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What Car? Would you not buy?

Old 24th Sep 2018, 20:12
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What Car? Would you not buy?

Not looking for past rubbish cars like Marina or Alegro, but current cars you would not buy again.
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Old 24th Sep 2018, 20:36
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Not a specific model, but a car with an electric handbrake.
I live on a steep hill with parallel parking, and occasionally have to 'rescue' drivers who have parked behind another car, then cannot manage the handbrake/reverse gear manoeuvre to avoid running forwards into the car in front.
I provide a large stone to put in front of the front wheel so that they can do a reverse hill start without worrying about the handbrake. I've even seen cars drive over a 'brick' and stop in contact with the car in front.
No doubt there is a procedure for achieving a reverse hill start, but some drivers haven't mastered it.
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Old 24th Sep 2018, 20:41
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Electric handbrakes work perfectly if you are wearing a seat belt. The reason these people are having difficulty with hill starts etc is because they are not wearing their seat belts. The interconnection between hand brake and seat belt is such that a hill start is easy if one is wearing them.

I know ; I have owned three cars with them and love the feature.
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Old 24th Sep 2018, 20:48
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Any small Subaru. My garage lent me one once as a courtesy car and that flat 4 engine has to be the roughest ever built.
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Old 24th Sep 2018, 21:01
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Any Peugeot with that ridiculous small steering wheel. I've had a few as rentals - no matter how I adjust the steering column I cannot see the instruments. Utterly idiotic design.
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Old 24th Sep 2018, 21:16
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Originally Posted by chevvron View Post
Any small Subaru. My garage lent me one once as a courtesy car and that flat 4 engine has to be the roughest ever built.
I currently have a Forester, I've also owned a Legacy and a small sedan. All had the flat 4 non-turbo engine. They all ran fine, the Forster is on 200k miles, I tow with it, and use it in very hot climate and in the mtns. It is not babied at all and going strong. I would opine that the 'loaner' you got wasn't working correctly. My only complaint about the Subie is the tire wear being full time AWD. It has a habit of not making the mfg rated distance on tires. But - that could be my driving condition too.
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Old 24th Sep 2018, 22:05
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I would not switch from my A330 even if it meant an increase in salary. Itís a great plane that I will fly till the end of time. Kids these days want to move quickly onto the 787 or the 777 but itís not for me.
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Old 24th Sep 2018, 22:09
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Anything other than a Mercedes Benz.
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Old 24th Sep 2018, 22:09
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CLIO and any of its derivatives, MODUS etc. Biggest pile of french junk on the planet.
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Old 24th Sep 2018, 22:13
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Had an Alfa Romeo Giulietta as a holiday hire car a couple of weeks ago. Not impressed with dashboard layout or the drive at all, although Mrs BBE thought I was being a miserable git and said she thought it was a ‘fun’ car and should be treated as such.
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Old 24th Sep 2018, 22:24
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Ford. Any Ford. If the transmission doesn't self-destruct, the head gasket will.
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Old 24th Sep 2018, 22:29
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Originally Posted by CAP A330 View Post
I would not switch from my A330 even if it meant an increase in salary. It’s a great plane that I will fly till the end of time. Kids these days want to move quickly onto the 787 or the 777 but it’s not for me.
A bold statement from someone who claims to be aged 21, and who, if actually involved in being a pilot, should expect to have 40 plus years ahead of them.
The A330's origin dates to the mid-1970s.
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Old 24th Sep 2018, 22:34
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Anything with a Steering Square

Oh sorry I forgot we can't mention the Allegro


A mate of mine once took his dad's Maxi to the shops and he got to a junction and there was this rather pretty young girl from school walking down the road. He waited till there was no traffic, then pulled out carefully, relaxing into the driver's seat. Unfortunately the Maxi had a problem where the main seat hinge would fail and that's exactly what happened here.

So he fell backwards and his foot immediately came off he pedal, which meant because the car being in first gear, immediately and dramatically slowed down ... causing him to stomp on the accelerator ... etc etc

Apparently the young lady was not impressed with his driving abilities
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Old 24th Sep 2018, 22:52
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Any Volvo.
Complete shite - transmissions are a nightmare.
Australia dealt to ours - shat itself halfway through a drive back from Melbourne.
"I roll" in Latin?
Bollocks.
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Old 25th Sep 2018, 00:31
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I probably won't ever buy another car with low profile tyres. The roads in the area are so bad that it's impossible to miss all the potholes.
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Old 25th Sep 2018, 02:41
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Ford. Any Ford. If the transmission doesn't self-destruct, the head gasket will
Last five years have put up with ownership of a Ford Territory. Lovely car in concept, but execution ie build standard, is crap. More troubles with it than the previous 50 years of car ownership put together. The head gasket blew long ago, the one in MY head that is. Previous Peugeot and Mazda vehicles outstanding. Can't wait to get rid of the Ford but need it for towing at the moment.
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Old 25th Sep 2018, 03:03
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Originally Posted by gemma10 View Post
CLIO and any of its derivatives, MODUS etc. Biggest pile of french junk on the planet.
Yes come to think of it. I had a Clio hire car (brand new) while my Polo was being repaired having been reversed into by an elderly lady. The Clio was terrible compared to the Polo; noisy, tinny, no guts, complicated start system.
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Old 25th Sep 2018, 03:44
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Anything built in France or the US, and in the latter I include various Chelsea tractors from MB and BMW. Wouldn't buy an Audi either; understeering carriages from hell they are. Nice interior, and quite comfortable, but they're anything but comfortable negotiating a series of twists in the road. I'm rather convinced there's an electronic gizmo sending a coded message to Ingolstadt whenever you turn the wheel, with the car only changing direction once it's received approval to do so from HQ. Nice interiors though.
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Old 25th Sep 2018, 05:01
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Originally Posted by Mostly Harmless View Post
Ford. Any Ford. If the transmission doesn't self-destruct, the head gasket will.
There is a known issue with the head gaskets on the Focus RS, leading to overheating and engine failure.
The gasket from the Mustang Ecoboost model has been incorrectly fitted in some cases to the RS engine, it is nearly identical in design, but crucially some of the ports for the water galleries are blanked off, restricting coolant flow.
There seems to have been a misidentification of the gasket, either by the wrong part number being put on during manufacturing, or by careless handling at the plant where the engines are assembled.
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Old 25th Sep 2018, 05:49
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Any car from China.
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