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Contestants Reveal Being On 'Pimp My Ride' Actually Sucked

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Even before we owned a car, we dreamed of getting our ride pimped out by Xzibit on his hit MTV show.

As adults, we may wonder about how practical it would be to fill your trunk with a popcorn machine and some subwoofer speakers, but when we were young and naive we dreamed of owning the cars from this show. Of course, you should take everything on reality TV with a grain of salt, and the transformations on Pimp My Ride were no exception.


Ten years after the show ended, fans have been checking up on former contestants and finding out whether or not they still like their tricked out rides. It turns out that despite the overjoyed reactions we saw on TV, not everyone was so happy with their new car.

Seth checks out his new car.MTV

“(My car) was basically a polished turd,” says Seth Martino, who appeared on season six of the show. He says that he had to pay $1,700 out of his own pocket to fix his car's broken engine before he could drive it off the set. Meanwhile, the TV screens the show installed in his ride never worked once the cameras stopped rolling.

But that's just the tip of the iceberg: a lot of contestants from Pimp My Ride have their own horror stories about the show.

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