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What's the worst car you ever owned?

I'll start (I was from England and had no idea and no one told me).

by Anonymousreply 11502/02/2013

Ford Gran Torino, circa 1983.

by Anonymousreply 111/17/2012

The Pinto was probably the worst car ever built. I'm from America and I had no idea. This car hated me. She was Christine in reverse.

by Anonymousreply 211/17/2012

2006 Pontiac G6

by Anonymousreply 311/17/2012

I've only owned Asian cars. Datsun (before it was changed to Nissan), Toyota, Subaru, Mazda, Honda, and now Hyundai. Worst was the Subaru. But it wasn't bad compared to horror stories I've heard from other people.

by Anonymousreply 411/17/2012

a shit brown Pacer _(Maker)

by Anonymousreply 511/17/2012

Buick Skylark

by Anonymousreply 611/17/2012


by Anonymousreply 711/17/2012

A friend of mine used to have a Pinto with Firestone 500 tires. Talk about a deathtrap!

by Anonymousreply 811/17/2012

Jeep Liberty 2004: a gas pedal that forced your right leg against a hot central column console, terrible seat support, useless cargo space, dumb spare tire placement, 16mpg, and cheap plastic throughout.

It looked so cute from the exterior!

by Anonymousreply 911/17/2012

Wow R9, I had no idea that that jeep was such a piece of shit

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by Anonymousreply 1111/17/2012

A 1981 Ford Escort. It was all black with tan interior. Had the 1.6L engine.

That car ate head gaskets for lunch. And if you weren't careful you'd warp the damned heads and $1,600 later you had a new head and gasket installed.

by Anonymousreply 1211/17/2012

1976 Chevrolet Vega. Aluminum engine, burned coolant through the exhaust system. Crapped out at less than 50,000 miles.

by Anonymousreply 1311/17/2012

R6, I had a 1981 Buick Skylark and I wish I had never laid eyes on the damned thing.

by Anonymousreply 1411/17/2012

This dad called it the ass-burn!

by Anonymousreply 1511/17/2012

This was mine. Speakers in the headrest seemed cool but if you turned your head to talk to someone in the car with you you went deaf. Oh and you had to turn off the air conditioner to get on the freeway. I had the gt version.

by Anonymousreply 1611/17/2012

2000 Volvo S70

Car was recalled tons of times for major engine problems. A/C died after 4 years (2004). Complete piece of trash.

My first (and only) luxury car. Never again.

by Anonymousreply 1711/17/2012

1992 Jeep Grand Cherokee

by Anonymousreply 1811/17/2012

[all posts by right wing shit-stain # a removed.]

by Anonymousreply 1911/17/2012

My cousin must have been a glutton for punishment. She had two Corvairs.

by Anonymousreply 2011/18/2012

My Moms 1982 Buick.

In 7 years it had the tie rods replaced 3 times, the radiator 2 times, the drivers door separated because of rust and it stranded me twice because of other mechanical failures.

I have been stranded in 2 other GM cars since she dumped the Buick in 1989 (Fuel System Fire and Blocked Catalytic Converter). I have never had any other brand of car strand me to this day, including an 11 year old Honda Civic.

by Anonymousreply 2111/18/2012

1987 Sterling. Lovely outside, ugly inside.

by Anonymousreply 2211/18/2012

1975 Gremlin. Ugly as hell, broke down constantly and no power assisted anything. When you downshifted, the radio volume went down. This was my mother's car and they tried to send me off to college in it, but it died within a week. It did have a V8 engine though.

Check out the beauty.

by Anonymousreply 2311/18/2012

Hyundai Sonota.

2 people at work owned these cars and neither ever made it to the end of their 4 year loan and lease period. The owner sold it 2 years later taking an 80% loss. The lessee convinced the company to swap the car out for a non Hyundai.

by Anonymousreply 2411/18/2012

Austin Healey 3000 Wire wheels punctured the inner tubes every hundred miles or so. No easy to cross half the country like that. Would not start below 50 degrees unless you sprayed ether into the carburetor. Battery exploded spewing acid on everything in the trunk.

by Anonymousreply 2511/18/2012

My current car, a 2003 Ford ZX2 (version of Taurus) I've had to replace the engine, alternator, serpentine belt, battery, belt tensioner and all 4 tires in the year I've had it. Cost me more to repair than to buy the lemon.

by Anonymousreply 2611/18/2012

1988 Chevy Beretta. F'n piece of shite.

by Anonymousreply 2711/18/2012

My parents had this. They were big for about five minutes in the early 60s.

by Anonymousreply 2811/18/2012

Not mine but I drove it lots as a teenager. 1980 Buick Skylark. Ended up dead on the road with a blown engine in 1983 - only 3 years old. My first car was a 1975 VW Rabbit which was also a piece of crap.

by Anonymousreply 2911/18/2012

'88 Mustang, my high-school car. It was the "chick version" with an 88-horsepower four-banger, not the 5.0 GT. Within the 30,000 miles I owned it (and my dad bought it new), the fuel pump went out TWICE and the entire fucking short-block blew! (which would have been a $3,000 repair, in 1990 dollars, if not covered by warranty) The electrical system had a mind of its own and would random decide not to open the locks or windows or turn on the cruise control. It was slow enough to the point of being dangerous to enter freeways, thanks to its pathetic engine. Thankfully my little brother killed it, though thankfully not himself, by rolling it (and thus totaling it) in a New Year's Eve accident.

by Anonymousreply 3011/18/2012

Dodge Neon. The POS gleefully started to fall apart a week after the warranty expired. AC, electrical, engine gasket, brakes. This was the second-and last-MOPAR product this queen will ever buy, I don't care how hot the 300 is.

by Anonymousreply 3111/18/2012

[quote] a 2003 Ford ZX2 (version of Taurus)

That's an Escort :-)

by Anonymousreply 3211/18/2012

1970 Ford Torino station wagon (my family's, I drove it sometimes) Toward the end of its life - year 4 - the back window fell thru and we had to tape plastic over it.

by Anonymousreply 3311/18/2012

An avocado Fiat 124 2-door sedan (1970s colors were the worst).

I had to avoid puddles because the water would seep in the holes in the floor. The car was eventually recalled because rust got into the axles (causing them to break).

by Anonymousreply 3411/18/2012

2002 Ford Focus

1990 Ford Taurus

1973 Ford Thunderbird

1966 Ford Fairlane GT Convertible

Has anyone else noticed a common theme?

by Anonymousreply 3511/18/2012

Dad let me have his 73 Ford Pinto (nothing bad happened) because I couldn't manage to drive his stick-shift VW. He had tried to 'teach' me how to drive the VW - by screaming his head off.

by Anonymousreply 3611/18/2012

What do I win?

by Anonymousreply 3711/18/2012

Another bad 80s Buick here.

by Anonymousreply 3811/18/2012

An Audi Fox. Omigod, what a piece of crap. In the end, even the German service manager at the dealership was forced to admit it was a lemon.

From those wonderful folks at Volkswagen.

by Anonymousreply 3911/18/2012

the same Dad who gave me that 1973 Ford Pinto year later gave me his beat up Chevy Monza (stick, because by that time I had learned to drive a stick). The Monza had bondo on near the rear window areas, because it was rusting out.

It broke down frequently

by Anonymousreply 4011/18/2012

I'm amazed to see Audis and VWs on this list...especially VWs, I thought they were supposed to be faultless.

by Anonymousreply 4111/18/2012

'99 Pontiac Grand Am GT. Horrific. I had a physical fear response to that car, because I knew every time I drove it something new was going to go wrong with it...and I never knew what it'd be. Spent $5k in one summer on repairs when it was only six years old. I will never again buy an American car because of that thing.

by Anonymousreply 4211/18/2012

I had one of those Pintos in the 70's. I bought it used after it had already been recalled and the gas tank replaced or a barrier put in so it wouldn't explode or whatever. Fucking death trap. Although I have to say, I never had a problem with it.

I gave it to my brother when I left for college. He and his buddies kept it rolling with duct tape, baling wire and gum for quite a few years after that.

by Anonymousreply 4311/18/2012

I'm with r5. I owned a 2005 Jeep Liberty bought new which was a pile of shit. I never got more than 14mpg. The plastics used in the interior were garbage. The plastic knobs for the heat all cracked. The sun visor plastic clips broke. I swore off Chrysler cars after. I had the thing less than 2 years and when I finally decided I want out I took a major loss. The value of it tanked. I never saw such loss of value on a car like this. I was the only person who ever drove the car and I take very good car of my cars. POS!

by Anonymousreply 4411/18/2012

Fix Or Repair Daily: FORD

by Anonymousreply 4511/18/2012

R1 - Ford stopped making the Torino in the mid 70's.

Worst cars I've ever owned were both Fords - Escort (actually, the Mercury Lynx twin) and Tempo (actually, the Mercury Topaz twin).

Best cars - Mazdas.

by Anonymousreply 4611/18/2012

R16: I forget what web site it was on but this guy got his daughter a fairly beat up Fiero. He helped her disassemble the whole car, re-engineer the GM fuck ups, and then put it back together in her color scheme. It was pretty cool looking when all was said and done.

by Anonymousreply 4711/18/2012

1986 Dodge Raider (Mitsubishi Montero clone). Piece. Of. Shite.

by Anonymousreply 4811/18/2012

The Audi Fox was the Brazilian made VW. It was bad.

Ford currently makes the best built vehicles in North America, with the JD Power numbers to back them up.

GM, however, is still at the bottom of the list.

The reason why Ford survived and didn't need a Government bailout out, was its superb F150 pickup truck, which is the most reliable pickup truck on the planet and the number 1 selling vehicle, cars included, in the USA. R45s term applied for Fords of the 1970s.

Hyundai is the current worse choice on the market. Their prices are now higher than Honda and they still haven't made a single vehicle with a proven reliability record. Hyundai and Kia rate high on initial assembly quality, but still fail in the long term. Also, it is only a matter of time until Ford and Mercedes sue Hyundai for industrial theft, just like Apple sued and won against Samsung. Korean companies steal ideas, they don't innovate.

by Anonymousreply 4911/18/2012

I really liked the car but it was manufactured before cars were fully galvanized for rust prevention.

My 1972 Monte Carlo was pewter silver with a white vinyl top.

I moved from central Alabama to the Florida Gulf Coast when the car was 9 years old and the rust started almost instantly, especially under that vinyl roof under the mat in the trunk.

I got rid of it when it was 11 years old, advanced age for an American car in those days.

by Anonymousreply 5011/18/2012

1977 Chevrolet Impala, my first new car and last American brand. I more than spent the purchase price in repairs over the next six years. It didn't even make it to 80,000 miles. On the other hand, it was a comfortable ride.

by Anonymousreply 5111/18/2012

R44 if the Jeep Liberty was so obviously bad then why on earth did you buy it in the first place?

by Anonymousreply 5211/18/2012

Stone age rock-o-mobile. It was powered by Fred's two feet

by Anonymousreply 5311/18/2012

1982 Pontiac J2000. Total piece of shit. Traded it in 1983. I will never own another American made car.

by Anonymousreply 5411/18/2012

[quote]The Audi Fox was the Brazilian made VW. It was bad.

Ford currently makes the best built vehicles in North America, with the JD Power numbers to back them up.

GM, however, is still at the bottom of the list.

The reason why Ford survived and didn't need a Government bailout out, was its superb F150 pickup truck, which is the most reliable pickup truck on the planet and the number 1 selling vehicle, cars included, in the USA. R45s term applied for Fords of the 1970s.

Wow, you are completely wrong.

First, Ford is NOT near the top of J. D. Power, in fact they've fallen far behind - almost entirely attributable to its dreadful "MyTouch" interface (developed by Microsoft - quelle surprise! ). GM on three other hand has been performing well, especially Cadillac and Buick.

Second, the Fox you're referring to was a VW model, not Audio, that was imported from Brazil as an entry level model to compete on price. Yes there was once an Audi Fox but it was sold in the 70s.

Third, the reason Ford didn't need a Government bailout had nothing to do woth sales of pickups. Rather, just before the financial crisis then CEO Alan Mulaly mortgaged Ford's assets to the hilt and took on a ton of debt, so that when the economy tanked the company had a significant cash cushion. Of course that would not have helped had GM and Chrysler not been rescued; the subsequent failure of suppliers would have doomed Ford as well.

by Anonymousreply 5511/18/2012

1982 Chevy Chevette.

My dad bought this as my first car in 1985. By the time I sold it to a junkyard in 1988, the following repairs had been required:

1) totally new suspension

2) brakes (twice)

3) heater core (ruptured and sprayed antifreeze all over the inside of the car)

4) valve and ring job

5) transmission failure requiring complete rebuild (no, it wasn't my driving)

6) timing belt broke on Christmas Night 1985, stranding me in the middle of nowhere

7) radiator AND heater core, a second time

In addition, one could not attach speakers to the inside of this car that required screws because the thing was so tinny that they would shake out of whatever they were attached to.

My dad was furious when I returned home after my first year of college and sold the thing to a junkyard for $800. The junkyard guy was doing me a favor.

That car was even worse than the 1979 Chevy Van I later owned, but at least I only paid $500 for that, drove it a year, and sold it for $200.

by Anonymousreply 5611/19/2012

Opel Kadett

by Anonymousreply 5711/19/2012

2004 VW Jetta. Had to replace the battery and fusebox TWICE in the span of a year because the fusebox is located too close to the battery and it melts the casing surrounding them. AC runs spottily at times and the "cooling" system barely works. And it's not even paid off yet.

by Anonymousreply 5811/19/2012

I had a 1980 VW Dasher, which was a kissing cousin to the Audi Fox. Great handling car, nimble, great interior, but troublesome mechanics. I had transmission problems, water pump replaced twice. But it was way better than the domestic cars (Chryslers) that I owned when it came to fuel economy and ergonomics. The driving position was perfect, and the interior was of a very good quality.

by Anonymousreply 5911/19/2012

2000 Mecedes S500. Complex garbage is stil garbage. Suspension was a disaster, 12,000.00 in repairs in three years. The interior fell apart, leather ripped, wood trim fell off of the doors etc. The dealer was even shocked at how this piece of shit self destructed. I have owned several Jaguars, so I'm used to a little extra, but this was the worst.

by Anonymousreply 6011/19/2012

2002 Honda Accord.

Yes, you are reading that correctly.

Biggest piece of shit I ever owned. The engine had to be replaced after 70K miles. Luckily I had an extended warranty (and the receipt for all the maintenance) so Honda couldn't weasel their way out of it.

by Anonymousreply 6111/19/2012

Lotus Elite. Used to hire a tow truck to follow me around

by Anonymousreply 6211/19/2012

Suzuki Samarai. Ever still see one around? Me either.

by Anonymousreply 6311/19/2012

[quote]especially VWs, I thought they were supposed to be faultless.

Those would be the old rear-engine, air-cooled engine VWs.

Bugs and Vans you could fix with a screwdriver.

Government regulations caused them to go extinct in late 70s.

Once VW switched to front water-cooled engines, they were no different from any other car.

by Anonymousreply 6411/19/2012

R52 how was I to know it was a POS until after I bought it? I'm not a fortune teller! If I knew it was garbage I would not have bought it.

by Anonymousreply 6511/21/2012

The German made VWs are quite reliable. It is the Mexican made ones which are disasters.

You can't just buy the brand anymore, you need to find out where the car you buy is manufactured. All the best German engineering means nothing when it is not assembled properly.

by Anonymousreply 6611/21/2012

It's nice to see that one of Ford Motor Corporations paid representatives has posted at R49. Where was he when my Ford lemons were falling apart and the company kept charging to repair the unrepairable?

I'll never buy another Ford.

by Anonymousreply 6711/21/2012

My Audi A4. As soon as the warranty expired, all kinds of things went wrong - including the fuel and temperature gauges going out. Never had that happen on a car, and of course being and Audi, it would cost $1,500.00 to fix them.

by Anonymousreply 6811/21/2012

1971 fire engine red Mercury Montego. It used to lay down smoke when you drove it.

by Anonymousreply 6911/21/2012

R56 - my sister's first car was an '82 or '83 Chevette. I think she pretty much had the same problems as you. The one I remember most was the problem with the radiator and antifreeze. There was always some smelly vapor coming in through the vents that would leave a film on the windows. The heater didn't work, either. It'd take about a half hour just to get it warm enough where it would melt a little hole in the ice on the windshield. A bunch of guys at school actually picked it up and turned it around, once. And then they stuck a pair of frozen panties on the antenna. Ah, good times.

by Anonymousreply 7011/21/2012

I had a Geo Metro 4-Door in college. Brand-new, on the way home from the lot, the stick with the turn signals broke off. No joke. Pure plastic with just a little metal stub.

Hit a pothole in a parking lot--so it wasn't like I was going fast or anything--and it tore out my transmission fluid tubes or something.

The windows could not be rolled down without needing to be fed, by hand, back in place when rolled up.

I will say that when a tree fell on me (long story), the car held up pretty well. Still hated it from the get-go, though, thanks to that plastic stick.

by Anonymousreply 7111/21/2012

Someone start a new thread about your favorite car you have owned please. Me no have 18 dollas

by Anonymousreply 7211/21/2012

1994 Ford Probe

by Anonymousreply 7311/21/2012

So far -- twelve years -- my Audi has been good on repairs.

I am this car's first owner and will likely drive it for a few more years.

Currently have only 90K on the odometer.

by Anonymousreply 7411/21/2012

Buy a Honda or a Toyota product and you can remove the word "repairs" from your vocabulary.

by Anonymousreply 7511/22/2012

A British MGB sportscar. I strung a net behind it to catch the parts.

by Anonymousreply 7611/22/2012

1994 Lincoln Mark VIII. Parts were very expensive, the air suspsension was always going out. New alternator, radiator, front air struts, rear air shocks, gear shift, I can't even remember the rest.

Drove like a dream though, had a Mustang Cobra engine that got 15 miles per gallon in the city and only used premium gas.

by Anonymousreply 7711/22/2012

Had an old 78 Chevy Chevette in college. At best I can say it did the job of getting me back and forth to class. It was so underpowered that it made trying to merge onto a busy freeway or pass anyone tricky at times.

by Anonymousreply 7811/22/2012

My mom had a Corvair. That thing was held together with masking tape and the whole steering column used to shake.

I'm surprised hearing about these relatively new cars (2000s) which suck. I kind of thought those days were gone and cars were more competitive now. I only learned to drive in 2005 and I hope my car holds up because I don't know shit about cars.

by Anonymousreply 7911/22/2012

R79, what year was your mom's Corvair? I know the first generation (the 1960-64 versions that Ralph Nader disparaged in his book) was problematic, but the beautiful 65-69s where much more comfortable and reliable.

by Anonymousreply 8011/26/2012

2000 BMW 328i. Bought brand new and was miticulous in the maintenance. Fast forward to two weeks ago when it dies on the freeway and had it towed to the closest BMW dealer. This year alone, I had out $6000 into it. They wanted another $3000 to repair the cracked expansion tank. I said no way. I added up all the repairs and maintenance costs I had and I had spent an extra $20,000 on that car. It only had 140,000. I decided to spend the money on a "good" car since I figured it would last 20 years...

by Anonymousreply 8111/26/2012

My old Maserati Biturbo owns this thread.

A blast to drive, when it would run: which was seldom. Never drove it far because I had to be prepared to walk home. Used to leave the engine running while I shopped, because I would have preferred someone steal it to being stranded. Wouldn't reliably start unless its engine was stone cold or car had consumed thousands in a shop.

I was second owner. Sold it to a truly deserving third.

by Anonymousreply 8211/26/2012

In the category of a brand new piece of shit car, the prize goes to a 1970 Ford Maverick with a blue "grabber" package. The big design feature was a rear spoiler to keep the car from lifting off the road when exceeding 200 MPH. The Maverick had interior parts made of pot metal. Pot metal is very soft junk metal made from scraps of different metals melted together. The heater levers would come off in your hand as would the door knobs. Amazingly, the car never lifted off the road when exceeding 200 MPH.

A 1998 Hyundai Elantra Wagon was another winner. Three of four power window regulators blew out just weeks after the warranty ended.

In fairness, Ford also made the funnest car I ever owned, which was a 4.6L DOHC convertible Mustang Cobra, Weeeee!

by Anonymousreply 8311/26/2012

Oh God mine was an Audi Fox too. Every time it stopped it would stall. I got good at keeping one foot on the brake and holding the gas pedal down just enough to keep the engine going but not overpower the brakes. It was shit brown in color too. It was a gift so fortunately it didn't cost me anything.

by Anonymousreply 8411/26/2012

1972 MGB. I bought it in 1976. The dealer said it had been completely reconditioned and he said it would not give me the problems my 1969 XKE gave me. He was wrong. The MGB was actually worse than the Jag. It would come out of the shop for the third time that month and break down again on the way home. When it rain, though, it was a lot of fun.

by Anonymousreply 8511/26/2012

1970 Dodge Dart.

I can't believe they're bringing the Dart back. And the commercials look so good, I actually want one.

by Anonymousreply 8611/26/2012

I actually have had better luck with American made cars. My worst car was a diesel fuel injected VW Rabbit. Left me stranded regularly. Fuel injector would get clogged, diesel would turn to slush in any weather below 32 degrees, which in Chicago is about 5 months out of the year. I had a 82 Ford Mustang that you would think would be a piece of shit, but started every morning no matter how cold.

by Anonymousreply 8711/26/2012

I thought the Dodge Dart was a reliable car R86? At least in the 60s it was. Maybe by the 70s they took out that old slant six engine that wouldn't die.

by Anonymousreply 8811/26/2012

[quote]I decided to spend the money on a "good" car since I figured it would last 20 years

R81, I think it's too much to expect any car to last 20 years.

A friend of mine had a big BMW from circa 2000, as well and the engine fell out. It's not what you expect from a car like that. He went on to buy two more BMWs though.

by Anonymousreply 8911/26/2012

So it looks like the Pinto, Vega, Chevette wins the worst car award.

by Anonymousreply 9011/26/2012

Hokey-smokes, R26 & R70: the 1982 Chevette! It was the first new car I bought, and it sent me on a 20+ year Toyota journey of repentance. The gear-shift knob came off in my hand during the first couple of months, which was foreshadowing for the transmission dying at 22,000 miles and AGAIN at 24,000 miles--whereupon I traded it and spat in the general direction of General Motors.

by Anonymousreply 9111/26/2012

I've always owned used cars, but some have definitely been worse than others. I'd say the most unreliable was my '99 VW Passat. It was literally in the shop for something different every week.

I currently own an '04 Toyota Matrix. Beyond routine oil changes, I haven't had any issues with it. My only complaint is the amount of legroom it has--as someone who has ridiculously long legs, I could definitely use a few more inches.

by Anonymousreply 9211/26/2012

R85- The MGB in that photo looks exactly like the one I had. Shiny, black with lots of beautiful chrome...and a total piece of shit.

I had the engine rebuilt (this was in the mid nineties) and four months later the car died. Took it back in to the same shop. They gave it a good exam, then told me I should get the engine rebuilt. The mechanic almost swallowed his tongue when I said, "But you guys just rebuilt it." The electrical system was a nightmare.

But what a lovely car to drive on a starry night.

by Anonymousreply 9311/26/2012

1972 Triumph Spitfire. An article described it as "a Doorstop with electrical problems". I worked on it constantly. It ate starter motors for lunch and would sometimes do weird electrical things for no damned good reason.

Once at about 3am the horn started sounding in the driveway.

Once smoke started billowing out from under the dash while in line at the Taco Bueno drive through. I had to pull out of line and disconnect the battery. The Taco Bueno girl shouted from the window "Sir your Taco is ready"...

by Anonymousreply 9411/26/2012

My brother once bought a used Jaguar saloon, a few years before Ford ownership.

I know! Idiotic, right!?

Anyway, he was having one electrical problem after another. The most dangerous was his headlights would go off for no reason. Scary.

Turns out the electrical parts were all made a British parts supplier called "Lucas Electric."

Not after too long did he start ordering his parts directly from what he called, "Lucas: The Prince of Darkness."

I wonder in they're still in business,

by Anonymousreply 9511/26/2012

My Dad bought a brand new Jaguar saloon in '86. By '92, when I borrowed it, water was coming in over the pedals. On a wet day you needed rubber boots.

It drank petrol. You cold see the fuel gauge going down as you drove it.

by Anonymousreply 9611/26/2012

R86, my dad had a '71 Dodge Dart, which he took good care of and outlasted all his other cars. It was passed down to each of us kids during high school until we raised enough money to buy our own. My mom finally made him get rid of it in the mid-90s to make room in the garage for her new Mercedes.

by Anonymousreply 9711/26/2012

jUDY Garland

by Anonymousreply 9811/26/2012

I once bought a Caddy from some nasty fucking hebe. The car went Joo-Joo-Joo-Joo when it idled. And every time you tried to turn the fucking thing off, it went KIKE! KIKE! KIKE!

by Anonymousreply 9911/26/2012

I owned a '64 VW bug that was a nightmare. It had major electrical problems that never got resolved, no matter how much time it spent visiting mechanics and all the money it cost. An ex finally totaled it, to my absolute delight.

by Anonymousreply 10011/27/2012

Old thread I know, but gotta Post....

I drive alot and my cars are babied somewhat, but still get used...I also have had a ton of cars and like to trade

The worst car was my 2000 Acura TL.. Bought in 2002 with 40K, it lived for 10.5 years and 170K miles, of which, I managed to keep it warrantied 100K miles of that (thank god)... I loved the way it drove and felt, was a sweet car..Beautiful Mint Green with Grey Leather... BUT OMG... Every service visit was a repair... It left me stranded a few times, but always at a convient place... In 10 years it has had: 4 Tranmissions 3 Window Regulators 11 02 Sensors 2 Map Sensors 2 Throttle Bodys 3 Catyltic Converters 6 Coil Packs 2 Power Mirror switches 1 Drivers Seat 9 EGR Valves Want me to go on?? Biggest Pile of CRAP EVER! EVER!

Notable Mentions: 1997 Mazda 626- Bought used in 2003 with 60K from Carmax... Drove it 7K miles and traded it for a Nissan Altima... The CEL came one and the trannie crapped out

2003 Nissan Frontier-Wish I had never sold it, had it 18 months and 25K miles... But at 2K miles everything fell off the front of the engine due to missing bolts.... Oops Nissan

2003 Saturn Ion-3K Miles and the Electric Steering Failed during a High Speed Emergancy Manuver and it flipped... I currently Own a VUE and i think it was a fluke

We had a 99 Taurus that was bought new and is still running (cousin has it now) with 200K and has been beat to hell and is fine

2004 Ford Explorer- It died in the middle of the road more times than I can count.. Has had alot of unscheduled work too..Its Grandpas car and its only got 50K.. My Inheritance!

1994 Mercedes E320-Car lasted forever and was sold at 312K because it wouldn't quite stop peeing oil everywhere

by Anonymousreply 10101/30/2013

The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

by Anonymousreply 10201/30/2013

I've had 2 Fords in row (1994 Ranger, 2010 Focus) and both were/are magnificent.

The worst was a 1986 Toyota Tercel. Piece. Of. Shit. Was literally falling apart as I drove along.

by Anonymousreply 10301/30/2013

A 1980 champagne colored Oldsmobile Firenza. Horrible era for American cars, and this was one of the worst.

I was on a date with a boy I really liked. He got in the car and said, "Did you get this car when your grandparents died?"

by Anonymousreply 10401/30/2013

I´ll take a Ford Pinto over any current chinese car.

by Anonymousreply 10501/30/2013

1979 Pontiac LeMans, threw a rod at 45000 miles.

by Anonymousreply 10601/30/2013

1974 Mustang II. A mechanical and rusted nightmare at the young age of 4

by Anonymousreply 10701/30/2013

I learned to drive at 50 and bought a Lexus RX330 brand new in 2005. I have a question.

A few years ago, the brakes squealed. My partner took it to his trusted (and totally shitty ) mechanic who sent it back with squealing brakes after relieving us of $300 saying he changed the brakes. I complained about the brakes feeli g the same, partner said I am just an inexperienced driver.

A year and a half layer, partner borrows my car, comes back and says, "Holy shit! You hardly have any brakes!" thanks, Sherlock. I took it to a place in town and had to pay $850 for new brakes, complete job replacing pads, rotors calipers and I don't know what. I'm car illiterate.

At age 7 years, is that reasonable? It's the only problem I've had with the car, except the CD player never works, so I hooked my iPhone to cassette and use the cassette player.

by Anonymousreply 10801/30/2013

[quote]Anyway, he was having one electrical problem after another. The most dangerous was his headlights would go off for no reason. Scary. Turns out the electrical parts were all made a British parts supplier called "Lucas Electric."

British cars have an electrical system that operates on smoke. Sometimes the smoke manages to escape, and the cars fail to operate.

All you need to do is replace the smoke:

by Anonymousreply 10901/30/2013

Mine was a Fiat Spyder convertible. True what they say about "[bold]F[/bold]ix [bold]I[/bold]t [bold]A[/bold]gain, [bold]T[/bold]ony."

by Anonymousreply 11001/30/2013

R108, are you and your partner still together? Just asking.

by Anonymousreply 11101/30/2013

The 2nd gen Corvair was supposed to be better than the first, or so I was told.

Worst car was my Plymouth Neon. Total POS. I got sucked in by that smiley grille. Tinny body panels, hard Fisher-Price interior plastics, electrical gremlins throughout its life. The city towed it after it broke down two weeks after I paid it off. I let them keep it.

by Anonymousreply 11201/30/2013

to 99. You are a idiot.

by Anonymousreply 11301/30/2013

93 Volkswagen Jetta - the Shitta as we used to call it.

It would rev up by itself like a moron-mobile. Starting up wasn't a plus point either.

Black tailpipe (carbon build-up) smoke was like driving a cigar. Pewter metal throughout...drivers door stopped working...always fun to enter by passenger side...makes you look really cool.

Don't get me started on the POS Eurovan - Volkswagen never again!

by Anonymousreply 11402/02/2013

The Chevy Corvair was a good car, and Ralph Nader just did a number on them. The center of gravity could have been a little further forward in the first generation, but it was not a race car, and should not have been driven as such. The pancake 6 engine was an engineering marvel.

by Anonymousreply 11502/02/2013
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