By on February 13, 2017

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, RH front view - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

For most of the 1980s and well into the 1990s, most cars made by Chrysler were members of the many-branched K-Car family tree. In the early years, the K was sold as an all-American economy car for the frugal, but Lee Iacocca had his eye on stealing some sales from European luxury marques. Perhaps a K made to look something like a Mercedes-Benz would do the job?

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, decklid 600 SE emblem - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

This approach wasn’t so convincing for the Ford Granada, but Chrysler went ahead and made the Dodge 600 with suspiciously Mercedes-ish badging.

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, engine - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

The 600 was available with the turbocharged 2.2-liter engine, as we have seen, but this one has the ordinary naturally aspirated 2.5.

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, red velour upholstery - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

This one has the Whorehouse Red Velour upholstery so beloved by American and Japanese car manufacturers during the late 1980s. 1992 may have been the peak year for this phenomenon.

1987 Dodge 600 in Denver wrecking yard, bumper stickers - ©2017 Murilee Martin - The Truth About Cars

The final owner of this car was NOT A LIBERAL, just in case you were wondering what sort of Coloradan might drive a 30-year-old K-Car.

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93 Comments on “Junkyard Find: 1987 Dodge 600 SE...”


  • avatar
    threeer

    Oh, Lord wontcha buy me a Mercedes-Benz…oh, wait a minute, that’s not a Mercedes, it’s a Chrysler! How’d I ever tell them apart?

    Seriously though, I still think the Dodge Lancer/Chrysler Lebaron got the K-car platform just right. I loved my 1986 Lancer (well, except for the tractor-grade clutch and manual), and it held up surprisingly well.

    • 0 avatar
      JimC2

      For the time, the paint and bodies on the late eighties Ks held up fairly well. Many of them were “average” cars when they were new on the lot, but if you took reasonable care of them then on the surface they wouldn’t rot in your driveway and they still looked nice when they were 3-4 years old. That was not always the case with many average cars in the 1970s and early 80s.

      • 0 avatar
        BalmyRodLincoln

        This reminds me… Holy hell the undercoat they put on these cars. Trying to remove anything from the chassis required getting through 1/4″ of roofing tar first. I guess it worked!

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      Yeah, I don’t quite think this is what Janis Joplin meant.

      I’m not terribly fond of cars that try to approximate luxury cars on the cheap, without being so themselves (especially the shameless line of Hyundai / Kia near-luxury cars from about 2002-2011). But take away the Mercedes-Benz-esque styling, and this car seems to stand out in its own right

    • 0 avatar
      psarhjinian

      At least it’s not a Chrysler that looks like a Bentley.

  • avatar
    JimC2

    This one looks like it has the speedometer that would move backwards from zero if you drove it in reverse. Most cars had a physical peg there, but not the K Car. For all you millenials and others who were born too late, old speedometers used a flexible cable between the transmission and the gauge. The cable spun round and round inside its sheath and it drove a tiny generator on the back of the gauge. When you drove backwards, the cable spun backwards too. Nowadays the instrument just reads electrical pulses from the ABS sensors on the wheels or from some other spinning magnet doohickey elsewhere in the drivetrain. Forward or reverse, the needle still moves “up.” Boring.

    The question on everybody’s minds, my personal K Car driving in reverse land speed record is about 40mph. Fast enough to make the needle point at the max forward numbers. The steering was EXTREMELY sensitive going backwards that fast!

    Kids these days…

  • avatar
    OldManPants

    “NOT A LIBERAL”

    A 30 year-old K-car wasn’t enough of a clue?

    • 0 avatar
      John-95_Taurus_3.0_AX4N

      Those idiots driving old cars, when will they learn? The NERVE of some people! Where do they get off not having money?

      Don’t worry. Maybe they moved up to a SWEET sexy Aztec-cum-Buick Rendezvous!

      • 0 avatar

        lol John, that sounds like me, I’ve got a 40 year old Chevy, and a 13 year old Buick Rendezvous that I inherited.

        I prefer driving the tired old Chevy to the nice and clean low mileage Buford.

        • 0 avatar
          John-95_Taurus_3.0_AX4N

          You prefer an older car and have the NERVE to like it? For shame. Everyone knows smart people (liberals) drive brand new cars. Only the dirt farmers in the fly-over states are stupid enough to drive a new truck or an old car.

          Anyone who drives an old car is automatically a Trump a§§ kisser.

          I mean, just look at this one:
          https://images.craigslist.org/00f0f_8rIsfgzTGQM_1200x900.jpg

          • 0 avatar
            baconator

            One of the most liberal people I know, an *actual* lesbian starving artist, drives an ’89 Ford Ranger. It’s the Jalopnik-special: White, manual transmission, vinyl instead of carpet, mouse-fur bench seat, and steel wheels.

            She keeps asking me if I could find her something even cheaper to drive, and I keep telling her that the total running cost of that Ranger is as cheap as anything I can possibly think of.

          • 0 avatar

            yeah.. I’m one of those oddball moderates that don’t exist!

          • 0 avatar
            PolestarBlueCobalt

            YEAH! Only the smartest save money by buying new at a dealership. The Dealer gave me a killer deal!

    • 0 avatar
      e30gator

      At least it wasn’t a brodozer.

      • 0 avatar
        OldManPants

        “At least it wasn’t a brodozer.”

        Not a lot of E-5 pensions will stretch for that no matter how many Home Depot hours supplement it once the grandkids move in.

        • 0 avatar
          John-95_Taurus_3.0_AX4N

          Im so happy you libtards are so understanding, non-judgemental and accepting of *all* people, just like you preach…Unless they’re white, don’t work in an office, don’t drive a Ride Height mobile and have the NERVE to not hate conservative ideas. Then, its cool to spit on them, make fun of them, treat them like sub-human walking trash piles.

          • 0 avatar
            e30gator

            No one’s judging him for driving an old car. Hell, I have a 25 yo F-150 falling apart and leaking oil in my driveway as we speak.
            But if the guy didn’t want to be judged by other motorists, he probably shouldn’t have put stupid bumper stickers all over his car.

            “I’m going to put these anti-Hillary/Liberal stickers all over my vehicle so I can show my acceptance of different opinions.” –Said no conservative sticker connoisseur ever.

            If you can’t take the heat…

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      And we wonder how we’ve landed in the political mess we’re in now?

      Simple: we allowed our political beliefs to boil down to who we oppose or beliefs we hate, versus what we actually believe in.

      Stupid, stupid, stupid…and there’s plenty of that going around on both sides of the aisle. Wake up, folks.

      • 0 avatar
        05lgt

        I swear, the thought process of “I don’t like either of these 2 things so they must be the same thing” has taken over the reigns of society.

      • 0 avatar
        e30gator

        So true, my friend. Scary thing is it seems like there’s no such thing as a “moderate” anymore. If I’m looking at where I fall on the spectrum, I suppose I’m a liberal, but there’s plenty of conservative ideologies I agree with. Example: Environmental health has become a partisan issue. Can someone be an environmentalist AND a fiscal conservative and not be branded one way or the other?

        Even car preference has political connotations these days. Prius or a Subaru? Liberal cars. Full size pickup? Conservative.

        I hope we can get past this crap someday.

        • 0 avatar
          JimC2

          @e30gator- I hope we can get past it to. And no matter what your political persuasion and mine, I wish more people understood civilized discourse as you do.

          Here’s a thought-provoking trivia question for the B&B:

          Several years ago, among the elected officials to the U.S. Congress, one of them owned a Honda Insight (the original one, with the two seats and three cylinder engine). You get one guess as to which of the two major parties he belonged to… Don’t guess wrong if you don’t know the answer.

        • 0 avatar
          Willyam

          @e30gator-Right with you in the crowded center lane. I’ve owned five Jeeps and a couple other 4wd vehicles. I used to be an avid trail explorer (slightly diff breed than rock crawler or mudder). I went on family-friendly trail runs. I also spent a ton of time (sometimes unwillingly) bass fishing with my Dad, and many years mountain biking.

          Over the last decade the lakes have become clogged with plastic bottles, and the last of the trails near my old city was closed due to the huge amount of trash/busted parts deposited by jackasses.

          I was a member of Tread Lightly. I’m in FAVOR of many of the things the EPA does (you can actually SEE L.A. now). So I have “liberal” rubber stamped on me because I like my trails sans trash? It’s unpleasant.

        • 0 avatar
          la834

          > “Even car preference has political connotations these days. Prius or a Subaru? Liberal cars. Full size pickup? Conservative.”

          I wasn’t aware of Subaru drivers being perceived as more liberal than those of other brands. What gives? Do lefties like having better bad-weather traction? The lower center of gravity of boxer engines? Pls explain….

      • 0 avatar
        John-95_Taurus_3.0_AX4N

        Actually, I had nothing against Ride Man Pants Hight until he began spitting his venim at anyone who doesn’t bow to the greatness of Clinton and Obama. And especially at those who don’t have to means to drive something he deems acceptable, no matter how proud that person is of their car, an “old junker” or not.

        Now, why would I take that personally? What could possibly offend me when he talks about people who drive “old junkers” and don’t vote liberal as though they are the scum of the earth? Where is all of that tolerance y’all are supposed to champion? I guess for some, its quite selective.

        “You must believe what I do. Drive what I do. Agree with everything I do. THEN I can accept you unconditionally.” LMAO

        I despise politics. I have voted for both sides at one time or another, and for the first time in my adult life, I didn’t vote this past election for either candidate because I don’t like either. Had I been forced to, well, it wouldn’t be Hellary, unless it was a petition to send her to prison where she belongs.

        But be damned if I’m going to sit around and be judged by a total @$$hole who likes to put people down to make himself feel better.

        In simpler words: he started it. LOL

        Mike, you and others (such as Dal, etc) are the kinda people I could see myself hanging out with, it wouldn’t matter if we agreed on NOTHING. The conversation would be civil. We agree to disagree on some subjects.

        My problem is with people who enjoy putting others down in such a way that if the people they despise did the same, they would be strung up by their pinky toes. But, its fine to make fun of poor white people who might have Rush on the radio of their 1993 Dodge Spirit, the new “politically correct” losers with cotton swabs for brains to be laughed at and spit on.

        • 0 avatar
          JimC2

          What if it was a 1993 Dodge Spirit R/T?

          With the manual transmission?

          With meticulously maintained original paint and the little pinstripes?

          Burning oil?

          With a temporary spare on one corner?

          DRIVING UNDER THE SPEED LIMIT IN THE LEFT LANE??

          Hehehe ;)

          • 0 avatar
            John-95_Taurus_3.0_AX4N

            Nope, bench seats and not a matching wheel on it.

            That’s all he could afford when the battery in his Prius died, since he now works at McDonalds instead of Boeing like he did in the 2000s. THANK GOD Obummer fixed the economy! Throwing money at it (that we don’t have) causing shovel sales to spike! Until they learned they didn’t build that.

          • 0 avatar
            30-mile fetch

            “THANK GOD Obummer fixed the economy! Throwing money at it (that we don’t have) causing shovel sales to spike! Until they learned they didn’t build that.”

            You claim to despise politics in a comment above but are pretty good a regurgitating some of the lower-level talking points with little provocation. You allowed OMP’s single line of snark to bait you into 500+ words of political ranting.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            John, worth noting: if not for “Obummer,” you and my lesbian daughter would BOTH still be riding the back of the damn bus.

        • 0 avatar
          e30gator

          Thanks for the laugh, John.

          I appreciate the irony of someone who probably spent the better part of an hour writing a long rant on the virtues of understanding and acceptance of those who don’t share your political views and then goes on to categorize them as “libtards” and “losers.”

          You sound like a very sensitive man. One who reads way too much into things and likes to make sweeping generalizations and call people names if you don’t agree with them. Thank you for reminding me of what it was like in middle school.

          And on behalf of the B&B, I would like to apologize if someone’s interpretation of the pictures above hurt your feelings.

          • 0 avatar
            quaquaqua

            There’s no use trying to have a rational conversation with that guy about politics or Toyotas or white supremacy. When you’re stuck in a nothing’s-better-than-a-90s-Ford state of mind, logic and reason have long since left the mind. He doesn’t have to think, he just has to be loud.

        • 0 avatar
          IHateCars

          Jesus…try decaf.

          Hey OMP, I think that you broke John’s brain!
          Keep those comments coming!

          • 0 avatar
            OldManPants

            I take no joy from his symptomatology triggered by comments not addressed to him.

            That’s why he’s on my protected species list.

          • 0 avatar
            JimC2

            “Jesus… try decaf.”

            Jesus would NEVER drink decaf. Decaf is Protestant coffee! Ohhhh noooo, now I’ve brought religion into it!

            Back on track with the Dodge 600, remember its market segment when these things came out. There were still lots of things like four-cylinder Fairmonts on the road and a national 55mph speed limit.

            The fuel injected 2.5 was a very nice improvement over the original shake-and-bake carbureted 2.2.

          • 0 avatar
            OldManPants

            “Jesus would NEVER drink decaf.”

            Maybe he should have.

            “Alright! Enough bread and fish already!
            Can’t you do some kind of dessert”?

        • 0 avatar
          Arthur Dailey

          @John, Once the owner put bumper stickers with political comments on his vehicle, the owner of said vehicle invited others to engage in a dialogue regarding her/his situation and political beliefs.

          As others have so eloquently pointed out, if she/he was driving a quite old, very inexpensive vehicle then she/he probably was in a socio-economic situation by which she/he would benefit greatly from the ‘safety net’ established by the government.

          And therefore voting for ‘free market, capitalist’ candidates would be very much against her/his own best interests.

          • 0 avatar
            JimC2

            “And therefore voting for ‘free market, capitalist’ candidates would be very much against her/his own *selfish* interests.”

            FIFY.

            Don’t presume to speak for others about what their “best” interests might or might not be. Bumper sticker guy/gal has free will and you’re not their father.

          • 0 avatar
            FreedMike

            Maybe he was poor. Or maybe he just liked driving around in old cars. Or maybe he was a she.

            This is the problem with passing judgment on people without knowing them – you don’t know them. Maybe we could all benefit from a little less judgment and a little more listening.

            I think liberals like me made the mistake of dinging Trump supporters without listening to them. And when so many of them spew hateful garbage, or trash me for a simple political disagreement, maybe that’s easy to do. But if we want a change, then we have to be the start of it.

          • 0 avatar
            golden2husky

            It’s always unwise to pass judgement by something like an “old” car. Sure I have a #notmypresdient sticker on my 26 year old Sable. Why? Because I’m not putting stickers on my C7. Point is that just because somebody is driving an old car does not necessarily mean they are poor or a dirtbag. I have many reasons for having a good condition beater in the fleet. Winter and Home Depot top the list.

            BTW: The interior of that car is not much different from the 87 K car I had. Mercedes lettering, indeed…

          • 0 avatar
            Arthur Dailey

            @Jim, Voting against our own best self interests is a common phenomena. Part of cognitive dissonance.

            And although driving an old vehicle is not necessarily a sign of impoverishment, statistically it is a fairly reliable and valid indicator.

          • 0 avatar
            JimC2

            “Voting against our own best self interests is a common phenomena. Part of cognitive dissonance.”

            Arthur, money isn’t everything. Just because you think there is dissonance doesn’t mean it’s there.

          • 0 avatar
            OldManPants

            “Arthur, money isn’t everything.”

            No, there’s also a magical Past of sheer-dumb-luck easy street for American white males because of historical fluke and geographical accidents of birth.

            God, I miss it! If Drumpf weren’t a misogynist boar I’da voted for him.

          • 0 avatar
            Willyam

            Arthur,
            Here’s one for all of us, right and left, to ponder.

            The state of Oklahoma, having exhausted its supply of oil money, managed to steer its budget to a 1.7 billion shortfall.

            One attempt to mitigate? Custom tags.

            One of the choices is the “Don’t Tread On Me” snake. Sold to alt-right drivers BY the government.

            Proof and entire list here:
            https://www.ok.gov/tax/Individuals/Motor_Vehicle/Forms_&_Publications/Specialty_Plate_Forms/Special_Interest__Plates.html

            Make of it what you will.

    • 0 avatar

      Odd. He clearly doesnt have the money to be republican and would probably directly benefit from the socialist programs the liberals would enact.

    • 0 avatar
      CaptainObvious

      And all this political crap was why I left Facebook. Can you guys just go there and hash it out?

      • 0 avatar
        -Nate

        @ Willyam ;
        .
        No, you are _NOT_ a “Lib’ral” ! you’re a true Conservative because you understand there are nuances in everything and facts, reality, logic and truth come into play in every case, not mindless hate and repeating talking points endlessly .
        .
        I thought we were talking about cool old K Cars, non ? .
        .
        -Nate

  • avatar
    Felix Hoenikker

    I can’t remember any Mercedes with red velour seats or velour of any color for that matter. MBs came with either MBtex or leather seats back then. I do remember riding in a Lebaron with the same red velour interior back in the day. It was pimp-o-licious.

    • 0 avatar
      John-95_Taurus_3.0_AX4N

      Must be why he said “American and Japanese” using it, not zeee Germanz.

    • 0 avatar
      kmoney

      I’ve seen Euro models with blue velour from the factory, as well as a some 190Es and 300s with basically factory beach-towel upholstery. I’ve never seen one of these cars stateside though. The MB implementation of both of these seems to look and feel better and less gaudy than what the home team could pull off.

      • 0 avatar
        Featherston

        @kmoney – I’ve never seen the MB analog, but I’m a big fan of the herringbone velour on early ’80s BMWs, especially in blue. And while I actually think 2010s BMW and Lexus do a good job with their MB-Tex analogs, I’d like it if good quality cloth still were available. Cloth makes it harder to sell an upgrade to heated and ventilated seats, I suppose.

    • 0 avatar
      baconator

      The W124 and W126 were available with velour seats, special order in the US. It was much more common to see them optioned that way in Europe. Yes, there was a whorehouse red, called Henna Red.

      http://www.worlduph.com/samples/mblea3.htm#*

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      Take a good look: that interior is in great shape for a five year old car, let alone a 30 year old car. Whorehouse red velour is timeless! But let’s turn the class up a notch and call it “social club ruby crushed velvet.”

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    Unfortunately by 1987 tastes were changing. The younger demographic embraced German ‘luxury’ meaning 3 Series BMW’s with ‘driving dynamics’ and minimalist (read all black) interiors.

    Whereas the previous generations appreciated a soft pillowy ride, zero road noise, one finger steering and an interior that looked like Madam’s boudoir.

    If this car had been released circa 1974 it could have received commercial success and critical acclaim.

  • avatar
    DownEaster

    The Early K Cars weren’t the best especially when they had carbs. The bugs were pretty much out of them by this point but they were getting old. Fuel Injection solved a lot of their problems. The 600ES of 1983-1984 was an interesting car and their successor the Dodge Lancer and Lebaron GTS was one I always wanted to drive and own in this era. They are still a classy looking car and competed decently against the Celebrity and 6000s of those day. Still like old Red interiors though! A Classic 80s car but still like the RWD Cutlass in their last year for 1987 better.

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      As I’ve stated in many threads on here, if I could find an unmolested, well-preserved Cutlass Supreme Bro-Ham Sedan from 1987, every option checked (except for a swap for a Delco CD deck, auto day-night mirror from a late “G,” and perhaps the “flash-to-pass” mod from gbody.com; bonus points for Rallye wheels and regular “sweep” speedo), including the 5.0 V8 with AOD transmission, and which only needs a couple thousand worth of NOS parts to make it a show winner, I’d use it as a summer toy, go to a couple Olds meets and shows, etc.

      Unfortunately, as I’ve also stated, that probably is nigh impossible, given that these are popular with a demographic favoring sound systems which could bring down small buildings from the vibrations they generate, wheels and tires which might have served on 747s, and Tlit-Wheels permanently in the full-up position, with the front seats permanently reclined at a 60-degree angle. Of course, the majority of them probably weren’t “donked” as just noted, but have probably been converted into Chinese laundry appliances after having been used as demolition-derby props, if not to cushion the landing for a monster-truck!

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Look at that 600 versus the Intrepid next to it, which is perhaps 13 years or so newer.

    Good microcosm of automotive styling history there…

  • avatar
    ajla

    Bought a 600 and didn’t spring for the convertible?

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    I like the “bolsters” on the seats. Very daring in the 80s for Mr. & Mrs. America.

    • 0 avatar
      Arthur Dailey

      Dan: Lincolns of the 1970’s with velour upholstery had bolsters or pillowed seating. The colour and bolsters of the 600 remind me of those in my much lamented 1976 Mark IV Pucci Edition.

      It is my longtime goal to purchase a fully restored Pucci.

    • 0 avatar
      John-95_Taurus_3.0_AX4N

      Oh, Dan, sit in a 1984 Olds Delta 88 Royale Braughm. Pillow seats that love to be sat in and make you comfortable.

      I need one in my life. A coupe, please.

      • 0 avatar
        Corey Lewis

        I remember the pillow seats in the Parisienne my distant relatives had, which I rode in once.

        http://www.newoldcar.com/images/Featured_Cars/Pontiac/Parisienne/512_1986_Pontiac_Parisienne_Brougham/1986%20Pontiac%20Parisienne%20Brougham%20Rear%20Interior.JPG

        Except red.

  • avatar

    My severance from the previous dealership I worked at was a check for $800 and the rebuilt/salvage title for a 1987 Dodge 600 we took in trade. I drove it for two months for fun until the head gasket blew. My father’s neighbor who thinks he’s a mechanic cobbled it together and I sold it for $500.

    People asked me what a 600 was and I told them, “You know a Chrysler 300? This is twice the car.”

  • avatar
    Drzhivago138

    I’ve seen plenty of K-cars, but only spotted one E-body (either a 600 or E-Class, probably not a Caravelle) in the wild.

  • avatar
    RedRocket

    “Whorehouse Red” upholstery remains infinitely superior to today’s “Smokers-Lung Black” upholstery found in 90+% of all vehicles. Detroit needs to bring back colorful interiors.

  • avatar
    seth1065

    Wow good to see I can just read about cars on junkyard finds, opps my bad it seems red vs blue and I am not talking the interior color makes it into this series also, cmon folks tone it down, I come here to read about cars not all that other BS.

    BTW to John,
    I hope you at least voted for somebody this election, I would be disappointed if you sat this out, my general rule, no vote, you do not get to bitch but that is just me.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    “Outsource the U.S. Government.” Truly hilarious, since all* government scandals these days tend to arise from poor supervision of private contractors.

    *Well, not all, but close enough to all to be a rounding error.

    There is a certain strain of fiscal conservatives that walks the walk. They are the cheapest people you will ever meet. A 30-year-old K-car, probably kept running for the last ten of those years with the serial application of tips out of “Cheap Bastard” columns from day-old newspapers found on the street, is exactly what you would expect one of those folks to drive.

  • avatar
    CowDriver

    My wife had one of these when we got married. It was the most gutless wonder I have ever driven. When its air conditioner died a few years later, that provided an instant excuse to get rid of that piece of s**t.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    We owned a 1984 Chrysler E-Class, bought in 1986 – silver w/gunmetal blue hood and narrow gunmetal blue area along the window sills with a nice pinstripe.

    One of the most comfortable cars I ever owned up to that time. We drove it for 8 years.

    Very fond memories of that car.

  • avatar
    indi500fan

    My Dad (RIP) had one of these and it was pretty reliable, passed on to my brother for a second stint.
    The Cleveland winters took a severe toll unfortunately, and it died of body cancer.

  • avatar
    plee

    I drove an 87 600 as a company car for a few months back then. It had the 2.2 std. engine, man was it slow. It had no low end torque and really struggled at highway speeds on long grades. Was happy to get something else to drive after a few thousand miles of putting up with it.

  • avatar
    BalmyRodLincoln

    I have a totally irrational nostalgia for my old ’86 Ply Mouth Caravelle, which looked to be about identical to the 600E. Amazing how well these interiors have held up, despite the inherent crapiness of the car. Mine had the NA 2.5l tractor motor, but there were both 2.2 NA and turbo versions around. 3 speed transmission with column selector, 100 spoke wire hubcaps (class!), maybe 80 horsepower by the time I got my hands on it and depending on how many vacuum hoses were leaking at any given moment. At one point in time with the engine off and the keys out of the ignition, the wiring harness melted, shorted, and decided to start the car all by itself while I was staring at it from the kitchen window!

  • avatar
    Joss

    Drove a rental 600 in that same burgundy for a long weekend. What I recall the most was a vague, sloppy front end. Cheap, garish feeling of luxury.

  • avatar
    -Nate

    I always liked K -cars, the right car for the time IMO .
    .
    I dunno if that makes me a Libtard or Conservatard , maybe just plain ol’ _stupid_ .
    .
    I read the article and thought ‘ wow this things must have spent it’s entire life parked in a garage as I don’t see sun damage and @ 100,000 miles it’s spotless even under the hood ‘.
    .
    Then came the comments .
    .
    I still like this poor old thing .
    .
    -Nate

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Ugh – another low point for the B&B.

    I come here to escape this…

    :-(

  • avatar
    Panther Platform

    My 92 year old father recently gave up on his 88 Mitsubishi Mirage and had it towed away. My father is a millionaire. Dick Yuengling of Yuengling brewery is a billionaire and for years he drove an old Taurus around Pottsville. There are some very wealthy people who don’t flaunt their wealth and drive old and/or unpretentious cars. On the other hand there are folks who drive new BMWs who live paycheck to paycheck and don’t have two dimes to rub together.

    • 0 avatar
      Dave M.

      About 10 years ago I delivered my wife, daughter and mother-in-law to the Hamptons for a week’s house rental. When we went in town my MIL inquired if all the Bimmers, Range Rovers and Jags were the Hampton crowd; to the contrary I replied – it was the rusty Land Cruisers and Volvo wagons that you have to look for.

      Real rich people like to keep their money and don’t show it off.

  • avatar
    Higheriq

    And speaking of the “Mercedes-like” naming convention, ChryCo went one step too far in calling the Chrysler version of this car “E-Class”.

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    Looking at this car brings back lots of auction memories where scads of K-car based sedans used to go through the red light “as is” lanes with piston knocking engines, leaky head gaskets, check engine lights and rocker panels you could put your foot through. Those red and blue cloth interiors did seem to hold up fairly well though. For the most part they ran albeit poorly


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