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What’s the worst car you’ve ever owned?

As above, what is yours.
What was it.
What year did you own it & what year was the car in question.
I’m going to start off with mine.

It was a 1994 VW Passat 2.0i, only bought because it shared the same 2.0i engine as the Golf GTi of its time.
It was rubbish and slow.
Owned it in circa 2003 - bought it for £800, owned it for around six month, sold it on for £275 just to get what I was short of so I could replace it for my brothers MK3 - 1994 Golf Driver he owned since almost new.


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Mine was a 1985 austin maestro bought in early 90s at auction for £300. It started when it felt like it not when you really needed it to, build quality was atrocious and it went to car hell after I slowed for a junction and the ns front wheel carried on all on it's own.
 

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Well. The 2006 Pug 306 I ran from 2009 to 2012 was okay.
2005 corsa I ran in 2014 was lousy
The 2013 GQV I'll have had for four years is probably the worst reliability wise.
 

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Without doubt, a renault 19.

Ugly, bouncy, uncomfortable to drive, no refinement, a radio that was barely audible at top whack, unreliable and not fit for purpose.

Went on a road trip to France in 1999 and the starter motor failed. I thought it would be a cheap fix with it being a French car.
£180 later...


...Got home okay, went to work a the following week and the head gasket blew...£200 for the head to be skimmed and re-fitted.

2 months later the radiator and head gasket blew, on the motorway. I managed to get to the hard shoulder when the Motorway police were passing by and pulled over to assist.


The traffic copper said words to the effect of : "well you did buy french foreign muck!"

I got towed off the motorway and I wasn't sad that it got towed directly to a scrap yard.
 

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Citroen ZX Volcane 1.9i
Unreliable and uggo.
Went though. :)

Warranty claims from memory:

2 alternators
Scored discs
Rear window demister
Heater hose set (One piece breaks, have to replace all the hoses)
Intermittant loss of power (finally traced to sensor loom at the front of the engine bay)
 

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58 reg Mazda 3 - around 56K miles, still in warranty, had to take it back to main dealers three times for sensor and warning light problems. Took it back a fourth time because it was averaging less than 30MPG (1.6 petrol), and my local mechanic said the inlet manifold had a leak. The main dealer refused to fix it under warranty, because he said by the time they got the car booked in, it would then be out of warranty. I complained to Mazda UK and they refused to help.
We advertised the car and sold it on for a slight loss. We replaced it with a Skoda Octavia 55 reg with 93K on the clock. We pocketed nearly £3K and the Skoda has now clocked up nearly 170K miles, including several trips to Italy and Austria. It also never falls below 50MPG (1.9 TD PDi).
 

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Austin Allegro.... First car, didn't last long as the front thing that holds the wheel on and straight rusted through and I had front wheels that were at 10 to 2 when they should have been straight!


Golf Mk1, think it was a 1.3.. had issues with the carb and crap getting dragged up from the tank!


To be fair the Alfa 33 I had had issues at times when it just wouldn't rev, never did get to the bottom of it (probably AFM related)


The BX I had no problems with though.
 

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Shortly after we got married (so roughly 1994) my wife passed her test and we bought a Vauxhall Nova 1.2 Merit 4-door.

It ran like a ******* from cold, it was ugly, slow, noisy, basic, uncomfortable, handled like a barge etc etc. When it finally came time to sell it, it proved harder to shift than a red wine stain on a white shirt.

The one I expected to be awful was actually OK. In 2005ish I was in the middle of restoring a Mini. In quick succession I bought a Sierra 2.0GLSi from a bloke I worked with, then a MK2 Golf Driver from my next door neighbour (now retired but in the car game at the time). Both needed lots of work and distracted somewhat from my actual project so I bought a MKVI Escort 1.6 zetec (again from my neighbour and v. cheap). I expected it to be awful but it actually drove OK, it was economical, reasonably nippy, practical and in a year of ownership managed to survive never being washed or serviced. The only faults were the exhaust back box falling off (£25), and the header tank splitting at the seam. It used to happily sit steaming in traffic with onlookers expecting it to explode.

I sold it on eBay, bought a Primera GT, and thought no more about it until several years later I got an email from the woman who bought it telling me that it was still going strong and how brilliant it had been.
 

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I bought my first car in 1984 and it was a Hyundai Pony, it was a beat up car but i was very happy with it.
Some times my door flew open in a corner and some times i had the knob off the gearstick in my hand when shifting gears (detached from the stick)
But i didnt mind and repaired it when needed.
It brought me to my frist job at a Michelin factory where i build tires, and as a perk they gave me 4 tires for my car that saved me allot of money.
I will never forget it, altho it did its job i will never buy one again.
 

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Austin Metro 1.0L. Leaky hydrospastic suspension. The rear subframe bolt sheared which pulled on the handbrake cable resulting in an interesting mid-turn pirouette. Non servo brakes which did not work which lead to a brown trouser Vauxhall Cavalier kiss on the M25.
 

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Ford Escort XR3i Mk3 Facelift (mk4 if you like)

Bought for £500 in 2001 and it was in mint condition.

Cheap and nasty plastic interior, bad handling, heavy steering, slow, very rough CVH engine.

Second worst: Rover 827 Vitesse Mk1
Handled like a boat, dodgy steering which was miles too light, ate it's gearbox bearings for breakfast and rusted like there was no tomorrow. Was quite quick in a straight line though and had a very nice engine.
 

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A ten year old Ford Squire, bought 1966. (Has there ever been such a prestigious name?)

Estate version of a Prefect. Ford’s idea of a Woodie: three strips of beading each side. Rock hard rear suspension. No cheap plastics in the interior, just cardboard, which tore if you removed it to access the window winder (again).

Each change on the three speed gearbox took several minutes. Revs died changing up, so you had to change down again. Changes of throttle opening caused lunatic variations in the speed of its vacuum operated windscreen wipers. Rain? Drive blind. 40bhp side valve engine had a reputation for ruggedness; mine wrecked its big ends.

Broke down in Belgravia. I despaired and left it in at the roadside for a few days, with a historic result. It delayed the introduction of double yellow lines in London as the painters couldn’t track me down to move it.
 

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I will go with my worst versus expectations as opposed to outright worst car (that would be my Mini 1100 Special from 1978......)

Worst versus expectations was the 2002 Audi A4 Convertible I purchased new in 2002 (unsurprisingly).

It wasn't cheap (about 30k IIRC) and therefore I wouldn't have expected:

1. Enormous oil consumption which was apparently "normal". It drank 1 litre of oil per 1,000 miles from the day it was brand new. No smoke, no leaks, just consumed oil.

2. Ergonomically awful cabin. As a 2 door it had quite long and heavy doors. That was fine, but there was no interior door handle to hang on to when the weight of the door took it out. So you pulled up, turned the engine off, opened the door and gave it a push out - and as it swung out towards the car door 2 feet away you had to grab the top of the door/side window to stop it smacking into what was next to you.

3. Ergonomically awful cabin part 2 - The driving position was really uncomfortable as the centre console narrowed in towards the pedals and my left knee was permanently pressing on it and rubbing as I used the clutch. I used to have to sit at an angle to avoid banging my left knee all the time.

4. Despite knowing I would lose a lot of boot capacity when the hood was down and the tray lowered - I hadn't appreciated just how utterly unusable it would be in practice. You literally couldn't even get a carrier bag of shopping in with the roof down

5. Plastic side skirts were really low, wide and fragile so any slight misjudgement in parking would scrape/crack the skirt

All basic and rubbishy things you might forgive on a cheap super mini - but on a 30k Audi they were enough to make it my worst car for the money.

On the plus side, those cars have rock solid residuals so when I sold it after 4 years and 40k miserable miles I think I only lost about 20% off the new price!

(TBH - My wife's current Mini Countryman is pushing it close at the moment. It's awful for so many reasons)
 

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That would be the 1986 Audi 80 Sport I bought in about 1993, the only time I bought a lemon! Oil consumption was horrendous, the piston slap on cold start up was loud and was followed by a ticking sound until the engine warmed up. It had 68000 on the clock but I suspect it's true mileage was much closer to, or possibly into, 6 figures :lol: Rather than pay the £700 it was going to cost to put right I traded it in, full disclosure to the garage, against a Citroen BX :eek:
 

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As above, what is yours.
What was it.
What year did you own it & what year was the car in question.
I’m going to start off with mine.

It was a 1994 VW Passat 2.0i, only bought because it shared the same 2.0i engine as the Golf GTi of its time.
It was rubbish and slow.
Owned it in circa 2003 - bought it for £800, owned it for around six month, sold it on for £275 just to get what I was short of so I could replace it for my brothers MK3 - 1994 Golf Driver he owned since almost new.


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A Ford Popular. Side valve, three speed, crash gear box. Going up hill, in the rain, the wipers would almost stop. Down hill, they thrashed backwards and forwards, if you got your hand in the way, they would amputate your fingers.

Drank oil as fast as it consumed petrol.
Travelling home to Edinburgh on a miserable November evening, I took the air filter off the down draft carb and drizzled in Redex, and the high Street of Musselborough disappeared in a choking white cloud from the exhaust.

From within the cloud, the local Bobby appeared and said, "Don't do that here lad, wait till you get out of town." Broke down in the middle of the Forth road bridge. Sold it for £50. Still feel guilty taking the guys money.
 
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