Now sure it was an older model at the time - this was 2004 and I owned a 1982 coupe, but that car was great.
The story of my car starts on a cold morning in October. My friend Ian and I were searching for a new vehicle for me and we saw an advertisement in the paper for a $200 car. The picture and the ad made this car seem like it was in mint condition.
Folks. If something seems too good to be true, it usually is - but in this case, it was awesome! So wondering what an awesome looking/sounding car was doing unsold at a mere $200, Ian and I headed to the Car Casino. I would learn that it was named this because you were gambling on whether any vehicle bought there would last fifteen minutes after the papers were signed!
Thinking there must be a mistake, I questioned the owner - and he informed me that there in fact was no mistake and that I should buy it now before anyone else had a chance to drive this excellent machine.
Undaunted, Ian and I took it for a test drive. Unfortunately, after getting inside of the car we realized that there were no door handles on the inside. So I decided that I would let down the windows, at which point we discovered only the passenger side backdoor actually let down! Shrugging, we decided we would try to drive it anyway.
Laughing nervously, we bought our drinks and let the car rest before continuing our journey.
I started the car up again and giggled as it jumped and sputtered before finally starting up - I had an image of my car having seizures! It was then that we learned that this car didn't have reverse. Ian, laughing, got out and pushed us backwards as I steered. People were starting to stare and we acted like it was the normal way to get around! "What? Your car doesn't look like the chimney of a factory and smell like an active paper mill? Man you are missing out!"
We drove back to the lot and I wrote the owner a check.
This car turned out to be a godsend for the three months it lasted. I saved so much on gas, because no one ever wanted me to drive them places. They would be like, no man let's take my car - you can leave yours at home!
I also didn't date much because of it! This also saved me a ton of cash!
Looking back I miss my German made POS, and wonder if it is looking down at me from auto-heaven. I like to think it is.