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

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

Worst:

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.

Best:

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

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