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16th Sep '17 11:44:06 PM Dingbot
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-->Piece of shit car. Turn the air conditioner on in a Chevette while you're driving, it's like hitting the car in the balls. It goes down to 5 all of a sudden. I feel like the Flintstones in that thing. You push the lighter in, the battery light comes on. No wonder I'm fuckin' drunk. I hit a moth one time, it did $400 damage to this piece of shit. The moth was all right; he rolled with it. He took off, I'm waitin' for a tow truck. 'What happened to your car buddy?' Shit, I hit a bug. 'You're lucky to be alive. A man in Tennessee hit a ladybug in one of them things sheered his head clean off.

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-->Piece of shit car. Turn the air conditioner on in a Chevette while you're driving, it's like hitting the car in the balls. It goes down to 5 all of a sudden. I feel like the Flintstones in that thing. You push the lighter in, the battery light comes on. No wonder I'm fuckin' drunk. I hit a moth one time, it did $400 damage to this piece of shit. The moth was all right; he rolled with it. He took off, I'm waitin' for a tow truck. 'What happened to your car buddy?' Shit, I hit a bug. 'You're lucky to be alive. A man in Tennessee hit a ladybug in one of them things sheered sheared his head clean off.
12th Sep '17 7:26:50 AM WhosAsking
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* In ''Series/AdamTwelve's'' "The Beast," Malloy and Reed are assigned the eponymous patrol car that's just a few hundred miles away from mandatory retirement. It's such a piece of junk that Malloy doesn't even want to be behind the wheel, one of the very few instances in the series where Reed drives the car. It seems to end up spending more time in the police garage than on the street. Apart from the rear-view mirror that won't stay up and the glove box that keeps popping open, it suffers a blown radiator hose, busted tail light, and three cracked pistons before a brake failure finally causes it to roll downhill into a light pole. It is last seen ''towed'' back to the station.

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* In ''Series/AdamTwelve's'' "The Beast," Malloy and Reed are assigned the eponymous patrol car that's just a few hundred miles away from mandatory retirement. It's such a piece of junk that Malloy doesn't even want to be behind the wheel, one of the very few instances in the series where Reed drives the car. It seems to end up spending more time in the police garage than on the street. Apart from windows that won't roll completely down, the rear-view mirror that won't stay up up, and the glove box that keeps popping open, it suffers a blown radiator hose, busted tail light, and three a cracked pistons distributor cap before a brake failure finally causes it to roll downhill into a light pole. It is last seen ''towed'' back to the station.
6th Sep '17 9:13:14 AM Hwarin
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* This trope is actually named in FanFic/WereJerrySpringerNotCasablanca
-->''He chanced a look into the work area and saw the alleged car pulled into the bay. “That car looks like it needed to be taken out back and shot ten years ago, boy,” he said. It was a sad sight; a boxy sedan that was at least half rust. The other half might have been duct tape''
28th Aug '17 2:36:45 PM Storygirl000
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** In a short for the spinoff ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', Applejack and Big Mac find one of these to serve as the tour bus for the girls' band. It's so dilapidated that it falls apart as soon as AJ bangs on the fender. Subverted later in the short, when the girls manage to turn it into a CoolCar with the help of their powers.
28th Aug '17 1:01:11 PM WhosAsking
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* In ''Series/AdamTwelve's'' "The Beast," Malloy and Reed are assigned the eponymous patrol car that's just a few hundred miles away from mandatory retirement. It's such a piece of junk that Malloy doesn't even want to be behind the wheel, one of the very few instances in the series where Reed drives the car.

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* In ''Series/AdamTwelve's'' "The Beast," Malloy and Reed are assigned the eponymous patrol car that's just a few hundred miles away from mandatory retirement. It's such a piece of junk that Malloy doesn't even want to be behind the wheel, one of the very few instances in the series where Reed drives the car. It seems to end up spending more time in the police garage than on the street. Apart from the rear-view mirror that won't stay up and the glove box that keeps popping open, it suffers a blown radiator hose, busted tail light, and three cracked pistons before a brake failure finally causes it to roll downhill into a light pole. It is last seen ''towed'' back to the station.
-->'''Mechanic''': Wow, what happened?\\
'''Reed''': Well, we retired it for you a little early.
21st Aug '17 6:12:39 AM Angus_Old
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* ''VideoGame/BeamNG.drive" features a few examples:
** The Ibishu Pigeon is an unstable 3-wheeler that has a top speed of 65 mph.
** The stanced Ibishu Pessima has virtually no ride height and very crappy handling.
** The beater Ibishu Covet has a 1.5 carburetted engine with a blown head gasket, broken shocks, worn tires and dirt/rust textures all around.
** One scenario has you driving a cement mixer that not only likes to tip over the corners, but also loses parts as you drive it.
*** The parts actually fall off so quickly that it is hard to complete the challenge (which takes about 4 minutes) without everything falling off before the truck reaches the finish.
14th Aug '17 5:03:32 PM Bissek
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** The ''Millennium Falcon'' manages to be both this and a CoolShip. It's reputed to be the fastest ship in the galaxy, and it can do [[WhatAPieceOfJunk some amazing things despite its condition]]. But there's always something wrong with it, and it can easily become non-functional and turn its occupants into sitting ducks (usually [[PlotDrivenBreakdown for plot reasons]]). This is most famously used in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', where Han and Chewie spend much of the Hoth sequence trying (and failing) to get it into condition to escape from the planet.

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** The ''Millennium Falcon'' manages to be both this and a CoolShip. It's reputed to be the fastest ship in the galaxy, and it can do [[WhatAPieceOfJunk some amazing things despite its condition]]. But there's always something wrong with it, and it can easily become non-functional and turn its occupants into sitting ducks (usually [[PlotDrivenBreakdown for plot reasons]]). This is most famously used in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'', where Han and Chewie spend much of the Hoth sequence trying (and failing) to get it into condition to escape from the planet. It's status as this even gets weaponized in one of the ExpandedUniverse novels - because the Falcon is continually being redesigned and repaired, the Empire has three totally different confirmed sensor profiles for the ship gathered over a period of only ''four years'', and as a result have to assume that the bizarre sensor profile being given off by two distant fighters acting as decoy really is the Falcon, luring them away from targets of actual value.
13th Aug '17 10:47:55 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' (1987). "After losing the two previous vehicles we had been issued, the only car the department would release to us at this point was an unmarked 1987 Yugo; a Yugoslavian import donated as a test vehicle by the government of that country and [[DamnedWithFaintPraise reflecting the cutting edge of Serbo-Croatian technology]]."

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* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' (1987). "After losing the two previous vehicles we had been issued, the only car the department would release to us at this point was an unmarked 1987 Yugo; a Yugoslavian import donated as a test vehicle by the government of that country and [[DamnedWithFaintPraise [[DamnedByFaintPraise reflecting the cutting edge of Serbo-Croatian technology]]."
13th Aug '17 10:46:56 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' (1987). "After losing the two previous vehicles we had been issued, the only car the department would release to us at this point was an unmarked 1987 Yugo; a Yugoslavian import donated as a test vehicle by the government of that country and reflecting the cutting edge of Serbo-Croatian technology."

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* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' (1987). "After losing the two previous vehicles we had been issued, the only car the department would release to us at this point was an unmarked 1987 Yugo; a Yugoslavian import donated as a test vehicle by the government of that country and [[DamnedWithFaintPraise reflecting the cutting edge of Serbo-Croatian technology.technology]]."
12th Aug '17 3:46:25 PM nombretomado
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* In the early ''{{Spenser}}'' detective novels, Spenser drives several of these. The first was a 1968 Chevy convertible in such awful condition that everyone he meets remarks on it. He justifies keeping it by saying that if it gets damaged in the line of duty, he doesn't care all that much. He later wrecks a Subaru somewhere near the Charles River locks. By the 1990s, he's switched to something better, but he still loses cars with some frequency after that, and implies he's never too attached to them.

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* In the early ''{{Spenser}}'' ''Literature/{{Spenser}}'' detective novels, Spenser drives several of these. The first was a 1968 Chevy convertible in such awful condition that everyone he meets remarks on it. He justifies keeping it by saying that if it gets damaged in the line of duty, he doesn't care all that much. He later wrecks a Subaru somewhere near the Charles River locks. By the 1990s, he's switched to something better, but he still loses cars with some frequency after that, and implies he's never too attached to them.
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