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Worst car you have ever owned

Discussion in 'Car Forum' started by epsylum, May 4, 2005.

  1. epsylum

    epsylum Boolit Hoze

    Sep 4, 2004
    Racing Capital, USA
    What was the worst POS hunk of junk car you have ever owned?

    I haven't had any complete piles yet. They all have had thier good points and bad points, so I cannot get the ball rolling.

    I am sure some of you have some great stories (for us at least).
  2. It wasn't mine, but my parents. They lent it to my wife and I when we were first married. It was a late 70's Chevy NOVA Hatchback. It was never wrecked, but went down the road sideways like the back axle wasn't square. The gas tank filler neck broke off at the tank and the back bumper while pumping gas in it one day. The hatchback hinge on one side eventually broke off. My parents wanted to give us the car, but we respectfully declined. It was definitely a Detroit POS at the height of Detroit POS-ness.

  3. magsnubby

    magsnubby NRA LIFE MEMBER

    Apr 24, 2004
    fresno, ca
    A 1973 Plymouth Duster i bought new.

    Dents one the hood. The dealer fixed it but it was never right.
    Three speed on the floor that always crossed up the linkage.
    Slant six with zero point nothing horsepower.
    Leaky windshield gasket.
    Lousy gas milage.
    Lousy brakes.
    Lousy handeling.
    And on and on.....

    Best used car i ever bought was an '82 Mustang with just under 32,000 miles. It went 112,000 miles before i had to replace the clutch. That was the first major problem with the car.
  4. Ghetto

    Ghetto Still alive

    May 8, 2004
    1998 Mustang GT 5 speed that I bought new in December of 1998

    In 35,000 miles it needed:

    7 Belt Tensioners
    4 Transmissions
    1 Steering Wheel
    1 Drivers side seat
    1 A/C Compressor
    1 Center Console Lid
    1 Keyless entry system

    ..and the worst part was is that I modded the car from the start and I couldn't claim the lemon law (as I was told back then) so I was scared to keep it past the warranty so I traded it in ($6K upside down) in Feb of 2000 for a 2000 Ranger Tremor.
  5. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    The worst car I've ever owned was an 1989 Ford Probe, but it definitely wasn't a POS. It served its role as reliable, basic transport admirably. I think I had it up to 139,000-miles before I got rid of it. It needed an alternator and later on the starter (put in by the new owner), but that was it.
  6. sigarms229

    sigarms229 Millennium Member

    Dec 4, 1999
    Southcentral, PA
    1991 Olds Cutlass Supreme. I would get one thing fixed, then somethign else would break. I wouldnt wish one on anybody.
  7. G Junior

    G Junior

    Feb 6, 2005
    I don't tend to buy anything I'd eventually call a POS, but I have had a few cars that didn't last very long.

    1982 Buick Regal - Drove 6 days, blew timing chain

    1982 Camaro - Drove 3 days, blew motor

    1983 Camaro - Drove 1 week, switched motor to hi-po motor, blew engine next day

    1985 Chevrolet Impala - Drove 2 weeks, one day just wouldn't start regardless of what I did

    1981 Firebird - Drove 2 months, blew head gaskets, cracked block

    1988 Ford Escort GT - Drove 3 days, cracked head

    I know there's a couple more but I can't remember all of them. And would ya belive I'm only 26? :cool:

    (Note: None of the above cars cost me more than $500 each, ya get what ya pay for)
  8. kels


    Jul 26, 2002
    I was gonna say 2001 KIA RIO hands down.
    Actually my 2000 Ford Escort Wagon broke down more.

  9. Glenn E. Meyer

    Glenn E. Meyer

    Feb 27, 2000
    The First year of the VW Rabbit
    94 - Ford Tempo - every ride is an adventure in anxiety
  10. epsylum

    epsylum Boolit Hoze

    Sep 4, 2004
    Racing Capital, USA
    Uh oh...

    I don't remeber what the first year was, but Gixxer11 has a '77 Rabbit that he will never sell and loves to death (nevermind that the is huge rust hole on the driver's side floor board big enough to jump through);f

    It was his first car and has many memories of it. I am just going to sit back and watch until he sees that you said something about his baby.

  11. LSC Guy

    LSC Guy

    Jun 23, 2001
    Last Best Place
    A 1972 Subaru DL. The tops of the fenders rusted front to back so it looked like ragged brown racing stripes. The headers both broke at the back. And the windows fot so poorly, that there was always snow inside the car in the morning.

    But it didn't have enough power to fast enough to give you windburn.
  12. walkin' trails

    walkin' trails

    Apr 24, 2005
    I torn three ways between...

    1) a '74 Volvo 164 that I got stuck with when I was 18 and raced the crap out actually ran pretty decent quarter (for its day) when you slapped it from neutral to drive at 4,000 rpm...kept having front end and transmission problems...the motor was losing oil pressure at just over 100,000 miles;

    2) a 1975 Pinto station wagon that I inherited after the Volvo. Only only decent things about it were the Cragar SS mags, the Jensen speakers, and the fact that it would start when the temp was five below and the Cougar wouldn't start. The front end was shot and I learned how to replace oil pans when I encountered speed bumps. The mechanic who replaced the clutch didn't know until he saw it that Dodge Dart and Chevy Vega parts would fit a Ford;

    3) a 1971 Cougar XR7 that I never should have bought even though it was only $500 bucks and streetable. I pumped a lot of money into it with few results cause everything was just flat worn out. It finally convinced me that I could afford a new truck.

  13. ATI_RAGE_

    ATI_RAGE_ 1911 Fanatic

    Mar 10, 2003
    Oh man my first car a Buick Regal 1989, I was about 18 near 19 at the time.

    When I got it the radiator was rusted through, replaced that. Then two days later alternator blew. Three months later the battery goes into the tank. Then my dad borrows it since his van was having problems the engine blew.

    After that it was possessed!

    At first the engine would rev very high 1500+ rpms, then it stopped on it's own. Then the door locks would open and close on their own with no one in the car. Followed by constant overheating problems. The heatercore went, then the thermostat. Then the radio went to crap that pissed me off. Then the AC stopped blowing and this is in AZ in summer. Then the battery would not hold a charge and would drain quickly, replaced both the alternator and battery two more times. One battery leaked all it's acid on the carpet of the garage bad stuff, burned my hand working on it.

    Then on top of all that it had two misfiring injectors. So I took in to be repaired and the mechanic blew the engine!

    I finally decided to junk it at this point man it was horrible.
  14. LoadedGlock


    Feb 26, 2005
    My VERY first vehicle was an '89 Dodge Ram I paid $500 for. Was suppose to be a work truck for construction, but the damn thing died out (transmission) a week later. It was leaking oil everywhere, it was basically an eyesore. Then I got a '92 Dodge Dynasty. I loved that car. But I love my car that I have right now even more. :)
  15. _1634_


    Mar 7, 2005
    1990 nissan 240sx XE s13 chassis
    1984 jeep cherokee
    1996? chrysler town & country

    but so far, almost every car ive known by nissan and chrysler is a piece of **** anyways.

    i drive a nissan at work and it has constant quality problems. my 240sx had constant quality related issues like the window internals, ghost problems with the electronics, and when the problems came it seemed like it was designed but a complete retard.

    chryslers now...

    stay far far, you are not far enough!

    the only production cars i would consider are bmw, porsche, toyota and possibly honda. havent had much experience with american cars besides the chrysler but i have no reason to pay them intrest anyways.

    the germans do it better anyways. id rather have a 10 year old 3 series bmw than a brand new focus

    i have a 1994 325is and my old roomate had a 2003 or 2004 4dr ford focus. (and i still think its 3k more than mine)

  16. 84S


    Oct 12, 2001
    Central Virginia
    1984 S-10 Blazer 4X4 with a freakin 4 banger engine that I got as a "gift" from my grandparents. It was fun off road, but it would max out at about 65mph on the highway. Something was always breaking on that POS. Someone put an aftermarket AC in the damn thing. It didn't take me long to take that crap out of the loop. My alternator belt would break it seems every week. It took me, a 16 year old with no car repairing experience, to figure out to take the AC out of the belt loop and adjust the alternator to use a different size belt, which ended up being a lawn mower belt. I ran that ***** into the ground, but I got about 6 years use out of it. When I finally blew the engine, I couldn't get the damn thing to stop firing. I popped the hood and disabled the distributor cap with a hammer. That was the end of my use of the 84 S-10 Blazer. I actually got $400 for it and I saw some poor sucker driving it a year later.
    1987 Toyota Cressida, I got this at the tail end of its glory years. It was a good car with a lot of electronic goodies that ended up crapping out on me, most important being the factory security system that was possessed. No one, and I mean no one, could figure out how to fix it. I ended up having the start the car by turning the key on, popping open the hood and pressing on a relay switch to fire the car up. I got tired of that after a while and bought a used Nissan truck that ran great, but some drunk turned it into an accordion in front my house while I was studying for an exam inside. With the insurance money I received, I bought a used 1989 Honda Civic. It is still a great car that I think will run forever. I sold it to one of my old roommates and it is still going strong today. I kind of miss that liitle car.
  17. KG4IDA


    Jul 4, 2002
    East Tennessee
    1976 Dodge Aspen. It would not idle. Upon slowing for a light I had to shift into neutral and throttle or it would die (and sometimes not restart).
  18. pesticidal

    pesticidal Eh? CLM

    Jun 5, 2002
    North Dakota
    1974 Fiat X19

    Should have been named Fiat POS
  19. vart


    Feb 17, 2000
    The Palouse
    1999 Ford F150 4x4 supercab with the 5.4 V8.
    Bought it used with 32,000 miles on it from a Ford dealership. Within 6 months it started leaking oil past the cylinder head gasket. Turns out that it is a common problem and caused by poorly machined cylinder heads/engine blocks.
    Got it repaired under warranty. Then, the MAF sensor went bad at 36,000 miles, no warranty. Then the TPS sensor went bad. Then the MAF sensor went bad again.
    One day, I was searching the internet for info on my truck and came across some info on a common problem with the front door window frame cracking. I went out and inspected mine and, yep, it was cracking.
    I then noticed the transmission acting funny.
    I traded it in on a `01 Dodge Ram 1500 with 16,000 miles on it.
    It started having problems right away..;g
  20. 1973 Chev Vega, bought new in 1973