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I have a theory that those ugly little Datsun's kept running for spite. My older cousin had a like a 79 or 80 Datsun and drove it forever. Of course that had to be bad for his game :smile2:
I had a '80 Datsun 210 in one of the ugliest colors known to man. It was called "Mesa Tan" or something like that, but it looked like a horrible shade of orange to me. :(

Funny story, when I went to the dealership to buy it, there was exactly one of them in the showroom, so that the dealer could advertise a low starting price point. If you were willing to pay an extra $1000, you could get another forward gear (4th, I think), an FM radio, better tires and a slightly better color (real tan instead of orange). He really didn't want to sell me that car; I had to threaten him with calling the FTC to get him to sell it to me!

I think this color is very similar to that one:
https://s.yimg.com/fz/api/res/1.2/kl6vfNuc.jKAv9E75J.jUA--/YXBwaWQ9c3JjaGRkO2g9ODM0O3E9OTU7dz0xNDY0/http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e5/1974-1977_Datsun_120Y_(B210)_sedan_01.jpg
 

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One word....ROVER

Seriously you guys may have never heard of them but they were the biggest British car manufacturers but were so bad they couldn't even survive with repeated government interventions.

I had 2, stupidly because you got 'better value for money' on them as used cars. I loved playing with the electric Windows while broken down with a bust cylinder head gasket on the A66....
 

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I had a '80 Datsun 210 in one of the ugliest colors known to man. It was called "Mesa Tan" or something like that, but it looked like a horrible shade of orange to me. :(

Funny story, when I went to the dealership to buy it, there was exactly one of them in the showroom, so that the dealer could advertise a low starting price point. If you were willing to pay an extra $1000, you could get another forward gear (4th, I think), an FM radio, better tires and a slightly better color (real tan instead of orange). He really didn't want to sell me that car; I had to threaten him with calling the FTC to get him to sell it to me!

I think this color is very similar to that one:
https://s.yimg.com/fz/api/res/1.2/kl6vfNuc.jKAv9E75J.jUA--/YXBwaWQ9c3JjaGRkO2g9ODM0O3E9OTU7dz0xNDY0/http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e5/1974-1977_Datsun_120Y_(B210)_sedan_01.jpg
My parents had this car when i was born and loved it. Same colour even. Mind you it did break down a lot and eventually was shifted on.
 

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I had a '80 Datsun 210 in one of the ugliest colors known to man. It was called "Mesa Tan" or something like that, but it looked like a horrible shade of orange to me. :(

Funny story, when I went to the dealership to buy it, there was exactly one of them in the showroom, so that the dealer could advertise a low starting price point. If you were willing to pay an extra $1000, you could get another forward gear (4th, I think), an FM radio, better tires and a slightly better color (real tan instead of orange). He really didn't want to sell me that car; I had to threaten him with calling the FTC to get him to sell it to me!

I think this color is very similar to that one:
https://s.yimg.com/fz/api/res/1.2/kl6vfNuc.jKAv9E75J.jUA--/YXBwaWQ9c3JjaGRkO2g9ODM0O3E9OTU7dz0xNDY0/http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e5/1974-1977_Datsun_120Y_(B210)_sedan_01.jpg
I remember the Ford Maverick was produced in a similar cinnamon color. I just looked up the original colors:

"Establish Mint, Hulla Blue, Original Cinnamon, Freudian Gilt, Thanks Vermillion — along with more pedestrian names, including Black Jade, Champagne Gold, Gulfstream Aqua, Meadowlark Yellow, Brittany Blue, Lime Gold, Dresden Blue, Raven Black, Wimbledon White, and Candyapple Red."

That's the psychedelic 60's for you. Makes me want to watch Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in.
 

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I remember the Ford Maverick was produced in a similar cinnamon color. I just looked up the original colors:

"Establish Mint, Hulla Blue, Original Cinnamon, Freudian Gilt, Thanks Vermillion — along with more pedestrian names, including Black Jade, Champagne Gold, Gulfstream Aqua, Meadowlark Yellow, Brittany Blue, Lime Gold, Dresden Blue, Raven Black, Wimbledon White, and Candyapple Red."

That's the psychedelic 60's for you. Makes me want to watch Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in.
I had a Maverick in that color...I got in a rut, taking over my dads old cars as he bought new ones....All were good running, 6 cyl. auto trans, with absolutely no style or performance...

After the Maverick I got his Ford Fairmont in a weird purple and orange 2-tone....Totally ugly, but....I stopped at a gas station one day, and a guy there went nuts over it...He begged me to sell it to him, said his wife had one just like it (who knew)....

I didn't sell it, but later, my son borrowed it and got a door caved in by a hit-and-run driver....I went to a junk yard and found a door that was exactly that same ugly orange-purple color combo...
 

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80~something Citation. I bought it for $125 from my aunt. I was 18 and desperate. The car was just a few years younger than me when I got it.

It was held together by rust. It was t boned on both sides in different accidents, so the passenger door only opened from the inside and the drivers door only opened from the outside. And the drivers side floorboard rusted through. The only thing between me and the road was carpet.
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1982 Pontiac 6000 4cyl. If you used the air.... passenger had to get out and push.

I still swear there were 4 rats running on a treadmill under the hood.
 

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I have a new one for worst car, my DIL bought a 2010 equinox with the LAF engine....

It doesn't have A LOW OIL WARNING LIGHT....Instead it has a countdown to next oil change feature...

The problem is the high pressure fuel pump has bad seals, and when they fail, the fuel dilutes the crankcase oil, then the engine sucks it up....You are driving along with an instrument panel that says 75% till you need to change oil, AND AN EMPTY CRANKCASE....

My DIL drove into my garage complaining of an engine knock...The dipstick was dry...I added 3 quarts....

She took it to the dealer, who told her "CHECK THE OIL EVERYTIME YOU BUY GASOLINE"



General Motors is warning owners of almost 800,000 2010-12 vehicles that they may need oil changes more frequently than their onboard oil monitoring systems are telling them.

After high warranty claims on several models with four-cylinder engines, GM will reprogram software to make oil change warning lights go on sooner.

The change only affects 2010-2012 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain and Buick LaCrosse and Regal models with 2.4-liter LAF and LEA four-cylinder engines.


wow THAT SOUNDS LIKE A REAL FIX.....

They also said..."if it burns more than a quart of oil in 1,000 miles, we will fix it"...

Surely burning that much oil MUST screw up emissions...
 

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2005 BMW 325ci. Was brand new, and the inside of the car was literally falling apart, it broke down on me twice in the middle of an intersection, didn't start a couple of mornings, the speedometer stopped working - I can go on and on.
 

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I have a new one for worst car, my DIL bought a 2010 equinox with the LAF engine....

It doesn't have A LOW OIL WARNING LIGHT....Instead it has a countdown to next oil change feature...

The problem is the high pressure fuel pump has bad seals, and when they fail, the fuel dilutes the crankcase oil, then the engine sucks it up....You are driving along with an instrument panel that says 75% till you need to change oil, AND AN EMPTY CRANKCASE....

My DIL drove into my garage complaining of an engine knock...The dipstick was dry...I added 3 quarts....

She took it to the dealer, who told her "CHECK THE OIL EVERYTIME YOU BUY GASOLINE"



General Motors is warning owners of almost 800,000 2010-12 vehicles that they may need oil changes more frequently than their onboard oil monitoring systems are telling them.

After high warranty claims on several models with four-cylinder engines, GM will reprogram software to make oil change warning lights go on sooner.

The change only affects 2010-2012 Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain and Buick LaCrosse and Regal models with 2.4-liter LAF and LEA four-cylinder engines.


wow THAT SOUNDS LIKE A REAL FIX.....

They also said..."if it burns more than a quart of oil in 1,000 miles, we will fix it"...

Surely burning that much oil MUST screw up emissions...
DAMN!!!!!

I have a 1962 Corvette. 327 / 250 convertible. Power windows and my #$%%%^ 2005 F-150 doesn't.... go figure!

When I open the hood on the Vette, I know what I'm looking at. Although anything done to it seems to cost $5k.

Course there's a story behind that if you're up for hearing it, being you are the OP
 

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DAMN!!!!!

I have a 1962 Corvette. 327 / 250 convertible. Power windows and my #$%%%^ 2005 F-150 doesn't.... go figure!

When I open the hood on the Vette, I know what I'm looking at. Although anything done to it seems to cost $5k.

Course there's a story behind that if you're up for hearing it, being you are the OP
story away...My cousin had a 62 vette ragtop with a 327 fuel injection engine....The guy he bought it from took off the injection and put on a Carter AFB.... Last vette with a solid axle rear end...
 

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1982 Red Ford Escort five-door station wagon; 4-speed manual 1.6L four-banger, 68 Hp.

I had brought this car brand new in 1982. Although I liked the handling and pep and how much interior space there was for a small car, I had some reservation as Ford had a serious problem with cars pre-maturely rusting in the 70’s. The salesman convinced me that Ford had solved this problem, “Quality is Job 1”, and even told me that rust proofing was not required. At that point of time, I was living in the Maritimes where a lot of road salt was used during the winter months (and back then, road salt was particularly hard on cars).

Well, the first two years, the car ran well and I was generally pleased with my purchase. It wasn’t until the third winter that rust started to appear with the process accelerating, with a vengeance, each following winter. By the end of the fifth winter, my car had numerous rust holes and I swear I would leave rust dust on my snowy driveway when I left for work.

One winter, when I was away for an extended period of time, my wife noticed that the front passenger floor carpet seem to depress somewhat whenever the children stepped on it. Taking the car for a normal servicing, it was discovered that approximately 6” x 6” piece of the flooring was missing – fixed quite nicely by a steel plate. Of course it was my fault – in that “it happen while you were gone” type of fault (lol).

By 1987, notwithstanding the dubious state of the body, I was determine to get one more winter out of this car as we had built a house and money was tight. I figured, notwithstanding the number of holes in the right front fender, as long as the radio antenna was still standing, the car was good to go. However, one day I hit the brakes hard. While stop, the radio antenna slowly started to lean forward stopping at a 45 degree angle (interesting enough, radio reception improved).

Admitting defeat, I traded my Escort in for a ……… 1987 Dodge Aries (sigh).

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1982 Red Ford Escort five-door station wagon; 4-speed manual 1.6L four-banger, 68 Hp.

I had brought this car brand new in 1982. Although I liked the handling and pep and how much interior space there was for a small car, I had some reservation as Ford had a serious problem with cars pre-maturely rusting in the 70’s. The salesman convinced me that Ford had solved this problem, “Quality is Job 1”, and even told me that rust proofing was not required. At that point of time, I was living in the Maritimes where a lot of road salt was used during the winter months (and back then, road salt was particularly hard on cars).

Well, the first two years, the car ran well and I was generally pleased with my purchase. It wasn’t until the third winter that rust started to appear with the process accelerating, with a vengeance, each following winter. By the end of the fifth winter, my car had numerous rust holes and I swear I would leave rust dust on my snowy driveway when I left for work.

One winter, when I was away for an extended period of time, my wife noticed that the front passenger floor carpet seem to depress somewhat whenever the children stepped on it. Taking the car for a normal servicing, it was discovered that approximately 6” x 6” piece of the flooring was missing – fixed quite nicely by a steel plate. Of course it was my fault – in that “it happen while you were gone” type of fault (lol).

By 1987, notwithstanding the dubious state of the body, I was determine to get one more winter out of this car as we had built a house and money was tight. I figured, notwithstanding the number of holes in the right front fender, as long as the radio antenna was still standing, the car was good to go. However, one day I hit the brakes hard. While stop, the radio antenna slowly started to lean forward stopping at a 45 degree angle (interesting enough, radio reception improved).

Admitting defeat, I traded my Escort in for a ……… 1987 Dodge Aries (sigh).

Joe75
That's not admitting defeat, that is total abject capitulation....
 
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