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Old 03-28-2011, 12:52 PM   #61
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Right, they are now owned by Geely - Chinese.
Soon to be sold at Wally-World ...

Actually, the 850 was designed by a Swede and was manufactured while under the Ford banner. However it was replaced by the S80 during their decade of ownership of Volvo Car (not to be confused with Volvo AB).

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Old 03-28-2011, 12:56 PM   #62
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I've had some clunkers, but I think the worst was a 1996 Pontiac Grand Am. I gave my car to my momma and daddy and took their Grand Am as I knew it was difficult for them to get in and out of it. Little did I know what they had been putting up with....

The gas gauge worked backwards...the longer I drove it, the gauge would make its way to 'full'. The doors squeaked and the driver's side window wouldn't work half the time. When I turned the motor off, it sounded like a jet plane landing, then would eventually make a hissing noise that slowly faded away. Once when I was getting off duty at the police department, I got in the car, pulled out of the parking space and made my way to the street. When I stepped on the brakes, a sound came out from underneath the car that sounded like a bomb.

Several officers ran to me with guns drawn....they just knew something horrible had happened.

I drove that POS for a year....I didn't want to buy another car, but I just couldn't take it any longer.
Of the many funny posts, this one is the best.

We've had pretty good luck with cars. I am disappointed when engine work is needed at less than 100k.
Worst was the Mazda pickup. Paint started pealing off in large sheets at about 80k. Manual tranny and engine started to go at about 125k.

Birch bark covering the rust holes reminds me of "The Golden Flyer"
1972 Plymouth Cornet station wagon. "Three on the tree" stick. Good car and the only one to have a name. Use a real estate sign to cover the rust hole under the gas pedal. Front fenders all around the headlights rusted out early on. I expertly repaired them with aluminum siding and spray paint. You can't imagine the touch of class that bondo and grey primer lend to the sleek exterior. Had to drive around with my 18' red canoe straped to the roof for a year because there was no where to store it at the apartment.
Slant six engine could not be killed. I drove it for 100+ miles one time with nothing but steam cooling the engine. I was towing a trailer with all of my belongings in it at the time. Temp was in the upper 90s. No ill effects.

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Old 03-28-2011, 01:00 PM   #63
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Wow, we've had a few of these POS cars--the Vega my parents bought new that was total crap, the 1981 Rabbit convertible that left me stranded all the time, and a couple of those Buicks and Oldmobiles.
Like Andre, I wind up with cheap old POS cars as my daily drivers (right now we've got early 90s Buick LeSabre and Oldsmobile Cutlasses in the driveway). However, the only car I truly hated for the maliciousness of its malfunctions was the Jaguar I'd drive occasionally that belonged to my boss (glutton for punishment that he was, he also owned a Lotus Esprit). That Jag was a beauty, but it never made it from A to B without some sort of drama.
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Old 03-28-2011, 02:42 PM   #64
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Great stories. Keep 'em coming. My 16 year old Honda looks better with every post.
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Old 03-28-2011, 03:09 PM   #65
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All of my GM cars. A used 82, 87, and 88 Monte Carlo SS, a used Citation, and a new Grand Prix. All of them required a lot of maintenance and replacement parts. The Grand Prix was in the dealership quarterly for a laundry list of warranty work.
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Old 03-28-2011, 03:13 PM   #66
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Old 03-28-2011, 03:15 PM   #67
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I wonder if that has anything to do with why my most hated car, an early 80's Rabbit, caught fire several times. This sometimes happened when I was driving and once, the neighbor woke me up in the morning, because smoke was coming out of the engine. It had gotten so hot that it melted the paint on the hood.

Several Rabbit fuse box stories - It was a real common problem when I was wrenching on them - water would get by the windscreen rubber and go directly to the fuse box where it would cause nifty shorts between a couple circuit boards AIR.

And UncleMick had a '68 Datsun roadster? Think that's after the Fairlady roadster, which wasn't a fierce enough name for great sales. My first car out of the Navy was a Datsun SPL1600 with the MG-esq twin SU-ish carbs that you balanced by holding a hose to your ear and in front of each carb to set the volume of airflow. Ran three stacked head gaskets on that car at the end due to warping and resurfacing the head repeatedly. A great car - had a rear axle that would drift out and disengage from the rear end, leaving one with a revving engine, a spinning driveshaft, and no motivation. No problem though - jack up one side, engage axle splines, deliver mighty kick to wheel center, zoom for the next corners. Great car!
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Old 03-28-2011, 03:47 PM   #68
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i have had a lot of bad cars. 1974 VW 412 was the worst. Fuel injector sensors left me dead by the side of the road four times, most notably the second day that I had the car. Had it two years and dumped it.

Others: 1979 Chevette, 1976 Plymouth Volare, 1985 Ford LTD II station wagon, 1991 Mazda MPV.....
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Old 03-28-2011, 04:58 PM   #69
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1985 VW Westfalia camper van. I almost feel that that is enough to ssay without further commentary. Failures, let me count the ways...Eventually replaced the VW engine with a Subaru engine. Still in the family, my son is a pretty good VW mechanic so it arrived where it needs to be.
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The worst car I have ever owned was a 1972 Chrysler Newport with a 400 C.I. engine. Had to refill both gas and oil every 200 miles. We bought that car new. We traded in a 1965 Chrysler Newport with a 383 C.I. engine. This was one of the best cars we have owned. We have not owned a Chrysler product since we got rid of the '72 Newport.

During my long career with Megacorp, I drove both Ford Pintos and Chevrolet Chevettes as company cars. Only the finest at Megacorp! Strangely, I rather enjoyed both of those. Both were very reliable, economical and tough as nails.
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Old 03-28-2011, 07:12 PM   #71
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Great stories. Keep 'em coming. My 16 year old Honda looks better with every post.
One after one, the other women succumbed to the new car smell, but not you. And you even went to some car dealers, as I remember, and were able to walk away. You are my heroine!
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Dodge, early 70s. a real bummer.
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:03 PM   #73
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I just sold the worst car I ever owned. 1996 Volkswagen Golf with only 62k miles on it. The "check engine" light was on every month after the first year. The mechanic could never keep it off for more than a few weeks after diagnosing the problem because it was always something else. By the time I got rid of it last month, the air conditioner was shot, there was a significant oil leak under the engine and it would stall if you drove on the highway in the rain.
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:46 PM   #74
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1974 Renault 16TS - what a POS. It had a violent steering wheel shimmy which started at 55mph and felt as though I was holding on to a jackhammer. The dealer lied shamelessly "French cars are meant to be shod with french tires - buy michelins" , and it was only when I found an old codger who actually knew something about renaults and reset the suspension settings/toein that the steering wheel shimmy went away.

This car kept me in a perpetual state of poverty, there were always at least two things broken. The driver's seat broke free from it's mountings while I was driving in town, the gearbox jammed several times over a weekend and a few days later it snapped a spline in the gearbox - that solved the gearbox jamming problem. The old codger remarked upon the fact that the steering wheel had been mounted upside down (that explained why I couldn't see all the gauges), there was the sparkplug that broke off in the engine block, it chewed tires (replaced the first set at 10,000 miles) and to add to my misery, Renault pulled out of the country 6 months after I bought the car.

I was sorely tempted at times to throw a lit match into the gastank. The muffler would rattle and I would take it in to have the mounting bracket tightened and the exhaust manifold would become loose, rinse and repeat. I suspect that prior to renault pulling out , they probably laid off the quality control people on the assembly line.
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The worst was a 2001 Hyundai Accent. This thing was good for a $1000 repair bill after every five or six thousand miles. 1986 VW Jetta Diesel was a close second. I love my 98 explorer except for fuel economy and my 2005 Buick 3800.
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Old 03-29-2011, 08:42 AM   #77
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Reading all these posts, I wonder if any of us wish we had these cars, today.

In most cases they are classics (if not antiques) and worth a bit, even if they were not running.

I know I wished I still had that '55 Chevy 2-dr hardtop that I drove (parents bought it for $200 - I had to return it to them when I left home) and they later sold it for $150. Even though it would have required restoration, what would it be worth today?

Heck, I still would like to have my '69 Dodge Dart GT, the first car I ever owned (purchased when I returned from Nam, and two weeks before I was married) even though it had problems over time. Than again, I ran it for 10 years and it was just under 100k when I traded it.

BTW, no longer have the car, but still have the wife after 40+ years.
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:04 AM   #78
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My neighbor in the 90s had a Jaguar. He said that really the mechanic had it more than he did!

It is tough to love such a car!
I think either 88 or 89 was the last year the Brits made the car in England. My british neighbor, Dennis has a Jag, and loves it. When I say that Jags need a lot of expensive "love", he always says: "So, now you're calling my surrey a ladie of the night? That's poppycock!!!"
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:17 AM   #79
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"So, now you're calling my surrey a ladie of the night? That's poppycock!!!"
DW (along with other females of an earlier age) categorized Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck (both Brit "imports") in the following manner:

Engelbert is love.
Tom is sex.

Using that same analogy today as applied to cars:

Jap/Korean cars are love.
A Jag (especially an XKE of the mid-60's era) is sex.

I'll let you guess what my preference is (regardless of the overhead )...
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Great stories. Keep 'em coming. My 16 year old Honda looks better with every post.

OK... here is a gem....

My sister had a car stolen from her house.... it was a major POS ( 70s Dodge or Plymouth something or other)... three days later they brought it back

My sister was MAD that BIL had not gotten a settlement from the insurance company quicker.... they had to keep the POS...

They also had owned a Chevy Vega and had major problems with that... it was the first time I had ever heard of 'shaving the engine'...

It was strange that they kept buying Chrysler products with the problems they had with all of them... now she has a Lexus.... loves it...

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