Any cars you regret buying? - My '14 CR-V experience

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OMG, I wasnt going to post in here then saw this.
Between a Subaru I had MANY years ago that turned into a major disappointment to a 2002 Nissan Altima.
The Suburu was a Lemon, noisy, even the exhaust pipe started corroding. The Altima was a disaster. Head Gasket blew but took a few trips for the dealer to figure that out after repairing the wrong things AND entire rear suspension system had to be replaced due to corrosion. When I say replaced, I mean replaced!!! Like cut off and new one welded on!
Mine (3.5 M/T) had a glitch in the ECU that needed to be "flashed out". The car would enter a mode that cut power by about half, but never an indication why. 2 sets of front struts failed within 17,000 miles due to an " out of spec" suspension mount that was causing them to destroy themselves. Then 3rd gear lost it's synchro, they attempted a transmission repair which made every gear hard, or impossible to engage, and it spent an additional 17 days on the lift before I finally gave up and traded it while it was still there. Total miles: 19,000. Awful car. But fast, and looked good (IMO).

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Mine (3.5 M/T) had a glitch in the ECU that needed to be "flashed out". The car would enter a mode that cut power by about half, but never an indication why. 2 sets of front struts failed within 17,000 miles due to an " out of spec" suspension mount that was causing them to destroy themselves. Then 3rd gear lost it's synchro, they attempted a transmission repair which made every gear hard, or impossible to engage, and it spent an additional 17 days on the lift before I finally gave up and traded it while it was still there. Total miles: 19,000. Awful car. But fast, and looked good (IMO).

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Yeah, it was a fun car to drive. I to my ignorance was under the impression that leaky head gaskets were a thing of the past back in 2002.
Ever so slowly, I cant remember exactly how long I would have to refill the coolant tank.
At some point, I think maybe when it was 6 years old and low mileage (wife's car) she told me she left the house, drove a short distance, and the car was hesitating to the point she thought it was going to die and get stuck, but then it cleared up and worked fine the rest of the day. This happened every so often for months.
I myself tried many things, including replacing some sensors ect. It wasnt doing it all the time.

Finally some time later to the dealer it went, dealer claimed is was some ignition coils and forgot what else. Paid a fortune, and, nope, happened again. I bought up the head gasket to them on a return trip and yup, it was, and it was another fortune to get fixed however, the dealer credited us back the money for the mis diagnosis the first time which saved quite a bit. I gave them an A+ for the honesty.

Then the entire rear suspension on another appoint was replaced but it was a recall if the car was driven on winter roads with salt, which moving from NY it was. They had the car about 10 days for that, it was involved, I cant believe when I looked under the car, entire rear suspension system was new and welded back into place.

I think at some point there was a recall or refreshing of the ECM too.
 
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1969 Austin Healey Sprite. Basically, it was a rebadged MG Midget. Sucked money like a swimming pool water pump. Sold it and bought my first bimmer.
 
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2016 Ford Focus with the DSP6 transmission

It was a kind of sort of, impulse buy in that I did zero research.

Had the clutch replaced at 55000 miles or so under warranty. Accepted that if I were to keep the car I'd likely be putting a $$$ clutch in it a few times.

Made the decision to get a truck since I was only driving 25 miles round trip to work instead of the 110 that I'd driven for years, best purchase to date.
 
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Maybe because it was near the end of the production run, but a 1994 Caprice Classic purchased new had a ton of problems over the 90,000 miles I drove it.
 
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Worst car I even owned, 1984 Z28. That car was in the shop more than it was in my garage. 2nd worst car ever, 1998 Dodge Intrepid. It's 2.7 liter engine started burning oil at 1 qt every 500 miles with only 60K miles on the odo. I changed the oil and filter every 3K and used nothing but full syn...Piece of junk!
 
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1999 Oldsmobile Alero was the biggest piece of junk I ever bought from a dealer it broke down every few days & I was lucky to get two weeks of driving without winding up at the shop usually by way of tow truck, I had a Chevy uplander I bought for $100 dollars from an individual it had electrical problems, an oil leak & well everything else wrong with it, the transmission went out & I sold it to a guy that was going to cut the top off of it & haul it across the scales full of metal, I got more than I originally paid for it, out of the two the Alero was the worst, I have never seen a car that broke down so many times back to back I was paranoid everytime I or my wife drove it, because it was at a time where I was struggling to stay a float & that car sunk everything I had keeping it on the road, the only good thing that came out of it was I am now a self taught mechanic & I got a good reminder that I should always do on to others as I would want to be done onto, I fix poor people's cars at an insanely cheap price & if they can't afford it & I'm able to spare the money I buy the part & fix it for free, I remember all too well how low I felt hitting loan companies & borrowing from relatives everytime I turned around for high mechanic bills, no one should have to feel like garbage because they are struggling, in a way the curses we face in life can be blessings in disguise I lost a lot of money, but my character grew stronger.
 
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2016 Ford Focus with the DSP6 transmission

It was a kind of sort of, impulse buy in that I did zero research.

Had the clutch replaced at 55000 miles or so under warranty. Accepted that if I were to keep the car I'd likely be putting a $$$ clutch in it a few times.

Made the decision to get a truck since I was only driving 25 miles round trip to work instead of the 110 that I'd driven for years, best purchase to date.
DITO only on a 2013 . trans was worst than what a cow leaves behind in the field
 
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That’s the best diesel VW made ALH
And the worst transmission, I had to replace almost everything but the motor itself by 120,000 miles on the odometer.

Injection pump went due to a factory screwup @ 105,000 and wasn’t rebuild able.
Had to replace the entire front wheel ends and brakes because they were rusting apart and stuck. Full Rear brake assembly replacement
Both fenders and rear bumper had the paint sheet peel, interior was flaking apart and uncleanable, front end kept going out of alignment, glove box broke off

And of coarse that isn’t to mention the normal mandatory maintenance items like the water pump and timing belt
 
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Does anyone regret buying Ram 1500 V6? Ram dealers are the only one in my area willing to negotiate price below MSRP.
 
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