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Worst Vehicle You’ve Ever Owned…

Posted in General, Import Rides, Promoted, Rides, Subaru by MrAngry | March 14th, 2011 | 18 Responses |

1998 Subaru Legacy GT

In my time on this earth I’ve owned around 30 vehicles. I’ve had cars, boats, motorcycles and even a snow mobile, and in that time I’ve got to say that they were all pretty good. So when it came time to sit down and think about what the absolute worst one was, it really wasn’t that easy of a choice. First I categorized them by vehicle type, then the time period for which I owned them, and lastly I worked out how they affected me financially and emotionally with a list of pro’s and con’s. It was actually a pretty fun exercise and one that took me on a nice trip down memory lane. After looking at my vehicle list and then cross referencing it with my pro’s and con’s, I was finally able to come to a decision – my 1998 Subaru Legacy GT. Back then I was looking for a car that was quick, fun to drive with a five speed and more importantly, had all wheel drive. In the late 1990’s there were only two real choices; the all new Audi A4 or a Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS (predecessor to the STI). After deciding that the Audi was too expensive I decided to go for the Subaru. My plan was to lease the car for three years and then If I liked it, I’d buy it out at the end of the lease.

1998 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS
*This is what I really wanted…

Six different dealerships told me that since the Subaru Impreza 2.5 RS was a new car, that the lease deals were pretty crappy and in all honesty they were right. Then one dealer out on Eastern Long Island pointed me to the Subaru Legacy GT. It was all black, had all-wheel-drive, a five speed and a cool little hood scoop. I hopped in, took it for a ride and thought it was fun, but not nearly as much fun as the 2.5 RS I had my heart set on. Stupidly I talked myself into this car, plunked some money on the counter and drove off the lot. I realized immediately that I hated this car and then spent the next 3 years trying to kill it.

I had convinced myself that this was the way to go from a financial and practicality standpoint and in doing so relegated myself to automotive hell for the next 36 months. Understand now that the car itself was actually a pretty amazing sports sedan. It had 165 hp, all wheel drive, it looked good and got great mileage, but in the end I simply loathed it. I felt that it had tricked me into buying it, but truth be told, I couldn’t bring the little fucker down. I didn’t change the oil for the first 10,000 miles, I shifted at redline in every gear and abused this car harder then any rental I’ve ever driven, but it simply wouldn’t die. Every ounce of my being wanted it to blow up, but alas… it didn’t. I turned the car in after 3 years and was ecstatic to see it go. To its credit though, it was the toughest, meanest, most stubborn little rat bastard of a car I’ve ever had, and I truly believe that it didn’t die simply to spite me. I’ll give Subaru props, they sure can build a car, but that didn’t stop it from being the worst vehicle I’ve ever owned…

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18 Responses

  1. Alex says:

    I don’t understand. What exactly was so horrible about this car that you loathed it? Surely the fact that it was indestructible was in some strange way pleasing?

  2. 68SportFury says:

    I’m having trouble seeing the negatives, too. Sure, it wasn’t EXACTLY what you wanted, but it seems like it served you well. The base-model ’86 Dodge Charger I bought 25 years ago wasn’t the Shelby Charger I wanted, but I still enjoyed it for the five years I owned it.
    Now, the worst car I’ve ever owned was what I traded in on the ’86 Charger: A ’76 Charger Sport. This was a one-year-only car which replaced the 2-door ’75 Coronet and became the Monaco the next year. Styling wasn’t bad for the era, and mine was nicely optioned with air, buckets, console and factory crank-open sunroof. Unfortunately, it was overweight, underpowered and hiding a fair amount of rust under the quickie paint job. And it wouldn’t idle with the air on, either. It actually got lower mileage with the smogger 318 than the big-block ’67 Fury I’d had before it, averaging maybe 14 mpg over the three years I owned it. It also outweighed the Fury, which I discovered when I saw the registration fee. And then there was the flat spot in the carb that steadfastly refused to be cured and made any maneuver requiring quick acceleration a fairly scary roll of the dice. Will it safely make the left turn, or will it roll into traffic and then stall? Exciting!
    Still drove it for three years and put 36,000 miles on it, trading it in just shy of 80k.

  3. MrAngry says:

    Think of it this way. Imagine that you REALLY REALLY wanted strawberry ice cream, but then when you got there they didn’t have anymore. Then you asked for chocolate, but they didn’t have that either, instead all they had was bubble gum. I mean you’d eat it, but you wouldn’t be overly happy with it. That’s exactly the way I felt about my Legacy GT. Like I said, mechanically it was downright bulletproof, but in the end it simply wasn’t the car I wanted.

  4. dudefrpomthenorth says:

    So, was it the “Worst car you ever owned” or the “Car you hated the most” ? Man, I’d love a Legacy GT sedan…

  5. MrAngry says:

    A combination of both. I’ll be honest, I’d rather have a car that I needed to mess all the time as long as it really peaked my soul. The Subaru, although good by mechanical standards, just didn’t do it for me – thus it was worst vehicle I’ve owned thus far.

  6. dudefromthenorth says:

    Man my spelling sucks on mondays. Ah, “Bubble Gum” flavour sucks. And the Legacy GT was just a bit too civilized (aka boring) ?

  7. MrAngry says:

    Think of the Legacy GT as a C+ student. It delivered the minimum you’d expect from a sports sedan, but never excelled in any one category, thus making it frustrating as hell to own.

  8. Lee says:

    1989 Ford Crown Victoria, it is slow, unexciting, consumes a lot of fuel, hasn’t been too reliable and is utterly terrifying to drive on icy roads. The only redeeming feature is that it is epic for road-trips and minor off-roading/dirt roads and has this inexplicable smoothness to everything it does that no other car I have driven measures up to. All in all though the car gets no ill will from me, I think I could do a lot worse getting a car for free.

  9. BigRuss says:

    2010 ram crew cab with the baby V8… really wanted an early SRT10 quad cab… but couldnt find one in San Diego(hated the 05-08 front end and thats all i could find) but was ready to settle on a Hemi powered truck but couldnt find one in my price range that was the right “size”….

  10. J D Stadler says:

    I’d say mine fits more into the “car I hated most” category. 1999 Chevy Venture. It wasn’t bad, per se, and at the end of the day, it was given to us free so I oughtn’t complain at all. However, going from a 240sx to this thing was painful and I hated every second of it. It finally gave up the ghost when the tranny died and that’s how I ended up with the 6. Still a “mom” car but at least it had a soul and could be fun to drive when called upon.

  11. Doug says:

    1987 Ford Tempo. this was my first car it was 800 bucks I should’ve spent more, the speedometer was broken and a piece was missing from the front fender. it died 2 months after I got it.

  12. Kam says:

    I’ve only had a 98′ Grand Prix GT, and my current 06′ Charger R/T.

    The GP… had it a year. Paid $4000 for it. I one year, 2 engines blew on me, had to replace both times, various other shit (sensors, abs, 4 DAMN coolant flushes to get oil out, etc etc etc…) $5000 in repairs in one year. Said fuck it, got me a Hemi :)

    I will never buy GM again.

  13. Dan says:

    Im actually trying to buy a 99-01 2.5RS right now, still a crazy active market for those things from what I can tell.

  14. Mario Caminero says:

    Dude, that is the funniest article ever written about a car.

  15. Taylor says:

    I would definitely have to say the 1990 Dodge Shadow that I owned for about 3 years. Total piece of crap.

  16. PFULMTL says:

    I still plan on picking up a 2.5RS heh.