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Worst car you have driven

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Milkyway, 29 Sep 2021.

  1. Janesy B

    Caporegime

    Joined: 19 Apr 2008

    Posts: 25,668

    Location: Essex

    Fiat 500L hire car, dangerously numb and over assisted, handled like a boat.
     
  2. CSMonkeh

    Hitman

    Joined: 23 May 2009

    Posts: 996

    Location: Newbury, Berks

    Mk2 corsa in 2001/2002

    Learnt to drive with BSM at first and they were awful - it had speed- sensitive power steering which bizarrely got lighter the faster you went
    Great fun driving on dual carriageways!
    Terrified to change gear
     
  3. Nasher

    Capodecina

    Joined: 22 Nov 2006

    Posts: 21,809

    I had a 1993 1.4 manual mk1 Corsa as my first car. Wasn't too bad tbh. No power steering or ABS :)
     
  4. Blackjack Davy

    Soldato

    Joined: 16 Aug 2009

    Posts: 5,749

    Fiat Panda lol. One of the older ones. The term tin box on wheels comes to mind. Incredibly noisy, rattly, no sound insulation, uncomfortable hard seats, nasty plastic interior. Slow to accelerate and going up a mild hill smoke or steam or something would rise up from the gearbox area and it would really struggle. No auto cancel on the indicators. 4 gears only. Would really struggle to do much more than 50mph and you wouldn't to either as the engine was screaming by that point. Honestly the worst car I've ever driven. Horrible. 1/5
     
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  5. PiKe

    Caporegime

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 25,275

    Location: Lake District

    Ford Kuga 4wd automatic petrol, such a pointless car.
     
  6. Housey

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 21 Feb 2006

    Posts: 27,935

    Have to agree. Their appeal is lost on me.

    @Micloi was kind enough to let me drive his old heavily modded one and that was vastly better but still left me wondering how they could get the pedals so nicely sorted for heel/toe yet give me a gearbox that had the precision of an oil tanker on ice. The standard one I drove when they arrived, with Arbath bits looked funky but was a bit **** compared to say a Mini Cooper
     
  7. Housey

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 21 Feb 2006

    Posts: 27,935

    Pontiac Le Mans….


    Think Vauxhall Belmont…….with a really slow auto box and all the good bits removed




    Yea…..good bits…..I know
     
  8. lordrobs

    Capodecina

    Joined: 30 Sep 2003

    Posts: 15,159

    Location: Norwich

    Worst I've driven was a Ford Escort "courtesy" car from a small used dealer while they failed to fix my 306 under warranty.

    Handled like 2 cars loosely tacked together and shocking brakes with a pedal that went to the floor under normal braking. Had 4 bald tyres and the clutch was so worn if you applied half throttle you ended up at 6000 rpm.
     
  9. SoliD

    Capodecina

    Joined: 25 Feb 2004

    Posts: 15,998

    Location: Portsmouth

    Probably Vauxhall Meriva think a 1.4 that I had for a day for work. Needed it for a few days but gave them a call after the first drive and got them to send something else out.
     
  10. sovietspybob

    Mobster

    Joined: 25 May 2008

    Posts: 3,194

    Location: North Wales

    It's hard to say, i've driven terrible cars in every objective sense that are actually quite fun, my old Rover 200 was pretty terrible in a lot of ways but was still fun, same for the Citroen AX when i passed my test.

    For me i think it'd be a 2010ish Kia Picanto i had for the day as a courtesy car. underpowered and rough engine and comically soft suspension and seats with zero lateral support meant i almost fell out of it going round a hairpin bend. I was used to driving my DC5 Integra at the time with Reaco bucket seats..

    My current works van is pretty close though, 2016 2.0 TDI VW Caddy, i just hate that thing. I guess it's not terrible in many ways but lots of things just drive me nuts. I hate the gearing and the on/off nature of the turbo, i hate the driving position, i hate the way all the controls are the opposite of all the Japanese cars I've owned over the years. i hate the wind noise from the mirrors, i hate it's only got a cargo door on one side, i hate the stupid touch screen radio and how painfully slow the satnav is to load up, i even hate the texture of the steering wheel and the noise of the indicators :(
     
  11. Sirrel Squirrel

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 5 Aug 2003

    Posts: 7,996

    Location: Essex

    Toyota Aygo, I had one as a courtesy car and it was slow and like driving in a tin can, turning the aircon on would have a noticeable impact on acceleration too.
     
  12. robj20

    Capodecina

    Joined: 9 Apr 2007

    Posts: 10,928

    One of the newer Ford Fiesta's with that ecoboost engine. Hated the interior and hated the engine.
     
  13. Greebo

    Caporegime

    Joined: 20 Jan 2005

    Posts: 41,580

    Location: Co Durham

    Citroen BX with faulty suspension which slowly keep sinking as you drove along.
     
  14. Iamzod

    Mobster

    Joined: 7 Dec 2002

    Posts: 3,674

    Location: UK

    Hard to say, my dad's old 2.0 Volvo 940 SE was utterly gutless however the cavernous interior made up for it and it was actually fairly comfy. My old Rover 220DS was also pants, however great at the same time as you could run it on used veg oil and it was great fun leaving Tesco with 30 Litres of Veg oil if caught short & seeing the looks on peoples faces as you emptied the contents into the tank one by one.

    Probably a 2014 Ford Fiesta 1.25 NA, it had no redeeming features & was painfully gutless. Joining the motorway was a case of thrashing the hell out of it to get up to speed.
     
  15. iamtheoneneo

    Capodecina

    Joined: 15 Mar 2010

    Posts: 10,063

    Location: Bucks

    Rental Fiat 500. Went for a trip to Monaco found an underground carpark and on the way out the car literally didn't have enough power to get up the ramp. Luckily no-one was behind as had to roll all the way down and get a rolling start :D

    It was bad....pretty sure it was a case of it being a Fiat 500 and something wrong with the already small engine. Or maybe car is just terrible.
     
  16. Nasher

    Capodecina

    Joined: 22 Nov 2006

    Posts: 21,809

    Yea I didn't like the Aygo either when I borrowed one. For a small and light car it didn't even handle well. It was poor all round. The Yaris is way better.

    I don't think Toyota actually make the Aygo themselves though. It's a rebadged Peugeot or something.
     
  17. iamdjdz

    Mobster

    Joined: 24 Nov 2006

    Posts: 4,666

    2018 Peugeot 2008. I have no idea if it's the way it was set up from the factory as it was a hire car but I had to lift my whole foot about half a foot off the floor because the clutch bite was so high. Everything else about it was terrible and it was very uncomfortable in general. No idea why they're so popular.
     
  18. jigger

    Capodecina

    Joined: 28 May 2007

    Posts: 15,618

    Old shape Vauxhall Mokka rental I had was petty bad.
     
  19. cuke2u

    Mobster

    Joined: 27 Feb 2006

    Posts: 2,738

    Location: East Sussex

    My list, because there has been several:
    Citroen Saxon
    Nissan Micra
    Nissan Coupe, cannot remember its name
    Ford Prefect
    Ford Fiesta XR2i
    Vauxhall Corsa
    Daf 55.
     
  20. Sirrel Squirrel

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 5 Aug 2003

    Posts: 7,996

    Location: Essex

    Ah yes you're right, just Googled it, it is a Citroen C1/Peugeot 108. No wonder it isn't great.