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Crappiest Car You Ever Owned/had  
User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7760 posts, RR: 16
Posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4374 times:

If your first car was brand new, or made had a 3-point star on the hood... do not reply. This post is for the people who had to deal with cars, that even despite the fact that they ran, were complete piles of crap. Cars that your friends made fun of you for having, despite the fact you were hauling their sorry butts around in it. Also it would help if your car had more exposed primer and/or bondo than paint.

My first car was a 1984 Dodge 600ES. On face value not a bad car, it ran reasonably well, and when it wasn't broken the a/c blew cold... more importantly it meant I didn't have to ride the bus to school my senior year in high school. The car was a hand me down from my brother after he graduated college and bought a then new 97 Neon (which was also a crappy car). To begin with my Dodge was in this mousy dark grey. It had a cheap respray some years earlier, but pretty much every surface that faced the sun was pretty much oxidized. It had a cheap aftermarket pop-up sunroof that leaked (note we did not put that in the car, it came with it when we bought it used in 1989). The headliner behind the sunroof was sagging, and the upolstery was pretty worn out in places. Not to mention that Chrysler saddled this car with the 2.2L EFI 4-cylinder and a 3-speed Torqueflight automatic. Boy was this car ever underpowered. My friend used to say that if you floored it the car went 35.

Now here is the good part. At some point during my senior year, my dad thought it would be a good idea to close up the sunroof (I to this day think it was more a form of therapy for my dad than a project that was worth doing). Now this involved a few things. One, it entailed the removal of the back seat, the plastic C-pillar trim, and the old saggy and rotted out headliner in order to pull the sunroof. Now to patch the hole left by the sunroof we rivet in a piece of sheet steel under the opening in the roof and filled the gap up top with bondo. So for the remainder of my senior year, my car had no back seat, was a lovely two-tone grey, primer on top mousy grey on bottom with a big area of bondo on the roof.

The car was ugly as sin and won me the "Uglier Car than Drew's Award," from my speech and debate team. Which was a real kick in the groin since he was driving a 76 Nova Sedan in oxidized silver grey.

On the plus side it was a car, and I was lucky to have it. It only didn't start twice. Once before school, but I took my dad's Camry instead. And once before work... dead battery (but on the plus side being out in the garage that early afternoon did avail me the chance to see a Speedbird Concorde on approach to PHX). It never broke down on me on the road, but I never went too far from home with it. But it was still a rolling turd.

So lets here those stories of crappy cars.


Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
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User currently offlineMaxPowers From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 475 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4362 times:

Not me, but my parents owned an Eagle XXX (I forgot the model) in 1993 and needless to say within three months the Chrysler Corp took the car back and gave us a fully loaded Jeep Cherokee Manual (my dads dream car) because we were having so many problems with it

User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4354 times:

A 1967 Pontiac Bonneville. That car could pass anything but a gas station (and had a 25 gallon tank to go along with the 454 with a Holley 4-barrel carb)! It was a former taxi and started but man did it suck!

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.  Smokin cool



DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4358 times:

Guess I'm lucky. I bought my first car in 1958 (dates me, huh?), a 1953 Ford, and I just retired from GM last year. I've NEVER had a really crappy car. Of course, I still have my '53 Ford Crestliner...jack


all best; jack
User currently offlineOO-AOG From Switzerland, joined Dec 2000, 1426 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4347 times:

Jaguar 3.6 Sovereign. I had many problems, from the power window to the whole break system. Was wrecked after 2 monthes, may it RIP and never come back.


Falcon....like a limo but with wings
User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4343 times:

I've never owned a car  Wow!

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4342 times:

My first car was the one my friends gave me crap about, a 1979 Buick Regal, which was a hand-me-down from my sister, who got it as a hand-me-down from my mom, who bought it used back in 1985. The vinyl seat on the driver's side was cracked and spliting (taken care of by the placement of a big towel) My friends referred to it as "The Bucket". I wrecked it in March of 1994, and my stepdad and I put it back together. That's when it looked like crap. Imagine a white car with a light metallic blue hood and left front fender, and a pushed in rear bumper (as the result of an accident a few weeks after we fixed the car). I had it for a little over a year, from August of 1993 to November of 1994 (prior to getting the car, I had to share a car with my mom most of the time) I then got a 1988 Dodge Lancer, ugliest car I ever owned. Was a good car for the year I had it, until I blew the motor. The car is still around, I sold it to my uncle, who put a new motor in it, and still drives it to this day. My crappiest car was my third car, a 1990 Ford Taurus I bought in 1996. I paid $3500 for it, and in the 2 and a half years I had it, I put about $2000 into it in repairs. The used car lot I bought it from did a very crappy job of cleaning the car after it was traded in. I filled up a large trash bag with all of the junk crammed under the seats and in the trunk. The trunk had a major leak, so after a heavy rain, I'd have to bail out the spare tire well. When I traded it in, I thought I wouldn't get more than a few hundred bucks, but ended up getting $1000 in trade. The car I got then (a 1994 Nissan Sentra) wasn't too bad, I only had three problems with it. First the battery died (no surprise, it still had the original battery); then about six months later the starter died (completely unexpected). The final problem led me to getting rid of the car. One of the valve gaskets blew, and the repair was going to cost $2500, which wasn't too much less than what it was worth. I basically signed the title over to the mechanic, and got $250 for it (he needed to get a car for his daughter, and since I needed to get rid of mine, problem solved) after racking up about $500 in repairs before he discovered the valve gasket was blown. I like my current car (1997 Chevy Lumina), I have only had to put it into the shop twice (once for a brake job, the other to replace the a/c condensor). Brakes are a given repair, the condensor was making a lot of noise (never a good sign).

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4336 times:

A Merkur XR4TI.

Signed, Jim Rome


User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4341 times:

I had worse than all of you.  Big grin

A Fiat Cinquecento.

It was very high mileage - well, far higher than most cinquecentos would survive. It was inherited from my sister, whose boyfriend mechanic kept it on the road with regular homebrew repairs. Only a very level road, mind.

I had to keep a hammer in the glovebox, in order to get the starter motor going on cold (or warm, or moderate) days. The handbrake cable was, apparently, spliced with some kind of twine or rope; it could only be parked on perfectly flat surfaces. Changing gears was like stirring a bathtub full of spanners with a baseball bat. Performance was near zero.

Got rid of it almost immediately.  Smile



Cunning linguist
User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4331 times:

A ford Escort

Signed

KROC

(Having BEEN in the thing, I can vouch that it is crap)



Lets do some sexy math. We add you, subtract your clothes, divide your legs and multiply
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4330 times:

A ford Escort

Signed

KROC

(Having BEEN in the thing, I can vouch that it is crap)


At least I bought my own car............


User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7760 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4320 times:

Bobrayner... was your sister's boyfriend named Tony perchance??? I would have to say that even a new Fiat probably wins as crappiest car ever, though apparently they are better than they used to be. One of my friends had a 1976 Fiat Spyder. I feared for my life each time I rode in it. Not only was the car of questionable reliability, but my friend wasn't exactly the world's greatest driver... the damn thing blew a rod on her on one of her many trips between Tucson and Phoenix. Her parents wisely bought her a much more reliable and safer Nissan Altima.


Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineYbacpa From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1108 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4328 times:

My first: A Mazda 626- the $#% &Y^#% !@# piece of %^!%$ was in the shop EVERY week for the first four months- the entire engine was rebuilt twice in that time period. To add insult to injury, Mazda really knows how to legally build a lemon- it just missed every criteria necessary for requiring the manufacturer to take it back as a lemon in my state.

On the other hand, my current car, ironically a three-pointed star SLK230, has had its fair share of problems too, something increasingly common for the brand. No where near as bad as the Mazda, but it seems like every six months or so some expensive part needs to be replaced... thank god its still under warranty. Saddly, as much as I love the car, I am seriously considering not buying a new one simply due to the number of problems I've had with this one.





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User currently offlineChe From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4323 times:

The car I have right now...a 1989 Olds Cutlass Calais coupe with 80k on it. I got it for free though. A good car while i'm still in high school. It beats having to pay for a car and it still runs great.

che


User currently offlineN312RC From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 2682 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4323 times:

My mom had a 90-something Buick Skylark.. worst car ever made.


We also had a 96 Chrysler New Yorker that was really a blast.... great car...... WHEN IT RAN, of course.



Fly Delta's Big Jets!
User currently offlineApathoid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4309 times:

by far and away the worst car I ever had the misfortune to own was a VW Jetta. What a POS.

User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 23
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4304 times:

At least I bought my own car............

Yeah, well, I DID buy my first 2 cars.. an 89 regal and a 95 Corsica.. First one finally got rid of cause it was costing to much to repair all the time, the Corsica, well, smashed.. I have to scan the pics sometime..

Anyway, KROC, What WAS that greeting card I saw in your back seat? I coulda swore it was signed by Matt D.. Hmm..


Chris

[Edited 2003-06-01 03:54:04]


Lets do some sexy math. We add you, subtract your clothes, divide your legs and multiply
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4303 times:

Yo Chris, see I take care of my ish, and I never wrecked my car, cause I don't drive like a biznitch. And if you saw anything in the back seat, it was a used condom wrapper, left over from when your moms was riding my meat. So you can go to the ole Matt C jokes, but try being original, and not always getting your ass poked.

WHAT?


User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 23
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4293 times:

Yo Mike, I talked to my mom.. She said she had better by herself.. And whatever that was, I doubt it was a condom wrapper. Maybe a Condemnation notice, but a condom wrapper? Heck no.. Unless for some reason you are pleasuring yourself with a band geek, who has already been "stuck" with more things than you can shake your gear shift at.. Oh please..

WHAT?



Lets do some sexy math. We add you, subtract your clothes, divide your legs and multiply
User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4288 times:

Great post Chris, I'm keepin' it
It will do the trick next time I can't get to sleep
A whole lot of "uhm's" and "Ah's"
and you can't seem to stop talking about men's shafts and backsides
But really though, next time you want to step up
Get with your man Arsenal, because compared to you, even he's a step-up
And a Condemnation notice, we're talking about my ride
Not the place where you reside
Go back to slingin' drinks and peanuts as a sky waitress
Cause steppin' me, will always be disasterous
And you can keep your band geeks, cause if thats what you got chief...
you're better off stickin with your HIV


User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4284 times:

Found it...

http://www.carsfromitaly.com/fiat/wallpapers/cinq_2_800.html
41bhp of throbbing Italian power! Yee-haa!  Smile

I used it as trade-in against a Nissan Almera. The salesman offered £1000 without looking at the Fiat, presumably because he was desperate for a sale and wildly optimistic about Fiats in general, and this one in particular. I made sure to park the Fiat on the only flat section of the dealer's forecourt, on a dry day, and left it unlocked so he wouldn't immediately discover the locking glitches. Then I signed the paperwork for the Nissan as quickly as possible and ran away.

The only-marginally-better Nissan Almera:
http://www.tiscali.co.uk/motoring/roadtests/roadtest_58_1.html
It never had more than 2 people in, so at first I permanently folded down the rear seats for more luggage space, and eventually removed them completely.  Smile
As well as the urban stuff, it could reach 200kph with a lead foot and a little patience, which was handy for commuting long distances at night on the M1 / M62 (UK) and A10 (Belgium). The handling and gearbox were actually pretty good; certainly better than my subsequent car, a Citroen Xsara...



Cunning linguist
User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6278 posts, RR: 34
Reply 21, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4273 times:

I am so embarrassed. I had an AMC Gremlin once. I paid only $100 for it but still it was a sad experience, I only got to drive it about 200 miles before it caught fire.


Quit calling an airport ramp "Tarmac" and a taxiway "runway".
User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4242 times:

My first car was a 1974 Toyota Celica. It actually was quite reliable when it went. Had to get rid of it after the Auto tranmission blew and it wouldn't change gears at all.

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 23, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4246 times:

Worst car I drove was a Peugeot 206. Lucky for me it was only for a day or so while my car was in the shop for maintenance.

Thing would just refuse to go over 70kmh sometimes, which can be deadly when you're accellerating into traffic on the highway.



I wish I were flying
User currently offlineFLYING MACHINE From Spain, joined May 2002, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4221 times:

My first car was a very bizarre car, the American Motors Gremlin.

25 777236ER : A ford Escort Signed KROC (Having BEEN in the thing, I can vouch that it is crap) You're BEEN in KROC's car? Dude, not even Matt D has BEEN with KROC
26 Post contains images Leezyjet : I've had loads of shit cars. Even my nice cars seem to end up being shit too. My first car was a 1987 Fiat Panda 4X4 1.0. It was a real rust bucket, b
27 Seb146 : Hey, now..... I own a Ford Escort! I love it!!!!! The worst car I ever owned was a 1989 Dodge Daytona. For only $3000 (in 1994), the transmission was
28 N766UA : Unless you consider a BMW (With interior by KIA) a crappy car, then I've never EVER owned or had a crappy car. Signed, ILS
29 United_Fan : My crappiest car was winter-beater 1990 Cavalier. I beat the crap out of that car for 3 years.The drivers door wouldn't lock,and because the bottom o
30 NKP S2 : 1969 VW Fastback. My 1st car. Modern and well appointed for a VW of that era ( "bugs" were very spartan and prehistoric ) but the whole thing was a ma
31 Sccutler : I had a Honda Civic which was, in every respect, a piece de merde. It overheated, A/C barely worked, sometimes the starter would not crank at all, and
32 Post contains images Mx5_boy : Guys, My first car was my mothers hand me down purple Mazda 121 coupe. It was the long late 70's version and the thing had rusted out big time after m
33 VonRichtofen : Mx5_boy, where's the evil clown reference in your post?! Are you feeling alright?
34 Post contains images CPH-R : That would be the 1976 (or so it seems) Opel Kadett 1.6 which I'm driving around at the moment. Either that, or the "Yellow Lightning", which was the
35 Alessandro : I had a Opel Kadett 1977, orange, former owners where a MC gang. Horrible car, glad I gave it to my brother.
36 Redngold : 1980 Mercury Monarch (sedan.) My parents owned it, my sister and I had to ride in it. The car was an absolute lemon. Brake problems, fuel pump problem
37 Post contains images Matt D :
38 Post contains images Matt D : Fortunately I never owned this car, can anyone find a car worse than this one?
39 Corocks : The first car that I regularly drove after I got my license (did not own it) was my mother's Chrysler Reliant K car. Total piece of crap. I drove this
40 An-225 : Our first car here in America - 1985 Toyota Tercel. 2 doors, manual, it ate fuel like no Excursion could, despite being a small POS. It could not driv
41 Post contains images Superfly : DesertJets: Tough call man. The crappiest car I had, I fell in love with. It was a 5 year degrading relationship with a 1987 Chrysler LeBaron Converti
42 Post contains images An-225 : Yeah, I remember that car, Superfly. It always told you that you were out of the transmission fluid. . Can't wait to see your other Lincoln. Alex.
43 Post contains images Superfly : An-225: You're bringing back memories Alex! That was a bad sensor in the transmission.
44 L-188 : Well having owned only two vehicles in my life I would have to say that the 81 Ford P/U is the more creakier of the two. But I don't blame the truck.
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