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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

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 ( 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.

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

and a digital (digital!) clock on the dash

What's wrong with that?

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

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

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!

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

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...


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

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.

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.

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 20:29:39

Just a 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.......

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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!

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"!)

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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