Best of 2018: Pinto vs Vega Wagon On Car And Track!

Best of 2018: Pinto vs Vega Wagon On Car And Track!

Well, this is something to see. What you are about to watch is a Pinto vs Vega wagon on Car and Track in vintage tv style. This comparison test is either the funniest thing you have ever seen or the saddest thing you have ever seen. Seriously. These cars were awful and there was legitimately no way to hide how bad they actually were. 0-60 times were beyond glacial. We’re talking about more than 16-seconds to achieve 60mph. The 50-70 acceleration times are nearly that bad. Braking was marginal, handling at least for the Vega was freaking terrible and we all know what happened with the exploding Pinto, don’t we?

When the kids of today wonder why there are so many foreign cars on America’s roads we can cite this video of but one example. Not only were these things slow and marginally performing, they were also horribly unreliable and in many ways dangerous.

We have to give credit for the show on one important point. These cars were insanely well matched from a comparison standpoint. Outside of the wagon aspect of the Vega they nailed an even price, an even displacement, similar transmissions, and even horsepower. It is a pretty legit head to head test of the two cars, as horrible as they may be.

God bless all of you who lived through this crap in the 1970s. It makes my 1980s childhood seem high performance in comparison.

Press play below to see a Pinto vs Vega comparo from when they were in their prime

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6 thoughts on “Best of 2018: Pinto vs Vega Wagon On Car And Track!

  1. Loren

    Took just a moment to lose me, using a non-GT Vega Mom’s Wagon for a slalom test. Why?
    Reminds me of that ’69 Caprice test where they used the doggiest combo possible to do something it wasn’t meant to then threw in an underinflated tire as well just to help make the car look more stupid, auto journalists of the day were not above that sort of thing. Pintos would be their own case but a 2bbl/4-spd manual Vega GT hatchback w/ the factory springs and swaybars was a plenty fun little car so we were not too deprived… handling on those was actually plenty good and they would out-power a 1600 Datsun 510 and a few other compacts of the time. As for 50-70 acceleration, the speed limit was 55 anyway. Poor reliability over time was what really killed those things, no matter how the car drove people did not like buying a new car and four years down the road having it be junk.

    You want awful, get into the first front-drive X and J cars that would be coming soon. Those really finished handing off the market to the imports.

  2. keezling

    Was a dealership mechanic then and road tested Pintos that wouldn’t do 70mph. Would love to see the Roadkill boys do a comedy version of this show!

  3. gary

    Exploding Pintos? Really, Bangshift? You bought into that? Just like exploding trucks and Audi Quatro “sudden aceleration”, right? All total lies brought on by people who couldn’t accept the stupid crap they did, their lawyers’ greed, and “news” channels yellow journalism.
    I can’t speak for others, but y little ’72 2.0 Pinto did pretty well for itself. I did have a Sig Erson cam, headers, and Mallory coil on it, but it’d outrun a Cosworth Vega, and the three weekends I had free before going active duty in the Air Force, I went to Lebanon Valley Dragway, and won bracket eliminator twice, and runner-upped the third weekend, while dad was struggling to make rounds in the hemi 4-speed SS/D GTX…

    1. road_pizza

      This. It’s been proven that the Pinto was no more prone to fires from a rear end collision than the average car of the period. Some people are just gullible enough to believe whatever they’re told.

  4. c502cid

    Not defending any of the cars from the era but in 74 everything was bad. The “journalists” didn’t mention that the only thing ANYONE gave a shit about in 1974 was MPG. Nothing else mattered. Combine that with increased emission controls the domestic engineers were just throwing parts at instead of figuring out what works along with increased safety regs like those enormous, and very heavy bumpers. Mom bought a new Corolla in 76 and trust me that was no gem either.
    I had a $100 Pinto in college that had multiple abusive drivers, metal to metal brakes when I bought it, and a Flintstone floor that was covered with a budweiser case box, and still lasted 3 years and only died when whomever was driving it at the time found out a Pinto 4 speed couldn’t push a loaded dumpster up hill.


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