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Re: So Now We Know About The Best Car You Ever Owned--How About The Worst Car You Ever Owned
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 10, 2018 11:55PM
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cbelt3
We had a Chevette. It was remarkably easy to work on, and not an interference engine. I replaced the timing belt in a parking lot. It had a problem holding onto the oil pan. Mrs Cbelt3 and I were driving really fast in Illinois and got pulled over. As I came to a halt the oil pan cut loose and a gout of smoke came from underneat car. I rolled out with a fire extinguisher and tools, slid underneath and tightened it up. The officer walked over and said “ hey, you’ve got enough problems, so slow down, OK ?”

Earlier that summer the same car featured in my night driving at high speeds with night vision goggles story.

It finally died of rust. A good little car.

The woman my dad was seeing when I was in high school had a Chevette. The few times I borrowed it I had to brake using the parking brake. Good times.

It met its end on the 10 Freeway one rainy December morning during my senior year of HS. Traveling in the #4 lane, I suddenly noticed I was rapidly gaining ground on the car in front of me -- as it turned out, his brake lights weren't working even though his brakes were. By the time I noticed he was slowing, it was too late to slow myself without rear ending him, so after a glance over my left shoulder to check that the #3 lane was clear I quickly changed lanes.

I successfully completed that maneuver, but... well, physics happens.

I hydroplaned completely through the #3 lane into the #2 lane.... where a beast of a Gran Torino station wagon awaited me. It caught me just behind the driver side front door at speed. I was extremely fortunate he hit me there -- going by the damage to the rear door, had he hit me square in the front door I probably would have lost my left leg.

The collision caused the Chevette to spin even as I continued to slide through the #1 lane. I came to a rest facing against traffic on the inside shoulder of the freeway after slamming sideways into a Jersey barrier. Both side windows exploded, as did the transmission.

She was dead, Jim. Totaled.

Miraculously, I walked away from that one without so much as a scratch. The Gran Torino did have a scratch.... but just only. Honestly, you couldn't tell from looking at it that it'd been involved in a collision.

This cloud had a silver lining: The amount paid out by the insurance company was enough to buy an almost-new Ford Escort wagon, a vehicle that was HEAD AND SHOULDERS better than the Chevette. My dad's girlfriend actually thanked me for totaling that POS! I still don't understand how the insurance company decided the Chevette was worth that much, but hey, all's well that ends well.



It is what it is.
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Re: So Now We Know About The Best Car You Ever Owned--How About The Worst Car You Ever Owned
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 10, 2018 11:57PM
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1974 Chevy Vega. My dad bought *3* of them! First one, my sister totaled. Second one, my brother totaled. I got the third one. Aluminum engine block. Didn't even make it to 70,000 miles before it finally died.

One of the many cars we had while I was in high school was a Pontiac Astre, which was a rebadged Chevy Vega. That @#$%& aluminum block was the cause of so many problems with that car...



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Re: So Now We Know About The Best Car You Ever Owned--How About The Worst Car You Ever Owned
Posted by: iamrfixit
Date: August 11, 2018 12:29PM
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cbelt3
We had a Chevette. It was remarkably easy to work on, and not an interference engine. I replaced the timing belt in a parking lot. It had a problem holding onto the oil pan. Mrs Cbelt3 and I were driving really fast in Illinois and got pulled over. As I came to a halt the oil pan cut loose and a gout of smoke came from underneat car. I rolled out with a fire extinguisher and tools, slid underneath and tightened it up. The officer walked over and said “ hey, you’ve got enough problems, so slow down, OK ?”

Earlier that summer the same car featured in my night driving at high speeds with night vision goggles story.

It finally died of rust. A good little car.

In 1984 we bought a used 76 chevette with 60k in a really bright siren green. Never really decided whether it was a good or bad car. The wife loved that thing and it was really easy and cheap to work on, good thing, it left us stranded several times. The worst was when it tossed the lower pulley off along I-76 in Colorado when we were first married. A ford maverick loaded with 6 migrant workers that worked the beet fields used their car to push it up the exit ramp to a boarded up gas station beside a closed up motel. They gave us a ride ten miles into town and back for parts. We were pretty nervous, most of them only spoke Spanish and we didn't, so we didn't know if they were talking about work or where they could hide the bodies! We were young, 18 and 19, my wife was a very petite, gorgeous young girl, way out of my league. Had to be quite a sight with 8 of us crammed into a maverick. They were all very polite and nothing but helpful though.

They hauled us into town and back, then wouldn't even take money for helping us. I did finally convince them to take a 12 pack of pop I had in the car. The Chevrolet dealer, for some amazing reason, even had the pulley, bolt and washer on the shelf! When I got back and couldn't get the bolt to go in, I realized the old one had broke off in the crankshaft. Just stood there wondering what I was gonna do when I heard some noise and noticed a little shop around behind the boarded up gas station. The guy had a trailer house and a one bay shop back there and he was working on a fellow traveler's motor home with burned up wiring. He was too busy to work on mine but loaned me a drill, drill bit and easy out to get the bolt out. I had my toolbox containing most of what I needed for hand tools. I had to pull the radiator, and flip the AC condenser up out of the way to get room to drill the bolt. Spent about 4 hours getting it taken apart drilled out and put back together.

It did the same thing again a couple years later but just a few miles from home. Stranded a couple times due to broken timing belts, finally just started changing those out every 30k, doing so was really easy and cheap. Broke the camshaft in half at about 140k and left me stranded yet again. The stick shifter broke off in my hand as I picked her up from work one night at midnight. Was able to get it in high gear and slip the clutch to get home with it. Never seemed to cost more than about a hundred bucks to fix any problem though. We drove it over 100k then sold it to a friend for about what I had paid for it. He commuted about 30 miles to a nearby town each day. A few years later he sold it, said he had around 230k on it. I used to see it around town and talked to the lady driving it once, it was over 280k by then.
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Re: So Now We Know About The Best Car You Ever Owned--How About The Worst Car You Ever Owned
Date: August 11, 2018 02:40PM
Of all the cars I owned the worst...drum roll please:

1985 Toyota MR2.

Yup, a Toyota. Too many repairs to even list here and a major PIA to work on.

D & C
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Re: So Now We Know About The Best Car You Ever Owned--How About The Worst Car You Ever Owned
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 11, 2018 04:26PM
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iamrfixit
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cbelt3
We had a Chevette. It was remarkably easy to work on, and not an interference engine. I replaced the timing belt in a parking lot. It had a problem holding onto the oil pan. Mrs Cbelt3 and I were driving really fast in Illinois and got pulled over. As I came to a halt the oil pan cut loose and a gout of smoke came from underneat car. I rolled out with a fire extinguisher and tools, slid underneath and tightened it up. The officer walked over and said “ hey, you’ve got enough problems, so slow down, OK ?”

Earlier that summer the same car featured in my night driving at high speeds with night vision goggles story.

It finally died of rust. A good little car.

In 1984 we bought a used 76 chevette with 60k in a really bright siren green. Never really decided whether it was a good or bad car. The wife loved that thing and it was really easy and cheap to work on, good thing, it left us stranded several times. The worst was when it tossed the lower pulley off along I-76 in Colorado when we were first married. A ford maverick loaded with 6 migrant workers that worked the beet fields used their car to push it up the exit ramp to a boarded up gas station beside a closed up motel. They gave us a ride ten miles into town and back for parts. We were pretty nervous, most of them only spoke Spanish and we didn't, so we didn't know if they were talking about work or where they could hide the bodies! We were young, 18 and 19, my wife was a very petite, gorgeous young girl, way out of my league. Had to be quite a sight with 8 of us crammed into a maverick. They were all very polite and nothing but helpful though.

They hauled us into town and back, then wouldn't even take money for helping us. I did finally convince them to take a 12 pack of pop I had in the car. The Chevrolet dealer, for some amazing reason, even had the pulley, bolt and washer on the shelf! When I got back and couldn't get the bolt to go in, I realized the old one had broke off in the crankshaft. Just stood there wondering what I was gonna do when I heard some noise and noticed a little shop around behind the boarded up gas station. The guy had a trailer house and a one bay shop back there and he was working on a fellow traveler's motor home with burned up wiring. He was too busy to work on mine but loaned me a drill, drill bit and easy out to get the bolt out. I had my toolbox containing most of what I needed for hand tools. I had to pull the radiator, and flip the AC condenser up out of the way to get room to drill the bolt. Spent about 4 hours getting it taken apart drilled out and put back together.

It did the same thing again a couple years later but just a few miles from home. Stranded a couple times due to broken timing belts, finally just started changing those out every 30k, doing so was really easy and cheap. Broke the camshaft in half at about 140k and left me stranded yet again. The stick shifter broke off in my hand as I picked her up from work one night at midnight. Was able to get it in high gear and slip the clutch to get home with it. Never seemed to cost more than about a hundred bucks to fix any problem though. We drove it over 100k then sold it to a friend for about what I had paid for it. He commuted about 30 miles to a nearby town each day. A few years later he sold it, said he had around 230k on it. I used to see it around town and talked to the lady driving it once, it was over 280k by then.

Holy cow — all of that and you aren’t able to decide whether it was a bad car?



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Re: So Now We Know About The Best Car You Ever Owned--How About The Worst Car You Ever Owned
Posted by: iamrfixit
Date: August 11, 2018 07:52PM
Well getting stranded always stinks but we did drive it over 100k miles and sold it for almost as much as we had paid for it. That was back in the mid 80's when cars were almost considered worn out when they got over 100k on them.

It was dirt cheap to work on and most of the repairs were super easy. The camshaft for instance, took less than a half hour to install, I could put a timing belt in it in 20 minutes or so, even alongside the road with a handful of tools. I know because I had to do it once, lol.

It still didn't use oil and everything worked fine the day it drove away. My wife missed it but can't say I ever did. It will never make my best car I ever owned list, but sadly it's not the worst!
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