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himespau 04-05-13 01:50 PM

Well maybe I didn't wrap it entirely around a tree, but I did manage to hit a tree hard enough that it pushed the engine back far enough to bend the axle pretty severely. Was driving home late one night in a hurry to get to some homework and the road transitioned from pavement to dirt right as it made a 90 degree turn. I'd managed to take the corner at speed a few times before with a little fishtailing but no problem, but this time it had just rained, I was 16 and stupid, couldn't keep the rear end under control and had probably just shifted into fourth, and had both hands on the wheel and couldn't downshift because no power steering meant I had to use all my strength to control the wheel. The bald front right tire (misaligned) caught up with me and I went boom into a tree. Tried to restart it so I could back up and keep going, and I couldn't figure out why the engine didn't catch. I was in shock, not drunk, as I don't (and didn't) drink. But yeah, didn't think that was possible, but I was a dumb 16 year old kid in 1995. I couple months later on an icy hill, I braked too hard too fast and put another car on its side at the bottom of a 10 foot ditch trying to avoid some deer late one night (had to climb up the passenger seat like a ladder and throw open the door), but that time there was no damage to the car as it landed in the snow (a yard or two either way and I would have had an oak tree in my lap) and I haven't had any accidents since then. I guess I got all my stupid out of the way when I was young.

Sixty Fiver 04-05-13 01:59 PM

I have owned a fair number of vehicles and most of the American made ones, save for my Thunderbird, were all money pits as they always needed something fixed... we had a Dodge Spirit several Ford minivans which were all crap and for a while I had a Buick Regal that was a looker and could really tear it up but it spent way too much time in the shop getting little things fixed. I owned a V6 Camaro for a while as I took that in trade for some work... was not that bad of a car save for being a cop magnet.

I had a 1980 Dodge Aspen that I bought from my sister after high school, aside from having to replace the torque convertor once, that car was as reliable as they came and ran out to 500,000 km before I sold it... it had a 225 slant 6 which had a lot to do with that.

My Toyotas (a 1976 Land Cruiser and a 1986 4-Runner) were absolutely bombproof over more than half a million km, my 89 Nissan Sentra was given to the boy when it had 1,100,000 km on the odometer and it was still purring, my VW Rabbit was also great.

The current Sentra is a 1993 and has almost 250,000 km on it and my mechanic says the car ruins perfectly, it has never leaked or burned a drop of anything, and it is just a little banged up... it is a great car on the highway as it rides very nicely and is almost sporty in it's handling.

My first car was a VW Beetle... it was a total chick magnet and un-killable.

chewybrian 04-05-13 02:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver (Post 15474552)
... my mechanic says the car ruins perfectly...

So it's falling apart exactly as intended?

colorider 04-05-13 03:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver (Post 15474552)
I have owned a fair number of vehicles and most of the American made ones, save for my Thunderbird, were all money pits as they always needed something fixed... we had a Dodge Spirit several Ford minivans which were all crap and for a while I had a Buick Regal that was a looker and could really tear it up but it spent way too much time in the shop getting little things fixed. I owned a V6 Camaro for a while as I took that in trade for some work... was not that bad of a car save for being a cop magnet.

I had a 1980 Dodge Aspen that I bought from my sister after high school, aside from having to replace the torque convertor once, that car was as reliable as they came and ran out to 500,000 km before I sold it... it had a 225 slant 6 which had a lot to do with that.

My Toyotas (a 1976 Land Cruiser and a 1986 4-Runner) were absolutely bombproof over more than half a million km, my 89 Nissan Sentra was given to the boy when it had 1,100,000 km on the odometer and it was still purring, my VW Rabbit was also great.

The current Sentra is a 1993 and has almost 250,000 km on it and my mechanic says the car ruins perfectly, it has never leaked or burned a drop of anything, and it is just a little banged up... it is a great car on the highway as it rides very nicely and is almost sporty in it's handling.

My first car was a VW Beetle... it was a total chick magnet and un-killable.

Nice. I just retired my Honda Accord (335,000 miles) for a Toyota RAV4 - hope the toyota lasts similarly.

no motor? 04-05-13 03:31 PM

http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/tN...bringoogle.jpg

Artkansas 04-05-13 03:45 PM

The eyelashes on that car reminds me of my step-sisters Karmann Ghia. After it got punched in the nose, I noticed that the ding looked like a pair of lips. So with her permission, I painted lips over the ding, and completed the custom work by putting eyelashes over the headlights.

Ferrous Bueller 04-05-13 04:04 PM

I had one of these:
http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/a...8/100_7504.jpg
Probably the ugliest car I've owned.
Probably also the best. Went through deep snow like a SkiDoo.

Sixty Fiver 04-05-13 04:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Ferrous Bueller (Post 15474928)
I had one of these:
http://i872.photobucket.com/albums/a...8/100_7504.jpg
Probably the ugliest car I've owned.
Probably also the best. Went through deep snow like a SkiDoo.

Probably because it was a Mitsubishi... seems like for some time American manufacturers realized they just could not build a small economical car like the Japanese so partnered with them to provide re-badged models for the U.S. market.

Both of my Sentras have been excellent in the snow... with some great winter tyres I have driven across most of the passes her in pretty severe conditions and have passed all wheel drive vehicles that were not quite as successful in managing.

Sixty Fiver 04-05-13 04:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chewybrian (Post 15474732)
So it's falling apart exactly as intended?

Or that I have fingers that are too fat for my netbook keys... :)

pgoat 04-05-13 08:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Artkansas (Post 15449412)
You have to work hard to top the 1967 Mohs Ostentatiene Opera Sedan.

http://www.shorey.net/Auto/Miscellan...ra%20Sedan.jpg

Isn't that the car Homer Simpson designed for his brother?

pgoat 04-05-13 08:09 PM

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Originally Posted by no motor? (Post 15474838)

I hope Yvonne Craig realizes she's gonna get a parking ticket...

EthanYQX 04-05-13 08:26 PM

The G500 is the awesomest thing ever.

BenzFanatic 04-05-13 08:44 PM

g500?
Talking about the G-wagen or something else? I know I've posted it in the other thread, but despite being an awesome vehicle, the G definitely belongs here.
http://img2.netcarshow.com/Mercedes-...llpaper_01.jpg

bigbenaugust 04-05-13 11:43 PM

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Originally Posted by himespau (Post 15474505)
Well maybe I didn't wrap it entirely around a tree, but I did manage to hit a tree hard enough that it pushed the engine back far enough to bend the axle pretty severely. Was driving home late one night in a hurry to get to some homework and the road transitioned from pavement to dirt right as it made a 90 degree turn. I'd managed to take the corner at speed a few times before with a little fishtailing but no problem, but this time it had just rained, I was 16 and stupid, couldn't keep the rear end under control and had probably just shifted into fourth, and had both hands on the wheel and couldn't downshift because no power steering meant I had to use all my strength to control the wheel. The bald front right tire (misaligned) caught up with me and I went boom into a tree. Tried to restart it so I could back up and keep going, and I couldn't figure out why the engine didn't catch. I was in shock, not drunk, as I don't (and didn't) drink. But yeah, didn't think that was possible, but I was a dumb 16 year old kid in 1995. I couple months later on an icy hill, I braked too hard too fast and put another car on its side at the bottom of a 10 foot ditch trying to avoid some deer late one night (had to climb up the passenger seat like a ladder and throw open the door), but that time there was no damage to the car as it landed in the snow (a yard or two either way and I would have had an oak tree in my lap) and I haven't had any accidents since then. I guess I got all my stupid out of the way when I was young.

It's all right. When I was in college, I backed my '89 Civic out of a one-car garage with the doors open. :(

himespau 04-06-13 05:49 AM

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Originally Posted by bigbenaugust (Post 15476221)
It's all right. When I was in college, I backed my '89 Civic out of a one-car garage with the doors open. :(

For a second, I thought to myself, what's wrong with that? Don't you want the garage door to be open when you back out? Then I got it. Ouch.

JonnyHK 04-06-13 06:40 AM

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Originally Posted by More Cowbell (Post 15473925)

Nevermind the VW - is that a 1971 Corolla?

I learned to drive in one of those.

skidder 04-06-13 08:03 AM

The Nash Metropolitan:

http://www.autotraderclassics.com/im...9/0_metro6.JPG

Soem folks think they're cute, but not me. I got to drive one of these for about 6 months while a friend was overseas; he'd rebuilt it and said it was in great shape. It had a 4-cylinder engine that could only get it going about 60mph top speed, and it didn't feel safe even a 40 mph.

redtires 04-06-13 08:16 AM

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Originally Posted by pgoat (Post 15475731)
Isn't that the car Homer Simpson designed for his brother?


Yep!
http://onscreencars.com/wp-content/u.../the-homer.jpg

plumberroy 04-06-13 05:04 PM

Personally I think the toyota prius and honda insight ar uglier than 95% of the cars pictured in this thread
Roy

Sixty Fiver 04-06-13 06:55 PM

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Originally Posted by skidder (Post 15476742)
The Nash Metropolitan:

http://www.autotraderclassics.com/im...9/0_metro6.JPG

Soem folks think they're cute, but not me. I got to drive one of these for about 6 months while a friend was overseas; he'd rebuilt it and said it was in great shape. It had a 4-cylinder engine that could only get it going about 60mph top speed, and it didn't feel safe even a 40 mph.

My friend inherited one from his grandfather who was a brilliant enough mechanic to have spent his time on other projects.

We did get it out a few times and it sure was a conversation starter... of course it was so slow we could have conversations with joggers as they ran.

bigbenaugust 04-06-13 11:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by himespau (Post 15476507)
For a second, I thought to myself, what's wrong with that? Don't you want the garage door to be open when you back out? Then I got it. Ouch.

Now that I read it, it was an ambiguous sentence.

I did once back my dad's '92 Escort into the garage door when I forgot to open it once. Also in college, oddly enough.

Maybe I should be thankful to have a carport now. :)

no1mad 04-07-13 01:37 AM

Not a hard core Jeep fan, but this is sacrilege on so many levels.... 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

It is too hideous to post a pic.

jbchybridrider 04-07-13 05:07 AM

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Originally Posted by skidder (Post 15476742)


I've never driven one of the above but it can't be much worse than a FSM Niki crap box!

http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/a...psa93390ec.jpg

BenzFanatic 04-07-13 08:18 AM

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Originally Posted by no1mad (Post 15479433)
Not a hard core Jeep fan, but this is sacrilege on so many levels.... 2014 Jeep Cherokee.

It is too hideous to post a pic.

Looked it up, vomited in my mouth a little

trackhub 04-07-13 08:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Shifty (Post 15451562)
A VERY bad year in the automotive world....very bad!!

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...ps341e7010.jpg

Ahh yes, the only car in history to develop body rust while sitting in the dealers' lots.


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