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Worst vehilces you've ever owned?
July 22, 2005 | self / vanity

Posted on 07/22/2005 6:10:31 PM PDT by The Other Harry

My top two are both Volkswagens, back in the 60's. One was a Karman Gia, the other was a Squareback. My, they were awful. I tried to like them, but I couldn't.

Third would be a Chevy Suburban, also in the 60's or possibly the early 70's. I used to joke that I could see things falling off it in the rear-view mirror as we drove down the road. Still, it had its place in the overall scope of things.

Best would be a 1996 Ford Ranger. That was a great truck. If I hadn't wrecked it, I would have kept it forever.

My new Toyota Tundra is not as good. It's okay. I don't like the controls. I should have shopped more.

My GEO Tracker is pretty good. I can't figure out how to set the clock, but it works pretty well otherwise.


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1 posted on 07/22/2005 6:10:31 PM PDT by The Other Harry
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To: The Other Harry

The 1986 Mazda RX-7.
Rolling pile of crap. Glad the ex kept it; it survived for about two months after.


2 posted on 07/22/2005 6:12:04 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: The Other Harry

1975 Datsun B210. My parents', but I learned all the curse words I needed listening to my dad talk about that car.


3 posted on 07/22/2005 6:13:06 PM PDT by pa mom
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To: The Other Harry


1978 Ford Thunderbird... It was the size of the titanic.


4 posted on 07/22/2005 6:14:09 PM PDT by motormouth
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To: The Other Harry
1985 "K" car.  Brand new.  Drove about 400 miles ... and the engine fell.  All the motor mounts broke.
5 posted on 07/22/2005 6:14:09 PM PDT by softwarecreator (Facts are to liberals as holy water is to vampires)
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To: The Other Harry

1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara. The 4-wheel drive worked perfect in the summer or on flat dry roads (which is when you never need it!) BUT if you need it in the winter............ ggrrrrr......


6 posted on 07/22/2005 6:14:09 PM PDT by CO Gal (Liberals should be seen, but not heard..)
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To: The Other Harry

Worst car? Toss up between a '90 Geo Metro and a '98 Dodge Stratus. Both were pretty crappy, but at least the Geo got good gas mileage.

Best is our Chevy Venture. It's my lifesaver!


7 posted on 07/22/2005 6:14:39 PM PDT by exnavychick (There's too much youth; how about a fountain of smart?)
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To: pa mom
My parents had a 1960 Pontiac Tempest. Must have gone through a half-dozen clutches. Dad bought the first year of a new model. Big mistake.
8 posted on 07/22/2005 6:16:05 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Conservatives look at Iraqi dual use chemicals and see WMDs. Liberals see tomato gardens.)
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To: The Other Harry
1973 Ford Pinto Wagon:


9 posted on 07/22/2005 6:16:24 PM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Proud Member: Internet Pajama Wearers for Truth)
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To: exnavychick

I was thinking about the Ventures. Do some models have AWD?


10 posted on 07/22/2005 6:18:22 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: The Other Harry

Worst was a used Saab that I got talked into buying when I was a dumb 20-something. The best was a 1955 Buick Special that my brother-in-law sold me for fifty bucks in 1968. That was a tank.


11 posted on 07/22/2005 6:19:09 PM PDT by Argus
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To: The Other Harry

I've only owned on vehicle in my life. It was a Chevy 1985 Blazer. I LOVED that thing. I had it for almost exactly 6 years, from age 15 to just before my 21st birthday, and I almost never had big problems with it. Then, I wrecked it. Now I borrow my Mom's car.


12 posted on 07/22/2005 6:19:58 PM PDT by pcottraux
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To: The Other Harry

I had a Vega that burned a case of oil every two weeks. The thing was reliable though. I couldn't blow it up, I know I tried.


13 posted on 07/22/2005 6:20:35 PM PDT by cripplecreek (If you must obey your party, may your chains rest lightly upon your shoulders.)
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To: The Other Harry

The first year the Chrysler Laser was built, I was unlucky enought to buy one. Had it three years and put three new turbos in it.


14 posted on 07/22/2005 6:21:24 PM PDT by socal_parrot (Tina Delgado is alive! ALIVE!)
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To: RandallFlagg

LOL, you make me post and display my ignorance for all to see! :)

I have no idea, and honestly, I don't even know if ours has AWD! :) But it's a great van, and I don't know how I got along without it. It's a 2005 LS...here is a link for the specs. Good to see you!

http://www.chevrolet.com/venture/features/


15 posted on 07/22/2005 6:22:28 PM PDT by exnavychick (There's too much youth; how about a fountain of smart?)
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To: softwarecreator

BINGO! We had them as patrol cars. In a pursuit at high speeds if you made a turn the car would stall and the steering lock. It was a pucker factor the first time. After that you would put the car in neutral and restart it before putting it back in gear... all while going 50+
What a pile of junk.


16 posted on 07/22/2005 6:22:51 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local communist or socialist party chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing.)
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To: So Cal Rocket
1964 International Harvester PU Truck, with an in-line hemi 6.

Actually, that was the best truck I ever owned... the coil wire burned out on the Penna TPK once, and I bent a coathanger, jambed one end in the coil, the other in the distributer cap, and drove it home...LOL

It was a complete piece of cr@p.

But it got me places, and had 560,000 miles on it, when it died in 1994...

17 posted on 07/22/2005 6:23:15 PM PDT by patton ("Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.")
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1988 Volkswagon Synchro - Great rig when working at the ski hill, handled awesome. Maintanence nightmare!!! Whenever I'd go on a trip it was with a knot in the pit of my stomach wondering what was going to go wrong next and how much it was gonna cost (usually lots even for simple stuff)

VW - NEVER AGAIN


18 posted on 07/22/2005 6:27:01 PM PDT by Ignatius J Reilly
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To: The Other Harry

1977 Plymouth Arrow.

I got it second hand(from Sister) with a whopping 60k miles on it(in 1983).

I put about 3k miles on it and it got a bad miss. Plugs, wires, cap/rotor to no avail.

I lived with the appalling lack of power as I couldn't afford a new ride. About 7k miles after that, I was driving down the expressway and suddenly the shifter started beating my leg. It was moving from side to side almost almost flat to the seat in both directions. My whole leg swelled up and was black and blue hip to knee for weeks. Doc told me it should have broken my femur.

Turns out the bearing in the tail of the tranny has siezed and created an oblong orbit for the now bent driveshaft forcing the whole tranny and engine to flip around.

It had also broken all the tranny and engine mounts.

I had started a repair, took the engine apart and had found out the front lobes on the cam were wiped due to poor oiling. I got $25 bucks from the guy who picked the pos up.





19 posted on 07/22/2005 6:29:10 PM PDT by Malsua
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To: exnavychick

Nice to "see" you as well. Thanks for the link.


20 posted on 07/22/2005 6:29:10 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: Ignatius J Reilly

Funny what happened to VW. One of my buddies actually swapped a litre of brandy for a new engine, once. The flower children screwed that up.


21 posted on 07/22/2005 6:32:58 PM PDT by patton ("Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.")
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To: patton

I admit to not knowing a lot about cars or trucks, but yours lasted for 30 years and had over 500,000 miles on it. How could it be considered a piece of crap?


22 posted on 07/22/2005 6:33:13 PM PDT by SilentServiceCPOWife
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To: RandallFlagg

No problem...sorry I couldn't tell you more. My guess is that it is front-wheel drive, but I'm not positive.


23 posted on 07/22/2005 6:36:09 PM PDT by exnavychick (There's too much youth; how about a fountain of smart?)
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To: exnavychick

Yeah. I just looked. Front-wheel-drive is the only available option.

Looks like I'm sticking with Dodge Caravan.


24 posted on 07/22/2005 6:37:41 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: SilentServiceCPOWife
It was held together with bailing wire - literally.

Get it?

25 posted on 07/22/2005 6:39:02 PM PDT by patton ("Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.")
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To: The Other Harry
1964 Ford Galaxy. Differential went out the first year on a move to CA. Volkswagen Rabbit. Never did figure out why that thing would up and die whenever it felt like it. Glad to be rid of it.

Am driving a 1991 Honda Civic with less than 60,000 mi. Don't drive much. Don't know what I'll do when that goes.

26 posted on 07/22/2005 6:40:13 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: patton
I bent a coathanger, jambed one end in the coil, the other in the distributer cap, and drove it home..

I drove an Opel Kadet 20 miles with a crapped out fuel pump. I made it to the parking lot of a Western Auto. They didn't have an Opel fuel pump, but they had gallon gas cans, duct tape and quarter inch fuel line on a spool.

Take six feet of fuel line and siphon gas from the tank into the can. Sit the can on fender and tape to the radio antenna. Drop one end of the hose in the can and tape it to the handle, start a siphon at the other end, and plug it into the carb inlet. Had to stop once on the way and put more gas in the can, but it saved me a tow bill.

27 posted on 07/22/2005 6:40:41 PM PDT by tacticalogic (Say goodnight, Grace.)
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It was paid off...a little Chevy S10...it wasn't bad at all, it was great.......the only problem was that it was stolen 3 different times....the last time on Vet Day, and I am in the AF. That sucked.....anyway I got it back twice and the last time it was gone for good.
28 posted on 07/22/2005 6:40:53 PM PDT by marmar (Even though I may look different then you...my blood runs red, white and blue.....)
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Ford Taurus. One problem after another. Nickel-and-dimed me to death. Transmission died at 45,000 miles. WTF?

FORD really = Found On The Road Dead. Stay away!!!

Dumped it and bought a Toyota Camry five years ago. Not one problem since.


29 posted on 07/22/2005 6:41:56 PM PDT by kevao
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To: RandallFlagg

Well, even after owning that wretched Stratus, we considered getting a Caravan. They're pretty good! But we got a sweetheart deal on our Chevy, so we went with that, instead. :)


30 posted on 07/22/2005 6:43:14 PM PDT by exnavychick (There's too much youth; how about a fountain of smart?)
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To: patton

I'll take the easy way out and blame my lack of knowledge on my gender. :-)


31 posted on 07/22/2005 6:44:28 PM PDT by SilentServiceCPOWife
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To: IrishCatholic
What a pile of junk.

Yes they were.  They sold about a billion of 'em (slight exxageration) and helped save Chrysler, but they purely sucked.

I had a hard time with normal driving conditions, I can only image the absurdity, and frustration, you had to go thru with them on patrol.

32 posted on 07/22/2005 6:44:45 PM PDT by softwarecreator (Facts are to liberals as holy water is to vampires)
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To: tacticalogic
Yeah, well my throttle cable broke - I punched a hole in the firewall, tied on a fishing line to the carburator, and drove home.

Now, the time the brake lines exploded, that was tricky.

Ever drive 1000 miles with no brakes?

33 posted on 07/22/2005 6:45:23 PM PDT by patton ("Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.")
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The main thing I like about the Caravan is.......
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....there's lots of room for my bumper stickers.
34 posted on 07/22/2005 6:45:54 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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But it got me places, and had 560,000 miles on it, when it died in 1994...

OMG!!!  Are you serious?  That's fantastic!!

35 posted on 07/22/2005 6:46:38 PM PDT by softwarecreator (Facts are to liberals as holy water is to vampires)
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To: RandallFlagg
Love it!!

Don't you get stopped a lot because of the blur you have instead of a license plate?  =)

36 posted on 07/22/2005 6:48:10 PM PDT by softwarecreator (Facts are to liberals as holy water is to vampires)
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To: RandallFlagg

LOL!!


37 posted on 07/22/2005 6:49:03 PM PDT by exnavychick (There's too much youth; how about a fountain of smart?)
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To: The Other Harry
We (X-hubby-and-I-when-we-were-young-qne-in-love) bought a '60-something Impala while at AIT at Ft. Gordon, GA (1973). It seemed to be in such great shape that we planned to drive it home to California when we finished AIT. We got a couple of miles down the road when the driveshaft broke. A wonderful man who owned a gas station bought it from us on trust. Gave us airplane tickets home and had his son take us out to dinner and to the airport in Atlanta. When we got home, we sent him the pink slip.

That man saved a couple of young, new soldiers; and he trusted us with a hand-shake.

The car, however, was broken.

38 posted on 07/22/2005 6:50:04 PM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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I forget the year -- I want to say 1977 -- Ford Fairmount.

Tranny SUCKED. No reverse!!!

My broher-in-law's father was an engineer at Ford, and when I complained, he said that it was due to some fluid ports in the guts that never worked right...Ford knew it all the time!!!

The best?: My '99 Taurus, my '86 Bronco II, my '76 E-150 (300 Straight 6), and my '76 Volare (225 slant 6).

6-CYLINDERS WILL ALWAYS RULE!!!
39 posted on 07/22/2005 6:50:07 PM PDT by baltodog (R.I.P. Balto: 2001(?) - 2005)
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To: The Other Harry
1973 Chevy Vega. Great looking car. Check the gas. Fill up the oil. Aluminimum block. Looked great, ran good, mechanically worthless.

At least it looked good.

40 posted on 07/22/2005 6:52:33 PM PDT by Lawgvr1955 (Never draw to an inside straight.)
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To: The Other Harry

I've had 3 Hondas ('76 CVCC; '81 Accord; '88 Civic)...kept each for 10 years. Those are wonderful cars!


41 posted on 07/22/2005 6:52:46 PM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: patton

VW's were, if I recall correctly, the last cars to be sold for "under $2,000" when new. I liked those pretty little things.


42 posted on 07/22/2005 6:54:43 PM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: baltodog

Heh! My best was my old 1976 Chevy Van. It was all black, tinted windows, 2 sunroofs, stereo rigged so I could plug my guitar into it and play Metallica from the driver's seat anywhere I parked. Hood scoop with a "Rotting claw" on top made out of Bondo. Comfy bed in back.

Loved that old piece of junk!


43 posted on 07/22/2005 6:54:50 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: patton

We had some car over in Germany that--we were told--had ropes holding parts together. We had our '76 Honda over there, too; so we didn't use that white box thing very often. It was the extra car. They didn't have to have safety glass. EEEK!


44 posted on 07/22/2005 6:56:07 PM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: softwarecreator
yeah...but you might want to read the rest of the thread.

for instance, the wipers quit at 240,000 miles - you ever drive 320,000 miled without winshield wipers?

Actually, that's not true. I made them work - all you had to do was let go of the strearing wheel, crawl under the dash, and move the by hand.

A little tricky at 60 MPH.

Thank God I wasn't using a cell phone, eh? that might have been dangerous.

45 posted on 07/22/2005 6:56:21 PM PDT by patton ("Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.")
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To: The Other Harry
My age is showing, but.

Worst vehicles: A new 1965 British Triumph TR-4, 1985 Chrysler, 1987 Mercedes 190.

Best vehicles: 1963 Plymouth Valiant. 1988 Jeep Comanche PU, 1974 Ford F-150 4x4, 1986 (which still have) full size Jimmy K-5, 1998 Ford Eddie Bauer (which also still have) Explorer.

46 posted on 07/22/2005 6:57:16 PM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: kevao

I have two Ford trucks. 1988 F 150 and a 2001 F 150. Both have been excellent for me.Maybe the cars aren't as good as the trucks.I will buy another one when the 88 goes...


47 posted on 07/22/2005 6:57:43 PM PDT by scott says
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To: RandallFlagg

1976 Chevy Van

Didn't they write a SONG about your van?


48 posted on 07/22/2005 6:57:45 PM PDT by bannie (The government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.)
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To: bannie

If they did, it probably sounded like Darth Vader's Theme.


49 posted on 07/22/2005 6:59:43 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: bannie

Trabi?


50 posted on 07/22/2005 6:59:53 PM PDT by patton ("Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write.")
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