What Broke on your Car?

Occasionally cars are completely destroyed. They get towed away to the junk yard and it is time to start looking for a new car.

More often, new cars become old cars through a long slow process, one ding, one chip, one stuck CD at a time.

Some get fixed. Some don't.

 

 

 

Stacy's Hyundai Elantra has held up well, but a few little problems are sprouting up. The latest problem is the sun visor on the passenger side. It no longer snaps up into its stowed position. It drops unceremoniously back into the passenger's view, limp.

I'd like to compile a somewhat comprehensive list of little defects that can affect your car. In particular I'd like the tiny ones. The ones that you don't bring in, even when your car is under warrantee.

Thank you.


Break: The speedometer     Car: Acura Integra

It kept working, it just started squeaking horribly.


Fiji
Saturday 04th of April 2009 1:16 am


Break: Power window     Car: Proton Wira

Proton (Malaysian car manufacturer) is horrendously notorious for its cars' faulty power windows. Over time, you could bring the window down, but it'd never go back up again unless you pushed it up with your hands.


Malaysia
Saturday 04th of April 2009 1:25 am


Break: The drivers seat heating     Car: Ford Mondeo

The heating of the driver seat stopped working. The passenger seat still heats up though.


Poland
Saturday 04th of April 2009 1:52 am


Break: The horse broke     Car: Horseless Carriage

I was riding my horseless carriage and realized that there wasn't a horse.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 2:00 am


Break: Volume control on steering wheel     Car: Volkswagen Jetta

Sporadically fails to work. Turning everything off and back on helps. Happens once every three months or so.


The Netherlands
Saturday 04th of April 2009 2:50 am


Break: drivers side cabin light button     Car: Honda Civic 2003

the light/button sticks when you click it on or off, requiring you to have to jiggle it a bit to un-depress it.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 3:22 am


Break: Eardrums upon starting     Car: Ford Econoline 150 Van

Everytime the van was started, it let out this horrible screeching noise.


Albania
Saturday 04th of April 2009 3:25 am


Break: Front passenger seat heating     Car: Ford Escort

Heating on front passenger's seat has a mind of it's own. It's on and off no matter what one does. The switch has no control on the heating.


Finland
Saturday 04th of April 2009 3:27 am


Break: Left turn signal auto-cancel     Car: 1982 Oldsmobile Delta 88

Broke several years ago, now I just press the lever down a bit like I'm doing a lane change for every left turn.


Oman
Saturday 04th of April 2009 4:07 am


Break: Climate control     Car: \'05 Nissan Titan

Sometimes when the A/C is blowing, it will suddenly stop, then start again several seconds later. Truck has always had this issue. Dealer says I'm a big fat liar.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 4:22 am


Break: Alternator     Car: BMW Z4

The alternator died and left me in the road awaiting a tow for 2 hours.


Kazakhstan
Saturday 04th of April 2009 4:46 am


Break: Air Conditioner     Car: To the guy with the Titan...

http://www.titantalk.com/forums/titan-general-discussion/64847-ac-fan-quits.html#post1032542 That guy had the control head replaced. carry a video camera in the truck and video it when it acts up.


Afghanistan
Saturday 04th of April 2009 4:49 am


Break: Headliner     Car: Dodge Ram Truck

The headliner has fallen down from the ceiling and greatly impedes my view of the road.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 4:50 am


Break: Blower Control     Car: Ford Ranger

Only position "3" broke. "1", "2", and "4" were fine.


Vatican City
Saturday 04th of April 2009 4:51 am


Break: Radio Lights     Car: Ford Ranger

They just stopped working one day.


Italy
Saturday 04th of April 2009 4:52 am


Break: Broken hubcap     Car: Ford Ranger

The hubcap was only about 8" across and covered just the hub itself. I took it off to change the tire and never bothered to put it back on. It spent the last four years of it's life wedged in between the seats as an effective cupholder. (And every time I'd change the tire I'd curse because the rusty hub made it hard to get the wheel off.)


San Marino
Saturday 04th of April 2009 4:56 am


Break: Climate Control Display     Car: Chrysler 300m

I have a digital Climate control display, but the led's don't work. The blower and fans and stuff work fine...just can't tell what the thing is set to.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 5:06 am


Break: lcd display broken     Car: toyota matrix

lcd display broke on radio forcing me to become relint upon presets seek and scan buttons


Liechtenstein
Saturday 04th of April 2009 5:13 am


Break: Knob on volume of stereo     Car: Subaru Imprea

Makes listening to NPR difficult. How else when I know to pledge?


Djibouti
Saturday 04th of April 2009 5:19 am


Break: Rear speakers     Car: Honda Fit

The connection seems to be broken as the forward/back, balance/fade/whatever are all in the middle. Additionally this was noticeable when it happened.


Great Britain
Saturday 04th of April 2009 5:33 am


Break: Blower Control     Car: \'03 Trailblazer

Settings 1 thru 4 work fine, 5 just stopped one day. Only noticed it when I warmed up the car, turned the heat to 5, went inside for a bit, got back in the car and it was still freezing!


Ireland
Saturday 04th of April 2009 5:33 am


Break: Windshield washer nozzles     Car: \'89 Celica

Passenger side doesn't work at all. Driver side works half-heartedly.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 5:37 am


Break: Windshield wiper parking     Car: Nissan altima 1997

One day, the wipers refused to "park" at the bottom of the windshield after use. When you turn them off now, they stop at the top of their circuit, which is annoying, as I have to look around them. Even manually pushing them back down doesn't work---they just pop back up as soon as the car starts again.


Australia
Saturday 04th of April 2009 5:38 am


Break: the blower only works on 4 so it either u get really cold or really hot     Car: dodge stratus



United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 5:39 am


Break: cruise control     Car: VW Golf 2004

periodically cuts out while set on cruise control. forget's it's setting but will work fine again if speed is reset. happens maybe once every few months. didn't mention it to the dealer, figured they'd just say 'sure, we fixed that'.


Australia
Saturday 04th of April 2009 5:48 am


Break: Driver's Sun Visor     Car: Audi A4 Wagon

Visor stays in place, but the automatic light is always on when the visor is down - even when the mirror is covered.


Afghanistan
Saturday 04th of April 2009 6:18 am


Break: the reactor     Car: death star

It's a trap!


Malawi
Saturday 04th of April 2009 6:29 am


Break: Dashboard light     Car: Toyota Corolla

The "fast seatbelt" icon flashes all the time, even when my seatbelt is fastened.


Vatican City
Saturday 04th of April 2009 6:44 am


Break: Rear Window Radiator     Car: Jeep Liberty

The rear window radiator thingy requires power to work. Usually, it's provided via the struts connecting the back door to the car. In most SUVs, the design requires stretchy spring wires to be connected from the car to the window in order to not interfere with smooth operation of the window itself. One of those wires broke, leaving the car without a small radiator thingy.


Canada
Saturday 04th of April 2009 6:46 am


Break: CD player     Car: Honda Civic

Skips all the time at the slightest bump, especially with burned CDs. I had it replaced once under warranty and the replacement one started doing the same thing.


Colombia
Saturday 04th of April 2009 6:57 am


Break: A/C knob     Car: Pontiac Grand Am

The knob that controls Setting of A/C (Max A/C, Floor, windshield, etc) just fell off in my hand with the connecting piece breaking. Thankfully I live in Florida so it never has to leave Max A/C anyways.


Western Sahara
Saturday 04th of April 2009 7:10 am


Break: Passenger Air Bag Indicator Light     Car: 2001 Silverado

There is a switch and indicating lights to turn the passenger airbag on or off. When the airbag is ON the light to indicate so is NOT on. The OFF light works, and the airbag itself is OK. It's just the light.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 7:24 am


Break: Little flip up cup holder     Car: 2007 Suzuki Forenza

Car has two cupholders on the center console with a flap in the middle with a smaller hole in it. It flips between the two cup holders to adjust to the size of the cup. The little hinge pin on one side of it broke. It's still under warranty, but I haven't had it fixed. Don't ever buy a Forenza. Biggest car buying regret I've ever had.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 7:36 am


Break: Left Turn Signal     Car: 2001 Ford Escort

The left turn signal works, but blinks in double time. Also, when I turn the headlights on, the left arrow indicator light is always on.


Turkey
Saturday 04th of April 2009 7:36 am


Break: The Turn Signal     Car: Ford Ranger

The turn signal has never worked properly, you have to jiggle it a certain way to make it stick to indicate your turn. It's good because it means I am the only one who can really drive my car (since no one knows the special jiggling method).


Mauritius
Saturday 04th of April 2009 7:57 am


Break: Drivers side electric window     Car: Volkswagon Passat

When you hit the down button, the window goes up, and vice versa.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:01 am


Break: Fuel gauge     Car: 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix

Fortunately I know how many miles I get to the tank so it's not a huge problem. Especially since they want $900 to replace the sensor.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:03 am


Break: Back window wiper fluid dispenser     Car: \'97 Toyota Rav 4

When I got it back in 2002 the back window wiper fluid dispenser was busted. The tube disconnected somewhere along the path to the back of the car, so when you go to wash the back windows, wiper fluid just pours onto the ground.


Côte d'Ivoire
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:07 am


Break: CD player, audio console     Car: Infiniti I30

The CD player would intermittently not work, which eventually became worse. Eventually I couldn't use it at all, and the error broke other aspects of the audio system. I learned a rain-dance to keep the system from muting entire. Eventually it started smelling of burning phenolic and I had it removed.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:07 am


Break: Cigarette lighter     Car: Jeep Cherokee

Broke about a year after I had the car, never bothered to fix it. Haven't missed it.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:08 am


Break: Something tiny and impossible to figure out, probably     Car: 1996 Buick Park Avenue

Some things don't start up automatically when the car turns on. Others don't turn off automatically when the car turns off. It happens rarely enough that I don't expect it. Things like headlights not turning on automatically, or the radio not shutting off unless I turn the car on and off again a few times.


Russia
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:09 am


Break: Sunroof     Car: Infiniti I30

The sunroof jammed wide open. I eventually got a mechanic to jam it shut. A year later curiosity got the best of me and I checked if the controls still worked. They do, it's still broken, but this time I just filled the gap with foam and silicone sealant. Incidentally, painter's tape is not waterproof. I had to take a seat out to dry out the car. I prefer the car with the seat out.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:10 am


Break: Tape deck jams in cold weather     Car: Nissan Pathfinder

The tape deck didn't work in the winter. The end of tape sensor jammed on, causing the tape to continually switch sides and occasionally eject on it's own.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:11 am


Break: Turn Signal / Windshield Wiper     Car: Ford F150

Every every time I signal left, my windshield wiper turns on.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:12 am


Break: light under gear shifter     Car: 2000 Ford Escort

The light under my gear shifter (it's an automatic) burned out so in the dark I cannot see what gear I am in. I had to learn how to count my way from park to reverse to drive. A bit annoying, but not worth paying someone to replace the deeply-buried bulb.


Germany
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:12 am


Break: The high-beam switch     Car: 1998 Saturn SL

The switch itself is broken (not the high-beams themselves, though I guess since I haven't been able to turn them on for a while, they might be broken too).


Canada
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:19 am


Break: Speedometer     Car: 1982 Pontiac Grand Prix

Randomly swung through 20 mph around the speed I was actually going. Ex. If I was doing 60, it would show anywhere from 50 to 70.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:22 am


Break: Right Headlight Adjustment Spring     Car: 1982 Pontiac Grand Prix

Without the tension from the spring, the headlight pointed straight into the air, which was quite hilarious at night when I passed under a tree.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:22 am


Break: Right interior body panel     Car: 1982 Pontiac Grand Prix

The right interior body panel in the back began leaking it's white viscous adhesive. It was literally impossible to clean and had the consistency of taffy, only a million times stickier.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:24 am


Break: Landau Roof Self Removal     Car: 1982 Pontiac Grand Prix

The landau roof removed itself one day while I was on the highway. The metal underneath it was unfinished. The roof began to promptly rust through. I ended up with many small holes under in the roof which I could only see because ...


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:25 am


Break: No Headliner     Car: 1982 Pontiac Grand Prix

The headliner has been torn out. It wouldn't stay in it's frame and constantly drooped into sight releasing a torrent of sun baked 25 year old insulation (read: eye destroying dust) into the car. The car was much better without the headliner.


Afghanistan
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:26 am


Break: Oil Gasket     Car: 1982 Pontiac Grandprix

Car required at least one quart of oil with every fill up.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:27 am


Break: Power Steering     Car: 1982 Pontiac Grandprix

Power steering slowly faded and than disappeared. Not fun in an 80's steel bodied vehicle.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:28 am


Break: Power Brake Vaccuum Assist     Car: 1982 Pontiac Grand Prix

The power brakes also faded out and then disappeared. I could still stop the car, it just wasn't very much fun.


Afghanistan
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:29 am


Break: AC     Car: 1982 Pontiac Grand Prix

Hehe, AC. Like I was going to have that.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:29 am


Break: The logo     Car: Scion xA

The piece on the front of my car with the Scion logo on it just completely fell off. No idea where it is now...


Germany
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:30 am


Break: Rear Speakers     Car: 1982 Pontiac Grand Prix

The rear speakers were blown. It's ok, I only had FM/AM radio anyway. Not even an 8-track player!


Afghanistan
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:31 am


Break: Analog Clock     Car: 1982 Pontiac Grand Prix

Yes, this car had an analog clock. It didn't work. It was constantly 7:30.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:32 am


Break: Suspension     Car: 1982 Pontiac Grand Prix

Do you know the oscillating frequency of your car? I do.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:32 am


Break: Radiator     Car: 1982 Pontiac Grand Prix

Radiator had slow leak. Needed a gallon of antifreeze with nearly ever fill up. Yes, I realize what a safety and environmental hazard my car was.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:34 am


Break: Clutch disconnect     Car: 92 Honda Accord

Many manual transmission cars have a feature whereby you cannot start them unless the clutch pedal is depressed. The switch to determine whether this was the case on my car broke at some point, preventing me from operating the starter. I unplugged the connector and shorted it with a paperclip.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:54 am


Break: Door handle on rear driver's side     Car: 95 Mazda Protege

You can get in - you just can't get out.


Afghanistan
Saturday 04th of April 2009 9:40 am


Break: gas cap door lever     Car: Hyundai Accent

The little lever beneath the drivers' seat rusted supernaturally fast to the point it no longer turns. It had to be locked half-open so the gas cap door could be opened manually.


Canada
Saturday 04th of April 2009 9:40 am


Break: Wiring in the steering column     Car: 1980something Chevy K-Car

Wiring in the steering column shorted in an odd and embarassing way. Every time the car turned left, the *horn would honk*. Had to pull out the horn relay to stop it.


Canada
Saturday 04th of April 2009 9:45 am


Break: Gas pedal     Car: 2006 Ford Escape

Every once in a while, the gas pedal will stick so you have to stamp down on it to accelerate. It happens unexpectedly and startles you. And it only happens when the weather is changing: nothing on freezing days or hot days, but if it was 60 with sun yesterday and today it's 40 and foggy, it will stick.


Czech Republic
Saturday 04th of April 2009 9:48 am


Break: Heat stopped working - found out it was a known flaw with Galants - they have a fuse-type-thing that died and so - no heat     Car: 04 Mitsubishi Galant



United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 9:57 am


Break: Passenger Handle     Car: Ford Ranger

It came loose, and one end doesn't stay in place. I blame it on my brother's ownership of the car for the 3 previous years.


Turkey
Saturday 04th of April 2009 9:59 am


Break: a/c vent, center console     Car: 2002 toyota carolla

The little vent wont stay in place when you position it. It just plops back down, blowing air downwards and not where I want it to go.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 10:06 am


Break: Volume Control     Car: Hyundai Accent

The volume control has a small glitch in which it occasionally goes from adjusting the volume 1 value per click, to several values per click, but only while increasing the volume. This means one small turn can sometimes bust your eardrums.


Canada
Saturday 04th of April 2009 10:10 am


Break: Air Suspension     Car: Ford Explod^Grer

Not yet totally broken but definitely leaking, you can hear the compressor kicking in way more often than it should really need to.


Canada
Saturday 04th of April 2009 10:13 am


Break: Nothing     Car: 78 Ford F-150 Ranger

Not a thing. WHen I traded it in, it had almost 250,000 miles on it. It could still be running for all I know. Dang thing was bullet proof, but one heackuva gas hog! 150 MPG city, highway, or off road....


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 10:13 am


Break: Tiny crack in the windshield     Car: Toyota Sienna



Barbados
Saturday 04th of April 2009 10:14 am


Break: Electronic Compass     Car: GMC Envoy

The electronic compass never indicates the correct direction anymore, but changes often enough to fool you into thinking it might. Southwest is a lie!


Canada
Saturday 04th of April 2009 10:15 am


Break: Everything     Car: 91 Ford Probe

It would be a shorter list of what didn't break. 1st brand new car, and I haven't bought a brand new one since. Yep I'm the reason Detroit has failed


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 10:15 am


Break: Front passenger door power lock     Car: 1994 Buick Park Avenue

The front-passenger door lock only unlocks under power. It does not lock under power, period.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 10:16 am


Break: Bits of the door latch     Car: GMC Envoy

The left door never closes tightly anymore, you can always hear wind whistling at high speeds. This has been fixed at the dealer twice and broken again shortly thereafter, twice.


Canada
Saturday 04th of April 2009 10:18 am


Break: Door Seal     Car: 07 Ford Focus

This creates a nice little puddle on the floor in the back seat. If anyone is thirsty enough to drink contaminated rain water, problem solved!


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 10:20 am


Break: 4WD transmission linkage     Car: GMC Envoy

This vehicle has also, on multiple occasions, decided it doesn't want to be 4x4 any more. It revolts by bending some vital plate in the linkage which decides whether it should be FWD, AWD, or 4WD.


Canada
Saturday 04th of April 2009 10:21 am


Break: Instrument panel backlight     Car: Hyundai Accent

The pretty blue lights that are supposed to light up my instrument panel only work sometimes.


Afghanistan
Saturday 04th of April 2009 10:21 am


Break: Battery Connections     Car: GMC Envoy

This problem would manifest itself in an odd way. The car would turn over but not start, and after you let go of the key, the dashboard gauges would wiggle and writhe like I was driving the hell out of it. It really breaks the illusion to see the dash say 70KPH when you're sitting still.


Canada
Saturday 04th of April 2009 10:34 am


Break: Power Locks     Car: GMC Envoy

The power locks usually take at least two power unlocks to power unlock. On rare occasions, up to nine.


Canada
Saturday 04th of April 2009 10:41 am


Break: Light inside the cruise control     Car: Civic

We just left the cruise control button pressed all the time and eventually the little green light expired.


Qatar
Saturday 04th of April 2009 10:46 am


Break: Seat latch     Car: early 90\'s GMC pickup

The front right seat will no longer latch in place, or for that matter, to the floor. When you accelerate it clicks backwards, slowly crushing the passengers behind it. If you stop too suddenly, it is capable of lifting off the floor entirely and pitching through the windshield. This has not happened, yet.


Canada
Saturday 04th of April 2009 10:47 am


Break: Digital Clock Setting Buttons     Car: Hyundai Accent

Every passenger I take tries to set this clock. The first to succeed will be the King of Britain. The clock itself is fine, and slips gradually closer to correct year by year.


Afghanistan
Saturday 04th of April 2009 10:57 am


Break: The "door open, lights on/keys in" dinger.     Car: Honda CRX

The dinger that reminds me to turn off my headlights or take the keys out will work about one day a month. It's so rare that I have to think about what that odd "ding, ding, ding" is when it decides to work.


Bhutan
Saturday 04th of April 2009 11:12 am


Break: interior driver side door handle     Car: 94 Olds cutlass ciera

This was AFTER the driver side power window motor died. So my options were to crawl out the passenger side or keep the window down to reach outside to open the door. No more drive thrus for me (food or banks)!


Chad
Saturday 04th of April 2009 11:19 am


Break: Rear AC Blower     Car: 1998 Dodge Caravan

The front AC works fine, although the coolant has leaked out several times. As for the rear, off is off, 1 blows medium, 2 is high, and 3 blows low. Whenever I sit in the back, the temp is always uncomfortable.


Zambia
Saturday 04th of April 2009 11:35 am


Break: key in the trunk lock     Car: 98 Nissan Sentra

I must have gotten a bad key batch, because I've broken 3 keys in my Nissan. When one key broke in the ignition, I actually had to push the stump of my key against the key bits stuck in the ignition to get it to start. I got that fixed. But the key that broke (and is still inside) the trunk lock, I just left. Now I have to get into the car and pull the driver-side lever to open the trunk


Ireland
Saturday 04th of April 2009 11:36 am


Break: rear window control     Car: Subaru

The control on the door worked, but from the drivers console, i could only roll it down, not up


Djibouti
Saturday 04th of April 2009 12:04 pm


Break: Interior Lights     Car: 2003 Ford Windstar

Every once in a while, as we drive down the road, the interior lights will start flickering on and off. I just turn the lights off all the way until the next day, and the problem goes away for a couple of months.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 12:08 pm


Break: Window Crank     Car: 1991 Yugo GVplus

The only thing that has ever broken on my Yugo is the driver's side window crank. I replaced it with a metal one and it has worked well since. Guess where the original plastic window crank was made: USA. ;)


Palestinian State*
Saturday 04th of April 2009 12:10 pm


Break: Sliding-door speaker     Car: Ford Windstar

Intermittent sound. Hitting it helped. (why no Tonga for countries?)


Trinidad & Tobago
Saturday 04th of April 2009 12:24 pm


Break: Front cupholder     Car: Volvo S80

The spring on the front cupholder to adjust to the size of the drink cup is broken. Now, like Stacy's visor, it simply flops out to its maximum position, causing unstable drinks.


Antigua & Barbuda
Saturday 04th of April 2009 12:26 pm


Break: Interior (and exterior) lights     Car: Pontiac Bonneville

The little lights on the inside of the doors always pop out, they still work, I just have to pop them back in. Once, one of my headlights popped out. It also still worked.


Denmark
Saturday 04th of April 2009 12:47 pm


Break: turn signal switch     Car: Chevy Malibu

The turn signal stick part of the switch broke off in the steering column While I Was Making a Left Turn Through the Oncoming Traffic Lane! I actually had to keep making a circle while trying to yank the stick out of the steering column.


Grenada
Saturday 04th of April 2009 12:55 pm


Break: droopy sun visor     Car: Your wife\'s Elantra

A little cloth tape in the "c" clip should keep that thing from drooping. Seeya


Afghanistan
Saturday 04th of April 2009 12:58 pm


Break: Digital instrument cluster     Car: Mercury Cougar

The backlight for the all-digital instrument panel doesn't light, making it almost impossible to see the spedometer and gas gague in daylight.


South Africa
Saturday 04th of April 2009 1:11 pm


Break: Magic Quotes     Car: Your Website, via PHP 5.x

See those backslashes appearing everywhere, Rob? Magic Quotes got turned on somehow.


Afghanistan
Saturday 04th of April 2009 1:11 pm


Break: Transmission, peeling metallic trim on the inside door handles     Car: 2002 Honda Civic

My automatic transmission died at 70,000 miles. I drive like Grandma Utz too.... Honda went half-sies with me on the replacement and gave me a 3 year warranty without me even asking them. The silver foil trim on my inside door handles is peeling too, I've been the victim of some nasty little cuts from it.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 1:39 pm


Break: Brake pedal power assist     Car: Jeep Cherokee (1991)

It broke three times, and was covered under a recall notice by Diamler-Chrysler every time.


Germany
Saturday 04th of April 2009 1:42 pm


Break: blower motor     Car: \'84 Nissan pickup

There's a leaf stuck in the blower motor. It makes a nostalgic baseball-card-in-the-spokes-of-my-bike sound, only much faster. Occasionally it will stop for a couple of days.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 1:44 pm


Break: Antenna Motor     Car: Toyota 4 Runner

Got to where it just made a SUPER LOUD grinding noise and didn't actually move the antenna.. loud enough where strangers would comment. We disconnected it and made it a manual antenna :)


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 1:50 pm


Break: Front cup holder     Car: Toyota 4Runner

It's the best car in the world, except the 'little' things that go wrong. Front cup holder is flimsy and busted an 'arm' off... Other than the little crap, no major mechanical issues at all at almost 150k. Good trade IMHO!


Afghanistan
Saturday 04th of April 2009 1:52 pm


Break: Rear window spritzer     Car: \'00 VW Golf

I lived without it until I accidentally hit it one day, it the supply tube in the hatch burst (without my immediate knowledge), and the fluid leaked into the latch mechanism, seizing it up good.


Canada
Saturday 04th of April 2009 2:01 pm


Break: Automatic door lock     Car: 1999 Mazda Protege

The feature to hit the button or turn the door-key to lock all the doors would work erratically. When initiated from the driver side it would only lock the doors on that side of the car. When initiated from the passenger side it would only lock the front set of doors and not the rear set.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 2:33 pm


Break: Right hinge of the glove box     Car: \'01 VW Golf GLS

Apparently this happens very frequently. When we were car shopping we were like, "why does is this thing broken on every VW?". Now we know why it happens and it's happened to us. And no amount of JBWeld will hold it together.


Israel
Saturday 04th of April 2009 2:35 pm


Break: Rear Speaker/window     Car:

Didn't know the rear speaker was broken until someone broke in and stole it. Didn't sound any different.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 2:44 pm


Break: Flux Capacitor     Car: Delorian

1.21 gigawatts!


Belize
Saturday 04th of April 2009 2:54 pm


Break: Check Engine Light     Car: Oldsmobile Silhouette

The check engine light would turn on randomly but would turn back off if you stomped the floor in certain places


Afghanistan
Saturday 04th of April 2009 3:30 pm


Break: AC controller     Car: Ford Taurus

The controller knob for the AC just fell off. Now it's stuck on "warm the driver's feet."


New Zealand
Saturday 04th of April 2009 3:49 pm


Break: Radio/CD Player Backlight     Car: 2001 Subaru Forester

One day the backlight went out. For a while, I could tap it with my finger to get it to blink back on, but now even that doesn't work. Not a big deal in the daylight, but a pain at night.


Japan
Saturday 04th of April 2009 4:16 pm


Break: The backlight in the dashboard clock     Car: Honda Accord

Insignificant, but how often do you need to know the time at night? It's seriously annoying!


Rwanda
Saturday 04th of April 2009 4:30 pm


Break: Fader knob     Car: Mercedes 300TE

The front-back speaker fader knob is located in the center console instead of on the stereo head unit itself. It's worn out, so now some of the speakers stop working if it's not turned to exactly the right position


Germany
Saturday 04th of April 2009 4:55 pm


Break: gas gauge     Car: chevy lumina

found out my gas gauge didnt work 2 days after getting my car....when i ran out of gas...i just assumed i had awesome gas mileage until then.


Belize
Saturday 04th of April 2009 5:02 pm


Break: power windows AND a piece of the door flew off. AND the seatbelt holder.     Car: Saturn Ion

I said three things because oddly enough, the exact same three things happened to my friend's identical Ion.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 5:48 pm


Break: Driver Visor Mirror     Car: 2003 Honda Accord

I just flipped open the cover to the mirror one day and it broke straight off...now the light doesn't work so I can't look in the mirror if it's dark outside :(


Israel
Saturday 04th of April 2009 5:49 pm


Break: Automatic Transmission     Car: Honda Accord 1992

Got off the freeway and was waiting for the light to turn green and applied the gas and the car started to stutter or shake as if I had flat tires when I really didn't. Speedo gets stuck at 10 mph while the RPM gauge is in the red. Eventually the transmission will finally switch to the next gear and I am fine.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 5:51 pm


Break: Temperature Meter     Car: Honda Accord 1994

As soon as the car warms up to normal operating temperature, the gauge spikes up to 100% red. I know that the engine is not overheating because there is no steam coming from the engine (I've had cars that truly overheat in the past), and at times after long trips the needle falls back down to a normal temperature, just above half. I'm too cheap to fix it!


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 6:15 pm


Break: Steering bracket     Car: Nissan Pathfinder

Made a horrible clunking when you made a turn, turned out to be a cheap 10 dollar fix by the mechanic, lucked out on that.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 6:19 pm


Break: Mirror cover on driver's side visor     Car: Nissan Sentra

Just the little plastic flap that protects the mirror when the visor is flipped down. Done broke off, it done.


Indonesia
Saturday 04th of April 2009 6:20 pm


Break: Cruise Control     Car: 1994 Honda Accord EX

After a 200 mile road trip last June, the cruise control just stopped working one day. We have replaced various things, but nothing can get that working.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 6:32 pm


Break: Warp Engines     Car: US Enterprise E

It just started melting the engineering department, boy I miss Geordi and Barclay.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 6:35 pm


Break: Passenger Handle     Car: Toyota Corolla

Most of the interior handle corroded and broke off. There's still just enough handle to hook your fingertips around and claw your way out.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 6:40 pm


Break: The Transmission     Car: Chevy TrailBlazer

A leak went undetected until the transmission burned up due to no lubrication. $3,000 repair bill!


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 6:53 pm


Break: Tire Pressure Light     Car: 98 Pontiac Grand Am

One time I got a flat tire after running over a screw. The "low tire pressure" light came on, and has stayed on for the last year or so, even after having reset it.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 6:59 pm


Break: Left turn signal     Car: Toyota Madeupola

The mechanic told me my turn signal went out because I didn't change the blinker fluid often enough. He had to charge me $1500 to change all the signal lights. Who knew those tiny bulbs were so expensive?


Poland
Saturday 04th of April 2009 7:10 pm


Break: The drivers side back door. You could only open from the inside one day. Luckily, I don't usually have that many passengers.     Car: 2000 Ford Focus



Hungary
Saturday 04th of April 2009 7:15 pm


Break: Rear windshild wiper     Car: 1997 GMC Jimmy

When you press the button to turn on the wiper it makes a horrible sputtering/grinding noise. The wiper never moves.


Sweden
Saturday 04th of April 2009 7:19 pm


Break: defrost     Car: chevy blazer

The defrost on both the front and back did not work. On the front, all the other blower controls worked but when you put it to defrost the fuse would pop. Had it re-wired and the blower control replaced and still no luck.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 7:20 pm


Break: Taillight lens     Car: Ford Explorer

Trying to pull a small tree/weed out of my yard. Haul out the chain (which of course isn't long enough to reach) and hook it up. Make up the 14' shortage with nylon straps. Big mistake. Get a running start, instead of the tree/weed popping out, it holds. The nylon sling stretches, snaps back, and pulls the truck sidewards into a concrete wall, breaking the taillight. I blame Ford.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 7:34 pm


Break: Cd Player     Car: \'97 acura 3.2 tl

It wouldn't be fair to say the CD player is broken, it just prefers to play only when it's 70 degrees out. But can you blame it? That's when I prefer to play.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 8:17 pm


Break: The passenger door doesn't always open from the outside     Car: Mercury Cougar

It's a 1970 cougar so that's the least of my worries but it also means a passenger has to be let in sometimes when it decides not to work.


Albania
Saturday 04th of April 2009 9:08 pm


Break: Passenger side interior arm rest     Car: Mitsubishi Mirage

Broke clean off. I replaced it with a length of chain so you had something to grab to close the door, then purposefully broke the driver's side one so I could put chain there, too, because it looked so cool.


Djibouti
Saturday 04th of April 2009 9:21 pm


Break: steering wheel coating wearing away, hands dirty     Car: Acura CL 1999

Not too big of a deal, worse in the warmer weather. The most held locations of the wheel have worn down in a weird fashion and on occasion make my hands appear filthy. It's not all the time though. Here and there. Generally just when I need to meet someone for the first time and shake their hand.


Russia
Saturday 04th of April 2009 9:44 pm


Break: cupholder     Car: VW Golf 2002

The pop-out cupholder on the dash sometimes pops out, sometimes doesn't.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 9:51 pm


Break: Dash board cracked. It vibrates while driving down the road. I have to sometimes drive with one hand on the crack to keep my sanity.     Car: 1999 Dodge Ram 1500



Czech Republic
Saturday 04th of April 2009 10:13 pm


Break: Ash tray     Car: Subaru Impreza 2004

Ash tray was broken when some punk (or a homeless person) broke into the car and stole the change I kept in the ash tray. They yanked the ash tray out and broke the spring that held it in place. (They also stole every CD in my car, along with the change, but didn't damage anything else - just the ashtray.) I think this was under warranty, but it didn't occur to me to get this fixed.


United Kingdom
Saturday 04th of April 2009 10:18 pm


Break: Temperature Warning Light     Car: 2007 VW Beetle

It's supposed to go on only if the engine is overheating, but recently it goes on when the engine is first started, or after it's warmed up, or just at random times during the course of the day.


United States
Saturday 04th of April 2009 11:04 pm


Break: Cam shaft     Car: Citroen Xantia

THe fan belt snapped and a piece got under the cover for the drive belt of the engine, which jumped the cam out of timing, and the cam shaft promptly snapped in twain. Gutted.


United Kingdom
Saturday 04th of April 2009 11:07 pm


Break: Car     Car: Daihatsu Terios (made by toyota, but with a more JAP name.

Well, handbrake really. It still works, but not as well as it did before the handbrake failed and the car rolled conveniently into the tree that was positioned at the hairpin bend at the bottom of the hill.


Australia
Saturday 04th of April 2009 11:24 pm


Break: Gas Gauge     Car: Ford F-205

Now I just fill up every 300 miles.


Finland
Sunday 05th of April 2009 12:06 am


Break: front speakers     Car: mazda 626

I mean they still work, it just sounds farty when it is loud...


Monaco
Sunday 05th of April 2009 12:19 am


Break: faux leather plastic dash lining     Car: acura 3.2 TL



United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 12:57 am


Break: the engime     Car: Watermelons supply ship

Tha engime broke?? WAT?? I ORDER ALL PORT CLOSE!!


Madagascar
Sunday 05th of April 2009 12:57 am


Break: Blinker light cover.     Car: Chevy Malibu

The amber plastic cover for the forward passenger blinker light detached from its clasps & rolls loosely around in the headlight housing. The blinker bulb still works but the coloured cover can't be replaced. I would have to buy an entirely new headlight housing for a couple hundred dollars.


Afghanistan
Sunday 05th of April 2009 2:33 am


Break: small plastic trunk latch cover     Car: 2003 mercedes E320

had to double tape that mother-bitch down to ensure flawlessness


Singapore
Sunday 05th of April 2009 3:23 am


Break: window motor on the drivers door     Car: 99 chevy malibu

the window motor fried in my driver door. we replaced it with a brand new motor and it stopped working less than a month later....


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 3:23 am


Break: Glove box clasp.     Car: Volkswagen Golf

It simply melted in the sun!


Haiti
Sunday 05th of April 2009 3:40 am


Break: loose nut behind the wheel     Car: any car I drive



Canada
Sunday 05th of April 2009 5:12 am


Break: Passenger window     Car: Nissan Pathfinder

About a month after buying the car, I discovered that the passenger window would roll back up crooked. It's as if there were two "things" lifting it up from below, and one of those things broke, causing the window to come out of the vertical track unless someone held it straight while it rose.


Papua New Guinea
Sunday 05th of April 2009 6:27 am


Break: Glove compartment latch     Car: Chevy Pickup

Broke about a month after buying it.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 7:27 am


Break: Computer     Car: 04 hemi ram quad cab

Every great once in a while the truck will start and run but nothing else will work. No lights, radio, fan or anything. I have to turn it off, remove the key, and start it again. It needs ctrl/alt/dlt keys.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 8:39 am


Break: Radio Bezel     Car: Ford Ranger

The mounting hardware snapped off after a particularly hard landing. Bezel still stays on, but rattles around.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 9:13 am


Break: The handles you use to pull the doors closed once inside     Car: \'85 VW Golf

Well Steve, when you drive a really old one and it's hard to get "non-essential" (interior) parts, you start lowering your standards every time something breaks.


Afghanistan
Sunday 05th of April 2009 9:15 am


Break: Trunk latch     Car: 00 Integra

It still works, but now it requires a delicate and specific procedure to open. For starters, I have to drop everything I'm holding and put all my weight on the trunk lid.


Chad
Sunday 05th of April 2009 9:19 am


Break: Left turn signal light and indicator click     Car: Dodge Dakota Crew Cab 2003

It used to go "click-pause-click-pause-click-pause-", but one day while waiting to turn left it started clicking twice as fast, no pauses. The light blinked twice as fast, too. Stayed like that for months, then spontaneously fixed, while waiting to turn left. It flares up occasionally now.


Germany
Sunday 05th of April 2009 9:21 am


Break: Center console armrest cover and tail light lenses     Car: \'98 Mitsubishi Montero Sport

The screws that hold the armrest cover on the center console have been reamed out so the armrest won't center. The seals on the tail lights have gone bad so the lenses fill up with water. I had to drill tiny weep holes in them so the water drains.


Czech Republic
Sunday 05th of April 2009 10:15 am


Break: Dashboard Lights     Car: Toyota Corolla

Half of the lights (yes, just one side) on the dashboard are out. I can read my speed in the dark if I'm under 80, but after that it's all a guessing game.


St. Vincent & The Grenadines
Sunday 05th of April 2009 11:22 am


Break: Radio Volume Knob     Car: Ford Focus

It's one of those digital clicky kinda knobs, where each click of the turn is supposed to turn the volume up or down by one... but each click, no matter which direction, has a tendency to randomly go up one, down one, up three, or down three. It goes in the direction you want it to more often than not, but it's really annoying.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 11:42 am


Break: The powered mirror comes unplugged under the dash     Car: 2005 Lexus ES330

It's not a big deal, since I'm the only one to drive the car, so it really doesn't need to be adjusted, but this is the fourth time it's happened.


Belgium
Sunday 05th of April 2009 11:55 am


Break: The driver side shock squeaks quietly everytime you go over a bump     Car: 1999 Plymouth Breeze

This only one of the many idiosyncrasies of my sweet $500 whip.


Madagascar
Sunday 05th of April 2009 12:23 pm


Break: Clock     Car: Honda CRV

The dashboard clock works about once a week, and when it fades back on, it's usually skipped a few minutes. Over a few months, it goes about 11 minutes off from the actual time. The repair people replaced the battery a number of times, but nothing's helped.


New Zealand
Sunday 05th of April 2009 1:23 pm


Break: Ashtray Cover     Car: 2001 Trans Am

Lifted up the ash tray cover to put some change in it and it just fell in to the center console. It would still be there if I didn't have a stick with a magnet on the end of it.


Bolivia
Sunday 05th of April 2009 1:40 pm


Break: gas guage     Car: VW Jetta



United Kingdom
Sunday 05th of April 2009 1:43 pm


Break: Gas Lid Does Not Stay Closed Anymore     Car: 2006 Chevy Aveo

I could have taken this in, but got lazy. Anyway, the lid for filling gas does not snap closed anymore. I have to jam it at an angle to keep it from popping open.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 1:44 pm


Break: Gas Guage     Car: 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

This car had all-digital displays, which turned out to be a big problem. Most notably, the gas guage became entirely unreliable. I ended up using the odometer instead, filling up after 200 miles instead of waiting for the gas guage to tell me I was low.


Sri Lanka
Sunday 05th of April 2009 1:45 pm


Break: 4WD Indicator Light     Car: 1999 Dodge Durango

The light on the dash that reminds me I've engaged 4WD doesn't light up anymore. Sometimes I don't notice that the floor-mounted lever is still pulled back until a couple days after a snow storm when turning on dry roads and the front end bounces because I'm still in 4WD. This can be expensive because 4WD uses more gas than 2.


Djibouti
Sunday 05th of April 2009 2:25 pm


Break: Horn not working and instead made radio louder     Car: vauxhall zafira (3 months old)

seriously you pressed the middle of the steering wheel and it turned the radio up! Dave PS actually this was not strictly speaking counting as it was a hire car


United Kingdom
Sunday 05th of April 2009 2:55 pm


Break: Power Adapter in the center console     Car: Dodge Dakota

Can't charge the cellphone. But, there is another power adapter in the dash, so, not worth bringing into the dealership.


Ukraine
Sunday 05th of April 2009 3:44 pm


Break: Light to the gear shift     Car: 1999 Ford Escort Zx2

Luckily I don't need the light to know how many 'clicks' each gear is when it's dark.. it went out a few years ago when the car was maybe 6 years old.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 3:59 pm


Break: Oil Temp Warning Sender Light     Car: Hyundai

After dummy light failed twice in first year she ignored it the third time. Had to replace the damn engine.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 4:36 pm


Break: door lock on the big side door     Car: Ford Windstar

We have to give the door a reach around every time we want to open it. Very annoying. I'm sure the door is enjoying it though.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 5:16 pm


Break: door lock on the big side door     Car: Ford Windstar

We have to give the door a reach around every time we want to open it. Very annoying. I'm sure the door is enjoying it though.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 5:16 pm


Break: Passenger side airbag     Car: 2005 Hyundai Elantra

Passenger side airbag is supposed to turn on when someone sits in the passenger side but it doesn't unless the person is heavy (my mom-120 lbs= airbag off. My husband-250lbs= airbag on)


Jamaica
Sunday 05th of April 2009 5:45 pm


Break: Sunvisor Clip     Car: Mazda 3

The Sunvisor still works fine, but the clip which holds it in place (when you don't want it turned to the side window) is broken, which has only one problem: when you are driving on a rough or irregular pavement, the visor rattles against the clip.


Wales
Sunday 05th of April 2009 5:51 pm


Break: the light behind part of the heating controls needs to be smacked to stay on     Car: toyota tacoma

Kind of silly because it has been doing this since it was newish.


Italy
Sunday 05th of April 2009 6:05 pm


Break: Heater valve     Car: 1991 Volvo 240

It's either on full-blast at leg-roasting heat or completely off. Typical of these old bricks. Oh and the AC is dead, but that's not surprising.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 6:31 pm


Break: Latch on central console     Car: Jeep Cherokee (1996)

The latch broke, we replaced it, and it broke again. That was years ago, and now I couldn't care less.


Afghanistan
Sunday 05th of April 2009 6:57 pm


Break: trip odometer     Car: volvo S60

sometimes the odometer resets for no reason at all. i try to reset it to gauge my gas mileage when i fill up, but it resets to zero on its own in between fill ups.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 7:03 pm


Break: The gold hood tarnished!     Car: Bentley, duh



Austria
Sunday 05th of April 2009 7:35 pm


Break: reverse... as in it wouldn't go in it anymore     Car: Ford F-150

dealership charged me 3 cents a mile and gave me a new one after 2 attempts to fix it. pretty sweet deal.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 8:51 pm


Break: Radio controls on steering wheel     Car: Acura CL

The volume/channel change buttons on the steering wheel first got a bit sticky and then stopped working altogether.


Uruguay
Sunday 05th of April 2009 8:52 pm


Break: Plastic Strip and Outside Thermometer     Car: \'93 Grand Jeep Cherokee Laredo

A 1" plastic strip came off the fender part of the car, underneath the lift-gate. Tried to pop it back in a few times, but it just comes out and flaps in the wind. Also, the thermometer which measures the outside temperature is always 54 degrees when the car starts, and takes 15-20 minutes to display the actual temperature.


Afghanistan
Sunday 05th of April 2009 9:17 pm


Break: The doorjam switch     Car: 1993 Ford Taurus

The switch is permanently "open" so that the interior lights and door chimes are always on. Had to pull the fuse, which killed my radio and cruise control along with the door chime and interior lights. Getting into my car at night is now creepy.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 9:32 pm


Break: Visor mirror cover     Car: 1993 Ford Taurus

The velcro that kept the mirror cover shut is pretty much velc-rotted. I just cut it off with scissor and now blind random cars passing me when the sun is low on my left.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 9:33 pm


Break: Window tint     Car: 1993 Ford Taurus

The tinting on all windows is bubbling so bad that I cannot see out of them. I have to roll down side windows when pulling onto crossroads.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 9:34 pm


Break: Something underneath     Car: 1993 Ford Taurus

Something metal and sharp looking hangs down from the belly of my car like a hernia. Some of the many many men who have glanced under my car have commented that it may be an exhaust thing. I'm only reminded of it when I go over dips and speedbumps. Scraaaape. I take my car to the doctor about as often as I take myself. Which is basically only when I can't get to work.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 9:36 pm


Break: Interior door panel     Car: 1993 Ford Taurus

The interior panel on the driver's side door has a screw loose (okay, completely gone). It drives locksmiths crazy because it take forever to unlock my car with a Slim Jim as the locking mechanism is attached to the now-wobbly panel.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 9:38 pm


Break: Rearview mirror     Car: 1993 Ford Taurus

The glue adhering the mirror to the windshield melted away in the Texas sun.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 9:39 pm


Break: Cigarette Lighter     Car: 1993 Ford Taurus

The cigarette lighter no longer receives power. I have to take my Garmon in every night to charge it. You're cell phone's dead? Tough luck in my car, pal.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 9:40 pm


Break: AC     Car: 1993 Ford Taurus

The air conditioner doesn't.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 9:41 pm


Break: Window lever     Car: 2001 Isuzu Hombre

You can no longer roll up or down the passenger side window because the handle is missing. The air conditioner is out, so this is a real bitch in the Texas summers.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 9:42 pm


Break: Hazard lights switch     Car: 2001 Isuzu Hombre

The hazards will permanently stay flashing unless I jam a pen lid into the switch.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 9:43 pm


Break: Seat adjustment     Car: 2003 Ford Taurus

The driver's seat no longer adjusts forward or backward as the power adjustment is jammed. My 5'0" daughter can't reach the petals when she tries to drive my car.


United Kingdom
Sunday 05th of April 2009 9:45 pm


Break: wasps in the rear interior     Car: 1993 Ford Taurus

8 wasps died stuck between the rear window and the "shelf" behind the back seats. I can't pry them out with a coat hanger as their bodily fluids cemented them to the fabric. They are slowly bleaching in the sun.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 9:46 pm


Break: Fred the spider     Car: 1993 Ford Taurus

Fred the Jumping Spider has been my companion for two years, and he recently died on the dash board. The first time we met, he dropped down on a silk line from my visor. In a startled spasm, I threw my yogurt into the parking lot. I loved him because he chased my windshield wipers.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 9:48 pm


Break: Ignition switch     Car: 1993 Ford Taurus

The ignition switch is a little off track, making it difficult to turn the key and start the car at times. Before I permantly pulled a fuse, the door chime would sound when the door opened, even if the key was out of the ignition.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 9:49 pm


Break: Dash clock     Car: 1993 Ford Taurus

The dash clock worked for about a month after purchase. Now it's just ugly decoration.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 9:50 pm


Break: Bumper     Car: 1993 Ford Taurus

I often lay against the back window of my car to watch the stars. One day climbing onto the trunk, my foot went through the plastic bumper. Whoops!


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 9:51 pm


Break: Read window motor     Car: 1993 Ford Taurus

One day, my exboyfriend's son rolled down the rear window, and it never rolled back up again. We disassembled the door, pulled the window up, and cut power to the motor so that no one could roll it down again.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 10:10 pm


Break: Radiator     Car: 1993 Ford Taurus

The raditor needs filling every couple of months. I gave up on radiator fluid and just fill it with water, now.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 10:11 pm


Break: Passenger door paint anomaly     Car: 1993 Ford Taurus

After owning the car for 5 years, I noticed that the paint on the pass. door was fading and revealing the not-quite-so-faded logo of a local city's vehicle fleet. It becomes more noticable every month. My car was once employed by Haltom City!


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 10:13 pm


Break: Windshield fluid nozzles     Car: 1993 Ford Taurus

I break the window fluid nozzles on every car I touch. This one is no exception.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 10:13 pm


Break: Fuel Guage     Car: 1999 Pontiac Sunfire

Continually swings up to 1/4 tank off of what my current fuel state is, even if I'm driving on a flat road. Makes planning fill-ups(since I pay with cash - I don't fill-up with credit - and I need to know how much cash to put into the machine) a pain.


Turkey
Sunday 05th of April 2009 10:14 pm


Break: Windshield     Car: 1993 Ford Taurus

The window has permanent arch-shaped scratches from when I overzealously scraped frost from my window with an improper tool.


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 10:15 pm


Break: _     Car:

Dear driver of the 1993 Taurus, please stop adding things. Thank you, Rob Cockerham


United States
Sunday 05th of April 2009 10:56 pm


Break: Heated front windscreen.     Car: Ford Fiesta

Only half the windscreen gets heated. Passengers can see fine to drive, driver can't see a thing for misted/frozen windows.


Scotland
Monday 06th of April 2009 3:27 am


Break: Power Windows     Car: 1997 Ford Taurus

I call them my "intermittent windows." The driver's window always works, but you never know when the other three will. I'll click the toggles and nothing will happen. Then, out of the blue a few weeks later, they'll start working again. It's rare that all four work at the same time.


Sri Lanka
Monday 06th of April 2009 5:05 am


Break: Drivers electric Window     Car: Ford Fiesta Ghia

Damn thing always fails when you come to a car park and you need to insert the damn card to let you out the barrier!!!.


United Kingdom
Monday 06th of April 2009 5:10 am


Break: Right Front Wheel     Car: 1997 Ford Taurus

Occasionally falls off. Duct tape needs to be replaced every 300 miles.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 5:44 am


Break: undercarriage     Car: 2001 Hyundai Accent

What kind of cheap car can't handle being driven over an 8-inch median?


Lesotho
Monday 06th of April 2009 6:09 am


Break: The plastic door on the dashboard ashtray     Car: Buick Lasabre

It looks really sucky without the cover.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 6:14 am


Break: Cigarette Lighter     Car: Ford Ranger

Worked about half the time. Only seemed to fail when i had no matches or bic...


Germany
Monday 06th of April 2009 6:17 am


Break: CD Player     Car: 1998 Ford Taurus

The CD player is a multi-load which for some reason is in the trunk. I used to once when I got the new Morrissey album, now the disc is stuck.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 6:28 am


Break: Engine     Car: Chevy Cavalier

Engine was making a horrible knocking sound. I hoped I could just get it back to my neighborhood to put it in my normal shop for repairs. Apparently I had a piston misfiring so bad that it punched a hole up thru the oil pan and destroyed the engine.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 6:36 am


Break: Driver side door     Car: 2002 Ford Ranger

Somebody backed into my driver door. They offered to pay cash for the repair so their insurance premium would stay low. I needed the cash more than I cared about the appearance of my truck, so I just kept the money and never got the dent fixed.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 6:57 am


Break: Door liner (?)     Car: Honda Civic

the soft velour door liner falls off, right where i put my arm. it's scratchy and distracting. i tried elmer's glue but it only worked for a short period of time.


Israel
Monday 06th of April 2009 7:09 am


Break: Plastic Vent Thing     Car: Mercury Cougar

The plastic vent thing on the dash of my car is coming out of its hole. If I have the fan turned all of the way up, it'll pop the plastic out and it'll rattle until you kind of slam it back in. It's annoying, but whatever.


Moldova
Monday 06th of April 2009 7:12 am


Break: Radio     Car: 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid

About once in every 5 times, the radio does not go on when I push the button. If I turn the radio back off, then turn it on again, it invariably works as if there were never any problem. A small thing, but I would feel like a dolt taking it to the dealership for that.


Canada
Monday 06th of April 2009 7:18 am


Break: Power Door Locks     Car: \'04 Mini Cooper

I still push the button on the remote even though I know that they aren't actually locking. The lights still blink, so I figure any thief who is watching will think it is locked. I could lock it by hand, but that's just too much trouble. The CD player is busted too, so if someone "breaks" in, they won't be getting much.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 7:40 am


Break: Speakers     Car: 2002 Ford F150

Speakers would stop playing sound, however if you shifted it into Neautral or Park, it would "reset" and the sound would return.


Sweden
Monday 06th of April 2009 7:54 am


Break: keyless lock/unlock     Car: \'02 Pontiac Grand Am

The battery wore out and I have not bothered to replace it but every once in a while my car will beep to signify it locked from the keyless lock. I don't even have the lock on my keys anymore.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 8:40 am


Break: Rear inside door handles     Car: 1990 Toyota Corolla

Pretty much all the interior parts are cheap plastic, no big deal, but the door handles are also cheap plastic and they're pretty easy to break. I've replaced the front inside door handles a couple of times, but I'm too cheap and lazy to do the rear door handles. But I never sit in the back when I'm driving so I'll never fix these, sorry.


United Kingdom
Monday 06th of April 2009 8:41 am


Break: undercarriage     Car: 1998 Volvo sedan

I was driving home one day when I heard a clunk and saw something black on the road behind me. I was worried that something bad had happened, so I pulled over and took a look. It was a big hunk of black plastic, clearly from my car. I couldn't figure out where it had come from so I just chucked it in the trunk. We concluded it was a big part of the undercarriage casing. We never fixed it


Israel
Monday 06th of April 2009 9:04 am


Break: fuel meter     Car: 1998 volvo sedan

this was broken when I got it - the fuel meter was super unreliable under a quarter of a tank. had to track mileage to figure out when to refuel.


Israel
Monday 06th of April 2009 9:06 am


Break: Burned valve in the #5 cylinder     Car: 94 Ford Ranger

It still drives and I got laid off so I can't afford a new one right now. It really sounds and drives like crap. Kinda like a really sick Harley wannabe. When you drive you get a massage, kinda like those coin-op vibrating beds they used to have in cheap hotels. :(


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 9:15 am


Break: antenna     Car: Honda Element

About a month after we bought it, it broke off in a carwash. We got it replaced but it just recently broke off after brushing against the garage door.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 9:18 am


Break: Light behind A/C temp dial doesn't always come on     Car: 2005 Honda Element

Sometimes the middle dial lights up at night, sometimes not. A good tap wakes it up. Would require dismantling the dash to fix, so we live with it.


Liechtenstein
Monday 06th of April 2009 9:19 am


Break: plastic grip on emergency brake handle     Car: 1992 Toyota Corolla

Back in 1992: within days of buying the car the plastic handle grip on the emergency brake cracked and the grip came clean off... i didn't ask the dealer to fix it, but when i brought the car in for routine maintenance the mechanic noticed it and ordered the part.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 9:22 am


Break: Maintenance Computer     Car: 2001 Nissan Maxima

Check-Engine light was almost always on because the computer went bad. Nothing wrong with engine.


Gabon
Monday 06th of April 2009 9:26 am


Break: air conditioner/heater control buttons     Car: 1989 Toyota Camry

The air conditioner and heater buttons from low to medium-high stopped working. I could get air and heat, but I had only 2 options: off and full-blast.


Ireland
Monday 06th of April 2009 9:35 am


Break: Outside Temperature Gauge     Car: GMC Acadia

The Outside Temperature gauge always reads between 110 degrees to 130 degrees Fahrenheit no matter what the real temp is outside.


Canada
Monday 06th of April 2009 9:36 am


Break: Spare tire air-pressure washer mechanism     Car: 1970 Volkswagen Beetle

I have owned my bug for 17 years and after the first week of ownership I learned of the way washer fluid was originally 'pumped' to the squirter. It was activated by pushing the button in the center of the wiper knob which had a valve linked by air hose to the spare tire. Spare tire air pressure ran the whole thing. My car now has an electric washer fluid pump as a fix.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 9:36 am


Break: 2 lowest fan settings     Car: 2001 Chevy Cavalier

My heating and cooling options are now limited to 'blasting' and 'really blasting'


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 9:40 am


Break: The little level knobbies on the stereo     Car: 2002 Volkswagen Golf

Got a new Ipod jackable stereo for my birthday, so I no longer have to look at the knobless metal thingies sticking out of the factory installed stereo.


Vietnam
Monday 06th of April 2009 10:05 am


Break: Horn     Car: 2000 Nissan Xterra

Yelling is just as effective


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 10:20 am


Break: One seatbelt in the backseat     Car: Ford Taurus

I just make sure no one sits on that side.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 10:21 am


Break: Rotors, many times.     Car: 2001 Pontiac Aztek

This is the worst car I've ever owned. By the time I finally traded it in (7 years old, 80k miles), my mechanic was telling me that I needed $2000 in repairs just to cover the basics. It may have cost a few thousand more to cover some of the "optional" repairs, like air conditioning.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 10:44 am


Break: headlights     Car: 1980 Toyota Corola

for 2 months I was wondering why it was so dark and then I kept running into things. that lady was not happy


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 10:52 am


Break: Gas pedal     Car: 2000 Nissan Xterra

I didn't get why 3 hours after leaving for work, I was still in my garage. my boss fired me.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 10:54 am


Break: Tire Pressure warning light. Constantly stays on even though tire pressure is at optimal pressure.     Car: Honda Pilot 2007



Zimbabwe
Monday 06th of April 2009 10:54 am


Break: Paint/Coating on all buttons on stereo     Car: Pontiac G6 & Pontiac Sunfire

Paint/Coating on all buttons on stereo began peeling, this has happened to almost every car I've owned... you'd think the car manufacturers would have this figured out by now.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 11:06 am


Break: Windshield wipers     Car: 2004 Acura RSX

Turn the windshield wipers on. When the car is stopped, they wipe at the lowest speed. Once the car starts moving, the wipers wipe at the faster speed.


United Kingdom
Monday 06th of April 2009 11:09 am


Break: Passenger side cup holder     Car: 2007 Pontiac Solstice

There were many "little things" wrong with my car that I just purchased used: Air Dam gone, cup holder stuck, leather on steering wheel worn out, windows scrape the rag top causing wear, antenna whistled loudly, ragtop locks on trunk not perfectly aligned so I have to go through a really fun process to put the top up. Got it all fixed under warranty though, but the shop curbed it.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 11:31 am


Break: Check Engine Light     Car: Chevy S-10

Turns on but turns itself off a week later. (oddly enough, also has the same problem with the sun visor)


Spain
Monday 06th of April 2009 11:33 am


Break: Side view mirror-in-mirror     Car: Subaru Forester

There is a little round mirror, embedded in the large rectangular side-view mirror, that gives you a different view of what's behind you. It fell out. I was glad, because it confused the hell out of me anyway.


Afghanistan
Monday 06th of April 2009 11:49 am


Break: Nothing.     Car: Nissan Xterra

It's just fantastic.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 11:49 am


Break: Passenger side visor     Car: 1991 Toyota Corolla

It does not snap in to place as it was designed to do. Instead it flops down, creating a visual obstruction. It's quite hazardous, and even more so annoying.


Zaire
Monday 06th of April 2009 12:02 pm


Break: Radio     Car: 2008 Subaru Legacy

When you put the rear window defroster on the FM radio reception goes out and all you get is static. The dealer said it was the after market window tint, THEY put the tint on! Then Dealer kept the car a day to fix it, said it was fixed, but the problem persists. Next step is to have the dealer put an additional antennae of some type on the car, hope THAT works.


Mexico
Monday 06th of April 2009 12:06 pm


Break: The Gas Gauge     Car: 1999 Audi A4

It works like a normal gas gauge until half a tank and then it just starts sporadically jumping between empty and full at completely random intervals. It is apparently unfixable.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 12:31 pm


Break: Blower resistor     Car: Chevy Prizim

The air only works on 3 (out of 3) There is a resistor that steps down the charge and needs to be replaced.


Botswana
Monday 06th of April 2009 12:33 pm


Break: interior door handle     Car: Chevy Prizim

The door handle broke. I switched out the front with the back. Now the front is broken again.


Botswana
Monday 06th of April 2009 12:37 pm


Break: Door locks.     Car: 1999 Dodge Neon

They work sometimes when it's cold outside. No idea why.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 12:56 pm


Break: One of the louvers in one of the air conditioner vents.     Car: Subaru Forrester



Iceland
Monday 06th of April 2009 1:11 pm


Break: Passenger side visor     Car: Chevy Prism

Whenever I go around a sharp turn, it falls off and hits my unwitting passenger in the face. Will fix when it stops being hilarious.


New Zealand
Monday 06th of April 2009 1:22 pm


Break: Interior door handles in backseat.     Car: Chevy Prizm

Anyone who sits in the backseat has to roll the window down to open the door from the outside when they want to get out. I don't care because I never have to ride in the back of my own car.


Austria
Monday 06th of April 2009 1:40 pm


Break: Door Handles     Car: Toyota Corolla

5 of the 8 door handles broke. I got very good at replacing them by the time I parted with the car.


Canada
Monday 06th of April 2009 1:56 pm


Break: air temp regulator knob     Car: 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer

If in hot range, have to turn knob all the way to end of the cold range before it will switch over to cold and vice versa.


Afghanistan
Monday 06th of April 2009 2:04 pm


Break: Air conditioning     Car: 1989 Ford Mustang

But the heating still works


Gabon
Monday 06th of April 2009 2:12 pm


Break: The center console latch     Car: Volkswagen Jetta

The latch that holds the storage compartment broke on my Jetta's center console. Apparently it is a commonly broken part. Not worth the trouble to fix though, just don't tilt the storage compartment up without holding the lid shut.


Germany
Monday 06th of April 2009 2:15 pm


Break: Brother in law cracked the driver's side mirror by backing into it     Car: 03 VW Jetta



Germany
Monday 06th of April 2009 2:39 pm


Break: cruise control button     Car: Oldsmobile Alero

The little button had to be pressed in/down to drive with CC. I ended up using duct tape to hold the button down.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 2:40 pm


Break: blinker clicker     Car: 03 VW Jetta

My blinker randomly clicks even when it's not being used. It's worse in cold weather, which in MN, is pretty much all the freaking time. There seems to be a sweet spot between 52 & 55 degrees where it doesn't click when it's not supposed to, but I have no idea why. One of these day's I'm just going to rip the dang relay out and have no clicky-clicky at all (and probably no turn signals)


Germany
Monday 06th of April 2009 2:42 pm


Break: armrest cover for my CDs and junk     Car: Toyota Corolla

Large man press the armrest cover, Hear the shriek of strained plastic, Silence now rules the new car-scented interior.


Japan
Monday 06th of April 2009 2:49 pm


Break: Heating/Cooling vent direction thing     Car: 1999 Toyota Camry

Little sucker always wants to point straight up. Jammed a nickle between the directional thing and the side of the vent to jam it in place.


Papua New Guinea
Monday 06th of April 2009 3:22 pm


Break: shock mount     Car: \'79 Camaro

One day, I hit a bump, and heard a grinding noise. Turned out that the shock mount had rusted straight through, leaving the shock itself dangling from the bottom of my car. I took it (the car, that is) to a mechanic friend of mine, who took one look at it, and welded a new shock mount in about an hour. He only charged me US$50.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 4:04 pm


Break: front end     Car: BMW 325e

Spun it and jammed the bumper into the radiator. Now it kinda screeches and overheats a lot.


Wales
Monday 06th of April 2009 4:12 pm


Break: speedometer     Car: 95 honda accord

I'm always going 20


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 4:52 pm


Break: Fuel Pump     Car: 1992 GMC Suburban

Doh!


Chad
Monday 06th of April 2009 6:39 pm


Break: The a/c knobs     Car: 1999 Honda Accord

The knob to set the level of AC came off because the adhesive on the piece holding it on broke, and a month later, the other heater knob did the same. I fixed it with superglue, two pennies and two dimes. Works a treat, except that I have to tap the knob twice to turn off the a/c now.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 7:02 pm


Break: The power antenna     Car: 1998 Chevy Corvette

Why do they even put power antennas on cars? Is anyone really impressed that my antenna used to go up and down? I'm not. I'm pissed off that I will probably have to have it replaced. I'm sure it won't be cheap because some jackass decided the radio antenna needed a little motor in there.


Vatican City
Monday 06th of April 2009 7:20 pm


Break: Power Antenna     Car: 1996 Mercedes E320

The power antenna on my car crapped out to. I agree, it is the world's most useless invention.


Fiji
Monday 06th of April 2009 7:21 pm


Break: Door ajar censor     Car: 2002 For Taurus

My car randomly thinks I have a door ajar when I do not and it thereby leaves the dome light on for a few seconds once I begin to drive. It also leaves the dome light on when I turn the car off though it eventually turns off. Also in this situation I cannot use the automatic locks, though sometimes, mid-drive, it decides my doors actually are closed and locks the doors.


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 7:25 pm


Break: Water Pump     Car: 1984 Olds Cutlass

On the way to a wedding...was fortunate enough to be 1/4 mile away from a store, where I purchased a set of $9.99 "throwaway" sockets, $3.99 screwdrivers, hose clamps, silicone, coolant, and reman water pump. In suit pants and t-shirt, changed it out in about 45 minutes. Missed the ceremony, so I walked into the reception w/ old W/P just to make sure they knew lateness was legit.


Trinidad & Tobago
Monday 06th of April 2009 8:17 pm


Break: Everything     Car: 1984 Buick Riviera

Every little thing possible. Visors, door locks, door handles, back up lights, radio antenna, turn signal lever broke off, horn, power windows. Still runs good!


Estonia
Monday 06th of April 2009 8:23 pm


Break: trunk lift rods     Car: scion tc

lost their gas


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 9:30 pm


Break: Automatic Antennae     Car: 1996 Ford Explorer



Burkina Faso
Monday 06th of April 2009 9:50 pm


Break: Mysterious "ding" upon right turn     Car: Dodge Stratus

This has been fixed, but it's one of my favorite quirks of our ol' Dodge Stratus. Whenever I took a sharp right turn, the car would ding, like the low-fuel indicator type ding. We would yell "yay" whenever it happened.


Germany
Monday 06th of April 2009 10:27 pm


Break: Center Console     Car: 1997 Chevy S-10

Inside the center console melted leaving a gooey fuzzy mess all over everything inside and is imposible to clean off. Darn Arizona heat!


United States
Monday 06th of April 2009 10:33 pm


Break: sunglass holder     Car: F-150



Vatican City
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 3:26 am


Break: The heater makes the car smell like toast. And not that pleasant toast. Not cool.     Car: 1987 Buick LeSabre

And not that pleasant toast. Not cool.


Liechtenstein
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 5:06 am


Break: Drivers side Door lock.     Car: 88 Chev Truck

Hey Rob... Thanks for adding the Canada. I am still on a hunt for the puzzle for you.. So far I have not had such good luck. Brad


Canada
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 6:04 am


Break: Drivers side windshield washer sprayer     Car: 1998 Honda CRV



Canada
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 6:18 am


Break: The Whistles     Car: 87 Chaville

They no longer go WOO WOO!


Switzerland
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 6:36 am


Break: the horn     Car: 1994 Buick LeSabre

I ran my Buick up into some bitch's Honda minivan. When the front end got smashed in, the horn broke and continued to blow until the cops showed up and helped me pry the hood up and disconnect the battery. Then he gave me a ticket. The bitch's Honda minivan was not damaged much, and thankfully her kids weren't hurt. Airbags suck ass.


United States
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 7:08 am


Break: Fuel Pump to the tune of $475.00.     Car: Astro Van



Sweden
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 8:16 am


Break: broom straw     Car: Broom

Hasn't affected my flying any


Ukraine
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 8:16 am


Break: Rear Sway Bar Links     Car: 99 Saturn SL2

It was broken for several years, because I was too lazy to fix it and to cheap to pay someone else (dealer wanted $270). Finally got unlazy, paid $65 for new links and did it myself. Jack up car, remove rear wheels, remove 4 nuts, replace links, replace nuts, replace wheels, done.


United States
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 8:49 am


Break: odometer display     Car: Ford F150

The odometer works, but the digital display is off about as often as on. Apparently it's a common problem in this truck, due to a bad solder on the doohickey (technical term) that controls the display. A good tap on display usually brings it on if I need it (never). I found a site that gave good instructions on a DIY fix, but it's low on the to-do list. Right after "take cat to vet."


Korea, South
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 9:14 am


Break: plastic     Car: Volvo V70

Throughout the car, plastic parts keep breaking. Inside and out. Most aren't so necessary to require replacement, but the loss does nothing for the look of the thing. My old man was angry when they started using plastic parts in cars in the early. He was a visionary.


Burundi
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 9:28 am


Break: the volume     Car: Mazda protege

You turn it, and it's 50/50 whether it will be going up or down, or not doing anything. {So I guess that's 33.33/33.33/33.33, but...}


Wales
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 9:39 am


Break: The cover for the internal air filter     Car: Chevy Silverado

The cover that holds the internal air filter in place broke, the air filter falls out every once in a while when I hit a big bump and I just jam it back up in there. I should probably get some duct tape.


United States
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 9:58 am


Break: Fuel Pump     Car: Volkswagon bug (classic)

Replaced it myself in 10 minutes, start to finish. $38 part.


United States
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 10:00 am


Break: rear seat cupholder     Car: VW Golf

the first time I pulled it out, it just fell to pieces. I'm rarely in the backseat of my car (highschool days are far behind me) so I just tore it out.


Uzbekistan
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 10:11 am


Break: Electric door unlock button on driver's door     Car: 1990 Toyota Camry

On the driver's door is a rocker switch for lock/unlock of all the doors. Lock works, unlock does not. Pressing on the bundle of wires in the flex tube going between the door and the rest of the car sometimes allows it to work. Never got around to fixing it.


United States
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 10:28 am


Break: Power windows     Car: 1996 Land Rover Discovery

The front passenger side window has to be pushed up by hand (the motor is no longer powerful enough to raise it). The rear passenger side window doesn't work at all.


United States
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 10:34 am


Break: Passenger side power window.     Car: 2004 Nissan Murano



United States
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 10:54 am


Break: Back Light on Climate Control     Car: Chevrolet Silverado

The Back light on only the windshield defrost button has burned out. I simply press the "dark spot" when adjusting the controls at night.


Canada
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 11:51 am


Break: Driver side window switch went up in smoke. the mirrors in the sunvisors fell out.     Car: Honda Civic



United States
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 11:52 am


Break: Dent on passenger side     Car: 05 Ford KA

My first car, pristine condition, then dented by some jerk in a supermarket car park.


Scotland
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 12:01 pm


Break: Door Lock Sensor     Car: Ford Windstar

The stupid car never knew that the doors were locked. Whenever we went over a bump in the road, it would give us a nice "BING chuck chuck" as it warned us and repeatedly tried locking the already locked doors. We called this our pothole detector.


United States
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 12:05 pm


Break: Left turn signal auto-cancel     Car: \'95 Chevrolet Corsica

It just stoped working one day. Question for anyone who lives on the island of Corsica- Did Chevy sell the Corsica there?


United States
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 3:41 pm


Break: Power locks     Car: Ford Taurus

Three of the four power locks stopped being "powered". The locks still work if pushed by hand. The only one still "powered" is the driver's door, where it's not out of reach.


Burkina Faso
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 4:19 pm


Break: cover for the spare in the hatchback.     Car: Handa Accord

It was crap anyway. Replaced with plywood, and works better.


Japan
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 4:22 pm


Break: blown the hell up     Car: 1982 datsun 280zxturbo

somthing screwy with the NOS fogger (i think). half way down the 1/4 and the explosion ripped the hood clean off... turned a 12.5 second run into a 5 minute tow...


United States
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 4:49 pm


Break: flat tire     Car: batmobile

joker slashed my damn tires.


Canada
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 4:59 pm


Break: Fog lamp switch     Car: Chevy Impala LS

has to be pressed five or six times to get it to turn on/off


United States
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 5:06 pm


Break: power driver seat adjustment knob     Car: 1996 Ford Taurus

I could make a huge list, but the worst thing is as I was getting in my car with heels on, the heel caught and snapped off the knob to move my driver's seat forward and backward. Now I have to stick my key in to adjust it, and once it starts moving, it doesn't like to stop. It has also started moving on its own and tried to pin me against the steering wheel... while driving.


United States
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 5:25 pm


Break: left turn signal     Car: Oldsmobile Royale 88

When I pull it down the blinker light just stays on without blinking. I have to turn it on and off to make it look like it's blinking.


United States
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 8:24 pm


Break: single element on rear window defrost     Car: KIA Rondo

That single horizontal line of frost, ice, or snow just never melted. It finally got fixed after a nasty storm sent a branch crashing through it. Glad I waited.


Portugal
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 8:24 pm


Break: Horn started going off @ 4:30 AM. Have no horn now...     Car: Alero



Canada
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 8:28 pm


Break: The electric window.     Car: Chevrolet Camaro

This is evidently pretty common in Camaros. It got stuck within an inch of being rolled up and I could not afford to have it fixed. I got rained on alot. Then the car died and I just let it stay dead.


United States
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 9:32 pm


Break: Registration plate.     Car: Vauxhall (Opel) Astra

One of the two screws holding the plate popped out causing the plate to fall at a jaunty angle until a replacement screw was sourced and secreted into the corresponding orifice.


Great Britain
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 9:53 pm


Break: hub cap, hub cap, hub cap, hub cap, hub cap     Car: Toyota Matrix

This car apparently came with a hub cap throwing option. I lost five hubcaps in less than 4 years. I've given up on replacing them ($25 used, which are more likely to fly off since they are already used, or $80 from the dealer.) My car now only has two on the driver's side. Looks fine to me. I've also had three flat tires.


United States
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 10:12 pm


Break: Rear window washer, then front washers     Car: Toyota Corolla Seca

The washer pump in this car is rubbish and has now completely lost the ability to force water through the pipes. I'll replace that, but what I'm having more trouble with is the stupid valve that directs flow to either the back or front window, depending on which button I press. It doesn't direct water to the rear now, so pushing the rear wash button squirts the front window.


Australia
Tuesday 07th of April 2009 10:42 pm


Break: Rear Speaker Covers     Car: Toyota Camry

The rear speakers collapsed in on themselves and look like they're disintegrating. I thought it was due to the extreme heat and sun in the Southwest U.S. where we live, but an internet search revealed that it's a common problem with Camrys. The speakers still work though.


Scotland
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 12:52 am


Break: driver side visor     Car: Nissan Sentra

completely fell off


Brunei
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 2:33 am


Break: Transmission lock     Car: Volkswagen New Bettle

Pressing on the brake would not let you shift out of park so I unplugged the lock all together.


Côte d'Ivoire
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 2:35 am


Break: Brake Light     Car: Maxima

The emergency brake light is on all the time. I am used to it, but when other people drive my car, I like to let them spend five minutes trying to push the brake in the unlock position just for the hell of it.


Japan
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 2:47 am


Break: wiper fluid light     Car: 2000 Honda Odyssey

There's a light on the dash to indicate the wiper fluid is low. It hasn't work for so long I forgot it was even there until someone asked me about it.


Canada
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 5:53 am


Break: CD player doesn't work. At all. And it ate a really great mix.     Car: Pontiac Grand Am



Afghanistan
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 8:33 am


Break: Office of the President     Car: United States of America

The office of the president broke when a non-native-born citizen (if a citizen at all) was elected by the narrow majority of idiots in this country. Of course, with the election of a bumbling idiot who bows to the Saudi king, there goes the rest of the country. Welcome back, Carter!


Kenya
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 8:53 am


Break: passenger door handle     Car: 2006 Scion tC

On a particularly bad date, my passenger door handle broke. When my date accidentially smashed HIS driver's side door into it. Some little spring or latch popped out and now the door handle looks fine but opens funny. I never spent the time or money to fix it because it still works and looks fine from the outside. Oh well.


United States
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 9:15 am


Break: Horn/Radio     Car: 1998 Mercury Mountaineer

Somehow, when I press on the horn the radio turns off. I don't even want to know what wires are crossed to make that happen.


United States
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 9:16 am


Break: hood release lever     Car: 1990 Chevrolet Lumina

The plastic hood release lever on the floor next to the driver's seat broke. Now, instead of pulling up on a plastic handle, the operator must tightly grasp a wire and pull it sharply up to release the hood.


United States
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 11:28 am


Break: Entire front     Car: VW Touran

Hit a moose dead on at 100 km/h. The moose didn't make it.


Norway
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 11:34 am


Break: climate control knobs     Car: Geo prizm

Plastic fatigue where the knob has a friction fit attachment on the shaft that controls the vent selection and also on the knob that controls temperature. I had to manufacture a metal insert that would press into the base of the knob and grip the shaft. During extreme temp shifts, the fit becomes sloppy and the knobs fall off.


United States
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 11:44 am


Break: The controller for the side mirrors.     Car: 1999 Volvo S80

Volvos have terrible electrical isuues too!


United States
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 12:46 pm


Break: power door locks     Car: Honda Accord Wagon

Never had 'em before this car, can live w/o 'em now


Japan
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 1:22 pm


Break: Radiator     Car: Volkswagon Beetle

MY car overheated and I went to change the radiator and I couldn't find it. It must have gotten so hot that it melted. Not only that... My engine moved to the trunk


United States
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 1:24 pm


Break: glove compartment latch     Car: 2001 Jetta Wagon

the thing broke and i tried to screw a new latch into the plastic, but now it just falls down about every 20 minutes when the screw gets loose. fun.


United States
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 1:50 pm


Break: Motor vibrates     Car: Ford Escort

The motor idles so hard that I had to stuff kitchen sponges around the under-edges of the hood to keep the noise down. The car feels like it's going to rattle itself to pieces, leaving me in the road holding only the steering wheel. When I take it in to get something else serviced, they *never* keep and return the sponges. Then I get to buy new ones


Canada
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 2:05 pm


Break: Airbag "cutout" came undone     Car: 2003 Toyota Camry

You know, the cutout around the rectangular Airbag on the passenger side dashboard. Well, it completely started tearing and it looks like the Airbag is ready to deploy any moment... ...which I guess it is anyway...


United States
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 4:15 pm


Break: door locks!     Car: Kia Rio

It's a 2003 Rio. Nothing has gone wrong so far. One day, my boyfriend was driving the car and came home. I was leaving about 20 minutes later. When I tried to get in, the driver's side door was locked and WOULD NOT UNLOCK. He claims it was fine before. Mind you, these are NOT power locks. Regular old crappy manual locks. And now I have to climb in the passenger's side door. It really suc


Canada
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 4:27 pm


Break: sun visor     Car: Ford Escape

The elastic is no longer springy on the sunvisor on the driver side. It just dangles in front of the driver without a will to live threatening to force a crash unless we give it viagra.


United States
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 7:00 pm


Break: Manifold gasket     Car: 99 Suburban

Actually, that is the latest thing to break down on it. Had to fix the water pump X2, serpentine belt, drive shaft, tranny yoke, 4WD motor, power door locks, U-joints, and a persistant flat tire. But the butt warmers still work on the POS!


United States
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 7:04 pm


Break: Feul pump     Car: 99 Suburban

Ugh! Completely forgot the king of all breakdowns on the POS! The feul pump- twice!


United States
Wednesday 08th of April 2009 7:07 pm


Break: Sun Visor     Car: Toyota Echo

The sun visor happenes to me too, but over the driver's seat. Scared the crap out of me on the highway one day.


Australia
Thursday 09th of April 2009 2:28 am


Break: Back window no longer goes up or down     Car: 1997 Toyota Fourrunner

Is apparently a short somewhere, and would cost more then I care to spend to find and fix it. Very reliable car otherwise though.


Japan
Thursday 09th of April 2009 9:00 am


Break: Passenger side sun visor mirror     Car: Honda CRV 2005

One of the hinge pins keeps working its way out causing the mirror to fall off when you open the sun visor. Happened the first time when the car was about a year old.


Germany
Thursday 09th of April 2009 11:12 am


Break: Door Locks     Car: 1991 Cavalier

The doors on my car open with anything that can fit into the slot... a quarter is my method of choice.


Cameroon
Thursday 09th of April 2009 11:15 am


Break: Ignition     Car: Honda CRV

Occasionally when I would bump the keys in the ignition with my knee the engine would cut off. Not fun on the highway!


United States
Thursday 09th of April 2009 12:25 pm


Break: Cargo light has moisture trapped in it     Car: 2007 F-150

Slightly annoying, the cargo light on my truck has condensation trapped inside. This has happened on previous trucks I owned in the taillights too.


United States
Thursday 09th of April 2009 12:29 pm


Break: The lumbar support thingy     Car: 2007 BMW 325i

On the passenger side there is a lumbar support that you can loosen or tighten. If its tightened its like squeezing your back from the sides. Well it comes on by itself. My passenger will be sitting there and all of a sudden the seat will squeeze their back. Freaks them out!!! lol.


United States
Thursday 09th of April 2009 1:28 pm


Break: Heater     Car: Nissan D21 Hardbody Pickup

Heater only works From May to September, making the nice dry Idaho air around 130 degrees of awesome.


Paraguay
Thursday 09th of April 2009 1:38 pm


Break: Indicator (Turn Signal) won't automatically cancel     Car: 99 Mercedes C180

Only when turning left... when turning right there's no problem.


United Kingdom
Thursday 09th of April 2009 3:33 pm


Break: Trunk catch     Car: 2001 Oldsmobile Aurora

Had car from when it was 6 months old and its always been the same. have to shut the trunk 3 or 4 times before the catch locks in. sometimes it just pops up whilst driving along. Cupertino CA


United States
Thursday 09th of April 2009 3:41 pm


Break: Gas cap sensor     Car: 2004 Honda Accord

There's a little sensor that warns when the gas cap isn't screwed in completely. It randomly stopped working once, so I had to drive around with the "check engine" light on for a couple weeks. Luckily the dealership fixed it for free, and gave me a complimentary oil change and checkup.


St. Vincent & The Grenadines
Thursday 09th of April 2009 5:52 pm


Break: Volume knobs     Car: 95 Subaru Legacy

They all broke within a week of me getting it


Nigeria
Thursday 09th of April 2009 7:58 pm


Break: Theft Prevention Device     Car: Honda Civic

The Civic has a device which senses if you have the correct key when you try to start it, so you can't hot-wire the car. If you use a fake key, it won't start. Evidently my device gets drunk occasionally and doesn't recognize his good friend the Honda key, because sometimes it takes a couple of pokes with the key to get it started.


Burma (Myanmar)
Thursday 09th of April 2009 9:51 pm


Break: Left Headlight     Car: Nissan Terrano



Israel
Friday 10th of April 2009 4:42 am


Break: Door handle     Car: Toyota Camry

The driver's side door handle on the inside broke off, leaving only a sharp shard of plastic, which you could still use to open the door, but if you were careless, you could easily slice your finger on it.


United States
Friday 10th of April 2009 8:31 am


Break: gas tank flap     Car: Toyota Camry

It opens about 75% of the time.. the rest of the time i have to pry it open.


France
Friday 10th of April 2009 1:20 pm


Break: Fuel Gauge     Car: Toyota Tacoma

Bought the truck new, and the fuel gauge is only accurate until it reaches the halfway point in any given tank of gas. The gauge will read "half full" for a long period of time, and once it barely moves below that point, you have about two gallons of fuel remaining. The gauge is fairly accurate once it starts to move, as you have about one gallon of fuel when the gauge reads "1/4 full"


United States
Friday 10th of April 2009 3:29 pm


Break: The heatercores.     Car: Every Volkswagen I owned (an 88 Golf, and a 96 Passat)

Germany still hates us for WWII, and sends us VW cars with faulty heater cores for purposes of revenge, and puts the heatercore so far into the dash, that you have to dismantle the entire dashboard, radio, instrument cluster, airbags, steeringwheel, shifter, console and A/C condensor.


United States
Friday 10th of April 2009 5:53 pm


Break: The applique' on the rear liftgate-they ALL break.     Car: 2004 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.6l 4WD

A known defect in material, but not a safety hazard, so Ford said too bad, so sad. When there's a sudden rise in temperature from around freezing, they just crack straight up. I can't see how a quality inspection was overlooked. Did they all call in sick that day? Anyway, I, along with everyone else with this gen. Explorer, have a very frown-inducing flaw on the back of their trucks.


United States
Friday 10th of April 2009 6:36 pm


Break: Check enginelight on     Car: Ford Ranger

Mechanic says not damaging engine. Covered it with a half inch of electrical tape.


United States
Friday 10th of April 2009 8:59 pm


Break: Gas Gauge     Car: Dodge Caravan

A little bell will start ringing, and my gas gauge needle goes from full to empty in 4.4 seconds. Happens once every two weeks. It used to scare the crap out of me - now I'm used to it.


United States
Friday 10th of April 2009 10:59 pm


Break: Paint     Car: Chevy Corvette

Paint consistently burns off around the front bumper and forward hood areas during atmosphere re-entry.


United States
Saturday 11th of April 2009 5:55 am


Break: Power Steering Pump     Car: 1982 FJ60 Land Cruiser

I will soon have huge forearms because of all the sweating when parallel parking...


Venezuela
Saturday 11th of April 2009 8:24 am


Break: Passengers Side Arm Rest/Door Panel Retainers     Car: Chevrolet Caprice

Now I Have To Roll Down The Window Just To Close The Door, Or Risk Pulling The Panel Off!!!


United States
Saturday 11th of April 2009 5:45 pm


Break: rear defroster     Car: 2001 Nissan Maxima

when I turned on the rear defroster, my radio turns to total static - must be a crossed contact point somewhere


United States
Saturday 11th of April 2009 6:26 pm


Break: Rear window wiper motor     Car: 1992 Dodge Caravan

The motor that drives the back wiper comes on, but the blade never moves, and is stuck partially up the window.


Canada
Saturday 11th of April 2009 8:55 pm


Break: Driver     Car: Toyota Camry

Driver often becomes Asian


Australia
Sunday 12th of April 2009 12:13 am


Break: flux capacitor     Car: delorean dmc-12



United States
Sunday 12th of April 2009 5:43 am


Break: Clock light and power window     Car: 2001 Honda Odyssey

2001 Odysseys have common problems: faulty transmissions (already replaced), clock lights that break, and bad small electronics in general-- front passenger side power window doesn't work, the speaker on the door on that side also sounded bad so I disconnected it. Stacy needs some Velcro or other hook and loop product. we know you have some, Rob.


Vatican City
Sunday 12th of April 2009 3:41 pm


Break: Left headlight     Car: 1988 Buick Skylark

The left headlight burnt out every few months. I bought replacements in sets of 3 to amuse the cashier.


United States
Monday 13th of April 2009 12:20 am


Break: speedometer     Car: Subaru Legacy

I drove the length and breadth of Afghanistan and got 4,312Km per liter.


Afghanistan
Monday 13th of April 2009 6:41 am


Break: fuel gauge     Car: Subaru Outback

Fuel gauge is wildly off. I ran out of gas (in a really bad neighborhood, of course) when it claimed I had a third of a tank left.


United States
Monday 13th of April 2009 10:36 am


Break: Vent in back storage area     Car: 199something GMC Suburban

The vent in the back has a broken piece, so whenever you turn it on it sounds like somebody's brutally murdering a bassoon in the back of the car.


Scotland
Monday 13th of April 2009 6:05 pm


Break: Brakes     Car: 1999 Jeep Wrangler

Front right brake clamped down and ground down the pad and then the drum to nothingness


United States
Tuesday 14th of April 2009 3:27 am


Break: Power adjustment for driver's side mirror.     Car: 99 Acura Integra

Happened when I clipped a construction barrel. Not really the car's fault. Now it stays in place with a wadded up piece of paper jammed behind it.


United States
Tuesday 14th of April 2009 2:18 pm


Break: Trip computer display     Car: Saab 9-5

I've had two 9-5s on which the Saab Information Display had lines and columns that no longer worked, one pre-GM, one post-. This is annoying chiefly because the clock, radio station, and CD track information are displayed there.


Papua New Guinea
Tuesday 14th of April 2009 3:46 pm


Break: Lumbar support knob     Car: Pontiac Aztek

It came off on the driver's seat and I've tried fixing it myself but it never stays. Just isn't one of those things I've bothered getting fixed.


Mexico
Tuesday 14th of April 2009 8:32 pm


Break: weatherstripping     Car: 2002 Silverado

has always made loud wind sounds like the rear windows aren't sealed well.


Palestinian State*
Tuesday 14th of April 2009 8:32 pm


Break: Driver's side power lock.     Car: 1991 Toyota Celica GT

The UNlock still works, but you have to manually lock the driver's door before you hit the button to lock the car. Which, for a two door car is 50% more work.


United States
Tuesday 14th of April 2009 9:07 pm


Break: Speedometer won't work until I hit 35 mph     Car: Mazda



Liechtenstein
Wednesday 15th of April 2009 5:57 am


Break: rear seatbelt cover     Car: 01 Subaru Outback

The middle rear seatbelt attaches to the roof of the car and there's a plastic cover over it. The cover became unattached, and now it just hangs there on the seatbelt and slides up and down freely.


Poland
Wednesday 15th of April 2009 9:10 am


Break: Windshield sealant     Car: Toyota Corolla

When I drive over 60 mph, I hear this horrific squeal as air seeps inside.


Japan
Wednesday 15th of April 2009 5:29 pm


Break: One of the dashboard lights     Car: 2000 Subaru Outback

two of lights went out, but one would come back on if I banged on the top of the dashboard


United States
Wednesday 15th of April 2009 6:50 pm


Break: radio and speedometer     Car: 93 Mazda 626

when i'd turn up the radio halfway, the fuse would blow.. also breaking the speedometer.


United States
Wednesday 15th of April 2009 8:04 pm


Break: Fuel door button     Car: Ford Crown Victoria

I bought the car used. I brought it around to show my dad and he got in and started messing around with things. He pushed the button that releases the fuel door and, upon taking his finger off it, the thing shot out and hit him in the forehead. I have to pull the little cable in the trunk now.


Zimbabwe
Wednesday 15th of April 2009 11:44 pm


Break: Radio tune knob cap.... yeah...     Car: 2001 Oldsmobile Alero

The thing in the middle of the tune knob that one pushes to show the time display. Fell off.....


United States
Thursday 16th of April 2009 9:08 am


Break: Door sensors     Car: \'02 VW GTI

It started with the driver's side door, I noticed that the bells wouldn't ding and the int. lights failed to turn on when I opened the driver's door. A few months later, the passenger side sensor failed as well. Now, my car is unaware when the doors are opened and thinks they are always closed. Somewhat amusing since I can arm the alarm with the doors wide open now.


Djibouti
Thursday 16th of April 2009 2:59 pm


Break: Door wiring     Car: 1998 VW Jetta

It started out with windows that would randomly stop working, rolled down and would not go up, would not work at all. Then the alarm started arming at random times... like when driving. It turned out it was the wiring harnesses in the doors, they caused the wires to break and have these interesting symptoms.


Canada
Friday 17th of April 2009 6:24 am


Break: Squeaky fan     Car: Chevy Malibu

If turning faster than "1" (setting range from off to 5,) The fans squeak and grind.


Japan
Friday 17th of April 2009 8:54 pm


Break: Mirror on driver's side visor     Car: Dodge

I haven't been able to apply my makeup on the way to work in about 6 years now. darn... wait, I don't even wear makeup.


Rwanda
Friday 17th of April 2009 9:32 pm


Break: Nothing...     Car: Pontiac Aztec

It's just really hideous to look at...


United States
Saturday 18th of April 2009 5:12 pm


Break: cigarette lighter port     Car: 01 oldsmoble alero

borke last week cant charge cell phone or use gps. checked all fuses and there all good. what else could it be and how do I fix it


United States
Sunday 19th of April 2009 12:09 am


Break: fanbelt     Car: citroen xantia

how do i change the belt


England
Sunday 19th of April 2009 3:18 am


Break: fanbelt     Car: xantia

how do i change the belt


England
Sunday 19th of April 2009 3:19 am


Break: stutters while driving at higher speeds     Car: 997 oldsmobile park avenue ultra



Canada
Sunday 19th of April 2009 6:14 am


Break: stutters while driving     Car: 1997 Buick park avenue ultra



Canada
Sunday 19th of April 2009 6:15 am


Break: O2 Sensor     Car: 1993 Mercury Sable Wagon

The oxygen sensor malfunctioned about a year out of warranty, and the shop told me it would be $300 to fix including labor. I asked them if it was a safety issue, and they said it would probably significantly affect my gas mileage and might even cause my car to overheat and catalytic converter to be destroyed. I drove it that way for fifteen years with the check engine light on.


United States
Sunday 19th of April 2009 10:11 pm


Break: Half of the radio preset buttons are broken     Car: 1997 Toyota Senna



United States
Sunday 19th of April 2009 10:41 pm


Break: it randomly beeps and then my lights come on     Car: mercury cougar

while its beeping and my lights go off so does my hazardous signal


United States
Monday 20th of April 2009 2:48 am


Break: Some secret sensor hidden deep in the bowels of this vehicle.     Car: 2004 Cadillac SRX

It made the accelerator stop functioning but kept the engine running. I would be driving down the road and I would just start slowing down. I would have to glide over to the side of the road and turn the car off then back on. It would be okay for about an hour then do it again.


United Kingdom
Monday 20th of April 2009 8:57 am


Break: Some secret sensor hidden deep in the bowels of this vehicle.     Car: 2004 Cadillac SRX

It made the accelerator stop functioning but kept the engine running. I would be driving down the road and I would just start slowing down. I would have to glide over to the side of the road and turn the car off then back on. It would be okay for about an hour then do it again.


United States
Monday 20th of April 2009 8:57 am


Break: Self Destruct Sequence - Wouldn't Cancel...     Car: Commercial Towing Vehicle Nostomo - Registry 108924609

"I've turned the cooling system back on!!... Mother!!!


Wales
Monday 20th of April 2009 4:19 pm


Break: rear windshield wiper motor     Car: Ford Explorer

Who needs a rear windshield wiper? The darn thing hasn't worked in years. The washer works, but it just shoots water down the back of the vehicle.


United States
Monday 20th of April 2009 7:10 pm


Break: Right side tail light     Car: Smart Roadster

A common failure - the lens isn't sealed so well and water gets in and corrodes the lamp assembly. Easily fixed by drilling two small drain holes in the bottom of the assembly.


Germany
Monday 20th of April 2009 10:55 pm


Break: transmission seal     Car: 1956 Chevrolet 210

I put in some transmission fluid and the car just puked it right back on the ground. It was drivable, so I drove to my favorite mechanic. They fixed it in one day. I had expected this repair for some time now.


Russia
Tuesday 21st of April 2009 6:08 pm


Break: Actually a car broke it...     Car: 1972 Raleigh Superbe

A car made a turn into the bike lane and knocked my rear wheel out from under me resulting in an overnight stay and easter morning spent in the emergency room...uninsured. more bikes, less cars. cars seem to keep breaking or running into people.


Liechtenstein
Tuesday 21st of April 2009 9:07 pm


Break: Window     Car: 92 Cherokee

Actually it had some help, It was broken while I was in the city hall/police station parking lot. Unfortunately, Tempe police are too inept to even figure out which security camera should've been on. All they tell me is that they don't leave the cameras on during the day because they have no one to watch the monitors. I feel that this is BS, since they really oughta have a recorder, but…


United States
Wednesday 22nd of April 2009 5:09 pm


Break: Light Sensor for auto headlights     Car: 2000 Cadillac Seville

The headlights won't automatically turn on unless it's absolutely pitch black out. Under a street light? Forget it. I just have to manually turn them on.


Belize
Thursday 23rd of April 2009 12:21 pm


Break: Sun Visor     Car: 1991 Pontiac Sunbird

The "map holder" on the sun visor lost it's elasticity and flops around annoying passenger seat occupant, humoring driver.


Canada
Thursday 23rd of April 2009 9:32 pm


Break: Removable CD Player Connection     Car: 2004 Hyundai Elantra

Connection fails to work unless pressed and held in exactly the right way.


United States
Friday 24th of April 2009 2:52 am


Break: Driver's Door Lock     Car: 2008 Saturn Aura

The Driver's door lock gets stuck. The car auto-unlocks when you put it in Park, about 50% of the time this particular door doesn't unlock enough. Same rate of success with the wireless keyfob thingy.


Sweden
Friday 24th of April 2009 4:45 am


Break: Left Front Stereo     Car: 1997 Toyota Corolla

Only when I am in park, if I brace myself on the door armrest, my left front stereo goes out.


United States
Friday 24th of April 2009 8:37 am


Break: Power Steering     Car: 1997 Toyota Corolla

My power steering fluid apparently was leaking. I couldn't turn left without standing up and forcing the wheel. Took it to the shop before Thanksgiving. Didn't get it back until February.


United States
Friday 24th of April 2009 8:38 am


Break: Driver's Side Window     Car: Grand Am

It only roles down about 2 inches...a real killer in the summer. 700 bucks to fix it, but my car is older than me so...no.


Uganda
Friday 24th of April 2009 11:29 am


Break: exterior passenger door handle (mysteriously vanished)     Car: 1999 Toyota Corolla

If it were the driver door, I would probably get in the passenger side and climb over...


United States
Friday 24th of April 2009 10:33 pm


Break: Spare wheel cover     Car: Suzuki Grand Vitara

It tore. In fact it never really fitted. Mine has fat tyres but the cover's for the one with thin tyres.


France
Saturday 25th of April 2009 1:29 pm


Break: Hood Emblem     Car: 1989 Saab 900

It lost all of its color.


Chad
Saturday 25th of April 2009 2:32 pm


Break: The tape deck automatically ejects the tape every fifteen seconds or so.     Car: 2000 Buick Century



Canada
Sunday 26th of April 2009 5:22 pm


Break: One of the two bulbs that light the speedometer and tachometer.     Car: 1997 Subaru Outback

When it reached $5,000 worth of things broken I gave it to the firefighters to practice getting people out of wrecks. I hope they call me so we can go and watch.


Canada
Sunday 26th of April 2009 8:01 pm


Break: Back passenger side door handle     Car: 1995 Honda Civic

The door handle could no longer be opened from the outside, only the inside.


Djibouti
Monday 27th of April 2009 2:18 pm


Break: Gas Gauge     Car: VW Golf - 2001

My gas gauge stopped working at about 160,000 miles. It basically shows 1/4 tank when empty. Getting caught off guard by this a couple of times rather sucked! Now I reset the tripometer whenever I fill up, and fill up when it hits 300 miles or so. The car just hit 200K miles - hoping for another 100K.


United States
Tuesday 28th of April 2009 7:43 am


Break: The rubber siding along the driver window.     Car: 2002 Nissan Sentra

Learned the hard way. Water seeps in like an inch worm. Really adds up when it rains non stop for 10 hours.


Vietnam
Tuesday 28th of April 2009 3:12 pm


Break: pClpvusuhESTXhK     Car: eQZCutweDCSQUK

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Guyana
Wednesday 29th of April 2009 12:20 am


Break: Interior dome light     Car: Honda Accord 2005

It only works when I ask the dealer to fix it.


United States
Wednesday 29th of April 2009 3:00 pm


Break: Little plastic indicator for traction control     Car: 2000 Pontiac Sunfire

It wobbles and gets out of alignment until I push it back. Not sure if it affects the traction. Hope not.


United States
Wednesday 29th of April 2009 7:53 pm


Break: The fuel gauge and Temperature gauge in the dash     Car: 1998 Chevy Malibu

Luckily I had driven the car for years before these kicked out, so I know roughly when I need to refuel. I'm pretty sure the broken temperature gauge is why I've had so many problems with keeping the engine cool though.


United States
Wednesday 29th of April 2009 10:00 pm


Break: Distributor     Car: 1997 Z28 Camaro

Well I drive home and park the car, and then later decide to go visit someone, guess what? Not going anywhere! The designer who made the distributor (OptiSpark, seriously thats what its called) sit behind the waterpump? You have to be a double jointed coat hanger to work on this thing!!


Nigeria
Friday 01st of May 2009 9:17 am


Break: Passenger Seat Fell     Car: 1991 Eagle Talon TSI AWD

A 25 cent bolt broke and the entire seat flopped backwards. I replaced the bolt to keep the seat upright.


Canada
Friday 01st of May 2009 11:50 am


Break: Flux Capacitor     Car: 1981 DeLorean

I can't time travel without it. Life isn't fair.


Canada
Friday 01st of May 2009 11:52 am


Break: Turn signal relay     Car: 2001 Audi TT

The turn signal relay makes the turn signal blink on and off with a clicking noise. It works just fine when I activate the turn signal. But the relay occasionally clicks on and off rapidly when the turn signal isn't on. The noise is annoying but not worth paying somebody to fix.


Singapore
Friday 01st of May 2009 4:31 pm


Break: Consumes fuses     Car: 1998 Isuzu Hombre

Air conditioner requires a new fuse (for the compressor clutch mechanism, a 10 amp fuse) every couple of weeks to keep the air conditioner operating. Fuses are cheap, compressors are expensive...I should really just bite the bullet and doctor a fuse so it won't blow. One of these days.


United States
Friday 01st of May 2009 9:47 pm


Break: Fuel Sending Unit     Car: 1998 Isuzu Hombre

Fuel gauge leaps speedily from 1/4 tank to 1/50 tank. For a while I thought neighborhood punks were siphoning my gas. Then I saw the fuel gauge do its thing. Oops! Apologized and baked some brownies for neighborhood punks.


United States
Friday 01st of May 2009 9:54 pm


Break: Trunk Latch     Car: 2000 Chevy Cavalier

Simply chose to not latch after I opened it one day. My trunk was just flapping in the wind...


Canada
Sunday 03rd of May 2009 3:43 pm


Break: Power Point cover thingy-doos     Car: 2007 GMC Yukon

The powerpoint (cigarette lighter doo-dads) cover thingy-doos are supposed to be fancy and spring-loaded.... They are broken now. All three of them!


Papua New Guinea
Monday 04th of May 2009 12:50 pm


Break: Radio     Car: 1995 Honda Civic

the damn thing's gone


Western Sahara
Monday 04th of May 2009 2:49 pm


Break: bench seat latch     Car: 1996 Dodge Dakota

Latch no longer holds seat secured to upright position. How can it be fixed?


United States
Friday 08th of May 2009 5:09 am


Break: Interior lights. Yes, all of them.     Car: 1996 Dodge caravan

It didn't irritate for long though, since the engine spontaniously ripped itself to shreds a few months later.


United States
Saturday 09th of May 2009 10:29 pm


Break: cd changer     Car: acura tl



United States
Monday 11th of May 2009 8:11 am


Break: Trunk lock     Car: 1995 Ford Crown Vic Police Interceptor

The connection to the trunk lock keeps coming loose. I can't open it with the key but I can use the trunk release on the door.


United States
Monday 11th of May 2009 1:37 pm


Break: Electric door locks     Car: GMC Suburban

The only door lock that still works is the driver door which I'm thankful for. I get in, start it up, and roll down the passenger windows so everyone can unlock his own door. :>)


United States
Monday 11th of May 2009 10:27 pm


Break: Horn     Car: Toyota Corolla

The drainage hole on the horn would block up and rust the plate to the body of the horn. had to resort to strictly sign language.


United States
Tuesday 12th of May 2009 1:54 pm


Break: interior lights, alarm system, radio/cd player     Car: 2005 Subaru Legacy

After local garage replaced door handle, the interior lights, alarm system and radio fail to work. Could they have inadvertently cut a wire?


United States
Tuesday 12th of May 2009 5:20 pm


Break: interior lights, alarm system, radio/cd player     Car:



United States
Tuesday 12th of May 2009 5:22 pm


Break: Mysterious unlabeled switch only increases sense of mystery when toggled; never decreases it.     Car: 1984 Nissan Maxima

Illustration available at http://www.postfarm.net/premium/pavel/randomswitch.jpg


United States
Wednesday 13th of May 2009 5:55 am


Break: Air Conditioning     Car: VW Jetta Wagon

I live in Texas, so you could argue this to be a major problem, but I've managed to live with it for about a year now.


United States
Wednesday 13th of May 2009 6:16 am


Break: clock backlight     Car: Scion TC

Stupid speed bumps in the parking garage at work. I think they broke a connection, because sometimes it flickers back on. It causes me large amounts of stress and anger every time I look at it.


United States
Wednesday 13th of May 2009 7:26 am


Break: Rear passenger seal belt     Car: 1983 Honda Accord

Whatever the bolt was attached to in the wheel well rusted and disintegrated. Now we call it the "Suicide Seat." Not for the faint-hearted.


Poland
Wednesday 13th of May 2009 8:31 am


Break: Tape deck     Car: 2002-ish Ford Focus

Something broke inside of the tape deck so it always tries to play a tape. The only solution is to leave a tape half way in.


United States
Wednesday 13th of May 2009 3:41 pm


Break: spring-loaded ashtray in rear broke     Car: Range Rover



United States
Wednesday 13th of May 2009 6:19 pm


Break: Air Conditioner     Car: Mitsubishi Magna

The air conditioner blows red hot air.


Australia
Thursday 14th of May 2009 2:29 am


Break: The ceiling fabric's falling in.     Car: \'93 Saturn

Poke the ceiling of your car. Fabricy, spongy, metal. The metal and spongy are perfectly fine, but the fabricy has lost its adherence to the spongy and falls around us like a circus tent. It's macguyvered in several places - to hold up the front edge of the fabricy, we pinned it with an earring stud I'd miraculously found in the hall a week before. Duct tape does the rest for now.


United States
Friday 15th of May 2009 9:55 pm


Break: trunk lid ajar warning     Car: 1999 buick park avenue



Afghanistan
Saturday 16th of May 2009 9:03 am


Break: Driver's door can't be unlocked by key or door locks     Car: 1991 Chevy Corsica



United States
Saturday 16th of May 2009 5:32 pm


Break: Fuel Gauge     Car: \'98 Dodge Stratus

I get home (flat land) and the tank is a 1/4 full. Next day I get in, the tank is above 1/4, almost to 1/2 tank. Thank you gas fairy?


United States
Sunday 17th of May 2009 10:05 am


Break: odometer/tripometer is dead, Jim.     Car: 1997 Purple Ford Escort Wagon aka \"Barney\"

!! Mile 104,763 will live FOREVER !!


United States
Sunday 17th of May 2009 10:13 am


Break: reverse light holder     Car: pontiac grand am 2003



Canada
Sunday 17th of May 2009 9:05 pm


Break: Makes a clunk, clunk, clunk sound as you drive.     Car: 2003 Olds Alero

Just brought it home from the garage and paid $811.00 to have it fixed. It Isn't FIXED!


United States
Monday 18th of May 2009 3:01 pm


Break: Tape player makes squeaky noise while playing a tape.     Car: 1997 Nissan Altima

The squeaky noise is almost always just below the threshold of being so annoying that replacing the stereo is worth the hassle. What's a tape? It's like a small eight-track.


United States
Monday 18th of May 2009 11:14 pm


Break: Rear View Mirror     Car: VW Jetta TDI

I put the rear view mirror int position and as I drive it slowly droops until I can no longer see out the back windshield. Very annoying.


United States
Tuesday 19th of May 2009 9:30 am


Break: Valve Train Issues     Car: 2006 Chevy Colorado

The complete head on my Colorado went ka-put and I was over warranty. I thought I'd be stuck with the bill but thankfully the guys over at 355Nation.net explained that Chevy had issued a recall for this particular problem for my year of Colorado. I took my truck into the dealer and they fixed it for free! I guess sometimes the big guys look out for the consumers!


United States
Friday 22nd of May 2009 2:03 am


Break: engine, transmission, dimmer switch, high fan setting, power windows, arm on drivers seat, motor on drivers seat, dashboard bowed up, spare tire holder, I think I'm out of room now...     Car: 1995 Pontiac TranSport Van

The engine went while still under warranty and was replaced, all the rest has either been fixed by my husband or left broken. Have replaced 5 power window motors, 3 headlight dimmers, oh.. and the van can NOT be aligned. I change tires like most people change oil!


United States
Saturday 23rd of May 2009 7:09 am


Break: Passenger Side mirror     Car: 2003 Acura CL Type S

One day, I went out to start my car, and noticed that the mirror on the passenger side was kind of loose. Not sure if it got bumped (I had company the day before, great guy but really clumsy) or if it had been like this for a bit and I just noticed. The mirror can still be adjusted, kind of...I have it in an okay but not the best spot for being able to see.


United States
Sunday 24th of May 2009 1:07 am


Break: it will not star     Car: nissan titan



Afghanistan
Sunday 24th of May 2009 2:34 pm


Break: Often annoying beeping, someone said it had something to do with the air bags, but I don't know?     Car: Ford F150

Thanks for any advice!


United States
Monday 25th of May 2009 10:18 pm


Break: will not eject cd     Car: 2001 olds silhouette gls

the message i get is changer is full or player error


United States
Tuesday 26th of May 2009 12:00 pm


Break: keyless doors locked and remote is in the car     Car: 1996 sable

how do i un lock the doors with a cell phone


United States
Tuesday 26th of May 2009 5:32 pm


Break: Somethingint he undercarriage     Car: 2003 Mini Cooper

i was driving through contruction and i hit a pothole and this plastic piece is now hanging down and scrapping


United States
Thursday 28th of May 2009 7:25 pm


Break: antenna     Car: Honda element



Afghanistan
Friday 29th of May 2009 5:46 pm


Break: Fuse     Car: toyota Celica



Canada
Saturday 30th of May 2009 12:41 pm


Break: Driver's side seatbelt warning wiring.     Car: Chrysler Sebring Convertible

So now I get a random seatbelt "warning" even with the belt securely fastened and my tray table in the locked position. Maybe I'll post a "how to fix it"... or not.


United States
Monday 01st of June 2009 8:57 am


Break: LCD for climate control     Car: Audi 90CS

The LCD had a leak of some sort and most of its "liquid crystals" were gone. I could only see half the fan speed in the remaining blob, had to guess at the temp. Went to the junkyard at 290,000 mi.


Ghana
Tuesday 02nd of June 2009 10:54 am


Break: the hood release     Car: 1987 dodge dakota truck

is ther anyway to open hood and fix it?


United States
Tuesday 02nd of June 2009 4:42 pm


Break: Loud knocking sound in the engine while it is running.     Car: \'96 Ford Taurus

First off, I have to floor the gas pedal just to start my car up, and when it finally decides to fire up, it sounds like someone is under the hood beating on the block with a ball-peen hammer. Something tells me this isn't normal...


United States
Thursday 04th of June 2009 7:36 pm


Break: To the person with the left turn signal problem     Car: 96 Ford Taurus

The left turn signal operates at double-time, and stays on when the lights are on because one of the turn signal lights are out. All you have to do is find and replace it.


United States
Thursday 04th of June 2009 7:39 pm


Break: air vent louvers inside car , the one on the passenger side looks like it's made into the dash !     Car: 1997 chevy lumina



United States
Friday 05th of June 2009 9:14 pm


Break: Linkage     Car: Mercury Mountianeer 2001

It will not engage into park and has to be started in Neutral. Linkage maybe? and how do i fix it? Do you know of a good site that would help guide me?


United States
Sunday 07th of June 2009 2:22 pm


Break: Control for the side-view mirrors     Car: Honda Civic 1999



United States
Tuesday 09th of June 2009 10:28 pm


Break: cloth lining on the top of the car     Car: Chevy Nova

underneath the cloth was matress foam like material. When the cloth finally came down little foam pieces got in my hair for months. Finally i sanded all the foam off.


Ethiopia
Wednesday 10th of June 2009 2:21 pm


Break: it has a shortage when u turn the ignishion sometimes the car doesnt turn on     Car: 1991 buick park ave ultra



United States
Wednesday 10th of June 2009 7:40 pm


Break: the air conditioner when you are driving will shut off but the blower fan stays on     Car: Ford Ranger



United States
Sunday 14th of June 2009 4:31 pm


Break: no radio backlight     Car: 2000 4runner



United States
Monday 15th of June 2009 9:25 am


Break: trunk lid won't open     Car: 1999 corvette



United States
Monday 15th of June 2009 12:34 pm


Break: key in ignition barrell     Car: 1996 land rover discovery

key has snapped inside ignition, how do i get barrell off thanks mick


Australia
Tuesday 16th of June 2009 11:36 pm


Break: Cover for backseat radio control panel     Car: Ford Explorer

It slipped off!!


United States
Monday 22nd of June 2009 2:47 pm


Break: heater control     Car: Holden Vectra

it started making this clicking sound every time i turn the car on, or turn the heat up. was quoted $900 to fix. i'll just learn to love the clicks i guess


New Zealand
Thursday 25th of June 2009 4:24 am


Break: half of dashboard light out     Car: 2002 ford taurus wagon

is it a bulb or could it be fuse?


United States
Friday 26th of June 2009 5:09 pm


Break: The sunglasses storage compartment door just below the radio/CD player     Car: 2007 Toyota Corolla CE

Local Toyota dealer wanted over $300 to replace the entire panel rather than just a 1.5" X 6.0" plastic, spring loaded door.


United States
Sunday 28th of June 2009 11:28 am


Break: Random warning dashboard lights on     Car: Peugeot 306

I took all the bulbs out of the dash so now I don't have anything wrong.


United Kingdom
Sunday 28th of June 2009 12:42 pm


Break: wipers     Car: 94 olds delta 88 royale



Afghanistan
Sunday 28th of June 2009 11:20 pm


Break: on road engine jarking     Car: daihatsu terios kid diagnostic truoble code chart



Pakistan
Monday 29th of June 2009 9:20 am


Break: dimmer switch     Car: 02 pontiac grandprix



United States
Monday 29th of June 2009 3:20 pm


Break: dimmer switch     Car: 2002 pontiac grandprix



United States
Monday 29th of June 2009 3:24 pm


Break: wipers won't come on but i can hear the motor running     Car: 1999 Dodge Caravan

my windshield wipers won't raise up and down but i can hear the motor running as if it were on what's the problem


United States
Monday 29th of June 2009 4:07 pm


Break: Trim on pillar, back seat driver's side.     Car: 99 Toyota Corolla

The trim on the pillar separating the front and back doors on the driver's side has warped and blistered in the sun. I can't be bothered to even check if it's fixable.


United States
Monday 29th of June 2009 7:40 pm


Break: Drivers door internal handle     Car: 93 Mitsubishi Magna

part of the plastic handle broke, disconnecting it from part of the hinge, making the door rather hard to open from the inside got a new one from the local dealer for AU$9


Australia
Thursday 02nd of July 2009 10:57 pm


Break: the lights on the passenger side are faded. even the high beams     Car: 97 saturn

i think it might be a bad ground. but i dont know where to look for it. i even tried replacing the bulb


United States
Friday 03rd of July 2009 1:06 pm


Break: driber's side power mirror     Car: mitsubishi magna



Australia
Saturday 04th of July 2009 11:43 am


Break: new ac     Car: honda civic

my new ac keeps clicking off and on, not cold air.


United States
Sunday 05th of July 2009 11:30 pm


Break: drivers seat back stuck in upright postion     Car: 2004 ford mustang



United States
Tuesday 07th of July 2009 8:02 am


Break: mph     Car: subaru forrester wagon



United States
Thursday 09th of July 2009 10:06 am


Break: I am having problem with my Mercury Mountaineer 2002 8 cylinder car overheading when I turn on my air conditioner when it is real hot outside     Car: Mercury Mountaineer



United States
Thursday 09th of July 2009 5:13 pm


Break: back bumper fell off, skidded across the highway     Car: 1997 Honda civic

got it back, drove away with it sticking out a back window


United States
Thursday 09th of July 2009 8:46 pm


Break: the strap that pull the hatch shut from the inside     Car: 99 gmc jimmy



Afghanistan
Thursday 09th of July 2009 10:53 pm


Break: remove ignition switch     Car: 94 olds cutless

would like to remove and replace ignition switch


Canada
Saturday 11th of July 2009 12:54 am


Break: electric driver seat     Car: nissan altima 2002

the driver seat does not go up it goes down but not up and i was wondering wat can that be.


United States
Monday 13th of July 2009 8:15 am


Break: my backseat window had fallen out. so what and how do i put something in its place until i can get it replaced     Car: 1996 Dodge Intrepid



United States
Monday 13th of July 2009 6:22 pm


Break: engine light doesnt shut off after truck was just serviced     Car: Hombre Isuzu

The mechanic made some minor repairs to the truck and now the engine light will not shut off. The mechanic replaced the computer but still the engine light stays on?? What could the problem be? We cannot get a sticker after spending $1200 already for the repairs! now what?


United States
Friday 17th of July 2009 7:22 am


Break: Air Conditioner     Car: BMW

1985 BMW 325e Air conditioner compressor won't engage. Test light/volt meter indicates no + voltage getting to the compressor to make it engage. I can hot wire a + to the compressor and it works. Can't find a blown fuse. The switch inside has recently been replaced.


United States
Friday 17th of July 2009 4:35 pm


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Afghanistan
Wednesday 02nd of January 2013 5:15 pm


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Wednesday 02nd of January 2013 5:15 pm


Break: 1     Car: -1'

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Afghanistan
Wednesday 02nd of January 2013 5:15 pm


Break: -1'     Car: 1

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Afghanistan
Wednesday 02nd of January 2013 5:15 pm


Break: 1     Car: 1

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Afghanistan
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