Worst riding car you've had/been in?

Worst riding car you've had/been in?

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Dave Hedgehog

13,116 posts

169 months

Friday 30th April
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pretty much any modern fake performance audi/bmw/mercedes with 20" rims and m, amg etc. badging

maxdb

1,431 posts

122 months

Friday 30th April
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Vauxhall Vectra - it was just rubbish in every way.

Alex_225

4,323 posts

166 months

Friday 30th April
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My mums Audi A1. It was spec'd by the first owner with 18" wheels which makes the ride terrible and the road noise even worse. It looks quite good but 16" wheels would have made all the difference.

It only has 120bhp and although handles well, the lack of performance doesn't justify it having the type of ride quality it does.

B235r

73 posts

14 months

Friday 30th April
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The worst a astra gte 16v with spax coilovers & 17" wheels was terrible first thing I done to that car was replace the suspension & a set of 15" wheels

2nd worse a pug 208 GTi by Peugeot sport bought last year from a pug dealer we thought we could live with the ride but ended up taking it back 3 days later & swapping it for normal GTi (much better ride)


Frankthered

1,460 posts

145 months

Friday 30th April
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Sometime in the mid 90s, a group of us were picked up in a minicab that was an FSO Polonez.

The ride was outstandingly bad. Even though it was a relatively short journey, every imperfection on the road was communicated to the passengers without fail. It seemed that running over a pebble would have sent a crash through the whole body shell.

What made it even more outstanding was that this was combined with almost no control of body roll and an alarming tendency to lurch around corners makes this number 1 on my list of worst ride / handling combinations experienced in a car!

NGRhodes

1,159 posts

37 months

Friday 30th April
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A Lada Riva, the ONLY car to ever make me travel sick.

Electronicpants

2,181 posts

153 months

Friday 30th April
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Mk1 Mx5 on cheep coilovers.

Cost me more in the long run due to the 2k in dental work putting my teeth back in hehe

ExcitableBoy

947 posts

38 months

Friday 30th April
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Ignoring track cars and road cars with silly modifications.

I was surprised at how poor the previous generation 3/4 series was on standard dampers and run flats.

scouseVR6

101 posts

154 months

Friday 30th April
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2003 Audi 2.0 FSI sport with 17 inch wheels, you could feel every bump it was truly horrendous
my current Honda Civic Type R, the ride is awful

Hammerhead

2,564 posts

219 months

Friday 30th April
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BMW X5 4.8 (1st gen)
Seat Cupra Turbo (mid 2000s)

Both utterly spine smashing setups.

TheJimi

19,669 posts

208 months

Friday 30th April
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Electronicpants said:
Mk1 Mx5 on cheep coilovers.

Cost me more in the long run due to the 2k in dental work putting my teeth back in hehe
Was it a budgie brand?


Chris Stott

8,320 posts

162 months

Friday 30th April
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Current generation Focus RS.

A mate worked for Ford and brought one round... felt like someone had forgotten to fit suspension.

fozzymandeus

809 posts

111 months

Friday 30th April
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Another vote for the R53 MCS with sport suspension plus.

Went round bends well though.

Another suggestion is an E46 M3 cabrio with shot dampers.

donkmeister

3,440 posts

65 months

Friday 30th April
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MK1 Ford Focus.
Not that it was terrible, but the expectations did not match reality. I suspect every motoring journo of the day got a blowie off the Ford PR team in return for writing glowing reports of sublime and accurate handling, which meant I was expecting something amazing instead of well... Average.
Whereas if they'd said "meh, it's a small hatchback so it's quite light, s'alright I suppose" then I'd have probably been happier with it.

Conversely, I was pleasantly surprised by the Vauxhall Vectra as I had Jeremy Clarkson's "pull the ESP fuse and floor the throttle on every corner for max understeer" video in my mind. It wasn't going to be worrying the Citroen oleopneumatic suspension team for waft or anyone at Lotus for precision, but as large FWD cars with decently powerful engines go it was alright.

Silverage

1,032 posts

95 months

Friday 30th April
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I had my ID3 in for a recall and they gave me a brand new Q2 S-Line with 19” wheels as a loaner. Christ, is was like there was no suspension at all. Even over smooth roads it was bad. On the cratered moonscape that makes up the rest of Lincolnshire’s roads it was virtually undriveable.

It was a well built car but it will need to be as it is going to shake itself to pieces.

InitialDave

8,158 posts

84 months

Friday 30th April
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donkmeister said:
MK1 Ford Focus.
Not that it was terrible, but the expectations did not match reality. I suspect every motoring journo of the day got a blowie off the Ford PR team in return for writing glowing reports of sublime and accurate handling, which meant I was expecting something amazing instead of well... Average.
Whereas if they'd said "meh, it's a small hatchback so it's quite light, s'alright I suppose" then I'd have probably been happier with it.
Drive one back to back with the preceding Escort, then it makes sense.

Freakuk

1,512 posts

116 months

Friday 30th April
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Audi A1 S-Line, hired one a few years ago and it was way to stiff for the roads around the South of France

rev-erend

20,951 posts

249 months

Friday 30th April
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Focus RS mk3.

The old time it was great was on a track.

Just too stiffly set-up for the 3rd world roads of the UK.

F1GTRUeno

4,917 posts

183 months

Friday 30th April
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Grande Punto in Sporting trim or Alfa MiTo in Lusso trim.

Same car, presumably same horrendous damping and suspension settings.

Loved them both for their looks and character but my word they couldn’t go down a road properly.

In the MiTo you had to back off on the motorway if it got too bumpy otherwise you got launched.

RicksAlfas

11,032 posts

209 months

Friday 30th April
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I recently borrowed a Mercedes C300d AMG look/line/style with 19"rims and runflat tyres.
It made me travel sick driving it. It constantly jiggled even on a reasonable road surface.
Hit a bump and the car lurched sideways like it had a live axle and cart springs.
Unbelievably bad. An SE on 16 or 17" rims would have been far nicer to drive and ironically would be faster down a lane than the one with all the "performance" inspired tat. rolleyes