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(Some Lucky Guy)   If you had ever wondered what the best and worst selling cars were in 1985 (and all 159 in between), then this is your lucky day   (curbsideclassic.com) divider line 105
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2013-01-30 12:59:22 PM  
My Chevy Cavalier was the best car I ever owned, I treated it like shiat and it still ran for ten years.
 
2013-01-30 01:14:00 PM  
we had a peugeot 505 wagon in '86. it was a farking great car.

/popularity is not necessarily a sign of quality.
 
2013-01-30 01:17:15 PM  

Ennuipoet: My Chevy Cavalier was the best car I ever owned, I treated it like shiat and it still ran for ten years.


That's the sort of stockholm syndrome we had about quality for far too long.  You're happy that it died after 10 years?  My 16 year old Subaru Outback Legacy just started its return trip from the moon and still runs like a top.
 
2013-01-30 01:27:58 PM  

unyon: That's the sort of stockholm syndrome we had about quality for far too long.  You're happy that it died after 10 years?  My 16 year old Subaru Outback Legacy just started its return trip from the moon and still runs like a top.


It was still running great when I traded it in for a new car, a Pontiac Sunfire and a total POS.   I had it tuned up and replaced the brakes once before a cross country trip, other than that no service at all.  I barely remembered to change the oil in that car.  I am not saying all Cavaliers were that good, just mine.
 
2013-01-30 01:32:09 PM  

unyon: Ennuipoet: My Chevy Cavalier was the best car I ever owned, I treated it like shiat and it still ran for ten years.

That's the sort of stockholm syndrome we had about quality for far too long.  You're happy that it died after 10 years?  My 16 year old Subaru Outback Legacy just started its return trip from the moon and still runs like a top.


And it will still be a Subaru at touchdown.
 
2013-01-30 01:51:54 PM  

TheDumbBlonde: unyon: Ennuipoet: My Chevy Cavalier was the best car I ever owned, I treated it like shiat and it still ran for ten years.

That's the sort of stockholm syndrome we had about quality for far too long.  You're happy that it died after 10 years?  My 16 year old Subaru Outback Legacy just started its return trip from the moon and still runs like a top.

And it will still be a Subaru at touchdown.



That's not a bad thing.
 
2013-01-30 02:09:55 PM  
The list would be a lot shorter if they combined the various identical-except-for-the-names GM platforms, but still fairly interesting.
 
2013-01-30 02:13:02 PM  
I had an '85 GMC pickup. It was dark blue with gold trim. It was goddam beautiful. I had it almost ten years. I miss you, baby.
 
2013-01-30 02:13:21 PM  
Sheet subby, ain't nobody got time for that.
 
2013-01-30 02:14:49 PM  
Would like a word...

images4.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-01-30 02:16:55 PM  
CSB on

I bought my first car in 1985, a 1983 VW Rabbit GTI with 15K on it. That thing lasted 130K and 8 years, and by the end it was a wheezing rattly invalid. It was fun as hell, though. Crank sunroof FTW!

CSB off
 
2013-01-30 02:19:46 PM  
82 Mazda RX-7 57,158

Damn, I guess it was way past its prime then. A friend of mine bought a silver RX7 back in '83 and sold it to me a couple of years later, still in excellent condition. I rode that poor thing into the ground (actually off the road a couple of times). Still have fond memories; it was the peak of my self-indugence phase. Terrific beaver bait. Took it with me up to grad school in upstate NY in '87, a bitter winter that claimed four batteries (all under warranty and thus free) and then back to the gulf coast. Finally sold it in the early '90s to some crazy motorhead teen from Florida for a pittance; it had 260,000 miles on it and the engine was dying slowly and noisily. I understand he got it working OK again. Who knows, it may still be on the road.
 
2013-01-30 02:20:06 PM  
My first car was a hand-me-down 1985 Olds cutlass cruiser wagon, like the one below, but without wood paneling:

v029o.popscreen.com

Loved that car.  Two weeks before it was supposed to become 100% mine (I'd had to share it with others in the family), my Mom wrecked it.

Stupid Mom.
 
2013-01-30 02:21:30 PM  
'85 was a good year. I was 9 years old. I had just gotten a new Coleco Vision. All I had to do everyday was play throw back tackle football and try to hump our neighbors daughter. I was old enough to catch the Metro bus by myself and still young enough to expect a lot of toys for Christmas. I was innocent enough to chase squirrels with my best friend but I knew enough about the world to be wary of police. Michael Jackson was still black and we didn't yet know that he was molesting Webster. Cartoons came on weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings so if you slept until noon on the weekend you were SOL. I still thought wrestling was real and it had good guys and bad guys who were clearly defined. And my biggest problem in the entire world was that I had a Huffy and I wanted a Mongoose.


/(In my Archie Bunker voice) "Thoooose were the daaaaays"
 
2013-01-30 02:22:49 PM  
I had two '85 Mustangs. The first was 16 years old and had around 235,000 miles before it was totaled (parked). Loved that beast so much I got another '85 Mustang. Thing was a temperamental POS.
 
2013-01-30 02:23:17 PM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: '85 was a good year. I was 9 years old. I had just gotten a new Coleco Vision. All I had to do everyday was play throw back tackle football and try to hump our neighbors daughter. I was old enough to catch the Metro bus by myself and still young enough to expect a lot of toys for Christmas. I was innocent enough to chase squirrels with my best friend but I knew enough about the world to be wary of police. Michael Jackson was still black and we didn't yet know that he was molesting Webster. Cartoons came on weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings so if you slept until noon on the weekend you were SOL. I still thought wrestling was real and it had good guys and bad guys who were clearly defined. And my biggest problem in the entire world was that I had a Huffy and I wanted a Mongoose.


/(In my Archie Bunker voice) "Thoooose were the daaaaays"


Excuse me, is it possible that you are me?
 
2013-01-30 02:24:12 PM  
I drive a 1985 RX-7, with under 65K on the clock, so I'm getting a kick...
 
2013-01-30 02:24:59 PM  
I had a 1985 Toyota Corona. What used to make it awesome was that if you were on the highway and didn't use your brakes for a while, the break fluid would drain out of the master cylinder - so basically you'd have to pump the break pedal furiously the first time you really needed them.
 
2013-01-30 02:25:14 PM  
LOL, Chrysler Laser.  Man that car was a lot of fun.  Friend of mine got one new in 85 when we were seniors.  Four banger turbo, that car was fast.
 
2013-01-30 02:26:07 PM  

Ennuipoet: unyon: That's the sort of stockholm syndrome we had about quality for far too long.  You're happy that it died after 10 years?  My 16 year old Subaru Outback Legacy just started its return trip from the moon and still runs like a top.

It was still running great when I traded it in for a new car, a Pontiac Sunfire and a total POS.   I had it tuned up and replaced the brakes once before a cross country trip, other than that no service at all.  I barely remembered to change the oil in that car.  I am not saying all Cavaliers were that good, just mine.


Funny thing about cars. My family had two supposedly identical cars. Let's just say it's clear one was built on a good day, and one was built after that UAW local had had an all-night bowling and beer party.
 
2013-01-30 02:26:32 PM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: '85 was a good year. I was 9 years old. I had just gotten a new Coleco Vision. All I had to do everyday was play throw back tackle football and try to hump our neighbors daughter. I was old enough to catch the Metro bus by myself and still young enough to expect a lot of toys for Christmas. I was innocent enough to chase squirrels with my best friend but I knew enough about the world to be wary of police. Michael Jackson was still black and we didn't yet know that he was molesting Webster. Cartoons came on weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings so if you slept until noon on the weekend you were SOL. I still thought wrestling was real and it had good guys and bad guys who were clearly defined. And my biggest problem in the entire world was that I had a Huffy and I wanted a Mongoose.


/(In my Archie Bunker voice) "Thoooose were the daaaaays"


Don't forget the USA Cartoon Express that ran on Sundays!
 
2013-01-30 02:27:50 PM  

DROxINxTHExWIND: '85 was a good year. I was 9 years old. I had just gotten a new Coleco Vision. All I had to do everyday was play throw back tackle football and try to hump our neighbors daughter. I was old enough to catch the Metro bus by myself and still young enough to expect a lot of toys for Christmas. I was innocent enough to chase squirrels with my best friend but I knew enough about the world to be wary of police. Michael Jackson was still black and we didn't yet know that he was molesting Webster. Cartoons came on weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings so if you slept until noon on the weekend you were SOL. I still thought wrestling was real and it had good guys and bad guys who were clearly defined. And my biggest problem in the entire world was that I had a Huffy and I wanted a Mongoose.


/(In my Archie Bunker voice) "Thoooose were the daaaaays"


This was what I had from Coleco:
retrothing.typepad.com
 
2013-01-30 02:28:31 PM  
After seeing a couple of pictures, my mind immediately wandered to the Big Bill Hell's Car Commercial.

FARK YOU BALTIMORE! *NSFW Language*
 
2013-01-30 02:29:56 PM  

kaseyfarksdaladies: I had two '85 Mustangs. The first was 16 years old and had around 235,000 miles before it was totaled (parked). Loved that beast so much I got another '85 Mustang. Thing was a temperamental POS.


So I guess you've "parked" before.

\shouldn't be obscure on Fark.
 
2013-01-30 02:30:09 PM  
www.popularmechanics.com

The lowly Dodge Omni GLH-S four-door hatch (500 produced in '85) was among the first Chryslers to receive the full Shelby treatment. The GLH-S moniker stood for Goes Like Hell Some-More. Really. With intercooled turbo 2.2-liter four-cylinders making 175-hp, the cars were capable of ripping low 14-second quarter-mile times in stock form and were easily coaxed into the 12s with simple mods.

Read more: Dodge Omni GLH-S - Forgotten Performance Cars - Popular Mechanics
 
2013-01-30 02:31:25 PM  
I had a 1989 Dodge Omni. Yes, plain car, but it was actually quick (stick shift), got me 35mpg and I drove it hard. Comfortable for 4, could put in 5, and with back seat down I used that thing like a freaking pickup truck, I can not believe how much stuff I hauled in it.

Bottom line, I put 260,000 miles on it, outside of oil/plug/filter changes, the only thing I had to do was replace a radiator that rusted out because back then I lived in the north.

Bought the car brand new via friend who got company discount, paid exactly $5,000 in 1989.

I actually hated getting rid of that car, at 260k miles the engine ran perfect. And LOL, I still have the advertising brochure for the car in my file cabinet (as with every car/motorcycle/boat I have ever purchased).

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-01-30 02:32:12 PM  
What? No Merkur love? For shame. Proud xr4ti owner here. Hands down the most entertaining, comfortable car I've driven. Proudly assembled in West Germany.
 
2013-01-30 02:32:24 PM  
farm4.staticflickr.com
People buy lot of cheap cars, and fewer expensive cars.
 
2013-01-30 02:33:46 PM  
Ha!

I had two 1985 cars, one Chrysler and one Ford.

Ford is a four-letter word. Every weird random thing went wrong with it.

The Chrysler, though, was very reliable. Every part failed reliably at exactly the time the mechanics said everyone else's Chrysler part failed: Steering, brakes, head gasket, clutch...
 
2013-01-30 02:34:11 PM  
That specific Cavalier is the Type-10 which got you red pinstripes, special hubcaps, "rally" (re:striped) seats, and a special badge that read "FUEL INJECTED".
 
2013-01-30 02:35:59 PM  
1985 Renault Alliance. Sure the door handles and windows cranks broke off if you used them but it had the heart of a champ. By 91, you couldn't get parts for it. I took an alternator in to be rebuilt because 'Chrysler screwed the brand and shut the factories down 'fore they could build the spares inventory" (Repairman talk for this is gonna cost you).

The day after Chrysler had it for a recall (the plastic heat exchanger could burst filling the passenger area with super heated liquid) it stopped running. I traded it in on a Colt and they towed to poor Renault out of the drive way.

A few days later, I was going down the road an a tow truck passed me. Guess what was on the back? Yep. Fast forward a few weeks. I'm driving up I-255 when guess what passes me? I kid you not. As soon as they got around me, they pulled over to the side of the highway. Two rednecks jumped out of the car and started kicking the poor car.
 
2013-01-30 02:36:05 PM  
Drove an 85' Chevy S10 (# 15 on the list) for a few years starting in 1990. Great little truck. Four cylinder, manual trans. good mileage and performance even full of tools.

1985 itself is the year I turned 16 and got my license.

Was driving one of these back then (not quite as sweet though). $400.00 to drive four five years and sell for $400.00.

s3.racingjunk.com
 
2013-01-30 02:38:43 PM  
I can't believe it. A thread about the most popular cars of 1985, and not yet?
www.obviouslywrong.org
/can't tell from sales numbers
//admit it, you wanted it
///jigawatts
 
2013-01-30 02:40:01 PM  

travoltron: What? No Merkur love? For shame. Proud xr4ti owner here. Hands down the most entertaining, comfortable car I've driven. Proudly assembled in West Germany.


Epic.


/Rome, is that you?
 
2013-01-30 02:40:31 PM  

MBooda: I can't believe it. A thread about the most popular cars of 1985, and not yet?
[www.obviouslywrong.org image 850x560]
/can't tell from sales numbers
//admit it, you wanted it
///jigawatts


I once saw a parade that had 13 Deloreans in it.
 
2013-01-30 02:50:51 PM  

unyon: Ennuipoet: My Chevy Cavalier was the best car I ever owned, I treated it like shiat and it still ran for ten years.

That's the sort of stockholm syndrome we had about quality for far too long.  You're happy that it died after 10 years?  My 16 year old Subaru Outback Legacy just started its return trip from the moon and still runs like a top.


What brand where Subarus sold under in 1985 as I didn't notice any on the list?

/Chevrolet Forester was sold in early 80's wasn't it??
 
2013-01-30 02:53:06 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: MBooda: I can't believe it. A thread about the most popular cars of 1985, and not yet?
[www.obviouslywrong.org image 850x560]
/can't tell from sales numbers
//admit it, you wanted it
///jigawatts

I once saw a parade that had 13 Deloreans in it.


were they full of coke?
 
2013-01-30 03:03:53 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: MBooda: I can't believe it. A thread about the most popular cars of 1985, and not yet?
[www.obviouslywrong.org image 850x560]
/can't tell from sales numbers
//admit it, you wanted it
///jigawatts

I once saw a parade that had 13 Deloreans in it.


There is a DeLorean Club in Metro Detroit. Saw them a few years ago at the Dream Cruise.
 
2013-01-30 03:11:11 PM  

travoltron: What? No Merkur love? For shame. Proud xr4ti owner here. Hands down the most entertaining, comfortable car I've driven. Proudly assembled in West Germany.


The only problem was the engine. In Germany, they put that nice 2.9L V6 into it. Here in the 'States, they dropped in the 2.3l Turbo (also used in the T-bird and Mustang). Durable it was, but refined and rev-happy? Not so much. OTOH, you can get stupid HP out of 'em.

/Son is looking for junkyard X4tis
//Needs a diff and rear suspension for his Locost
 
2013-01-30 03:12:25 PM  
Bawdy George:
I bought my first car in 1985, a 1983 VW Rabbit GTI with 15K on it. That thing lasted 130K and 8 years, and by the end it was a wheezing rattly invalid. It was fun as hell, though. Crank sunroof FTW!

my first car was in '87 - an '82 VW rabbit in that godawful flesh-toned "mexican tan." a 5 speed. great car. drove it for five years until all the oil leaked out the oil filter and it seized up.
 
2013-01-30 03:14:07 PM  

maram500: Would like a word...

[images4.wikia.nocookie.net image 460x300]


well i would like a word or two with them

namely: where the fark have you been and no - 5 shows is not a "season"

/cant wait for next monday
 
2013-01-30 03:14:57 PM  

Ennuipoet: My Chevy Cavalier was the best car I ever owned, I treated it like shiat and it still ran for ten years.


My cav lived to 14. Very little maint, parts cheap and plentiful, total cost of ownership way less than an 'invincible' Honda from the same era.
 
2013-01-30 03:16:34 PM  
List is incomplete: I don't see Italian marques such as FIAT, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, etc. Alfa, for one, was selling almost as many cars as Renault in the 80s.

/yes, I am into these cars
 
2013-01-30 03:18:25 PM  
I'm surprised that there's not a minivan in the top 20 -- 1985 was when Chrysler really started pumping them out.

I had one of the originals built from December, 1983. Got hit by a drunk driver ( a rollover on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, no less) and the insurance company paid me more for totalling an 18-month old car than it was worth when new. Went out and bough another minivan.
 
2013-01-30 03:19:03 PM  

DaAlien: travoltron: What? No Merkur love? For shame. Proud xr4ti owner here. Hands down the most entertaining, comfortable car I've driven. Proudly assembled in West Germany.

The only problem was the engine. In Germany, they put that nice 2.9L V6 into it. Here in the 'States, they dropped in the 2.3l Turbo (also used in the T-bird and Mustang). Durable it was, but refined and rev-happy? Not so much. OTOH, you can get stupid HP out of 'em.

/Son is looking for junkyard X4tis
//Needs a diff and rear suspension for his Locost


Camaro diffs fit in with minor mods. Cheap and plentiful, and can take abuse. I paid a hefty sum in shipping for a xr6 turbo from a wrecked ride down under. Haven't gotten all the bugs worked out, but I have a Kia for a DD.
 
2013-01-30 03:22:26 PM  
i220.photobucket.com
The only Cars from 1985 that are worth anything.
 
2013-01-30 03:23:17 PM  
I'm currently driving an '86 Spider Veloce so I'm within a year of getting a kick out of this thread.
 
2013-01-30 03:24:06 PM  
Interesting that 17 of the top 20 were Ford or GM.
 
2013-01-30 03:28:14 PM  
Still driving my Cutlass Supreme daily. Number 10 people!
 
2013-01-30 03:30:55 PM  

travoltron: DaAlien: travoltron: What? No Merkur love? For shame. Proud xr4ti owner here. Hands down the most entertaining, comfortable car I've driven. Proudly assembled in West Germany.

The only problem was the engine. In Germany, they put that nice 2.9L V6 into it. Here in the 'States, they dropped in the 2.3l Turbo (also used in the T-bird and Mustang). Durable it was, but refined and rev-happy? Not so much. OTOH, you can get stupid HP out of 'em.

/Son is looking for junkyard X4tis
//Needs a diff and rear suspension for his Locost

Camaro diffs fit in with minor mods. Cheap and plentiful, and can take abuse. I paid a hefty sum in shipping for a xr6 turbo from a wrecked ride down under. Haven't gotten all the bugs worked out, but I have a Kia for a DD.


Do you mean a current Camaro diff? 'Cause adapting a previous gen stick axle to the IRS in the Merkur sounds like it'd take major surgery.

It it's the current one, there are 3 problems:
1 - cost (he's trying to keep it cheap enough to run the GRM $20xx challenge)
B - Weight: Target weight for the car is 1200lbs, and Camaro diff is a bit heavy
III - Overkill: a 120HP engine doesn't need a diff built for 400+ HP.
 
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