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What is the worst car you ever owned? (Yet another car topic) But i dont think this has been covered

floridaboz

9 months ago

I once owned a Pontiac Fiero. I do not remember what year.

The issues was major electrical issues, underpowered (i had the 4 cylinder, and automatic). I ended up blowing up the block on it. Somehow i got a hole in the oil pan and never noticed... I was young.

It was fun to drive, that is for sure. But I was a like 16,17 at the time, and working in a store stock crew, and it took almost every dime i had just to keep it running. The best (or maybe the worst part) is at the time i was really into CBs (this was somewhere between 95 and 97, so no cellphones that teens could afford) I had a 9 foot steel whip on it... Yep, it looked like a very bad RC car.

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  • 9 months ago
  • 3 points

Worst car I owned was still a pretty fun car. 2006 Mazdaspeed6. 50/50 split AWD and plenty of turbo power (stock 270whp, mine was quite modified) were a lot of fun, but sadly ford ruined that car from the factory. The car was setup well and handled great for being a mid sized sedan and decently heavy. Everything Mazda did on the car was great. The engine was a ford 2.3L turbo (extremely similar to the 2.3 ecoboost in the mustang).

Issues:
-high pressure fuel pump can't keep up and leans the car out at full boost STOCK. (replacement aftermarket unit $400)
-rear differential mounts break and fail at STOCK power level
-turbo seals last 60k miles at BEST
-catalytic converter in downpipe too close to turbo which causes the cat to fry and break up. (fix with de-cat or no cat aftermarket pipe)
-VVT actuator fails and the pin literally falls out into the engine crank case. If lucky if falls to the oil pan like mine did and doesn't do any damage. This causes the timing chain to slack drastically and destroy the engine. Replacement costs $1500+ assuming the engine is still good
-passenger side motor mount fails every 45k miles
-if you don't run the right fluid (wrong fluid recommended by ford in the manual) in the PTO it destroys the front diff
-u-joints in the driveshafts last 50k at BEST
-the piston rings are typically gone at 100k at STOCK boost (mine drank a quart of oil every 600 miles at 120k miles with good turbo seals)
-stock bypass valve fails and causes turbo flutter (replace with aftermarket)
-oil cooler seal leaks on every one of these and its VERY complicated to replace
-if you don't run shell rotella 5w40 diesel oil the engine gets PISSED
-shifter shaft pivot seal fails and leaks expensive trans fluid (redline mt90) out. ($400 replacement job)
-engine will surge at STOCK boost
-due to bad high pressure cam driven fuel pump mentioned earlier its possible to lean out and hole a piston at STOCK boost.

  • 9 months ago
  • 4 points

I was stalking this thread anticipating when you would make your appearance.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Reading those issues makes me see why you recommend against me being a moron looking at these cars. WTF was Ford's deal lol

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I've only owned 3 cars in my life so far, the one I would consider the worst is also my favorite to drive. The worst has been our 2004 BMW 525i. Nothing is simple in it, when something breaks it's always a ridiculous amount to fix it. The Heat only works when it is not cold out (which is useless), the passenger side seat heater wants to burn through the seat when it is on high, the cup holders are made of cheap plastic that folds out of the dash and are in odd places, the engine leaked oil form one of it's gaskets and was $600 to fix, there is constantly an error code going off about something, etc. The car literally kicked a fit over a battery. It was the right size, installed by a well-known national service shop, but we took it to a Euro specialist and it was throwing an error code because it didn't like that type of battery... Every other car I've owned, a battery is a battery as long as it is the right size. However...it sure is fun to drive lol. Holds the road great, the transmission is so smooth, plenty of power, and it just feels so sporty to drive. It's a love hate relationship with this car, but I don't think I would ever buy another one. It came with my wife when we got married though, so can't complain too much lol. Better than buying a new car.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I heard a lot of people online and people i know in real life, same the same about BMWs, they love the car, and hate the car all at the same time... My cousin up north has a BMW, loves it (quote: i love my car, will never own one out of warranty)

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Yep that is when they get expensive. Once to buy, once to maintain. I'll stick with my Chevy's after this. Would love to get one of the new Corvette's when they come out, but doubt I'll have anywhere close to enough money for one lol

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I had a 74 (I think) Volvo that was broken down more often than it was running. My favorite memory is losing all forward gears on my way home from work one night. I stopped at a convenience store for something, backed out of my parking space, put the car in drive and ... nothing. Tried all the other gears and the same. This was at about 2AM on a Sunday morning and I was about a mile from AAMCO so I put my four ways on and backed there.

The motor finally blew and I said enough of this and sold it for scrap.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Lol did you reverse the whole way home that night?

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Just the mile or so to the repair shop. It was only a little over a mile.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

'67 F-150, when my 2nd wife and I divorced we had a '95 Cherokee and the payments. I gave her my very' very good '68 F-250 Camper Special, and took the Jeep and the payments. I needed a pickup for work, sold the Jeep and bought the '67 thinking over time I could get it to the level of my beloved '68. It just didn't have the bones to match and I got rid of it out of frustration.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

1975 Plymouth Duster Slant 6. 1st car I owned, purchased used as a kid. Had a fresh paint job and more bondo than steel, frame was rotten. Had to start it with a screw driver by crossing the starter terminals. Front tires leaned inward because of bad ball joints. No dash lights. The hi beam switch on the floor shorted causing no head lights, of course this happened at night. Break lines leaked fluid leading to no breaks. I'd mash the peddle throw it in neutral and coast to a stop. I became very good at judging distance. Best part was loosing my tools out the trunk floor when Leaf spring came crashing through rotten trunk floor. Its was a loveless hate hate relationship.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

But i bet you had very few issues with the slant 6 itself. That lower powered engine would carry what is left of the car for a very long time.

My first ever car was a red 4 door dodge aspen with a slant 6, and i dont ever recall doing any repairs on that engine in the time i had it.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

The engine was bullet proof even when the head gasket allowed water to enter into the oil lol. Still ran fine. At the time I live on the shore of Lake Erie and it would hit -25 easy and she would fire up every time. The only problem I remember under the hood other than the starter was a steady stream of gas shooting out of the carb when the float got stuck. Nothing a hammer couldn't fix.

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

Didn't you love that tiny little carb on there. But i dont know, there was a lot of things i liked about the engine, the manifold even looked kind of cool

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

I owned this hot wheels that a friend gave me when i was 7 It had 3 broken tires and a barely visible paint job.

...Apparently leaving under water in a pool that a dog likes to jump in isn't a good idea.

But if you're talking about adult cars, iv'e never owned one despite the fact i work and i finished school ( for now )

  • 9 months ago
  • 2 points

My worst best car was a 2006 Pontiac GTO. At first glance it was easily mistaken for a G6. When you owned one that was a huge insult and could progress to violence depending how many beers had been ingested. The 06 got the LS2 6.0 V8 which was very strong (400hp out of the box). There were a lot of performance mods for it but I didn't do much to mine as I couldn't afford it. I had to dump all my cash into suspension parts to keep tires on it. Instead of making a retro GTO Pontiac decided to steal the Holden Monaro and install an engine that was too big for the suspension. For a little added salt to the wound they decided it would be a good idea to add tires that were too big. The result was strut mount sag and tires rubbing on the struts. In some cases the tires were destroyed and accidents occurred. Pontiacs response was to ignore it all together. Not enough death to justify a recall. I loved that car, but she didn't know I existed. She just kept stealing my money and whoring around town. After 4 years of taking it in the arse I finally had to dump her for a SHO. I still miss her to this day.....

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

Didn't the Monaro have the LS even in Australia though? They're literally the exact same car.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I believe the Monaro had the 5.7. along with a turbo V6. I don't know much about the Monaro other than Pontiac ef'd it up when they brought it over. Not even sure if it had the same strut issue. I don't think it did because the tires were smaller. My comment is based on my experience and what I knew back in 2008 when I bought it. And at the time of purchase all I knew was I wanted it lol.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

It had a 5.7 and a supercharged V6 no one bought. The GTO is actually a great point and shoot car with the LS2.

  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

I just remembered, i had a car worst then the Fiero..... I just did not remember because i only had it for a week... I bought it from the car dealership, it was a 1988 Ford Taurus. I had it around a week before the transmission blew up.......

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  • 9 months ago
  • 1 point

So you learned where every gas station in town was, didnt you?

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