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  • Tom_W1987
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    [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y16ObVRvgOE[/video]

    This made me laugh, can you think of worse?

    CountZero
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    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.
    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…

    Premier Icon Caher
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    My old Rover 200. Will it start today? This is what I asked in 1999.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Vauxhall Vectra

    I raise you the Opel Ascona I had to drive one summer.
    At least the Lads Riva estate we drove the previous summer had the good sense to make life exciting by bursting into flames one day on mrs_oab….

    bikebouy
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    “Worst cars in the world” ?

    Anything from Birmingum from the BL factory…

    Made car building a joke.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    Rover 214 from back around 90 something, when you met a fellow owner you could compare lists of what had fallen off. Then prepare for the next bill.
    My favourite was the fact that they fitted 2 different braking systems to the same model and year….

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    Had a mate who worked for RAC back in the day, reckoned there wasn’t a day that he wasn’t called out to a Rover.

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    My brother’s Vw Bottle. Had to adjust the timing before starting it every time. Still pissed off he took my car for a summer job up north and left me with The Beetle as a runaround.

    Vanden Plas.

    Classy.

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    Gobuchul, I’m convinced that was in the designers head when they drew up the Nissan juke.

    milky1980
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    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.

    That Allegro is probably worth a small fortune now, though!

    And wasn’t the Vanden Plas just a trim level? Like the Ghia was in Ford cars. Just coachbuilders who allowed their names to be used.

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    Crass.
    Brown.
    Tasteless.
    Pointless.
    Ugly.
    Inefficient.
    Boorish.
    Devalues the brand.
    Usually driven by people I’d soil myself to avoid.

    Also any other premium status-trinket sporty SUV.

    fd3chris
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    Anything vauxhall up to say, just before 2018.

    hols2
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    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]

    Premier Icon Rusty Spanner
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    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.

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    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. :mrgreen:

    jimbobo
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    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!)

    CountZero
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    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.
    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.

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    Slow, heavy and awful to drive but as a festival car it was unstoppable.

    I had a car with brakes like that 🙂

    fifeandy
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    Worst car i’ve driven – Dacia Sandero, had two as courtesy cars, one was bad, the other abysmal.

    Most disappointing car i’ve driven – A6 sline – no feedback made it bland to drive, and low profile tyres made for a noisy uncomfortable ride.

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    Citreon 2CV. Parents had them when I was a kid. Just terrible, no redeeming features at all, as far as I am concerned.

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    Citreon 2CV

    Don’t even go there.

    You’re now on ‘the list’…

    😉

    Crass.
    Brown.
    Tasteless.
    Pointless.
    Ugly.
    Inefficient.
    Boorish.
    Devalues the brand.
    Usually driven by people I’d soil myself to avoid.

    Also any other premium status-trinket sporty SUV

    😆

    dovebiker
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    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 Princess

    trail_rat
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    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.

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    To go with the Allegro VDP, there was also the Wolseley Princess

    Wasn’t that known as the “flying turd” ?

    wilburt
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    BMW M5, always broken, cost me a fortune and everyone hated me.

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    From my experience, the
    1.8petrol vectra ‘life’
    .9l Renault captur
    Escort 1.3L and

    For the most crap but awesome:

    2.0 440GLT
    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.

    doncorleoni
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    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.

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    Rover 214si. So cheap that rover havevit black plastic inserts instead of fake walnut. Gearbox used to fall apart on a regular basis

    Second worst car, fiat 127. Leaked so badly from rust I had to put holes in the floor

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    Had a Mk V Escort 1.6 Ghia that seemed to have little to redeem it.
    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.

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    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.

    The worst car I’ve ever “owned” was a company car in the mid- to late-90s, a Mark 4 I believe

    So what was it?!

    maxtorque
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    Surely it’s an easy win for the hateful, lethal, and it’s-so-c**ppy_it’s_not_even_really_a_car_car G-Wiz!

    Edukator
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    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.

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    So what was it?!

    Rats, now edited, thanks for that. It was a Fiesta.

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    I had a tata faux 4×4 jeep thing it had a Peugeot box with a Mercedes engine joined by elastic bands.
    Only one brake circuit ever worked and suspension would fail on a bi hourly basis. Dogpoo

    B.A.Nana
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    Is Lancia cars still going?, they were pretty shocking for rust and failures.

    Worst car I’ve driven was an old VW beetle, you were virtually passed out with the fumes after a few hours driving, heater, wipers etc didn’t work very well.

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