Ever had a car that you were totally embarrassed to own? I know I have and truth be told it’s not a wonderful experience. All of us out there in grown-up land have had our ups and downs in life. Sometimes they’re emotional, sometimes they’re financial, but for me… it was always auto related. My first job out of college was working for a print company in New York City. I had no money, lived in a rodent infested apartment in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and had no real car to speak of. At that time however my sister had this old busted up 1989 Toyota Tercel. It leaked oil, had rot holes in it the size of softballs and a blown exhaust that made it sound like a Messerschmitt 109 coming out of the clouds. It did however run and since it was free I had no choice but to take my rightful place behind the wheel. I actually remember taking it to a club once where the valet actually told me they wouldn’t put it in their lot and to park it on the street… yeah, it was that bad.
As with all things though times change and we all hopefully move onward and upward. Some say that driving an old car builds character, I say bullshit… it leads to high repair bills and a busted ego. I am curious though as to what kinds of old P.O.S’s have helped you guys get through life, so if you have any real good ones feel free to post them up in the comments section for the world to see.