My first car was a Pegueot 206 GRD. I loved it, it was a rugged little bastard with no electronics whatsoever (excluding the headlights), but at no point did I think about throwing money into it for no practical purpose. I knew someone who spen something like $15000-20000 on doing up a Renault Clio (look it up...that'll give you a real kick). I pointed out for the same money they could have bought a second hand BMW 3 Series, but that was ignored.
Kids! *shakes fist*
LOL at the Clio. That's desperately ugly. I think the push to little hatchy things was a bit harder in the UK. My mate just bought his second Civic and has spent a ridiculous amount of money (which he justifies by having bought it on a finance plan through Honda). What he fails to realize is how dirt cheap cars are in North America.
I was looking up prices for the 87 Monte Carlo and found a few newer models for less than $3,000. I mean, how can you beat that? A fully loaded basic version of a well-built yankee car, which means parts are going to be plentiful and cheap if anything breaks. Nah, let's do an overpriced bit of aluminium with parts from overseas. Tailpipe?