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I have had a few -

83 Escort - Carried water around in case the engine caought on fire. (again)
Stereo worked, but at the expense of the dash lights not working.
Exhaust - what exhaust?

88 plymouth reliant - the icon of Luxury (and you think YOU have mods, hot shot?)

windshield cracked
Fuel tank rigged up after fuel pump replaced. (with eye hooks)
Tires - had belts sticking out.
Oil - weekly purchase, i finally started just using used oil from other cars.
Overheat - that TEMP gauge moved more than Micheal jackson on the dance floor.
Exhaust - sounded like a dodge super bee.
0-60, 1/4 mile - this was a 10 minute car.
Transmission - only flared gears a bit.
Engine - smoked more than I do when cigarettes are on sale. Most gaskets leaked
Engine - Did one Head gasket replace...
Engine - how many alternators did it go thru (cheap autozone crap)
Engine - Water pump broke in 1/2, FUN job.
Engine - Knocked and pinged so bad, it sounded like marbles were in the combustion chambers.
Engine - dipstick holder busted off, a rag was plugging the hole.
Paint - what paint? Oh that stuff that WAS on the top of the car...
Rear defrost - 1/2 the wires were broke.
Wheel covers - mismatched WALMART ones.
Brakes - Oh, fine, since the pads and brake lines had busted and been fixed (a few times)
Drive axles - turn the wheel too much at high speeds (like 30 MPH) and the whole car shook like it had a seisure (30 WAS fast for this thing)
air conditioner - low, cycled in and out, made for a good cruise control rig.
Heater - Good thing i don't live in a cold climate.
Body - some rust.
Suspension - yeah, wondering if the car would quit bouncing kept me in suspense.

BUT - the stereo worked fine. It had killer system (now in the taurus)

isn't it funny, we all have had our POS cars, but we think the thing is a jaguar while we own it? I even washed and waxed mine Plymouth on a regular basis.
When the ignition quit, we finally gave it up and got our bull.

TCCA - BEAT, i dare ya to BEAT this above list of features on YOUR worst car! i am not making this up, guys. I did what i could with it, but after w hile, I said "F" it and just rigged it to run , cause i HATED that car.
 

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Well, my only other car was an 88' Topaz, and it was pretty good until a few months before I got my Sable...

leaking radiator
busted hoses
broken belt tensioner bold ($250 to fix)
blown head gasket
broken tie rod ends
out of alignment
uneven tire tread wear
automatic gas cap release button didn't work
burned oil
went through coolant like it was going out of style
fouled spark plugs
replaced tires twice in two years
replaced brake pads three times in two years
broken windshield
not to mention that the car had blown an engine and trans at 21,000 miles, way before i got it

It did have a kick a$$ stereo, though, which is now in the Sable.

I still ended up selling the car for $700 in 2002...I played her like a fiddle...tousche...

JR
 

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The only real problem I had with a car was my 93 Cavalier. In 97 the driver's side front wheel came apart at the suspension and got caught flat under the car. Lost control and almost ended up hitting a light pole, but managed to stop before that :blink: . What a ride! I got it put back together, but never really trusted it again. Traded it in '01 for my 626.
 

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I was living with a friend and he had an older Nissan. One day the engine just seized up. So we got a Mistubishi Turbo cause we REALLY needed a car. We lived in the mountains and this car started SMOKING...we had a ton of clothes in the trunk (well, it was a hatch back...) and I could see smoke coming up from the clothes. I said "Oh my GOD! The clothes are on fire.!" I noticed it was coming up from the shifter and it was every where. I looked behind us and i couldnt even see there was so much smoke.

We stopped and went to pop the hood. It was SO hot that it sizzled when we put our hand on it. When we started the car OIL shot out of the exahust...it was awful. The A/C quit working that day, the sun visor fell off...OH MY GOSH! Thats when I got a 1992 Taurus... :unsure:

Anyway, since then I've had a 2000 Taurus, a 2001 Taurus, and now a 1998 Taurus. Sooooo....it was from one extreme to another.
 

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The family's '95 Sable. Oh my goodness! don't get me started (too late).

~Constantly loses accurate alignment
~Head gasket issues @140k.
~Replaced tranny. This 2nd tranny doesn't like to shift into 2nd gear... so it'll fail sometime in the future.
~Electrical gremlins, power windows don't respond to button sometimes.
~Assembly issues... weatherstripping caused harmonious noises for 2 years before the weatherstripping on roof turned so bad the problem became obvious (fixed 2 weeks ago).
~Dashboard bounces more than Beyonce.
~Radiator
~Water pump
~ABS brakes no longer work properly
~Intermittent fuel system issues (Car broke down yesterday. It's on the side of the freeway as I type this)
~A/C failed. Replaced compressor & rec./dryer @ roughly $600... only 2 weeks ago.
~When ashtray jiggles from rough roads, it makes annoying noises due to vibration
~Typical Ford-like yellowing of front-center Mercury headlight grille.

Sure there's more, that isn't coming to mind right now.

I'm sure there is more that I can't think of right now...

Good car... when it actually works!
 

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Hmm, nothing so bad as listed above, but the family's 1988 Dodge Caravan went out in nothing less than a blaze of glory. Blew a gasket, was spewing white smoke so thick you couldn't see anything in/around/near (or far, for that matter) the car.
 

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I once had a VW bug that needed a starter. I didn't have the money or the time to change it cause I was putting myself through school and working like 60 hours a week. Anyways for a few weeks I would use my foot Fred Flintstone style and skateboard push the bug down a slight incline in front of my place and pop the clutch. After a while the neighbors would actually come out to watch me start her up and applaud when she kicked in. I was able to tell you every little hill around where I lived because of my unique starting technique. I had a lot of couple of hundred dollar cars and most of them were real POS's but I did learn a lot of mechanics because of that and became a master of chicken wire and bondo body work!
 

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88 plymouth reliant - the icon of Luxury (and you think YOU have mods, hot shot?)
Same here, except '87 Aries...

holes in floor...couldnt keep the spare in the trunk because there was a hole as big as it in the trunk...break lines seaped, gas lines busted and shot gas all over, half shaft was bad...car shook violently on turns, oil leaked everywhere, the engine sounded like a mack track on 4 cylinders, the rear struts where non existant(rusted...gone), rear control arms were locked up, doors sounded like you were prying nails out of new wood when you opened them, steering wheel squeaked when you turned it, you couldnt hear the horn if you were in front of it, I swear i never shifted out of first until it 200 million rpm's, the exaust smelled like a salty rottin egg, the interior smelled like wet cloth...maybe because the floorpans didnt exist...The WHOLE bench seat moved in one peice....hmmmmm, when you shut the doors rust flew everywhere...Oh yeah...it was off yellow/vanilla too....go figure.......4 different hubcaps here too. Going 55 down the highway was scary, the car would do lane changes without my knowledge.

-The aftermarket A/C worked good...It had enough to get a base civic off the line.
-Whicked awesome flip down visor map light (my favorite feature in the car)

After the gas leak, and the other $500 it would take to get it to almost pass inspection I said screw it, gave it to the scrap yard for free. Purchased my 1990 Ford Tempo (which was the best car I ever owned and regret getting rid of) Drove that for almost a year, then Purchased my Taurus LX because I wanted more power, room, and something that looked halfway decent for my senoir year in high school. (The tempos body had seen better days...needing cooling system work done...new seals, new balljoint and control arm, bottoms of doors were rusted out, I overheated the engine a few times...I just had to let it go :( ) Best $300 ever spent on that car.
 
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If we had a lemon, I'd say it was my mom's 2000 Saturn LS she got brand new. Got rid of it with less than 35k on the clock with all kinds of issues. I can't even remember them all:

All wheel bearings shot
went through 3 sets of tires
couldn't keep an alignment
TONS of rattles and stuff
cracked windshield for no reason
electrical issues
random engine troubles

the list goes on... like I said, i don't remember everything because I didn't really take care of it or anything... now she has a 2003 Saturn VUE which she is unhappy with - the VUE is my mom's fourth Saturn and the last two have been horrible. The quality is just not there anymore... suprise the quality went to crap after GM completely took them over. :rolleyes: This will be her last Saturn and it will be replaced with most likely a Ford 500 in the Spring, but she's also considering an Explorer and a Lincoln LS. My vote's for the LS. :D B)
 

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I had to completely rewire the electrical system in my 1974 Jensen-Healey. The car had four fuses for everything. The Brits were crazy when it came to wiring and the Lucas parts are junk. We had a joke about British car's electrical systems. "Do you know why the British drink warm beer? It because they own Lucas Refrigerators". The Jensen-Healey was a fun car and a girl magnet, but it was pain to maintain and parts weren't cheap either.

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Originally posted by Kermitec@May 12 2004, 11:27 PM
I would use my foot Fred Flintstone style and skateboard push the bug down a slight incline in front of my place and pop the clutch. After a while the neighbors would actually come out to watch me start her up and applaud when she kicked in. I was able to tell you every little hill around where I lived because of my unique starting technique.
that is the funniest thing on here so far!

Mostly reading about the applause. I can see you waving to the crowds as this thing finally starts. :lol2:

Does this remind anyone esle of the old SATURN commercials where this lady buys one and all these people are clapping?

I wonder if Jason would be outside the Saturn dealer coughing - (cough)sucker(cough)

them K cars were something. I had 3 of them, 3 of those sorry bastards. hey, they were dirt cheap to run and easy to work on. Especially with as much practice as I had.
Sometimes i would try to run over bad road spots at high speeds just cause it was kinda fun to see how hard the car cold shake. It was like a musical orchestra of junk on wheels.
"Sh*tty Sh*tty bang bang"
 
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Originally posted by impatient95+May 14 2004, 05:51 AM--><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (impatient95 @ May 14 2004, 05:51 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Kermitec@May 12 2004, 11:27 PM
I would use my foot Fred Flintstone style and skateboard push the bug down a slight incline in front of my place and pop the clutch. After a while the neighbors would actually come out to watch me start her up and applaud when she kicked in. I was able to tell you every little hill around where I lived because of my unique starting technique.
that is the funniest thing on here so far!

Mostly reading about the applause. I can see you waving to the crowds as this thing finally starts. :lol2:

Does this remind anyone esle of the old SATURN commercials where this lady buys one and all these people are clapping?

I wonder if Jason would be outside the Saturn dealer coughing - (cough)sucker(cough)

them K cars were something. I had 3 of them, 3 of those sorry bastards. hey, they were dirt cheap to run and easy to work on. Especially with as much practice as I had.
Sometimes i would try to run over bad road spots at high speeds just cause it was kinda fun to see how hard the car cold shake. It was like a musical orchestra of junk on wheels.
"Sh*tty Sh*tty bang bang" [/b][/quote]
:lol:

That's hilarious!!

They clapped when we bought our Saturns. :rolleyes: :lol2:
 

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jason, that is embarrasing -
It kinda makes me think of when you get something cheesy like
"$1 off your next purchase of velveeta" and someone is like "Ahhh, alright!"
 

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Ok where do i start?


1987 Chevrolet Celebrity Eurosport

-headliner fell down since the first month i owned it (brushed on your head)
-inside door handle broke so you had to roll the window down to get out(had it fixed once, but happened again)
-out of the 4 main seatbelts in the car, 2 worked and they werent in the front :D
-the tilt wheel broke, so the wheel would move up and down a good 1/2", got it fixed, and it actually stayed (go figure)



im sure theres more, but i cant think of any right now
 

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Originally posted by godspunk32@May 11 2004, 08:21 AM
Well, my only other car was an 88' Topaz, and it was pretty good until a few months before I got my Sable...

leaking radiator
busted hoses
broken belt tensioner bold ($250 to fix)
blown head gasket
broken tie rod ends
out of alignment
uneven tire tread wear
automatic gas cap release button didn't work
burned oil
went through coolant like it was going out of style
fouled spark plugs
replaced tires twice in two years
replaced brake pads three times in two years
broken windshield


I still ended up selling the car for $700 in 2002...I played her like a fiddle...tousche...

JR
:eek: Wow! I had the SAME THING! Mine was a Dark Blue, but man, I loved that car, my probs were
leaking radiator
busted hoses
broken tie rod ends
Busted Water Pump
Tranny Leaked
It died at about 103k miles

and then I was sitting at a stop light that was UPHILL, and I pressed on the gas, and CRACK! then I hear my engine just Revv up.. And I had a jackass behind me that was BLARING his horn while he could see I was tring to push it out of the road! Thats HARD when it is tring to roll backwards and run over you!
But that car was a awesome car, because I loved to make fun of it! I had a bumper sticker that said "0-60 in 15 Minutes!" *sigh* memories
 

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My first car. A '78 Cobra II. I spent more time fixing it, than driving it.

It was fun though. I rebuilt both the engine (302) and tranny (C4). It was a good learning experience.
 
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Originally posted by impatient95@May 14 2004, 10:06 PM
jason, that is embarrasing -
It kinda makes me think of when you get something cheesy like
"$1 off your next purchase of velveeta" and someone is like "Ahhh, alright!"
Yeah, lol - my mom says her next car will definitely be a Ford. B)

I think I have her talked into a "Certified Preowned" Lincoln LS. :coolgleam:
 
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