I’ll start off by saying that I’ve owned a lot of clunkers in my life. I started driving at an early age so the vehicles I’ve owned were of the $50-$200 variety. A quick rundown of some of them is Renault, Fiat, Simca, Pontiac Tempest, Chevy Corvair, Chrysler LeBaron and Pontiac T1000. The worst one, however, was a 2001 Mercury Sable. The funny thing is…it was an almost free vehicle as my mother-in-law left it to my wife and I. She had replaced the transmission at the 36K mark and we replaced one at around 80K. When the third one died at less than 110K…we sold it as a “project car.”
I’ve been told by several mechanic friends of mine that Sable and Taurus transmissions of that era were very unreliable. I can attest to that. Before any Ford fans blast my comment…the best vehicle that I’ve ever owned was a 1994 Ford Ranger XLT. I can’t tell you how many trips from the east to west coast the little pickup managed without one breakdown. So…what was the worst vehicle that you’ve ever owned?