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What Is Your Worst Car You Have Owned?  
User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4090 times:

Ok, what is the worst car you have ever owned? Either mechanically or just down right ugly. I once had a brown Pinto station wagon when I was in collage. I got it so I didn't have to park one of my good cars in the ghetto. No one tried to steal it but a crack head once tried to jack me in it

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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8594 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4083 times:
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Quoting Airfoilsguy (Thread starter):
when I was in collage

You have to post a picture! I've never seen someone wearing collage!  Smile

My worst car was a 1986 Mazda 626 Sports Sedan.. what a joke, the thing wouldn't pull a boy scout off his sister and handled like the Love Boat.

After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4067 times:

Not my car, but my mom had a 1997 Jaguar XJ6L. It was a beautiful car, its just too bad it was in the 'shop every 3 weeks.

Also, my dad had a 1990 Chevy S-10, and I remember that thing had constant problems with the electrical system and the transmission.

User currently offlineArniePie From Belgium, joined Aug 2005, 1292 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4056 times:

We had something similar for about 15 months and managed to drive 18000km with it.
It burned out the heater (or fan) twice filling the whole car with lots of smoke.
It died all of a sudden (many times) down usually while driving on the freeway doing 120.
It had a blocked rear break (something broke off) while driving through town (only doing 50 or so) causing the car to go into a slip, luckily hitting nothing on its way.
Central lock and power windows worked only sporadically.
Used up 3 batteries in 1 year.

Never a Citroen again.

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User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4696 posts, RR: 42
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4047 times:

1976 Capri, 2300 I-4,

POS had it's last day in 1987, after noticing THE rear end pinion seal leaking AND that both front ant-sway bar mounts were torn off due to FORD of Germany using the sway bar as a suspension piece to handle for-aft loads on the single pivot point lower control arm (What a Crapi design!). I called the salvage yard, they sent a tow-truck, I signed the title over and the POS was gone.

"Sing a song, play guitar, make it snappy..."
User currently offlinePope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4041 times:

tie. 2001 Mercedes Benz C-230 and a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

I had no less than 7 major warranty items with each of these two vehicles. Quality at Benz-Chrysler went to hell in the early '00s. The best think MB did was to separate itself from Chrysler.

User currently offlineBongo From Colombia, joined Oct 2003, 1863 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4037 times:

2.005 Renault Megane...no doubt about it...and no more Renault forever.

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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 48
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4032 times:

1996 Fiat Brava 1.6 ELX. Thingy experienced a major oil leak while at 135 km/h on the highway and literally blew the engine in a plume of white smoke like in F1. Fortunately the insurance coughed up every penny (not hardaway).

UTA  checkeredflag 

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User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4139 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4029 times:

My family had a 1993 Ford Taurus. I (or my dad for that matter) will never purchase a Ford vehicle. While I was too young to remember specifics, I do remember that the car was in the shop at least once a month it seemed.

User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4023 times:

Probably one of these:

In some ways it was actually the best car too though, because although it was an absolute dog to drive, with a dreadful gearbox, appallingly flimsy switchgear, rotten engine and abysmal handling, it was also ludicrously cheap at the time I bought it (when starting up my business) and never, ever went wrong. Sure, the interior fell apart but absolutely nothing of any mechanical consequence ever went wrong with it.

So my worst is in some ways my best. Horrible car, but a real gem to own. Good enough to be flogged to a friend for whom it's run perfectly too.

She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4014 times:

I couldn't really say I had a worst car. In reality (compared to the others) it was my first ever car - an old 1981 Ford Escort. But like Banco above, in many ways it was the best. It was my first car - it went all the way across Europe with me and i have some great memories of it.

Within my family though, there are a few I could note. The Renault 14, which in true late 70s fashion, would never ever want to start. Then there was the Morris Marina saloon that was harder to maneuver than the Ark Royal. Or the Citroen BX that I loved to drive, but once it started to go wrong......

Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3971 times:

My parents first car was pretty bad, a poo brown Austin Allegro. They liked it as it had 'personality' i.e it decided when it was going to work and when it would break down (usually on the way to a holiday or with a load of my friends in it). Then there was my mum's Metro which turned into Basil Fawlty because it broke down so many times and finally their Citroen where the brakes failed on my dad as he drove up Highgate Hill.

Thankfully they've started being sensible and bought Nissans which while dull do actually work.

User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 52
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3954 times:

Quoting 1stfl94 (Reply 11):
My parents first car was pretty bad, a poo brown Austin Allegro.

Did it have the square steering wheel?

She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2608 posts, RR: 28
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3940 times:

I suppose my worst was my first car - a 1989 Vauxhall Nova 1.2 Merit. I loved it, but looking back it became a bit of a dog.

My dad's was probably his poo brown Morris Ital Estate in the early 80s when I was a nipper. It was probably as bad as a company car can get. It had orange seats inside if I remember rightly.

User currently offlineWolverine From Germany, joined Aug 2006, 412 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3937 times:

My sister had a 1990 Renault Clio. She really hated it, so the most time, I had to take it.
Driving it was hard work, you had to pull hard on the steering wheel, step on the brakes like mad, the whole car was rattling like it would break down every minute..
The mirror on the right side was attached with Gatortape, because someone drove against it, and we found it the next morning, just hanging down, only attached on a wire.. But either my sister, nor I had enough money, to buy a new one.
And the mirror itself only had a scratch.

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User currently offlineSBBRTech From Brazil, joined Jul 2007, 722 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3930 times:

1993 Fiat Tipo 1.6ie 16V... leather interior, power steering, air conditiong, heater, all sorts of little gadgets. Looked cool in its sky blue metallic coat and it worked quite well as a girl magnet but behind all that it was an utter piece of crap. I bought it used in 97 and suddenly I became a regular client of all major Fiat service garages in town: fuel gauge never worked properly, ignition engine had a mind of its own and the cooling system seemed to be designed for scandinavian weather - so I frequently got the "overheating alarm of death". Endless fun.

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User currently offlineMolykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1344 posts, RR: 15
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3930 times:
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1987 Audi 4000S
It became mine with 200k+ on it!

1995 BMW 325i
I never owned it technically but it was "mine" in the practical sense as it was an extra car in the family while I was in college.

1994 Honda Civic
Graciously handed to me by an aunt when I graduated college in 2004.

1999 Mazda MX-5 Miata
My first car purchase... soured by a GA dealer who tied his dealership up in bankruptcy red tape and fled to Iran. I got a decent deal (well, "selling price" anyway) on the car that was negated by legal bills to secure my title. I was one of about 30 people to take it in the shorts!

1998 Lexus ES300
I bought it to have basic transportation while dealing with the Mazda ordeal above. It's a great design execution but is ultimately no different than other smooth and bland Japanese sedans. It's even tan on tan. I jokingly refer to it as "soy based". It's similar in color and flavor!

2002 BMW 330Ci
I haven't had it long enough to bond yet but it's a great driving experience.

I didn't really have a "worst" car but the ES300 was probably my least favorite (although it has served me supurbly, it's not my cup of tea). I do find myself appreciating it as I get closer to getting rid of it.

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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3929 times:

Signed, Super80DFW

User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3923 times:

Quoting KROC (Reply 17):

Signed, Super80DFW

Those British cars can be a pain.  Smile

User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2763 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3910 times:

My worst would be my first car, a 1998 Volvo V40 1,9 turbodiesel that had 10 000 kms on the odometer. It had 92 ponies under the hood and drove like a slug. Already at 70 km/h it was redlined and time to change into 3rd gear!!! It was however a pretty good first car in my opinion, except that the fuel consumption could be compared to a 10 year old 2 liter 4 cylinder engine. When I first got the car it topped off at 180 km/h with four people on board and 6 months and 40 000 kms later it topped off 160 km/h with only me onboard!!! I sold it after only having had it a few months as it was basically costing a fortune to replace all the defect parts.

User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13856 posts, RR: 17
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3905 times:

I won't count the $100 clunkers I drove while in and shortly after college.
Probably the worst was a 1978 Dodge Aspen 2 door coupe. Silver with red interior. I bought it used in June 1979 with 18,000 miles on it to replace my last $100 junker. I got rid of it about 3 years later with 48000 on it. Among it's problems:
Frozen brake caliper
Lower ball joints wore out
Never could get the carburetor to work right
Air Conditioner failed and was expensive to get fixed
Engine hood unlatched itself at 50+ MPH on a major road (my mom was a passenger when it happened)
Lousy gas mileage.
My next car, a 1981 Plymouth Horizon TC-3 (3 door hatch sporty model) also bought used. I liked the handling and fuel mileage, it's kinda sporty looks, but had it's own share of issues including:
Front and rear bumper trim that fell off
Terrible brakes. They seemed to be too light for this model, which had a 2.2 L engine, auto trans and a/c, but not the
brakes it should have and would be on turbo and next year's models. Went through pads like chewing gum, terrible
fading, definitely dangerous.
Another one to have it's a/c fail before I got rid of it.
The only real complaint of my next car, the first one I bought new was that it's a/c failed a year before i got rid of it.

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3879 times:

1990 Ford Taurus. I bought it used in 1996 from one of those corner car lots. They must have just bought the car, as the trunk was full of stuff, as was underneath the front seat (Why the car wasn't fully cleaned is beyond me). I spend $3600 on it and in the two and a half years I owned it, I spent closed to $2500 in repairs on it, half of it in the first year alone. Of all the things I had to have fixed on it, only one of them was something you expected to have to have to have replaced, and that was the brakes. I had to have some computer sensors replaced one time, I had to have a new water pump, timing chain, and timing chain cover another time, and at the time I traded it in, I kept having some of the "idiot lights" come on, but could never find a problems. I was actually shocked to get $1200 on it when I traded it in for the next bad car I had, a 1994 Nissan Sentra. I only had two mechanical issues with it, the starter and then some engine issues that were going to cost me more than the vehicle was worth. I ended up selling to the guy at the repair shop I took it to for a few hundred bucks (It was actually more than that, but the repair bill of what he had already done was factored in as well), as he was looking for a car for his daughter and he could do the repairs himself.

Since those two clunkers, I've only had two cars, one was a three year old car (1997 Chevy Lumina) with low miles and the other was a year old car with low miles (2003 Dodge Stratus, which is my current ride). The Chevy was a pretty decent car, the only mechanical problem I had was with the a/c condenser, which seemed to be a common issue. Everything else was typical wear and tear items (brakes, tires). When I got in a wreck with my Lumina, I was a bit sad because it had been a pretty decent car.

User currently offlineJetstar From United States of America, joined May 2003, 1748 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3841 times:
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I have had some really bad cars over the years, the worst was a 1986 Buick Park Avenue, we purchased it used from the local Buick dealer with about 30,000 miles, who told us it was a one owner car and taken in on a trade. When we got it, it still had some time left and mileage on the factory warranty. 2 months after the warranty date expired , but with only 34,000 miles the transmission failed. At first Buick said it was out of warranty, and that we were not the second owner but the third owner, but after I contacted the head of the zone office, Buick replaced the transmission with a factory overhauled one, which cost us only $100.

When I confronted the dealer about we being the third owner, they said it was a brass hat car, which is what the cars that Buick executives drive for a few months and Buick is not considered an owner. I then checked with Buick and they said no it was not a brass hat car, but privately owned and that we were the third owner.

In the 2 years we had the car it literally fell apart on us, interior pieces broke, the steering wheel cracked, moldings fell off, the gas line rusted, the A/C failed, the headliner fell down, to list some of the problems. At 58,000 miles the replacement transmission started failing and we decided to get rid of it.

We traded it in at the same dealer (should have learned my lesson the first time I did business with this dealer) on a 1992 Buick Roadmaster. Instead of going into detail about this POS Roadmaster, it was so bad that after 6 months and less than 5000 miles Buick took it back and replaced it with another identical Roadmaster free of charge. The replacement also had its share of problems and we dumped this second POS Roadmaster with about 58,000 miles on it.

Also I will not waste my time going into detail about all the problems we had with the 2 Buick Regales and the Chevy Malibu wagon that I also owned before the Park Avenue.
After all these problems with GM cars I swore then and there that I will never buy another GM product again.

Since then we have had nothing but Volvo’s, 2 leased and 2 owned and couldn’t be any happier.

And lets not start an anti Volvo argument here, Volvo’s are not for everyone.

User currently offlineA332 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3788 times:

My worst was a 1990 Chevrolet Cavalier Z24 that I purchased used in 1998. I only had it for 6 months before it completely died on me during a roadtrip to the Okanagan. It spent more of that 6 months in the shop than in my driveway.

Purchased with only 100,000 km on it... by 110,000 km it had the following problems:
- Transmission failed within a few days of the purchase.
- Engine computer module fried... twice... (the 2nd time at 3:00am in the middle of nowhere in northern BC).
- Engine mounts
- Fuel pump

Driving down highway 97 south of Vernon BC at normal speed, it threw a connecting rod and completely destroyed the engine. I dumped it at a 'corner lot' on trade for a 1988 Mustang 5.0L coupe... which was a far nicer ride.

Funny... I would buy a 1999 Cavalier for a commuter car about 5 years later and it was excellent, I would buy another too.

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User currently offlineJCS17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 36
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3783 times:

Since, I've only had two cars (both very reliable), I'll tell about my families two worst cars:

1997 Saab 9000 CSE Turbo- Electrical gremlins, was in the shop every four-five months.
2000 Volvo S80 T6 - More electrical gremlins, even worse than the Saab. The state of Georgia's Lemon Law sucks, and my parents were unable to dump the car until they traded it in.

Needless to say, the economy of Sweden will not be not be getting my more of family's money.

America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
25 TSS : 1970 Fiat 850 Spider- A gorgeous and surprisingly comfy little car, it's design seemed to be fine but the execution of that design (cheap materials) r
26 KL642 : Hands down it would be my old 1993 Ford Taurus, the biggest piece of crap on 4 wheels. I found out real quick that Ford stood for Found On Road Dead
27 Post contains images SWISSER : Cadillac XLR; owned it from may 2006 to february 2007. -overheated 3 times -engine vibration/knock on startup, GM could not fix it... -propellor shaft
28 NG1Fan : I've been lucky - so far no lemons in this household. However, my parents weren't so lucky. They purchased a SAAB 900 Turbo in 1983 in the UK and drag
29 Airfoilsguy : Damn, I looked at one with my dad and it was between that and a SL550. He decided on the SL because Cadillac has had a bad reputation with their "spe
30 Post contains images StasisLAX : My 2002 Mazda 626 LX was a complete nightmare from the onset. The car was bought used in 2004 with 47K miles. Within 2 months, the alternator and batt
31 Post contains links and images Fbgdavidson : Yours graciously, Jenson Button
32 SWISSER : The roof was excellent on mine, and off course it does not rain much in the gulf! although on my first picture in the post you can see a silver XLR i
33 Aerobalance : I'll take the money he gets for driving that POS. Signed, Me
34 Post contains images Dreadnought : I had one of these as my first car. Almost new when I bought it really cheap. I soon found out why it was so cheap. The term 'Ford POS ' was intended
35 Glydrflyr : When I started Ambiance Limousine in the early eighties, we started with Cadillac Sedan DeVilles (5 of them) then added five Oldsmobile 88s, three Lin
36 BHXFAOTIPYYC : VW Rabbit. I used to sit in a plastic bin bag with 2 holes for my feet to avoid getting wet. Fuel guage was faulty so the needle would go up but not d
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