Pintos got a bad rap in my view. The number of gas tank explosions was fairly small relative to the miles driven. The car met a need for people who had a tight budget and needed a way to get around. The four cylinder engine with a manual four speed was darn near bullet proof. I sold my three door with 45000 miles to a friend who was very well off. He drove it to his Florida home and his grand kids used it for a few years. They turned it into a beater.