What's The Worst You've Ever Gotten Your Car Stuck?

My brother got his Dodge Caliber stuck in some Arkansas mud yesterday. Photo: Ben Tracy

The other day, for the millionth time, I had to help someone get their car unstuck from a mud hole. That got me thinking: I wonder how many awesome stories Jalopnik readers have on this topic. Let’s hear your stories about the worst you’ve ever buried your cars.

Earlier this week I got a call from my brother asking for advice on how to get his 2007 Dodge Caliber (yes, the same one that never has its oil changed) out of an Arkansas mud hole.


After pretending like I hadn’t heard “Dodge Caliber” and “mud hole” in the same sentence, I walked him through the standard procedure: dig the tire out until the body is no longer touching the ground, rock the car between drive and reverse, turn the steering wheel left and right.

After hanging up the phone, I got to thinking about how many times I’ve had to help get cars unstuck from mud holes or deep snow. I think the answer is somewhere close to infinity. Which is great, because—for some reason—I love getting cars stuck.

When I was living in Kansas, my five brothers and I had a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee at our disposal, and, often times, zero to do. I’ve already told my story about the worst I’ve ever been stuck out there in Kansas, now let’s hear yours.

What was the worst you’ve ever gotten your car stuck? Let’s see some pictures of your buried automobiles.


Speaking of pictures, here are a few I have lying around:

My 1992 Jeep Cherokee high-centered somewhere in western MIchigan
My friend got a Ram 2500 stuck in deep snow in northern Michigan (I wrote about it here)
My brother got a rental Mercedes CLA stuck in my back yard.
The same brother who buried the CLA did the same thing to my parents’ Chevrolet Astro van, except this is in what used to be their front yard in Virginia.

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David Tracy

Writer, Jalopnik. 1979 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle, 1985 Jeep J10, 1948 Willys CJ-2A, 1995 Jeep Cherokee, 1992 Jeep Cherokee auto, 1991 Jeep Cherokee 5spd, 1976 Jeep DJ-5D, totaled 2003 Kia Rio