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My very first car that I owned was with my first (ex) husband. We were both in University and so we scrimped and saved until we had enough money in 1970 to buy a French-made car - a red Peugeot. It was a sunroof-equipped four-door saloon, very highly rated. We were so excited!
But our excitement was short-lived. Everything that could go wrong with that car did go wrong. The sunroof blew off the first month we had it. We were driving on the highway at the time. Next I was driving in a blinding snowstorm in Toronto when the windshield wipers fell off. Yep, I said "fell off". I had to open my window, stick my head out and drive all the way home like that.
The transmission locked up within 6 months and had to be replaced. Eventually we fought for a replacement car or reimbursement of all the expenses we had in the first 9 months. Mechanics in Toronto who checked the car shook their heads and showed us cracked hoses and inferior damaged engine parts. After a lengthy fight with Peugeot we did eventually receive some compensation. But the car was a junker within a year - so disappointing to us.
Our next car was an older used dark green Mustang which was in such bad shape that we had to use a rope passing from the driver's side window through the car out the passenger side window and across the roof to hold the doors shut. On a trip up north the entire transmission dropped out of the car, thankfully in a small town and not on the highway where we had been just 5 minutes earlier. We abandoned the car in that northern town and took a bus all the way home. It was many miles and hours of misery.
|Pontiac Acadian 1977|
Oh the joys of being young and poor and needing transportation! What was your first car and when did you buy it? Got any funny stories about it?