Worst car in the world?
Vauxhall Vectra 1.8L, 1998/9. Honest to God the most uncomfortable car it’s ever been my misfortune to have to sit in for more than five minutes.Posted 5 months ago
Yugo, not sure of the model but based on a Fiat 124. Terrifying thing to drive, no power-assist on the brakes, you just kept pressing harder on the pedal, hoping something might happen to slow it down, the steering was vague, you had to keep turning the wheel to correct the car as it wandered gently from one side of the road to the other, and finding a gear was a challenge in itself, putting a wooden spoon in a large bowl of porridge and stirring it around would be more precise.
Apart from that, they were, well crap, actually.
And the cheapscate boss I worked for at the time had three of them as company cars…milky1980Member
You’re all going about this the wrong way. All the cars above you knew weren’t good so the fact they were awful was not a surprise. The worst cars ever always promise to be good but are crap. I give you:
The ad promised a great drive and it was based on the Golf which had a decent reputation. Drove one as a rental and it was so unbelievably boring and numb to drive it really was awful.
On the other hand I’ve owned the following 3 cars and they all were crap cars bu they were great because they were better than I expected:
954cc of awfulness in a roly-poly body but you could just drive it flat-out everywhere and never got stuck in anything, so much fun!
Slow, heavy and awful to drive but as a festival car it was unstoppable.
Was a gifted cheap runaround for me and my sister for a while. Used hardly any fuel and just got on with it. Tiddly little 12″ wheels were great in the snow and tyres were stupidly cheap!
Awful cars can be magnificent, it’s all about your expectations.Posted 5 months agohols2Member
British cars from the 70s and 80s were pretty shoddy, but nothing came close to the Yugo in my experience. They were just unfixable, but even if you did manage to fix one, it still would have been the worst car ever (although I’ve never had the pleasure of driving a Trabant, to be fair). If there was an emergency and I needed to steal a car to escape and had to choose between a Ford Prefect and a Yugo, the Ford would be a no-brainer.
That’s only from the cars that I’ve personally driven though, that Hoffman surely has to take first prize, that is special.
[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKfkx6cPaGw[/video]Posted 5 months agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
Almost forgot, a top spec Mk6 last generation Escort.
Never been in anything that felt so cheap.
Everything was shoddy from the trim to the suspension.
Even uglier than a brown Macan.
Always the last pool car left at the end of the day, no redeeming features whatsoever.Posted 5 months ago
Rusty, yes, have to agree with you’re that brown spunk chariot. There’s one locally that’s even more crass as it has a reg plate ‘M4CAN’ or some other such hilarious play on letters n numbers. Needless to say, it’s in a new estate, with lovely tasteful LED lights lighting up the Lego.Posted 5 months agojimboboMember
2004 Renault Laguna estate. It was comfy, went well, big enough, even looked good IMO. However, you had to keep a hand on the dash to “earth it” else it would cut out, switches didnwhat ever they wanted, to do any work on it you had to take everything apart and the plastics were so brittle they’d brake for every job (new air filter meant new air box, new MAF and inlet hose!)Posted 5 months agoCountZeroMember
Anything vauxhall up to say, just before 2018.
Clearly never driven a recent Vauxhall, then. I can state that as far as driving them is concerned, I’ve been really impressed with them; Corsa, Astra, Astra GTC, Insignia, Mokka and Zafiras from the last three to four years have been fine vehicles, although I wasn’t too taken with the Meriva. The Corsa in particular is a great little car, especially in SRi spec, comfy, handles well, goes well, has a really good spec, including a heated screen, and the infotainment system is far superior to the shonky Sony that Ford fit, which reduces me to tooth-grinding rage every time I try to find a specific station on DAB; what takes about thirty seconds in the Corsa takes minutes, if it even works at all.Posted 5 months ago
I’d be perfectly happy to own a Corsa, or even more a Mokka X, having driven a fair few, six Corsas in one week with an accumulated mileage of at least 1000-1100, and I must have driven over a dozen Zafiras, if not more, over the last fourteen months.
Berlingo Partners, on the other hand, bring me out in a rash.dovebikerMember
No way 2CV – awesome vehicle – when the roads got flooded, I used to go ‘wading’ – aircooled engine with a simple points/breaker on top of the engine meant it could handle deep water quite well until it started to float 8O. Skinny tyres and long-travel suspension meant it was pretty capable offroad too – and 2 people could lift it if you got stuck.
To go with the Allegro VDP, there was also the Wolseley PrincessPosted 5 months agotrail_ratMember
Surely your well noted arthritic knee notices the fact that the wheel the seat and the pedals are not aligned In Vauxhall’s.
Anyway trabants not a bad car is you take it atface value… A basic car of the people. A mate has one i like it
I’ll go for the austin Allegro or the Austin princess.Posted 5 months agobearnecessitiesSubscriber
From my experience, the
1.8petrol vectra ‘life’
.9l Renault captur
Escort 1.3L and
For the most crap but awesome:
A Bedford rascal works van and
1.1 AX, which I would take up onto Dartmoor in the snow with no hesitation. Awesome little thing. A friend had a fast version (GT?) and that much speed, that little protection coupled with being a passenger and him being a lunatic, scared the crap out of me.
Imagine it was more fun as the driver.Posted 5 months agodoncorleoniMember
Mid 90s Renault laguna.
Hated it so much that when it spat a valve I just left it at the side of the road and called a scrap dealer to pick up for free even though it was probably an easy fix and worth a bit at the time (7 years old)
Hateful French piece of plop.Posted 5 months agomattbeeSubscriber
Had a Mk V Escort 1.6 Ghia that seemed to have little to redeem it.Posted 5 months ago
Vectra 1.8 estate was definitely the worst car I’ve owned though. Dull drive, uncomfortable, crap fuel economy as the engine was underpowered for its size & my one broke down so many times I grew to despise it.CougarSubscriber
The worst car I’ve ever “owned” was a Ford Fiesta company car in the mid- to late-90s, a Mark 4 I believe. It had a normally aspirated 1.8 diesel block and it was one of the most insipid, gutless, hateful cars it’s ever been my misfortune to spend any time with. On the motorway on my commute there was a stretch of road which had a gentle incline for, I don’t know, half a mile or so; hitting the bottom at about 80mph (probably its top speed) with my foot to the boards I’d be doing about 55-60mph at the top.
At the time I was doing quite a lot of mileage and the thing just wasn’t up to it. It curled up its toes inside of six months, so work gave me… another one. I think I killed four of them before they finally relented and gave me an Astra. I thought I’d never drive anything as shit again, until relatively recently…
My current car is a BMW (not by choice, don’t hate me). It was off the road recently and the repairers sent me a courtesy car. I thought, ooh, this might be something interesting.
It was a Nissan Micra.
Ye gods, it was like a timewarp back to 1980. Everything about it felt cheap, e.g. the inside of the fuel filler flap was just unfinished metal folded over itself to hide the sharp edges. My old 1977 Fiesta was more refined than this thing. The only way you could get any use out of it was to rag the knackers off it, which every other driver prior to me had clearly also discovered.Posted 5 months agoEdukatorMember
Taking some objective criteria:
Terrible value for money, that means at least 50% more than equally capable vehicles that do the same job.
Fragile plaasticy trim. So much so the salesman looks nervous every time you try to open a cubby-hole.
Lots of things to go wrong, unnecessarily complicated, why use a handle when an unreliable motor can be used instead.
An engine that looks OK on paper but sounds like a tractor and has a really narrow power band.
The steering and handling of a plumbers van with a 100kg of copper pipes on the roof.
At risk of upsetting some people on here I give you the current T6 Cali.Posted 5 months ago
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