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Bring on the BEATERS!!

Posted in Beater Cars, Car Branding, Cash for Clunkers, Commuter Cars by MrAngry | January 22nd, 2010 | 2 Responses |

There is something to be said about owning a beater. They’re not pretty, generally don’t run well and are most likely the farthest thing from a performance vehicle that one can imagine. The general public views them with looks of disgust and considers them road hazards. What they don’t realize however is that to those of us in the automotive know, our beaters are our full-on prize possessions.

The beater is a ride that laughs in the face of all that is beautiful in the automotive spectrum. They love parking on city streets and live for door dings and crappy weather. The beater is a beast that does what all high-end garage queens strive to be, that being… useful. Go to any Home Depot or the local train station and see for yourselves how many Mercedes and BMW’s you see in the lot – the simple fact is, not to many. They don’t live here… this is the beaters playground.

God knows over the years I’ve had my share of beaters. Everything ranging from a 1981 Mercury Capri (remember those), to a clapped out rusted Dodge Dakota pick-up truck, to my all time favorite… a 1997 Mercury Villager mini-van… man do I miss that thing. They were all great vehicles that did exactly what they were supposed to do. They gave me the freedom to park, go and do anything I wanted without the worry of something happening to them. So, with that being said, let’s here about the POS you’ve got in the driveway… I flippin’ love these things so post them up and be proud of your pile.

Related: RideLust’s 15 Beaters That Won’t Disappoint

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  1. Charles says:

    Proud current owner of a 1998 Mitsubishi Mirage DE sedan complete with close to 90-some ponies (or thereabouts), 5 manual speeds, clapped out struts, one new brake caliper, cheap 14″ Discount-Tires-specials, rapidly balding Kumho PowerStar 728 (or some such) tires, sun-bleached grey on grey interior and carpet so worn it resembles burlap. I friggin’ love the ol’ girl. All it does is start and go… and leave a little oil behind.

  2. CaptDin says:

    I have a ’94 Nissan Maxima that fits this bill to a tee. It’s my first and so far only car. It originally cost about $500 when my grandfather bought it as a second car, then he gave it to my mom and she drove it for about 5 years, now it’s mine. It may be wrecked on all sides, but it actually drives pretty good.

    It’s not a complete wimp performance-wise either. The 3.0L V6 puts out around 160 hp (which isn’t bad for what it is), and on the Interstate I can get up to triple digit speeds if I don’t keep my right foot in check. Comfortable too, the interior may look ugly, but the AC is great, and with the power steering it practically drives itself.