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Tell Us Your Biggest Automotive Regret

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CountersteerYour true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.

Regret is a terrible emotion because it has to do with hindsight. You rationalized yourself not to do something and then the opportunity passed you by. You only realized your mistake after the fact.


Raphael Orlove has one such story. About two years ago, a manual Toyota Cressida popped up for sale on Craigslist. And it wasn’t just any Cressida. This one had a 1JZ engine swap. Raph was smitten with it.

But it wasn’t meant to be. The clean-as-hell Cressida was $8,000 and he already had his Beetle that he wasn’t ready to give up on just yet. Also, it was $8,000.


But I know Raph still thinks about it, because when I pitched this Countersteer idea to him this morning, he volunteered the Cressida without me even asking for an example. Then he went off to a meeting room and cried alone for an hour.

I’m sorry the car got away, man. There will be others.

What about you? What are some of your greatest automotive regrets? Swaps that you wish you hadn’t swapped? Mods you wish you hadn’t installed? Selling something you shouldn’t have sold?

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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McGrillus Flaxseed

Not learning to drive stick when i had the chance. In highschool, my best friend had a 95 Ranger single cab with a stick. He offered to teach me, but i never took him up on it. Now, at 26, i dont know a soul that has a stick. Maybe i need better friends.

And this is more than just “oh i wish i knew just for the sake of it” because i routinely see good deals on manual cars, mainly, the 2018 GT mustang. Local shop has them for around 32k, which is in my wheelhouse for being able to just buy outright, but low and behold, i dont know how to drive a stick

(shame ensues)