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Ltlabner
10-27-2006, 03:00 PM
This has probably been done before but there's a lot of new(er) people around so I thought I'd throw it out there.

Mine was a 1997 or 1998 Pontiac Grand Am GT. Total peice of crap. Fortunatley it was a company car so there was no money out of my pocket. Horrible gas millage. Went through brakes every 25,000miles or so (and most of my driving is highway miles). In my 3 years of driving the car I lost a waterpump, alternator, several sensors, the drivers window motor burned out and the fuel injectors gummed up constantly. It seemed like it was in the shop constantly.

The company bought the car new and it was a hunk of junk from the word go.

wolfboy
10-27-2006, 03:15 PM
An '86 or so Crown Victoria. It was an unmarked police car in a previous life. By the time I got it, the huge V-8 was still doing well, but the body was pretty beat up. My thinking at the time was "wow, I can drive really fast, and it doesn't matter what I hit!". Ahh, to be young and stupid. That thing was an absolute tank though. One time I parked it in Clifton, came back to the car, and around 12 little kids were just hanging out on it. In my early driving years, I had some really crappy cars, but that one stands out as maybe the best worst car I had.

Blimpie
10-27-2006, 03:35 PM
1982 Chevy Malibu...enough said.

Like this, but without the lights:

http://www.ci.tigard.or.us/community/photo_gallery/police_vehicles/vehicle2_1978.jpg

RANDY IN INDY
10-27-2006, 03:44 PM
1974 Ford Pinto.

Dom Heffner
10-27-2006, 03:49 PM
By far, a 1972 Javelin with pink, orange and white Pierre Cardin interior.

I've never had a better inspiration to make more money in my life.

beb30
10-27-2006, 04:47 PM
1987 Ford Mustang - crappy weak 4cyl, horrible breaks that always locked up, and just plain out ugly. However at 16 I really didn't care I was just happy I had a car especially one that I payed for.

GAC
10-27-2006, 04:57 PM
1974 Ford Pinto.

Nothing says you care about the consumer more then having the gas tank in the rear! :lol:

My cousin went through two or three Chevy Vegas. Another piece of junk. Kept tearing the rear ends out of them. I'm not sure, but wasn't that the first car that experimented with an all aluminum block?

My older sister had an early 60's Rambler American w/ a three on the tree. I learned to drive in that car, and it was no fun at all.

Falls City Beer
10-27-2006, 05:08 PM
1979 Ford Mustang.

dabvu2498
10-27-2006, 05:10 PM
1984 Ford F250 or 1984 Buick Century or 1986 Pontiac 6000

Take your pick.

Falls City Beer
10-27-2006, 05:12 PM
By far, a 1972 Javelin with pink, orange and white Pierre Cardin interior.

I've never had a better inspiration to make more money in my life.

"Only Pierre Cardin can make upholstery look so...classy...."

http://www.planethoustonamx.com/Photo_Gallery_Nascar/amc%20ads/72_pierre_cardin_javelin_ad.JPG

Johnny Footstool
10-27-2006, 05:34 PM
This has probably been done before but there's a lot of new(er) people around so I thought I'd throw it out there.

Mine was a 1997 or 1998 Pontiac Grand Am GT. Total peice of crap. Fortunatley it was a company car so there was no money out of my pocket. Horrible gas millage. Went through brakes every 25,000miles or so (and most of my driving is highway miles). In my 3 years of driving the car I lost a waterpump, alternator, several sensors, the drivers window motor burned out and the fuel injectors gummed up constantly. It seemed like it was in the shop constantly.

The company bought the car new and it was a hunk of junk from the word go.

2000 Oldsmobile Alero -- sibling to the Grand Am.

Made on the uber-cheap by GM, these cars were disposable piles of junk. They had chronic problems with the antifreeze turning to jelly and blowing out gaskets and water pumps. They used cheap glue that would break down after 5 years and cause the upholstery to bubble. And the brake rotors would warp, as you said, every 20K miles or so.

It will take a lot to convince me to ever buy a GM again.

Yachtzee
10-27-2006, 05:40 PM
1986 Chevy Sprint

http://www.sonnet.com/usr/matt2/51.jpg

919191
10-27-2006, 05:42 PM
A bright orange 1976 Volkswagen Rabbit. The carbeurater Kept coming loose.

Joseph
10-27-2006, 06:26 PM
1988 Chevy Cavalier.

I put about 3 alternators, and two starters on that car in the 3 or so years I drove the thing before it finally gave out completely.

Falls City Beer
10-27-2006, 06:51 PM
1990 Nissan Stanza. A real dog. And, for whatever reason, miserably expensive to repair. Uncomfortable as hell, too.

That car was a definite runner-up to the 79 Stang.

RBA
10-27-2006, 07:30 PM
1989 Chevrolet Beretta GT. The car was fast, but it had some ECM problems that the Greeks in Crete had no clue to fix it for me.

vaticanplum
10-27-2006, 07:36 PM
"Only Pierre Cardin can make upholstery look so...classy...."

http://www.planethoustonamx.com/Photo_Gallery_Nascar/amc%20ads/72_pierre_cardin_javelin_ad.JPG

That car is amazing!!!

I've only ever owned one car and it was fine. A 1993 Ford Escort wagon, named Gatsby, that never gave me any trouble and got great gas mileage. Then it got slammed into -- twice -- by a semi on 71 by columbus in a hit-and-run and was, obviously, totaled. That was not a pleasant day.

I have a family car on loan for a year right now. It's fine. It's black. It runs. I'm pretty sure it's made of tin so I'm trying not to hit anything.

Chip R
10-27-2006, 07:41 PM
I've only ever owned one car and it was fine. A 1993 Ford Escort wagon, named Gatsby

You named your car Gatsby?

vaticanplum
10-27-2006, 07:45 PM
You named your car Gatsby?

Yes. All cars should be named. It makes you treat them better.

edit: Although in retrospect, given the fate of the original Gatsby, I probably could have picked a better name. I got the car the week I finished my high school term paper.

dman
10-27-2006, 07:49 PM
1995 Chrysler Concorde: Transmission problem out the wazoo (I've heard Chrysler is notorious for this problem), air conditioning going T.U. on me, both front bearings going out within 5,000 miles of when they were installed.

And then my other Chrysler product, my 2002 Dodge Dakota. It looks beautiful, runs like a champ, and that 4.7L V-8 has got some good giddy up, but the upper ball joint issue just won't go away. I've had the recall done, and it feels like they repacements are starting to go bad.

westofyou
10-27-2006, 08:02 PM
1975 Scirocco, Green... the dashboard blew up on me once, burning out the whole electrical system. It then became Pedro's 1st car.

cincyinco
10-27-2006, 08:03 PM
1995 Chrysler Concorde: Transmission problem out the wazoo (I've heard Chrysler is notorious for this problem), air conditioning going T.U. on me, both front bearings going out within 5,000 miles of when they were installed.

And then my other Chrysler product, my 2002 Dodge Dakota. It looks beautiful, runs like a champ, and that 4.7L V-8 has got some good giddy up, but the upper ball joint issue just won't go away. I've had the recall done, and it feels like they repacements are starting to go bad.


Try some aftermarket parts?

As for my worst vehicle, and 92 Dodge Shadow - used. Entry level car for sure - had only 1 side mirror, no a/c, no RPM gauge - often idled at 4000RPMS or so(again, guessing becuase of no RPM guage) - ugh, a POS for sure..

marcshoe
10-27-2006, 08:10 PM
I've had a selection, including a '65 ford that had the gear shift come off while I was driving, a '71 Nova who's exhaust came up under the dash, and an early 80's Chevette that quit one day and never started again that remained legend among the many area mechanics who worked on it for weeks, but could never find anything wrong with it...

But the worst was the disposable early eighties Plymouth Horizon I drove for a few years. No real, solid reasons, other than it simply was.

I loved my Pinto, though. The thing rode great. You just always had to keep one eye on the rear view mirror, and hit the gas hard if someone came up behind you too fast.

RedsBaron
10-27-2006, 08:25 PM
When I married my wife, she had only recently purchased a new 1986 Ford Escort. She was proud of the car, as it was the first new car she had ever purchased. I hated that car, but we later sold it to her dad, who put well over 100,000 miles on it....but it is still probably the worst car I ever drove.

Ltlabner
10-27-2006, 10:01 PM
1995 Chrysler Concorde: Transmission problem out the wazoo (I've heard Chrysler is notorious for this problem), air conditioning going T.U. on me, both front bearings going out within 5,000 miles of when they were installed.

I had a 2004 Chrysler Concorde and the transmission exploded at 74,000miles. And the vast majority of those were highway miles. Fortunatley I had purchased the extended warrenty so it only cost $100 deductable. I got rid of the car shortly after that.

Javy Pornstache
10-27-2006, 10:15 PM
1988 Chevy Cavalier.

I put about 3 alternators, and two starters on that car in the 3 or so years I drove the thing before it finally gave out completely.

That's a bit surprising for me to read, I have had a 1988 Cavalier Z24 for years, and it's been the most reliable car I've ever had. I actually am in the market for a newer (used) car and was doing research reading reviews on some models, and for fun, I just checked the Cavalier to see how it compared to some of the others I was looking at.... Highest review score of all the ones I've seen, and I've looked at at least 50 different models altogether. Honda's Civic was the only one that approached it, but some folks are disenchanted with the post-2000 models of those, so that dragged their score down.

Chip R
10-27-2006, 10:39 PM
Yes. All cars should be named. It makes you treat them better.

edit: Although in retrospect, given the fate of the original Gatsby, I probably could have picked a better name. I got the car the week I finished my high school term paper.


I've given my cars names before. Unfortunately, most of them I can't say here. :lol:

I can't say I've really been enamored with my current car, a 98 Dodge Neon, although after I got my brother in law's brother to fix the head gasket and several other things, it hasn't given me too much trouble.

M2
10-27-2006, 11:06 PM
1988 Pontiac Le Mans

Had a glitch where if you went through a deep puddle, the engine would vacuum up the water and kill itself. Also, the brakes didn't wear down like normal brakes. The pads would wear down a bit and suddenly the rotors would obliterate themselves. Had a gremlin in the electrical system too.

Yachtzee
10-28-2006, 12:30 AM
I've given my cars names before. Unfortunately, most of them I can't say here. :lol:

I can't say I've really been enamored with my current car, a 98 Dodge Neon, although after I got my brother in law's brother to fix the head gasket and several other things, it hasn't given me too much trouble.

Most of my past cars were named PITA...Pain In The....you get the picture.

gonelong
10-28-2006, 12:54 AM
A 1971 Ford Pickup Truck (driven in 1988)
A 1984 Chevette (1987)
A 1986? Chevy Cavalier (1992)

All 3 of these vehicals were awful in their own way, though the pickup truck ran like a top. The two Chevy's always had something going wrong with them.

GL

IowaRed
10-28-2006, 12:55 AM
1975 Dodge Dart Swinger in a beautiful shade of brown

Unassisted
10-28-2006, 01:11 AM
1975 Chrysler Cordoba. My folks paid $1,000 for it in 1980 and we easily spent that much on repairing it each of the 3 years I drove it.

In one of those 3 years STP released "Son of A Gun," which was a predecessor to Armor All. I'll never forget how insanely slippery that stuff made the fine Corinthian leather seats in that Cordoba. I only made the mistake of using it on the rubber floor mats one time, though. :laugh:

Red in Chicago
10-28-2006, 02:15 AM
1986 Chevy Sprint

http://www.sonnet.com/usr/matt2/51.jpg

i had one of these as well...the gas mileage was awesome...

RedsBaron
10-28-2006, 09:15 AM
1975 Dodge Dart Swinger in a beautiful shade of brown

My parents had a 1974 or 75 Plymouth Scamp, which was a rebadged Dodge Dart, also in brown. I almost named that car in my prior post.

Dom Heffner
10-28-2006, 12:23 PM
Only Pierre Cardin can make upholstery look so...classy...."


You know, it looks spectacular in that photo, but my dad bought it for me for $400 in 1985, and it had..um...faded quite a bit, both inside and out.

My uncle and his family lived in Watch Hill near Mt. Washington, and you should have seen the property values drop whenever I rode up in that thing.

I used to drive it to Amelia High School and they used to have a rule that once the school buses started moving, those parked in the student section had to wait until they all cleared the parking lot. If I didn't beat the buses, it was awful having the entire entourage of buses roll slowly past my car with me at the wheel. People would just stare. I tried to make a joke out of it, but my pride wouldn't let me keep that thing for more than a few months.

The only compliment I ever got on that car was, "That's not bad for $400..."

Not something a 16 year old wants to hear about his car.

One of my friend's parents even questioned my sexuality.

Just imagine those stripes in orange and pink inside a baby blue car.

The picture that FCB posted shows a cool automatic shifter, but mine was a stick and it had this tiny black knob.

LawFive
10-28-2006, 12:49 PM
I drove an 82 Cavalier that would try to find a lower gear while already in first.

Then came the 86 Nova/Corolla that already had 195,000 miles when I bought it. Had to spray stuff in the carberator before it would start, but I did get 3 years and another 50,000 miles out of the thing. Looking at it from the back, you could see that it tilted ever so slightly to the right. Took it to CarX once for an alignment, and the dude said it was so wacked he couldn't help me.

redsfanfalcon
10-28-2006, 12:52 PM
98 Jeep Cherokee...everytime it rained, the check engine light would come on, and it would shake. What a hunk of poop.

GAC
10-28-2006, 01:55 PM
1975 Scirocco, Green... the dashboard blew up on me once, burning out the whole electrical system. It then became Pedro's 1st car.

And this guy is still friends with you? :evil:

GAC
10-28-2006, 01:56 PM
Yes. All cars should be named. It makes you treat them better.

Piece of S*** is a common name. :lol:

captainmorgan07
10-28-2006, 02:26 PM
my friend has 1988 chevy nova sounds like go cart bad to drive he's put alot of stuff in it because everything seems to go bad

SunDeck
10-28-2006, 07:36 PM
Well, this was my brother's car, so it may not count. But, it was the worst car, ever. A 1974 Chevy Vega. He called it the Rag-a-vee.
He also had a 77 Granada and a 74 Nova. My gosh, the guy just didn't care what he drove.

I think my worst vehicle was a Jeep pickup, which is embarrassing to even mention. Why anyone would have bought one of those is a mystery, yet I did anyway.

This is funny because my wife and I were just talking about my mom, who in my memory has made some of the all time worst car purchases; a 72 Grand Torino, a 74 Pinto wagon, an 82 Escort, a 90 Probe, a 98 Taurus, a 2000 Rendesvous...and another dang Rendesvous just a month ago.
Except for the brand new Buick Rendesvous, none of these cars were anything but trouble. This last one may be better (at least it has a 100,000 mile warranty), but it's still an inferior product. Can it be a surprise that Ford and GM are in such trouble?

Yachtzee
10-28-2006, 09:17 PM
I used to drive it to Amelia High School and they used to have a rule that once the school buses started moving, those parked in the student section had to wait until they all cleared the parking lot. If I didn't beat the buses, it was awful having the entire entourage of buses roll slowly past my car with me at the wheel. People would just stare. I tried to make a joke out of it, but my pride wouldn't let me keep that thing for more than a few months.



Of course, you know what those kids on the bus were saying...

"I wish I had a car."

My first car at 16 was a 1980 Pontiac Grand Prix with a 5 liter V8. It was still pretty sweet in 1987.

This is a 1981, which looks essentially the same as the 1980 model year.

http://www.pilesgm.com/Carshow/CAR%20SHOW%20IMAGES/2003%20cars/CONNIE%20BAXTER%201981%20PONTIAC%20GRAND%20PRIX.jp g

mth123
10-28-2006, 10:08 PM
A guy I know had a Yugo that I had to borrow for a couple of days. It was like driving a big roller skate. I've driven a lot of the makes/models on this list. Nothing comes close to being as bad as the Yugo.

GAC
10-29-2006, 05:32 AM
my friend has 1988 chevy nova sounds like go cart bad to drive he's put alot of stuff in it because everything seems to go bad

GM ingenuity.

Take the four letters of NOVA and you get the other GM "like" models

N = Nova
O = Omega
V = Ventura
A = Apollo

Tony Cloninger
10-29-2006, 10:31 AM
JUst out of HS......i get a 1975 Dodge Colt....in 1985.......which smoked more than a Cheech and Chong movie.

It was white ....with small red and blue stripe and a blue vinyl top.

Turned me off to 70's cars until 10 years later when i appreciated the early 70's muscle cars and i bought myself a 1974 Cuda.

Poor man's 1970-71...Cuda.....but value went up 150% in 10 years.

You could not say that about a Dodge Colt.

westofyou
10-29-2006, 10:42 AM
JUst out of HS......i get a 1975 Dodge Colt....in 1985.......which smoked more than a Cheech and Chong movie.I was in a nasty wreck in a 75 Colt, my friend hit a mailbox and ran from the scene (what.. we were 16?) anyway his plates fell off in the collision and about 5 im the morning the cops woke him up to return it.

Tony Cloninger
10-29-2006, 03:28 PM
Youth is wasted on the young.