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The worst car(s) you have ever owned/driven?

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Skree, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. Skree


    Joined: Nov 15, 2002

    Posts: 3,965

    Location: bed or the pub

    Probably been done before but I need a laugh, so i figured i'd ask here, and give a little of my own nostalgia. List the worst cars (for any reason) and the reasons why they were terrible. Mine would be as follows:

    1987 Ford Fiesta 1.1 "Popular plus". Hmm, plus eh? Right..
    This car had done silly miles, like 134k when i bought it (admittedly for £20) at an auction. It had no first gear when i bought it and the brakes had the alarming problem that when you pressed the pedal, the car would pick at random two wheels to slow down and two wheels to do nothing to. It also felt down on power and was covered in rust. By the time i got rid of it it only had 2nd and 4th gears, took 5 goes and a load of wd-40 to start even in summer, reverse sounded like i was torturing 10000 cats, and it would NOT go above 40mph. Oh and the clutch groaned. I got rid of it when i sat in it one morning and the seat fell through the floorpan. Still, got more than i paid for it at weigh in and learned good clutch control :D

    later on i had a 1997 vectra 1.8. This came to me as a non runner, and a £40 airflow meter later it worked. For 17 miles, then the radiator literally exploded. fixed this with scrap parts, and it worked for another 43 miles and then started missing and backfiring and wouldn't run properly at all - this wasn't an overheat problem either, tried all sorts to find out what was wrong, nothing showed up... So i got rid.

    Replaced that with a Sierra 1.8 that i got on the "i'll take it away for free" rule as it had 4 months t&t on it. Unfortunately, when it ran it did like 4mpg. So i swapped it for a bottle of whiskey to a mate who was building a kit car - it wasn't worth fixing

    And this ends my truely bad car run. I've had some cars you would think were awful, like old maestros, ford ka etc but they have all performed solidly, and done the job i've bought them to do. Until recently... this one is VERY recent and i still haven't recovered, i'm still twitching and shaking...

    Went up to edinburgh on the train to pick up a 1972 Land Rover SIII diesel. This was a standard, pretty nice structurally land rover that had "slight engine problems, no rilly an essue mate et'll dehfinitely get ye hoome"

    Oh yes. It got me home from edinburgh to sheffield. At 28mph, top speed out of a very sick and overly loud sounding 2.25d in a vehicle which had no o/d and no 4th gear.. also no soundproofing and no stereo. Also the suspension seemed to be locked solid - it was, when I got it home. Not forgetting the 1/4 turn of play in the steering which operated on the teenage rebellion principle. It also had typical series landie brakes. IE hit the brakes about 4 miles before you want to stop and pray.

    Oh well it was very cheap even with the maladies and the chassis and bulkhead really are nice (a testament to regular waxoyl) but it's taken me months to be able to look at it without wanting to go crazy and chop it to pieces with all the nice tools i have in the garage.. lol

    EDIT: oh yes, i forgot to mention, there's like a half inch of what i hope is a combination of dirt and waxoyl all over the floor of the cab. its certainly evil stuff and 2 days of scraping has hardly left a dent
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2008
  2. Skeeter


    Joined: Mar 8, 2007

    Posts: 37,135

    Location: Surrey

    Daewoo Matiz 0.9L. Enough said.

    Small, rattled, no feel at all though the steering, and absolutely no power. That said, it is my mates and we have had over 100 indicated on the clock with me as a passenger, while out-dragging a chaved out clio. Was funny, if a little scary (yes i know 100 on the clock is not 100, but the cars top speed is meant to be something like 85 lol)

    I had a 1.8 Sierra, it was awsome! Worked really well, rear wheel drive and loads of fun. Was my first car too!
  3. 6thElement


    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

    Posts: 8,990

    Location: In my penthouse, Park Ave

    Hummer H3 would rank highly on my list.
    Chevvy Malibu would also be high, as would the Saturn Ion.
  4. PinkFloyd


    Joined: Sep 21, 2005

    Posts: 13,474

    Location: Bradley Stoke, Bristol

    Do you know my flatmate :eek:

    Think his is a 0.9L
    Slow isn't even a start to describe its performance. He has to change down to third to go up the M6 sliproad without slowing down to below 40....
  5. adam cool dude


    Joined: Oct 22, 2002

    Posts: 5,049

    Location: Boston, Lincolnshire

    Ford Escort Diesel Van. I managed to get 85 out of it going downhill. Those old Ford Diesels were a real piece of work :rolleyes:
  6. nicRob

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 15, 2005

    Posts: 2,036

    Location: Buckingham

    Turbo'd version in my fiesta van, will hit 110 on the flat without a problem
  7. fullspizz

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 1,610

    Location: Niptons Ridge

    "Old" Cortina 2.0ltr in rusy red colour:p I think it was on an X plate.
    After many problems decided to get rid when the front wheel and hub came adrift whilst on my way home from work one summer's evening.

    An old Fiat Panda in white that looked liked it had been painted in white hammerite. Didn't have much going for it, decided to give up the ghost on me miles away from home.

    A D reg XR2 that I boought off someone on a farm, went to Wales in it 3 times and on 2 occasions the head gasket went.:eek: It was cheap and at the time I didn't have a pot to **** in, so it did. Eventually pasrt x'd it due to it smoking like Stephenson's rocket whenever you took the oil filler cap off.:D

    No swearing
  8. BigglesPiP


    Joined: Mar 8, 2006

    Posts: 13,235

    Location: Chandlers Ford

    I've only actually driven 4 cars, so not much to choose from, but it'd be the Corsa for it's disconnected steering. I wouldn't call it "Bad" tho.
  9. Scania


    Joined: Nov 25, 2004

    Posts: 20,549

    Location: On the road....

    On your speedo ,perhaps, certainly not in real terms.

    Worst car I have owned would be a Peugeot 309, it was dire.

    Worst car I have driven is an old G reg Jaguar XJ6 a few months back, unknown to me at the time, a rather major suspension component was broken, hence the "interesting" handling.......
  10. Mr.Stu

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 2,097

    Chrysler PT Cruiser
  11. CocoPops


    Joined: Nov 6, 2002

    Posts: 3,058

    Location: Thatcham, UK

    Peugeot 106 and 206 the pedal box is horrible and off to one side. Wouldn't want to use for long journeys.
  12. West


    Joined: Dec 22, 2004

    Posts: 9,076

    Location: Rugeley, Staffs

    I've only owned 4 Cars..

    First car was a .800 Fiat Cinquecento - That thing was a lovely little car!

    Second was a 1.6 Daewoo Lanos - This car was retarded.. Electrics always going on it.. one night the dash lights just cut out in the middle of cannock chase..

    Third, and Fourth was the Mini and the Focus, both again lovely cars.
  13. londonbairn


    Joined: May 29, 2005

    Posts: 5,497

    Location: West London

    Out of all the cars I have owned, definately the Peugeot 206. Constant problems.
  14. Lopéz

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

    Posts: 25,781

    Location: LE9

    Kia Shame. Ask Gilly, or Dolph. They should remember it :D
  15. West


    Joined: Dec 22, 2004

    Posts: 9,076

    Location: Rugeley, Staffs

    mmm Kia Pride.. I saw a V reg one.. they havn't changed from the ones they produced at like L Reg..
  16. mondo


    Joined: Jul 20, 2004

    Posts: 229

    Location: Doncaster

    Ford fiesta and then several ford escorts all rubbish. Ford enough said.
  17. Howard


    Joined: Jul 12, 2007

    Posts: 15,195

    Location: South East

    Hehe me too :) Crap car technically, but it was fun, so I'm not sure I'd call it the worst. Never let me down!

    I've only owned three - that, a 1.6 Megane and my Accord. They weren't really "crap", but I guess the Cinq is the crappest I've owned. The crappest I've driven was a Vauxhall Agila. *shudder*
  18. thepharcyde


    Joined: Mar 17, 2004

    Posts: 8,259

    1.3l escort! Good work horse and first car but shocking in every department power, handling and chick pulling ability.
  19. West


    Joined: Dec 22, 2004

    Posts: 9,076

    Location: Rugeley, Staffs

    I had mine about a year, was an L reg, had to scrap it because of the gearbox going on me..

    It didn't even have power steering, but it was hillarious, I installed a 12" Sub inside.. it was hillarious.
  20. Scrutinize


    Joined: Apr 4, 2003

    Posts: 6,715

    Daewoo Lanos (loan car) has to be the worst, the 1.6 whilst having poke could not handle at all, at 60 mph on Duel Carriageways etc it felt really out of shape and if there was a high speed gentle corner (even at 40-50 mph) it would try to push itself off the road with not just body roll but wobble and bounce.

    The car drove straight, tracking was fine etc etc and had only done a few miles so guessing it is just cack engineering and design. I have never driven anything so bad

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