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We had some pretty horrible cars while we were young and broke but probably the worst was a 91 Olds Cutlass with a Quad4 engine. The valvetrain noise was incredible, like a hundred squirrels in tap shoes on a tin roof. You had turn it off in the drive thru to be able to hold a conversation.

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Hmmm... that’s a hard one. ‘75 Chevy Monza because the passenger door didn’t shut right and front end  was welded on wrong I later found out. A desperate impulse buy to use for college transportation.  Did own a used ‘92 Topaz. What a POS. The final straw when brakes failed on me at a local mall. Ditched it right after that because I didn’t want to put any more money for repairs.

 

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13 hours ago, BlackSheep214 said:

Hmmm... that’s a hard one. ‘75 Chevy Monza because the passenger door didn’t shut right and front end  was welded on wrong I later found out. A desperate impulse buy to use for college transportation.  Did own a used ‘92 Topaz. What a POS. The final straw when brakes failed on me at a local mall. Ditched it right after that because I didn’t want to put any more money for repairs.

 

My HS had a Tempo from around then for Drivers Ed, better than the Pontiac Dad had, but still garbage.

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Ford Windstar minivan (head gaskets and junk transmission) and 85 Mustang convertible (V6 head gaskets).  No major issues with other older or newer Mustangs I’ve owned or Explorers or Edges.

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I had 2 really bad cars. One was a 2017 mustang gt. I owned it for 1 year and it wan in the shop for a total of 6 months during the year. 

 

the other was an rx8. It had a lot of problems. I owned it for 2 years and had 20 something work orders. The dealership knew me by my voice when I called and knew my face when I came in. 
 

I had always dreamed of owning a mustang so it was truly a disappointment that I had so many issues. 
 

these days I rarely drive so I been saying that I want to just sell my car

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I have a long list of POS cars that I have had the misfortune of owning. One I recall was a car I took in trade for one I was selling. I used to pick up old cars on the side and fix them up a little and sell them. No lot just sold them out of the gas station I was working at. Anyway, this guy traded me a '53 Ford Ranch Wagon. The Flathead engine had so much blowby from the crankcase you would get a headache in just a few miles. The car would use at least 1 to 2 quarts of oil to one tank of gas. Going down a grade and then getting back on the gas and you would no longer be able to see the cars behind you. The CHP was not amused at all. Changed the oil to 40 w and added a couple of cans of STP and I told the buyer that it was on it's last legs but he really wanted that wagon. I was in it about $50 and sold it for $200 and the buyer loved it. 

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On 4/9/2022 at 3:14 PM, Fat Brian said:

The valvetrain noise was incredible, like a hundred squirrels in tap shoes on a tin roof.

That one gave me a good laugh. And I wasn't aware those motors had such issues. I do remember the Quad4 being pretty heavily marketed by Olds at the time. 

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The worst vehicle I ever had was actually a company provided vehicle. It was an early 70's Isuzu pickup, 4 cyl, 4 speed.  That darn thing couldn't get out of its own way. On a steep incline from no or low speed I was always afraid it wouldnt make to the top.  

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The worst vehicle I have owned is my 77 Ford F-150 short box 4X4, I’ve only ever driven it for about a month and a half 2 years ago. It has so many things wrong with it. Including but not limited to a broken track bar (the hole is wore out and when you hit a bump the front axle moves 2” side to side), rear axle has a 6” block between the leaf and axle and it moves almost 6” when putting it in gear, the tires hit the fender, trailing arms and bumper before you hit full lock, it is full time 4X4 and the shifter linkage for the t case just went missing one day well driving, the speedo is out by about 30mph, the oil pressure gauge, temp gauge and fuel gauge don’t work, the truck gets 6 mpg (it’s left me on the side of the road a few times) and burns oil, leaks oil from the engine, front and rear diffs, transmission and t case, I would have to stop every 30km to add break fluid, the drives side calliper fell off one day for no reason and almost cut my rim in half, the right exhaust manifold was split in two and had such a bad exhaust leak that I had to drive with the windows down and the rear slider open, the stereo had one CD stuck in it (not that it mattered because the tires and glass packs over powered everything else on earth. Despite all that and the fact that it’s the worst vehicle I’ve ever owned it’s also the best vehicle I’ve ever owned. I have had a lot of fun with it and plan on resorting it soon. 

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1980 Mazda 626 4-door. RWD.....it had 3 u-joints that used to fail constantly, the auto trans was sluggish and zapped so much power 0-60 seemed to take forever but the biggest reason it was a POS was the head gasket that used to spring a leak every 1000 miles or so. Oh yeah, rust, I'm talking a lot of rust. 

Only had that car for 1 year. 

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