Celebrate your junker car here!
I borrowed my fiance's car today, since the brakes in mine are being replaced. His car has quite a bit of... shall we say, character? The driver's side door can't be opened from the inside, and the window has been replaced by plexiglass. There powersteering has failed, so getting this massive station wagon around corners is quite an adventure! Mine's not much better: I was in three accidents this fall (none of them my fault, oddly enough!), so my car looks like it drove off the set of Road Warrior. The front bumper is non-existant, the back cracked and broken, the passenger-side door is dented in. The rearview mirror on that side is missing, and the window can only be rolled-down halfway. There's a terrible grinding sound if you turn the steering wheel too far to the right, and, due to a cooling system problem that my mechanic has not been able to diagnose, the car overheats if it idles too long. I'm getting ready to replace mine with a slightly better model, but I won't buy anything that isn't a bit of a thrasher, because I'm so hard on cars. I live 30 miles from one campus of my school and 45 miles from the other. I put over 30,000 miles on my car last year. Reporting jobs frequently require that I park in less than fantastic neighborhoods, and it's good to have vehicle that doesn't scream to be broken into. My two requirements for a vehicle are good gas mileage and that it start when I want it to and run smoothly. Other charmingly quirky vehicles I've own: the Toyota with the somewhat broken ignition, that only I could start... the other toyota with the broken moonroof that would fall in your lap if I was too slow to stop someone from opening it.... the ailing VW bus that seemed to require at least one repair a week. So, tell me about the trials and trevails of your cheap vehicle.