2013 1:03:49 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?)
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To: US Navy Vet
I live in S.E. Michigan where winters and the anticipated salted roads and potholes really kill our cars.

With that being said, my 1985 Honda CRX and my current 1995 Honda Del Sol with 220,000 miles are the best cars I ever owned. Unfortunately for the current Del Sol, the rear quarter panels are rusting out in front of the wheel wells.

the worst cars I ever owned were a 1978 MGB and and 1980 Pontiac Sunbird........

FWIW, only 2 cars (Hondas) in 28 years is pretty good. I have nothing bad to say about Hondas. (except for the 17 year rust-out...LOL!)

70 posted on 03/05/2013 1:04:04 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: US Navy Vet
Best: 1998 chevy cavalier Z24. got 210,000 miles out of it and still ran great when I traded it in.

Worst: 1978 chevy monza kammback wagon. I learned how to fix cars with that damn thing. I replaced everything in the engine compartment at least once, including the motor. I sold it before the unibody rusted through and started to sag. There were 3 parts cars in the local scrapyard and I could find any one of them blindfolded.

CC

71 posted on 03/05/2013 1:05:23 PM PST by Celtic Conservative
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Worst. Mercury Tracer. Stupid looking car and blew a head gasket going over the grapevine.

Best. Nissan Frontier. Great pick-em-up truck. My only new vehicle. Loved it!

Favorite. Honda CRV. Traded in my picke-em-up for a family car that could fit a car seat. Very safe vehicle, low miles, great deal - and it reminds me that I have a little daughter who I love so much!

“You gave me a daughter, and I gave you my truck!”

Sounds like a Country-Western song. (We play BOTH kinds. Country AND Western!)

72 posted on 03/05/2013 1:06:32 PM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: US Navy Vet

Chevy 327 four barrel carb, Impala, 1964. Gawd, I loved that car. Fast, handled well, four door, dark blue beauty. Best. Worst? Fiat 500.


73 posted on 03/05/2013 1:09:19 PM PST by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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Best: 2002 Cadillac DTS which I still drive.

Worst: 1978 Olds Omega. Paint peeled, AC refused to blow cold, V6 engine hesitated upon attempted acceleration. Engine would vapor lock even after I added an electric fuel pump.

Favorite: (first car) 1964 GTO. Fast as hell. Could easily have killed myself in it.

runner up favorite: 1974 Datsun 260Z. Replaced Hitachi’s with (3) Weber DCOE’s, cam, headers. Fast for a 6-banger.


74 posted on 03/05/2013 1:09:23 PM PST by Zman516
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To: US Navy Vet
Best: 74 Pontiac Catalina (400 V8)

Worst: 71 AMC Gremlin

75 posted on 03/05/2013 1:09:47 PM PST by brewcrew
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I've owned lots of good ones; '57 Chevy, '68 Torino GT, '72 Ford Bronco, '76 F-250 4X4, '78 Ford Bronco, '84 Ford Bronco, '86 1 ton Quadravan, '89 Corvette, '93 Corvette, '97 Expedition, '98 Expedition, '98 F-150 4X4, 2000 F-150 4X4, 2001 F-150 4X4, 2002 Excursion, 2003 F-250 4X4 and a 2006 Mustang GT.

The worst; '66 Pontiac LeMans, '68 VW fastback and a '80 Subaru Wagon.

76 posted on 03/05/2013 1:09:56 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (I)
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Best: 72 Dodge Dart
Worst: 90 Hyundai Sonata (I’ve read they’re a lot better now, but man the early ones sucked big time)


77 posted on 03/05/2013 1:15:22 PM PST by Marathoner (What are we waiting for? Where are the Articles of Impeachment!)
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Best: 67 Cutlass , 330c.i. Power glide trans. Bought it in 85 for $500 and never put a dime into it. Drove it everywhere with no problems. Sold it a few years later along with my Monte Carlo S.S. when I got married.

Worst: 89 Iroc Z-28. Fast as lightning but very temperamental.


78 posted on 03/05/2013 1:15:47 PM PST by dznutz
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To: US Navy Vet

Most fun car: 1973 BMW 2002. Too many great memories from college in Chapel Hill to list!

Most sensible car: 2002 4WD Sequoia. 346,000 miles after five children and with original engine & trans. still runnning like new.


79 posted on 03/05/2013 1:20:11 PM PST by ForMyChildren
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Best: wife’s current ‘06 Chevy Trailblazer SS
6 liter Corvette engine delivers 395 hp & 400 torque
all wheel drive and fun fun fun
(till I got the ticket @ 89 mph, didn’t stop me, went 111 shortly therafter)

Worst: ‘61 Rambler
wipers would stop going uphill,
although my friends in college loved to borrow it overnight for dates since the seats went the whole way down.


80 posted on 03/05/2013 1:27:06 PM PST by Second Amendment First ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..." - Thomas Jefferson.)
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To: US Navy Vet

I had a firebird like this in the 70's. I wish I still had that car. Paid 600 bucks for it. Got 10mpg city 12mpg hi-way. Great car.

81 posted on 03/05/2013 1:28:18 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Best - 2000 Accord EX/1974 Camaro LT
Worst - 1984 Camaro beautiful but a lemon


82 posted on 03/05/2013 1:34:52 PM PST by 1217Chic
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Best – ’97 Toyota Camry, 265,000 miles and still runs like a top.
Worst – ’95 Dodge Intrepid, bad paint, bad electrical, bad mechanicals.
Most Fun (Tie) – ’70 Buick Skylark GS (455ci V8), ’72 Triumph TR6, 2K VW GTI VR6.


83 posted on 03/05/2013 1:35:09 PM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: US Navy Vet

Best: 1965 IH 4X4’ three on the tree, inline 6, stepside pickup, it was my first ride, and I didn’t appreciate it, and traded it in 1985 for my worst car..1979 Dodge St. Regis. Also, I pretty much loved my 96 Laredo.


84 posted on 03/05/2013 1:35:17 PM PST by SoDak
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To: US Navy Vet
Best car 72 Ford Torino stock 302 I had a for few months. I sold it to get my daughter a less powerful car. Worse car? That's real easy a 69 Renault 10. 30K new engine 50K new trans-axle. France should apologize to the world for making that crappy car. Best 4WD 78 K-5 Chevy. Best truck? The 95 F-150 4X4 Dad left me a year and half ago. It just hit the 100K mark.
85 posted on 03/05/2013 1:43:13 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: US Navy Vet; All
Hopefully in a week I will be able to say my favorite car is the one I just purchased, a 1969 Mustang Convertible. Praying no one else finds out it is for sale and praying they don't change their mind about selling it to me at the quoted price. The owner is the dad of a friend of my son. Worst car is the piece of junk 1996 Chevy Astro Van I was glad to get rid of. Great thread.
86 posted on 03/05/2013 1:44:08 PM PST by LuvFreeRepublic
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To: US Navy Vet

Best - 1988 Honda Prelude Si with 4 wheel steering. Smallest turning radius I’ve ever seen!

Worst - 1991 Range Rover. Stupid cooling and electrical issues.


87 posted on 03/05/2013 1:45:28 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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Best: '64 Corvette convertible. I drove it for 10 years and 200,000 miles and sold it for $300 less than I paid for it.

Worst: 1981 Pontiac J2000. Too many bad things to list in one post. I actually got to watch this one get built. I recall an assembly line worker jumping into the engine compartment to try to attach a screw that wouldn't go in to the inlet air grill. His foreman finally yelled out: "Let it go. 3 out of four screws ought to hold it on."

88 posted on 03/05/2013 1:49:26 PM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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1990 Lexus LS 400

One of the finest cars ever made.
89 posted on 03/05/2013 1:51:51 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: US Navy Vet

My lifetime car history:

1972-79 — 1966 VW Campmobile. In terms of mechanical reliability, was most definitely “the worst”, but it took me to a lot of bluegrass festivals. I eventually sold it to a young guy who did a complete restoration.

1979-86 — 1979 Honda Accord. I had got my first (actually my only) real job, and needed a reliable commuting vehicle for longer distances that could go more than 50mph. The first Accord took me 170,000 miles, though it was using a little oil towards the end.

1986-93 — 1986 Honda Accord. First one gave good service, so I replaced it with an updated version. The ‘86 went 192,000 miles, then I sold it and got….

1993-2005 — 1993 Acura Integra. The last one on the lot for that model year. Drove that car just over 300,000 miles, and it didn’t even burn oil when I finally sold it for $400. That may be the “best one”, simply on the basis of its longevity. Kept me going twelve years. Actually, around 2001 I thought “it was time for a new car”, so I started shopping for one. Four years later, I decided on...

2005-present — 2005 Toyota RAV4. My first vehicle with a stereo and air conditioning and power windows (all the previous were “stripped-down, basic” versions). Carried me 6+ years and into retirement. Nothing needed (except for some rear-end damage to the rear door, bumped by a lady in a red Mercedes) other than routine maintenance, it has 148,000 on it now, still doing fine.

Choose wisely, and you won’t have to replace your cars very often!


90 posted on 03/05/2013 1:53:25 PM PST by Road Glide
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To: US Navy Vet

Worst car was a 1993 Pontiac Grand Prix turbo, started breaking down as soon as I drove it off of the auction floor.

Best was my 1978 Transam, dropped a 455 Pontiac engine in it and raced it to death. The gas prices started inching up and I just couldn’t maintain it and sold it.


91 posted on 03/05/2013 1:55:54 PM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: raybbr
>I>My favorite was a 1968 Ford ltd with a 428.

I had the 1970 version. Mucho power.
Kept it into the mid 80s to pull my 25' boat.
Only real trouble I had was alternators. Replaced 4 or 5 of them.

Recently my son told me about the time he threw all 4 belts off it . He was in high school at the time.
He told me he was running around 120 mph.

92 posted on 03/05/2013 1:58:15 PM PST by Vinnie
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To: US Navy Vet

BEST: 1965 Pontiac Catalina 2DR V-8 (bought it in 1975 before I turned 16). Made learning the birds and bees easy with a front seat that was very wide.

WORST: 1985 Buick Skylark. Brand new car we bought when we got married. One week in the engine blew and left my wife stranded on an interstate at 11 pm in Arlington, TX where we lived. There was a serial killer loose in the area and it took us five hours to find her (she was working night audit and didn’t make it to work).


93 posted on 03/05/2013 2:02:23 PM PST by Fledermaus (I'm done with the GOP. Let them wither and die. We need to start over.)
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To: Sergio

Had a `69 Buick GS 400,yellow with black vinyl top

that was my fvorite.loved those bucket seats a that

console mounted shifter.Remember picking up an E-7

hitch hiking on base at Bragg..you an E-3 with this

he said..that always stuck with me.

Worst was a Rabbit,don`t remember the year car,but

I got shed of it quickly.


94 posted on 03/05/2013 2:13:50 PM PST by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: Elderberry

Worst: 71 Gremlin

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I loved my 71 Gremlin. I did. The engine was strong and if you got past the weirdness of it - it actually was a good product.

Except the back hatch back window was held on by two cheap clamps. One day while driving down the road - one of those clamps failed - the other couldn’t hold the window by itself and - BANG!

Busted glass all over the road.


95 posted on 03/05/2013 2:23:17 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: US Navy Vet

86 Dodge Omni
survived getting hit by a semi-truck from behind and was still running and driveable, but 3 feet shorter.
(had 240k on it at the time. 2.2 motor and 5 speed manual)

Worst:
72 Ford Maverick. complete Bondo car but only paid $75.00.
rear bumper fell off once while driving across a frozen lake.


96 posted on 03/05/2013 2:28:02 PM PST by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: Revolting cat!

Batmobile, until it lost one wheel.


97 posted on 03/05/2013 2:34:32 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise
2005 Buick Randevue Ultra. IT has everything on it you can think of. Good Gas mileage, lots of room, space for everything in the back all Leather seats with seat warmers.You cannot beat this vehicle.

Worst was the three Ford Pickups I bought, wore the bed floor clean through. Sure glad when my friend left Ford.

98 posted on 03/05/2013 2:44:44 PM PST by BooBoo1000 (Some times I wake up grumpy,,, other times I just let her sleep.)
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To: Harold Shea

I learned to drive in that GS. Love to able to cruise at 60mph and still be able to smoke the tires at will.


99 posted on 03/05/2013 2:54:21 PM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Responsibility2nd
I loved my 71 Gremlin. I did. The engine was strong and if you got past the weirdness of it - it actually was a good product. Except the back hatch back window was held on by two cheap clamps. One day while driving down the road - one of those clamps failed - the other couldn’t hold the window by itself and - BANG! Busted glass all over the road.

LOL you too huh LOL. Yea that happened to one of mine. I had three of them all in the 71-73 range. The straight shifts were the best. A built in {not intentional} anti-theft feature. The straights had floor shifters. If you held the floor shifter in neutral and turned the steering column sleeve you could lock the car up in 1st or reverse and the thief could not shift it with the floor shifter. I did that when I was at Norfolk Naval Shipyards and parked outside the secure lot.

Gremlins also required a crowbar to open the doors due to them being longer and wore out hinges faster. Other than that good solid and very reliable cars.

100 posted on 03/05/2013 3:16:45 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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