What was the last straw for you car?

What was the last straw for you car?

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2 sMoKiN bArReLs

22,928 posts

184 months

Monday 13th January
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Astacus said:
2 sMoKiN bArReLs said:


The above, on the other hand I hated with a passion. It was delivered with 79 faults which only got worse.
Think I've seen you mention this one before! I wonder if the car is still around.

I am a bit sad as the Tuscan is one of my all time favs.
hehe, I'm never one to miss the chance for a moan!

can't remember

864 posts

77 months

Monday 13th January
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I had a Stunning 156 Wagon 2.5V6, Nuvolari blue, special order leather. Mint. It lunched it's gearbox and proceeded to have the car equivalent of a total nervous breakdown over the next two weeks. Literally every day something else just gave up working. Trading it in to the Alfa dealer for a new 159 felt like revenge for the st service I'd had from the dealer over the years. Little did I know..

JakeT

2,781 posts

69 months

Monday 13th January
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E46 328ci. Dragged it out of a field, replaced all of the suspension, brakes, cooling system, A/C all sorted DIY. Sailed around Europe in it a few times and did 40,000 miles in under 2 years with no issues leaving me at the side of the road.

Then the rust got too much, and the rear subframe mounts failed. I noticed this whilst I was fixing an ABS sensor that had failed causing no speedo. At this point i knew it was time for it to go. It sold in 12 minutes, and wen to Holland to give a lesser E46 its engine and gearbox. Fab car, still miss it.

Dog Star

10,765 posts

117 months

Monday 13th January
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Merc SL500 R230

Every time I got in it I was like Barry Seal in "American Made" when he was starting his car thinking it had a car bomb - waiting for the red error message on the dash telling me that I had to pay another thousand quid to have it fixed. It was st.

That was the last time I ran a main car that I owned and that had no warranty. I've leased ever since, and I'm not ever going back.

The Wookie

11,787 posts

177 months

Monday 13th January
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My Cayenne has done sterling service with 125,000 miles in my ownership, 136,000 in total.

It's just about still under extended warranty, and has had both turbos replaced recently, one after the other, engine out job both times. I saw that as a bonus as pretty much any other foreseeable job isn't as bad as that one.

Then a few weeks ago unfortunately the stereo stopped working, it turned out the boot was full of water as the panoramic roof was faulty and leaking... They've had to replace it along with the amp and subwoofer which had drowned.

It's entire value having been spent in warranty claims in the space of 6 months with two months left on the warranty has now given me the fear...

Edited by The Wookie on Monday 13th January 17:10

beko1987

1,370 posts

83 months

Monday 13th January
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Impending doom usually.

I had a silver Laguna2 1.9Dci a year or so ago. Lovely car, boring and bland for my boring and bland commute. Never did less than 55mpg even in traffic.

DMF was shaking itself to bits and the clutch pedal stopped returning on its own. Priced up the parts to north of £700, closed that tab and opened one for the scrapyard, and got rid before the clutch went down for one last time with a sickening bang and loss of drive whilst crawling up the A404 at 5.45 one rainy cold night...

Same with most of my cars TBH, Blue Laguna before it, scrapped as it leaked more oil than it used, and the 2.2dci has a load of issues that I knew mine had, my old Xantia was getting rusty, old ZX before that was needing suspension, 406 needed an entire front end suspension rebuild, before the lack of back brakes and horn were looked at...

My current ZX is doing OK... it's developing a new type of chattery noise from the engine though when I lift off the throttle from speed

Dave Hedgehog

12,070 posts

153 months

Monday 13th January
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having to stand in poxy petrol stations once a week just to piss £80 up the wall

Joey Deacon

1,871 posts

125 months

Monday 13th January
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I had a 2004 Audi A4 1.8T convertible that I only used for one month every six months as I was working in Australia the rest of the year.

Every time I came back to the UK it would be broken, by the time it was working again it was time to go back to Australia. The last time the oil pressure light came on so I dropped the sump and replaced the oil pump and oil pickup.

When I next came back the power steering was making a horrible noise so I bought a new pump. Then the check engine light came on days later so I fitted a new 02 sensor. Then in the space of a couple of days the following happened.

1)The car was intermittently running poorly.
2)While stationary in traffic a new MINI tried to squeeze through a ghost island, caught the back of my car, smashed up the whole side of their car and didn't stop, by this point I could not even be bothered to chase them. Straight away the steering was off by about 45 degrees and something on the rear drivers suspension was bent. Once I cleaned the paint off the arch there was only one tiny dent, god knows how by the noise and state of the other car you would think it written off.

It was scrubbing the tyres out so my dad drove it and I drove his car. Then the next day he came home, tried to raise the window and nothing happened. That was the last straw, spares or repairs on ebay and I threw in the steering pump.

Hated that car. Somehow it soldiered on for three years, but I just noticed the MOT expired two weeks ago and has not been renewed.



Edited by Joey Deacon on Monday 13th January 17:30

Gulf7

181 posts

7 months

Monday 13th January
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poing said:
timberman said:
Previous car ( fiesta st3) sold due to,

Rock hard suspension,
cheap feeling interior,
uncomfortable seats,
and just because I wasn't as impressed as I expected to be after all the rave reviews.
If I hadn't just replaced all the tyres and brakes on mine I'd be getting rid for exactly the same reasons. Problem is I can't think what to replace it with, either another MX5 or an electric Pug 208 are 2 of many on the shortlist.
I've heard a lot of people complain about the ride and the seats. Personally I'm fine with the suspension and the seats, but the Recaros are very figure-hugging, so I guess if they're not shaped right for you it's going to be uncomfortable.

I was thinking about the interior as I drove mine home today, and apart from the fairly old tech in the Sync 2 unit I think the interior is okay. It's not as good as our Mercedes GLC, but it's not bad either.

maxdb

1,293 posts

106 months

Monday 13th January
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Renault 5 - was rubbish at starting in the morning and made me late to work quite often so sold it cheap to a friend and got a much more reliable Clio.

Renault Clio - exhaust fell off where it joined to the manifold at 2am many miles from home. I was pouring money into it (over £3k) and it just wasn't worth it anymore in my eyes. The bodywork wasn't the best and it cost a lot in fuel plus the £200 taxi home kind of p*asked me off!!

Vauxhall Vectra - the car was rubbish, the central locking broke, the inside condensated up really bad at night and it wasn't worth putting through an MOT so I scrapped it for a good amount of money.

Alfa 156 - rust got to the rear floor plan plus servicing was expensive and it ate through the wishbones. I sold it to some people for £300 so it can go on a banger rally.

TurboHatchback

3,602 posts

102 months

Monday 13th January
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I guess this only applies to the cars we didn't want to sell but did anyway, otherwise the reason for most of mine would be that I wanted another one.

2007 Audi A6 4.2 FSI Quattro: The transmission was occasionally doing a thing where the revs would occasionally wander up and down at a constant 30mph which I suspected wasn't a good sign. The engine had an occasional slight hiccough at idle which I think implied carbon buildup. Also the running costs weren't good. I still wish I hadn't sold it though as it was a fantastic car.

Mk3 MR2 Roadster: I was advised at the MOT that it was terminally rusty and that it wouldn't pass another without vast investment and that now was the time to sell so I did (reluctantly).

tannhauser

1,173 posts

164 months

Monday 13th January
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Well it seems rust is still as prevalent as ever? Or worse than it perhaps was? Contrary to popular belief.

I saw an 11 reg Audi with rusty front wings today, and I know someone with a 2015 Passat with rusty rear wings. Disgraceful!

tannhauser

1,173 posts

164 months

Monday 13th January
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Oilchange said:
Mine was parked on the drive, used all year round and was the most fun runabout I've ever had. It sounded amazing because of its Wizard exhaust too. Quite remarkable car really but I work abroad and it had to go. I had to give it away as nobody wanted it.
Kept a souvenir though
That's pretty awesome. Any details/photos of how you fixed it to an office chair base please?

A.J.M

6,495 posts

135 months

Monday 13th January
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First car got traded in after spending £1300 in 7 months for replacement suspension bits, head gasket repair and a replacement gearbox.
When the power steering pump started to leak it got punted as I had got fed up pouring money into it.

Freelander td4 got sold on as it needed new fuel injectors, the clutch hydraulics were suspect and I was getting tired of dealing with substandard garages trying to fix it.

Current Disco 3 has had a fair bit spent on it but I still really like it so it’s allowed to stay.

lambeth

26 posts

139 months

Monday 13th January
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UTH said:
My Evo 6 Extreme has been a black hole of money in the last 5 years or so, I'm far too deep now to think about selling it, and when it works properly it's still awesome, but I am tired of worrying what will break next any time I put my foot down!
In the last year my Evo 6 Extreme has had a new turbo, new clutch and other bits. Each of those would have been the final straw for any other car ( clutches and turbos aren’t cheap) but I can’t think what to replace it with. Maybe if there was a replacement available there may be a straw.
As there are only 5 extremes left on the road there isn’t much chance to replace it.

poing

8,618 posts

149 months

Monday 13th January
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Gulf7 said:
I've heard a lot of people complain about the ride and the seats. Personally I'm fine with the suspension and the seats, but the Recaros are very figure-hugging, so I guess if they're not shaped right for you it's going to be uncomfortable.

I was thinking about the interior as I drove mine home today, and apart from the fairly old tech in the Sync 2 unit I think the interior is okay. It's not as good as our Mercedes GLC, but it's not bad either.
You are probably correct, I'm too old and fat for it really. Apparently the new version is noticeably better in the ride department and the dealer has been trying to get me into one for months but I fancy a change.

My last 2 MX5's went due to rust.
A Ford KA due to engine failure before the rust got it.
Audi A1 due to terminal boredom.
2 x Nissan Almera due to rust.
Hyundai Coupe manifold cracked and was beyond value of car to replace.

All other cars replaced simply because I fancied a change but rust has been the biggest killer of my cars.

Miserablegit

1,113 posts

58 months

Tuesday 14th January
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Corrado VR6
I made the mistake of buying the first one I saw.
It was also an auto !!!! That didn’t put me off as most of my trips were in traffic jams to the Hamble.
After a lot of consumables were replaced it paid me back by lunching the gearbox on a particularly fine overtake.
Gearbox rebuilt not once but three times by a specialist but it was never fixed properly. Put it on eBay with fault clearly described and replaced with a brand new Cooper S as I’d spent 6k on the year’s ownership of the Corrado and couldn’t face it anymore.

Eazy71

17 posts

5 months

Tuesday 14th January
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My first car - an ex fleet Ford Orion 1.4LX. I finally kicked it into touch with 136k miles on it - simultaneous wear out of brake pads, discs, suspension bushes and shocks resulted in an “uneconomical to repair” situation. Despite it clearly burning more oil that’s petrol, I managed to trade it in against a Vauxhall Cavalier for only 100 quid less than I paid for it. Not a bad result for 2 years and 45k miles of motoring! I’ve never come close to matching it!

Eazy71

17 posts

5 months

Tuesday 14th January
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My first car - an ex fleet Ford Orion 1.4LX. I finally kicked it into touch with 136k miles on it - simultaneous wear out of brake pads, discs, suspension bushes and shocks resulted in an “uneconomical to repair” situation. Despite it clearly burning more oil than petrol, I managed to trade it in against a Vauxhall Cavalier for only 100 quid less than I paid for it. Not a bad result for 2 years and 45k miles of motoring! I’ve never come close to matching it!

Oilchange

5,882 posts

209 months

Tuesday 14th January
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tannhauser said:
That's pretty awesome. Any details/photos of how you fixed it to an office chair base please?
Just need a square piece of mdf/plywood, template the bottom of the seat onto to the top, template the top of the base onto the bottom, swear a lot etc.
Needs tidying up a bit but works well. It’s reclinable, moves back and forward and looks bleedin’ cool!
cool

Edited by Oilchange on Tuesday 14th January 07:52