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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 2nd April 2013, 14:24 Thread Starter
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What is the worst car that you have ever owned or driven ?

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Never owned either car but having driven both, it is a toss up between a Yugo 311 and a FSO Polenez with the later probably just shading it due in no small part to the gear stick coming away in my hand when trying to change gear

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Can not remember full spec but had loan of lada.my god it had stearing wheel like a bus and drove like a tank.mid eighties
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The worst car I ever owned was Renault 5. No power, dreadful starter and felt very small for my large frame.

The best car I ever owned was also a Renault. I had a Renault 18 for almost 11 years, and nothing I've had since has come near to it for comfort and a great driving experience.
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Can not remember full spec but had loan of lada.my god it had stearing wheel like a bus and drove like a tank.mid eighties

Smino, one Thursday in May 1989, I was called into see my boss to be told that I was being transferred to a different station at Shotts and that the transfer was effective immediately meaning that I was starting nightshift on the Monday.


At the time I was staying about 10 miles away from Shotts and while there were buses, it was a case of catching three different ones, staggered across a 80 minute time frame.


Being a poor Police Officer at the time with a mortgage to pay and a wife and two kids to support, I raided the "rainy day" slush fund and had £200 to find another car.


Shotts had a car auction market and that very night I attended and purchased a "D" Reg Lada Riva 1200 for £150.


That meant that I had purchased a two year old car for £150 and it only had 7k on the clock and it even came with seven months road tax.


I used that car to work, to court and to football matches for the four years that I was stationed at Shotts and it cost me nothing for repairs. Yes there was the cost to replace the occasional tyre and to replace the brake pads but that is just general wear and tear.


In the winter months, Shotts can be and usually was one of the worst places in Scotland for snow and for freezing temperatures. The Lada started first time every time even in the coldest days and I regularly had to pull/tow/jump start my colleagues in their Fords and Vauxhalls.


Granted the steering wheel was akin to a buses' but I soon got used to it and it presented no problems. I sold the car in 1994 for £320 to a company in Glasgow who had a "contract" with some Russian guy who was buying up any Lada, so as to ship it back to mother Russia for spare parts.


It was not the greatest car that I have ever owned nor was it the most comfortable but at a time when reliability was an issue for many car manufacturers, it certainly wasn't for Lada.


Well maybe not the Lada Niva

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I have been told that a 3rd class car is better than a 1st class walk.so thats why i always loan a car if poss
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I have been told that a 3rd class car is better than a 1st class walk.so thats why i always loan a car if poss

Well said but I still like to own my cars

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Hey, Antarius,

I lived in a small town on the Clyde coast called Wemyss Bay a few years ago. The estate where I lived was also home to lots of cops from Glasgow. My next door neighbour was one of them and we used to socialise quite a lot at the local drinking dens.

One day, one of the other cops who lived there told everyone in the pub he had just bought a new Lada. There was uproar from all the other cops with lots of taunts about how the Lada was a useless car and that you could get out and walk up the local hill faster. You know the sort of stuff.

Well that ribbing went on for about 3 months until he came into the pub one night and told us all he had got rid of the Lada and bought a Mondeo.

Everyone relaxed and settled down again and the world had returned to normal.
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