What is the most unreliable car you have ever had?

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  1. machine

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    Fiat Coupe, I guess... The only car I've had... I mean, the handbrake got stuck once when the cable "sleeve" (don't know the proper word for it) had broken (probably a long time ago) and the cable froze stuck. Does that make it unreliable?
     
  2. Cheekqo

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    Not really, unreliable meaning a car that has caused you a lot of trouble.
     
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    The least reliable car our family had an ford escort sport the throttle cable was too long the handbrake wouldnt do anything when it was cold so it wouldnt move and the door looks would freeze so you had to get in from the back or you had to open the door with a wire. Also the heated front windshield wouldnt work. The second least reliable car was the audi 80 we had after it there always was something with the electrics and the guy who had it after us said that the engine blew just after 80k km and it was soon scrapped in 2009 when we in germany got money for scrapping old cars
     
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    199-something Dodge Neon, red with a green replacement door, not so much unreliable, but had a defect where if you stuck it at about 4000 RPM in neutral, the back cylinder would fill with black, grimey smoke, and after you dumped it into drive, the equivalent of a skyscraper would fill with smoke.
     
  5. Cheekqo

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    I don't really quote that as unreliable, as again, unreliable meaning said car breaking a lot.
     
  6. TomiL88

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    Volvo 440. What a POS it was
     
  7. Cheekqo

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    Uh, yeh, please describe how it was a POS.
     
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    Random fault codes after every drive.
    Could not get the emissions down even after changed multible sensors(lambda, maf etc etc)
    Random 4000rpm idle, really nice to drive in traffic.
    Sometimes turn signals "froze"on, had to hit the dash with my fist where the seatbelt warning light module was
    Exhaust broke from multible spots
    Wipers stopped in the middle or what ever position
    Rust
    Gearstick had no feeling what so ever.
    etc
     
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  9. SixSixSevenSeven

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    If emissions don't change after sensor change, there's an obvious solution (and this is a more common cause of emissions failures than sensors), dodgy cat
     
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    2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL
    Nearly got beached in a Chick-fil-a parking lot, and wouldn't turn on after a photoshoot in the middle of nowhere.
    Traded it in after 3 months..
     
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    My family's most unreliable car was a 2008 Ford focus. The power steering failed, caused a short circuit. Meaning the car couldn't drive, it was stuck on the side of the highway on a 40C + day... My mom didn't have the best day. Not to mention that a lot of times the battery ran out in a short period of time (even before the power steering fail) and it consumed a lot of fuel. We eventually sold it after three years and 10,000km (!)

    It looked almost like this one.
     
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    Well, I can't decide which one of the following cars that my mother used to have was less reliable, so I'll write about both. You decide.
    Approximately 2004 Alfa Romeo 147 with Selespeed semi-auto
    (I don't remember the exact year and engine and whether it was 5-speed or 6-speed.)
    First, it was a factory lemon. As soon as my parents picked it up from the dealership, they saw that the gearbox warning light is on. They returned the car, the servicemen just turned the light off and said "Nah, your car's good".
    Later, the real problems surfaced. One day, the car refused to start moving after stopping at a traffic light. My mother had to ditch the car and continue her journey on foot. Later, the vehicle was towed to the dealership, where the 'box was fixed, but after a month or so, the whole story repeated. Then it started to repeat over and over. After four years of suffering and costly repairs, my parents decided to get rid of that car. The new owner kissed the keys multiple times and said that she never had such a beautiful car before. Poor girl, she didn't know what she was getting herself into.
    My mother wanted a Giulietta as a new car, but father said that he will never buy an Italian car again. And that's where the story of
    2008 BMW 116i N43B16 A/T
    begins. We thought there isn't any car worse than Alfa, but we were wrong.
    The first couple of years it was fine, but then the steering wheel became difficult to turn and started making whiny noises when turning. The steering rack turned out to be faulty. We had it replaced for 2000+ € and the dealership gave the new rack a 2 year warranty. After exactly 2 years and a week, the rack had to be replaced again- for the same price. Also, the engine warning light came up twice a year, and each time it indicated that one or more engine sensors are out of order and the service is going to get another 1000-1500€. By the end of 2016 there was probaly no engine sensor that wasn't changed and that light was on again, but then a t-bone crash suddenly set us free of this car. (My mother always filled it up with the best petrol, so the petrol is certainly not to blame for destroyed sensors).
    None of the airbags worked in the 70 kmh side impact crash.
    Also, this car often got stuck in the snow because rwd powaah.
    Conclusion: Alfa was more pain in the back, but we spent more money on BMW.
     
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    I have a second most unreliable car my mum owned.
    2005 Renault Scenic.
    The car was boring, it took a lot to start ever since we got it, and while my mum was driving it, it just died, so I had to take a taxi back home from school, we sold it, a few weeks later we get a notification that the person we sold it too is selling it, truly a horrible car.
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    Not the exact car, but the same car we bought with the exact colour.
    We also had a KIA Sorento, which was crap after a week we got it, the problems started when we visited a few nephews, then I asked to start it, I stuck the keys in the ignition, the car made a high pitched whining sound before I ripped the keys out of the ignition, my mum went over, to see if she could start it, it took 3 forceful attempts before the engine decided to run, a few days later, it just died in the middle of traffic, and one of my brothers had to push it to get it going again, next day, my mum starts it, it starts perfect, she sticks it in reverse, and the engine dies, turns the keys, nothing, so she tries charging the battery, which had the same affect, the engine would not crank at all, the RAC arrived after a call, for 4 hours I had to listen to extremely slow sounding diesel V6 attempt starts before they brought it to the garage, it was an alternator issue.
    She still has this thing, and whenever I have to go in it to drive, I refuse to get in it before she starts the engine, because I don't want to be in an extremely embarrising car that has extremely wrong sounding failed attempts at starting, I really hate that car.
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    Again, not the exact car we got from the dealer, but it is in the same colour scheme (grey bumpers, grey lower doors, light blue on the rest of the car)
    I cant decide which is the most unreliable, so I just mixed both of them.
    You can tell I really liked these cars through my ahem slightly negative description sarcasm
     
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    Renault= crap
    Mazda = crap
    vauxhall = crap

    however the best car we ever owned was probably a daewoo matiz, it was actually really reliable

    this is my opinion, plz dont hate me for it
     
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    We (being my family) have never experienced these cars except for the Renault.
    Also, you cannot have an opinion over a car if its good or bad, you can only confirm if it is bad if you have had experiences owning it.
     
  16. Cheekqo

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    The most reliable car we (family) had was a 2002 Honda Civic, it only broke down when the battery went, after a long life, and you cant encounter a car's unreliability due to a battery.
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    It looked a lot like this one, but it had different wheels.
     
  17. Slammington

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    Crap

    Crap

    Crap

    Good car.


    (of course i'm exagerating massively)
     
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    My Mom had a Lexus RX300 which always had strange noises, a transmission failure and it was in the shop more times than I can remember.
     
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    my future camry.
     
  20. Slammington

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    Wut? Toyotas are known for being reliable, why would a camry be unreliable?
     
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