Worst riding car you've had/been in?

Worst riding car you've had/been in?

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ElectricSoup

7,688 posts

116 months

Friday 30th April
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Nissan Juke. Made me feel car sick for the first time in about 40 years.

alorotom

9,185 posts

152 months

Friday 30th April
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[quote=Triumph Man]... Suzuki SJ410 ... /quote]

This is a decent call - I had one as my first car in 1997 ... it was an '84 D plate and ex-farm vehicle... It wasn't that bouncy when we collected it but then I spent an age jet washing all the farm crud off it. Turns out it and it was caked in hay animal feed underneath and gained an epic amount of bounce when it was all washed away! it never returned to its un-bouncy level rofl

InitialDave

8,158 posts

84 months

Friday 30th April
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ElectricSoup said:
Nissan Juke. Made me feel car sick for the first time in about 40 years.
But after you'd finished looking at it and got in, how did it ride?

Drums

264 posts

107 months

Friday 30th April
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Abarth 595 Competizione with those carbon-backed Sabelt seats - had one as a company demonstrator for a while and I never looked forward to long journeys in it.

Great car but my god is it crashy. We sold my girlfriend's 500C Abarth (with the softer seats and suspension) because of the terrible dampening.

ElectricSoup

7,688 posts

116 months

Friday 30th April
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InitialDave said:
ElectricSoup said:
Nissan Juke. Made me feel car sick for the first time in about 40 years.
But after you'd finished looking at it and got in, how did it ride?
bounce

wsn03

1,584 posts

66 months

Friday 30th April
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stickleback123 said:
wsn03 said:
Austin Allegro - f me, if ever something made me decide the country had no future, that was it.
What an absolute heap of st. Didn't help that the suspension was collapsed, not that you'd have noticed.
It was just dreadful in every respect....most of all just being seen driving it. Mustard yellow with dog stickers on the windows! Properly destroyed my street cred, but it was a summer job I suppose (owned by the employer). Even the Reliant Robin I drove later was less embarrassing.
I'm not going to disagree with you that the Allegro was a POS for a huge number of reasons, but it would have had excellent ride quality if it wasn't broken. It was one area The Firm always excelled in.

That's interesting and I'll take your word for it. Nothing however could get me through the embarrassment of its mustard yellow paint job, hideous estate looks, and big doggy stickers all over the windows

33q

1,286 posts

88 months

Friday 30th April
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Triumph Herald!

My Grandad's 13/60 ...1969 model in about 1978....hated them ever since


ajap1979

4,845 posts

152 months

Friday 30th April
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Probably my up! GTI. I don't mind a hard ride, but there is such a lack of sophistication to the way the up! is damped, and in particular the rebound damping. A change from 195 to 205 section tyres, and a tweak of the pressures helped, but it can still be very harsh over imperfect surfaces.

Every Volvo I've ever been in has given me car sickness too.

WestyCarl

2,503 posts

90 months

Friday 30th April
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Drums said:
Abarth 595 Competizione with those carbon-backed Sabelt seats - had one as a company demonstrator for a while and I never looked forward to long journeys in it.

Great car but my god is it crashy. We sold my girlfriend's 500C Abarth (with the softer seats and suspension) because of the terrible dampening.
100% Agree. I had a 3 day trip to Italy for a mates wedding and thought I'd scored a winner by hiring one of these. Within 5 mins of leaving Avis's car park I realised I'd made a big mistake. Anything over about 60mph on the motorway was dangerous due to the bouncing around on the poor roads.


carlove

6,661 posts

132 months

Friday 30th April
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ElectricSoup said:
Nissan Juke. Made me feel car sick for the first time in about 40 years.
I was a passenger in one, I didn’t notice it being a particularly uncomfortable ride, but it was really cramped feeling. Wouldn’t want to be in that passenger seat for long (I was about half an hour)

Sporky

1,216 posts

29 months

Friday 30th April
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A Mitsubishi pickup (an L200 I think?) that a work colleague had 18-ish years ago. I'm not sure it had suspension.

tr7v8

6,578 posts

193 months

Friday 30th April
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As others have said anything Audi/Merc/BMW/Bini with rubber band tyres on oversize wheels. I assume S-Line means no shocks or springs?
My Cayenne S on its 19" Summers isn't great & even on much higher 18" winters it still gets caught out.
I have had two S type Jags, the first an SE on 16" & the second a Sport on 18", I found the sport pretty poor although not as bad as its German equivalents. Although everyone who rode in it thought it OK. Most owned Audi/BMW/Merc though.

MC Bodge

15,610 posts

140 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
So not actually the worst riding car?

The chassis was actually very, very good and, as far as I am aware, that view is fairly universal.

Roger Irrelevant

1,767 posts

78 months

Friday 30th April
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I remember being driven down a local road by my brother in his 3 series (2008-ish), not long after I'd broken a few ribs in a bike accident and it being fking agony. It wasn't even particularly badly surfaced but I ended up begging him to drive at about 30mph. I'd driven the same road in my own cars several times since the accident with very little bother. I don't drive or even ride in cars other than my own all that often but when I do I am often surprised at just how bad a ride people will put up with, presumably for the sake of 'sport'.

MC Bodge

15,610 posts

140 months

Friday 30th April
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Sporky said:
A Mitsubishi pickup (an L200 I think?) that a work colleague had 18-ish years ago. I'm not sure it had suspension.
It did, but, as commercial vehicle, it was designed to carry large payloads for most of the time.

Chedders

197 posts

54 months

Friday 30th April
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9th Gen (2009) 1.8 Civic, it was that bad I part exchanged it after 4 months, I usually keep my cars for around 5 to 6 years.

Very crashy, very hard, lots of road noise, it did handle well around corners though. But it's ment to be a soft family car, what the hell Honda?

croissant

1,240 posts

103 months

Friday 30th April
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Without doubt it has to be the Golden Dragon XML 6532E3YM.

I believe it came out of China and is a replica of a Toyota mini van. I had to endure a 7 hour trip in this thing across all sorts of terrains in South America and I couldn't believe how terrible it was. The shocks and spring rates were completely mismatched to the vehicle. It felt like it was on leaf springs with shocks.

Hateful vehicle. I managed to dig out a photo of the vehicle I travelled in


CeramicMX5ND2

2,579 posts

38 months

Friday 30th April
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Out of my recent cars it has to be the Mk7 Fiesta ST (2016)
I was surprised that my MX-5ND2 2.0 (2018) has a better ride, but to me it's certainly more compliant at lower speeds and over speed bumps..

The spinner of plates

14,987 posts

165 months

Friday 30th April
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An Audi A6 S-Line on 19" wheels I was loaned for a month.

The ride was so brittle that I actually noticed I'd physically tense when a road imperfection was upcoming because everything transmitted through into the cabin. And noisy at motorway speeds due to tyre roar. Just such an unpleasant mode of transport.

Never had an Audi since.

I've no doubt the higher up models are technologically impressive and push boundaries, but the majority of hum-drum stuff kitted out with stiff suspension and big wheels is, for me, the absolute definition of automotive style over substance.

I understand though that people do like the looks, so cars like this are great for folk who covet that sort of thing.
I don't care what others drive - if product liked, money will be taken, everybody's happy!

donkmeister

3,440 posts

65 months

Friday 30th April
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MC Bodge said:
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.
So not actually the worst riding car?

The chassis was actually very, very good and, as far as I am aware, that view is fairly universal.
Actually, yes, it is the worst riding car I've been in, the fact it wasn't terrible doesn't change that. I'm obviously fortunate that I've not driven anything worse! biggrin

Opinions vary of course, but I have driven oh so many of them of varying trims and engines over the years and it genuinely was average when compared to what Fiat, Vauxhall and Peugeot were putting out at the same time. You'll appreciate that I'm going to trust my own experience of the car over what a schmoozed journo says following a 10 mile test drive on roads picked by Ford.