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The WORST car you've owned!

Thought this might be a 'fun' thread.

Back in the winter of 1973/74 I needed another car to supplement my '72 Corvette as I was going away for several months on a course. The gasoline "crunch" was on, so I decided to 'do something for the environment' by buying something small and economical, and after some searching decided on a new '74 Ford Pinto station-wagon, manual, 2.3L 4 cylinder, and radio, in "Rust metallic" paint (PROPHETICALLY it turned out...). Shortly after picking it up I exchanged the bias-ply tires for radials, and started commuting weekly the 250 miles to my course.

It took no time at all to realize that the Pinto was a "hair-shirt" compared to the 'Vette, but what I did NOT expect was that the gas mileage on the 'Vette (c/w Hooker Sidemount Headers, TH400 trans and Accel LED ignition) was BETTER than on the Pinto, EVEN in city traffic. In fact, if memory serves, the 'Vette at 80 mph got BETTER mileage than the POS Pinto did at 55 mph!!! In addition, the amount of salt used in winter in Montreal quickly turned my "Rust metallic" Pinto into a rust bucket (at least it matched... ), and, believe-it-or-not, EVEN the oil pan rusted through .

I kept that little POS (because I had it, I guess) for several more years, then 'retired' it and parked it by my barn (I had a farm in Eastern Ontario by then) where I got to look at it each day as I went to do chores.

Finally one day I saw an advert in the local paper for a fellow who'd pick up junk autos and cart them away, giving $20 apiece, so I called and got him to confirm that he would get it, not for parts but for crushing, that afternoon.

When I had his assurance that he'd be there an hour or two later, I opened the gun cabinet and removed my Ruger 77V "varmint rifle" and grabbed one round of .22-250, hearing protection, and went out toward the barn. I jacked the shell into the chamber, figured out the angle, then took aim at the center of the hood on an angle that would go into the engine, and fired!

I never even opened the hood to check the damage, but that act was the BEST I ever felt about that crappy POS!!!

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I know this thread might not belong in this section, but these forums are kind of quiet.

Worst vehicles:
1999 Chevy Silverado with the 5.3L V8, and a 1998 S-10 ZR2 with the 4.3L V6. They were both that ugly chevy champagne color (metallic grey/brown). Despite regular maintenance, then both left me stranded on the road at the precise Chevrolet programed obsolesce time at about 100K, with the same problem, fuel pump. The Silverado did it to me at 3 am, driving from Dallas to Houston, it cost me a 450$ tow bill to get it home and to my shop to drop the tank and replace the pump. The S-10 did it in Fort Worth, far away from my shop, I had to take it to my uncle's shop and we dropped the tank and replaced the pump.

Also that color seems to be invisible on the road and in the parking lot. Both vehicles attracted dings, and parking lot collisions. They were always in the body shop for something, and I didn't even have the joy of being the one who crashed them. I would really like to see GM go under, I went to the car show in Houston last weekend, and the quality of their stuff just seems to be getting worse and worse, they spent all their government check on marketing.


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I had a 1991 Ford Explorer Sport 4x4 with the 4.0L V6, that thing ran forever, the odometer was only 5 digits, so who knows how many miles it had on it. When I sold it, I immediately regretted it. The only thing good about it I guess, is that the person I sold it to, still drives in around town. Reliable vehicle.

My 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser has 70,000 miles on it so far. I bought it new in 07' It'll be paid off this summer. No problems thus far. It's a great vehicle.

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Worst for me was '73 VW Bus. It had a great form factor - ideal for camping, surf trips, and hot dates (*cough cough*), but:
1. The heater was useless on cold days until you had gotten to where you were driving to.
2. #3 cylinder was famous for sucking a valve thru the top of the piston.
3. The engine always ran hot and was way underpowered.

I was driving thru the indian res in Shiprock, NM when the transmission seized up, causing me to do a controlled skid off the road. After a re-build, which used up much of the savings I had accumulated working that Summer, I made it to Eureka, CA, after which it promptly did #2 above, sucked a valve, blew the engine. Out of cash, I had to sell the beast and looked for anything affordable. In the classifieds was a 1942 GMC pick-up truck. A highway patrolman owned it and had intended to restore it, but work, a marriage, and a new baby had gotten in his way. It supposedly ran, but needed a new generator, battery, and of course was primer gray with a huge dent where someone had hit a deer at some point. I bought it for $500 and since I had to replace those electrics, I converted it to 12 volts (from six). It ran like a champ. A few years later I sold it to a friend in New Mexico and he still has it.

Oh, the best repair I ever made on it was...the steering was sloppy where the steering ball hooked to the rod. I found a broken "pre-load" spring, went to the junk yard, and got another for 10 cents. Problem fixed! Wish I still had that truck now.

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I have had 10 Fords and my last one will be my last one.

No clue why but I have had terrible luck with them. Never had a problem with any other brand probably by pure luck but it works.

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1984 Chevy CItation. I needed a car and the price was cheep. Used with 30,000 miles on it. But if you hit the brakes 3 times quickly, you ran out of vacuum and the power brakes were useless.

Biggest piece of junk I ever owned.
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The most disappointing car I ever owned was a 1977 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser. Like all the rest of the Jap vehicles of the era, there was no rust protection, and in 6 years, it looked like a lace doily.

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New 95 Mitsubishi Eclipse Auto.
In 7 months:
Brake problem, pedal went to floor in stop and go and sometimes kept moving a few inches.
Trans problem, slip when downshifting then hard re engagement.
3rd brake light kept falling of back glass.
Countless rattles in front door.
Had to get the rear repainted due to a drip like thing that formed.

I will never buy another Mitsubishi. I had two and they both sucked.
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Hyundai Pony -3 to 4 year life expectancy
2005 Hyundai Accent - better quality than Pony but still poor longevity

1999 - Honda Civic (best quality ever) - this car is still on the road and running great (as second vehicle) with 260K km.
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Worst car award probably has to go to my first: '84 Caprice diesel, largely by default. My farmer father basically stumbled into the Olds diesels, and after a few years had largely figured out how to make the 5.7D into a reasonable engine. So despite two (or was it three?) engine swaps and a transmission failure, it got me through high school and two years of college before being bequeathed to my brother when I bought my 240SX in '01. He drove it for another couple of years before it was finally put out to pasture. Poor thing had over 200,000 at the end. Honestly, I miss it sometimes.

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A PA Vauxhall, when I was 16 brought it for $300 bucks and was told to not brake to hard on the old straight 6 as the engine was not secured and fan might go through raidiator. It was also owned my a guy i went to school with who was murdered (it was national news back then)
It looked like one in clip but was pink and was at the end of its life.
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Worst car I've had in terms of being a piece of crap was the first new car I bought, a 1986 VW Golf GTI. In the 18 months I had it, it spent 36 days at the dealer for everything from engine stalling to leaks when it rained to brakes that disintegrated in a few thousand miles to a sunroof that rattled like it would crumble to pieces when opened to components simply braking or falling off. When it ran right it was a fun car to drive, but it rarely did so and overall was such a POS I've never looked at another VW and doubt I ever will.

Since I sold that VW I've had 3 Hondas and 3 Toyotas, and in all the miles I put on them the only thing that broke was a window that popped out of the track ('92 Accord coupe) and a bad seal belt retractor (replaced under warranty in about 20 minutes while I waited at a Toyota dealer I happened to be passing). My wife has had 5 Toyotas and had one problem, that with her current RAV4 which needed the rear seat brackets replaced. An annoyance, but nothing that left her stranded and covered under warranty.

European vehicle manufacturers, both cars and bikes, make some really nice products but I value reliability and I don't see them providing much of it. Japan Inc. owns reliability on wheels, in my view.

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My worst car was a Ford Tempo, '88 I think. I spent so much money nickle & diming that thing to keep it on the road, Autozone sent me a Christmas card one year. It was a true POS, unreliable, broke down regularly. I traded it in on a brand new 1998 Hyundai Elantra. Excellent car for the money.



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Not mine but my dad 80 something Eagle Premier....was a Consumer reports test car and got really good ratings....thing was the worst POS we ever owned....My dad to this day will never believe a word consumer reports says....
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This is a tie between my 1992 chevy blazer, and 2007 toyota tundra.

First the blazer was bought used, and i do not think it was well looked after, but still, it was junk.
Beyond the rust, and interior that had horrible wear for just a 6 year old vehicle when I sold it.
The transfer case blew, the brakes needed replacing twice, the power door locks didn't, radio worked for 10 minutes at most then not for the rest of the day, the automatic refused to shift out of first gear till fixed, the wipers died, the engine leaked a lot of oil. Had to replace the following: wheel bearings, water pump, radiator, heater core, all hoses, ignition switch, emergency brake cables, speedometer/odometer, starter, alternator, battery.

Now as bad as that was the toyota was likely worse, it i bought new, and it was babied.
Still it was such a pile of crap.
While I owned it for 19 months, i drove it about 7 or 8, as it was always broken down it seemed. Good thing i still had my 2004 ford f150 to drive, as it never broke down.

The tundra list is huge.
The tailgate bent so easily, that by 2 weeks old it would not close. I often thought the box was going to fall off the truck to.
But at 4 months old the motor blew up. Shortly after that it went down hill. The rear diff leaked oil, the transmission failed, brake discs warped so bad it shook the truck violently, the power seats died, as did the power windows, the regulator went out one night leaving me stranded on a lonely highway.
but the fun did not stop there, the rear of the cab leaked in water ever time it rained, or i washed it. The headlight switch caught on fire, and again i was stranded at night, this time in cell range thankfully to call a tow truck.
The list of parts that failed and issues grew and grew.
One snowy day, the 4 wheel drive refused to engage, took toyota about 6 weeks to fix it, but winter was basically over then.
The check engine light came on any day that temps went over 35C, so most summer days, they never could fix that.
The windshield sprayer died, and then the transmission earlier repaired blew again.
I put it for sale after that, but before i could sell it the electric 4 wheel drive failed again, and about a day later it refused to start when i came out of the store with groceries. I had to call a friend to take me home with 12 bags of groceries, and get it towed again.
A couple days after i got it back that time the AC died, and the check engine light now never went out.
Finally fixed I traded it in.
I hate trading in as you get very little for a vehicle, but i needed this piece of junk gone.

I will never again buy a toyota.
In fact i was away on business and the car rental place tried to give me a toyota car to drive, i said no and refused it. So they gave me a dodge instead, which was glitch free.

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Second place for me, a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. And I SOOO loved that truck. Roomy, great looking, big, probably one of the best shades of blue out there. But we had problems from the get go & the service department was HORRIBLE! And what was funny about it, the sales department was EXCELLENT!! Easiest deal I've ever done on a 4 wheeled vehicle. Truly a pleasant experience. But the service department killed it for me & Dodge. That truck was traded off after less than 2 years. A true POS...



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1984 Plymouth Reliant (should have been called the unreliant). It was the type of car that runs perfect to go to the store for a loaf of bread but won't start 2 minutes later to go to the hospital if you had cut off your arm. 4 years in a row on Christmas day it died on the highway and had to be towed home only to start first try in the drive way. It was also equipped with a Mitsubishi engine oil level monitoring technology... when it stopped burning oil you then need to add some as it was empty.

This POS was only surpassed by the 96 Plymouth Caravan which on Christmas dayÖ again imploded itís transaxle blowing apart its the case at 60 mph causing you to come to an instant dead stop in the fast lane.

Plymouths was the closes thing to a slot machine that I ever owned as starting them usually ended up coming up LEMONS

Thank God Plymouth is DEAD & GONE
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Second place for me, a 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. And I SOOO loved that truck. Roomy, great looking, big, probably one of the best shades of blue out there. But we had problems from the get go & the service department was HORRIBLE! And what was funny about it, the sales department was EXCELLENT!! Easiest deal I've ever done on a 4 wheeled vehicle. Truly a pleasant experience. But the service department killed it for me & Dodge. That truck was traded off after less than 2 years. A true POS...
That's odd, I had a '02 and it was flawless. Was a quad cab with the 4.7L.

My worst car was a 74 Audi 100LS. At 65K it needed a transmission, new seats, and a host of other expensive fixes. After hearing about my aunt's 5000 I swore then I would never own another audi. That still holds for today.

Have had 2 porsches, 2 volvos, 5 mercedes, 2 subarus, 5 fords, 2 Dodges, 1 Chrysler, 1 chevy, 1 isuzu, 1 buick, 1 pontiac, 1 vw. 1 nissan, 1 toyota, 1 BMW.

The Benzos are the best built, the porsches are the most expensive to keep running, the BMW drives the best (besides the 911).

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That's odd, I had a '02 and it was flawless. Was a quad cab with the 4.7L.

My worst car was a 74 Audi 100LS. At 65K it needed a transmission, new seats, and a host of other expensive fixes. After hearing about my aunt's 5000 I swore then I would never own another audi. That still holds for today.

Have had 2 porsches, 2 volvos, 5 mercedes, 2 subarus, 5 fords, 2 Dodges, 1 Chrysler, 1 chevy, 1 isuzu, 1 buick, 1 pontiac, 1 vw. 1 nissan, 1 toyota, 1 BMW.

The Benzos are the best built, the porsches are the most expensive to keep running, the BMW drives the best (besides the 911).
Mine was a quad cab 4.7L also! And funny thing, There were at least 5 or 6 coworkers who bought similar Dodge pickups around the time I bought mine. Some had experiences like me, and others like you. In fact, my good buddy Bob still has his Dodge pickup and loves it. It still looks new. I think his is an '05. Like I said, I loved it when we bought it & wanted to love it, but too many troubles...



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