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Car mistakes?

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Nero, Sep 17, 2021.

  1. zippy

    zippy pfm Member

    1. Many years ago replacing my trusty ancient Vauxhall Viva (Mk1) with the Mk2 which was total rubbish.
    2. Also a while back buying a Ford Sierra. The worst handling car I've ever owned - the slightest hint of dampness on the road and the tail would slide out unexpectedly.
    3. Buying a Suzuki Grand Vitara - supposed to be 4WD but you could only engage 4WD below 20mph. At higher speeds it was rear wheel drive and almost as liable to spin as the Sierra.
  2. canonman

    canonman pfm Member

    I had just sold mine when it was 3 years old and a drunk driver redesigned the front end. Amazingly, the buyer still bought it after repair. Last I saw of the other driver was being taken away under blues.
  3. Suffolk Tony

    Suffolk Tony Aim low, achieve your goals, avoid disappointment.

    Only one unreliable car, the Mercedes SL500 R230 I owned for a short while. Too complicated for its own good, and threw up so many fault codes I learned to ignore most of them & they went away eventually. The suspension, whilst lovely, started to leak & that was the final straw.

    I've been watching a few uTube videos on these guys who run around in expensive "Supercars", and I'm amazed by how incredibly unreliable they are. No thanks, and besides, in my opinion, they look ridiculous out on the road.
    RJohan likes this.
  4. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs looking backwards, going forwards

    I changed a fan belt once. That was fun.

    The recurrent issues I had with various Reliant’s was overheating. Cracked engine blocks (I think) letting oil into the cooling system, emulsified mess in the radiator.
    Mind you, I used to do long journeys to Wales, Lake District and Isle O Wight from Nottingham with 3 kids in the car plus holiday gear. I asked a lot from the 850cc lump.

    Character building.
    Bjork67 likes this.
  5. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    we have a Mclaren dealership down the road and the number we see broken down is astonishing.

    clearly wrong, mostly they look great on the road
    RJohan likes this.
  6. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    It might say something about Ford's quality control that I've got our Mondeo V6 down as the worst car we ever owned!
  7. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    I’ve never regretted buying mine. Even though the wheel trims had to be added later.

  8. tiggers

    tiggers pfm Member

    I have had 5 Subarus, always Imprezas and always Turbos/STIs. Four of them were pretty much bombproof, but the fifth is the least reliable car I have ever owned and my only real 'mistake'. Bought new in 2003 it had 7 warranty repairs in 3 years (rear suspension, water pump, alternator, water pump again, gearbox, speedometer and rear suspension again) and then the rear diff borked at 63K... Subaru refused to pay anything towards it despite being only 3K over warranty mileage until it was proved the rear diff oil had not been changed at one of their main dealer services. And even when it was running well it didn't feel as planted as the UK Turbo it replaced, always very skittish on the limit. Sold it and bought a Honda Civic Type R.... bombproof and brilliant!
  9. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    My neighbours 80 year old father has one of those - apparently chipped to something crazy like 370bhp!
  10. Snufkin

    Snufkin pfm Member

    Likewise did long journeys but all but the last one was a Trotter style Supervan with a 700cc engine (or was it 750?).
    Big Tabs likes this.
  11. cj66

    cj66 pfm Member

    Two bad cars amongst the many.
    Firstly an Astra estate, company car so no choice. I have problems with the driving position of Vauxhalls, gives me a very sore back.
    To it's credit, I treated it very harshly and it lapped up the abuse and gave zero trouble.
    Then, Renault RX4 Turbo diesel. As a preamble we had a normal mk1 Scenic for a few years that was perfect, served as a family car/van very well and proved very reliable. Enter the RX4, bought as a low mileage 2 year old, first year was fine and then all the problems started.
    Blew turbos regularly, AGR valve problems were almost permanent, lost count of water pumps, fuel pump twice, main drive shaft disintegrated, multiple electrical problems, uplinks snapped, window gears stripped, a few other things until finally the cylinder head went, leading to the overdue scrapping of the junk heap.
  12. calorgas

    calorgas Ratty bumpkin

    An early mistake was buying a Scirocco GT2 on a rainy day. I was young and very enthusiastic about buying it and the rain hid what turned out to be a really bad respray job on the bonnet and one wing. So it later became fairly clear that the car had clearly been involved in a hefty bump, and there were various other problems including the whole thing being slightly asymmetrical.

    Never buy a wet car, that's my advice :)
    Sue Pertwee-Tyr likes this.
  13. johnhunt

    johnhunt pfm Member

    I think the best car I’ve had is the current one . A VW UP! . It’s perfect for the type of driving i do which is short trips urban. Also my employer pays me a car allowance to only occasionally use it for work ,and if I add that to the BIK I don’t pay any more it pays for itself over and over every year.
  14. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs looking backwards, going forwards

    To be honest I was guessing at 850cc.

    The Reliant vans were the ones to get, I had one with side windows at one point.

    I used to paint/stencil 5 point stars onto my cars. I regret not having photographs of each one.
    White van had blacks stars of various sizes, and a purple van I owned had a huge gold star on the roof. Those were the days.

    My Dad had a Bond 3-Wheeler in the Seventies, but not The Bug.
  15. Suffolk Tony

    Suffolk Tony Aim low, achieve your goals, avoid disappointment.

    Guess I've never seen that one.
    Tony Lockhart likes this.
  16. Nic Robinson

    Nic Robinson Moderator

    Clearly a matter of opinion, in fact. I also think they look ridiculous on the road.
  17. Tony Lockhart

    Tony Lockhart Avoiding Stress, at Every Opportunity

    Back when Group B finished in 1986, I saw that Austin Rover were selling Metro 6R4s for £16k, with a spare body shell. I couldn’t get the readies for it, not by a long way. I think they all went into clubman’s rallying and rallycross.
    There’s an ex-works car for sale at £450k at the mo.
    Mind you, I’d have killed myself in it.
    PhilofCas likes this.
  18. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    Well, yes, they do. But they do look good on top of (switched off) Radfords.
    Nic Robinson likes this.
  19. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    can't say my Vauxhall Chevette was a mistake. It was cheap and a workhorse, carrying me and my belongings up and down the M1 between Leeds and London.

    Lasted three years till the gear box fell off.

    Served me well but wasn't a nice car.
  20. Chops54

    Chops54 pfm Member

    Indeed. You had to know how to look after a Reliant. I think I’ve mentioned it before but my dad was once a manager at a Reliant dealership and they always had a yard full of ancient trade ins so when my car was beyond repair he used to sell me another for fifty quid with a bit of test and tax in the window. I became that familiar with them I used to spend most weekends fixing other peoples Reliants. When the council demolished my lock up I had to give up :(

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