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Worst Cars



  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,687
    Thank you! I'm glad someone else has said it. I "love" when I go out to the central valley and get in some of those towns where every second car is a POS Caprice or Lumina worth maybe a couple hundred $$ with about $2000 worth of "footwear" on it. What do they do when that pile finally gives up the ghost? Just pull the rims off and move them to the next car? I suppose they do.

    Oh, and let's not forget the $1000 worth of stereo improvements, with the thumpin' sub rattling every loose piece of trim and metal on the car as they drive down the road.

    Saw a late 80s Seville like that quite recently - half the windows were broken out and had been covered with opaque plastic, the suspension was shot, this car was "walking dead", yet they had spent the obligatory 3 grand on rims and stereo. With that much money to blow, didn't it ever occur to them to maybe fix the windows? How about fixing the sagging suspension and the mechanicals a bit?

    These cars are to me the worst cars in general. No one brand in particular, but among the crowd that does this sort of thing, it seems to be mostly the big-engined domestic cars that are the ones of choice.

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,054
    >Caprice or Lumina worth maybe a couple hundred $$ with about $2000 worth of "footwear"

    > obligatory 3 grand on rims and stereo.

    And they complain they are poor--ain't poor, they just have always made bad choices. They'll have a cell phone, money for cigs and other smokes and pharmaceuticals. But if they hit your car or damage you, they shouldn't be held responsible for anything in life; they're gone and can't get money from them.

    If the car craps out, they sell the rims or get another one to fit.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,515
    Who says these wheels etc are purchased...
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    ...actually made fun of this recent phemonenon of cars with accessories that cost more than the value of the car.

    It was one of the "umpimp my ride" ads, and featured a guy talking about how he realized he had a sickness...he had spent $10k on a $2k car. :P

    I love how for different "enthusiast" groups, there are different "gold-standard" mods that are de riguer for the crowds they run with...

    For the above-mentioned group, it's the gigantic chrome bling-bling wheels. For the "fast and furious" types, it's the clear taillights. For the monster-pickup truck guys, it's aftermarket dual exhausts that stick out below the bumper...
  • My worst car, hands down was my first, a 1967 Volvo 144. And my brother didn't have much better experience with his, a circa 1970 model. I wouldn't touch a Volvo with a ten foot pole with an oil filter on the end of it!

    I have since owned a V8 Chevy Malibu, fuel-injected, pancake engine Volkswagon fastback, numerous Hondas, and a 2005 Mustang GT, the last being my favorite.
  • blaze07blaze07 Posts: 10
    My worst car, without a doubt, is my 2000 Ford Taurus SES. I had to put 4 new sets of brakes on it, the transmission is lousy, there have been many recalls, and the door-panel on the rear driver side door is loose. That's just the beginning of it.

    I also have 3 Hondas and an Acura, all of which are lightyears better.
  • bigbutrbigbutr Posts: 111
    What I find fascinating is that when these people go and buy rims and tires, they only get four. So invariably, when they blow a tire from all the riding, they either park it or put on the donut since they weren't smart enough to buy an extra one just in case. On one of my mail routes there are two Caddies on jacks, each missing a rim and tire on the front passenger side. They've been there at least a month now.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,515
    I think that shows one of the worst domestic car problems - inconsistency. My mother has a similar car...admittedly she's only put about 40K on it since she got it late in 99, but it's had very few issues. Some odd front suspension creak when the car was a few months old that was fixed under warranty (struts?) and an intermittent water-sloshing sound from inside the dash that can't be diagnosed. Other than that, just routine maintenance. Fit and finish of the car is OK, but the interior is very el cheapo.
  • the_big_althe_big_al Posts: 1,069
    Used to live in a state where this was the norm...

    The other thing that was also common that drives me nuts is to see a car with custom parts abound. Now granted there are some "custom parts" out there that can enhance a car's appearance, but more often than not I see it taken way overboard. Think "Fast and Furious" gone over board.

    The obligatory 4 inch, sometimes dual exhaust (on a 4 cyl), the overly large and non functional, unpainted, cracked and barley hanging on front spoiler. The unpainted tacked on side body fenders and door body cladding. The gaudy wing that sticks up beyond the roof the car that again is not painted and adds no performance value to the car. The primered "repairs" and the chromed tailights that you can barley tell are red when they light up. And the people that drive these things think they have to race everyone to every stoplight.

    Oh and I forgot the tacked on hood scoops....

    If I wanted to go the other way I could also mention the pickup trucks that I see... with the over cab visor and running lights, the grab handle just outside the cab, the overly large viser vents over the doors, the thing ( I have no idea what it is called) that is bolted to the cab of the truck and sticks out over the bed (Think Avalanchish but GM did it right. It is kind of a half-bed topper sort of. Supposed to improve areodynamics. The toneau cover and the wing mounted to the back of it. The bondoed over and primered tail lights because a new LED strip was installed just just below the tailgate. The chrome everywhere scheme including (in not shaved first) the tailgate handle, the door handles, the wheel wells, and door outlines. The overtly huge tires - not mudders, but more like wide racing tires. ANd don't forget the black out covers for the headlights and turnsignals in front and the light bar attatched to the roll bar in the bed and the fog lights bolted to the grill. ALong with the cab width rear view mirror in the cab. With flamed tint on the windows. Oh yeah and tubular rear bumper and tubular step plates under the doors. And the bed rails and chromed gas cap door (I think I already mentioned chromed anything that was possible to chrome). I have actually seen a vehicle almost as I have described and they had found a way through cutting, welding, bondoing, and duct taping everything I have just mentioned. They also had the tacked on hood scoops and redone interior that recovered everything from the dash to the door panels and headliner, along with the boomin stereo to rattle all thier handiwork.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,016
    Dusting off another dormant discussion here to spend some time yakking about the NHTSA Complaints Activity Report.

    Because consumers' descriptions and categorizations of their experiences vary, are not expressed in a consistent manner and are not adequately aggregated and analyzed by NHTSA-ODI, Edmunds recognized that there was a need to engage in a further review of the complaints and a deeper analysis of the complaints database. Edmunds did such a review and has re-categorized the complaints using new standard categories that Edmunds defined. Edmunds began with complaints submitted to NHTSA-ODI since January 1, 2005 for vehicles commencing with the 2005 model year. Edmunds continues to retrieve, review and categorize complaints data from NHTSA-ODI weekly, adding to an in-house database that now consists of more than 90,000 consumer vehicle complaints.


    This month, Chrysler's 2.8 complaints per 100,000 vehicles sold is an all time low for this manufacturer in the history of our complaints reporting, which started in May 2010.

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  • uplanderguyuplanderguy Kent, OHPosts: 7,494
    What's going on at Nissan?
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,016
    edited December 2012
    Ghosn is known as "le cost cutter". Cutting back too close to the bone perhaps?

    Those kinds of complaints translate into warranty claims and those can come back to bite you.

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  • berriberri Posts: 4,142
    Personally, even when there was more difference between Japan and Detroit, I always felt Nissan was closer to Detroit than Japan. They just seemed to start losing some of their edge after renaming from Datsun. It seems to me that Nissan's tend to have more owner complaints around 60K than Toyota and Honda. That seems to even be the case in these blogs. Some of their new seats are pretty nice though.
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