A decade later, people are apparently still expecting Xzibit to show up on their doorsteps offering to juice up their jalopies. Even to this day, people are wondering what happened to Pimp My Ride. The owners of the cars tricked out by the MTV reality show, though, know all too well what happened…
By the time Pimp My Ride signed off in December 2007, it had aired 73 episodes over its six-season span and had inspired copycat shows all over the world. But bad press hounded the show for years.
For example, the show made it seem like the cars were in the shop for a span of days, but they’d actually be under construction for six or seven months, the car owners told HuffPost in 2015. And when it was finally time to reconvene with their rides, the owners would have to film their reactions over and over again so the production team could get multiple takes. Then the real problems started…
“(My car) was basically a polished turd,” Season 6 subject Seth Martino wrote in a Reddit AMA in 2013. In fact, he said he had to pay $1,700 for a new engine before he could even drive his pimped-out ride. Plus, he revealed, the TV screens installed in his car never worked once after filming. Other people, like Season 6 subject Justin Dearinger, told HuffPost they saw their cars stripped off the fancy add-ons when the cameras stopped rolling. For Justin, that meant no more pop-up champagne contraption and no more in-car theater.
“As much as it was a showy, fun show, the intention was never to make it seem like we were fixing these cars and turning them into $1 million cars on the inside,” casting director Nick Chiodini told BuzzFeed News. “It was about fulfilling a dream for a kid in college.” Hmm… seems like that dream was pretty fleeting!
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