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2009-01-09 07:03:45 PM  
Everybody left out at least a few other important considerations:

1.The car uses more oil than gas ( in the old days you could buy oil drained out of a crankcase at the gas station, it cost about 25 cents/quart)

2. Fenders or other important body components held on by duct tape.

3. You have to get in through the hatchback because all the doors were frozen shut in the winter.
 
2009-01-09 07:03:57 PM  
An '83 Chrysler E-Class. Blew a timing belt at 17K miles.

One day as I was going around a curve, the steering wheel came off in my hands. The outer ring was only spot welded around the hub.

I drove to the dealer by hand twisting the center column. When the tech asked what was wrong, I said, "Steering wheel fell off". He said, "Anything else?".
 
2009-01-09 07:04:39 PM  
It's not news it's Digg.com.
 
2009-01-09 07:05:52 PM  
I developed this years ago to determine the age and condition of my cars.

2) You can leave the car unlocked and no one steals it.
1) You can leave the keys in the ignition and no one steals it.
 
2009-01-09 07:06:02 PM  
the_wanderer: Number I don't know what it is, but wouldn't you know:

It's a Subaru older than 15 years.

Some jackass takes up two parking spaces? Park so close you gotta climb out the passenger door. So what if he keys your car? What do you care? I've literally driven through a shrubbery before just so I could park in a semi-legal parking space. I've driven up hills so steep that everying in car went to the back gate. I was offroading and accidentally drive over a groundhog hole. (That'll rattle your teeth..)

And it's no coincidence that the VERY FIRST PICTURE in the article was a Subaru wagon.

Owning a beater is the most liberating thing on the planet. Especially one that's a little interesting or unusual. Mine's a complete beater, but everybody thinks it's cool 'cause it's Right Hand Drive. (1991 Subaru Legacy Right Hand Drive...)

So yeah, gimme a beater any day of the week..


Anytime you drive it, you're basically going postal?
 
2009-01-09 07:06:04 PM  
#284. The seats are made of the finest Corinthian leather.

Link (El Cordoba commercial... you have to watch this, trust me on this one)
 
2009-01-09 07:06:15 PM  
My first car was a beater. 1985 Plymouth Reliant in 2001.

After I upgraded the Mono Speaker AM only radio to a AM/FM CD Player and added two rear speakers, it probably tripled in value. A short time after I took ownership of it, the cloth headliner began to separate from the ceiling. I looked kind of like a cave with bulbous blue stalactites. Some time later, I was driving behind an old man in a truck who turned on his right blinker 3 houses after a stop sign, then turned left. Unbeknown to me, this was his signal for "I'm about to back into my driveway without paying attention to other vehicles." (He said he never knew I was even behind him). Well, the break-a-turtle's-neck take off from the gas pedal after he turned left didn't get me past the truck when he backed into me.

I had a big dent in the drivers door right at the handle/keyhole that somehow didn't break the usage of either one. I was helping clean out a preschool that had been shut down and found a big sticker that said "DOOR" (I assume to help the kids learn words). So I slapped that baby on the door and told anyone who questioned it "Yeah, I know it's a door, but obviously someone didn't" Damn I was funny in high school... ... ...

When my robotics team hosted a car wash fundraiser, one of the other guys wanted to play some music. We opted to blast a CD from my car. I tossed him the keys and he hopped in. Instead of the key with the Mopar symbol on it, he chose the key to my dad's '73 Beetle. The key jammed and broke off inside. After we pryed out the ignition lock, the damage around it was too great to put a new one in. At first, I would have to use a screwdriver to start my car and I could flick the switch down with my finger to stop it. After some practice, I learned to start the car with my finger as well.

Some temperature gauge went bad in the engine and caused the radiator never to turn on, thus overheating the engine during mid-day August in traffic. We had to rig the radiator so that anytime the car was turned on, the radiator would be running.

The car got hit in a parking lot (while I was in it) knocking off a plastic piece. I gave it to the guy that hit me as a souvenir and called it even.

Somehow, I sold the car for $300 and bought a much improved 1990 Plymouth Laser for $250. The girl that owned the Laser was a family friend that had gotten knocked up and just needed to get rid of the car because she couldn't get in it and would never be able to fit a car seat in back.

My current car is much better. A few "don't worry, that's normal" if anyone else drives it, but nothing serious.
 
2009-01-09 07:07:36 PM  
Lionel Mandrake:

You could be in for a long wait. Had an '83 Prelude, and I said the same around 150K. At 280K I said "fark it, I'm getting a new car." It was running just as well when I bought it used at ~75K.


The only thing I've had go wrong on all my Jap cars is rust. If you can prevent car-cancer, you can drive the farkers forever.
 
2009-01-09 07:08:09 PM  
Wow, that's a lot of cars I've owned. Lessee..

- '86 Nissan compact: Started blowing so much black smoke that I once got waved through a tollbooth because the guy didn't want me to stop.

- Suffered 'dead horn' a number of times. Almost always a simple fuse, but once it was the switch under the pad, which required surgery.

- Dead / dubious gauges? Oh yeah, definitely. A couple cars, I had to keep topping off the gas tank because I had no other way of knowing how full it was.

- Had one or two that scared people. Once, a gf was following me and started flasher her lights like mad. I pulled over and ran up to her car - she had stayed back, rather than pulling up behind me. "YOUR FARKING CAR'S ON FIRE." And so it was.

- One or two that believed only I could drive. One, a shop told me they couldn't start it. I drove it home.

Yeah, had some great adventures with cars. Not proud. Not ashamed, either.
 
2009-01-09 07:08:18 PM  
1986 Pontiac Bonneville. My mother bought the thing new when they first made them. It ran until late 2007 when I was T-Boned crossing the highway(I had a green light, they had a red light).

From the time I got it in 2005 until it was wrecked, it needed oil daily, the passenger door and the back doors didn't open, the seat didn't move, it somehow drained power so you had to unhook the battery, it leaked oil like a mad man, so you had to add oil in every time you wanted to drive, no AC, no heater, no radio, but the tape deck still worked, oddly enough, the key wasn't needed to turn the ignition as it was broken off into the wheel, and the left blinker didn't work. It was rusted pretty badly, too. The only good thing about it was it's size. We could fit about 15 people in it total, including using the trunk.

The insurance of the person who hit me paid $500 for it. I thought that was too much for how bad the thing was.
 
2009-01-09 07:08:49 PM  
Neons are great beaters.
 
2009-01-09 07:08:55 PM  
GurneyHalleck

The kid writing this is so young, he/she has no friggin' idea what a real beater is.

11. You have to either pay someone to get you an illegal inspection sticker or you have to doctor your existing one with graphic arts supplies.

------------

THIS.
 
2009-01-09 07:09:16 PM  
First car was a '77 Ford Granada. "Custom" fender job (using a lightpost), definitely used the stereo as a tune-up. I called it "silver", cops called it "primer" on the many tickets it earned me. On one of the many occasions it stalled, I opened the hood to find the entire intake manifold pooled with gas. Stuck on the side of the road, I removed the carb. (Yes, a tunkload of tools DOES help sometimes.) The body of the carb had a little 1/16" hole in it from where some sort of plug had been inserted. As I wondered what to do, I looked down on the road, and found a nice rusty nail. It was bent too. So I straightened it, and hammered it into the hole in the carb. Re-install the carb and I was on my way. It ram like that for another 50K miles. Always got a good laugh from anyone who looked under the hood.

I do miss that car.
 
2009-01-09 07:09:36 PM  
dahmers love zombie: markie_farkie: A guy I knew back in the early '80s bought a '64 Chrysler Newport from the junk yard for $50. It was an enormous slab-sided beast, with an aircraft carrier-sized hood and trunk. You could put anything in the trunk, including another '64 Newport. It was either grey, or silver, or both. It could have just been years of grime built up on an actual other color. He was afraid to wash it for fear of it disintegrating like rice paper in hot water.

The passenger side was completely caved in, so he replaced both doors with 3/4" plywood, complete with plexiglass windows. The thing ran on 90-weight differential lube just to keep the compression high enough to fire on 6 of the 8 cylinders. The pushbutton transmission took a good 15 seconds to kick into gear. The front and rear bumpers were held on with rusty barbed wire.

Before it warmed up it would belch enough smoke to fog mosquitoes for 3 counties.

People pulled out of the way when he drove down the street out of fear of being hit. This thing screamed NO INSURANCE from a mile away.

About 6 months later the transmission finally crapped out. He drove it IN REVERSE to another junk yard, and the guy gave him.. $50!

Ahh, good times..

That story is absolutely wonderful.

Oh, and sign #11: You're me. 1991 Honda Accord with 211,000 miles. AC is shot (in Florida). Windows scream like they're dying when you roll them down. Cruise doesn't work. Radio kinda sorta works. Transmission starting to go. Fan bearings are shot. Catalytic converter heats the right back seat up to about medium well. Paint job...um, I've thought about going after it with a buffer and a can of polishing compound, but I'm afraid when all the oxidation comes off it'll be bare metal.

But hey, it runs and I get about 25MPG. I'll get a new one when the damn wheels fall off.


A co-worker drives a 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo Z34 with 280,000 miles on it. It looks and drives like a car with only 80,000 miles. If you covered up the odometer and drove it you never would guess it has over a quarter million miles on it. He takes really good care of it.
 
2009-01-09 07:10:06 PM  
If people ask you if you're driving a prop from Planes, Trains & Automobiles.
 
2009-01-09 07:10:33 PM  
i was good up until the end. from the day it rolled off the assembly line, no one would have wanted to steal a 2.0L 94 Sunbird.
 
2009-01-09 07:10:42 PM  
When it's the smart move to just keep it unlocked 24/7 because you don't want a homeless guy to smash the window for the change in the drawer - and you KNOW that nobody would take it.
 
2009-01-09 07:10:45 PM  
Anti-Saab asshats...
 
2009-01-09 07:12:06 PM  
A guy I knew in high school scored a '76 Pontiac off his neighbor for $100. I'm pretty sure the percentage of Bondo in the car's body was north of the 50% mark, and the rest of it was held together with JB Weld.

That car was awesome.
 
2009-01-09 07:12:23 PM  
#1 it's a GM.


/had a Ford a couple of years ago. reliable car, would purchase again. Hell, I'd trade my late model GM back for my old Ford.
 
2009-01-09 07:13:26 PM  
'66 VW Beetle, my first car. In the 2 years or so that I had it, I pulled the engine out at least 3 times (got pretty good at it.) The rusted through holes in the floor were positioned in such a way that when driving in heavy rain the water would splash in but never run out, eventually reaching a depth of almost an inch. Had to bail it out when the rain stopped. The original heater ducts from the engine were long rusted out, but that was OK, because one of the many previous owners were kind enough to install a gas heater inside the front hood. I kid you not, it was a small gasoline powered space space heater with a fan, spark plug, fuel pump, etc, that sat directly on top of the gas tank. Those cars didn't have redundant brakes either, so of course one day as I was tooling along one of the brake lines finally rusted through, causing the brake pedal to fall all the way to the floor.
Good times!
 
2009-01-09 07:13:28 PM  
Uchiha_Cycliste: 12. Made in the US.

#1 comment from anyone that has no idea how to change their own oil.
 
2009-01-09 07:14:08 PM  
My sister-in-law has a car that you can only have the AC on while in motion. If its on and the car slows down/stops, it stalls out.

This is not a steadfast rule, as we have had it stall while driving on the interstate. But a quick pop into neutral, a turn of the key and its going again.
 
2009-01-09 07:14:10 PM  
I had a 77 VW rabbit once. It was great because it let me park next to people in $50k - $80k cars who had double parked.

I also owned a Merkur at once point. It wouldn't go in reverse.
 
2009-01-09 07:14:11 PM  
My baby beater was a pickup that I drove in town. No one wanted to even put fliers under the wipers when I parked anywhere. Not even parking tickets. I think the bizarre ticking (even when the damn thing was turned off) scared the meter nazis. It drank oil like a wino, belched smoke like a train, and smelled worse than both combined, but the stereo and a/c worked. Good times.
 
2009-01-09 07:15:05 PM  
cranched: An '83 Chrysler E-Class. Blew a timing belt at 17K miles.

One day as I was going around a curve, the steering wheel came off in my hands. The outer ring was only spot welded around the hub.

I drove to the dealer by hand twisting the center column. When the tech asked what was wrong, I said, "Steering wheel fell off". He said, "Anything else?".


I HOWLED!
 
2009-01-09 07:15:09 PM  
GurneyHalleck: The kid writing this is so young, he/she has no friggin' idea what a real beater is.

11. You have to either pay someone to get you an illegal inspection sticker or you have to doctor your existing one with graphic arts supplies.

12. Your floorboards have rotted out and you have wedged a stolen highway sign into the floorpan so you won't fall through.

13. There is at least one section that has a pop-riveted piece of aluminum over a section of the car that would fall off otherwise.

14. There are "tricks" to getting the car started, in gear, turning in the right direction or stopped.

15. You are adding oil, power steering fluid, transmission fluid or water/anti-freeze to the car on a daily basis.

16. Your windshield washer pump no longer works, and you are forced to throw water onto your windshield in the winter to clean it off.

17. Your windshield wiper motor is dead.

18. You have to drive the car at night so that cops don't get a good look at the car.

There's so many more...


THIS list describes a few of my cars.
 
2009-01-09 07:15:12 PM  
I had a 1976 Mustang II notchback as my first car.

I had to keep a large box end wrench under the seat because the starter solenoid would stick. Sometime I would have to jump out, pop the hood and give the solenoid a good whack to get the starter to disengage.

It also had a wiring problem that prevented the heater fan from working so I would have to scrape the inside of the windows as I drove to work in Colorado winters.

The ECM would over heat sometimes after about 30 minutes of driving and the car would just turn off for an hour or so.

The rear seal went out on my transmission while driving over Monument Hill, by the time the drive shaft stopped bashing about the entire output shaft was visible.

smog pump seized

leaked like R-Kelley at a girl scout meeting

The ball joints were shot so it would wander all over the road

The saddest part of all.
Sometimes I miss that car
 
2009-01-09 07:17:06 PM  
My brother's first car in 1999 was a 1983 civic hatchback... bought it from our neighbors with 100k on it for $125. baby blue with brown-green houndstooth seats...thing stalled if you looked at it funny, but man was it fun... only lasted the summer :(
 
2009-01-09 07:17:15 PM  
Yendor: First car was a '77 Ford Granada. "Custom" fender job (using a lightpost), definitely used the stereo as a tune-up. I called it "silver", cops called it "primer"

One of my friends locked himself in his car. He was working on his Granada and had taken all the door and window handles off. Then he shut the door. He had to wait for one of his parents came home to open the door.

It really didn't help his case that he was Polish..
 
2009-01-09 07:17:23 PM  
My horn blows....when it's in the mood
 
2009-01-09 07:17:34 PM  
Stepqhen:
leaked like R-Kelley at a girl scout meeting


lol
 
2009-01-09 07:17:47 PM  
#13) Even homeless bums won't take a dump in it
 
2009-01-09 07:18:03 PM  
fragMasterFlash: I have owned not one but two, TWO! Pontiac Fieros. Bring it on baby, I've run this gauntlet before.

Woot! Fieros represent!! Did you live somewhere where it snowed, and did the snow melt down into the engine and blow the oxygen sensor every three weeks?
 
2009-01-09 07:18:04 PM  
My 19yo son currently has:

1986 Beige Ford Laser...

That used to be Grandma's...

Who lives a couple of blocks from us, and knows all the oldies in the area...

Talk about your ride cramping your style, but it actually runs better than any of his mate's cars.


It's coming up for rego, is making knocking noises from the CV joint when turning right, and is losing fluid from the radiator, which may need a new cap ($6) or a new radiator($600). We're now wondering if it's going to make it through the next year, and if it's worth just giving up now.
 
2009-01-09 07:18:23 PM  
Oh, beaters...

When I was in high school, my house was up a pretty steep hill. Two of my best friends, one of whom had a 1977 Lincoln Town Car and the other who had a 1981 Chevy, had to leave their cars parked at the bottom of the hill and walk up when they came to visit me. The cars wouldn't make it up the incline.

Another friend of mine in college had a 1984 Ford Mustang. People had stolen: the sun visors, the rearview mirror, the knob off the shifter, the radio, the center console, and at least one seatbelt, from what I remember. Everything they could steal EXCEPT the car itself. It finally broke down, and he wound up having to ride his bike 5 miles across town to work every day. In the middle of the summer. In Oklahoma.
 
2009-01-09 07:18:31 PM  
I finally parted with my '82 Chevy S10 pick-up, which had been used for many years as a "core" transporter for my engine shop. Had 462K miles, was well into the last few miles of its second engine. I think it qualifies for category 1 of TFA.

It had, to say the least, idiosynchracies (sp?)

Driver door exterior handle broken, door could only be opened from inside. If the door was slammed the window would jump its track and fall down into the door.
Brake master cylinder leaked. Heater core leaked. Engine leaked oil, a lot of oil. Clutch operating mechanism was so poorly designed and had been cobbled so many times it had only an inch of travel above the floor from "in" to "out",
Starter would work fine when engine was cold (fortunate because the gas would sometimes drain out of the carb overnight), but would barely turn over when hot.
Both rear wheel bearings and the diff played loud tunes, while the radio tuner was stuck on one station (all news/talk).
Items that didn't work included horn, emergency brake and heater fan. The ignition key could be removed while the engine was running (useful, as sometimes the switch could not be moved from the "run" position)
I leave its external appearance to the imagination.
I took it to 3 junkyards, none of whom would take it even after I offered to pay a fee.
Finally, about a year ago a friend of a friend said he would take it, and, as of last week, he is still driving it.
 
2009-01-09 07:18:49 PM  
A friend of mine owned a Vauxhall Chevette, he could only do over 35mph when he had a passenger. Being a passenger meant holding the car in gear as it would just drop out into neutral at around that speed. His was the only car that everyone called NOT shotgun.
 
2009-01-09 07:18:57 PM  
I've had 3:
1981 Subaru wagon, 1986 Subaru wagon, 1987 Subaru wagon.
Total farking tanks. All 3 died with over 275,000 miles and the '81 was driven to an airfield with no exhaust system and both rear CV's throwing sparks so it could be a practice car for firefighters using the jaws of life. There is no better POS that an old soobie cause anyone can work on one, they offroad like mad, and can still drive after system after system fails. They are tractors with a fancy cabin.
My new ride? '97 Subaru wagon.
 
2009-01-09 07:19:03 PM  
15. Your heater works, but the fan won't. So if you want heat, you have to be moving at about 20 miles an hour to get airflow to move the hot air into the cabin. This particularly comes in handy if you have a job delivering the paper, on Xmas morning, when the temp is 0°and the water in your exhaust is freezing on the ground by the time you get out of the car, get the paper, walk to the apartment (oh wait, did I say that the entire route was made up of only apartments, and therefore the only time I went more than 10 miles an hour was to and from the route? no?), throw the paper and walk back to the car. Gran Torino, just like Starsky and Hutch, only in white and shiat brown. Huge, fast engine that I l killed with that paper route. Ahh, college.

16. It catches on fire, for no discernible reason. Coming back from Xmas(what the hell, no wonder I hate the holidays) the ex and child and I are cruising down 85, and out of nowhere, smoke begins coming out of the vents of our 87 Le Sabre. Up until the smoke eruption, one of my favorite cars of all time. Big and quiet, fast and stable. We pull over, grab the wife's purse, my wallet, the child on her child seat gurgling happily, and hot footed it up the embankment a safe distance away, and watched all our clothes, Christmas presents, and baby stuff burn along with the car, all the way down to the metal. Insurance company ruled it inconclusive and just paid for all our stuff. To this day have no idea why the car burned.
 
2009-01-09 07:19:34 PM  
I like my junker minivan, it has plenty of quirks, like the busted side door which leaves everyone climbing through the front to reach the middle, brake lights that wont go off and require me to pull the fuse, and a radio that usually only works for a month or so after an oil change.

However,

markie_farkie: A guy I knew back in the early '80s bought a '64 Chrysler Newport from the junk yard for $50. It was an enormous slab-sided beast, with an aircraft carrier-sized hood and trunk. You could put anything in the trunk, including another '64 Newport. It was either grey, or silver, or both. It could have just been years of grime built up on an actual other color. He was afraid to wash it for fear of it disintegrating like rice paper in hot water.

The passenger side was completely caved in, so he replaced both doors with 3/4" plywood, complete with plexiglass windows. The thing ran on 90-weight differential lube just to keep the compression high enough to fire on 6 of the 8 cylinders. The pushbutton transmission took a good 15 seconds to kick into gear. The front and rear bumpers were held on with rusty barbed wire.

Before it warmed up it would belch enough smoke to fog mosquitoes for 3 counties.

People pulled out of the way when he drove down the street out of fear of being hit. This thing screamed NO INSURANCE from a mile away.

About 6 months later the transmission finally crapped out. He drove it IN REVERSE to another junk yard, and the guy gave him.. $50!

Ahh, good times..


this post just has me wanting to scream 'To Bill Brasky'

It sounds like the car he would've been sitting on, waiting for that bar to be built.
 
2009-01-09 07:21:15 PM  
I currently drive a 2000 chevy with 175K, an AutoZone (fluids, wires, bulbs, soldering iron, duct tape, etc) in the trunk, a Chiltons manual always in the passenger seat, which only I can get and keep rolling, and only because it's a manual transmission.. and.. where was I?
Oh yeah. Getting a kick, etc.

I'm going hooptie-hunting this weekend. Torn between a cheap used domestic (at least I've learned how to play with them, and have kind of enjoyed the process) and a base model Yaris or Fit.
 
2009-01-09 07:21:23 PM  
Hmmmm.... #8 looks a bit like my car after I hit a tree

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Except that mine's a 9-3 not a 9-5
 
2009-01-09 07:21:29 PM  
my first car was an 83 mercury zephyr.
it's main color was burgundy, but one of the fenders was goat-vomit green. the vinyl on the top had been eaten away, the sunroof glass panel wouldn't stay in place because the frame was mostly rusted away and it belched smoke so badly at times it rendered the rear-view mirrors unusable.

once i was in mexico and was pulled over by the cops. they thought i was a local who was driving a vehicle with stolen california plates. they were truly shocked to find that i was really an american and had no qualms about driving it 500 miles deep into mexico.
 
2009-01-09 07:21:37 PM  
aah grenda: It's coming up for rego, is making knocking noises from the CV joint when turning right, and is losing fluid from the radiator, which may need a new cap ($6) or a new radiator($600). We're now wondering if it's going to make it through the next year, and if it's worth just giving up now.

In regards to that, if there's a college or high school near you that has an automotive section, you can often drop off your vehicle for a few days and they'll repair it labor-free if you supply the parts. When my Bonneville(see a few posts up above) started having a radiator problem, I took it to the automotive part of the college I go to and they fixed it. All I had to do was get the radiator which ran ~$100. Well, and a box of donuts, which ran ~$10.
 
2009-01-09 07:21:49 PM  
co-conspirator: The farking turn signal/lights control snapped off in my farking hand yesterday.

20 year-old Accura Integra.

/Once upon a time, cars were built of metal, not lots of brittle plastic...


The 1st car I bought was an 88 integra, ran that one into the ground, and replaced it with: an 88 integra.

/Now has a 98 prelude that is still in great shape w/ 140k miles
 
2009-01-09 07:22:23 PM  
foxbrook78: Anytime you drive it, you're basically going postal?

Actually, that's what the car was built for originally. When it gets cold and the back fogs up, you can still see the USMail sign imprint on the back window.

I'm thinking about mounting a big XBox steering wheel over the glove box.. So whoever is riding with me can wait until I pull up next to people, then whip their steering wheel to the left real fast...
 
2009-01-09 07:23:18 PM  
Surprised no one has mentioned the fact that parts for an old car are cheap and can be installed by yourself.
/89 dakota, always fix myself.
//wife has 2002 saturn, factory only service, cause they are nazis.
///3rd slashie
 
2009-01-09 07:24:04 PM  
I had this fantasy road trip of buying the shiattiest beater I could find, then driving it with a group of friends until it broke and stopping wherever it stops.
 
2009-01-09 07:24:38 PM  
My beloved 94 Toyota Corolla is a total hooptie. Windows don't roll, the handle broke off the inside driver side door, so you have to pull the metal latch inside the door to get out. Electronic door lock button is going out, only works half the time. Ex husband once "totaled" said car; headlights are now held in place with a bit of JB weld and some duct tape. The trunk lock doesn't work (there's a key broke off in it) and one of the brake lights goes dim in cold weather. The backseat iupholstery is vivid multicolour, the result of a forgotten crayola 64 pack one long-ago midsummer. I have no wiper fluid bottle because I ran it empty one summer and the thing melted off. The most expensive thing I've had done to her is a 250.00 repair to the tire assembly. I don't change oil often enough, I buy the cheapest gas possible, I treat the poor car terribly. But she gets about 25-30 mpg and she starts up every single time I ask her to, and the only lingering smell is crayon wax. Also, there's something very liberating about driving a car that you don't worry about much. Scratch my paint? ding my bumper? who cares? My car is a tough ole broad.
 
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