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Old 04-29-2012, 06:50 PM
Location: Texas
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I'm old enough to have had more than just one.
The first was a 1976 Chevy Monza. Loved the car. Drove fabulously, looked good with the wire wheels I had put on it and a luggage rack on the trunk lid. But it was one of the engines that GM decided to mix the aluminum heads on the cast iron block. By the time the car had 12,000 miles on it, it had been in the shop 6 times for a new head as they kept breaking. Needless to say every time the engine would fill with coolant and I'm sure lots of damage was happening. Everytime it broke it cost me 75 bucks for them to come get it with wrecker. The last time I decided to drive to the dealership and if the engine dropped out of it- it was still in warranty. It locked up as I drove into the dealership. I figured now I'm going to get a complete new engine- wrong. They had the car almost 6 months....while I'm still making payments. I finally got a call to come get it. They charged me 425 bucks to flush the radiator and brought me the car on the front end of a wrecker and told me never to bring it back. They push started it and I drove straight to a Mercury dealership and bought a Cougar. All of the time of ownership, the dealer had it more than I did. That was my last GM product.
I bought a 2000 Dodge Dakota SLT extended cab new when my 98 Ranger suffered over 10 grand in hail damage- there wasn't much left of it. The dodge had in 32,000 miles, the transmission replaced, A/C compressor replaced, new rotors and power brake booster replaced, rear axle mount on the passenger side was not welded to the frame, The firewall was not welded at the passenger side windshield. Not sure what was holding this pile of junk together but the final straw was when it just died north of town in 108F heat and out of cell phone range. I had no water in the truck and needed to walk about 5 miles to get to cell phone coverage. It was not fun. It took them 4 hours to come get it. They had the truck for almost a month because the PCM had died and there were no parts available. They ended up putting an after market performance PCM in the truck to get rid of it and me. After 16 months of ownership it was my last Dodge.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:51 PM
Location: Philaburbia
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1983 Mercury Lynx. It was pretty, but it was beset with transmission and carburetor and other starting problems.

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Old 04-29-2012, 06:59 PM
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The absolute worst piece of crap that I ever owned was a '74 Volvo 240GL, purchased new and maintained better than the mfr specified.

The list of what went wrong with this rolling disaster area is almost too long to enumerate, so I will just give you the short list:

>Heater inoperable upon delivery. It took the dealership 3 tries before they figured out that the temperature control knob had never been connected to the linkage running to the heater core. Great assembly quality!

>Constant ground problems with the electrical system. The one that persisted throughout the 7 years that I nursed this car along was that the gauges--including the tach--plus the lights, were inoperable until the engine warmed up fully in very cold weather. Even the engine's power output was severely restricted until--all at once--everything would return to normal when the engine warmed up fully.

>The paint was completely chalked within 2 years.

>The transmission began leaking about 2 weeks after the warranty ran out.

>The engine began burning oil at 60k miles. By 76K miles, it was burning 1 qt every 600 miles.

>The Bosch fuel pump would burn out ~every 12-13 months.

>The Constant Injection system was a headache that nobody could resolve, thus leading to an engine that idled very roughly and was prone to stalling.

I won't bore you with more of the details, but suffice it to say that because Volvo would not stand behind their product, this was the last Volvo that I ever bought.
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:56 PM
Location: Niagara county
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1978 Buick Century or 1976 Firebird. Both POS!
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:35 PM
Location: Southern NH
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1976 Renault LeCar. Went to the junk yard with 65k miles on it. What was I thinking?
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:05 PM
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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Out of the four cars I owned, the '00 Chevy Malibu.
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Old 04-29-2012, 10:32 PM
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2006 Pontiac G6 GT. It was a fun car but materials were very shoddy and it was a rental so it was beaten pretty hard before I got it. I didn't know it was a rental or else I wouldn't have bought it, but oh well. I could never get it to align properly.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:21 AM
Location: WI
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back in my youth in WI, over a period of time, ended up having 2 Vegas and 2 Chevettes. In many ways both styles were complete pos's....... but on flip side they also did the job i asked of them--to be beaters either for winter or just run around cars if my main toy wasn't on the road.

Just glad i got those outta my system, anyone who ever owned a vega in the rust belt knows how many holes in the body would open up for extra ventilation lol
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:40 AM
Location: Floribama
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'88 Ford Tempo, seems like it leaked a half quart of oil per day, transmission died, a/c died, motor mounts broke.

The body was tight with few rattles and squeaks, but mechanically it was a disaster. My cousin had a '91 Tempo around the same time, and had the same problems.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:47 AM
Location: East Central Florida
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'73 Chevy Vega GT (bought new) head gasket would blow every 15k miles. Sold it at 60K to a friend who wanted to put in a V8.

Second was a new '80 Ford Escort wagon that Ford was advertising as 9 out of 10 would buy again. Car had several problems:
When the weather dropped below freezing the engine would start but the car would not move. Dealer tried to fix it and never could (this was before the lemon laws). Local garage finally fixed it.
AC stopped working because a relay failed. Ford used 3 iterations of the relay that could not be interchanged. Had to wait a week for a part that was replaced in 5 minutes.
Radio stopped working (under warrenty), dealer replaced radio and then tried to charge me for having to modify the speaker wires since the outputs were not the same.
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