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i had a '77 cutlass for almost 2 years. Bought it for 400 bucks and never had to do anything to it beside oil changes. started every single day. I wish i had pictures of mine but this one looks close

I think it killed the property values of my neighbors houses


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When I was 15 - My cousin and I had a '69 El Camino rusted out to shit that we dropped a salvaged 411 rear in and just ripped the shit outta the stock tranny and beat the piss outta the stock 350 motor.

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'94 civic dx coupe. it didnt start life with me as a beater but it surely finished life that way.

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i had a '77 cutlass for almost 2 years. Bought it for 400 bucks and never had to do anything to it beside oil changes. started every single day. I wish i had pictures of mine but this one looks close

I think it killed the property values of my neighbors houses

HA! My first car was a 76 Cutlass Supreme with T Tops that leaked so bad I needed an umbrella inside!!!! I must've had 4 tubes of caulk around those damn things and they still leaked!!

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prolly the one i drive right now..

paid $400, 171,000 miles on it now, i drove it to Road Atlanta with my f4 in the back 2 weeks after i bought it, only thing i have fixed was i put a starter in it ($80) and oil changes (FREE!, i work at a dealer )


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I had a black 1988 Cavalier. Broke down a few times, but always did it at home, never left me stranded in foreign areas . I could remember it as if it were yesterday. Stopping at a stop light, the guy next to me honking and saying "You're car is smoking", I'd look back embarrased saying "I know", pointing to the 3 gallons of water in the back seat I fill every morning for such occasions. The thing would burn through oil. If it rained really hard, all the passengers in the back would have to keep their feet on the front passenger's seats to keep their feet dry, thanks to the two inches of water on the floor. That car was a serious candidate for Pimp My Ride, but I still loved it.

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my current beater.... a 95 dodge neon sport....

Like Vcook it wasn't a beater when i got my hands on it in 97.....

racing springs...short shifter....iceman CAI...MOPAR tuned ECU...Mopar headers... high flow cat... cat back exhaust... underdrive pulleys....

I got to give it up to the little neon. I have been bouncing off the rev limiter since i got the thing in 97 and it still kicking even with the mods i have done.

the old bastard is loud as piss in its old age but it is fun as shit to drive.... just fast enough to have fun but slow enough not to be dangerous....

also makes my evo feel fast as hell when i drive it on the weekends....

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Geez, I've had somewhere around 13 or 14 cars all but 2 of them beaters. It's hard to pick a favorite. Top 4 would be: 85 Z28, totally ratty but I thought I was the shit cruising Archer in it when I was 17. 71 Coupe DeVille, 5 mpg and looked pimp from 20 feet away, up close it needed some love. 83 Lincoln Mark VI, my first car, two tone brown, only the passenger rear door opened, the sides were so smashed it looked like someone drove it down an alley that was 3" too narrow. 89 Celica, rusty, reliable, and 28 mpg what more could you want? I still have the Celica but don't drive it so it will be for sale soon.

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My first car was a 1983 Crown Vic, Beige with a rust hole in the roof

...kinda like this one but two door and stock everything.



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Do you guys drive beaters as a main car to get more bikes??...i'm considering getting rid of my current car and the monthly payments that go with it...or i might get a Mach 1 Mustang

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I'm not sure if I can count my 1997 Grand Prix GTP as a 'beater'. It's the winter car, bought it new, love the hell out of it. I had an 87 Escort GT, but this thread is about cars we love.

It's got 152,000 miles on it, very few problems with it.
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Do you guys drive beaters as a main car to get more bikes??...i'm considering getting rid of my current car and the monthly payments that go with it...or i might get a Mach 1 Mustang
I've been considering dumping my Tundra for a beater Tacoma or something. Not to buy more bikes(though I probably would ), just to put some money in the bank. Having a beater is also nice sometimes not worrying about where you park or having to wash it .

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My first car was a 1983 Crown Vic, Beige with a rust hole in the roof

...kinda like this one but two door and stock everything.



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Do you guys drive beaters as a main car to get more bikes??...i'm considering getting rid of my current car and the monthly payments that go with it...or i might get a Mach 1 Mustang


Bingo. I had 600 miles on my car for last year, and 11k on the bike. My car is a 1990 Pontiac Bonneville, that bad boy is just about done, will be looking for another beater soon .

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Having a beater is also nice sometimes not worrying about where you park or having to wash it .

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+1 on the no worrying. I don't think I've ever washed the Bonneville since I got it. If someone were to hit me on the street and it was their fault, I would just tell them it's okay, and they could go on about their business and call it a day . I pay more in insurance every year than what the car is worth, that's the real crime .

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+1 on the no worrying. I don't think I've ever washed the Bonneville since I got it. If someone were to hit me on the street and it was their fault, I would just tell them it's okay, and they could go on about their business and call it a day . I pay more in insurance every year than what the car is worth, that's the real crime .
thats why you only should pay for liability.... who cares about fixing up a beater....

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Mine was my 1989 chevy scotsdale, most of you here remember it. 100 mile to the tank and $50 to fill it up

I loved that truck it was a tank but damn i just couldnt afford the gas in it

My other one was my 1989 chevy s-10, it never gave me problem except it wouldnt stop, i replace every part of the braking system lines, pads, rotors, drums, master and all and the damn thing still had to be thrown into lower gears to stop and even then you prayed to god it stop in time.

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thats why you only should pay for liability.... who cares about fixing up a beater....

Yeah , I only have liability on it, but I am under 25 and it still costs more than it's worth.

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Mine was my 1989 chevy scotsdale, most of you here remember it. 100 mile to the tank and $50 to fill it up

I loved that truck it was a tank but damn i just couldnt afford the gas in it

My other one was my 1989 chevy s-10, it never gave me problem except it wouldnt stop, i replace every part of the braking system lines, pads, rotors, drums, master and all and the damn thing still had to be thrown into lower gears to stop and even then you prayed to god it stop in time.



I'm just picturing the Flinstones when you said that.

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I had a couple, I had a 79 cutlass that was not a beater when I got it, in fact it was mint but a few weeks after I got it, my buddy spun it out on 83 and smaked the center wall, taking out the right rear quater and cracked the frame, after that it became a beater. for a year or two till I junked it.

then after that we took that motor (olds 350 nicely Built) and stuck it in an 80 gran prix with t-tops, it used to be a diesel so I didnt have to go through emissions which meant no cats on the exhaust.

That car did have a rust problem but man it was a fun car to drive. big ass plush velour bench seat, awesome date car




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I'm just picturing the Flinstones when you said that.

Yeah it wasnt always like that, there were numerous problems with that s-10 before i got it. Trans finally blew and the people that replaced it did a sh!t job and forgot to gear it with over drive so i was driving up I-90 doing about 70 and it blew and i junked it. Sad part was about 2 months before it blew up i finally got the brakes to work......dont ask how cause that STILL a mystery.

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Damn this is funny as hell. My buddy had a 77 cutty aswell. It for sure was a beater. holes in the floor boards big enough to lose shit in and I got soak anytime it rained. The water came from everywhere. He launched that thing probably, 10 to 15 feet off the road and the worst thing that happened to it was the oil dipstick fell out and sprayed oil all over the engine causing a huge amount of smoke. The final end to that car was when a newer VW bug hit it at about 60 mph in the front corner panel and fucked the frame up. Insurance must of thought it was a classic because they gave him $3800 for it. It was worth maybe $200. Great times.

My beater was a 90 Eagle Talon Tsi. Every other weekend I was working on that thing. Sold it for $250. damn did that suck!

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120k miles
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speedo works half the time (other half it indicates 0mph on the highway)
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passenger rear spring cracked in two (dude at Firestone showed me!)
horn doesn't work
needs plug,wires,fuel filter,oil change, radiator flush badly
no emergency brake (manual tranny - gotta leave her in gear)
FM/AM only - no tape deck or CD (doesn't anyone else know my pain?)


*note: body is now fixed but door doesn't like to open/shut

Then my pride and joy 1989 IROC-Z

117k miles
headliner sagging like 90 yr old tits
no ac/heat fan
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windshield wipers don't work
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That's what I had. Learned how to drive stick on that thing when I was 14. Had a piece of plywood for the driverside door which made it a pain in the a$$ to get in/out. I sure loved it though.....

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Favorite beater has to be my 91 Toyota Camry V6.

My Dad got it new in 1991. The first week out some assclown rams into it at a stoplight. Two years later, it was in my hands with only 18K miles on it. I redlined that bastige every chance I got for 7 years with no problems. In those 7 years, it was t-boned once and rear ended once. All I had done to it was one tuneup, one new muffler, 4 new struts and 4 new tires. I finally retired it at 140K miles.

In which my older brother paid $600 to have it deliverd to ABQ, New Mexico where he drives it everyday with no problems. Go Toyota!

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man I had a few, and am starting to turn my current one into as well..

but by FAR my favorite was the 1983 honda accord, 4 doors, 5 speeds, and 270K+ miles... it ran great until one day while I was letting it warm up and telling this customer about how reliable the old car was when he pointed at it and said is that car smoking? I said yeah, and I realzied that the thermostat had seized shut and the block split when it overheated, but the bastard still made it home like 11 miles on three cyl, the motor seized RIGHT in front of my parents house (actually I don't know when the block split, but I know that was the problem)

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