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Simple Q: Most unreliable car you've ever had? #4976082
01/11/19 12:35 PM
01/11/19 12:35 PM
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Mississippi
Speak2Mountain Offline OP
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Mississippi
Me: 1977 MGB. Love/Hate relationship

Learned how to drive a stick, beautiful engine.....electronics from [censored]. Got shocked when putting car into OD via a silly button on stick shift.

Re: Simple Q: Most unreliable car you've ever had? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4976093
01/11/19 12:44 PM
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
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Deplorable in apple valley, ca
86 Dodge D50 pickup. Made by Mitsubishi for Dodge. Truck was cursed! Frame broke,body mounts broke,3 transmissions under warranty, 2 out of warranty,Ripped CV boots, Leaked oil from rear main and transfercase, needed a valve job @ 35K,The crankshaft broke @ 44k. Oh and the carburetor caught on fire which burned the paint off the hood.

I parked it after that. My dad wanted to drive it so we put a engine, trans and transfercase from a low mileage wreck in it. My dad double gasketed the oil filter a few weeks later and burned that engine up.


02 Wrangler carlube 5w30
87 F250 traveler 15w40
07 fjcruiser Chevron 10w30
Z400 castrol T 10w40
Can am maveric edge 5w40
57 case tractor 15w40
Re: Simple Q: Most unreliable car you've ever had? [Re: Chris142] #4976097
01/11/19 12:46 PM
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Mississippi
Speak2Mountain Offline OP
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Mississippi
Lord I always thought these Mitsu trucks were decent like the Chevy Luv and Ford Courier

Re: Simple Q: Most unreliable car you've ever had? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4976099
01/11/19 12:47 PM
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Rainville, USA
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Rainville, USA
1995 BMW 525i or 1995 Camaro z28, equally terrible


Cars I maintain:
02 MB CLK430-Edge 0w40
05 Honda Accord V6-Maxlife 5w30
13 Lexus RX350 AWD-M1 AFE 0w20
02 Toyota Tundra 4x4 M1 5w30
Re: Simple Q: Most unreliable car you've ever had? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4976103
01/11/19 12:49 PM
01/11/19 12:49 PM
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Posts: 22,183
ON, Canada eh?
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ON, Canada eh?
My Pontiac 6000 was always in need of something and liked to turn on the SES light if I idled too long. I chased that ghost problem and could never figure it out. It had the 4-Tech engine in it.

The other unreliable car I owned was an Austin Mini. That was British engineering at its finest, I leave it there. LOL

Last edited by StevieC; 01/11/19 12:50 PM.

'18 Dodge Grand Caravan GT - 18k KM - AMSOIL SS 0w30
'06 Hyundai Santa Fe - 535k KM (Dead) - AMSOIL SS 0w30
Re: Simple Q: Most unreliable car you've ever had? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4976104
01/11/19 12:51 PM
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Phoenix, Arizona - USA
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Phoenix, Arizona - USA
1982 Ford Escort. Total piece of crap.


2010 Ford Fusion SE - 2.5 liter/6F35 Trans - 268,000mi
2014 Nissan Altima SL - 2.5 liter/CVT - 61,000mi
Re: Simple Q: Most unreliable car you've ever had? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4976106
01/11/19 12:53 PM
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St. Charles County, Missouri
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For new car:

1986 (IIRC) Ford Tempo was the worst new car ever. Ford had a warranty program that would fix anything taken to dealer after the first repair. Found out all sorts of different things could break once. Caught fire while trying to cross the Ambassador Bridge and get back into the U.S.


2017 Kia Soul Plus-- VWB 5-30, 54,000 miles.
Re: Simple Q: Most unreliable car you've ever had? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4976113
01/11/19 01:07 PM
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Jupiter, Florida
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Jupiter, Florida
Ford Bronco II, 1989. Starting at about 50,000 miles, it was nothing but major repairs. Absolutely awful vehicle, but fun as can be to drive and returned excellent MPG.


People who count on their fingers should maintain a discreet silence.
Re: Simple Q: Most unreliable car you've ever had? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4976117
01/11/19 01:10 PM
01/11/19 01:10 PM
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Michigan
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Michigan
Chrysler Sebring convertibles


2003 Mercury Grand Marquis. PP HM 5w-30 and Fram Ultra
2008 Sebring Hardtop convertible. PP HM 5w-30 and Fram Ultra
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT. Motul 7100 10w-40 and K&N
Re: Simple Q: Most unreliable car you've ever had? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4976122
01/11/19 01:12 PM
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1985 Ford Ranger with the 2.8 V6.

It never ran right when cold. Had it in to the dealer a few times early on for this. They couldn’t find a problem. ECU went out in the first year, covered under warranty. Four years later it went out again. $500 for a new one.

Every six months or so a headlight went out. Eventually I kept a spare on hand.

One very cold night at work (well below zero F) the ECU went out again. Had it towed home at 3am and then to the dealer who put yet another unit in. Two weeks later it died again. That was it.

I had the patience of Job with this truck.


Cannot see signatures any longer so it doesn’t matter.
Re: Simple Q: Most unreliable car you've ever had? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4976132
01/11/19 01:22 PM
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Iowa
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Iowa
1975 Gremlin

Re: Simple Q: Most unreliable car you've ever had? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4976138
01/11/19 01:25 PM
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Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania
1976 Ford Pinto wagon. Bought it new/. A total disaster. Nuts missing on the bolts that held the rear leaf springs to the frame. Rear end self destructed at about 8000 miles. Entire TOP of the radiator blew off in a catastrophic steam explosion at speed. (As far as dealer could tell, the top of the radiator had never been soldered on, just held on with the paint and some goop. NEVER bought another Ford, never will.


2013 VW Passat TDI SE, 61,200 miles Castrol Professional VW507 5W-30
2017 VW Golf All Track 18,370 miles Castrol Professional VW505 5W-40
Re: Simple Q: Most unreliable car you've ever had? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4976145
01/11/19 01:28 PM
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Ontario, Canada
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Ontario, Canada
I've never really had a majorly unreliable vehicle shrug

If I had to pick one it would probably be the very high mile 2000 328i we picked up for my wife. But it was an "as is" purchase that needed a few things and was eventually sorted.

Worst car was a 1986 Old Custom Cruiser wagon that was my parent's hand-me-down. It had a gutless 307 backed by a tranny that would shift late cold and insanely early once hot. When it was cold, the door latches would freeze and then the doors wouldn't close.


2018 RAM 1500 Big Horn EcoDiesel
2016 Grand Cherokee SRT
Re: Simple Q: Most unreliable car you've ever had? [Re: csandste] #4976178
01/11/19 01:58 PM
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Cincinnati, OH, USA
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Originally Posted by csandste
For new car:

1986 (IIRC) Ford Tempo was the worst new car ever. Ford had a warranty program that would fix anything taken to dealer after the first repair. Found out all sorts of different things could break once. Caught fire while trying to cross the Ambassador Bridge and get back into the U.S.

My mom had an ‘81 Lynx (Mercury Escort) for a while that liked eating ignition switches-had it fixed at the local L-M dealer-again, and again, and again... They got tired of putting free ignition switches in it! My vote for most unreliable has to be any Escort, Lynx, or Tracer that had a FORD 4 cylinder engine in it-between lunching timing belts, bending valves, even cracking blocks due to losing the timing belt at speed on the interstate, and dropping valve seats out of their GARBAGE cylinder heads!


06 Ram 3500 CTD 4X4(FG Venturi), 93 GMC C3500 6.2, 89 F-450 7.3, 98 XJ 4.0(XG8A), 05 xB(XG3600), 18 Transit 3.7, 03 Merc Grand Marquis 4.6 2V(XG2)
Re: Simple Q: Most unreliable car you've ever had? [Re: Speak2Mountain] #4976180
01/11/19 02:01 PM
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NJ
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NJ
1969 Fiat 124 Spyder, radiator core was steel, not copper or brass, electrical system nightmare, fun to drive, handled and cornered really well because of the wide base.

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