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epsylum
05-04-2005, 16:59
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).

Dandapani
05-04-2005, 17:27
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.

magsnubby
05-04-2005, 21:15
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.

Ghetto
05-05-2005, 08:35
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.

fnfalman
05-05-2005, 09:09
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.

sigarms229
05-05-2005, 13:28
1991 Olds Cutlass Supreme. I would get one thing fixed, then somethign else would break. I wouldnt wish one on anybody.

G Junior
05-05-2005, 13:40
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)

kels
05-05-2005, 21:58
I was gonna say 2001 KIA RIO hands down.
BUT
Actually my 2000 Ford Escort Wagon broke down more.
On the other hand, AT LEAST FORD WOULD FIX WHATEVER
BROKE FOR 25.00 UNDER WARRANTY.

KIA, A YUGO FOR THE 21 CENTURY

Glenn E. Meyer
05-06-2005, 14:22
The First year of the VW Rabbit
94 - Ford Tempo - every ride is an adventure in anxiety

epsylum
05-06-2005, 16:54
Originally posted by Glenn E. Meyer
The First year of the VW Rabbit
94 - Ford Tempo - every ride is an adventure in anxiety

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.

;e

LSC Guy
05-06-2005, 17:22
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.

walkin' trails
05-06-2005, 20:44
I torn three ways between...

1) a '74 Volvo 164 that I got stuck with when I was 18 and raced the crap out of..it 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.

RT

ATI_RAGE_
05-07-2005, 16:57
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.

LoadedGlock
05-15-2005, 16:32
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. :)

_1634_
06-08-2005, 02:49
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 away...no, 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)

;z

84S
06-08-2005, 08:46
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.

KG4IDA
06-08-2005, 19:06
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).

pesticidal
06-08-2005, 19:16
1974 Fiat X19

Should have been named Fiat POS

vart
06-08-2005, 19:21
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

harrybosch
06-08-2005, 19:22
1973 Chev Vega, bought new in 1973

Fungunner
06-11-2005, 20:04
1980 Chevy Chevette - left me on the roadside more than twice.

2000 Pontiac Bonneville - This car started falling apart once the 36K mile warranty was up. 2 ignition systems, rebuilt the front end, brakes. It was a great car until then, but for the kind of money I paid for it... Perhaps it's no wonder GM is in the predicament it is now in. I doubt I'll ever buy another GM product after the Bonneville.

One Ragged Hole
06-21-2005, 07:49
1980 LoadsMobile Cutlass. How a Cutlass could be such a POS is beyond me. The 260V8 was just a detonation machine. Glad as hell to get rid of it. Let's not talk about the paint. Or what was left of it.
O-R-H

eisman
06-21-2005, 09:45
On arrival in Germany as a young Spec 4 I discovered that my unit was in the field. That left me to inprocess with those few guys PCSing, one of whom had not been able to sell his car. I bought it for $50.

Now that sounds like a deal, right? It was a Renault 5 (called "Le Car" in the USA wher AMC sold them). Top speed was something less than 100kph (62mph). It brought new meaning to the word anemic. Dog sleds go faster.

Not that it was in bad shape, it was just French. None of the controls were in logical places (at least to a guy who'd been driving American). It was in decent shape too.

Now I had well over a quarter of a million miles driving experience by this time, and figured this was going to be a deal in basic transportation. (I know, there are no "deals").

Everything went fine for the first few days, I couldn't go anywhere until my military license showed up, dispite my international license. But then I got a call from a buddy who had just arrived in country and was about 100 miles due west of my location. I had nothing to fear; I had a car, a license, pay in my pocket and a weekend to go and visit.

So there I was, in a car that had no bumpers (you think I'm kidding?) and wouldn't have survived a hit from a large melon, going flat out (60 mph / downhill) on the A6 autobahn. Needless to say I never ventured into the left lane.

Now the A6 cuts through some fabulous country, but I saw none of it that trip. Saw lot's of grills in my rear view mirror though.

Going up hill was really bad. I kid you not, this car needed a run up to get over a speed bump. but then it happened...

There is a deep canyon (my memory puts it between Heilbron and Heidelberg) that has a really nice bridge over it. It's somewhere around a 1000' deep. It's long. And the wind blows.

I really didn't think about it until I was out there, but flat sided cars with no power catch the wind. I literally was all over the road. Side rails (both of them), other lanes, dodging other drivers (thankfully there were not many), I did it all. Prior to "THE BRIDGE" my worst driving experience was going sideways in the rain between a Jag and a Sterling (and thinking my insurance wouldn't believe my brakes had failed).

By the time I got to Idar-Oberstien I needed a drink. My hands and arms were cramping, and I was seriously looking for alternate routes home.

Sold the car a week later for $75. Never, ever, looked with lust on another French automobile.

vart
06-21-2005, 19:39
;z ;z ;z great story!!

Myth
06-22-2005, 13:53
"95 Dodge Intrepid with the 3.5ltr. Bought it because I needed something comfortable that got decent mileage on acounta I was racking up too many miles on my 4wd F350. Results:

35,000 miles (figured I better dump it before the warranty ran out)
3 transmisions (they just couldn't get one to hold together for me)
2 AC compressors
1 AC evaporator
1 windshield (OK, the rock MAY not have been Dodge's fault)

Next on the list...2003 Hummer H2. Mine (actually my wife's) spent 5 weeks of the first 3 months I owned it in the shop for all kinds of gremlins. Traded it off for another Suburban (what my wife had in the first place)after less that 12,000 miles. Found out later that the H2 rated among the lowest on consumer satisfaction. I have to agree.

Myth

emarsh
07-07-2005, 23:11
Mercedes 450 SL

84S
07-08-2005, 08:09
Originally posted by Myth
"95 Dodge Intrepid with the 3.5ltr. Bought it because I needed something comfortable that got decent mileage on acounta I was racking up too many miles on my 4wd F350. Results:

35,000 miles (figured I better dump it before the warranty ran out)
3 transmisions (they just couldn't get one to hold together for me)
2 AC compressors
1 AC evaporator
1 windshield (OK, the rock MAY not have been Dodge's fault)

Next on the list...2003 Hummer H2. Mine (actually my wife's) spent 5 weeks of the first 3 months I owned it in the shop for all kinds of gremlins. Traded it off for another Suburban (what my wife had in the first place)after less that 12,000 miles. Found out later that the H2 rated among the lowest on consumer satisfaction. I have to agree.

Myth

Doesn't the H2 sit on a Suburban frame? They are all gun guzzling wastes of money if they are used as a daily driver.

Myth
07-08-2005, 17:01
Originally posted by 84S
Doesn't the H2 sit on a Suburban frame? They are all gun guzzling wastes of money if they are used as a daily driver.

It may share a lot of basic components, although I think the wheelbase is different. I honestly don't remember, probably because I've tried to erase that piece of ****** from my memory. They come off different assembly lines and that may be part of the problem. I've never had a lemon Suburban (and I've had probably 10 over the years).

So far as being a "gun guzzling waste of money", that's a matter of opinion and personal choice. I can afford to drive "gun guzzlers' and since I like the safety and comfort they provide, I drive them. If gas gets up to 8$ per gallon, I'll STILL drive one because it is the best fit for my lifestyle. If I think my cars burn a lot of fuel, I just look at the fuel burn on my Pilatus PC12 (an 8-seat turboprop airplane if you are unfamiliar with it) and put it all back into perspective. Besides, my Suburban and my F350's ALL get better gas mileage than my smallest car...a Unique Performance Shelby GT500E;P !! And please, please, please don't attempt to lecture me on how I'm destroying the environment or some other "greenie" argument. You don't know anything about me, my lifestyle, my occupation, etc. to make a judgement. Besides, it will fall on deaf ears.

Myth

84S
07-12-2005, 19:26
Originally posted by Myth
It may share a lot of basic components, although I think the wheelbase is different. I honestly don't remember, probably because I've tried to erase that piece of ****** from my memory. They come off different assembly lines and that may be part of the problem. I've never had a lemon Suburban (and I've had probably 10 over the years).

So far as being a "gun guzzling waste of money", that's a matter of opinion and personal choice. I can afford to drive "gun guzzlers' and since I like the safety and comfort they provide, I drive them. If gas gets up to 8$ per gallon, I'll STILL drive one because it is the best fit for my lifestyle. If I think my cars burn a lot of fuel, I just look at the fuel burn on my Pilatus PC12 (an 8-seat turboprop airplane if you are unfamiliar with it) and put it all back into perspective. Besides, my Suburban and my F350's ALL get better gas mileage than my smallest car...a Unique Performance Shelby GT500E;P !! And please, please, please don't attempt to lecture me on how I'm destroying the environment or some other "greenie" argument. You don't know anything about me, my lifestyle, my occupation, etc. to make a judgement. Besides, it will fall on deaf ears.

Myth

I won't judge you, but I do believe a large sized truck or SUV is not needed as a daily driver to go get groceries and etc. Who am I to judge? I have a 1971 Scout II and a Jeep Cherokee, neither are great on the gas, but I do take them off road some and use the storage space that they offer. To each his own, but when I see urban drivers putting along in traffic driving Hummers to go the mall, I wonder what their purpose is. Status symbol? or is it something else?

bac1023
07-12-2005, 20:25
I had more problems with a Ford Taurus SHO than any other car I owned.

Myth
07-13-2005, 09:53
Originally posted by 84S
I won't judge you, but I do believe a large sized truck or SUV is not needed as a daily driver to go get groceries and etc. Who am I to judge? I have a 1971 Scout II and a Jeep Cherokee, neither are great on the gas, but I do take them off road some and use the storage space that they offer. To each his own, but when I see urban drivers putting along in traffic driving Hummers to go the mall, I wonder what their purpose is. Status symbol? or is it something else?

For what it's worth, I own (and live on) a 4500 acre working cattle ranch. I also participate in rodeos (gotta tow the horse trailer with something), hunt, fish, tow heavy equipment, etc. I need the capabilities that only a large, powerful vehicle can provide. My wife drives a Suburban. She only shops twice a month and has to haul LARGE quantities of groceries. It is also the vehicle we take on family outings (sometimes with kids and/or grandkids along with us), or when we load up some of the neighbors and make a run to Mexico, or San Antonio for a shopping excursion. Again, a Yugo won't work. And yes, you will see me putting along in one of my exceptionally large vehicles, in traffic, heading to the mall with just me on board. I'm not going to buy a diesel Jetta just to make a greenie happy. My vehicles are not for status, they are used for their abilities. But if I DID want to drive one for status, I would because IT IS MY RIGHT AS A FREE AMERICAN TO DO SO!!!! ;? I fought for my right as well as your right to excercise freedom of choice and I'll be damned if ANYONE is going to make me roll over and play dead for them just to win their approval.

Myth

spober
07-13-2005, 20:05
tranmissions,front end problems including the power steering rack.it was still 70s technology.

SIGSAREBETTER
07-15-2005, 21:09
'89 Plymouth Sundance.

Bullwinkle J Moose
07-17-2005, 20:47
My 72 Fiat 124 sedan. It was fun to drive when it ran. I had to change plugs, points, rotor and distributor every 2000 miles or it would quit. Parts were a rarity. Wrecked it and it took the dealer 3 months to get parts. One time coming back from FL the carb body fell apart. It's a wonder it didn't catch fire.

westwindmike
07-17-2005, 21:19
1966 Ford Cortina made in England. Had Lucas electrics and it went through voltage regulators like there was no tomorrow. Had a clutch slave cylinder that wouldn't stay fixed either.

84S
07-18-2005, 08:44
Originally posted by westwindmike
1966 Ford Cortina made in England. Had Lucas electrics and it went through voltage regulators like there was no tomorrow. Had a clutch slave cylinder that wouldn't stay fixed either.

Awesome! I have the Matchbox version of that from about the same year. The only English cars I like are old Matchbox cars.

Coney Island 1
07-18-2005, 08:58
Renault Fuego what a pos...

JesS2K
08-04-2005, 17:31
'88 Ford( Found-On-Road-Dead) Thunder Chicken.. ;Q

Sam White
08-18-2005, 00:04
A 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport. Just before it, I had a '72 Torino which was the stripped down plain jane version of the first car and absolutely loved it. My only complaint was its extreme sluggishness with its 250 cid inline six. My Mom got me the Sport after hearing about my dilemma for months. I have to give her credit, the car still gets its share of looks when I drive it and it's fun to drive when it runs, but I detest that car. I swear it breaks every time I touch it. It's been through 5-6 carbs just since I started keeping in my parents' garage again, while the plain Torino still runs great with the $15 dollar special I rebuilt for it in '99. I can neglect the plain one and abuse it (believe me I have) but it never breaks or even fails to start. But that Sport can't do anything right. I just don't get it.

V8Astro Captain
08-19-2005, 19:22
1998 Ford Ranger 2.5 4cyl 5spd.

The thing would spark knock to the point of blowing the tips off the spark plugs.

3rd gear exploded and cracked the trans case. I rarely revved it over 3500 rpm because I was scared to death of it breaking. It was under warranty when I took it in for the trans and the service advisor called me back in a half hour and said it wasn't shifting right because my floormat was keeping the clutch from being fully depressed. hahahaha...idiot. I said no it's not shifting right because 3rd gear chunks jammed the countershaft and more parts came out the side.

It would also die at random times. Going down the highway, in the nieghborhood...wherever. I almost ended up in a creek when I lost power...that sucked. I had it at the dealer at least 5 times for that and they never found anything. One time I went in to see what was going on and found they had the cab and bed off the frame and were taking the wiring harness apart.

It got traded off with less than 27k miles on it. I inherited a '92 Astro van with 107k miles on it and it was the best vehicle I ever had.

epsylum
08-19-2005, 19:37
Originally posted by 84S
Awesome! I have the Matchbox version of that from about the same year. The only English cars I like are old Matchbox cars.

I bet that matchbox car was more reliable than the real thing ;f

Lucas electronics

just gives me the creeps thinking about it. ;)

frefoo
08-25-2005, 22:54
Originally posted by bac1023
I had more problems with a Ford Taurus SHO than any other car I owned.

I expect you had transmission problems when you had the Taurus SHO.

UtahIrishman
08-25-2005, 23:20
Chevy Monza...I forget what year. Four cylinder aluminum head, Cast Iron Block. Head warped somehow, leaked oil constantly. It had an automatic and with the screwed up engine people were walking faster than I could accelerate.

Spieler
08-26-2005, 00:41
1983 Ford Escort. My first car and I don't even know where to start with the problems I had with that thing.

mont86
08-27-2005, 06:00
'78 Dodge 4x4..All electrical, I swear I thought the pick-up
was going to be the death of me.

TKM
08-27-2005, 08:59
Myth Rocks!;f

Carry on.

DanielG
09-02-2005, 23:03
94 ford mustang gt. if you want to know whats wrong with it, read this

EVERYTHING
I will never buy a ford ever again

vart
09-03-2005, 10:31
Originally posted by pierrebazukhov
A 1972 Ford Gran Torino Sport. Just before it, I had a '72 Torino which was the stripped down plain jane version of the first car and absolutely loved it. My only complaint was its extreme sluggishness with its 250 cid inline six. My Mom got me the Sport after hearing about my dilemma for months. I have to give her credit, the car still gets its share of looks when I drive it and it's fun to drive when it runs, but I detest that car. I swear it breaks every time I touch it. It's been through 5-6 carbs just since I started keeping in my parents' garage again, while the plain Torino still runs great with the $15 dollar special I rebuilt for it in '99. I can neglect the plain one and abuse it (believe me I have) but it never breaks or even fails to start. But that Sport can't do anything right. I just don't get it.
I love the `72 Torino GT!! If you ever want to sell it, let me know. I had one in high school, and while they are very touchy, I just love the looks.

G27dogmannfl
09-04-2005, 11:09
1983 mercedes 240D i dont really blame the care I had it when it was 10 to 15 yrs old and the bastard that sold it to me I am positive rolled the mileage back. 2nd worst was a 1987 nissan stanza.

erict
09-06-2005, 10:49
chevy cavalier, what a joke.

UtahIrishman
09-06-2005, 20:50
Originally posted by erict
chevy cavalier, what a joke.

Interesting...what year? I had a chevy cavalier that I put close to 180,000 miles on. I think I'd still have it if someone hadn't side swiped me. That thing was just like the energizer bunny... it just kept going and going. Real good gas mileage to. Wish I still had it for that reason alone.

erict
09-07-2005, 06:12
Originally posted by UtahIrishman
Interesting...what year?
i had 2 different ones. 1st was an 84 it got about 60K on it and it was done. i also had a 90 or 91 (i can't remember) it had alot of transmission problems. all other cars i've had got over 250K on them with minimal issues.

BadLight
09-09-2005, 16:40
1949 Chevy Panel Truck.... ran great but as soon as you stopped it, it would "vapor lock". I use to carry an ice chest full of ice around so I could pack the fuel line from the bottom of the cab to the carb. Those were the days :)

Best car... 1932 Chevy Business Coupe [slightly modified :)]

Currently "suffer" with a Jaguar X-type Sport (and love the Little Cat)

hokieglock
09-09-2005, 17:12
my parents 80 chevy citation. rusted and broke all the time. the hatchback was good for getting action though.

Skully
09-26-2005, 20:50
'00 VW Jetta GLS VR6. Complete garbage.

glockatlanta
10-01-2005, 22:27
Peugeot 505 diesel. Peugeot is really the French word for "poop".

Cava3r4
10-11-2005, 06:07
a 1984 Cadillac Sedan Deville.
My mother in law "had to have" a cadillac. I bought her 77 Olds Delta 88 (with 350 chevy motor in it) for full retail and it was the last great GM vehicle I ever owned.
The sedan de ville was appropiately lemon yellow in color. It had the 4100 cc piece of **** motor. this thing would give you 12 MPG if you were lucky. It would barely get out of its own way. YOu had to floor it to leave a street light and it sounded like a sewing machine that needed about 8 quarts of oil. The First (worst) day we picked it up the intercoursing trunk lid took place. It had what was called a power close trunk lid. Well were are all (mother and father in law, wife and I) in this P.O.S. and we are pulling out of the dealers showroom and it has 1/16 of a mile on it. The trunk lid goes "EWWWWWE" as in up. the light on the dash comes on that says "trunk open" (or was it door open?), then we hear "EWWWWE", the light goes off, the trunk closed it self, then we hear "EWWWWE", the light comes on, trunk open! We drive around the block to the dealer and some goof ball mechanic (he had to be nuts to work there!)
"adjusts" the limit switch. Well we got half way home and it started in again. Took it back about 5 times and gave up on it. I told her "just drive it, it is swapping in clean air for you to breath". This is in MN where you get 58 inches of snow in an "average year" (average year....what the he11 is that?) My wife inherited this POS. It was like a curse. Every fall, when you wanted HEAT (remember, in MN it goes down to 35 degrees below zero actual....none of this wind chill crappola....for about 2 weeks at atime) We had to take it to the dealer so they could swap out the computerized heater control POS for only $500. They also would swap out the blower motor as "it had high resistance" and would wipe out this computerized heater control POS.
In the spring, when it would be getting up to 98 degrees with 400% humidity you would want the AC to work. Well well well, guess what, you had to take to the dealer to buy another computerized heater control and another blower motor becasue of its high resistance. The trunk lid would only act up when it was AWAY from the dealership. One day, the motor on the trunk lid DIED......in the closed position as really good luck would have it. (good luck in those days was as follows......I'd get up at 5 AM to go to work, I'd pee in the toilet and flush it, the water would come all the way to the top and then finally.........mercifully go down...that meant I used up all of my good luck for the whole day!!) Well, we drove this thing joyfully for almost 6 wholemonths with the trunk CLOSED and not doing its intercourseing motion thing (up...down....up.....down......got that?) Well, when the fall of the year came, and the next pair of heater control computers and blower motors needed to be replaced, Mister Genius mechanic finds out the trunk lid motor is shot. (Don't even ask why he was in the trunk!) So he replaces that POS. So we drive out with the heater working and the trunk lid doing its thing. I cut the wire on it after I tricked it into going down.
Did I tell you about the power door locks? Well, I forgot, let me tell you about the )(&^%(&^&_ power door locks. These would fail as frequently as the POS heater/ AC computer thingy. Did I tell you about the intake manifold and head gaskets that needed to be replaced every 14000 miles, OH...I'm sorrry, I must've forgot, they were POS too! We sold the car with 68000 miles on it at a garage sale, it had a garage sale price, and was sold "AS IS" and the new chump (excuse me...owner) was warned that it was lemon yellow for a reason. This guy must have been a cadillac mechanic or something!
The next POS I had was when I made the BIG mistake of getting rid of my 77 Delta 88 that I bought from my mother in law (above). Since the olds had a 350 v8 Iused it to pull my 18 foot dyna trac bass boat.
I'd barely make it off the concrete ramps with he boat when launching or taking the boat out of the water. So I decided I needed a vehicle with a 350 v8 minimum. I went to a chevrolet dealer and wanted to buy an impala with a 350 (this was in 1988).
They told me they could NOT sell me a 350 becasue of CAFE (corporate average fuel economy). Can you spell Government Encroachment as its finest? Well this is one example of that! I went over to Ford and made an inquiry into buying a Crown Victoria with a 351....NOPE...can't do it....we got CAFE laws we need to honor here. So in my inifinite wisdom I went and bought a 1988 K-5 full size chevy blazer. This thing made the cadillac look like a good vehicle. I hadn't even towed the boat yet and tranny went out (700r4). It would not shift out of low till about 40 and this was when you are light footing it. Have you ever tried to drive a vehicle that shifts out of low at 40 on ICE. They have a thing called ICE on the roads in MN about 9 months out of the year it seems. Well they fixed it under warranty. In 6 months I had rust holes all the way through both front fenders. In their infinite wisdom at Generous Motors they put the paint on first, then drilled a hole so they could shove their plastic K5 Blazer decals on the fender. Let me tell you where I think they should shove them!
Well, I'd better not...or Eric will throw me off of here. Generous Motors repainted the whole vehicle for me FOUR times for free. If you tried to stop fast...the paint on that worthless tailgate would end up on your hood. Did I tell you about how I have what might be called bad luck with power windows and seats? Well, I have bad luck with power windows and seats! I ordered this vehicle, a silverado, and then deleted the power windows and seats. WEll, they stuck me with a power tail gate window. That POS had to be replaced 4 times in about 20 usages. What a fine piece of engineering! The points on that piece of crap key for the tailgate window was a piece of sheetmetal spot welded onto a spring. Cost FORTY bucks for this thing. Must have been worth a nickel on a good day. I went through 4 "engine management systems" (another euphism for engine computer) that is hidden behind the glove box. I could replace them in my sleep. The hubs on the 4 wheel drive (automatics) were another fine piece of engineering from generous motors. This is the only vehicle I had in my entire life where the seat fell through the floor on me. (hey I am about 20 pounds over weight!) Then, in 1988 GM cheapend up the 350 and they have light duty heads that warp so your antifreeze can mix with your motor oil.
Ask me how I know!
I've been driving Fords now for the last 11 years. I love em...They work...turn the key. The power seats even work.
I also have a 69 Charger... Too bad they still don't make them. The new charger looks like a brown turd to me!

walkin' trails
10-13-2005, 18:26
One of my former employers had a fleet of 1988 Blazers. The rode so rough that pot holes and bumps at five to ten miles per hour bounced you against the roof...and that was with the seat belt on. They made a military M151 jeep seem like it rode like a Town Car in comparison. I would have sworn that the axles were bolted directly to the frames, however, they at least had the appearance of something resembling springs. The transfer cases would pop out of 4X4 with great regularity, espacially when asending or desending a steep grade in 4-low. Fortunantly, the motors only lasted an average of 4500 miles, so they were at the garage more often than not. I was not unhappy to seem them go away. One time, however, when I was up at our garage, I observed a 4X4 frame and axles parked in a bay. Beside it was a new frame. The old frame was broken through behind the right front wheel. I had to ask...yes they were replacing the frame on one of their Blazers...it just didn't have enough miles to justify getting rid of it.

AA#5
02-09-2009, 12:07
My first car-the worst car.

New 1969 Austin America. $1,800.00. Constantly overheated, funny steering, transmission constantly went, warranty repair twice, successfullly sued British Leyland Motors for 4th transmission, then junked for $300.00.

punkture
03-04-2009, 14:48
Cars I've owned in order:
1.) 1986 Toyota 4WD Xtra cab pickup
2.) 1995 Ford Thunderbird
3.) 1999 Oldsmobile Cutlass
4.) 1998 Honda Civic EX
5.) 1997 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
6.) 1986 Ford Bronco
7.) 2001 GMC Sierra SLE
8.) 1995 BMW M3
9.) 1999 BMW 323i

Hands down, the Oldsmobile Cutlass was the biggest POS, but I have more harsh memories of the Honda Civic. I miss my 1986 Toyota pickup the most. Its been 12 years and I dream about it 1-2x a month still. Nothing beats a 22R motor!