The Car That Beat You

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Many of us spend hours, months and even years working on our cars to get them looking and working the way we want them to. But sometimes, the cars say no more.

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Our man David Tracy is as good a mechanic as anyone, but his 1995 Honda Accord—a car that should be largely trouble-free—continues to baffle him, even more so than his fleet of old, rusty Jeeps. Sometimes the car just won’t stay un-broken, no matter how much time and effort you put into it.

What’s the car that beat you?

Maybe it’s a car that proved impossible to fix correctly or cheaply. Maybe it’s a car with a problem that persisted no matter how many mechanics put their hands on it. Or maybe it’s one that seemed like a great idea at the time, but put you in way over your head faster than expected.

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Me, I’ve owned a Subaru WRX and now two Mini Coopers, so I’ve never had any problems with reliability or bizarre, unrepairable mechanical and electrical gremlins. Nope, never. Not even once.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go cry alone in a closet.

Editor-in-Chief at Jalopnik. 2002 Toyota 4Runner.

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pizzaman09
pizzaman09

My parents have a 97 Jeep Grand Cherokee that has a hesitation issue every time you pull out of the driveway or a parking lot after just starting it. Over 10 years, hundreds of dollars of sensors and repairs and it still has the same problem. No dealer or mechanic can seem to figure it out. It never stalls but hesitating down to 200 rpm is very inconvenient when pulling into traffic. The 4.0L straight 6 has a reputation for reliability, ours however has been a basket case for a long time. We like the Jeep, have owned it since new, but it just doesn’t run correctly all the time.