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Worst car you ever owned?

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1959 Morris Mini. Common English car problems...
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1963 Morris Mini Traveller. Ran on three cylinders, not always the same three. It suffered from Dutch Elm disease.

1978 Chevy Chevette. First new car. Absolute piece of ****.

2003 Honda Element. There was a persistent annoying high pitched whine in the right-hand seat. Sold it and bought a Nissan Murano she liked much better.

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Old 06-29-18, 11:42 AM
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Not mine, but my dad's: 1978 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Diesel. The car that turned Americans off from diesels for the next 30 years.
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My dad had a habit of buying some really bad cars until he discovered Toyota. He bought a Ford Pinto, which wasn't the worst. The most awful was an International Harvester Traveler (it is like a Chevy Suburban in size and function). We went on one vacation driving for a bit, breaking down, going to the dealer, getting "repaired" and then repeating over and over for the whole trip.
My worst car was one of those 80's Toyota vans. Things were constantly breaking on it. Bleed me dry. Oh and the A/C broke on the day we went to trade it in on a different car. Evil!
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AMC Javelin.

Looked cool from the outside.
Back seat qualified as birth control.
Transmission problems, electrical problems, U-joint problems, window and door hardware problems.
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1990 Dodge Spirit. It had major tranmission problems in addition to the usual Chrysler lack of quality control.
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I have owned some real stinkers over the years, both as a result of buying on looks, as well as the budget I was working with. I do have two stand outs though.

My number one would have to be the Buick Rendevous. It had a fairly powerful little V6 in it, drove really nicely. IMO it was based on the Aztek, but can't be positive on that. I was in the hospital when it got purchased out of necessity. It was one trouble followed by another the entire time we had it. It all culminated when the plastic intake manifold gasket was replaced twice in a row, wouldn't seal, couldn't get the CEL off, nor the terrible misfires to stop. I was going to have to sue a shop to get them to do anything, even if they could have. I traded it for a beat up ass old Honda and felt wonderful about it.

The other was a Dodge (Chrysler) Caravan. It has the smaller option V6 in it with the stock version wheels. It was a gorgeous little van when we first got it. Had a door that would open on each side, so the kids didn't have to fight over the door seat, and a bench for each one. Drove really nicely and went over 400 miles on a tank. The brakes were so inadequate it was ridiculous. It turned out that the motor and trans were the same. Once it did wear out there was simply no amount of money you could throw to staunch the bleeding. I literally had a junk yard come take it away basically for free just to get it gone.
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Old 06-29-18, 02:37 PM
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It's a tossup:

- 1984 Ford Tempo which I inherited from my great-aunt when she passed away in 1987. Should have been an awesome car, given that it was only three years old with less than 21,000 miles on it -- the proverbial "only driven by a little old lady to get to church on Sundays" car -- but this POS acted like it had a governor on the motor. Not only did it cough, sputter, and then seemingly throw up its hands and sigh "No mas!" when you tried to accelerate, but it literally would not go faster than 60mph. My bandmates jokingly referred to it as the Ford Lento. Mercifully some drunk Boston University students ran a red light and t-boned me while coming home from a gig, totalling the Ford. And their insurance company paid 2x replacement value.

- 1963 Chevy Greenbriar, which my housemate & I went halfsies on. Which means we each spent $75. Seriously, we bought a used car (this was in 1983) for $150. Now, it's bad enough that this was a used car that we paid $150 for, because it's debatable who got the better end of that deal, us or the seller. But it was a freakin' Chevy Greenbriar, which in case you are unfamiliar, is an undersized cargo van (similar in size to the old Volkswagen Type 2 microbus aka Kombi) only built on the chassis of (and containing the engine of) a Corvair. Let that sink in for a second. So this 20-year-old under-powered van in crap condition becomes ours, and I immediately start driving it to gigs and to my day job. And I quickly discover that A) the side cargo doors don't latch securely, and B) the front bench seat isn't fastened securely to the body. And I discover this while driving around a corner at 45mph: Both cargo doors fling open as I go through the turn, and as I reach back to try to grab one and close it, the bench seat that I am sitting on falls backwards into the middle of the vehicle. I'm standing up w/ my foot on the gas, the steering wheel supporting all my weight, careening all over the road trying to prevent the front seat from falling out of the open doors before I can bring the van to a safe stop. Oh yeah, good times. And that was just within the first month of owning it! I think we kept the Greenbriar for less than a year before selling it to another idiot. Pretty sure we got back our $150.
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Either of my two Citroen cars. Citroen is a French marque and very popular here in Europe.

One was brand new and spent most of the three months that I 'owned' it in a workshop fixing an unlimited number of faults before I rejected the car under UK consumer law.

The second Citroen was a used car and ended up costing me more than I paid for it in repairs before I traded it in to get a car that worked properly.
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Old 06-29-18, 02:48 PM
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1990 Ford Aerostar minivan.

Transmission crapped out at 2,000 miles, engine valve covers (plastic!) leaked like a sieve. Engine would simply stop intermittently, no codes to diagnose (real safe for my wife to drive around with two babies/toddlers in the back). AC compressor disintegrated. There were other minor issues that I don't remember now. Traded it in on a Toyota after only 20,000 miles, (the Toyota went over 200,000 miles).

Ford warranty was worthless. Trying to escalate the problem thru Ford was futile, all their corporate "customer service" was designed to be a firewall to protect anyone in corporate from interacting with a customer. All communication was redirected to the dealer. Dealer response to my complaints about engine stalling - "It's a Ford!".

No Ford has darkened my garage since, or ever will.
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- 1963 Chevy Greenbriar, which my housemate & I went halfsies on. Which means we each spent $75. Seriously, we bought a used car (this was in 1983) for $150. Now, it's bad enough that this was a used car that we paid $150 for, because it's debatable who got the better end of that deal, us or the seller. But it was a freakin' Chevy Greenbriar, which in case you are unfamiliar, is an undersized cargo van (similar in size to the old Volkswagen Type 2 microbus aka Kombi) only built on the chassis of (and containing the engine of) a Corvair. Let that sink in for a second. So this 20-year-old under-powered van in crap condition becomes ours, and I immediately start driving it to gigs and to my day job. And I quickly discover that A) the side cargo doors don't latch securely, and B) the front bench seat isn't fastened securely to the body. And I discover this while driving around a corner at 45mph: Both cargo doors fling open as I go through the turn, and as I reach back to try to grab one and close it, the bench seat that I am sitting on falls backwards into the middle of the vehicle. I'm standing up w/ my foot on the gas, the steering wheel supporting all my weight, careening all over the road trying to prevent the front seat from falling out of the open doors before I can bring the van to a safe stop. Oh yeah, good times. And that was just within the first month of owning it! I think we kept the Greenbriar for less than a year before selling it to another idiot. Pretty sure we got back our $150.
I darned near wet myself.
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Old 06-29-18, 04:00 PM
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The ones that I thought were bad are now classics, and I now wish I had every one of them back.
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I guess a Gremlin work car. It's like everything wanted to go out at 70,000 with that one. So I didn't keep it long enough to find out how long the motor itself would last. I don't stick with a loser for long.
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Never really had a lemon; most of mine were old VW's (easy to fix & maintain) and then Toyotas (reliability with a 'plus').

back in the late-1970s a friend answered an add for an old Porsche 914 that was priced ridiculously low. When we got there we found out the owner had died in it in garage - massive heart attack - and wasn't discovered for 'a few days' (dang that think stunk to high heaven!). Creepy, but since it wasn't a murder or suicide he bought the car. He got the upholstery changed and scrubbed the inside, and it ran pretty nice for about a month after we gave the engine (glorified VW style air cooled 4 cylinder) and drive train a good tune up and adjustment. Then it was just a continuous string of problems, almost like the car was haunted by its former owner. He eventually sold it and made a few $$$ on it, but I'll never forget that 'smell' inside it.
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Originally Posted by taz777 View Post
Either of my two Citroen cars. Citroen is a French marque and very popular here in Europe.

One was brand new and spent most of the three months that I 'owned' it in a workshop fixing an unlimited number of faults before I rejected the car under UK consumer law.

The second Citroen was a used car and ended up costing me more than I paid for it in repairs before I traded it in to get a car that worked properly.
I believe Citroen is a bit of mixed bag. The DS and ID were complicated cars and if the hydropneumatics had to be repaired you were in for a quite a job, but they were well made. For the 70's Citroen contemplated the idea of a car with a limited lifespan, that all the parts would run out of life at the same age. They discarded this idea but it seems not everybody in the factory was on board with that decision, and they started building light with flimsy materials. They also had the habit of selling a new model before all the problems were solved. My parents had a very early BX, it had ridiculous issues like a door falling off and leaking spark plug cables, both happened on a vacation behind the iron curtain, with no Citroen garages anywhere so their 14-year old son, me, had to rescue the vacation with calm deduction and stuff from the first aid kit, still a proud moment. But the later BX's, especially the 1.9 diesels, kept on running problemfree well into the 21th century. They were very cheap too because of Citroen's reputation, ideal cars to buy for a vacation.
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1979 or '80 Subaru. Nothing but trouble. Unreliable electronics would strand us in the middle of highway traffic. The front wheel drive CV joint mechanism was so defective Subaru covered it under extended warranty through a devious unpublicized recall notice issued only to dealers.

Dealers were instructed to repair any vehicles brought in with that particular problem, but to withhold info from customers. I saw the notice on the repair shop's bulletin board. After three repairs in two years the dealer refused to continue repairs and Subaru refused to admit the recall notice existed.

Apparently Subaru is much more reliable now. My friends seem happy with theirs. But it soured me on Subaru.
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Originally Posted by Nightcap View Post
1963 Morris Mini Traveller. Ran on three cylinders, not always the same three. It suffered from Dutch Elm disease.

1978 Chevy Chevette. First new car. Absolute piece of ****.

2003 Honda Element. There was a persistent annoying high pitched whine in the right-hand seat. Sold it and bought a Nissan Murano she liked much better.
I had a Chevette and they were junk. If you had the 76 model it had a cast iron block, and was less susceptible to problems, after that your on your own.
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It's a tossup:

- 1984 Ford Tempo which I inherited from my great-aunt when she passed away in 1987. Should have been an awesome car, given that it was only three years old with less than 21,000 miles on it -- the proverbial "only driven by a little old lady to get to church on Sundays" car -- but this POS acted like it had a governor on the motor. Not only did it cough, sputter, and then seemingly throw up its hands and sigh "No mas!" when you tried to accelerate, but it literally would not go faster than 60mph. My bandmates jokingly referred to it as the Ford Lento. Mercifully some drunk Boston University students ran a red light and t-boned me while coming home from a gig, totalling the Ford. And their insurance company paid 2x replacement value.

- 1963 Chevy Greenbriar, which my housemate & I went halfsies on. Which means we each spent $75. Seriously, we bought a used car (this was in 1983) for $150. Now, it's bad enough that this was a used car that we paid $150 for, because it's debatable who got the better end of that deal, us or the seller. But it was a freakin' Chevy Greenbriar, which in case you are unfamiliar, is an undersized cargo van (similar in size to the old Volkswagen Type 2 microbus aka Kombi) only built on the chassis of (and containing the engine of) a Corvair. Let that sink in for a second. So this 20-year-old under-powered van in crap condition becomes ours, and I immediately start driving it to gigs and to my day job. And I quickly discover that A) the side cargo doors don't latch securely, and B) the front bench seat isn't fastened securely to the body. And I discover this while driving around a corner at 45mph: Both cargo doors fling open as I go through the turn, and as I reach back to try to grab one and close it, the bench seat that I am sitting on falls backwards into the middle of the vehicle. I'm standing up w/ my foot on the gas, the steering wheel supporting all my weight, careening all over the road trying to prevent the front seat from falling out of the open doors before I can bring the van to a safe stop. Oh yeah, good times. And that was just within the first month of owning it! I think we kept the Greenbriar for less than a year before selling it to another idiot. Pretty sure we got back our $150.
My Mother sold the family Malibu that was bought new in 1965 in 1982 for $200. And that was a damn good car. Replaced it with a Chevette, which I owned and was garbage.
She has owned Honda's ever since.
My Father made her get rid of her less than year old 64 Mustang to buy the Malibu in 65.

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Originally Posted by jimincalif View Post
1990 Ford Aerostar minivan.

Transmission crapped out at 2,000 miles, engine valve covers (plastic!) leaked like a sieve. Engine would simply stop intermittently, no codes to diagnose (real safe for my wife to drive around with two babies/toddlers in the back). AC compressor disintegrated. There were other minor issues that I don't remember now. Traded it in on a Toyota after only 20,000 miles, (the Toyota went over 200,000 miles).

Ford warranty was worthless. Trying to escalate the problem thru Ford was futile, all their corporate "customer service" was designed to be a firewall to protect anyone in corporate from interacting with a customer. All communication was redirected to the dealer. Dealer response to my complaints about engine stalling - "It's a Ford!".

No Ford has darkened my garage since, or ever will.
I owned a 97 Ford Contour that had a number of annoying problems that Ford never fixed. The dealer we purchased the car from had service loaners, and they got really upset one day when I told them I was going to keep their loaner until they fixed my car as I had the same warranty problems you did. That was the last Ford I ever intend to buy too.
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wow ive been very lucky i guess i always get my cars under wholesale and drive em to i get bored
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Ones I could not afford to do the repairs on..

Example; I got a half completed hot rod V8 converted Willys Jeep 4wd pickup..
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My 1966 Pontiac Tempest had an OHC Six that was doomed from the start, it never ran.

At least I was able to transplant a late '68 Slant Six from my totaled and auto trans into my '72 Duster Twister.

K-members doomed both, I could have fixed the 1969 Dodge Dart otherwise and when the Duster's started to go, knowing what I did from ads in Hot Rod for Koller Dodge in Arizona (Direct Connection) it was obvious I couldn't afford to fix either one.
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1995(?) Ford Aerostar...Ford eventually bought it back under lemon law.

1989 Ford Taurus...transmission ate itself...repair attempts never got it right.

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I owned a 97 Ford Contour that had a number of annoying problems that Ford never fixed. The dealer we purchased the car from had service loaners, and they got really upset one day when I told them I was going to keep their loaner until they fixed my car as I had the same warranty problems you did. That was the last Ford I ever intend to buy too.
At least they gave you a loaner. Ford and/or dealer would not do the same for us even though car was only 2 months old when the transmission went.
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