I once owned a '92 Dodge Spirit, V6, auto, air, etc. The Mitsu engine had the loudest valve noise I've ever heard but that little car was bulletproof. I drove it 104,000 miles with no failures other than the rear window switch. It was still tight and right when i donated it to charity.
I had a '98 Olds Intrigue that was designed and built on the proverbial Monday. Door to window gaps that you could put your fingers through, electronic and electrical parts that were probably Lucas rejects. It had the 3.8l V6 with the 200hp and 200 lb ft engine that couldn't hold cruise control speed up the hills between Baltimore and York, PA. I still hate that car.
My best and most reliable cars were Chevy Impalas from the 1960s.
I had a wife once that wanted/got all the coolest cars - I thought I was keeping her happy. Now I have a wife who realizes that "things" aren't what make her happy. And thus, both she and I are happier than we've ever been in our entire lives. The Rules of Repulsion can apply to stuff other than cars, trust me on this!
I never bought a car that was repulsive. Everything big have had was interesting or I made it interesting in some way.
No soulless Honda’s or Toyota’s. No Euro money pits.
The most boring was my 1963 Galaxie sedan but it was lowered and we added Ansen period correct wheels from the 60’s. I had less than $1k in it but it was in like new shape and made a good cruiser.
I picked up a used 1996 aqua green GMC Sonoma pickup because I thought I needed a pickup. It was a decent truck but the color never grew on me and I slowly began to repulse it. My fault for buying in the first place. Sold it to someone with a happier personality than me that liked the color.
They did the same thing in recent history by putting pressure on dealers to sell inventory for less and less profit (with a promise of more money afterwards) so this seems to be a recurring theme for Nissan?