Transmission fluid and oil leak from the engine. Antifreeze gushes out. The tailpipe billows exhaust. The car sounds like "a big old semi truck."
The Corsica has failed to start in his driveway in Glen Jean. It has stalled at red lights in Oak Hill. It has broken down on the way to his latest job, at Wal-Mart.
Olds says he often has to ask for rides. "It seems like every Sunday, the car's breaking down," he said.
The Corsica wasn't Olds' first bad experience with a Wheels-to-Work car.
In 2000, he leased a Ford Taurus from CASE.
The car broke down several times, Olds said. The car's rear door wouldn't open. His son had to crawl into the back seat.
CASE provided a loaner car, but Olds had to surrender it for the Corsica.
Olds says he paid more than $2,000 on the lease. He recently received a $750 "bill of sale" for the vehicle after he was given its title.
State officials decided last summer to scrap the Wheels program and give the cars away to participants such as Olds who hadn't finished paying off leases.
"They got rich, I'm telling you, and they gave everybody a clunker," Olds said of the nonprofit agencies that ran Wheels programs with federal money administered by the state Department of Health and Human Resources.
Olds said he took the Corsica to a repair shop, but it sat on the lot for days. Olds said he paid for repairs out of his own pocket. He had the engine mount, brakes and spark plugs replaced.
He dumps a gallon of antifreeze into the car each day so it won't overheat on his way to work.
Olds said he had to give up a higher-paying job with the telephone repair company because he didn't trust the Corsica to make it to Beckley and back every day. He took the job at Wal-Mart because it's much closer to home.
"All they told me was 'Here's your car. Good luck,'" Olds said. "After all the money they took me for, I wish I never got it.
"It's kind of crazy. There's a lot of people out there who don't know what's going on."
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