- Jun 20, 2009
- Tel Aviv, Israel
- Merkavim Mars
Well then, in that case, you can't forget these honeys:
VW Rabbit 1.5L Diesel
That's a brilliant engine! My first two cars were Mk II Golfs with the same Diesel engine, and even though they sounded and vibrated like a tractor in idle, especially when cold, they are tough little engines that will last forever if you top off the oil regularily.
Most it belched out smoke and didn't work, period. When it did work, it got 30mpg - which wasn't often.
Except for the fact that they didn't. They got to about 150K, as I recall, and then usually committed suicide; after not exactly being low maintenance for their prior lifespan. Weren't very good, cost a lot to maintain, were annoyingly loud and did much to hasten the demise of diesel as a viable mainstream option in US market cars.
I'm one of those "wish the U.S would get more diesel compact cars" guys. There are some really nice ones available to other countries that we aren't allowed to have for no apparent reason.
Except for the fact that they didn't. They got to about 150K, as I recall, and then usually committed suicide by necessitating repairs that cost more than the car did new.
The best sound in the world
feelin' right at home
Also, it will pretty much last forever.