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I don't know if anyone thinks this is fun but I'm fed up at the willy waving on site like Pistonheads so I though I'd see if anyone has a worse car history than me? I would have put this on PH but they wouldn't "get it" and definitely not own up because it makes you less of a man, obviously. So, here is the short and illustrious list of my cars spanning 29 years! Oldest first.

1982 Mini City-e 850cc (first car, had to scrap it, cried etc).
1973 VW GT Beetle (closest I've been to cool, probably worth 8x what I sold it for now!).
1999 Peugeot 306 Meridian (lovely ride. Terrible seats/driving position, worse electrics and cost me a fortune every MoT).
2005 Ford Mondeo TDCI 130 Zetec estate. (Big, comfy, expensive to run).
2005 Fiat Multipla 115 JTD SX (Probably the best car I've owned, infuriating at times but loveable and financially it dug me out of a massive hole).
2008 Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCI Ghia. (Bought for Mrs N. She didn't drive it. Typical Ford, looks nice, nice to sit in and drive, cheap rubbish underneath).
2011 Vauxhall Zafia 1.7 CDTI Elite (Multipla failed MoT, gutted. Needed a new car quickly, got this. It's "better" than the Fiat but I don't give a **** about it).

7 cars in total. All rubbish apart from the VW. I've never been able to afford anything quick or sexy which is so depressing! Beat that someone!
 
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Ive had LOTS..

But 1st car.. trailered 120 miles.. our mate took 1 look it went for scrap.. rusty BL 1300

On the road
mk1escort. Written off..massively
( tailgated : 40mph difference)

Replacement Escort.. inner wings peeled away :eek:

2 cortinas 2 fiestas

Then met our 'panda driver' 30+ FIATs later

Some were great..
worst was a maindealer trade.in
Tyres down to steel.. handbrake parts in the boot

Boot didnt close after a while.. all the steel structure had vaporised :eek:

It makes my current old grande diesel ;) look very civilised
 

StevenRB45

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Had a fair few..nothing particularly fancy.

1991 Fiat Uno 45 fire, previous owner ran it with a leaking clutch slave. This ruined the clutch which destroyed the Gearbox bearings with the juddering and it was worth 50p and I'd already spent more than I should have on it. It was lovely clean rust free car 29k actual mileage when I got it, perfect shell and interior but not worth the agro at the time. Had it 9 months shame cos it got it to run beautifully with a new distributor and carb rebuild but gearbox was junk. Was scrapped 2 years after I pulled the plug.

95 Fiat Punto mk1 55s, utter **** heap of a car. 1st night I had it lost it's guts from the radiator had to travel over the moors from Otterburn in the dark at 11 pm stopping at pubs to buy bottles of water to whack in to the rad...oh and an egg. That kinda set the tone for the next 3 years of that car forever broken in some way but I couldn't sell it cos I needed transport and I couldn't buy a different car as it was forever costing money so permanently Skint. Also one of those cars where a simple job always became a 2 day epic because everything was rusted solid. Took a wheel off it once...previous owner had cross threaded it so bad I had to do the bearing as there wasn't enough left to re-thread. Of course this left me with 3 wheels on my wagon until the new bearing arrived..and when it did arrive the following day it was minus 5 and the bearing had shrunk and wouldn't fit over the stub axle without a bit of persuasion with a blow lamp. That one story sums up every interaction I had with it quite nicely.

1998 Fiat Punto 85 elx...erm this just killed itself with an unknown electrical fault that eventually lead to it filling its own cylinders with petrol and blasting it out of the dipstick. Something went very wrong fuel injection wise. Was fixable was a nice car, Dave and Mrs Dave got a ride in it many years ago at Donny while we followed the Late Stus Panda to a pub. But was a seaside car so despite the top looking nice the bottom looked like it had been parked in the sea.

After that I've only had 2 cars...cos well bought 2 Japanese cars and despite the odd niggle they are much less eventful...Although we do keep Citroëns around just to replicate the Jeopardy of the Fiat days. However they've been a surprisingly reliable so far.
 
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DaveMcT

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I had a quite a cool car history but the uncool bit is that I sold all them all for 2p or less. I've edited out the dross.

Triton with Norton Featherbed frame and Tiger 500 engine. Great spec but horrible bike. It just fell apart with vibration and crap parts, crap engine, poor mechanical design, etc
Honda XL250K0 so cool it hurts.
MG Midget 1275. But it was a total rust bucket and within weeks the engine was burning oil.
Split screen VW van. Only a little chilled back then but so rusty it was about to collapse in the middle. Scrapped. Today it would be a viable project.
Citroen BX 1.9 GT Loved that car should never have sold it
Audi A4 Avant TDI Another goodie sold far too soon.
Fiat Punto Mk2 HGT A nice car but not a good example
 
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My car history is pretty average too...

Ford Capri - My favourite car ever, rusty as rusty can be, big ends went, hit a lamp post but it will always be my first love.
2 x Vauxhall Nova, a 1.2 and 1.3SR
MK1 XR2, sounds cool, leaked oil, riddled with rust and got nicked.
Uno Turbo i.e, rusty, plastic trim flapped about, gearbox disintegrated, cambelt snapped!
Citroen BX - Dull as dishwater smelly diesel, probably the most comfortable car I've ever had. Fun fact....was owned by the drummer of Level 42 prior to me!
MK1 Fiat Bravo HGT, had her from new, did 140k in her till the head gasket went. Loved that car.
Astra SXi, again, dull as dishwater but extremely reliable, got written off by white van man
Punto MK2B 1.2, Great little cheap car, had her 3 years and cost me pennies to run.
Currently got a Focus ST-X Estate and Panda 100.
 

eeeno

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My car history is short and I tend to keep the car for a longer time period.

'98 Peugeot 1.1 for almost five years. The car was utter rubbish and had always something to repair even if it had relatively low mileage. The parts were cheap, but they didn't last long. Ultimately it needed a new timing belt and new driveshafts only at 60 k on clock which would have set me back nearly 700€. Time took its toll really. There was no point in repairing it. It didn't rust but it's not a real car.

'08 Fiat Linea. Car has been lovely eventhough it had a few niggles. It drives and handles like a real car. It took me quite long to realize that better cars like this do exist.

I probably won't be driving many cars in the future as the environmental change is going to take care of it. :D
 

puntofan01

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I don't know if anyone thinks this is fun but I'm fed up at the willy waving on site like Pistonheads so I though I'd see if anyone has a worse car history than me? I would have put this on PH but they wouldn't "get it" and definitely not own up because it makes you less of a man, obviously. So, here is the short and illustrious list of my cars spanning 29 years! Oldest first.

1982 Mini City-e 850cc (first car, had to scrap it, cried etc).
1973 VW GT Beetle (closest I've been to cool, probably worth 8x what I sold it for now!).
1999 Peugeot 306 Meridian (lovely ride. Terrible seats/driving position, worse electrics and cost me a fortune every MoT).
2005 Ford Mondeo TDCI 130 Zetec estate. (Big, comfy, expensive to run).
2005 Fiat Multipla 115 JTD SX (Probably the best car I've owned, infuriating at times but loveable and financially it dug me out of a massive hole).
2008 Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCI Ghia. (Bought for Mrs N. She didn't drive it. Typical Ford, looks nice, nice to sit in and drive, cheap rubbish underneath).
2011 Vauxhall Zafia 1.7 CDTI Elite (Multipla failed MoT, gutted. Needed a new car quickly, got this. It's "better" than the Fiat but I don't give a **** about it).

7 cars in total. All rubbish apart from the VW. I've never been able to afford anything quick or sexy which is so depressing! Beat that someone!
The Mini, Peugeot and Multipla are ok! The rest of it, well, I see your point, lol! [emoji6]
 
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