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

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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

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.

BigBoobiedBertha Tue 11-Dec-12 04:52:40

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.

CommanderShepard Tue 11-Dec-12 17:51:06

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.

70isaLimitNotaTarget Thu 24-Jan-13 21:37:37

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 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.

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