@pickup_man My first car did this to me. It was a ‘92 Chevrolet Beretta. Base model with the 2.2 four-cylinder from the Cavalier and the 3-speed automatic. It was soooo slow. I wanted a GTZ Beretta with the 2.3 Quad 4 or at least a Z26 or GT one with the 3.1 V6, but I had to take what I could get.
The Beretta had super low miles and was an older lady’s car. It sat a lot. Until me. I was 16 and there is/was nothing else to do in this town (and gas was cheap). So, my friends and I drove the hell out of the Beretta and it responded by breaking down. A lot.
Coolant hoses all eventually went. So did the heater core. And it somehow had a misfire one day and decided to run on three cylinders but with no “check engine” light. It leaked water under the dash in the rain (common Beretta problem), had its rear drum brakes lock up when going slowly (like through a parking lot), the parking brake quit working, the alternator died (as a result of my expensive stereo that was worth more than the car), and there was some other stuff I’m likely forgetting. Oh, the transmission. It was dying and wouldn’t shift gears unless you let off the gas. It would hold first gear forever if you didn’t let off the accelerator.
It was shiny and rust free and still looked decent, but it couldn’t handle being a teenager’s car. Poor thing. I sold it for $1,700 in April 2007. The girl who bought it ended up junking it after the headgasket and the transmission both died.