“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”
― Henry Ford
The quote is on the internet, so it must be true and it must mean whatever I want it to mean in my usage of it here because, like it, I am also on the internet thus I too am true.
how cliche is a front-engine, rear drive, push-rod V-8 American car?
About the same as those who fantasize over the Acronyms: FWD, DOHC, IRS, or descriptions Paddle-shift, Turbo as being so much superior to anything else without a clue as to why.
My cousin bought a 1993 Corvette because it was the first modern, all electric more or less Corvette, for 10,000 dollars five years ago.
Well now he has near that in the car, has driven it less than two thousand mile, been in the shop often, drive-train and body problems.
It needed a new distributor cap, I told him you get what you spend for but he put on a generic thing that did not fit unless part of it was ground off, by a mechanic at the shop he took it to. Well that was last year and his new cheaper by a couple hundred dollars cap went pffft.
Now he does not even drive the car out of town because he is paranoid it will break down, not that he has ever had a break down.
He is cheap and I do not hesitate to tell him you get what you pay for, BUT now he want to buy some used FWD crap-wagon as a drive around town car.
I told him , why, do you want to inherit all the problems the original owner sold it to get away from.
Of the past two ohc fwd crap-wagon sedans he has owned , he still has the Equinox he bought new, one he had to put a rebuilt engine into and the Equinox he had to put new pistons in, by the grace of God, that happened 3,000 miles before the warranty ran out.
Don,t tell me how the new electronic OHC, FWD crap wagons, are better than what people drove before.
He had a Canadian Chrysler Intrepid which a front-end loader hit the front wheel with the bucket, just the wheel not the fender.
They had to, and I mean had to , total the car.
They fixed it, but after the work was done the car was determined to be unfit for the road. It would not drive straight.
Gotta love FWD crap-wagons.