Our man Ross is in the middle of telling us the story about his summer of regret. It started when he sold his Subaru WRX to buy a Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport. A Centennial Edition Grand Sport nonetheless. But that car brought Ross on a journey that lasted 100 days and ended in misery. Part two will be up later today.
Before we get there, I want to know about any cars or trucks (or bikes, buses, motorhomes, boats, or planes) that you regret buying.
I don’t regret buying my 1984 Mercedes-Benz 300TD wagon. I regret that the project has only seen movement based on the actual flipping of the calendar pages and not the firing up of V8 wonder. I still love that car and plan to see the project turn into my daily driver.
If I regretted buying any vehicle, it would have to be the 1999.5 Audi A4 1.8T I convinced my wife we needed. The story of that car exists on Hoonvierse 1.0, which is seeing all of its old posts migrated to the new site. Yes, we know we’re missing many old tales. We still have them, and they’re on their way up. Back to the car. We bought it used off a coworker and it seemed to be in great shape.
But the prior owner was a rich kid who didn’t really give a shit about what happened next to the car. One day, the wastegate shot off and lodged itself into the catalytic converter. It presented as an emissions fault on the scanner. It drove like a very heavy Audi sedan with four cylinders and no back pressure for the turbocharger. I didn’t know better back then, but I do today.
Well, maybe not. My Craigslist search history would suggest otherwise.
What vehicle do you regret buying?