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  • Bloody awful cars
  • Premier Icon Shred
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    I’ve driven some bad cars (including Tata’s), but the worst I found was the Berlingo.
    Terrible ride, steering was turn and hope, gear lever vague and floppy, pedals seem to be suggestions rather ran commands. Just a horrible car to drive.

    Premier Icon higgo
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    My wife has a Renault Megane Grand Scenic.
    There is nothing much wrong with it but it is utterly joyless.

    Premier Icon Bikingcatastrophe
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    Toyota Avensis. 1.8 petrol. Utterly, utterly hideous car to drive. Quite possibly the worst car I have ever driven in the UK. Did drive a friends 2CV many years ago that was also fighteningly bad but also had a certain character and charm that you couldn’t help smiling about (wavered all over the road, brake pedal that seemed to have an odd offset that meant it wasn’t quite where you expected it to be when needing to pull an emergency stop!). Almost all American cars I have driven were utterly gopping as well as useless to drive.

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    I must be a bit odd. I LOVE little Fiats!
    I’ve owned a 1990 Panda, I’ve driven modern Pandas, old Unos, Cinquecentos, Seicentos etc and liked all of them rather a lot. There’s on thing that Fiat do and that is to make cracking small cars.
    No, they aren’t full of toys (So there’s nowt to go wrong….) or endowed with massive power or grip, but the engines are fantastic, they rev and rev all day long and are just fun little roller skates. I’d have any small Fiat like a shot. 🙂

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    I had a Clio as a hire car. It was really really slow (and not really economical at all) but handled well and sounded fantastic. So you could rev the tits off it around mountain roads pretending you were in some kind of racing car but in reality moving at entirely reasonable speeds. Cracking fun!

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    WTF are you all talking about? These are cheap city cars

    True but some of them are genuinely bad. The original Ford Ka, is a humble city car but is actually great fun to drive. I hear Suzuki Swifts are good fun to0. Kia Piccanto’s and Daewoo / Chevy Matiz’s are just hateful tin boxes

    Premier Icon mastiles_fanylion
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    The original Ford Ka, is a humble city car but is actually great fun to drive.

    But woefully under-powered. I wish they had put the Zetec engine in it from the outset.

    Premier Icon molgrips
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    I also drove a new Ka – it was awful. Just too small and cramped, and I’m not a big bloke.

    Premier Icon willard
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    My first car was a 1986/7 Fiat Panda 4×4. I’m 6′ 5″ and I loved it.

    Not exactly Speedy McQuick, but nippy enough round town and cheap enough to repair when you had to fix something. Good off road too and well worth 350 quid.

    Compare that to the Rover 620SLDi that I bought for commuting. Ok, I pretty much killed in in a couple of years, but it was a horrible car. I bought it for the economy and bits just kept falling off it. In 18 months it needed a new gearbox, the driver’s window electrics died, the sunroof stopped working, it got a huge oil leak and the clutch went so badly that the bloke that finally bought it had to drive it home in third.

    I was glad to see the back of it quite frankly.

    Premier Icon ScottChegg
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    Nissan Juke.

    Horrible to behold, horrible to sit in, crap to drive.

    Premier Icon hamsolo
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    Nissan Note +1
    but I think an A Class merc I once had as a hire car was truly the worst.

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    I drive a 2001 Vectra, cos it was dead cheap & very low mileage.
    But good grief it’s an awful thing.

    As Jeremy of Clarkson once said of the Vectra : designed in a coffee break by people who don’t care about cars.
    I’ve said it before, a truly, hateful, godawful car, seriously the most uncomfortable car I’ve ever had to spend time in! I’d start fidgeting after five minutes trying to find a position where either my back didn’t ache or my arse go numb, not looking forward at all to spending the next two or three hours in the bloody thing.
    Fortunately it was a company car.
    Yugos were awful, too. Every aspect of the was vague, brakes, steering, gearbox…
    Typical communist approach to car building.

    Premier Icon PeterPoddy
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    I drive a 2001 Vectra, cos it was dead cheap & very low mileage.
    But good grief it’s an awful thing.
    As Jeremy of Clarkson once said of the Vectra : designed in a coffee break by people who don’t care about cars.

    I’ve said it before, a truly, hateful, godawful car, seriously the most uncomfortable car I’ve ever had to spend time in! I’d start fidgeting after five minutes trying to find a position where either my back didn’t ache or my arse go numb, not looking forward at all to spending the next two or three hours in the bloody thing.

    Hmm. We did 60,000 miles in a 2001 Vectra. It was the second best motorway car I’ve ever driven. Torquey diesel engine, lovely comfy seats, quiet, docile.
    The best motorway car I’ve ever driven is the £400 1998 Omega I’m currently using. Same as the Vectra but more so, then add a quieter petrol engine, auto box and cruise control and I’m as happy as a pig in poo. It’s an epic mile muncher. 🙂

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    I currently have the misfortune to be driving a Vauxhall Insignia whilst my car is in the bodyshop for a new front end following a muppet in a van pulling out of a side road in front of me.

    It is, without doubt, the most hateful vehicle I’ve ever had the misfortune to drive.

    It’s a 1.8 petrol and it struggles to maintain 70mph on a motorway when it has 4 normal sized adults in it.

    It’s impossible to find a comfortable position to drive in.

    The interior plastic would be rejected by Fisher Price for being too nasty.

    It handles like a cow on casters.

    I have driven several of the cars that folks have cited on this thread but not one of them is as utterly horrible in so many ways as the Insignia with which I am currently inflicted.

    Fortunately I should be getting my car back on Friday so I’ll be able to return the current heap to Enterprise.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Meh, I remember the deathtrap that was the old company car I and (the then yet to be) mrs_oab drove one summer at an outdoor centre. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the beige Lada Riva estate with iffy steering, underpowered brakes and a penchant for overheating and smoking under the bonnet and behind the dash…

    And for ‘modern’ cars, it has to be:

    Premier Icon ScottChegg
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    Good call.

    There’s so much fluff around the Defender few who drive it actually notice that they are terrible to operate.

    Yes, I’m know they are good off road; that doesn’t change the fact.

    Premier Icon SaxonRider
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    Am I the only one who thinks that the Lada Riva is a little bit attractive?

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Freak. 😉

    Premier Icon womble72
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    Neighbour used to own one of these. Gave me a lift in it one day 😯

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    PeterPoddy – Member

    I must be a bit odd. I LOVE little Fiats!

    Same here, had a Panda and then a 127 when I lived in Spain.. great little cars, the 127 was a real giggle to drive. The new Panda is pretty good too, always book one as my hire car when I pop back over to see friends.

    Worst car, either a very tired 1.4 cvh powered 1992 Ford Orion, I left this with the keys in when it finally expired, or the Morris Ital estate I once bought for a laugh.

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    It’s a 1.8 petrol and it struggles to maintain 70mph on a motorway when it has 4 normal sized adults in it.

    Bullshit. Utter bullshit.

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    ^ that was my experience with the insignia as well. Hired a 12 plate for a weekend, 2 adults, 2 kids and festival gear (so light camping). Totally uninspiring, and surprisingly under powered. No confidence, so where I would have overtaken etc in my old 1.9 diesel laguna or 1.8 Mazda 6, the 1.8 insignia forced me to just sit there.

    Without a doubt, the dullest repmobile-light I have ever had the misfortune to drive.

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    Mk III Astra was absolutely the worst. I had a Mk2 Golf GiT at the time, with a perfect driving position, lovely ergonomics and comfy seats. In a car designed in 1979.

    The 1994 Ashtray I drove had an offset driving position – common to all Vauxhalls I’ve driven. WHY CAN’T THEY PUT THE STEERING WHEEL IN FRONT OF THE DRIVER? The seats were desperately uncomfortable and the handling was very, very poor indeed. I had to drive that damn thing 450 miles, within forty my back was aching. I’ve driven a Vectra and a Corsa of mid 90s vintage and couldn’t believe how utterly inept they actually were. It was as if someone had sat down and intentionally made the driving experience of all GM cars a trial.

    The Carlton wasn’t a bad effort though. And for balance, I drove a Mk IV Astra and was actually pretty surprised at how much like a Mk2 Golf it felt.

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    I used to have a 1.0l micra which had wheels like a fatbike, grass growing on the back seat, and windows that wouldn’t quite wind up properly.

    Objectively, as awful a car as could be created.

    But so much fun to drive!

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