I remember when I worked in my father's repair shop after school, I did a tune-up on a Pinto wagon. It was a nice one, fully optioned with the 2.3L.
After I finished, I took it out for a road test. When the C3 would shift into 2nd, the engine would bog down. Giving it throttle would make it worse. I spent the next hour going over my work when Dad came over and asked if I was finished. I told him what was going on and he said, "Yeah, that thing was like that since it was new."
What the heck?? The car was only 2-3 years old and they paid money and drove it off the lot like that?
My good friend used to drive is parent's Pinto Runabout that had the English 1.6L pushrod engine and 4-speed manual. That was a zippy little car but you had to keep it wound it up like a Swiss watch.
The only Pintos I see these days are either grazing in a field or have V8's in them and are pretty ratty.