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Old 04-30-2012, 11:59 AM
Location: New England
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Originally Posted by fireandice1000 View Post
Not trying to troll but I'm just curious what everyone's experiences are with autos. My current car is a 97 Taurus and I can see why most people who bought one didn't buy another!

I had a 1995 Saturn. That it all.
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:03 PM
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This is an easy one.

1962 Plymouth Valiant, with 3-on-the-tree. I think a Moped could beat it. A solid 170 CI slant six. They may be collectible now, I don't know, but they were garbage then.
The bubble-plastic seat covers were absolutely awful.

There is a laundry list of others: virtually any K-car, Citation, Pacer, all the Pinto's.... the list of American junk is long (Only during a certain era). Earlier American steel (from the 60's, first couple of '70's years) was awesome: 'Cuda, GTX, Roadrunner, Charger, Challenger, Cobras, etc. Ever see what a Hemi Dart will do? (though it had no window cranks) I'm too young to have any experience with cars much before then... (But a Bonnie & Clyde rocks!, as does many of the early Fords, Duesenburgs, Packards and another long list).

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Old 04-30-2012, 12:05 PM
Location: San Diego
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I had an 01 BMW that was an engine eater. It ate 3 engines in 6 months. I got tired fighting insurance and just unloaded it. Massive computer gremlins giving false engine lights and then it would heat without a valid signal light showing the temp.
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Ohiogirl81 View Post
You win! LOL

Though when we dropped really high-powered V8's in the Vega GT's, they were fast as h*ll. But if you didn't strengthen the body, you could twist the chassis, and then the doors wouldn't open very well.
Saw more than one Vega stand right up on its tail. Ahhh.... the good old days.
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:26 PM
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I've been lucky. Don't think I've owned a lemon, per se.
In my life, since 16, I've owned a Toyota Corolla, VW Beetle, Hyndai Excel, Acura Integra, and now an Acura RSX.

My first used cars in my late teens early 20's make have been bought past their prime and not lasted a really long time, but I don't think I've every had a bad car per se.
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:36 PM
Location: Minnesota
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The worst car, by far, that I ever owned was a 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit. It game me more trouble, much of it various electrical problems of one sort or another. I sold this lemon after owning it for 4 or 5 years. I've never since had a car that even came close (not even remotely close) to giving me that much trouble.

Ironically it was the lowest mileage car I'd ever owned when I bought it. It had 22,000 miles on it and when I sold it I believe it was around 70,000 miles. I had so many things replaced on that car over the few years I owned it.

1) fuse block, replaced twice due to shorting out....needed a tow once
2) alternator died and left me stalled needing a tow
3) fuel pump relay (dealer taught me how to jump the fuel pump relay somehow to make it run even when it was't working right...I don't recall exactly how this was done, but it did keep me from a tow a time or two.
4) fuel pump itself needed to be replaced
4) plugged catalic convertor causing all manner of problems until they were able to diagnoisis it correctly
5) Struts needed to be replaced twice in those very few miles I drove the car. I've since had other cars run well over 100,000 miles with no replacement struts needed.
6) Would for some unknown "vapor lock" at inopportune times and you'd have to wait for an hour or two until it would start.
7) Leaky radiator (needed to be fixed or maybe replaced...I can't recall)
8) Had to have both front springs replaced after one broke once
9) Needed to have both front CV joints replaced when they started grinding...that was a very expensive job as I recall
10) Radio stopped working which I never had fixed
11) There were dots/spots of circular rust all over the car's painted surface, mostly on the sides, but many of them way above where cars normally rust. Never had these fixed either.
12) Drivers wing window came lose from the hinges which were glued onto the glass itself. I brought it to the glass company twice to be reglued and it would hold for a few months and then break lose again. I finally just wedged it closed somehow and never used it after that.

Keep in mind these are just the things I remember since I haven't owned the car since 1988.

It got so bad and I was into the Volkswagen dealers repair shop so many times the head service writer literally did give me a break many times on the bills since I'm sure he felt sorry for me. In spite of owning that piece of crap car, I did respect their service department since they truly did seem to be trying to keep my car running without taking advantage of me.

I've owned 13 cars in my life and other than this one, I can't complain about any of the others. Some where better than others, but none ever made me swear like that damn Volkswagen did. I've had many cars that were upwards of 200,000 miles and other than normal maintenance stuff and an occasional strut, or computer box, or a wheel bearing hub.....never had a serious problem with any of them.

Just for fun....I'll list the cars I've owned below with approximate years I owned them to the best of my memory:

1) 1965 Chevy Impala SS - 1975-1977 (wonderful car...and fast with that 396 engine :-)
2) 1972 Plymouth Duster - 1977 - 1979 (Always loved the Duster)
3) 1967 Chevy Camaro - 1979 - 1983 (When you kicked in the 4 Barrell....wow)
4) 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit - 1983 - 1988 (Dog, in the 10th degree, worst car I ever owned by far)
5) 1986 Buick Sommerset - 1988 - 1991 (Good car, first one I ever owned with a digital dash display)
6) 1985 Chevy Pickup - 1989 - 1992 (Nice truck....wife rolled it :-)
7) 1985 Chevy Monte Carlo - 1990 - 1995 (Great fun car,....oldest daughter banged this one up and it than became her car...lol)
8) 1989 Pontiac Grand AM - 1991 - 2001 (Drove this car 196,000 trouble free miles, probably the most trouble free car I've ever owned)
9)1997 Pontiac Sunfire - 1997 - 2010 (I drove this for 4 years, wife for 5 and youngest daughter up until we sold it)
10) 1983 Pontiac Grand Prix - 1995 - 1997 (Wife's car until she rolled it, ya that was her second "roll over")
11) 2001 Chevy Blazer - 2001 - Current (I drove this for 5 years and now wife is driving it.)
12) 2002 Pontiac Grand AM - 2006 - Current (First mine, now daughter driving this....very reliable)
13) 2003 Pontiac Grand AM - 2010 - Current (I love this car, it's a black GT with the factory hood scoops)

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Old 04-30-2012, 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted by frankgn87 View Post
I had an 89 Taurus and put 172k miles on it with just one trans rebuild. The ac still worked after all those miles. I really never owned a really bad car. Had an 81 Escort too and it was reliable as a rock.. Even had an 80 Citation and I liked it too. never let me down. I guess it depends onhow you maintain em.
Wow, you are a glutton for cars on my 'least desirable' list. Glad to hear they all 'performed' for you. My parents bought a 1980 Chev Citation brand new when I was 12. I thought that was a dog until I drove my buddies early 80's Escort. That was the slowest car I have ever driven. I would hand shift the 3sp. auto. I would wind it as high as it would go in 1st and 2nd just trying to get the p.o.s up to speed.

What do you drive now... the first edition Ford Focus?
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Old 04-30-2012, 02:38 PM
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I was just reading another post. While I never owned one, I don't think I ever heard of more problems that the chev s-10 blazer (i'm sure some of the probs had to have been the same in the s-10 pickups).

My parents bought GM/Chev passenger cars my entire life. I can't beleive they bought that junk for so long. They finally retired and went to brand new Nissans (maxima & murano) after my brother and I harping on them for decades. btw-they love the Nissans.
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Old 04-30-2012, 02:40 PM
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I never really had a bad car over the years, though most of them weren't kept long enough to develop any real issues. Overall though the worst was probably the 2004 Audi A6 2.7T I had. I really loved the car, but it always needed something and something tended to cost a lot of money. When I dumped it at around 75k miles, the coolant bottle was leaking (Audi geniously mounted a hunk of plastic directly above a turbo), the oil consumption was increasing (most likely from the valve cover gasket leaks) and it felt like the turbos may be on their way out. The interior and electronics held up pretty well, but I did have an occasional dead spot in the LCD cluster which was very common on Audi's from that time.

I'm not sure who bought it from the dealer I traded it to (they told me they sold it within a couple days of it hitting the lot), but I saw it sitting all pretty on the display rack at a Nissan dealer a year ago with only another 5k miles on it, so whomever bought it, decided it was probably a bad idea to keep it, lol.
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Old 04-30-2012, 03:49 PM
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Originally Posted by Coldjensens View Post
Tough choice for me between a 1980 Pontiac Subird and a 1988 or 1989 Hyundai Excel. The Hyundai was actaulyl my wife's, so I will go with the sunbird.

Dumbest design ever. Had to lift the engine off the mounts in order to change spark plugs. The carbureator was this massive thing that gunked up all the time and generated terrible gas mileage and no power even when it was working propeperly (which was rare). The Car caught on fire several times. THe most memorable were when I was going down a mountain and braking a lot. (I tried to use the engine to brake, but the converter got so hot, the bottoms of the seats were melting). The tail light housing was entirely plastic. The heat from the brake light bulb melted the housing and the bulb dropped down into the trunk. Eventually it set my towels on fire, I just pulled over, chcked the flaming bundle of towels alongside the freeway and unplugged the tail light. The other tail light eventually melted thrugh the lens on the other side. (Duct tape repair). THe final time it caught on fire I was pulling out of a gas station. there was a loud Pop from under the hood and smoke poured out. WHen I opened the hood, it burst into flames probably six feet high. The gas statoin guys panicked and blasted it with several fire extinguishers (coating several passing cars inside and out as well). The fire did a lot of damage, but the extinguisher stuff got sucked into the engine and led to a total loss. HOORAY! I was happy even though I had to ride a bike for 6 weeks or so while fighting with the insurance company and then finding a replacement car.

Another odd thing about the Sunbird was that the federal govt had mandated that a certain percentage of fasteners on cars had to be metric by a certain date. Thus, the fasteners were a mix of SAE and metric. You had to have both types handy to work on the car.

It was bad mileage, slower than molassas, small and uncomfortable, difficult and expensive to repair, unreliable, prone to burst into flames, and basically ugly. However it had a really nice large sunroof.

lol! My worst was an '85 Sunbird! I bought it used when it was about a year and a half old. There was a good reason somebody dumped it so early! It was nice looking, all the extras, velour seats, nice interior,and I had a 5 speed stick.

I think the clutch and brakes went out within the first 6 months of owning it. I had to replace the heater core, muffler, brakes, A/C (twice), had the engine re-built once or twice, headlights always went out, the dash lights went out, tilt steering broke. Once I had paid it off, it still ran me about the same per month in car payments lol!

I was in the military and shipped it to Germany where I had it for 3 years. Drove it everywhere from Amsterdam to Rome, and after shipping it back to the U.S., it made it from NYC to Los Angeles and half way back. I got it up to 110K miles before finally dumping it. At 7 years old, it was ready for the junk yard. I've never owned a GM product since.

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