What's The Best-Worst Car You've Ever Owned?

Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove
Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove

There were days when I would walk out to my car, key in hand, filled with joy and anticipation for the drive to come. There were also days when I wished I would walk out and find that my car had been crushed by a meteor and I’d never have to deal with its bullshit again.


To be honest, this was all my fault. You can’t blame a problem on a ‘70s Volkswagen. They’re so simple that any problem is something I could have fixed. Sure it was rusty. I could have patched that rust. Sure it clunked a lot. I could have refreshed the whole suspension. If I was ever mad that I had to track down some mysterious electrical fault making it run bad, well, that’s what I signed up for after spending $1,500 to buy a car with a fully exposed engine.

As much as it caused me endless annoyances, that’s why I bought the thing; to intentionally put hurdles in my path so that I’d have to learn how to fix them. I have nothing but love for my old Baja, no matter how many times I wished it would burn to the ground so I wouldn’t need to call a tow truck.

What single car have you owned that you loved and hated the most?

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.


Andrew Fails

Best and worst are the same car. My 2010 Mini Cooper S.

Best because of the chassis.

Worst because of the clattering, oil burning fragile lump of plastic that poses as an engine.