Best and Worst Engines of All Time  Jun 12th, 2018 

A powerful engine is one of the key aspects that define whether a car is a good or bad one. While technology has advanced greatly nowadays, there have been times when it has failed miserably in terms of car engines.

Here is a list of the best and worst engines over the years – take a look:

Best Engines

Chevrolet small-block V8

The small-block Chevrolet is the definitive American V8. Ever since its introduction in the year 1955, GM and its subsidiaries have made over 100 million small-block V8 engines. The reason for its popularity was the engine ran smoothly and could be easily modified if you wanted more power. The small-block Chevy has powered Le Mans class-winning race cars, bread vans, compacts, sedans, pickup trucks and everything in between

Ford flathead V8

The Ford Model T completely changed the way people drive cars, with the Ford flathead V8 playing an integral role even though it is technically not the first V8 to run super fast or the first mass-produced version. But it was the first V8 that was easily affordable to the masses. Suddenly, the average family could afford a car that could go 60 mph! The name stems from the fact that the valves are seated in the block and the head is a perfectly flat “lid” that simply bolts onto the deck.

Duesenberg straight eight

The Duesenberg J is touted to be one of the most classic American cars to be made. These regal, two-tonne locomotives of chrome and lacquer paint were the pinnacle of the automotive world when new. There were three versions of the 6.9L engine, made between 1928 and 1937. The naturally aspirated version made an impressive 265 horsepower. But Duesenberg also made 36 supercharged cars, and those made 320 hp each; top speed of the supercharged ones were over 200 km/h. The SSJ versions were exclusively made for Clark Gable and Gary Cooper with supercharged engines delivering 400 hp.

Worst Engines

Cadillac V8-6-4

Engineers at Cadillac made a valiant effort back in 1981, to design an engine with cylinder deactivating capabilities. The V8-6-4, as it was called, could eliminate or activate two cylinders at a time as power requirements decreased or increased. However, the custom hydraulic lifters were operated by solenoids that often failed, and when they didn’t engage accordingly lifters would collapse and valves couldn’t do their job. This made throttle hesitation a major issue for the V8-6-4, and when cylinders were deactivated enormous amounts of lag could be felt, especially in such a heavy chassis.

Mitsubishi 3-cylinder

The Mitsubishi Mirage’s naturally aspirated 3-cylinder could only deliver 78 horsepower and 74 pound-feet of torque. The 1.2 liter engine offers extremely slow acceleration, so traveling along the highway is not only tedious but also quite dangerous. Vibration and other noises were common complaints as well.

Mopar 2.2-liter

This engine was launched with a lot of hullabaloo but sadly it couldn’t live up to its hype as it quickly began to be called the “rod knocker”. Everything from the Dodge Daytona to minivans were receiving these powertrains in the 1980s, and almost all of them met the same fate in due time.

Before buying any vehicle, check the engine and conduct research to see if its any good, or else your money goes down the drain.

Most Frequently Asked Financing Questions  Mar 13th, 2018 

Very often I get asked what the down payment, monthly payment and interest rate will be and sometimes if they'll be approved on a car loan before the customer gives me a credit application.

So this is how financing Works.  

Term: (number of months a vehicle can be financed) is determined mostly by miles and year of the vehicle and can range from 12-52 months for a pre-owned vehicle.  

Monthly Payment:  Your gross monthly income and debt to income ratio (how much you of your monthly income is already spent) will determine the maximum payment you can afford.  Usually between 17%-20% of your gross monthly income.

When you factor in the interest rate you qualify for, the term the car can be financed for and the payment you can afford you get the Amount that can be Financed.  The difference between your "Amount Financed" plus tax (minimum 10% of the total cost of the car) is your minimum down payment.

The more you put down, the lower your monthly payment can be and you’ll lose less cash to interest.

These are steps that all legitimate lenders use to set their customers up for success.  Many Buy Here Pay Here Dealerships actually plan to repossess your car and resell it, so watch out for that.  To find out how expensive of a car you can afford for yourself check out this calculator.

If you'd like to fill out an application please visit our secure website at  and click on the financing tab.

These are steps that all legitimate lenders use to set their customers up for success.

Here is an example to give you an idea.

A car that cost $10995 plus $395 for tax title and tag financed over 42 months at 14% and $2000 down

would come out to $284.08 per month.  

Can't you, Northside Auto, get me financed?

We are not a buy here pay here but we can assist with financing! We use banks, credit unions and finance companies to find the best deal for you and your specific situation. Typically we look for a credit score above 500 and no resent or multiple repossessions. We have a first time buyers specifically for folks in SC.

All that said, a strong down payment of 25-50% can over come a lot of credit issues!