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Old April 20th, 2012, 01:31 PM   #1
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Default Worst POS service magnet vehicle you ever owned.

As suggested- equal time.

Top of my list- the YJ. It broke something nearly ever time I drove it, and I only wheeled it twice.

Next- my 68 Chevy van. Too be fair it was pretty abused when I got it in 79, but I used to carry a large tool chest and a bunch of spare parts just to get to work in the morning.

And I still have it.


Datsun 210- bad trans, trans cost more than I paid for the car.

Only had 3 other foreign cars- the Benz, the Tracker, and a VW beetle. Wife killed the Benz and the Tracker, I seized up the motor in the beetle. So- not really the car's fault.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 01:35 PM   #2
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2007 Silverado 2500HD with the Duramax.

I bought it brand new.

It spent a few weeks of the first month I had it in the shop for some sort of EGR and intake issue. They said it had to do with snow getting past the air filter?

The next issue was it not wanting to shift past neutral. After being at the dealer for a few days they let it sit over night inside and I guess ice had packed up around the shifter linkage. Supposedly there was a TSB for that. But don't you think a company based in Michigan would design for a problem like that?

Before 40k miles it needed a whole new front end and new tires.

It got about 5mpg less than the 03 I traded it in on.

It made weird noises from the front passenger side that the dealer could never figure out.

I'm sure there are a few other things I'm missing too.

It was gone before 50k...
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Old April 20th, 2012, 01:42 PM   #3
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I made the mistake of buying a new 1995 Chrysler Sebring after I got out of college. I was working contract for Chrysler at the time. I was sick of parking in the way out lot since I drove an 84 Honda Civic I had picked up used in college. I figured I would end up working for Chrysler (I didn't) and wanted to buy in because it turns out I was a sucker.

I really wanted a Jeep, but I couldn't afford the payments and insurance so I went with that POS. Within the first week I had it back for some interior trim that fell off. This was just the beginning.

From there it burned up front brake pads in an average of 15K miles (it was a stick and I engine brake a lot, so it makes it even more puzzling that they would go that quick), burned up rear unit bearings multiple times, went to the shop for misfire multiple times, and had numerous other small nuisance items including breaking the gas door release, so I couldn't fill the damn thing up.

The best day was when I sold it for only $2000 less than what I owed. It was 3 years old and only had a hair over 50K miles. I had been transferred for work, and I wouldn't need a car. I figured getting out from under it was the best bet instead of paying on it and returning home to the POS.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 01:57 PM   #4
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My 1992 toyota truck was a bit of a peice of shit....

My 1997 TJ i bought new needed everything replaced short of the motor, but it was self inflicted.

My GF's current 2000 Explorer bought against my recommendation is at that stage in it's life where all of the wear parts are warn, so I've replaced half of the car....

In general I don't think I've ever had a true lemon, most were either beaten hard, or just at the age where they needed maintenance.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 01:57 PM   #5
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Can't think of a vehicle that stands out but in 1988 I bought a 1968 boat with a 90hp Evinrude motor. I got towed in a half dozen times that year.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 01:59 PM   #6
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'85 Dodge D50 (Mistu truck)

i bought it with 54K on it in '91. ... where do I begin?

The manual trans floor shifter mounting bolts loosened up and ended up breaking the mounting ears on the shifter and also the transmission housing it bolted to.

The carb went goofy and no one had a rebuild kit avail. and I think only the factory offered a carb for it. It was about $750 and had antifreeze lines running through it. pain in the ass.

That led to plugging up the cat converter on it, had to change that.

Fuel gage quit working and in the process of pulling the tank, found out there were a bunch of rust pinholes in the tank. had to change the fuel pump eventually too.

Driving home one day, i noticed something hanging by the axle. It was the shock - the top mount rusted off the frame. It was then clear that the majority of the frame was thin enought to poke a screwdriver through on multiple spots. 3 out of the 4 cab mounts were rusted bad enough that the cab lifted going around corners.

At about 88K the timing belt went going down the road. Was dumb enough to actually have the head rebuilt. Went through 3 different brands of head gaskets putting it back together - never got it to seal right.

At this point me and my family were so pissed off at this thing that we had it hauled off. this was early '94. It never even made it 90K.
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Can't think of a vehicle that stands out but in 1988 I bought a 1968 boat with a 90hp Evinrude motor. I got towed in a half dozen times that year.
So you paid more in towing than you paid for the boat?
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2023½ Chevy Venture - had all of the common critical maladies, and quite a few surprising new problems.

intake gaskets and head gaskets both puked - at different times.
alternator blew up
transmission melted itself
battery literally fell apart
rockers rotted through both sides
the only 2 power windows that it had, were frequently inoperable during the warranty period - after 6 attempts by the dealer to fix it, they apparently did
AC compressor puked

the majority of the issues above happened between 36k and 75ishk on the odometer around which time we gave up on it and dumped it.


runner up - simply due to the amount of body rot - the '92 YJ, first and only long term vehicle I have owned that I literally put my foot through the floor on. had so much rot, that the rear hard brake lines had to be completely replaced after a minor accident. it also blew up the rear main around 90k miles on the 2.5L

3rd place - the '94 integra gs-r - chiefly because the B18C was so rare, and hard to get parts/replacement/used motors for when it puked the #3 main bearing at 92k miles.

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After college I got a probe. Within a few months the transmission went out. It was a nice looking car but it was a constant headache.

Oh my navigator was constantly having issues also.
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2020 Chevy Venture - had all of the common critical maladies, and quite a few surprising new problems.
You had the future model?
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You had the future model?
so excited to rant and rave about that complete and utter heap of shit again, that my fingers got ahead of myself

I'll go back and edit it for you
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Old April 20th, 2012, 02:53 PM   #12
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I say you leave it, I mean why not, that's half the fun oif making a typo
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So you paid more in towing than you paid for the boat?
No. Boat people are good people. Always willing to help someone out. Well, other than maybe Sol goode.
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you made it worse. lol.
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better?
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Old April 20th, 2012, 03:34 PM   #16
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Can't decide if it was my '85 2dr XJ 4cyl/5spd or my '97 TJ w/ 4.0/5spd. The XJ was an old POS by time I got it and never improve despite the barrels of money I threw at it. The TJ was an early production unit which I bought soon after selling the XJ. The TJ had been in the shop 13 times before 60k miles- none if the issues were wheeling related.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 03:37 PM   #17
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I bought an `88 caviler for my old lady. it was automatic with manual steering. worst torque steer piece of crap ever. the smart as the dealer wrote... "loose nut behind wheel..Tightened!" that was what was wrote on the repair order when I took her to pick it up.

they did nothing to fix the car either. I had to sell the car.
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2002 ford focus svt.
timing belt went at 23k
took the head with it

at 36k headgasket went

at 45k the tensioner went and took the belt and head with it

65k transmission started grinding

at 80k sold it
had replaced brakes at least 4 times.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 04:15 PM   #19
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My 1971 Corvette was a cash pit. I couldn't back that thing down the driveway without it costing me a couple hundred bucks. I used to call it the fiberglass whore because all it did was fukc me and take my money.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 04:21 PM   #20
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1999 f150....its a ford
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