General What's the worst car you've owned ?

Discussion in 'Lounge & Gossip' started by stueymalton, Monday 25th Feb, 2013.

  1. stueymalton Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Some of us may have been lucky enough to own nothing but Honda's, others like myself have been through a couple of rotters before discovering Honda :Wink:.

    So what's the worst you've had and what was wrong with/ happened to it.

    My worst was a Vauxhall Astra 1.6 SXI. Looked decent enough and drove ok. Coilpack died on it and then shortly after it ran completely dry of oil and went into limp mode on my way home from a 12 hour night shift. Thing was burning through a ridiculous amount of oil.
    Ended up part EX'ing it for my Honda Civic and have never looked back lol.
  2. TheDarkKnight Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Vauxhall Vectra 1.9 SRI CDTI.

    can't explain in words how crap it is/was.

    As long as I live, I will never buy or take for free a Vauxhall ever again. I'd rather castrate myself for pleasure.
  3. stueymalton Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    LMFAO. The amount of people who I know who've had problems with Vauxhalls is crazy, wouldn't touch one with a barge myself either mate.

    I've got a 600 mile road trip with work in a vauxhall vivaro tomorrow, lucky me lol
  4. richsprint Account Closed. ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    Peugeot 306 1.8 Meridian, was pretty rapid and handled really well, but fell apart, broke down twice, doors creaked over every bump, glovebox just for gloves, new catalyst, clutch cable kept snapping, managed to get out of it after 6 months for almost what I paid, so was well chuffed.

    3rd Generation Golf 1.9d as a company car, you could run faster, and epic understeer, boss must have really hated me!
  5. vygec Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    And there i was considering an Insignia before I finalised myself on the Accord :Whistle:
  6. Quacker Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    MG Montego 2.0efi.

    Everything that could possibly go wrong with it did. Every time it was taken out it was touch and go whether it would reach its destination, let alone get us back home.

    Only thing that gave no problem was the rather nice gearbox which was a league better than my previous Golf 1.8GTi 1st Generation.

    Guess who designed and possibly assembled the gearbox? :Hooray:
  7. TheDarkKnight Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    I won't lie, one of the best cars I ever had was a 1.8 SRI Vectra a decade ago, and all it needed was fuelling, road tax, annual MOT and insurance. It went three years without a service before I sold it and it never missed a beat.

    It was easy to work on, parts were cheaper than a takeaway and was as reliable as the I-DTEC that I have now.

    But considering what Opel/Vauxhall produce now, I'd happily use a shotgun and make myself a paraplegic than have another one of their cars.

    I had the misfortune a short while back of being in a Vauxhall dealer with a friend. So I had a nosey around an Insignia CDTI that was there and, as you expect, the sales freak came to me and started listing all the nice things about it. When I told him I had a nuclear bombproof Accord that does nearly 1,000 miles on a tank, he soon ran out of words, but was humble enough to ask to see the car.

    Lets just say that Newton's apple didnt drop to the floor as fast as this guys jaw did. He'd never seen a car packed out with so many unbelievable features. He was speechless. :Rolf:
  8. richsprint Account Closed. ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    The Insignia Tourer rear end is very similar to the Accord tourer, they copied it...
  9. TheDarkKnight Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Not sure I agree.

    The Insignia Estate is ghastly and hideous.
  10. Ezeetrucker Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Baz Lincolnshire
    The worst car I ever owned has to be a fiat X19, was really fun to drive with rear wheel drive and engine over the rear wheels. Stuck to the road like sh*t to a blanket.
    However it was one of those cars that you would never leave home with out a tool kit, never any serious faults, but continual minor problems, fuel, ignition and the like
  11. richsprint Account Closed. ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    Apart from the massive chrome strip and different shutlines, same light layout, number plate and fluted bumper

    Vauxhall Insignia Sport Tourer - Pictures | 2 | Auto Express

    - - - Updated - - -

    Thats what FIAT stands for, fix it again tomorrow!!

    Dads got a black 1986 D reg one in his garage with 32000 miles on it. Heavily waxoyled, hoping it might be worth something one day. Might have a long wait though!
  12. jaywood Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    My current garage queen, an E30 touring.

    Because every last so called BMW specialist is so far up there own effin bottom to be capable to do just one honest days work on a car.
    Plus the lack of space to sort myself, bussiness rates for a little unit to restore my own car eh???
  13. FirstHonda Moderator Staff Team

    United Kingdom Ed Wiltshire
    A 1991 Rover Metro 1.1C...bought new for me as my "student car" to replace a fabulous old Montego which I thought was great, but which my father thought was a bit too quick...:Aghast:

    The motoring press had given the "new" Metro fantastic write ups...smooth, quality, top of the class - that sort of thing. And it had a Rover badge on the front, which at the time still (sort of) meant something, and enabled Rover Group to premium price the thing!

    Mine was a nightmare - paintwork problems from new, gear linkages which repeatedly fell apart, a gearbox that lost all of its oil a couple of times...slow and hideous to drive too. After a year the engine was making strange noises, so it was traded in for my Daihatsu Charade CXi, one of my all time favourite cars which after 4 years had not a single issue...
  14. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

    England CJ Leeds
    Shame Daihatsu pulled out of Europe they were cheap cheerful and not nasty. Still a Toyota company but found Daihatsu better made than the derby turds.
  15. FirstHonda Moderator Staff Team

    United Kingdom Ed Wiltshire
    Agree about Daihatsu based on my experience - willing to be a bit different too with mixed results (Copen, Terios, Materia).

    Other than Honda, they one of the only other brands I have felt "warm" towards. Same with Subaru...but that is where the list ends!
  16. Robbie Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

    England Robert Lancashire
    My worst car was a Triumph Dolomite that I bought new in 1975. It had oil leaks, a noise from the clutch, which was never fixed. Think it was the clutch release bearing. The whole of the exhaust system fell off, and the dealer accused me of driving over rough ground. It was also very noisy if you went over fifty in it. I couldn't stand it any longer and got rid of it after six months. Changed from Triumphs to Vauxhalls a few years later and all were great cars except the Calibra that I bought new in 1990. Everything went wrong in that car, although it was lovely to drive. Kept it four years and bought an Omega 2.5 GLS. Had that for for nine years and it never missed a beat. Still drove like a new car when I changed it for an Accord EX ICTDI Tourer. Another lovely car that I had for nine years. Apart from the tailgate problem that it had initially, it was a superb, trouble free motor. The bodywork was still pristine when I changed it in November for my CR-V EX I-DTEC.
  17. TheDarkKnight Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Funny you mention the Calibra.

    I had a 2.5 V6, the last of the line editions. Drank fuel like it was free but my God could it fly!

    Surprisingly, apart from tyres, it never needed anything major doing mechanics-wise.
  18. Bowler Senior Member ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Quick car the Calibra. Once followed one whilst doing a comparison check with the then new Ford Probe. Going into a bend the Calibra decided the field was a more attractive option, the Probe made it. Best car of the day surprisingly, bearing in mind it was a collection of Ford men was the Toyota Celica.
  19. G12 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    I think my worst car was my old 1993 (K) Rover Metro 1.4LD. Everyone ripped the piss out of it and it went through 2 head gaskets in my ownership, rusted, everything that could break did, it was slow, handled badly and generally crap.
    It would do 60mpg if you were nice to it though.
    I did manage somehow to persuade my girlfriend at the time to get naked in it with me a few times which was a somewhat interesting experience. Fortunately she was only about 5ft 5.

    I was just thinking, does that make me one of these wishy washy metrosexuals? :Smile:
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  20. Roylewaa Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Worst car I've owned was a Vectra B DI, managed 4 days before it was swifly sold on

    I had a little Daihatsu Charade diesel, was slow as sin, but it wanted for nothing and was built like a tank, Loved that car

    I've had 5 Calibras, all 8v 2 litres, failry slow for a coupe, but not one of them went wrong or wanted for anything, back in the days when Vauxhalls were simplistic
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