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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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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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Grumps said:
Anything French

I swear on my children's lives that I read this post before I ever looked at the author.


The tone of the message seemed strangely familiar
and I immediately knew who had taken the time out to construct such a meticulous, comprehensive and well structured response.
 

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smino said:
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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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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Found a few Lada jokes.

What's the difference between a Lada and a golf ball?

You can drive a golf ball 200 metres

What do you call a convertible Lada?

A skip

What do you call a convertible Lada with twin exhausts?

A wheelbarrow

A man goes into a car accessory shop and says to the assistant, 'Can I have a hub cap for my Lada?'

The assistant thinks to himself for a moment and then replies, 'OK, it seems like a fair swap'

What do you call a Lada driver who says he has a speeding ticket?

A liar

What do you call a Lada at the top of a hill?

A miracle
 

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Inchindown said:
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.

That sounds about right.......in the Police it doesn't pay to be different



The pelters that I used to get for NOTjoining a certain "group" was something to behold, particularly in my early years.


As a Police Officer who "kicked" with the right foot it was expected of me, particularly if I wanted to get on in the service !!


I stuck to my guns but when it came to things like plain clothes squads etc, my name was never suggested. Some may think that it was because I wasn't capable but I know that it was because I couldn't tell anyone the "age of my Granny".
 

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Dilligaf said:
My wife's Renault Scenic. unreliable and expensive to maintain.

Dilligaf, I've only one word to say to you and that is "NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"


Of all the cars in all the world, you just had to pick a "French" car



I wonder who might have something to say about that or is this still a "double team", where you make the bullets and a certain "unhappy chappie" fires them
 

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Sorry John but a colleague at work had a megane sport. He said that it was a fast car.............when it worked.
Unfortunately nothing to do with being French and as I've said before, my last car was French and not to bad.
Wife's last car was Toyota Aygo (which is also a Peugeot 107 or citron c1).All use the same Toyota engine and built in checkoslovakia.
 

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My worst car has to be the Fiat Tempra we had !!!.Horrible car to drive, so much went wrong with it. We had a Fiat Tipo, could not fault it, top of the range etc. The wife wanted a bit more boot space so traded it in for the Tempra ( Tipo with a boot), biggest mistake ever. We had it 10 months before we had to get rid and take a financial hit, I would never buy Fiat again after that experience !!!
 

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Off Road Doc said:
I would never buy Fiat again after that experience !!!
What can I say I have owned 3 Fiat Puntos over the last 5 years all have been brilliant cars. each one did 30.000-35.000 miles a year and every one of them was faultless. I have now bought a Vauxhall Corsa so I hope im not disappointing and its as good as the Fiats were.

Thats leads me to one of the worst cars I have driven. My Antara was in for a service and I was given a loan of 1.2 Corsa. Now its not a bad car it drives well and considering I now own a corsa I know what to expect but my Corsa is a 1.3 diesel and drives very well and the engine and gearbox are great. plenty power and great mpg but having to drive the 1.2 petrol I was so disappointed it is pathetic. it has to be the slowest car I have ever had the misfortune to drive.

I was sure it was 1ltr Corsa. All i can say im so glad i bought a diesel Corsa and not he 1.2. The thing is the 1.2 puntos were great to drive.

Not good Vauxhall.
 
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