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Thread #117017   Message #2517150
Posted By: VirginiaTam
16-Dec-08 - 04:06 PM
Thread Name: BS: How good/bad is your car?
Subject: RE: BS: How good/bad is your car?
When in US

I learned to drive a 1972 seirra grey Chevy Impala drove numerous 10 hour trips back and forth eastern Virginia / western West Virginia between 76 and 79 (exhusband's college years) and to Midland Texas. Damn thing was a tank. -Totaled by a gun wielding lunatic in Midland Texas in 1982.

1980 dark blue Chevy Citation - went forever with few problems until the fuel injector crapped out. Still used it as work vehicle when I had domestic business in 1989-93, until I could not handle pumping the gas pedal 100 (yes I really mean 100) times to get the thing to start. I mean gods the work (cleaning houses) was hard enough. Had to use a wooden crutch to hold the hatch up to get my equipment out.

1988 white Isuzu Trooper (my favourite) kept overheating and cracking engine block due to stupid $6.00 thermostat. Got in the habit of changing the thermostat every 6 months just to be safe. This truck was haunted. If I left any windows (these were NOT power windows) open, even a crack over night, some how the lights would go on and the battery would be dead in the morning. I learned after about the third battery replacement to check all the windows before going to bed. Car was still going pretty strong when I left the US for the UK in 2003.

I don't drive now and God I miss it. Chris' car is a 1998 Seat Arosa. Has had a few niggling little problems, but on the whole good value for the money. Soon to be replaced with either Vauxhall Corsa or Ford Focus.