I waited to see if someone more elequent(?) than me to bring this
up-Renault R5 (Le Car) -that underpowered non standerd POS. It was
theonly time I got a free muffler from Midas (It was right under the
right fender) . It had a heater with the same temp of a hamster in
love. And to add insult to injury the last year I had it I had to have
it repaired at a porshe dealership can you say a two day wait to have
it just tuned-up -then it blew up (Three bearing main do that) the
porshe dealer wouldn't give me all the parts- the only time I had to
theaten them with a lawer ;)
Hmmm guess you got a bad one ;-). The Renault 5 I had in the UK was a great
little car and the only problem I had with it was rust over the rear wheel wells
but that was a known design fault as mud and salt gathered there. I must admit I
was partial to French cars when I lived in the UK and had a Renault 16, 5, 14
and Fuego in that order and finally switched to a Citroen BX before I emigrated.
All ran well and were comfortable and the last three were used for towing
various sizes of camping trailers/caravans too.
My mechanic had a customer that brought a Yugo in for brakes once and
the Yugo dealer did not deliver parts so he went to pick them up. The
parts guy said, "What the hell do you want those for? When they wear out
you're supposed to throw the car away and buy a new one."
The Old Man wrote:
I'd like to nominate the Pontiac Sunbird. I had one briefly and I found
myself parking it at dangerous locations in the hope a dump truck would
back over it. Since it had cost me a fair sum I decided it would be
wiser to take it back whence it came and get something much better.
To list all my complaints would take more time than I care to commit to
that POS. Suffice it to say that the radio was great and the halogen
headlights were superb - when they worked.
Bill Banaszak, MFE Sr.
Major problem is that the author obviously knows nothing about vehicles
outside the USA.
Where's the Lada Niva? The Reliant Robin?
Armful of chairs: Something some people would not know
A car that could consistently suffer a major malfunction every 200 miles
of travel, including such goodies as having the axle shatter and the
I'm glad the barfmobile Pontiac Aztek made it onto that list; that's one
of the most subtly awful looking vehicles ever made by the hand of man.
The brazed stamped tin engine on the Crosley Hotshot was a very novel
approach, a classic example of answering the question no one ever asked.
A guy in high school with me had one. It was a damn fine car after he
put a Ford four-banger into it and dumped the original engine. The
Ford marginally fit.
He also rebuilt a 1947 Playboy out of two that his dad found for him
at the local auto graveyard.
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