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Old 03-17-2008, 03:00 AM   #1
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worst vehicle you've ever driven

It's pretty simple.

I drove a golf cart once. It was much better than that Ford Focus I had as a rental. The seats were uncomfortable. It was slow. It looked ugly. It had a blue oval on it. There were tons of things wrong with it. I was so disgusted with it, that a review I posted on a Facebook application was removed for profanity. What's your worst driving experience?
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Old 03-17-2008, 05:02 AM   #2
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My '87 Ford Tempo that I got in April of 2000 was the worst car I've ever owned. Before it, I had a '90 Ford Taurus that my parents bought in '94, drove for 4 years, then gave to me when they got a then-brand-new '98 Hyundai Tiburon. The Taurus was trouble-free for 6 total years before the motor suddenly crapped out. While it had been running fine before, it was going to need a lot of expensive repairs and overhauls very soon to keep it going, like a new transmission, plus new CV joints, so I decided it wouldn't be worth fixing, so I sold it and got the Tempo.

Big mistake.

The Tempo was in the shop disabled 11 times over a 10-month period before I got rid of the thing. Name a part at random, and I'll be able to respond with, "Yeah, that broke." I was a dirt poor college student in my last couple of semesters and oh-so-close to finishing up school, and I really couldn't afford a decent car. I was thinking anything else I get will be an old junker as well, and if I can just keep this thing running until I get out and I can afford something much newer...when something else would break. So of course, with what I spent on the car itself and the subsequent repairs, I'd have been able to get something more reliable. Heck, I might have kept the Taurus running for that kind of money. I made a few bets and lost big. Live and learn, as they say.

That was the worst car I owned, but the worst car I ever drove, as I mentioned in another thread, was an '80s Plymouth Turismo. I test drove one in high school. It was cheap, rattly, handled like a wheelbarrow with the wheel missing, and I had to literally stand on the accelerator to get it to move. Anything up to 3/4 of the way down on the gas pedal only seemed to only slightly increase the revs, but not enough to get the car to roll.
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Old 03-17-2008, 06:49 AM   #3
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1979 Plymouth Volare

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Old 03-17-2008, 07:25 AM   #4
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Let's see, I've had a 1985 Jaguar and a 1996 Cherokee. I've driven my girlfriend's father's Camry, my Dad's 2000 Grand Cherokee and 2003 ML350, and a whole lot of ford and GMC trucks for the public school system back home. Of all of those, I'd say the worst was one of the trucks. I guess I've also driven my roomate's various SUVs (an old and new Explorer and a Blazer).

Some of the diesels at work were pretty bad and had no visibility. The bread trucks were also pretty crappy to drive. My Jaguar was a POS, but it was built like a tank. I raped a stop sign with that thing my junior year, and then the tree at the end of my driveway my senior year with the Jag, and neither caused any damage to the car.
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Old 03-17-2008, 08:55 AM   #5
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I like to do "detailing work" on the side for friends & family.

Years back, I detailed my Aunt's car. At the time, my 3 cousins were all under the age of 5. Not only was the car totally neglected outside, but the interior..... !!!

It's understandable, trying to raise 3 kids that young, but WHAT A MESS! The "stuff" I found in the interior! And the smell!!!

I know this is a little different than the original question, but in my mind, that car was the worst car I had ever seen or had the unfortunate experience of driving to be detailed.
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:19 AM   #6
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Old 03-17-2008, 10:26 AM   #7
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Toyota Tercel

I put a "TURBO" label on the a/c button because you couldn't go anywhere with it on. What a piece of crap.
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Old 03-17-2008, 10:29 AM   #8
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umm... well all of the car's ive driven haven't been bad at all I've driven 3 diffrent Chevy 1500's all drove very nice i've driven a 2500 HD i felt so badass I've also driven a suburban and that was probably the worst only because i was crushed by the seat my mom told me not to touch the seat adjusments and man it BAD but other then the major sway to it it was all good and my COBALT man this thing is a beast ok not really but it's a fun lil car to drive. Sorry for the run on
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Old 03-17-2008, 10:54 AM   #9
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1990 Ford Escort, It had been totaled with the roof torn off and some sorry SOB got screwed by his insurance and had it fixed.. The welds on the roof where SAD, the tranny was so old I never had the fluid changed because if it was touched it would knock off all the varnished fluid and would leak like a sieve. No ac (killer here in az), the shocks where shot, and only 1 brake worked.
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Old 03-17-2008, 10:56 AM   #10
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Most cars you measure 0-60 with a stopwatch, with this one you needed a calendar!!!!
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Old 03-17-2008, 10:58 AM   #11
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My friend's Honda.. Piece of crap.
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:10 AM   #12
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Toss up....

and these were all "new" at the time I drove them...(ab)used would have been far worse.

'92 Geo Metro
'95 Mercury Mystique
'95 Mazda MX-3
'95 Mazda B2000


As for used ones....

My brother had an '81 Buick Electra with a V-6 in it...terrible car with no power and the A/C didn't work....

My buddy used to have a early-70's Dogde Diplomat (ex-cop car)...that thing was a tank, but an unbelievable junker.

One of my friends in high school had a late-70's Maverick...what a POS.

My aunt had a '90 Ford Aerostar minivan...what a Ford POS.
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:15 AM   #13
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Toyota Tercel

I put a "TURBO" label on the a/c button because you couldn't go anywhere with it on. What a piece of crap.


Yeah, I had a '99 Mercury Cougar that had that same problem. Then it decided it wanted to start LOSING all RPMs when I slammed on the gas. That car pissed me off so bad, one day I just started kicking the crap out of it, quit making the payments on it and let the repo man come pick it up. That car SUCKED!!! When I think about it it makes me want to !
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:21 AM   #14
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Ouch but that hurts your credit man ^^
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:25 AM   #15
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I had two, one was my first car a 72 Mustang I bought in 84 when I got out of HS. It had a 302 v-8 . . actually a v-7 , found out after changed the plugs the first time it had one dead cylinder, it could go through snow like crazy but started costing a (blank) load of money: 1)timing chain went, 2)water pump, then the transmission, along with the body. Started to do the body work on it and found out why it was so good in snow, the fenders were pack full of sand so at one time it had to of been under water.
Number 2 was a new 93 Dakota, shoulda got frequant flyer miles for as much as it was on the lift, truck went through seals an gaskets like they were going out of style, had to replace the rear diff cause the gears weren't lined up right, replaced the inside carpet twice due to water leakes, luckly all covered under warranty which seriously PO'd the dealer But I should say neither vehicle was abused by me, just my luck? to get them
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:57 AM   #16
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Ouch but that hurts your credit man ^^
Not much. I was young enough to bounce back. That was back in '01 anyway. My credit fluctuates from the high sixes and low sevens. Still haven't given 'em a penny for that POS. I think God wanted it to happen.
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Old 03-17-2008, 01:13 PM   #17
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My moms old 1985(ish) Dodge Caravan comes to mind.

It would break down every time we drove it for over an hour and a half. Yep...we'd go on trips to Corpus Christi and expect it to break down on the way....just pull off to the side, let it sit for a while, start it back up, and drive on.

Mom took it into the dealer and believe it or not, the COULD NEVER figure out what the problem was....increadible. I felt so bad for her...she wanted the best for us and even got the damn thing for better safety in haulin' the boys around. Then, the damn thing gets us stranded on the side of the road all the time??? Peice of crap.


Other than that, I was spending about $300 a month on keeping my 1990 Chevy 1500 running. That thing was a peice. It was an old work truck...and boy had it been worked. I finally got the 1998 S-10 to replace it....AND actually saved money with the new truck not having to put any work into it, vs that truck which I was working on weekly!
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Old 03-17-2008, 01:30 PM   #18
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I had a '93 Ford Aspire, talk about a piece of crap. I only owned for a year, but that was way to long.
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Old 03-17-2008, 02:21 PM   #19
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Not even trying to be funny by saying this, but I know it will come off that way.

My friend has a Honda something or other with the Vtech and what not. It is the biggest piece of shit to drive. Totally un-responsive steering. Shifting is shady at best. It feels like it runs on a Maytag or Whirlpool washer.

I would seriously rather drive a fiesta.
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Old 03-17-2008, 03:31 PM   #20
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The worst car I ever owned was an 87 Escort. First of all, it had those automatic shoulder belt things that were noisy and just annoying. Not to mention that they were completely useless without the lap belt, which you had to buckile yourself. And the tach needle (a tach on an Escort? honestly) jumped around like it wasn't on properly or not.

But the worst car I ever drove was a mid 80's Ford EXP I drove while I was looking for my first car (see above). I don't know about how the other EXPs drove, but this thing was totally screwed up. It had a solid paint job and looked relatively sporty for a 16 year old (I was a Chevy man even then, but I'd just wrecked my dad's truck and he needed something to drive to work pretty quick). The dash was hacked and had a supersized Dodge stereo somehow mounted in it, but the engine and suspension were HORRIBLE. This thing rattled, the steering wheel shook, it took 45 minutes to get up to speed, and it smoked like a chimney. After my dad and I got back to the lot we just kind of threw the keys at the salesman and tore out of there.
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Old 03-17-2008, 03:36 PM   #21
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Worse car eh? i've only got 1 complaint, i'll take all the cars mentioned above (exept that mini van tag :P), it was the second car i ever owned, i was 18 fresh out of high school and working full time now (Now barely getting back into school) so there i was at a used car dealership, i caught a glimpse of a chrysler concorde, it looked good, i took it for a test drive, seemed normal so i went ahead and got it...little did i know that if i went over 50 mph it'd turn off...fow how long? i didnt care to find out, that car cost my my decent job at a factory that had great benefits and had stock sharing...i dont know how that worked but i had it, but i never fuond out, i went to the dealer and told him to pick up his piece of crap..oddly he didnt hesitate to give me a exachnge..he knew he sold me garbage, so even now new or used..i will NEVER buy a chrysler.



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Old 03-17-2008, 06:52 PM   #22
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I used to work at a garage so I don't remember them all so I'll limit to own personal vehicles and one select vehicle from the garage;

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1976 Granada - it was even rotted on the tops of the fenders
1977 Newport - another rot box, rear springs were so bad the bumper practically dragged the ground

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At the garage mentioned above we had a car wash. There was a lady who was afraid to go through it so she would ask one of us to drive it through. It's was a mid 80s Nova (the little front drive 4 cylinders). I will NEVER EVER forget the smell inside that car. I will also NEVER EVER be able to identify it. It was like a combination of every single body odor you can think of all rolled into one. To this day, I've never smelled anything like it.

Suffice to say, I only drove it through once. I thought about rolling down the windows. After that one time, I would literally disappear when I saw her car approaching. There was usually some new guy or someone not paying attention that would get stuck with her. Uhh, I'm reliving the smell right now. And this was 15-20 years ago.
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:46 PM   #23
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Old 03-17-2008, 09:58 PM   #24
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Not positive of the year. I believe it was something between '86-'88 Ford Escort Wagon.

I had to drive it for a delivery job I had for a month. That thing had NO pick up whatsoever. As someone else said before me, no stopwatch needed, just a calendar. LOL

As much as I dislike my Aveo, it's nowhere near as bad as that Escort...
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Old 03-17-2008, 10:20 PM   #25
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The Duty Van...navy guys help me out. Its some huge chevy van the miltary uses for errands. I friggin hate that thing
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