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One of the Most Reliable Cars I've Ever Owned

By alwaysakid

Filed under: 1978 Datsun 510 (Ole Reliable)

I hadn't posted this car, the 1978 Datsun 510 station wagon, in my Motortopia garage until now because I had so few pictures of it. In fact, I don't have any of the whole car by itself. This is a real shame, because this car served my family during good times and bad like nothing else built by man. We drove it across country a couple times, neglected it during difficult economic times and yet it always got us where we needed to go. And it got 30 MPG, without an overdrive, which is quite good for that era.
I put studded snow tires on it for the winter and it never got stuck. In spite of it being a rear-wheel, two-wheel drive station wagon, it was incredibly easy to control in the snow.
It was the family transport when the kids were growing up, and became the teenager's transportation when we finally replaced it. And we only replaced it because it was getting old and had a lot of miles on it.
I'd have to say it was probably the best car our family ever had. I like my current Toyota Celica just as well, if not better, but it's not a family car and would not have served our family like that Datsun wagon did.
So, if it was such a good car, how come I don't really have any pictures of it?

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Nov 23, 2014 at 10:14 pm
Sounds like my first car, my Dad's '73 Vega with 190,000 miles on it Served Dad well for 9 1/2 years and me while I was learning to drive and 6 months into my first driver license. Rust had taken it's toll, not a bad engine!

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