Breaking Bad Cars and Characters Part 2: Evolution

Last week on the Cumberland Chrysler Center blog, we analyzed some of the main characters and their vehicles of choice from the hit show Breaking Bad. Now we want to show how some of these characters have evolved and how their new vehicles reflect their changes. This will be our last post about the show so if you’re still going through Breaking Bad withdrawals, you’ll need to go somewhere else for your next fix (Spoilers for all seasons below). Otherwise, you can stick around and check out some of our other great posts.

Heisenberg's Chrysler 300 SRT8Heisenberg – You might have thought we’d forgotten the most sinister looking car in the show in our last post. If you thought so, you probably also think that Walter and Heisenberg are the same person. They aren’t. Hiesenberg is the person that Walter White becomes and no car better suits his personality than the Chrysler 300 SRT8. Gone are the days of sneaking around and hoping to fly under the radar. Once Walt buys the 300, he is fully committed. He doesn’t have to cover his back because nobody dares to touch him. Much like the 300 SRT8, Heisenberg is cool and calculated buy with an aggressive side that means business.

2013 Ford EdgeSkyler White – In the last few episodes of Breaking Bad, Skyler abandons her ’91 Jeep Grand Wagoneer for a Ford Edge. If you remember from our last post, her Jeep represented her hopes that their old life could be restored. Once she abandons the Jeep, we understand that she has truly moved on and realized that Walt isn’t coming back from all he has done.

2013 Dodge ChallengerFlynn – One of the first and fastest characters to transform, Flynn is the difficult teenage son of Walt and Skyler. Like most teens, he gives his parents a tough time and attempts to manipulate them to do what he wants. He even changes his name to Flynn and won’t respond to people who refer to him as Junior. In an attempt to get his son on “Team Heisenberg”, Walt buys Flynn a brand new Dodge Challenger. While this might not be the best first-car for a young driver, it shows the relationship between Flynn and Heisenberg. Theirs is a bond built on a father trying to buy his son’s favor with epic burnout machines.

Toyota TercelJesse Pinkman – Jesse’s character is one that many viewers have come to love. Interestingly enough, his character was set to be killed off early in the series but viewers liked him so much that the writers kept him around. As he matures as a person, he abandons his flamboyant low-rider for a much more subdued and sensible car. When he is in a pinch, he doesn’t blow his money on another frivolous car (he almost buys an El Camino) but instead buys the ’84 Toyota Tercel that really suits his new persona. This unsuspecting hatchback has the same scrappy, can-do attitude and personality that makes Jesse one of the most popular characters of the series.

Mike Ehrmentraut – Mike is the sort of guy who just gets his job done, every time, all the time. It’s no stretch of the imagination at all for this character to drive classic American sedans like the ’88 Chrysler Fifth Avenue he drives most of the time. All of his cars come from a time when men were men and work was something you do whether you like it or not. His cars are reliable and darn-near bullet proof while his cars seem to be in working order, you get the feeling he could fix them himself if they broke down.

Here at Cumberland Chrysler Center in Cookeville, TN we want to know who your favorite character was on Breaking Bad and what your favorite car was. Tell us in the comments section below.


Breaking Bad Cars and Characters Part 1: Origins

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the following symptoms can be signs of withdrawals: irritation, anxiety, flu-like symptoms, nausea, and insomnia. If you have experienced these symptoms at any time over the past few weeks, you may be suffering from withdrawals. No, we aren’t accusing you of using “the blue stuff”. You’re probably just like us here at Cumberland Chrysler in Cookeville, TN; feeling a bit lost and unsure what to do with your Sunday evenings now that Breaking Bad has come to closure. If you think you are having Breaking Bad withdrawals, here’s a small fix to get you through the rest of the day. We’ve compiled our best summary of the series’ main characters and how their vehicle-of-choice gives us more insight into their personalities and the show’s story line. (Spoilers for all seasons below)

Walter White – The series starts with Walt in full, boring high school chemistry teacher guise. Perhaps nothing shows Walt’s true character better than his horribly beige ’03 Pontiak Aztek, an SUV that has been named by many authorities as the worst vehicle ever made. It isn’t flashy and it doesn’t perform well. It doesn’t stand out. It may have at one time seemed like a cool, versatile means of transportation, but now it is just a humble vehicle that does its job. The one thing it does well is perhaps the only thing a car really needs to do. It transports people and things without much fuss. One of its factory alloy wheels has even been lost and replaced with an even more boring steel wheel. Walt hangs onto the Aztek far longer than most sane people would; perhaps he knows that it is the last shred of his old self that he has left.

1989 Jeep Grand WagoneerSkyler White –
Skyler’s ‘91 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is probably one of the longest lived vehicles in the show, true to how the vehicle performs in real life; reliably. For Skyler, this vehicle represented the good ol’ days. Boxy styling and wood-grain panels are trademarks of early-nineties American metal while the rock-solid dependability of the Grand Wagoneer is a trademark of the life Skyler and Walt had built with each other before we meet them. She clings to this Jeep in hopes that the “American Dream” she and Walt had together could still somehow be realized.

2010 Chrysler PT CruiserWalter Jr. – When Walter Jr. turns sixteen, his parents agree that he should have something safe and reliable, a car that will be easy to operate for a young driver suffering from cerebral palsy and encumbered fine motor skills. The Chrysler PT Cruiser is the perfect car for Walter Jr., sensible, safe, and reliable. The only problem? Heisenberg has another idea of what his son should drive.

Jesse Pinkman – Jesse starts out in a car that is exactly what you would imagine a small-time drug dealer driving, an ’82 Chevrolet Monte Carlo complete with a ridiculous, flaking paint job, hydraulics, and “THE CAPN” vanity plates. This car is just like Jesse, a puffed up blowfish that looks more gangster than it really is.

Jeep CommanderHank Schrader – Hank Schrader is Walt’s DEA officer brother-in-law and he was born to do his job. His sense of right and wrong and his devotion to getting the job done are what defines him. Similar traits shine in the Jeep Commander and the Dodge Durango that he drives throughout the show. Both are tough, American machines that are both capable and reliable. It’s a shame Hank got himself killed, but he did what he had to do and he never pretended to be something he wasn’t.

Saul Goodman – Apologies in advance to any non-lawyers who drive a pearl white ‘97 DeVille but nothing says lawyer with questionable motives like a pearl white ‘97 Cadillac DeVille. Wouldn’t you know… that’s the exact vehicle of choice for the criminal lawyer known as Saul Goodman. His Caddy even comes complete with a tacky vanity plate!

Which was your favorite vehicle/character from the show? Are you fan of Gustavo Fring’s Volvos or do you like the RV that Walt and Jesse bought together? Tell us you opinion in the comments below and stay tuned for our next blog featuring more vehicles and characters from Breaking Bad.