5 Cars I'm Only Slightly Ashamed To Love
If you couldn't figure it out from the title, this is a list of cars that I like even though they have their issues.
We all have those guilty pleasures – fried mac n cheese, trashy rom-coms, ABBA, take your pick. Those things that you really shouldn’t like as much as you do, but dammit whenever you’re down they put a smile on your face and make things seem a little better for a while. While the cars on this list might not be as good for the soul as fried comfort food and a movie musical with Amanda Seyfried, the fill that same position on four wheels. For the purposes of this list I’m avoiding cars I’ve already featured in similar lists. Now buckle in for the handful of cars that I’m very much guilty of loving and I’m only slightly ashamed of.
5. Maserati Quattroporte V
Perhaps the least guilty of my guilty pleasures, I refuse to be ashamed of how much I love these cars. I only got my first drive in one recently and I my last article was a review of that car, but thankfully the Quattroporte was everything I hoped it would be. Yes, it’s horribly unreliable. Yes, any M or AMG or S-Line car will spank it in a drag race. But when you’re cocooned in wood and Italian leather and have the soundtrack of that glorious V8, none of that matters. All that matters is the sound coming out of the exhaust and getting to your mistress’s condo in style. Assuming it doesn’t break down on the way.
4. Dodge Durango R/T
This SUV is stupid. This SUV is pointless. This SUV never really sold. This SUV is an absolute riot. I love this SUV. The R/T featured a massive Hemi V8 and made silly pops and bangs when the paddles eventually responded and let you change gear. It was also extremely comfortable and decently appointed on the inside. It may not be anywhere near as muscular and capable as a Trackhawk or as luxurious as a Lincoln, but if your driveway is the only thing you can manage to pull out of, at least this will make the school run a little more fun.
3. Lincoln Mk. VIII
Much like a certain YouTube personality that has a hard time noticing BMW M-Coupes, I harbor a love for American land yachts - in fact I’ve owned one since high school. So, when I see a massive coupe with a V8, soft suspension, and overstuffed seats I’m always very happy. I’ll be honest, the Mk VIII isn’t the prettiest car ever built (particularly with the late model grille design) and the interior isn’t exactly the nicest. But I challenge any and all of you to find a better road trip car for you and your plus one for anywhere near as cheap as these are. Just be wary that Lincolns like these tend to cause gray hair and increased anger towards children on your lawn in most owners.
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2. Jaguar XJR (X308)
Similar to the Maserati I mentioned earlier, this isn’t a car I’m terribly ashamed to say that I love. Also like the Maserati it may be a little less than reliable and hugely depreciated, but when you sit yourself down in the sea of leather and wood (aside from the obvious Ford group parts bin parts) it’s just a nice place to be. Add in a supercharged V8 with plenty of power (when it runs that is), and again you’ve found the recipe for an excellent four door cruiser and date night car. Especially since it’s a Jag and everybody already knows you’re going to find a way to dodge the bill after spending all night flirting with the server.
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1. Edsel Ranger
Yes, I do actually have a soft spot for one of the greatest automotive flops of all time. I am aware that the looks are, well controversial to say the least, and I do know that when they launched the brand that more that 25% of the cars they sent out to be driven to the dealers didn’t make it. But they will always be special to me because back when I was a teenager, I learned how to drive with three pedals in a 1959 Ranger. I’d sort of attempted it in an MGB just before getting into the Edsel, but my feet were too wide for the pedal box and I never quite got it right until I was in the Edsel.
Now that I’ve listed a few of my guilty pleasure cars I’m curious to hear what cars you consider to be your guilty pleasures. Let me know in the comments below!