I think you hit two out of 3.Which other under appreciated ones can you think of?
Remenber that commercial?Fun Tacts to Know and Tell:
The AMC Pacer and GM/Chevy Vega were designed to be rotary-engine powered. There was a very big push to move to rotary in the '70's; almost every car maker was planning them. However, rotor tip seal issues on early Mazdas, and generally poor gas mileage, killed the trend.
The Datsun 2000 is on my all time favourite list. These cars are still reasonably priced in the collector car market. I would love to have one. I knew a chick that had a Fiero once. Does that buy me anything?Actually, this was the coolest Datsun sports car. The 1600 or 2000 Fairlady. It would kick the @ass of any Triumph or MG and didn't break down every 100 miles.
So what went wrong when YOU came along?My wife wanted a Fiero for her first car,but her Dad didn't have an association with the Dealer like he had with the Ford guy.
She ended up with a Silver Mustang ragtop. The six, but still...
The Fates in the Automotive Dept. must've been smiling on her that day...
I have another hot tip. That body style of Mustang was total shyte.Speaking of flying under the radar - a hot tip in the early '80s was to order a Mustang LE with the 5.0 liter V8 instead of a six. You had a nice little Q-ship, and if your insurance company didn't ask too many questions, you got cheaper insurance to boot.
We had an 80 Mustang with the 2.3 4cylinder. By 60K miles the power steering rack had to be replaced. After that it was a regular stream of repairs. Though the engine itself held up just about everything else broke at one time or another. Since the Japanese had managed to make cars that didn't do that for at least a decade it was inexcusable. That car soured me on Fords to this day.Hey, by the standards of the day, it was OK.
The 5 liter Monroe Handler was a sweet promotional special.Speaking of flying under the radar - a hot tip in the early '80s was to order a Mustang LE with the 5.0 liter V8 instead of a six. You had a nice little Q-ship, and if your insurance company didn't ask too many questions, you got cheaper insurance to boot.
A man sees lemons and he makes lemonade.I had a couple of Pinto's that were pretty good cars. before you fall out of your chair laughing bear in mind
A. They were all over the place and a dime a dozen, the "exploding Pinto" scare made them almost worthless even though it was a five minute fix to correct the flaw.
B. They had almost bullet proof reliability, much like the Toyota 22R engine the Ford 2.3 OHC engine was brick simple and varients were used until the early 2000 models in the Ranger and Mazda pick-ups
C. The junkyards were full of them because even a minor fenderbender usually resulted in the owner insisting on a write-off, thus there was a ready supply of cheap used parts to keep them running.
D. A 4 speed Pinto with studded tires was more fun to drive in the snow and on dirt roads than should be legally allowed
E. And finally, they got pretty good gas mileage for the time. For all around cheap transportation they were a slam-dunk, you could even stuff a 74 in the back if it was in pieces.