What cars have you had/driven and which was the best/worst?

(136 Posts)
MilkNCereal Tue 06-Nov-12 10:05:03

I've owned a

Vauxhall Corsa (loved it, cheap and cheerful!)
Nissan Almera (HATED it, horrible smelly thing)
Rover 200 (old man's car, it embarrassed me)
Ford Focus (love it, nice and nippy)

I've driven a

Citroen Picasso (Middle age-mobile - not cool)
Ford Focus C-Max (loved it!)
Vauxhall Zafira (loved it, despite how uncool it looks)

Out of all of them - I prefer the Focus. I WANT an AUDI A5 [in love]

car geeks anonymous

CogitoErgoSometimes Tue 06-Nov-12 10:07:48

My favourite that I've actually owned is also an Audi A3 but I'd love to try a some of the sporty-looking numbers I see on Top Gear. Worst car ever... anything by Citroen. I use a fair few hire cars and the Citroens always seem to be falling apart.

chipmunch Tue 06-Nov-12 10:08:22

g reg maxi

Ford Fiesta - Without power steering - Hated it
Vauxhall corsa - Liked it. Could park it anywhere
Renault scenic - Loved all the compartments but hated driving it (Although loved being high up as I'm a short arse)
Land Rover Freelander - Love it, high up, and it makes me feel safe

Fenton Tue 06-Nov-12 10:13:35

Ford fiesta - pile of crap, drove like a pig
Ford escort - ditto plus wheels fell off
Mazda 323 ugly but drove smooth and solid
Mazda 5 sport - love it, quiet, smooth, solid and reliable.

Worst - Citroen AX

Best - Corsa

I own a Micra which I love but isnt the most comfortable.

«disclaimer, my car driving experience is nominal»

musicposy Tue 06-Nov-12 10:14:46

Owned two Peugeot 309s and a 306 and loved them all.
Nissan Micra, that was OK for nipping around town.
Had a Mitsubishi Space Wagon which spent half it's life in the garage and we finally had to scrap, but the children cried when it went and I was pretty sad! A wonderfully practical car. One child in each row and no fighting!

Now I drive a Fiat Punto my parents got for me because they were worried about all the old bangers we drove the DCs around in. It's shiny and new and I should love it but I don't. It has no guts, still drinks plenty of petrol and is just not enough of a work horse for us. Bits fall off more regualrly than they did on the ancient Peugeots. But I can't sell the damn thing and buy another lovely Peugeot banger as it was a gift. sad

Peugeot 106, 3 door, L reg. Could have been a lovely car had previous owners cared for it. Dp loved it.

Fiester, p reg. 5 door, dodgy as fuck, randomly refused access to the boot.

Volvo 440, did 400 miles and the clutch went, then suspension, fecking pita.

Peugeot 406 estate. P reg. Diesel. Bloody lovely, would have another in heartbeat, we parted ways as it was getting old and had 240k on the clock, this was a year a go and its still chugging along.

Peugeot 307, 2002. Evil, evil, evil. Hated it, it had issue after issue eventually decided to scrap it and the bloke said its the most common car he has scrapped.

Vauxhall zafira. Hated it, just a sodding inconvienience in every way! And a total money pit for fuel and insurance and tax. And after buying it thinking it was a great family car as everyone has one I discover I'm essentially signing my dcs life away by seating them in the back.

Fiat multipla, love it love it love it.

Nancy66 Tue 06-Nov-12 10:22:17

Have driven VW Golfs and Polos, old and new and always fanatastic to drive.

Same with Volvo

Have never driven a decent Vauxhall or French made car

Hillman Husky
Vauxhall Victor
Ford Anglia
Morris Traveller
Vauxhall Viva
Vauxhall Cresta
Ford Escort Mk1&2
Vauxhall Cavalier Mk1 2&3
Vauxhall Astra
Nisan Almera
Vauxhall Belmont
Vauuxhall SRi
Jaguar xjs 5.3 HE
Austin A35
Austin 1100 &1300
Ford zodiac Mk4 &5
Formula ford single seat race cars
VW golf GTi race cars
Seat sport GT

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Lots of love here for the humble Corsa. I loved mine too, very reliable and could park anywhere.

Loved my Citreon C3.
Very disappointed with my Golf, I'd wanted one for ages and it was just ok. Aircon was terrible.
Least reliable was my Megane.

Currently hankering after a VW Taureg -totally impractical and unnecessary where I live but I would love one.

lynniep Tue 06-Nov-12 10:32:49

Ford Escort - my first car in 1995 ish. Loved it. But it was atrocious. Didn't work in the rain. Had a manual choke that I kept forgetting to push back in. Conked out several times resulting in me getting towed to various destinations. But it was MINE!

I then didn't own another car (moved to London) until my dad gave me his old Audi in about 2005. It was like a TANK and the alarm kept going off. Tres reliable though.

The next car we got was a Nissan Almera in 2006 which was a nice little runaround and I still see now and again locally (sold it to our postman)

We sold that because DH was given a company car. A Nissan Qashqai which i really disliked. HUGE on the outside. Not very big on the inside in comparison. Everything was really clicky and snappy. And it guzzled oil.

Our Nissan Almera Tino is our Mr Reliable. Its filthy and battered and we dont care. However its a bit of a petrol guzzler.

The punto we had after got rid of the qashqai was great little runaround but I wrote it off.

We then got a grande punto. Massive mistake. Nightmare car. Still awaiting outcome of small claims against the dealership we bought it from after we had to replace the steering column. Nasty nippy doors with handles that stick in bad weather. Constantly flashing lights for some error or other. Hate it.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Tue 06-Nov-12 10:36:26

My favourite car has to have been my DS's Mini (a proper Mini not the BMW rip-off version). It was old, had no power steering and no power assisted braking but it had guts and it turned heads. Random strangers waved to us as we drove it home from way up north to the Fens. DS was very sad to sell it on but it has to one of the few cars you can buy, drive around in and sell for a profit.

Least favourite was a Mini Metro we hired years ago when we went to Jersey. It was a heap of jelly. It had the turning circle of a horse and cart and probably about as much get up and go.

Iodine Tue 06-Nov-12 10:37:23

Ford focus- lovely drive. Felt very safe.

Nissan note- loved how high up the seat was but wouldn't buy one.

Old school ford fiesta- sluggish
Peugeot 206- didn't like going above 70mph, not good when overtaking!

New Corsa- Could barely move itself forwards it was so heavy.

Peugeot 207 SW- actually a very nice drive. You can't complain about a car when you can fit a dismantled double bed and mattress in the back!

BMW 318- Engine too small for the size of the car. Really easy to stall and had no power in lower gears.

Brand new Golf GTD 2.0 ltr engine- love, love, LOVED this! Really responsive, amazing fuel consumption, plenty of power even in 6th gear.

My current car: Toyota Aygo- pleased with fuel consumption and size of the seats. Can fit 4 adults in the back. Plenty of power for around town and will happily sit at 70mph on motorway once it gets there. Just need to plan ahead for hills etc.

At 23 I think I have driven more cars than my parents! Company insurance gave me thw opportunity to have cars that I would never have been able to afford the insurance on.

The worst was the Almera,just no feel to it at all. The best was the XJs Jaguar. Most stylish was the old Vauxhall Cresta, an ex cheaufer driven car that the Fry's chocolate factory used.

My car ownership history.....
Mini Metro loved it for the freedom it gave, was first car after passing test, I used to regularly reverse it into things and the rear bumper was v cheap to replace
2 x Peugeot 205s one after the other after dh rolled first one in a not-his-fault accident, then was sideswiped in an again not-his-fault accident in second one, so we gave up on them and got
Renault Clio mkll really nice to drive, and also v reliable. Was around the time of the Papa and Nicole adverts and I was called Nicole by car park attendant once grin
Renault Megane when ds2 came along the Clio just wasn't big enough - the pram took up the whole boot, but because we'd liked it, we stuck with Renault. This is the cAr we had our catastrophic crash in, the one that took dh from us, and left ds1 with severe and life threatening injuries. The crash (I cannot call it an accident, because how can you accidentally take loads of drugs and then deliberately pull out into oncoming traffic at 60mph? And that is what the guy who drove into us did) means I have no positive memories really of that car
Peugeot 306 bought with my dad after the crash, I didn't even test drive it because I was still in plaster! Needed something to get about in, and it was newish, and available. It was ok, but nothing special, and it got v temperamental in cold weather
Ford Focus ST oh how I loved this car, it was my fantasy 3 door fast as you like, black beauty. It accelerated quickly so overtaking on the same A road as where our crash was felt safe...but ultimately, I am a single mum, in the far north of Scotland, with 2 ds's, one of whom rides horses, and 2 dogs, so now I drive
Honda CR-V only car I have owned since brand new, never had any problems in the 3 years I've had it. Gets back and forwards from stables and fields with no difficulty, manages snow with ease. I will keep it til it dies, then probably get another one the same.

DigWeedSow Tue 06-Nov-12 10:44:48

Least favourite = Nissan Figaro, completely impractical and totally unreliable.

Most favourite = Nissan Figaro, a dream to drive, easy to park and small children wave when they see it!

hellhas I loved my real Mini too, I also made a healthy profit when I sold it grin

mignonette Tue 06-Nov-12 10:47:28

Worse- Classic old restored Mini Cooper bought as a gift which drives as if it was a tin can chucked down the road..

Best- big old Mercedes G Wagen- lumbering old beast of a car but brilliant in the country and practical for carting building supplies about for restoration

IvanaHumpalotCountDracula Tue 06-Nov-12 10:49:07

BMW 5 series - hated it, felt very low to the ground. Very suspect serving from BMW garage.

Mercedes B class - hate it. Gear box broke just out of warranty, despite full Mercedes servicing and new widget for gear box just before whole thing broke and they charged me for new widget again with the new gear box. Now take it to lovely local garage.

Hmmm, theme here of official servicing...

Smart car - loved it. Not the most luxe ride, but cheap as chips to drive, tax and insure. High driving position (yes really). Never a problem finding a parking space. It went up and down the country with me. It has now died - I am still in mourning. Waiting for...

Toyota IQ to be delivered. We shall see. My cars are getting smaller.

EdsRedeemingQualities Tue 06-Nov-12 10:50:26

I learnt in a VW polo. It was Ok.
First car I bought was a Ford Landiner (1971) which fell to pieces gradually. It was shocking to drive. The number of fenceposts I demolished <cringe>

Didn't have another car till this one which is a fiesta and absolutely lovely.
We had to hire another polo a few months ago while the fiesta was being repaired, and it was shite. It really was like a tin box after the ford.

I've also driven an old renault 5 I think it was, that was a bit shit too.

Bertrude Tue 06-Nov-12 10:57:15

My car history will out me to anyone I know:

N Reg Citroen AX - loved it, it was my freedom
Suzuki Swift - was great until some fucker realised you could bend the doors from the top to break into it.
Megane Cabriolet - hated it. More because that particular one was shit though
Mitsubishi Lancer - was a 1.3 auto and built with less strength than a bean tin. Worst. Car. Ever.
Z4 - my current car and I love it to bits.

Other cars I have driven regularly:
E Class Merc - various models all of my dads. I would have one if I wanted a big old man saloon car to replace the go kart
Nissan Micra - mums car when I was 17 before I got my AX. Was fun, probalby because it was the first taste of freedom
Toyota Prius - awesome car despite being fucking ugly surprisingly quick so good for racing away from the lights
Toyota Avensis - husband's company car. Good for camping.
Ford Focus - felt really posh at the time as it was the first grown ups car that me and husband owned
Mercedes 4x4 - ok to drive but this one is a bit of a shitty horrid shed
Honda Civic - good normal car.
Porsche 911 - good fun once I remembered how to use a manual gearbox on the wrong side of the road (even my Z4 is an auto - 5 years since I've driven a manual)

ViviPru Tue 06-Nov-12 11:03:19

You'd have to go a long way to find a better car to drive then the Prumobile.

A BMW M Sport 335d touring remapped to around 340BHP, it SHIFTS. Because its a tourer, and a subtle graphite, it's a stealth machine as few realise how stupidly powerful it is. It's like driving around in the worlds safest, most practical, supremely comfortable rocket.

Mr Pru put in a ridiculously bassy sub too and I particularly enjoy cranking up the speed garage as I cruise round the genteel Leicestershire rural hamlets smile

Longdistance Tue 06-Nov-12 11:06:27

85 plate Vauxhall Astra - was truly awful as was something dodgy.

97 plate Corsa Vegas. Was brand new.

03 plate Astra Sxi. Was brand new too.

09 plate Insignia Sri. Was brand new too, and was the most amazing car ever! I still miss her ;o( sniff as moved to Oz.

Now have a Nissan X-trail, piece of crap with no pull whatsoever. Was forced into buying it by d h as HE liked it. In fact I fucking hate it!!!

They now sell Opel Insignias here..........Ahhhh, and relax........I have a plan ;)

mignonette Tue 06-Nov-12 11:12:04

Town car is a Corsa which cost us nearly £1000 to MOT yesterday...shock

mignonette Tue 06-Nov-12 11:12:29

I mean to get through the MOT

Waspie Tue 06-Nov-12 11:17:52

I've owned and driven loads but the best and worst were:

I loved my first car which was a Ford Escort (sentimental reasons only, the car was piece of crap!)
I loved my Audi TT convertible. It had four wheel drive, was well put together and fast grin
I love my current BMW 3 series touring because it's rear wheel drive so feels quite sporty and it's really well built so I feel that my son and I are as safe as I can make us without a tank.

The worst car I have driven is easily a Fiat Brava. It was a hire car that I had for 2 days nearly 15 years ago and it was so bad that I still remember almost every minute I had to spend in it. Next bad was every Peugeot I've ever driven - hideous gear boxes [shudder].

Badvoc Tue 06-Nov-12 11:22:03

I have owned 3 corsa's.
I old banger saloon but I loved it.
I 3 dr which got too small when ds2 arrived.
And my current 5 dr.
I love it.
Easy to drive, big enough boot and ok to park.
Don't like the look of the new corsa's though so no idea what other car I would have!

Dhs Toyota corolla was a nice car to drive but the back was so high I couldn't see out of the rear window!
Have driven Dhs passat estate and hate it. It's like a tank.
His old car was a mondeo and hated that too.
My dads ford focus estate. Also hate that. Diesel cars are very noisy!
Have driven a fiesta and c max in hols and liked them both.

I like the look of the fiat 500...any good?

EIizaDay Tue 06-Nov-12 11:22:12

Ford Escort 1100 gxl, sporting green. Cost about #1100 gbp a long time ago.

I actually hate cars but I liked this one (would rather walk)

EdsRedeemingQualities Tue 06-Nov-12 11:28:32

Ooh can we do bikes as well or is that against the rules?

Easiest bike: little Yam 125. Started on the button every time. But shiny and ugly and it hissed instead of making a proper noise, so it went when I passed my test.

Hardest bike: BMW R something. Big fairing, it was a bastard.

In between: Commando 850 (1978) quite high and very powerful. Beautiful. I couldn't reach the floor so that didn't work out.

Hyabusa (1300 suzuki) very responsive, very quick. Nice actually but I'd have been straight into a wall if I'd owned it.

Moto Guzzi 350 - gearbox was shite, footpeg kept falling off, started on one and stayed on one much of the time, ugly as fuck but strangely beautiful too. Rode every day for a few years.

" " 500 - very pretty and noisy, again the gears were dodgy as anything, but it was gorgeous.

Honda CG125 - learner bike, nice but no electric boot. Honda CB125 - never rode it, it was a clothes depository in my bedroom for a few months while I tried to rewire it. Honda CD175 - pretty restored thing but wouldn't hold any charge. (6v). Honda 250 - good, worked nicely but boring.

Worst bike EVER - Honda 50 from 1970s. It would cut out when you rode through a puddle and you had to push it home.

Taghain Tue 06-Nov-12 11:59:05

I've dirven too many cars to list:
Favourite: SAAB 9000 - fast, comfortable, had everything. I miss it still.
Worst: Audi A4. The driving position buggered my right leg up, I still have problems with cramp. Several other people have reported the same thing.
Crappest: Leyland / Austin something or other. It was only happy at 90, rattling away like a tin can. Dreadful.
Most fun: choice between Citroen 2CV and current Micra, which is so zappy around town.

Aquelven Tue 06-Nov-12 12:05:43

Ancient Morris 8, bought for £10,started with handle, skint student
Swapped for almost as ancient Ford Anglia, bought when realised Morris 8 had no brakes whatsoever.

Ford Escort GT

Saab, can't remember model, built like a green tank, every window had demisters & found tyre chains in boot.


Series II Landrover

Mini Clubman, often with back seat cushion removed to transport goat.

Triumph Toledo

Half timbered Mini Traveller, starting button, string door handles, hole in petrol tank so had to carry can in back to constantly top up, brilliant little car.

Big Vauxhall, can't remember model, DS always felt sick in it so glad when DH wrote it off on motorway less pleased at him also junking my years of no claims, swine

Ford Cortina Estate, fab, loved it, unfortunately crushed by lorry along with me so on leaving hospital went to car auction & spent £80 on

Little hatchback, might have been Peugeot, I forget, which after 6 months traded in at a profit for

Mini Mayfair, which I owned for 22 years as couldn't bear to part with it even though bought others to use daily, sadly now gone.

Mini Cooper ( proper, not BMW wannabe)

Currently Fiat 500

Also driven ones belonging to DH who has much posher cars than me,
Several sports cars, early on, swapped for estate cars once Dc came along
Lots of Rovers, ending with the 75.
MGs, which I hated, so did the dogs.
Alongside Landrovers of various types from ancient Series I,via Freelanders, Discos,Defenders to current one.

Pendeen Tue 06-Nov-12 12:41:19

I haven't driven many cars but...

Dad's Renault something (quite old and scruffy car) in which I learned to drive so at the time thought it was a good car until I had some driving lessons in a school car; a VW Polo which was a lot easier to steer and park but terribly uncomfortable.

'Inherited' (i.e. shared to the point of her hardly ever having access), mum's Citroen 2CV - even then it was over 20 years old - which was huge fun, extremely cheap to run and tres chic but very, very under-powered.

When I worked for a small practice during my final year I was sometimes allowed to borrow one of the partner's cars an enormous Peugeot estate for site visits and so on. After the first few times I quickly learned how to reverse park so the builders wouldn't have the chance to make fun of me making a mess of manoeuvring off buildng sites!

Then I had a 5-year old Clio which was OK-ish but a bit cramped.

Last year I finally bought my first new car - an Alfa 159.

Worst was the Renault. Best - by far - is my Alfa!

quietbatperson Tue 06-Nov-12 12:42:49

I test drove a Toyota Aygo a few weeks ago for a grand total of half an hour. It was so shit you wouldn't credit it, and the seats are moulded all in one with the headrest which made it unbelievably uncomfortable to drive, resulting in several days of painkillers for my poor neck.

mollymole Thu 15-Nov-12 16:46:17

I also drove a Toyota Aygo last week, for around 2 hours and I loved it.
I have owned
Merc _ saloon
BMW - sports
Alphas - big, & classic Spyder
Fords XR2i, and basic Fiesta
Mazda - MX5 and 3 series
Mitsubishi L200

out of these I loved the Alphas, even though they are temperamental and adored the MX5, the Fords were so different , the XR2i fun and the basic Fiesta - shite, the Merc was not all they are cracked up to be and the BMW was reliable but boring - the Landrover was a bit too grown up - L200 is ace.

MrsJohnDeere Thu 15-Nov-12 17:54:18

Owned over the years, in no particular Order:

Ford Puma
Renault Clio
Audi A6
Mazda MX5
Subaru Impreza
Subaru Legacy
Fiat Panda
Honda Jazz
BMW 1 series
Volvo v70

All had their good and bad points. Most unreliable was the A6 (think we had a dud one), worst to drive was the Mazda MX5. Worst to be driven in was the Jazz (vomit inducing). Best to park was the Fiat Pandagrin, but not great on motorways. Currently feeling the Volvo love.

So many bangers...

Triumph Dolomite.. learned to drive in it, ex rally car and still had the roll over cage!!! A hideous tank which gave me a near death experience when the accelerator stuck down....

Mini... a proper little one. First car of my own, total rust bucket and I loved it. I also learned to weld thanks to its rotten sub frame!

Fiat Uno x2 First one written off when a drunk driver hit me ..I was 31 weeks pregnant. Great car!

Rover metro. God no. Just awful. Inherited from my gran. I was actually happy when it died.

Mitsurbishi Space Wagon. Great load lugger til the timing belt went.

Smart Car (fortwo) LOVE LOVE LOVE MY SMART! Best car ever. Had to trade it in as semi auto gear box and my son needed to learn to drive. He has now passed his test and I'm looking at Smarts again!

Nissan Micra.. current car. Reliable, light as a feather to drive and park, and dare I say it, pretty decent. But has 110,000 on the clock and is getting poorly so am hoping to change back to a smartcar soon.

amothersplaceisinthewrong Thu 15-Nov-12 18:22:40

Have driven too many cars to list But two staand out

THE WORST - My Father's Lada Riva - it had no power steering was only a 1200 engine yet quite Russian tank like - almost impossible to back into a space in. I had to get my DH who had the time had not passed his test to park it for me as it needed more muscle than I had smile

THE BEST - my current car BMW 320 (i) - it is not at all heavy to drive yet is is a good heavy, safe car with enough acceleration to get past the lorries on teh motorway quickly.

Drove an Isuzu Trooper once on holiday - great fun, but huge (7 seater thing)

fresh Thu 15-Nov-12 18:26:50

Fiesta van - brilliant for carting building stuff around
Golf GTI Mk2. Loved it.
Peugeot 405 SRi (company car). Built like a tank, pretty fast but did I really need a sales rep saloon? No.
Toyota Mr2 Mk2. In metallic turquoise!! Complete girl racer stuff.
Metro. Aargh. Shopping trolley.
Fiat Punto. Really cute, but not big enough for two buggies in the boot
Renault Scenic Megane. Like a small bus, but practical for kids.
Another Golf TdI. Fab.
Short relationship with a Citroen DS3. French shopping trolley but v pretty with Orla Kiely flowers on it.
Now. Back to a Golf Tdi. Are you sensing a pattern here?

Favourite: Golf. Worst: Metro.

nocake Thu 15-Nov-12 18:30:16

Too many to list but...
Worst - A 1974 Ford Mustang V8. It belonged to a friend and was scary to drive. The steering was so powered up that it didn't centre, instead it would drift left and right at random, and the brakes has no feel so one minute you weren't slowing and a split second later the wheels were locked up.

Best - Mazda MX5. Quite simply the most fun car on the road if you're on a budget. Even better, I imported it from Japan then sold it 2 years later for a 30% profit.

stargirl1701 Thu 15-Nov-12 18:38:04

Rover GTi - good but old (things kept falling off like the exhaust manifold)

Corsa - slower than sheep

Fiesta - good car, cheap to run and maintain

Fiesta ST - a fortune to run (13-24 mpg) and maintain (tyres £150 each and needed EVERY year) but I LOVE IT!!!!

I have to sell it after the arrival of LO in September. No idea what to replace it with. Depressed at the boring options.

Maybe Audi A3 (want but can't have the S3) or Ford Focus (want but can't have the RS). I'm just a boy racer at heart grin

PlaySchool Thu 22-Nov-12 19:18:54

I've had

2CV - Fabulously unreliable but it was always a talking point and I was very fond of it.

Old Mini - Super duper - could always find a parking space.

Citroen AX - Good

Citroen Saxo - Better

Renault Megane - Lovely features but I'm sure the electrics were a bit dodgy

Vauxhall Zafira - Hated the damn thing

Ford Focus - Reliable - No complaints

Fiat 500 - Just got it and love it so far.

eatyourveg Thu 22-Nov-12 20:03:40

Talbot horizon (same as a chrysler alpine) - brill, could fit everything I owned in the back

Renault 5 - brill too

Vauxhall chevette - truly awful, kept it for 2 weeks then took it back to the garage for a refund

Mini clubman 1972 - ok, rather bumpy but cool and wish now I had hung on to it

Nissan sunny - not bad but rather slip on shoe/medallion man ish

Honda concerto - ok but an old married couples car

Renault espace - great for separating fighting kids - 3 clutches in one year so it had to go

Ford galaxy - does the job but far too common

I want an old morris traveller which the dc are banned from riding in

idobelieveinfairies Thu 22-Nov-12 20:06:08

Worst-ford galaxy

Best-bmw x5 - beautiful, fabulous car,

Wishfulmakeupping Thu 22-Nov-12 20:06:17

Best- seat Leon fr
Worst- (because it was so disappointing) vauxhall astra sporty one- totally gutless

Sirzy Thu 22-Nov-12 20:07:16

I currently drive a Corsa which I love. This is the 3rd corsa I have had.

Before that I had a metro (first car, loved it smile) and a fiat sciento thing which was horrendous!

I have also driven a Kia Sedona which was lovely.

goralka Thu 22-Nov-12 20:07:27

VW transporter (every drive a mini workout!) - great cred but essentially a PITA
Fiat Brava - my little rally car, love it.

fledtoscotland Thu 22-Nov-12 20:17:17

Have owned

Fiat panda 900cc
M reg corsa
Saab 9-3 convertible with body kit and honda v5 2.5L engine (one off demo)
Fiat panda
Fiat ceicento
Honda civic
Citroen c5 estate
Kia Sedona
Ford ka (I used for Uni as easy to park in city)
Renault Megan's
Renault grand scenic
Volvo v40 estate

Most fun to drive - Saab (shit off a shovel)
Best family car - Kia Sedona although drank fuel
Worst car - too up between ka and grand scenic

paddingtonbear1 Fri 07-Dec-12 16:23:37

My first car was a Peugeot 309. Loved it - very nippy and reliable.
Peugeot 106 - OK but not as good as the 309
BMW 316 - nice but underpowered
BMW 323iSE - loved this car. My fave (and dd's)! V sorry to see it go.
We now have an Audi A6 estate. Lovely to drive, can fit bikes in the back. Has cost us a small fortune to maintain though, things keep going wrong. A friend said we were unlucky! Not sure what we'll go for next. My dad has a Peugeot 308SW which seems OK.

LaQueen Fri 07-Dec-12 16:43:35

My very first car was a shit brown Yugo, with a beige tartan interior, which used to always stall at traffic lights - but I luffed that car, it gave my my independence.

Afterwards I drove a succession of Fiestas, all very nice but a bit dull.

Then I up-graded to a cherry-red, Suzuki Cappuccino...they were a rare import, and about the size of wheelbarrow. But, they looked amazing and could thrash any Boy-Racer off at the traffic lights. Loads of fun to drive, and with a clip-off roof smile

Then I swapped it for a brand new VW Gold, when DD1 was born - and went all sensible and Mumsy. Again, very nice but a bit dull.

Today I'm driving a VW Polo, that's very nice, but I only drive about 2K miles a year now, anyway. So much as I would love a Fiat 500, DH is refusing to indulge me (sulks).

But, as regards the best cars...thanks to my petrol-head older brother I have driven Triumph Stags, Porcshe 944s, and a vintage Aston Martin that sounded like a traction engine and made my thighs throb smile

However...the ultimate was a deep-red, Ferrari 430 Spider...DH was given it as a thank you from a client, and was allowed to drive it down to Monsa for the Grand Prix for weekend (some promotional, corporate perk thingy). I didn't get to go to Monsa, but Dh let me drive it around our village...and Oh. My. Feckin. God...it was amazing smile

2kidsintow Fri 07-Dec-12 17:03:08

1st - Metro. Loved it. First car.

2nd - Rover Metro. Different shape. Liked it a lot. Very reliable. Was too small once we had DD1

3rd - Astra (R reg) - dark green. Irritating engine light that constantly lit, but that my mechanic couldn't find the reason for, despite replacing that parts that it said it needed. Good for boot space when DD2 came along.

4th - Citroen C3. Loved the shape and the colour (Lilac silver). Missed air-con. Pretty reliable, but sometimes some of the electric systems wouldn't kick in on a damp start. Then no power steering or speedo etc. Has got very stuttery to start when it is cold, and it is going.

5th - picking up tomorrow. Hyundai i30. Hope it is going to be a good one.

LittleTownofBethleHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 07-Dec-12 17:09:59

Afternoon. We're going to move this thread to our Cars topic now. Which kinda makes sense, really.

Oh and we've made it a Discussion of the day, too. smile

fussychica Fri 07-Dec-12 17:21:12

I don't drive but my DH bloody loves his VW Scirocco - as a passenger it's great as long as you don't have to get in the back - not cramped just difficult to get in & out of if you are no longer a Spring chicken!

Had various Citroens (AX, ZX, C3) for the last 20 odd years but there wasn't anything in their range which took our fancy this time round.

SrirachaGirl Fri 07-Dec-12 17:42:43


Toyota Sienna (Mini-van/people carrier). Clunky and Bus-like...quickly abandoned about the same time as strollers and nappies. Would never have one again (minivan, not Toyota) despite the practical aspects.

DH has an Audi A4 which he loves and I detest. It's possessed by a failed teenage street-racer and makes me feel frightened for my life. He has to park in a vast subterranean lot under city blocks so he also likes that it's easy to get around in there and fits into tiny/awkward spaces.


Volvo XC70 (bought new) is the car I have now and it's dreamy to drive. Before that we had an XC90 (bought second hand) which was nice too but a very different driving experience...much heavier feeling. We got rid after I was hit going through an intersection (no injuries, Thank Goodness) and I felt it tip over onto one side on impact...luckily it didn't go right over but it made me nervous about having an SUV again.

We've also had a Subaru Outback which I loved too and a little Impreza before that which was lots of fun.

Pudgy2011 Fri 07-Dec-12 17:46:04

- Renault Clio sport – first car, super nifty
- VW Polo (1986) – got it for 175 pounds, never let me down but was like driving a skip on wheels
- Audi A3 – love Audis, solid and dependable.
- Honda Civic (1997) – needed an car for the island and the A/C was wonderfully cold. Was alright, pretty boring really.
- Citroen Picasso – the most boring car ever made, closing followed by…
- Renault Scenic – second most boring car ever made but good for two smelly dogs.
- Range Rover Sport – gorgeous, roared like a lion.
- Porsche 911 Turbo – grrrrrrrrrr…….
- Currently driving new Ford Edge. Love it!

Ultimate car would be an Audi R8 but live on an island 24 miles by 12 and the roads are terrible!

LimburgseVlaai Fri 07-Dec-12 18:06:19

DH had a Mk2 Golf GTI a couple of centuries ago. It was great! Then several years later I got a newer model Golf (second hand) and it was a piece of shit. The engine would conk out at random moments, it didn't have power steering so it was a pig to drive, and the clutch was incredibly stiff. Horrible.

I also had a Peugeot 205 GTI (company car, thankfully) which was a Friday afternoon job. All sorts of things went wrong with it, including conking out in the middle of roundabouts. The spare wheel was suspended in a cage under the car, so every couple of weeks someone would cut through the cage and nick the spare wheel. Several other design faults.

A couple of years ago we hired a car in France and it turned out to be a Meriva. I'd always had a prejudice against Vauxhall and it turned out to have been absolutely justified. What a crap car that was. All sorts of deeply annoying pings and warning lights, but could hardly make it up a slight slope.

Great cars: VW Passat Estate - built like a tank, took it across fields and through woods, did over 130,000 miles before it sadly needed work on its ABS and air con, and it was too expensive to get through its MOT.

Honda Civic VTI (L reg, so one of the earlier models). Looked mean and lean and was very nippy to drive. Loved it.

LadyofWinterfell Fri 07-Dec-12 18:08:51

- Yugo. DM's car and DDad taught me how to hill start and reverse into tiny spaces in it. Fantastic.
- Rover. Bloody awful and stiff as hell to change gear. Felt flimsy.
-Ford focus. Learned to drive properly in this car! Lovely.
- Renault Scenic. Loved it till i drove it into a bus blush
- Peugeout 106. The courtesy car. Fun to drive but totally impractical.
- Ford Escort. MIL's car. Heavy and horrible.
- Nissan Almera Tino. Fucking awful car. Hate everything about it. DH made me buy it.
- V. old Golf. DH's ex car. Died of rust. He now drives the Tino <evil>
- Renault Grand Scenic. Adore this car! So much space, reasonable to run, goes like the devil when it's not having random electrical attacks.

Have been eyeing up the new Galaxy now that DH is trying to convince me on DC4!

have driven-

Peugeot 306
VW Polo
Kia Picanto
Ford Fiesta
Ford Mondeo estate (1 diesel manual, 1 petrol automatic)
Volvo S80 (aka the HMS80)
Alfa Romeo 147

The worst was the Kia. You put your foot down and nothing happens. It was terrifying at roundabouts. It was like driving a tin can.

Far and away the best was the Alfa. I miss that car like crazy.

mouldyironingboard Fri 07-Dec-12 19:22:32

Worst car was Citroen BX which kept breaking down. It was eventually sold for scrap!

Best car was Peugeot 306. It never let me down in 8 years and 90,000 miles of driving.

shockers Fri 07-Dec-12 19:29:52

First car was a VW Polo, I loved it. XH took it with him when he left.

Then a Ford Escort S which was lovely to drive.

Then a Vauxhall Astra Si, also quite nice to drive.

Some sort of Rover which was utterly awful.

Volvo S40, nice.

Fiat 126 (very old model that I really, really wanted because it was so dinky). I absolutely adored that car, but had to give it up for a big sensible car when we became foster carers.

Volvo V70 estate, loved it.

Nissan Primera, fabulous reliable old car that went on and on until...

.... We got another dog, so we got another Volvo V70 estate!

sneezecakesmum Fri 07-Dec-12 20:06:55

3 memorable cars (amongst many blush)

Loved my Ford Ka - threw it all over the road and it didnt mind!

ADORED my original VW beetle....It made it over the notorious Woodhead Pass in deep snow dodging the abandoned modern cars!!

Hated my Fiat Punto - an unreliable piece of junk!

petitfiloser Fri 07-Dec-12 20:26:44

my driving instructor ran screaming from the car when i was learning so i don't have a car ...sad

redbunnyfruitcake Fri 07-Dec-12 20:48:47

Vauxhall Nova - first car and it was ready for scrap when I got it.

Rover Metro - loved it, was like driving a dodgem car with electric windows.

VW Polo circa 1980 - The best car ever, handled like a pig, no power steering, dodgy heater and no radio BUT passed every MOT with little or no work needed and when I got a newer car I passed it on to my brother who reports that the dream machine is still going strong.

VW Passat - nice, safe, reliable and great for motorway driving. Thought driving a bigger car would be scary but actually feels safer than all my previous cars and can get over 7o without needing to be on a hill.

bluecarrot Fri 07-Dec-12 23:53:44

Suzuki swift - first experience of driving and didnt feel v "substansial" and according to instructor, had lots of problems.

ford fiesta (the new one) - instructors new car. LOVELY. I want one. Felt well built and comfortable.

ford focus (2001 i think) - mums car that im insured on til i can afford my own -just as comfy as the fiesta but bit clunkier to drive. It is 10 years older though!

balotelli Sat 08-Dec-12 07:24:26

worst; Corsa, broke down regularly. Rover 214, head gasket went three times. 1963 VW Beetle, No heater, carburetta froze every morning when less that 10 degrees outside and ran out of petrol everytime I went up the ramp in a car park!

Best; Lotus Esprit, not mine I was valeting it but OMG!!!. 1963 VW Beetle, coolest car ever (literally) Renault scenic, Ugly as f%&k but practical as can be. Ford Fusion, completely uncool but cheap, reliable and practical.

Yermina Sat 08-Dec-12 08:41:18

Oh lord, when I was in my 20's I had a Polski Fiat. The worst car ever built. If you went over 40 miles an hour you couldn't have a conversation as the engine was so noisy. It felt like it had been glued together with spit. EVERY part of it rattled.

My favourite car was my hideous old Toyota Corolla estate. The ugliest car on the road but such a nice drive.

MerryChristmasEverybody Sat 08-Dec-12 09:40:19

Renault Scenic - wonderful car

Fiat Punto - piece of shit

Corsa - brilliant car

JourneyThroughLife Sat 08-Dec-12 10:16:30

My first car was a mini metro, didn't like it but it was all I could afford. Graduated to a Fiesta which was passably better. Later had a Toyota Corolla (the older style, which were good-sized cars). I kept that one for years, it was a real workhorse and, with the back seats down, it had masses of space - I moved house twice with it and could even fit a washing machine in the back!! However, the bodywork was quite light for the size of the car and so caught the wind a bit when driving, and thankfully, I never had a crash in it because I think it would have buckled badly.

I now have a BMW 3 series, it is a GORGEOUS car! Love it to bits. Lovely handling, solidly made, can move fast when I want it to and feels very safe to drive. Think I will stick with BMWs in the future because they are lovely cars and because the BMW garages I've used are second to none in the level of attention and service which they give. However, the car feels more like a man's car to handle, I rather like that but I realise that wouldn't do for someone who wanted a ladylike "run around town" sort of vehicle.....

GoldQuintessenceAndMyhrr Sat 08-Dec-12 10:25:15

I have owned:

Fiat Stilo - The worst car in the world, guaranteed! It has no road grip on snow, not even with studded winter tyres. The electronics kept failing. Once the entire family was stuck LOCKED INSIDE our car, somewhere in the country side. The door electrics failed. We managed to open the window a bit, to slide the key out to somebody, and they managed to open the car manually. The kids had to crawl out through the front.

Peugeot 206 - A beautiful car to drive, and no issues at all.
Peugeot 307 SW - Beautiful to drive, but some issues with the electric windows.

Honda CRV - Beautiful on the inside, but I could not drive it. I had issues judging where in the road the car was, so was scared of either going into the side of the road or ram into meeting cars. confused

Toyota Corolla - Same driving problems as above.

Toyota RAV4 - My favourite, perfect car. Excellent visibility, easy to drive, fantastic turning, and can handle snow, ice, sleet, steep hills and sharp declines, bumpy roads just beautifully on full on arctic winter day, and all round pleasure in summer, even up bumpy single track mountain roads. <sigh> I love it.

COCKadoodledooo Sat 08-Dec-12 11:52:01

My favourite is my current, the beautiful Hermione. She's a 1968 almond green Morris Traveller and was my 30th birthday present from dh. I love her very very much indeed, although she does have her moments!

BlueyDragon Sat 08-Dec-12 12:01:22

Renault Clio - good solid car but nothing to get excited about

Audi A6 - love this car, it looks fab apart from the scrapes I have put on it and goes like stink. This is the current car and we'll drive it into the ground I think.

But I really miss my Subaru Impreza. That went like stink and then some grin. Build quality wasn't great, but it was wicked to drive.

Ed, love the bike list!

idococktailshedoesbeer Sat 08-Dec-12 13:03:03

Peugeot 206 - surprisingly roomy inside and cheap as chips to drive, I have fond memories of my first car. But no acceleration at all and it was impossible to get people in the back without injuring feet or beeping the horn with the seat.

Audi A3 - brilliant to drive but felt pretty cramped inside.

BMW 3 Series - great family car, very practical with a super entertainment system.

Mini Cooper - like driving a go cart - so much fun! and super cute. Can only fit a couple of shopping bags in the boot though.

iloveeverton Sat 08-Dec-12 14:44:24

Best: Audi A5 brand new but only a hire car unfortunately.

Best I've owned Audi A4 I've had 2 loved both of them. DH had BMW 5 series very economical but so easy go too fast. Now sold and dh gets teary thinking about it!

Worst owned- Vauxhall vectra engine died after about 50k miles.
Worst test driven: Chevrolet Captiva, felt like gear stick would fall off in my hands. Garage owner was begging us to buy it.

nik106 Sat 08-Dec-12 17:20:55

R reg Ford Ka - loved it, engine started stalling, ended up writing it off, will never own another

53 Renault Clio - hated it, fell apart all the time, went back 12 times in 2 1/2 years for warranty repairs, was brand new

06 Honda Civic Type R - LOVED IT, I miss it. It was also brand new

57 Dodge Caliber - hate it, can't wait to get rid of it

Also driven:

Vauxhall Corsa - seemed ok
Daewoo Matiz - seemed ok
Fiat Ciencento - AWFUL
Renault Twingo - hire car, seemed ok
Nissan Quashqai - very nice but wouldn't own one
Saab 95 - very nice car

What I really want is a Volvo C30 or a Volvo V40

NorthernNumpty Sat 08-Dec-12 18:39:43

Worst = either Citroen C1 - the parcel shelf is basically an egg box and it would be quicker to walk (hire care) OR a Mustang (hired in US, utterly terrible car)

Best = our current car an Audi RS6 sensible estate with a Lamborghini engine

Dp bought me two cars in about 2003/4. Both crappers, and I still cannot drive.

A very old Panda which had go faster stripes up the side (was towed away by the council, despite having tax, by mistake. I was filled with glee about this as it was awful looking).

Then, a C Reg Metro, in a dirty cream colour. It was worse than the Panda- if you drove over 20mph, the boot would flip open. It constantly broke down, and I had to help dp push it up a steep hill several times. It died when we ran out of petrol one night, had to walk 20 minutes home in the rain. We got back and our neighbour offered us some petrol he had in a container. We walked the 20 minutes back, filled the car up- it still didn't go.

It was water, not petrol.

That was the end of that.

We now have a brand new Mini Clubman. I love it. But I cannot drive it.

CrazyChristmasLady Sat 08-Dec-12 20:54:01

Best car I have driven:-

Aston Martin DB9. grin

andyinlondon Sun 09-Dec-12 00:18:12

have had or driven to many to mention over the years but the worst by far was anything french, every one was rubbish.
the best have been mainly japanese nissans with an old shape primera and a pathfinder as favorites, but an honourable mention to my old focus and mondeo as pretty good.

jepa Sun 09-Dec-12 09:14:56

Best Car Ever - is my Saab Turbo 93- devastated the day Saab closed. My Dad had a Saab when I was younger and I loved it then so my ambition (car wise ) was to own a Saab. Fine day when I eventually picked my Saab up from the dealer. I intend to keep driving it till it falls apart.
Worst Car Ever - most definitely was my Vauxhall Zafira. Was very sleep deprived when I bought it - like driving a baked bean can on wheels
In my 20s drove a Peugeot 205 GTi - like the wind and a very nippy Ford Puma
Once the kids have left home I fancy a vintage Mercedes SLK assuming I have any money left by then that is

grimbletart Sun 09-Dec-12 15:33:56

Favourite - Toyota Celica - the scalded cat version. Not really practical though to get out of if your knees are a bit dodgy as mine are.

Affectionate memories - first car - VW Beetle (the proper original Beetle not the soppy imitation ones they now call Beetles). So old it had no fuel gauge - just switch to reserve tank and then you had to remember it was less than quarter full and fill up reasonably quickly.

Since country living have used a small three door Rav 4 4x4 with tow bar (to pull all those people who sneer at 4 x 4s out of ditches in the snow grin.

sieglinde Sun 09-Dec-12 19:20:29

Best car ever was a Ferrari Dino 246. Yes, really. No, it wasn't mine.

Worst was a hire car in the early 90s. Weak engine, and rubbish brakes. Twas a Fiat.

Can I just say how much I hate Clarkson?

lapsedorienteerer Sun 09-Dec-12 21:11:33

Thought my best was Volvo V70 T5 but on reflection, after nearly 10 years & 110,000 miles I'm not sure it was as reliable as I had been expecting. Against all previous prejudice I now drive a Hyundai ix35 and I love it!

Previous cars were VW Polo, Fiat Panda (x 2) and Renaults.

octanegirl Sun 09-Dec-12 21:22:21

Most fun that I've owned:
Mitsubishi Evo X

Most useful that I've owned:
Probably A6 Allroad

Most fun I've driven:
BMW 1 M Coupé

Most mental I've driven:
Nissan GT-R

octanegirl Sun 09-Dec-12 21:23:24

Oh worst -my mothers Vauxhall Frontera. What an utter hunk of shite.

EddieVeddersfoxymop Sun 09-Dec-12 21:50:11

My first, and worst car was a Fiat Uno, D reg, Hated it. Every bastarding moment of trouble it gave me.

Bought an original Mini and ran it into the ground. Then had a Nissan Micra, which ran a close second to the hated Fiat. This was followed by 5 new Minis (there was a brief fling with a Freelander and an MG in the middle of all those Minis). Best was my Cooper S in purple, we used to call it the Dairy Milk car as its paint job was the exact same colour!

Also driven an Mini Metro, heavily tuned Vauxhall Corsa SRi, an automatic original Mini, a BMW 1 series M Sport, BMW 3 series M Sport, Range Rover vogue, BMW 5 series M Sport.........

prism Sun 09-Dec-12 22:36:34

some highlights:

Citroen DS (I had 2) simply wonderful. If they made them again now with proper steel there would be no point having anything else.

Mk2 Polo- brilliant. Gave it away to the undertaker at my mum's funeral in some kind of cathartic transference of karma.

Citroen XM V6- I had a few XMs- this was my favourite as it was so chuckable yet so hilariously comfortable. Beautiful and fast.

Lexus RX 400h (my current car) Even better than I thought it would be- any excuse to go out in it is a good one. Ride quality is atrocious for such an expensive car but I don't care, it's so beautifully made and serene in traffic.

Honda Jazz (DP's car) Probably the best all-purpose vehicle ever made. It will outlive us.

Lancia 2000 HF Coupe - my best car ever. You have to have spanners growing out of your hands to own one, but it's worth it, and having said that it never actually stopped me going anywhere, even if I did have to manage without reverse gear or a starter motor or whatever happened to be on strike that week. Drop-dead gorgeous, cornered on rails, sumptuously comfortable. Designed by a genius, or possibly God.

notnagging Mon 10-Dec-12 06:40:17

Worst car by far - ford fiesta
I was asked my best car for my iTunes password & made me very nostalgic. Can't decide between the vw golf of my youth or my Mazda mpv. But thinking about it both cost loads in repairs.
I would love a vw caravelle or anything else mr.t likegrin

funnyperson Mon 10-Dec-12 07:23:15

How is it that you all have owned so many cars? I am on my fourth- each one lasts about a decade- Vw, Saab, Rover, Mercedes. I was the fondest of the Saab with its ski flap.

Would have really liked- 2cv/beetle/mini/smart/mg but was never allowed to be that basic. Incidentally the Mercedes has serious boot size issues.

CatherineHMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Dec-12 09:14:23

<ahem> Clearly lots of cars you loved (and hated) on this thread. Can we ask you to share this info with other Mumsnetters by adding a car review please? Shouldn't take more than a few minutes and every little helps another parent to choose that perfect runaround or avoid a useless rustbucket.

headfairy Mon 10-Dec-12 09:17:25

first car.. Ford Fiesta, really loved having my own car but it was cheap and it showed.
Next car... VW Golf Mk2, loved it, really tough and built to last, but cost a fortune in servicing
3rd car.... Citroen ZX, horrible build quality, fell to bits, really nasty
current car.... Volvo V50. Love it, tough, robust, well built. Expensive to service at main dealer but it's relatively new so we were trying to maintain it's value as long as possible.

I can't believe I've only had 4 cars in 25 years of driving!

headfairy Mon 10-Dec-12 09:18:22

oops, sorry CatherineMumsnet... x post.

I wouldn't want anyone to rely on my review of an X reg Ford Fiesta Popular 1.1 from 25 years ago grin

Best is current Jaaag XF - but think the new sportsbrake looks pretty fab and then there's the lovely F-Type just launched....
Really liked my Alfa 33 Cloverleaf too - but had quite a few leccie issues
Worst bloomin metro I learnt to drive in years ago....

Ah, Alfa leccy issues grin Mine had a speaker that would only work if you locked all the doors (or popped out the cup holder) and the onboard computer thingy went haywire and said everything was broken if the outdoor temperature went below 0 or above about 27.

RudolphiaRedNose Mon 10-Dec-12 09:39:49

Owned 2 astras, a golf and a shitey pile of wank citoren fecking saxo. I liked the golf best, because it felt so solid and chunky and reliable.

Saxo was like driving a sardine can and was soooo ugly and rubbish. Not because it was small, I like minis for example, but it was just so bleh.

I LOVE driving MIL's range rover blush and when I drove a very old landrover around the rainforests of central america (while volunteering) that was probably the best ever. Driving a large 4x4 properly off-road - so exciting.

Have also driven a hired Focus which I liked a lot.

bureni Mon 10-Dec-12 13:50:06

Loved my old Citroen BX Athena 1.6, low to the ground with lovely plush suspension a bit like driving a go-cart. I still prefer my old Volvos 940/850 t5r estates, the 850 is very bland looking but is a real sleeper with very neutral handling and great drive comfort and durablity.
Worst cars I have ever owned were a citroen Saxo which had the build quality of a biscuit tin and a Skoda Fabia 1.4 which had the ride comfort/build quality and power of a cheap chinese moped running on diesel, it was a total pile of junk.

melika Mon 10-Dec-12 14:07:55

Best car for me and I've had loads!
'05 plate diesel Ford Mondeo Estate.

38 to gallon around town, plenty of room in it too.

foofooyeah Mon 10-Dec-12 16:10:51

Best: Jaguar XJ6: fast bliss
Worst: 2CV: bots fell off it, windows opened randomly, horn short circuited (v embarrassing) but I di have an awful lot of fun in it!

gettingeasier Mon 10-Dec-12 18:57:23

I never admit this in RL but god I love my BMW 330i estate it is such an attractive car and bloody heaven to drive

WMittens Mon 10-Dec-12 19:28:21

lovely plush suspension a bit like driving a go-cart

grin I take it you've not driven many karts in that case, haha.

jen127 Mon 10-Dec-12 19:43:45

My List is as follows !
Mini metro
Mg Metro
Some shitty car that an known issue with its clutch cable that I didn't know and it took 70pounds a time to bloody fix!
Mazda 323 x 2 - Bought one and then left the country to live abroad and bought one on my return
lexus Gs300
Lexus IS200 - stolen
Seat Alhambra - DS arrived
Lexus IS 220D trying to reclaim my youth!
and a vw golf in feb 2013

The last 5 were company cars otherwise I would still with my Mazda which I loved.
It was the first car I had that started every morning ! No more parking on a hill!
I also loved the pop up headlights :-)

I have driven to many cars to mention as I travel a lot for business. One memorable one wa the Audi A6 quattro which was a pure joy!

EddieVeddersfoxymop Mon 10-Dec-12 20:18:05

Someone upthread asked how we've all had so many cars.......ummmm, boredom is a big factor! We're total petrolheads and change our cars every 18 months/2 years ish. Between the two of us, we've had 18 cars in the 14 years since we passed our driving tests!!

4 x old original minis, one is still with us and used for hillclimbing
1 x mini clubman
1 x Mini Metro
1 x Fiat Uno
1 x nissan micra
1 x heavily tuned Corsa SRi
1 x BMW Mini One
2 x BMW Mini Cooper
1 x BMW Mini Cooper s
1 x BMW Mini Cooper D
1 x MG ZR
1 x Landrover Freelander
1 x BMW 1 series MSport
1 x BMW 3 series MSport

Will be buying a new car next year for DH too!!

bureni Mon 10-Dec-12 21:15:12

wmittens, I meant the low seating position with yours legs straight out in front of you not the suspension . I have raced many karts when younger and still have my old cr250 red rocket based machine from the early 90s which is a death trap compared to most sports cars.

giveitago Mon 10-Dec-12 21:17:02

Oh depends

For me in London by far (and I think it's the best bloody car in the world) is the fiat punto. Just got my mum's Picasso and I'm just thinking whether we can afford to be a two car family and me get the old and very trusted punto back on the road. But son and his friends prefer the picasso as has more space etc [- just cannot get used to its (to me) huge and cumbersome dimensions.

Give me a punto.

DreamyDreaminOfAWhiteChristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 21:26:32

Landrover Defender
Audi A3
Audi A4
Audi A5
Suzuki Liana

Best is the A5 - huge car but feels small and so easy to drive.

Worst is a toss up between the Landrover, which pulled to the left, and I couldn't reach the pedals as the seat wasn't adjustable, and the Corsa, which was basically just a shit car.

VintageNancy Tue 11-Dec-12 03:43:10

We've owned (DH and me):

Fiesta (my first and second cars)
Mini Cooper S (my third car)
Porsche Boxster
Audi A3
Audi A4
BMW X3 (my current car)
BMW X5 (actually haven't driven it yet, DH picked it up on Saturday and has hogged it ever since)

Plus I've driven various hire cars over the years and DH's company car was a mercedes something (it used to jump out of gear, very irritating).

My favourite was my dear Mini Cooper S. Loved it so much. Was gutted to sell it when we relocated (it had to go anyway as we now have 8 month old DD).

Worst was my first Fiesta. Broke down all the time the heap of junk.

Worst cars

Renault Clio - MIL's. I only drove it for 30 miles but it was not something to be repeated. It could barely get up a slight incline on a dual carriageway, with a good run up, without having to change down the gears.
Datsun Cherry - long time ago obviously - I drove it home for a friend from a party so they could have a drink but I just could not get it into gear. Never had that trouble before or since so not my driving.
Jaguar XJR - DH's car. I hated that barge. And it didn't start when I was in labour with DS1 and going to hospital.
Saab 900 - test drove it and so wanted to love it but it was a horrible ride and not nice to drive.

Best cars

Peugeot 205 1.9 GTi. - Loved that car. Had the 1.6 first but the 1.9 was better. (have had 306 and 307's since then but they don't really compare for fun!)
Audi A6. Our first 'family' car. Drove it daily for a while. Lovely car - very comfy and nice to drive. On our second one now.

DH has a very old Porsche 911 which is fun to drive occasionally but no power steering, a targa roof and crap heating. It isn't something that you want to drive daily.

First car - Opal Kadett (Old style Corsa really). It was brown (never let it be said I am girly and chose cars for their colour!) and I had to learn how to dismantle and dry out a distributor cap which is not a skill I wanted but I loved it and it was quite nippy when it had to be.

Oh nearly forgot the hire car I had,having just sold my car quicker than I would have liked before delivery of a new one - it was priced to be cheap and cheerful - v old and high mileage but it was absolutely filthy and I suspect not really road worthy. I remember spending a Saturday afternoon cleaning the upholstery just so I could bear to drive it in my work clothes on Monday. Can't remember what it was - very old Corsa perhaps? Only cost £15 per day to hire though and I needed a car for a week so it had to do.

dappleton Tue 11-Dec-12 09:16:03

Worst car was definitely a Porche 911, DH was given it when his car went for a service. It was horrible, we had to do a long motorway journey that weekend and i felt we were so low and vulnerable to every lorry we passed. Then in towns it kept cutting out in the slow pace of traffic (pos because it was manual and we were, at the time, only used to auto). The only upside is if you hold up all the traffic in a Porche nobody curses at you (well not openly anyway).
Best 'car' is my old Nissan pick-up truck. It's built like a tank, feels nice and safe even if it probably is a bit of a death-trap and if it breaks-down it usually restarts with a push or a kick! grin

mindosa Tue 11-Dec-12 09:29:53

For reliability - 03 Ford Focus hatchback
For fuel and cost efficiency - again Ford Focus hatchback
For looking good - BMW 5 series

For Value - Lexus LX570
For reliability - Lexus LX570

Am over the car as status thing and am buying another Ford Focus to runaround in and I am not trading it in until it dies which knowing Focuses could be never !

mckenzie Tue 11-Dec-12 11:00:38

my first car was a Vauxhall Chevette ES. i thought ES stood for Extra Special and it was only when i was selling it that I realised it was Economy Special!

I have had
Ford Fiesta
Ford Capri (am I giving my age away?)
Another fiesta
Renault Clio
Renault Megane Coupe Sport (2 of them, first one fantastic, second one awful)
Renault Scenic
BMW 3 series convertible

I loved the Mini for about 2 weeks until the novelty wore off, I loved the Scenic for its functionality (it's a car that does what it says on the tin), I loved the X5 for its comfort and speed, I love the convertible because it's fun.

But the best of the lot was the Renault Clio. I sold the second fiesta to buy furniture for my newly bought flat and I was carless until I bought the Clio secondhand with my first bonus in my new job. I cherished it, it was a brilliant brilliant car and i sold it over 2 years later for only £5 less than i paid for it smile

SobaSoma Tue 11-Dec-12 16:29:56

VW Golf by far the best, over 10 years old but built like an old war horse. Solid, powerful, roomy and reliable. Don't know how I'm going to cope when it has to go to that old scrapheap in the sky sad

BrianCoxIsAChristmasPud Tue 11-Dec-12 17:50:33

My first car in 1998, was a G reg, burgundy, 1.4 Escort - recon engine and I loved it.

I p/x that for an M reg 1.6 Escort and that was driven into the ground in the 4 years I had it. It finally died and was left to rest in peace on the Isle of Man as was too expensive to get it back to England on the ferry grin

Then I had a brand new Citroen Saxo, was very unreliable and all sorts went wrong BUT it was my brother's car (he was serving abroad in the Army) and he was a boy racer so had trashed it (in a year hmm)

Next was my dad's very old tank Volvo estate which was brilliant and i loved it.

Then dad got a Landrover Discovery and to this day is my favourite car ever, it is brilliant, and is a money pit but maintaining it is dad's business so I can just nick it every once in a while it is an emotional 'brilliant' I have to say, only other Landrover owners/drivers/enthusiasts will understand grin

Other cars I have owned:

P reg Corsa - bloody brilliant, reliable, would have another tomorrow!

57 reg Focus, 1.8tdci, alloy wheels, great on the motorway but expensive to run in town - just my dream car (well, dream car that was in my financial reach!) Had to sell it after 2 years though due to loss of job and haven't owned a car since.

I've driven but not owned:

VW Polo (mum's car) - I passed my test in this one; I loved her and called her Doris
Vauxhall Corsa (driving instructor's car) - EVIL. HATE HATE
Toyota Yaris - like driving a piece of tinfoil
Transporter, Mercedes Sprinter - I could get used to being a White Van Woman :D
Suzuki Alto - the ancillary controls were the wrong way round. I tried to indicate left and turned the wipers on angry
Renault Clio - used to like them; find them tinny now and my MIL's is always going wrong

And I've owned:

L-reg Astra Estate - handled like a drunken cow but she was a total workhorse. Cracked her cylinder block on the M40 and had to be sold for scrap.
Seat Cordoba Vario - it's a Polo Estate with a Seat badge. 15 years old and still going strong!
Skoda Superb Estate - in as much as I am ever in love with a car, I am with this one.

ComposHat Tue 11-Dec-12 20:45:37

I have always had cheap cars, usually on their last legs by the time I aquired them.

1st car (my dad's) Metro, like a baked bean can on wheels, would lose power when pulling out at junctions, would never start in conditions less that tropical and had a few flecks of paint left on the rust. Hated every second of driving it. I did become expert at bump startig, push starting, solo push starts. my least favourite car by some distance.

2nd car (first of my own) 1987 Nissan Micra. 14 years old when I got it, a step up form the metro in that you had a fighting chance of it starting in the morning. Came to a premature end when it was nicked and stripped for parts in Brum.

3rd 1996 Clio. It was okay, it started, it stopped. That is all I can think to say about a blandly okay car sort of like having an opinion on water. Everything started going wrong at 95k miles, can't really complain. Needed £500 plus work done on it to get it through the MOT so to the scrapyard it went. Someone asked me if I was upset, couldn't have given a toss. Didn't have a car for a few years until earlier this year

Current 1996 Corolla. Ahhh my absolute favourite. Paid £400 The only automatic I have ever owned, comfy, easy to drive and seemingly bombproof. It has ower assisted stering which I've never had before and electric windows and air conditioning. I realise they are standard in most cars now, but they are unbelievable luxuries to me. I've also kitted it out with a didital radio and it is almost enough to make me enjoy driving. I also adore the fact that it is Jeremy Clarkson's least favourtie car.

superstarheartbreaker Tue 11-Dec-12 20:49:17

Just bought a VW polo today. Loved driving it home. Love reading thois thread as people's choice of car gets posher as they have moved 'up' in the world: many people start on Ford Fiesta and then move on to BMW etc! envy

FryOneFatChristmasTurkey Tue 11-Dec-12 21:03:46

I had a fiesta (tiny 950cc model) back in 1995 (with a manual choke) and it was second hand then. It was okay to drive.

Followed by Peugeot 205 diesel whic I really enojoyed driving.

Traded for a 4 door corsa when pregnant with DC2, as 205 was only a 2 door and I didn't want either DC in the back with no door to open in the event of an accident.

Next was a peugoet 306, which was okay but which was a bit hevcy on the petrol.

Currently have a peugoet 206 diesel, which I really like driving, find it really comfortable.

Have driven DP's cars, of course, he's had a few, currently has a ford focus, which is fine.

Theas18 Tue 11-Dec-12 21:54:04

FAvourite cars that I own/owned-

My old Polo that was my 1st real car of my very own. Boxy shape, friendly round eyes and went like a bomb due to having a bigger engine that we sort of realized when I bought it (it was a 1.3). I loved that car! It died looking after DD1 and DS in a rear end shunt when I was home with newborn DS...

I'm in luuurve with my new to me S max. Lovely car to drive- did 60 miles to my parents and 60 miles back again and actualy didn't feel " like I'd been driving all afternoon" at all. Now if that had the "oomph" the polo had that truly would be heaven. Unfortunately we got the economical engine ( that is really quite OK).

Hire cars I liked.....

VW caddy surprisingly good. Nearly bought a 7 seater for home, but it has " van level" car safety - no curtain air bags etc

Dodge durango- the absolute american dream car . Scared DH silly as it was HUGE . However it was just the thing to cirsumnavigate Iceland on holiday. (we were supposed to get a Sharan/galaxy but they naffed up the seats at the hire firm , so we dsidn't get a " middle" seat (ie one with belt sockets both side) but a 3rd seat that was really another side seat. It fitted but I wan't going to allow them to send DD2 off with no functioning belt. That was a stressful negotiation! (started with 9yr old DD2 going on and on " mum my belt is broken.... mt belt wont work... I can't do it up" and we didn't believe her"!)

Theas18 Tue 11-Dec-12 21:56:06


Enjoy your polo! I certainly haven't " moved up" car wise. Our last car was a touran- we couldn't afford another- the S max was cheaper than what we paid for the touran 80K iles/6 plus yrs ago!

GlobalDisaster Wed 16-Jan-13 10:00:38

Worste by far: Skoda Estelle. Like driving a double bed with a rudder.
Best Renault Scenic which alas is going to the showroom in the sky as it broke down yesterday and is beyond ecenomical repair.
Nissan Note looks good.

Nissan Note - does what it says without any real complaint but by Jingo, the windscreen takes forever to clear in winter.
Before that
Nissan Almera-lovely 1.8l auto , great to drive, but gear-box died
Nissan Micra- got written off after being hit
Suzuki Wagon R+-
reliable but ££ for parts and possibly the fugliest car ever
Vauxhall Corsa- nice, nippy, show it a parking space and it fitted no matter how small
Vauxhall Nova- pre DC .Economical, reliable
Mini- ancient, bad tempered, tempremental, but my first car.


micra diesal- loved it but small
New Corsa- bloody great obstruction/blind spot
Vauxhall Agila- duplicate of the WagonR+. Got me A-B
Ford Fiesta- OK
Renault Clio- loved it, Smooth, nippy (can't remember engine size but it was nice)

I also had an Almera and a Note courtesy car and hated them, but went on to buy the same cars years later grin

3rdnparty Thu 31-Jan-13 11:47:03

1st car - moris minor - almond green - loved - drive was rubbish brakes awful gears interesting and laughed in the face of ncaps eventually went when too expensive to keep on the road
2nd - mums hand me down mg metro -awful , steering shocking - got stolen!
ages no car - just the odd transit (great fun!) and mums ka engine died when you switched air con on v scary finding that out on the m3
old porche 911 targa loved it v v heavy clutch - got written off dh cried it was his best..
bmw z3- great fun not the best gearbox but could take a lot of luggage (brought all the champagne back for our wedding from France in it...grin

unfortunately that got traded in fr vw passat estate when ds came along!
that is now dying -yippee v v v dull to drive and drinks petrol so car shopping at the moment - smile

Worst cars definitely Mercs- had estate when porsche written off -awful and a class as hire car - scary- also early new mini drove like a bus! and old suzuki jeep thing rolled round corners

Best cars- any porsche (dad has had a few), 206 gti back in the day and recently suzuki swift

WynkenBlynkenandNod Sat 02-Feb-13 20:58:53

Learnt to drive on an Opel Kadett and a Fiat 126, my parents cars - both caught on fire . The Fiat had to be the worst I've ever driven, double declutching and would never start.

They then had a Toyota Corolla and Carina I occasionally used but bought my first car, a Datsun 120 y or something like that. It was a black coupe, I was 17 and I loved it. Then bought :

3 x Minis - loved them
Vauxhaul Chevette - not great
Renault 14 - put me off Renault for life
Volkswagen Polo - really liked it
Triumph Acclaim - have fond memories
Fiesta - did the job
Ford Escort - good to drive
Escort XR3i - came with DH who was oblivious to it's reputation. Hated it and it tormented me by stopping at roundabouts and refusung to start.
Astra Estate - ok
Peugeot of some sort - ok
Vauxhaul Nova - loved this car and it used to sail through MOT's. Used to have a peg to keep the choke out.
Citroen Xantia - quite liked this but the suspension made everyone sick and cost a fortune in repairs
Toyota corolla - bullet proof but uncomfortable.
Toyota Corolla Verso - hate with a passion
Ford KA - loved, great fun to drive
Honda Jazz - very practical but boring.

I've had lots of cars as used to buy heaps that fell to pieces. We were lookin at cars today andto my surprise I liked the new Fiat 500l but have never quite got over my Dad's Luminous Kermit green 126. When he got rid of it the neighbours complained they had to start setting their alarms again. The whole 126 affair was mortifying as a teenager and to this day Dad's not sure what possessed him and why he didn't get a mini.

StripeyCircle Fri 15-Feb-13 13:16:09

I didn't own a car until I turned 30 - I was living in London so didn't need one.
So my first was a very grown up Saab 900XS. Lovely, it was like driving a sofa!
That finally blew up, so then:
Land Rover Mark II - bloody awful. No suspension, heating, aircon, radio or power steering. Taught me how to drive properly though.
Audi A4 - like the Saab only shiny and new. Lovely! Left it behind when I left my husband sad
Corsa - just horrible.
Peugeot 107 - my current drive. Pretty much does what it says on the tin. Cheap to run, cheap to insure and cheap to tax. Great for zipping around back roads, but with a 1 litre engine it's soooo boring.

zumo Sun 24-Feb-13 09:24:31

Best Mazda Bongo, Sat high up plenty of go in it and auto with very light steering.
Worst 1972 Landrover, it was like a tractor

Somethingshort Thu 30-May-13 20:24:42

Worst car......Ka......akin to a sardine tin and drives like one, however, the ergonomics weren't too bad and can see why they appeal to young first female drivers.
Best car......an Alfa Romeo - Brera. I have never loved a piece of metal like this one.
What do I drive....well, boring......a Ford Focus for reliability and ergonomics and can fit the contents of a small shed in there.

Somethingshort Thu 30-May-13 20:29:39

Just a thought....as we are talking cars. When are we going to get a car with somewhere to put the "handbag" and all the paraphernalia. Side pockets are never ample enough.
When are we going to get assistants on petrol station forecourts to "fill her up" and not have to get out of the car. My pet hate is going for petrol and having to get out of the car. I would gladly pay for the privilege of having it done.
Same with checking the oil and water. Oh.....for the good old days.......

smokinaces Thu 30-May-13 20:35:23

I've owned

A skoda favorit - cheap, cheerful, heavy, slow
A volkswagon beetle, new style - company car. Great fun, economical, surprisingly roomy. Blind spots dangerous.
A vauxhall corsa - ran and ran and ran and ran
A ford ka - yuck
A volkswagon polo - wonderful car, fun, fast, reliable, solid
A smart car - fun fun fun and nippy
A 106 - dull
A 206 - unreliable piece of shite
A zafira - felt middle aged and dull
A new style picanto - fabulous. Fun, reliable. smooth, easy to drive, safe, nippy.

Have also driven several, including an z3 and fronteras, mgs and focuses.

Favourite is the picanto. But that might be because its new :-) second favourite was the polo. Loved that car.

Somethingshort Thu 30-May-13 20:36:05

Best fun car.....a Citroen 2cv with a roll down top. You can really thrash these about. They really are like big prams.....AND on a plus point, you don't have to put water in them and cheap on fuel, good heaters in the winter, but don't have an accident in one of these.
Poshest car......Merc....any older sort preferred.

In fact.....ANY commercial vehicle is fun to drive if you have the licence.

Methe Thu 30-May-13 20:37:30

Every Peugeot I've ever driven has been awful, the same every Citroen.
First car was a r reg polo, loved it - had it for years till I scrapped it.
Vauxhall vectra 57 - nice car, perfect family car.
VW passat 09 detested the bloody thing. Hard to put my finger on why but I hated driving it with a passion. It was undoubtably the worst car I've driven and i've had some real bangers. It was unbelievably boring.
Skoda fabias various ages, great little cars. I've just bought a new one.
My best car ever is our Audi A4. Absolutely beautiful car to drive.

michaelh Tue 04-Jun-13 21:11:51

Owned cars: best, probably our current VW Golf VRS. It's nearly 18 years old and never really goes wrong. I have had a lot of luck with Alfas too over the years. I realise this is not normal ...
worst: A Citroen BX I had years ago. Nice to drive and comfy, but hellishly unreliable.
Driven: best, probably a Bentley Arnage T or, failing that, an early Citroen Ax GT. The former fabulously decadent. The latter light as a feather and felt far faster than it was.
worst: early Hyundai Pony; just about any American car

WMittens Tue 04-Jun-13 21:25:20

I've heard of a Golf VR6 and an Octavia vRS, but I've never heard of a Golf VRS. Engine swap?

AQG seems to suggest it's a golf club by Nike...


jaik Thu 06-Jun-13 18:38:58

24 years, been a lot of driving, let's see what i remember..

Datsun Sunny - my first! Small, four doors and a boot, I became my friends taxi..
VW Beetle - Dads classic, borrowed without his knowledge
Volvo 264 GLE - mums battle wagen, fantastic seats, bomb proof
VW Jetta - dads hand me down
Mercedes Benz 230e (w124) - when i could get the keys from mum, was her favourite
FIAT Uno 45s - small, but perfectly formed, fantastic town car
FIAT Uno 70SX - silver, small, four doors, bigger engine, bit of "luxury"
FIAT Uno 70SX - grey, as above for the wife
FIAT Uno 70SX - blue, bought for pennies, sold for profit
FIAT Uno 70SX - black, given to me for parts, but run ok for a while
FIAT Uno 70SX - red, barely drove, donor for the fleet
FIAT Uno 70SX - green, killed by an errant fiesta after a week
FIAT Uno Selecta - crappy gearbox, stripped for bits
FIAT Uno Turbo - red, small, fast, nimble, practical, pity rust killed her
FIAT Uno Turbo - white - small, nimble, practical, red dies so she may live
Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9 - baked bean can quality, but awesome driving experience
Nissan Bluebird - minicab spec, grim
Hyundai Accent - even worse, but I couldn't kill it
Mitsubishi Pinin - cracking mid size SUV, very thirsty though
Alfa Romeo 155 2.5 V6 - superb mini BTCC car for the road, bills nearly bankrupted me
VW Golf mk3 GTi - heavy, slow, crap
BMW E30 320i - one owner, drove like new, auto box was a downer
Mitsubishi Pajero Junior - import mini SUV, fantastically reliable, very capable
Bertone X1/9 - the most fun £200 could buy you!
FIAT Panda - mini daily driver for wifey, loves it, does everything she needs
FIAT Multipla - Big daily driver for me, does everything we need
FIAT Tipo 2.0 16V - big bummed 90s hatch, trackdays and fun drives, love it!

I think that's all the ones Wifey and i have had, they've all had good and bad sides, except the Bluebird, Accent and golf, they were just rubbish

catslave Sat 29-Jun-13 16:20:19

Worst - test drove a BMW X1. Interior a nasty 70s beige with cheap plastic and a digital (digital!) clock on the dash. Could feel every bump in the road - felt like the princess ant the pea! - and turned round mid drive as I could bear it no more. Even though the salesman was in the car with me...

Best - Range Rover Evoque. So, so comfy compared to the Peugeots we have had before. Am getting one!

catslave Sat 29-Jun-13 16:21:33

Before anyone says anything, my H calls it 'the wanker car'. But I don't care.

WMittens Sat 29-Jun-13 21:33:19

and a digital (digital!) clock on the dash

What's wrong with that?

Lewis3 Sun 23-Feb-14 18:06:40


We were looking at buying a new Vauxhall Zafira Tourer. Sales guy said it would be great for us to put 3 seats across second row. Reading the review on Mumsnet it said can fit 3 child seats across second row. I then read a Top Gear review by someone who thankfully read the Owners Manual before buying.

On page 58 (http://www.vauxhall.co.uk/content/dam/Vauxhall/Europe/united_kingdom/nscwebsite/uk/Home/pdf/Owners_Services/owners_manuals/VX%20Zafira-C%20Tourer%20OM_KTA-2722-5_MY14.5%20(Jan%202014).pdf) it shows that the middle seat of the second row should not be used with any type of child seat. It also shows that the front seat can only be used with baby car seat, not suitable for any of the other groups of child seat even with airbag turned off.

A real eye opener as I have seen parents and child minders with these cars using both of those positions. Apparently a safety hazard and also if using those with children and a crash happened the manual means the insurance company could say they were negligent in not following the Owner Manual.

So this is not as suitable as other MPVs.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now