Post # 1
I don’t mean cheapest. I mean just all-around worst car that you never ever want to drive again.
I got rear-ended pretty badly on Friday so my beautiful 2014 Subaru Forester is in the shop. Meanwhile, I’m driving a rental Chevy Impala.
This thing is horrible. It is the worst pile of crap car I’ve ever driven, and I drove a 1998 Ford Escort for years. It is heavy and slow and smelly and ugly, and the turning radius is garbage and the transmission shifts harder than a damn school bus. I want to put a brick on the accelerator and drive it off a cliff, for its own good. I drove a freaking U-Haul truck a few years ago and it rode better than this damn thing.
What’s the most memorably bad car you’ve ever driven?
Also, any good tricks on making a car NOT smell like a 16-year-old boy had sex with a wet dog in it???
Post # 3
My mom’s old Dodge Intrepid was like driving a boat! She had it when I started driving, and the front end stuck out so far, I used to scrape it on sidewalks while parking all the time! Also she had been in an accident with it, and ever after the lights would flicker on and off, and the locks would go up and down on their own. It was the worst.
It didn’t help that I was also driving my dad’s Lumina at the time, which was like driving a go-cart, so going between them was brutal.
Post # 4
None of mine were terrible. I drove a Taurus and I hated the gas mileage on it but I ran over a deer in it with no harm to the car! I drive a Honda Civic now and I really like it.
In high school one of my friends drove an old Buick and one day the tire just fell off. The whole tire!
Post # 5
A doo-doo brown Dodge (?) Neon that was a rental after I had a wreck.
Post # 6
@iarebridezilla: a 1997 purple Pontiac Grand Am. I hated every second of driving it. I contimplated putting a brick on the gas and sending into one of the Creeks around me hahaha
Post # 7
@Little_Nut88: haha you just reminded me of my mom’s old Mustang convertible. She bought it used from a friend because it was a ‘great deal’ — otherwise she would never have bought such a vehicle for herself. It was always cold and damp-feeling inside because this is Seattle and a convertible is a horrible choice. And the rear window was more like an arrow-slit than an actual window. haha couldn’t see crap out of there!! But, at least it had a nice big engine in it 🙂
Post # 8
@iarebridezilla: THE ONE WITH THE WOOD PANELING.
Post # 9
We had a rented Chinese SUV last time I was in Bonaire…it was part of a brand new fleet. The thing had an altimeter mounted in the dash, and every time we got in or out of it, another part would break off–door handles, ashtrays, you name it.
We traded it in after the first day.
Post # 10
Suzuki grand vitara! It was so light it always felt like the wind was going to flip it over while driving on the interstate! It was a cute car to drive around a small town but I hated it as an everyday car! The best car I’ve ever driven was a volkswagen passat 3.6L it was so smooth and fast! And for a mid level car was super lux with black leather sporty interior
Post # 11
@iarebridezilla: I drove a Porsche once when we went out with friends and one girl came late and got plastered! I was soooooo terrified I was going to hurt her car and it was like nothing I’d ever driven before…it was a completely different experience. So swift and moved like I was flying.
The shitest would be a dodge neon back in my high school days! Never a dodge ever again…and I drove my dads work truck once but I don’t know what that was. It was nice and clean but just way too big and uncomfortable. The petals were almost impossible to reach!
Post # 12
@BurlapnLace: Ha!! Whenever I see someone driving around in a wood-paneled PT Cruiser I have to wonder what went wrong in their life to lead to the moment where they were like “yes, I would like to give you thousands and thousands of my hard-earned dollars in exchange for this lovely wood-paneled PT Cruiser.”
@KBScarlett: I bet that altimeter was SUPER helpful though! Like maybe if you took it off some jumps and wanted to know how much air you caught??
Post # 13
@iarebridezilla: OMG, that car you are driving right now sounds DISGUSTING!!! It smells like a 16-year-old boy had sex with a wet dog in it!!?? HAHA, so gross!!
The worst car I have ever driven was my best friend’s old car she had in college, It was a 1980-something Volvo wagon with a giant coolant leak (she had to put a quart of water in the coolant tank every day before she drove to school), it had no trunk floor so it was super loud and rattly and stunk of gas, it was filthy (ugh!!! I don’t clean my car very often, but hers was very dirty!) and the manual transmission was unbelievably finicky and LOUD and stiff. Blech!!!
The second-worst car I’ve driven was my old car. It was a 1992 Volvo sedan which I got because my parents really really wanted me to get a Volvo (since they are Volvo freaks and think those are the safest cars). It was soooo sloooowwwwww, no accelleration (4-speed automatic engine in a super heavy car), constantly lost exhaust system parts because they would rust out about a year after I had them renewed, and finally the springs in the driver’s seat broke so I had to put a fat couch cushion on the seat to see over the dash. And it needed $300+ repairs every 2 or 3 months. I bought a Toyota Corolla that’s a few years old last summer, and my parents bought my old junker from me and have fixed it up. They love it but I can’t imagine enjoying driving that hulking thing!! I love my Toyota, it’s so quick and efficient and it’s RED. I always wanted a red car and I finally got one.
Good luck with your dreadful car situation!! Cars suck sometimes for sure!
Post # 14
My FMIL drives a Ford Focus… wouldn’t be so bad to drive if he seat settings weren’t so weird.
I only drive it to get it into the driveway, and I HATE adjusting the seat for a one-minute “drive,” so I don’t.
I also don’t want to be THAT daughter-in-law, so I usually make FI do it. HE can adjust the seat as much as he wants, he’s her son.
Basically, she’s got the car set up so that the seat is as close as possible to the front, with the driver’s seat leaning forward so that she can permanantly have her head over the steering wheel. She must have her body ON the steering wheel when she drives. It’s a totally crazy setup! It feels like driving a sardine can.
I hated driving the Honda Fit… I drove my friend’s car for her and hated the way it drove. Not to mention her car is a pigsty so I was also on high alert for whatever was falling off seats every time I applied the brakes.
Post # 15
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
It looked a lot like this:
Post # 16
The first car I ever drove was my father’s 1992 Ford Crown Victoria all my friends called ”the boat” or ”the police car”. While it had a powerful engine, it cost a lot to get it running. Also, once it reached 120 000km, it started falling apart like no other car my family has ever owned. I don’t think I’ll ever buy a Ford.
I owned a Hyundai Accent with my ex. We loved that car, very unexpensive when it came to gas and insurance and even repairs, but no strenght whatsoever when we had to drive up a hill. But the trunk space was impressive, we could stack a lot of things when we went camping for 1-2 weeks. Definitely a car I would buy again, but only as a 2nd car if we live in the suburbs, for running errands or something. It’s not a car that I would trust for long distance every day on country roads.
When I moved in the country, I wanted a more poweful car that would have a better grip/reaction on the road, and that would still be reasonable when it came to costs, and after much hesitation I chose a 2008 Mazda 3 and I love it. It has a great review from CAA for performance and security, and it fits all my needs.
Also drove a rental Mitsubishi for a weekend and I LOVED it. I was sad when I had to bring it back to the rental garage, lol.