Some parts of the past are best forgotten. Vehicles like this, inferior in all but price, resulted in the Japanese invasion of the American market. Amazing to see one still running, though.
To each each their own. I loved my Chevy Chevette. It had a manual transmission. You're right, though,it wasn't well made. Fun to drive through the snow.
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