By on May 21, 2019

Image: General Motors

Driving away after sealing a deal at the local dealership or bargaining a fair price in someone’s driveway can be a great feeling. You’ve got what you wanted, for a sum approaching your target price, and now you’re in the driver’s seat. It’s time to appreciate what you have.

That warm, blissful feeling sometimes wears off in a hurry.

Minor annoyances and irksome issues missed during the initial shakedown cruise often rear their ugly head. While it’s probably not a deal-breaking issue, it’s something that diminishes the driving/owning experience just enough to bring you back down to earth. And, as time goes on, this peculiarity calls further attention to itself.

What’s your current car’s biggest annoyance?

I’ll bite. Your author’s base Chevy Cruze rolled out of Lordstown, Ohio with economy top of mind (and profits seemingly second). Fit and finish, compared to his mid-range first-generation model, seems slightly lacking; however, this writer was in the market for the most car for the money and was willing to live with unimproved steering and shift feel. Past experience shows that the torsion beam rear suspension, while far removed from the fancy, multi-link rears found in some compact cars, has durability in spades.

As “L” does not, as this writer joked to the salesman, stand for “lavish,” the glue-and-toilet-paper headliner attracts dirt and stains like a child’s pants at recess. Those undersized 15-inch wheels with awful wheel covers? The covers came off the minute I got home, and the rims themselves are now relegated to winter duty only, so that unsightly problem’s now solved.

And yet these issues are not what I’m here to gripe about. No one expects the interior of an el-cheapo base compact domestic car to rival the best of Germany. No, my singular gripe involves a feature the competing 2018 Hyundai Elantra lacked: a 7-inch touchscreen. Truly, the dash would look horrible without it, and Bluetooth connectivity is a must in areas with strict distracted driving laws.

The issue that reared its head very, very soon after driving off the lot involves screen brightness. Simply, it’s too bright. Scrolling through the menu revealed no manner with which to tone down the glow; a dash toggle only impacts gauge cluster brightness. When outside the city at night, scanning for wayward whitetails, the blue-ish glow from the center of the dash hampers forward vision to some degree. Usually, I’ll click the home page button just to cut down on brilliant icons.

It’s an issue that hasn’t gone unnoticed by other 2018 Cruze drivers, though each one seems to have a different story to tell. Some managed to dim their screens, others not. Some find dicking around with it in reverse gear solves the issue, others aren’t so lucky. Apparently, each Cruze is one of a kind. Like a Fabergé egg!

So, B&B, what’s your biggest gripe with the vehicle currently taking up space in your driveway?

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154 Comments on “QOTD: What Irks You Most About Your Car?...”


  • avatar
    Hummer

    2017 Silverado reverse screen does not dim at night, it reverts back to the daytime brightness. Literally it’s to bright to look directly at the screen and it’s so bright it washes out my view of the passenger side mirror making backing up at night exceedingly unsafe.
    Dealer says it’s a well known problem, no fix of course

    • 0 avatar
      Veeg

      2016 Kia Soul 2.0.

      Really touchy throttle, not fast by any stretch but has the same overly aggressive throttle response as an 80s GM so you think it’s zippy. Makes it kind of tough to pull away with any sort of smoothness.

      That’s really it. Expected to like it a lot less than I have.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    2010 Highlander V6 4wd

    -Cheap rock hard plastics that still scratch if you look at them cross-eyed

    -Lack of backup camera (which was standard on every trim level but mine that year)

    -You can either use the 3rd row or carry cargo, not both

    -“Thin” paint that chips way to easy

    -Having to leave the DRLs off unless I want to buy bulbs 2 to 3 times per year

    • 0 avatar
      dukeisduke

      Wow. Are the DRLs on that running off the park lights, or the high beams? I haven’t noticed a shortened bulb life on either my 2013 Tacoma (uses the park lights) or my wife’s 2008 Sienna (high beams).

      The Sienna didn’t have DRLs, but there’s a space in the underhood power distribution box for a little jumper that enables the DRLs (I don’t know where I’d find one of those), so I plugged a 15 amp fuse in there to make the DRLs work (the hack you can find on the ToyotaNation and SiennaChat forums).

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        DRLs is sending low voltage current to the low beam headlight… When DRL burns out you lose low beam.

        With my soon to be “old” commute I was doing 20,000 miles per year.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      My 2009 had solid paint job. But it was J-vin. Looks like your complaints are in the same areas that could have been problematic now. My 2019 ‘Lander v6 awd is missing 10+ft.sq, camera/screen resolution suck. Plastics are better but seats used to be better then.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        Now you reminded me of the seats…

        Front seats have inadequate thigh support and I’m only a bit over 5’10” my inseam is roughly 33 inches and the seat is at the back of it’s travel. Fortunately the telescoping steering column means that I can get it into a comfortable position.

  • avatar
    R Henry

    2015 Mazda6 Touring with manual trans:

    Entry and egress from front seats. If I don’t twist my torso and bend my neck sharply, I will smack the side of my head on the roof when getting inside. If I stand sideways and drop in butt first, I will no doubt prematurely wear the seat bolster and piping. Getting out isn’t much better.

    I am 6ft 230lbs.

    • 0 avatar
      slavuta

      You need to ecercise. And change your diet. I am also 6′ but only 180lb. All muscle, I must admit. Yea, and I also have Mazda6 and no problems.

      • 0 avatar
        R Henry

        I will not berate your scrawniness in public.

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          I thought, I am having a motivational speech here to help you enjoy your Mazda6, which I enjoy immensely. TTAC admin, please note: I allow anyone berate me all they want.

      • 0 avatar
        gtem

        LOL what a jackass comment slavuta. My one experience in a rental mazda6 matches R henry’s comment, it’s notably less easy to get into and out of than something like a Camry owning to the lower roofline.

      • 0 avatar
        BonusMaximus

        slavuta, I went through the arduous process of remembering usernames and passwords just so I could log in and comment on your inanity:

        If you are going to comment on others by casting aspersions, which under the First Amendment you are well within your rights to do, please check your spelling first. 180 lbs and all muscle? Indeed. There’s quite obviously muscle where a brain should be.

        • 0 avatar
          MartyToo

          The First Amendment as written had to do with whether the government could infringe on your speech. TTAC , Facebook, and private organizations can censor you all they want. But keep on eating those carbs and worrying about silly online comment wars. (Both can cause hypertension in some, so there’s that too.)

        • 0 avatar
          slavuta

          Bonus,

          you see… adverse situations bring up the goodness. You found your password, I finally got someone replying to my post. You reminded me about existence of the spell checker, and also, made me look into mirror to find my head muscle. Great!

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    I wish the outside rearview mirrors on my 2013 Tacoma would tilt down when I back up, like a Lexus (I usually manually tilt down the passenger mirror when I back into a parking space, to be centered, or park in my driveway, since I park close to the edge). I also wish all four windows had auto down and up, like a Lexus (I have just auto down, not up, on the driver’s window only).

    If I was a Toyota and CAN bus genius, I could probably figure out a way to install a BCM out of some Lexus and make it work, but then I’m not.

    • 0 avatar
      MiataReallyIsTheAnswer

      2011 Camry XLE has all 4 auto, no need to drop that long Lexus green :)

      • 0 avatar
        dukeisduke

        Hmmmm… Wonder what kind of trouble I’d get into, trying a junkyard BCM?

        • 0 avatar
          MiataReallyIsTheAnswer

          Might just be plug-n-play! I once swapped an LX tach cluster into a base L Festiva, and everything worked perfect. They also all had the wiring in place for power mirrors even though very few came with them.

          • 0 avatar
            dukeisduke

            Wow, flashback. My first wife had an ’88 Festiva L (4-speed) with dealer installed in-dash a/c (ARA FrostKing made it). Was a decent little car, and quick. Only bummer was that, being an ’88, it had a carb instead of EFI. An insanely complicated carb, with an expensive aftermarket rebuild kit (the dealer would only sell the carb, $700, and not a kit).

        • 0 avatar
          MiataReallyIsTheAnswer

          Mine were both ’90 models, so 5-speed and F.I.
          Mazda 121 under the skin – great cars!

  • avatar
    ajla

    ’18 Stinger GT gripes:
    – big power/torque drop off at higher RPMs.
    – the brakes look fancy from the outside but in use they have no inital bite and transmit too much vibration through the steering wheel.
    – the seatbelt retractors are slow. Maybe this is a Kia thing or maybe GM’s are just “fast” but I’m still not used to the change.

  • avatar
    chaparral

    2018 Tesla Model 3

    There’s no button to turn off the screen, no way to make it emulate the simple “AC-cool-warm” HVAC controls of an economy car, and turning the HVAC and its inefficient heater off on road trips takes two tries at a two-button combination.

  • avatar
    BunkerMan

    2011 Taurus and 2011 F150.

    I stream music frequently when I drive, and the Sync system in both of these vehicles does not play nice with Bluetooth. If I shut the car off while I am streaming from my phone, when I turn the car back on, it defaults to “Line In” instead. This is due to the system starting up before the Bluetooth is initialized. There is no hard button to switch it back to Bluetooth, so I have to use the voice command to do so, after waiting for it to connect.

    If I switch it to FM radio before turning off the car, it works itself out. The AUX button remembers it was previously using Bluetooth.

    Also on the F150, the guidelines on the backup camera screen just randomly disappear and need to be turned on through the menu system again. This is apparently a known issue.

  • avatar
    micko4472

    My only gripe with my 2009 Xterra X model (the stripper model) is that
    I have to duck my head getting in. Otherwise I have zero complaints.

  • avatar
    MiataReallyIsTheAnswer

    My FCA products have a simple “screen off” button, making the screen, well, dark. Simply touching the screen brings it back to life. Remarkably simple and logical, I’m normally a GM guy but that seems like quite an oversight.

    If I had to pick a frustration it would be the need to go a couple screens deep to control the heated and vented seats, and heated wheel. So many vehicles have those buttons right on the dash or the wheel, easily accessed.

  • avatar
    gtem

    2012 Camry: thin, weak paint that has stone chips right past the e-coat within the first year of ownership. Cheap interior plastics with some creaks/rattles and “sticky” off-gassed lower dash trim by year 5. Overly aggressive torque converter programming that lightly “shudders” the 2.5L along at 1k rpm around at times.

    2016 Town & Country: transmission “floats” rpms between shifts at light throttle as a feature, but it makes me uneasy in how it reminds me of an old transmission flaring up. Has a few embarrassing runs in the paint (in a few hard to see spots thankfully). Creaks from doors and dash depending on temperature fluctuations, noisy rear shocks.

    • 0 avatar
      gtem

      One more on the Chrysler: U-Connect is painfully slow to pair my phone, like 30 seconds to a minute before I can stream bluetooth music, it’s almost instantaneous in the 2012 Camry. First world problems, I know.

      • 0 avatar
        gtem

        Another Chrysler complaint, this one really drove me nuts: at some point in 2014, in a lame effort to marginally bump MPG numbers, Chrysler started to take the factory spares out of the vans, making it a factory option. Mind you they didn’t include a compressor and fix a flat as a replacement, they just took the actual tire out, but curiously left the jack in place. Just idiotic, and I had to spend $250 on a OEM Mopar spare tire kit on Ebay.

      • 0 avatar
        NTGD

        2016 300 and this was going to be my exact irk! That initial connection is so slow! It also urks me that that the 17s got Android Auto and Carplay and there is no easy upgrade for older models(apparently 17s got a whole new radio not just updated software or something like that).

        • 0 avatar
          tankinbeans

          I had a 2017 300 with the upgraded UConnect (supplied by Panasonic). Liked to pick extremely inopportune times to buzz at the top of its volume range. Restarting the car didn’t reset, neither did trying a hard reset or anything else.

          Dealer couldn’t be bothered with it. Unloaded that thing in short order. If they’re not interested in trying to correct a relatively minor issue, what would they do with a larger issue?

    • 0 avatar
      MiataReallyIsTheAnswer

      gtem i gotta wonder if they cheaped things down from 2011 to 2012? I know there was a style change….

      Anyway I recently bought (from a Toyota dealer) an incredibly nice 2011 Camry XLE (2.5L) as a kid car, black with 2 tone tan leather, and the paint has held up amazingly well and the interior is literally like new, with no rattles and no “stickiness”. Even smells new. The punchline? 241k miles on it.

      • 0 avatar
        gtem

        The XV40 like the one you bought is considered by many to be the most cost cut of all Camry generations, in some ways it might be. But I will argue the 2012-2014.5 XV50, despite adding back a few soft touch points, is even further cheapened where you can’t see or don’t look. The XLE typically has a few nicer things like climate control and perhaps even nicer materials for things like door cards. Our 2012 is an SE which is closer to an LE (turn-knob HVAC).

        prior history/use makes a difference too: ours has lived exclusively outside since new.

        • 0 avatar
          MiataReallyIsTheAnswer

          I almost bought an SE, it’s the sporty one with skirts and bigger alloys. I think it was a 2009 SE I drove, and I was not let down by that interior but again the car was very well-kept. Then I stumbled on this XLE and liked the bump to 6-spd and 2.5 from 2.4….I’ve had several V6 and V8 Lexuses and this 4 cyl is absolutely NOT slow. Plenty of soft-touch on the dash and doors, too – I have newer and more expensive vehicles but man I’m tellin ya I really actually LIKE that Camry! It drives darn sweet, very “light” in feel.

          • 0 avatar
            gtem

            Yes the 2.5L+6A is surprisingly peppy, I was surprised to switch to my wife’s Camry from my 283hp T&C and it actually felt quicker… 0-60 times are dead even despite the Chrysler making over 100hp more. The Camry is actually surprisingly svelte for a midsizer, 3100lb which is closer to many compacts these days, on the other hand the van is almost 1500lb heavier (4600lb curb weight)!

          • 0 avatar
            MiataReallyIsTheAnswer

            So you have the 3.6L in the van – nice. I had a loaner Pacifica last year for a week and loved that engine. The 3.5L in my Odyssey is “fine” but a bit agricultural.

          • 0 avatar
            gtem

            Yes I have the Pentastar hooked up to the 6spd 62te, in the Pacifica with the 9spd with shorter/tighter gear spacing off the line it’s even stronger. Love the motor, the transmission leaves a bit to be desired but as long as it lasts I won’t complain too much.

        • 0 avatar
          Carfan94

          @gtem I would to know more about that sticky lower dash. That is a BIG issue on 2007-2011 Camrys and other Japanese cars with soft touch dashboards, especially in southern states. I didn’t know the 2012 Camry had that issue. They replaced the dashboard in my 2007 Lexus for free two years ago because it was sticky and shiny.

        • 0 avatar
          Carfan94

          I would also like to say that I think the 2007-2011 Camry has a much nicer interior than the 2012-2017 in my opinion, Toyota actually took away soft touch points for the 2012.

          I remember when the 2012 Camry came out, all the reviews talked about how much better the new camry was over the old one. I didnt see it.

          the XV40 had soft touch upper door panels on all four doors, on the XV50 I think they are hard plastic. The XV40 has chrome metal door handles the XV50 has plastic ones. The XV40 Camry has some of the softest feeling fabric I have ever felt in a car. The XV50 has rough feeling cloth.

          Also, I like the design of the XV40 interior better, It looks refreshing and modern. The XV50 has lots of busy lines, odd angles, fake stitching, and black plastic. The seatbelt chime also sounded nicer on the XV40.

          I dont think the XV50 Camry is a bad car. Think it is the most reliable midsize made during it’s years. But it does have some serious cost cutting on the interior. The 2018 Camry also carried over many of the hard plastics from the XV50 although it does look nicer.

          • 0 avatar
            gtem

            Agreed on every single point Carfan, particularly cloth quality, which as you note is very nice and soft on ’07-’11, scratchy fire-retardant-feeling crap on the ’12,+ Upper door trim is still soft on the ’12s, on the front doors anyways, and yes cheap plastic door pulls rather than chromed plastic/metal.

            The “sticky” pieces I’m talking about are the two small creaky pieces of plastic trim that flank the center lower dash storage cubby. When new it was supposed to be a slightly nicer feeling coating than just plain hard plastic, not rubberized per se, just a bit of a “velvety” feel. But 7 hot summers later those pieces feel sticky, particularly in the summer.

            I think the reviewers see the stitched dash with more/busier design elements and that immediately makes it “richer.”

          • 0 avatar
            Carfan94

            That is interesting.

            At least the entire dashboard is not turning to sticky claylike material like many Toyota products from the mid-late 2000s.

          • 0 avatar
            gtem

            Yes within the context of the deteriorating dashes of the mid-late 2000s, I suppose my stick-trim complaint is rather minor. The ’15 Camry got a nice upgrade to the center stack, much nicer looking/feeling with better quality HVAC knobs. Having seen what the 18s are all about, I have a new-found admiration for the final “K’ platform Camries, I wouldn’t mind finding a V6 XLE with tan interior to swap out my wife’s ’12 SE for.

  • avatar
    MartyToo

    2013 Accord Coupe – the paint chipping – especially on the hood. Has Honda improved the paint on the 2018? Is Acura paint better than Honda paint?

    Also the voice commands with my Android (like “call Jim Smith”) worked until I updated my phone to a newer Android. And Honda could update their firmware for this but doesn’t bother.

    • 0 avatar
      someoldfool

      “Griegio”(Italian for gray) paint on my 2010 TL was fine, as good as any car I’ve had. Her 2014 black MDX? Clear coat is soft, easily scratches. My 2018 Avalon? When it’s clean, not dusty, I can scratch the clear coat with a clean, bare finger. Seriously. Fine scratches of fingerprints. Opulent Amber color (looks like black unless in sunlight). Zaino for scratches helps a lot.

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      “Working voice commands” and “Honda” have always been mutually exclusive! I’ll see if that’s improved when I get my 2019 Touring in the next month.

      I’ve put paint-protection film, a.k.a., “clear bra,” on my last two Hondas. Best to have that done ASAP after delivery.

      My only other issue with my 2013 is that the plastic stuff inside seems as though it will scratch if you look at it funny. Depending on how the same surfaces are in my new one, I may apply some pieces of Scotch tape with sticky-note backing in select areas, just to be safe. (I would apply a couple pieces of tape below the ignition cylinder so that the keys on my ring wouldn’t scratch that area of the steering column; of course, the keyless ignition makes that a non-issue!)

      • 0 avatar
        formula m

        With the 2018 and newer models I suggest holding the voice prompt button down for 2sec to bypass the Honda voice recognition/command system and activate Siri eyes-free/ google assistant. The smartphone companies have far superior voice recognition technology. With my iphone it actually works very well

      • 0 avatar
        MartyToo

        How much will the clear film protection cost?

        • 0 avatar
          PrincipalDan

          Paint durability irks me.

          I imagine the “Soul Red” on a Mazda would be very good but that’s due to it being I assume pretty thick.

          A Miata painted in Soul Red ends up being 15 POUNDS HEAVIER than one in a no-cost color.

  • avatar
    IBx1

    ’08 E64 M6 with the elite 6-speed manual.

    The only fault I can pin on this car is that the E60 M5 got ventilated seats while the E63/64 only got non-perforated heated seats. Mercifully I found one without black leather, but it’s still Texas.

  • avatar
    DedBull

    2014 Jetta S (2.0 NA/AT) stripper model cloth seats/steel wheels/solid roof. Great basic transportation, but lacks factory cruise control. That is my biggest annoyance. A close second is the swan neck trunk hinges that cut into cargo space. This was not an issue on my Mk3 or Mk4 Jettas.

    Otherwise, this car is a very serviceable transportation pod. It is based on old proven tech (same 2.0 from the MK4, hydraulic power steering, conventional auto). This was bought for next to nothing from the dealer auction, so the car owes me nothing.

  • avatar

    2017 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab V6 6mt TRDsport

    -ISO standards for track forward/back are left/right and people say volume Up/Down. But ONLY for the Tacoma Toyota made track UP/Down and volume left/right. And if you’re looking at the track list on the screen next/back are reversed from what you see.
    -The truck’s computer knows that the engine RPM = Zero so the alternator cannot be functioning. But will STILL display the bright red “Check Charging System” error on the screen.
    -Throttle off Rev-Hang for DAYS.
    -The electronic 4WD system (instead of a mechanical lever) will usually take a couple of tries before it engages 4Lo.
    -1st gear synchronizer is so tight I’ve given up trying to use it and just double clutch 1st gear unless I’m stopped.
    -At the TRD-Sport trim level, you can either get heated seats OR a color other than silver. But not both. So I bought the truck in a color I wanted and will have to add heated seats myself later.

    • 0 avatar
      dukeisduke

      Ugh. My 2013 (4.0 1GR-FE) has throttle-off rev hang, but not as extreme. The six-speed manuals (mine is the 5-speed auto) are okay, but are notorious for synchro and other problems as the miles rack up (read the ToyotaNation and TacomaWorld forums). Some folks have even converted to a Tremec 6-speed to fix the problems, but that’s insanely expensive.

    • 0 avatar
      MiataReallyIsTheAnswer

      “you can either get heated seats OR a color other than silver”

      That may be the most random “rule” ever, in all of autodom. And makes no sense.

    • 0 avatar
      salmonmigration

      2018 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Short Bed V6 6MT here.

      You can’t get the Tacoma in a regular cab at all anymore. Just like any midsize pickup, the backseats are too small for adults in the double cab and too small for children in the access cab.

      If you want a stick you can’t get a double cab long bed and you have to pay for navigation and LED DRLs and the V6.

      If you want a 4cyl it gets roughly the same mileage as the V6.

      • 0 avatar
        dukeisduke

        Mine’s a DC/LB (I wanted a six-foot bed), and fortunately no nav. I wish they offered a turbo diesel in the new ones; I might have bought one. Mine would get better mileage if I had the option to buy real gas, but I’m stuck with E10 here, so it’s between 15-17mpg (yesterday’s fill up was 15.9).

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    Just bought a 2013 Cruze 1LS for Daughter No. 2, and gee, the car is a “Cruze”, but doesn’t come with cruise control – you have to buy an LT to get that. So, what I’ll have to do is replace the steering wheel and clockspring (to get the buttons), and get a dealer to program the feature in. Supposedly you have to call around to find a dealer that will simply do the programming – some dealers won’t do that, but instead want you to buy the wheel from them and let them install it ($$$) and then program the car to accept it.

    • 0 avatar
      ponchoman49

      And to think they finally corrected that flaw for the MCE 2019 model Cruze LS just as they kill the entire car line!

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      Presumably the existing airbag is a direct swap, right? It looks like it is, based upon your statement, but you know about the only silly question being the one you don’t ask…!

      It’s too bad that some stuff, like navigation systems, can’t be offered as plug-‘n-play add-ons at the dealer as accessories, since a lot of that stuff nowadays is included in software, and just needs to be unlocked.

  • avatar
    285exp

    The voice control navigation on my 2014 ES350 doesn’t understand redneck.

  • avatar
    tallguy130

    2017 Elantra Sport

    There is an audible ‘ding’ when the temperature is below freezing but not when the low fuel warning light comes on. Makes no sense. Why do I need reminded of the temperature dropping but not if I’m about to run out of gas?!

  • avatar
    A Scientist

    2013 Chevy Equinox 3.6L V6. My biggest gripe with it is that it is not a Ferrari 599 GTO.

    Ok on a serious note, the instrument cluster is not backlit properly in the daytime, which is to say, it’s not really backlit at all. Makes it difficult to see the IC depending on where the sun is shining.

  • avatar
    jtk

    2012 Mazda 3

    Seats are not comfortable
    Quite loud at highway speeds
    Rear visibility is poor
    And since I’m listing stuff, the bluetooth won’t sync with my iPhone X.

  • avatar
    thekevinmonster

    2019 VW Jetta GLI 35th Anniversary DSG.

    – it idles at 1.1k in S mode vs like 800rpm in D. It’s just odd and I notice it.
    – start stop is dumb and can’t be shut off in a sticky manner. Half the time it shuts off at a light only to turn back on to run the hvac.
    – the parcel shelf behind the back seats is kind of shiny and it reflects in the rear view mirror. I’m probably going to find some matte thing to cover it with. (My previous civic hatch ex had horrible glare from the mid window spoiler as well.)

    Otherwise it is a nice, comfortable car with a surprising amount of power.

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      From what I understand, there’s a wealth of settings that can be accessed through third-party software like VAG-com (correct, B&B?). You might be able to go that route, and if nothing else, ask the dealer, as they’ll tweak some of that stuff if asked, IIRC.

  • avatar
    pathfinderdoorhandle

    The fact that it’s not brand new (2002 BMW 325i, black/tan leather, sport package, 203,000 miles). But I’m hot on the trail of an identical car, somewhat less decrepit. Waiting to hear back from the seller. E46 was the top of the mountain; I have no interest in a newer 3 series.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    For Daughter No. 1’s 2012 Kia Forte Koup SX? Kia’s voice activated dialing is completely worthless (do you have to be Korean for it to understand your voice?), and you have to be very careful letting the front shoulder belts retract, or they’ll get a half twist stuck in the belt guide, which is a b***h to get out. If you don’t, you’ve got three feet of slack in the belt, which makes it useless. It really stinks when your daughter is 350 miles away at college, and you know her shoulder belt isn’t working. :-|

  • avatar
    FormerFF

    @014 Ford Fusion PHEV – The only thing I have close to a complaint is that a voice command request to play a specific song from my USB drive doesn’t always work.

    Man, that’s picking nits.

  • avatar
    Flipper35

    2014 Avenger, base model with the V6. The rear wheel wells have a clear vinyl to protect them from rock chips, but they cover too small of an area. Otherwise I have no complaints after 70k miles other than two minor warranty issues. To get good tires for it is a bit more expensive than I would like, but it is what it is. I couldn’t get rid of the OEM tires quick enough.

    2013 Rogue base model. Well, it is a POS. OK, it was easy to replace the front brake pads and it will be a fine car for the kid going to college.

  • avatar
    jack4x

    2013 Viper:
    -Slow Uconnect (as gtem mentioned already). This has become markedly worse in the last year, I wonder if a system “upgrade” caused it.

    -Pathetically cheap power window regulators and clips. Mine has only broken once, but others have had multiple failures. This has been a Viper issue since 2003 and has never been corrected.

    -No alternate tire sizes exist and few options are available in the factory size. Since everything is summer only, this limits the ability to drive safely on cool, dry roads and shortens the driving season considerably.

    2016 SS:
    -Shoddy and cheap construction. Loose trim pieces, rattles, etc. not befitting a car of its price, or even a car of half its price.

    -Abrupt clutch takeup point. This is a difficult car to drive smoothly. As blasphemous as this sounds, it’s probably better suited to the automatic.

    -The ventilated seats are pretty worthless. Make them better or don’t bother.

    2019 F350:
    -The cutouts in the hitch for the safety chain hookups are too small to fit the hooks. This is not unique to my trailer as many have reported this issue. I had to buy threaded caribiners to hook up successfully. Just a ridiculous oversight for a vehicle that everyone buys to tow with.

    -Power tailgate doesn’t operate correctly. Yes, this is the height of a first world problem. Still, it came standard and I want it to work right. Instead it sticks, locks randomly, etc.

    -There is no option on the stalk for a single swipe of the wipers. Instead you have to turn them on then quickly off. This is an annoyance I’ve noticed on Fords and only Fords for years. Why? My Fiesta has this ability, why not my truck?

    2017 Fiesta:
    -Sync v1 is brutally bad with Bluetooth, dropping music at random and not reconnecting. Can’t believe this is still offered on new vehicles.

    -The car needs a 6th gear. Even with 999cc, there is enough power to maintain 90+ mph effortlessly, or make a 60-80 mph pass on a two lane in 5th. I’m capable of downshifting if needed, let me have a cruising gear to bring the RPMs down at 65-75 mph.

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      The Window regulator issue reminds me of the H2, the one I bought new has had both rear regulators replaced around 85k and just a month ago one of those same ones broke again.

      ———————————
      2016 SS:
      -Shoddy and cheap construction. Loose trim pieces, rattles, etc. not befitting a car of its price, or even a car of half its price.

      -Abrupt clutch takeup point. This is a difficult car to drive smoothly. As blasphemous as this sounds, it’s probably better suited to the automatic.

      -The ventilated seats are pretty worthless. Make them better or don’t bother.
      ————————

      Both my Father and I have 2017 SS’s, neither of them have rattles and all panel gaps are fantastic, personally I find the opposite to be true, I believe my build quality is closer to many Lexus vehicles I have been in.
      My only issue is the foam sunroof shade resting pad does not stick, I need to have the dealer reglue or replace it.
      The only quality issue I’ve found on my fathers is that the driver side exhaust pipes are slightly cocked to the side if you compare the two sides. Which could have been caused transporting it across the globe, who knows.

      100% agree on clutch, it’s very fun to drive the car hard and to its limit but takes a LOT of finesse to drive it smoothly. Fortunately the clutch is very light so it doesn’t kill my knee as bad as other clutches.

      I find your ventilated comment to resonate in a strange way, my ventilated seats work fantastic, my heated seats are awful; and my dad’s car is the extreme opposite, his seats get scalding hot in no time, but you can barely feel his ventilated seats work at all. (Can hear the fan though).

      ——————————————-

      My issues would be the ridiculous brake dust and associated brake squeal from the Brembos, but that will eventually be corrected by changing them to ceramic.

      • 0 avatar
        jack4x

        The silver piece of plastic trim on the drivers side of the shifter has been loose since the car was new. Both rear door sill plates have come loose, I had the dealer repair one side and now recently the other has become loose. There is a persistent rattle under acceleration in the drivers side dash that I actually had the dealer investigate, of course they found nothing.

        My car must have been built by the same people as your father’s as I agree with his symptoms completely. Heated seats great, ventilated pointless.

        I agree with the brake dust comment, but its a trade off I’m willing to make for the performance.

        Still love the car, in the scheme of things these are minor. I expect tradeoffs to buy something without direct competition.

        • 0 avatar
          Hummer

          I’ll check those things on his car but so far mine is tight as can be.

          Eventually I’ll probably take mine in for the heated seats as I don’t think they get hot enough and they certainly don’t get hot fast enough.

          24k miles so far…

  • avatar
    ponchoman49

    2017 Impala LT rear visibility is poor and thank god it has a rearview camera. Stop/start is a little annoying but GM overall did a good job making it pretty smooth and unobtrusive.

  • avatar
    Ryoku75

    2001 Ford Crown Vic (oldest car here so far)

    1. Fords legendary reptilian skin-based white paint that cracks and peels easily. My biggest issue though is my poor paint repairs, theres a few spots where the textures off that I need to buff up a bit.

    2. Steering thats a bit light for my liking on the highway, and yet detached. This is a cop car too, not a granny model.

    3. Sometimes the LSD can make wet driving interesting. Ive had my share of unintended drifts.

    4. Worst annoyance with the car is the floor rust where my feet go, there is a small hole over the cat. Before I got the car the heat sheild broke off and both the heat from the cat and Midwest salt have done their thing.

  • avatar
    MiataReallyIsTheAnswer

    All my Miatas-

    No tilt wheel

  • avatar
    Mojohand2

    After some of these serious issues disclosed above, this is going to sound seriously trivial, but here it is: Honda wouldn’t spend the pennies, literally pennys, it would have taken to install a mini jack to connect phones, etc on by 2018 Accord. Bluetooth only, **** you. I’d trade the useless ‘lane-keeping’ function, and throw in the sunroof I use three days a year, for a mini jack. Otherwise, the 2.0 liter Accord is a brilliant automobile.

  • avatar
    cicero1

    2015 Infiniti Q50 Premium lacks memory seat setting and the air/heating controls are not lit at night.

    • 0 avatar
      cbrworm

      I don’t know the trim levels hierarchy, but both of those seem like they should be standard features on that car. At least the controls should be illuminated. What killed me with infiniti was having to pay extra to get bluetooth audio streaming while the bluetooth phone connection was standard.

    • 0 avatar
      Scoutdude

      While one would think that being the “Premium” model memory seat would be included. The HVAC controls not being lit just doesn’t seem right at any price point in 2015. It makes me wonder if it is supposed to be that way or if there is a problem with your particular car and they are supposed to be lit up. Or is this some sort of dark mode setting that can be changed deep in some rarely used menu?

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    I like my Escape, sorry :(

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    2019 Hyundai Ioniq EV:
    Randomly (every few days or weeks), the drive control settings will revert to default. This affects the regen setting and climate control efficiency. It’s easy to reset, but annoying. There may be an ECU update for this.

    2013 Kia Optima Hybrid:
    On a cold engine, the EV clutch engagement and upshifts are very abrupt. Also, the throttle response can be dangerously and unpredictably slow in some settings, allowing traffic to run right up your tail while the throttle negotiates with the engine about speeding up. This is a hybrid-only thing that was not apparent in the test drive.

  • avatar
    dwford

    Giving me an opportunity to complain about my 2017 Cruze? Is it Christmas?

    Here’s some gripes:

    The power seat has no lumbar adjustment at all.
    The windshield doesn’t have the tint strip across the top
    The sun visors are too small and do not telescope
    There is no off button for the start/stop system (you have to put the car in low and tap the + up to L6 to defeat it
    You can’t open the trunk unless the car is in park
    It has several electrical gremlins that periodically cause the car to lose the connection to the tire pressure sensors, lose touch with the key fob, fail to properly answer a call on bluetooth (which locks up the whole head unit – all of which can only be cured by shutting the car off and walking away for a few minutes.
    But the biggest one is a regular engine misfire which causes sluggish acceleration, bucking at highway speeds, and an occasional blinking check engine light with “check Stabilitrak” warning. My local dealer has no interest in these issues and charged me to swap out a coil pack, which did nothing.
    Oh, and why does a $20k car require $50 oil changes??

    • 0 avatar
      MiataReallyIsTheAnswer

      You reminded me of my one gripe with our Volt – that it must be in Park to open the hatch. I am an adult who paid you adult money for the car, if the doors are unlocked LET ME OPEN THE DAMN TRUNK, I don’t need a nanny.

      (this comes into play when for example wife is behind the wheel and I have gotten out and want to open the hatch)

    • 0 avatar
      ravenuer

      dwford, Sounds like it’s time to trade this puppy in……

  • avatar
    Blackcloud_9

    2017 La Crosse – Two complaints
    1) The center console has started to creak a bit while driving and this only happens when the interior is warm from the sun. Bought the car in February
    2) The 8-speed transmission seems to take a second to decide what gear to kick down to when I want to pass. It seems to be smoothing out a bit, could be the trans logic is learning how I like to drive

  • avatar
    dividebytube

    2014 Mustang “Premium” V6 manual with Ruby Metallic paint and leather seats:

    The stock 2.73 gears aren’t the best for down low power; especially with a V6 that takes revs to make power. Looking to replace ’em with 3.31s (a Ford option) or aftermarket 3.55s.

    Related to the 2.73 gears – 6th gear is near useless at highway speeds. Car has a hard time maintaining speed on some hills, and being at the bottom of the power curve means a downshift is required for quick passing.

    There have been some complaints about the manual transmissions in these cars but I find the unit quite good. Not BMW or MINI level, but still easy to operate. However the vibration through the two-piece driveshaft is – well – odd.

    Bluetooth connectivity is wonky on Sync 2.

    Exhaust noise/drone at highway speeds; but heavenly around the city with a lot of crackle.

    Seats start off comfortable but a two hour+ drive and my back starts to hurt.

    Interior is okay – not even my old BMW E46 level – but seemingly rugged. The leather seats are nice; but nothing special. I wish the door interior pieces were of a little higher quality.

    A little more rear legroom would be nice for my wife but she hasn’t complained – too much – when she has to sit in the back.

    Other than those niggles I’ve been quite happy with the car. It was near flawless when I bought it with 26k miles on the clock.

  • avatar
    dividebytube

    Oh I forgot the steering/handling. Coming from a BMW and then a MINI; the Mustang (without the Performance pack) reminds me of a … wait for it… Grand Marquis. The electric steering is a little dead feeling without the “wired to your body” feeling I got with BMW.

    And the rear visibility in the Mustang is pretty wretched.

  • avatar
    TheDutchGun

    2017 Focus ST.

    Hideous exhaust. Easy fix, but haven’t done it yet.

    Same size winters required due to the front brakes. Pricey, but minor annoyance that I wasn’t previously aware of.

  • avatar
    cbrworm

    My only real complaint with my FX45 is cold engine piston slap. It has done it forever, and at nearly 200K miles, I can’t say it has hurt durability, but it sounds like a diesel with a light rod knock every morning and fades to just a light tapping during regular driving. If I am towing a trailer on the highway and then stop, it sounds like a perfectly silent sewing machine.

    It is never audible inside the car, but from the outside, it sounds like crap (to me). Luckily, with the proliferation of direct injected engines, mine is less noticeable.

    Otherwise, I have no real complaints. Wait – there is one more. The adaptive cruise control will sometimes hit the brakes if I am passing a tractor trailer with the reflective red and white tape on the lower back push bar thing.

  • avatar
    deanst

    My Saturn Astra’s clock loses about 1 minute every other week, which wouldn’t be a problem if there was one simple button to advance the clock – like on my Mazda. On the Saturn you must go through a 5 step process to access this menu using buttons such as “SCN” and “BC” which might make sense to some German engineer somewhere. The worst part is you must complete all the steps quickly, or it reverts back to the main menu. Thus when I try to fix it every other month, I must drag out the manual, memorize the steps, and hopefully do it all correctly.

  • avatar
    onyxtape

    My engine start-stop. It runs pretty rough when the car hasn’t been driven quite long enough (though the computer thinks it has). After 15-20 min, then it’s quite nice and I don’t mind it. At least there’s an easy non-digital button to disable it right on the center console.

  • avatar
    lastwgn

    Finally thought of two. 2013 MX-5 PRHT. Trunk light is manually operated. It does not pop on when the trunk lid is opened. Most likely saved a few milligrams in weight to not run a wire to the trunk lid latch? Sun visors do not push forward far enough to block sun but also not block my line of vision. They basically pull down to a vertical position and block my forward vision, so they are effectively useless. Other than that, after 12 months and 14,000 miles as a daily driver through a long Minnesota winter, not a single complaint.

  • avatar
    JMII

    2014 Corvette Stingray Z51

    – GM/Bose audio system has this auto-EQ feature that boosts bass at low volumes then cuts it at higher volume in attempts to keep the speakers from distorting. The result is the sound tone balance is constantly changing. Terrible audio system given the price of the car. Channel presets are difficult to set and you get no station icons for SiriusXM. Wife’s 2014 Infiniti Q60 has no such issues.
    – Can’t turn off or adjust the sensitivity of the automatic lights and they come on if you drive under a cloud it seems. This causes the digital dash to dim to the point where you can’t read it.
    – Steering column too low, my knees brush it and I am only 6 foot, I have no idea how bigger guys fit in this car.
    – There should be some kind of built in storage behind the front seats like my 350Z had. The front tie downs for the factory cargo net are just out of reach.
    – First and reverse are sometimes difficult to engage making look like some kind of 3 pedal newbie.
    – OEM run-flats resulted in a harsh, loud ride. Thankfully this is an easy fix with replacement tires.
    – Too fun to drive causing me to the take the long way home and use too much gas ;)

    • 0 avatar
      Carfan94

      Ha, my Lexus has the opposite problem with the automatic headlights. It has to be nightime before they come on. Fortunately, this can be adjusted with Toyota techstream. Are you sure their not adjustable on your Corvette?

    • 0 avatar
      golden2husky

      JMII:

      I agree with every point (especially the auto lights) except for the steering wheel. I am 6’2 and it is not an issue for me. I don’t have the gear issues either. I’ll add to the list: gas cap that is electrically tied to the door handle (?????) and the a/c condensate drips on the hot exhaust – most annoying when parked in the garage. Mine is a ’14 Z51 3LT vert…manual of course. And I love getting on it!

  • avatar
    tylanner

    100% driver seat ergonomics….

    I’m only 6ft 2in but it is nearly impossible to get the seat, wheel and pedals to fit comfortably…

  • avatar
    Maymar

    2014 Mazda2 – I could complain about the road noise (which I’m noticing now far more than when I bought it new), or that a rear-facing car seat renders it a 3-seater (but that’s as much an issue with the size of car seats, I guess), but those are relatively trivial.

    However, it has a really lumpy powerband, and is essentially gutless below 3000rpm (it’s no where near powerful above that point, but it’s certainly adequate for keeping up with traffic). I have to rev the snot out of it at stop and go speeds (probably not great for the clutch), and it’s not easy to drive smoothly as such.

  • avatar
    tankinbeans

    2017 Mazda6 Touring 6MT.

    The infotainment is slower than a bucketful of molasses going uphill in January to boot up. The power seat doesn’t have a tilt function and the lumbar support loses its setting quickly, having to be readjusted frequently.

  • avatar
    bullnuke

    A few things on my current fleet irked me for a short time but nothing really critical that bothers me:

    1999 Ford F350 7.3L – Disc brake calipers that only lasted 240k to 276k miles before locking up and failing to retract; brake dust shields that rotted away after only 274k miles – Ford parts won’t sell me just the parts I need but the entire brake-hub assembly so I went to Mr. RockAuto; OEM starter (by Mitsubishi) which failed at 230k miles; large profile and white color which seems to readily attract drivers (drunks and elderly) to collide with it on the driver’s side around the rear door The drunk was asked why he didn’t see it – he replied, “Blphh grpld gudry blumple”. The elderly guy was similarly asked and replied, “I just didn’t know what I was seeing a quarter mile down the road – the flashing warning flashers confused me.”.

    2011 Subaru Outback w/CVT – rear wheel bearing at 141k miles. GRRRR!

    2014 Subaru Outback w/6MT – free short block replacement at 18k miles by Subaru to correct .5 qt/1200 miles of 0W20 synthetic oil usage. Did get a nice new Legacy to drive during the day they replaced it so there’s that. All okay now at 42k miles.

  • avatar
    Cactuar

    I have a few pet peeves with my 92 BMW 7 series:

    No cup holders. At all. Really BMW?

    The stupid radio code. It’s especially annoying when you do your own wrenching and you disconnect the battery often, requiring to re-enter the code every time.

    Engine/oil fumes entering the fresh air inlet. There was a foam padding on the hood liner made to seal the fresh air inlet from the rest of the engine compartment. Over time the foam disintegrates and no longer seals. It means you get a nice scent of engine oil in the car when using fan at any speed. How luxurious!

  • avatar
    oldowl

    2010 Prius (IV)
    Dashboard gauges are unreadable in daylight if sunlight is from overhead or behind.

  • avatar
    Carfan94

    2007 Lexus RX 350

    It has 177,000 miles

    -FWD with the 2GR-FE so anything more than the slightest throttle input induces massive wheelspin on moist pavement.

    -Steering cant keep its alignment for more than a few months. Of course Memphis roads are pretty bad. Some manhole covers are like potholes!

    -Wish the seat went lower I’m 6’4 and my head is about an inch to 2 inches from the sunroof housing.

    -Rolls back on inclines in drive, It does this even worse in reverse.

    -Speeds down hills when coasting, I have to use my brakes.

    -Creaks and rattles! for a company known for making cars that still feel tightly screwed together over the long term this one really surprises me.
    The back seat which slides on tracks rattles now when going over bumps. This is pretty recent and not loud, but very irritating. Sometimes the driver’s door rattles in cold weather. And both front door armrests squeak loudly when elbows are rested opon them. I am going to takes the doors apart and see If I can solve these.

    – The dashboard was replaced two years ago for free, Because it was sticky and shiny. The new dashboard rattles like crazy in the cold weather. It’s terrible and colder it is the louder it rattles. Fortunately, it does not do this in the winter. I thought about sticking some felt in between the windshield.

    -The front of the hood has many rock chips. It looks quite bad up close, I know other people have complained about this on other japanese cars. It was like this when I got it.

    -The remote key has a very short range. It may need a new battery though.

  • avatar
    Alfisti

    2008 Saab 9-3 Wagon

    – The hatch locks itself, this alone just drives me insane
    – The hatch is a right SOB to open even when unlocked
    – The button on the fob to open the hatch is a nightmare to use
    – Arm rest slides fore and aft, confusing passengers to no end
    – Washer nozzels break if i run short of fluid
    – XM/Sirious radio embeds itself in the presets, cannot stand working around them
    – Radio reception is poor

    Not too bad a list, other than a bad batch of valves the car has been pretty solid for over 8 years TBH, especially for the insane price i paid.

  • avatar
    NTGD

    2008 Chevrolet Malibu

    Plastic at B pillar in the interior tapers making a nice hard corner right above my hip line. With the seat adjusted for my height I slam into it almost every time I got in the car at first. On the plus its my wife’s car so I don’t drive it often, but that used to be negative. I barely drove it so I always forgot about when I did drive it! I just stopped adjusting the seat and squeezed in at my wife’s seating position (she is a foot shorter) because that thing hurt!

  • avatar
    Car Ramrod

    2002 BMW M5-
    The door panels trap water. I’ve taken them apart more than once, can’t figure pout how to make them drain. “They all do that”, I’m told.

    2017 Volvo XC90-
    – The weird sounds the motor makes. Most of it can’t be heard from inside, thankfully.
    – The drive mode (suspension/throttle/air suspension settings) has to be changed to disable auto start/stop. This can’t be done at startup, as the computer takes 5-10 seconds to be ready.
    – The false alarm “crash imminent” can has scared the hell out of my wife at least 3x.

  • avatar
    iNeon

    Half-automatic headlamps.

    2018 Compass 4×4 6-speed.

    The manual headlamps use an ambient light sensor to run the screens at day/night brightness levels. Its f’n stupid.

  • avatar
    navdoc3175

    2014 Chevrolet Camaro LS2

    Bluetooth sucks, you still have to use your phone because the system doesn’t recognize who your trying to call so I just do it on my phone.

    Low roof, so I have to sit down with legs out and pivot in while I bend my head down and then rotate my whole body in. Then reverse to get out, but my legs, ankles and hips hurt from riding in it, so I have to really brace myself while getting out, 15 years of military service I hurt on long rides.

    The suspension, its like riding in a earthquake it bounces over every single bump in the road and it only has 33k on the car, huge oversteer and sometimes it doesn’t turn into the curb like other sportscars I have driven. it doesn’t hug the curb it truly scares me sometimes.

    Trying to see other cars in the blind spots and the mirrors are so tiny they don’t really do much good.

    The non-exist back seat.

    The car was fun for the first year of ownership, but as I get into my fourth year with it, I hate it. I walk out of my house hoping it has caught on fire, been stolen or the tree in my front yard has crushed it!! I usually take pride in my car and washing it every weekend was fun, I haven’t washed the Camaro in almost a year.

  • avatar
    Dan

    2016 F-150. Stop start. Our summers are 95 degree soup. Add 50 more degrees to that while in the car due to greenhouse effect. This feature turned off the A/C, and turned the fans down to the lowest setting, at every single stop. Immediate symptom of sweat rolling down your forehead into your eyeballs. The button to turn it off lasted for one trip, whereupon it was on again with a fresh reminder in your eyeballs at the next stop. Fixed this by taking the dash apart and jumping the wires behind the button. Failing this fix I would have fixed it by trading it on a different truck.

    Distant runner up, now that that’s fixed. The flat rear load floor. This was achieved by filling in the footwells on the sides of the axle hump up to hump level. Which is about an inch higher than the door sills. Result: anything that you have loose back there will roll around until it finds the dip next to the door, which will then hold it in place until you open the door whereupon it will fall on the ground and break.

    • 0 avatar
      MiataReallyIsTheAnswer

      I drive the same truck often at work (2.7L) and even though it is not my personal DD, it’s still habit for me to poke the stop/start button at every single startup. Second nature by now. No big deal, similar to other vehicles where you push “Sport” right after you start it up…

  • avatar
    4drSedan

    2017 Accord Sport (sedan) with 6 Speed Manual

    OY! Where to begin?
    – Headrest forces chin-on-chest driving position
    – Seat bottoms presumably made of concrete, cut off circulation to legs after 20 min.
    – Clutch pedal looooong travel, either sit uncomfortably close to fully depress pedal or use my tippy-toe to get the clutch all the way to the floor
    – seat belt buckle digs into my hip
    – Door armrest too narrow / steering wheel too small to rest my elbow on the door armrest while gripping the wheel, it’s one or the other. If I grip the wheel my elbow just ‘hovers’ in space
    – Small steering wheel / huge tach-speedo. When the wheel is low enough to be comfortable, I can’t see the top 1/3 of the speedo
    – Shifter travel is way too long and it’s canted to the passenger side (to serve the JPN domestic market right hand drive?)
    – Footwell way to small for my size 13s
    – Stereo absolutely sucks, equalizer cuts out bass at listening volume
    – 19″ wheels and low-pro tires make it ride like a buckboard
    – Paint chips, Paint chips, and more Paint chips

  • avatar
    Dale Houston

    2016 Mazda 6 GT with an i-eLoop.

    The infotainment system is slow and doesn’t support Carplay without new hardware.

    The TPMS doesn’t tell me which tire is low. Just that some tire is low.

    Can be noisy.,

    Otherwise I like it a lot.

  • avatar
    bogardus

    2016 BRZ Limited 6MT

    – There is no instrument-cluster indicator for the headlights. The only way to know if they are on or not if they’re set to automatic is to look at whether the gauge illumination has come on, but this can be tough to tell in certain lighting conditions. When I got the car, I thought there was a headlight indicator, but it turned out to be the indicator for the foglights (which will only go on when the headlights are on). Someone at the dealer had switched them on, so for the first week or so I was that idiot driving around with his foglights on for no reason.

    – No OEM provision for a front license plate without drilling holes in the bumper–hence why the towhook plate mounts are so popular.

    – I find the window controls to be almost out of reach without leaning forward, but I also tend to drive with the seat slid as far back as possible.

    – As with many other cars, the stock radio (non-nav unit) is buggy and slow. But at least I have an aux-in port.

    – I really wish that 6th gear were a bit lower. 6th is basically unusable below 50mph, so I never really shift into it except to cruise on the highway. But if you’re cruising at freeway speeds, the engine is turning at 3000+ rpm, making it unpleasantly loud for an extended highway trip (and using more fuel than really necessary). I never shift into 6th till I’m done accelerating anyway, so it would be no loss to me if 6th weren’t useable till 60 or 65mph, and it would make highway trips much more bearable.

    • 0 avatar
      bogardus

      Oh, I almost forgot.

      – The analog speedometer is very oddly oriented (0mph is around 5’o’clock, with 60mph around 8’o’clock, and 150mph or whatever the top or the range is around 11’o’clock. Mainly due to this I just look at the digital readout embedded in the tach.

      – The well-known lack of any stock center armrest.

      – The noise-enhancer tube–a large plastic tube connecting the air intake to a hole in the passenger footwell, seems stupid for a car selling itself as a lightweight, bare bones sports car. Particularly silly for a car known for it’s uninspiring engine note. I, like many owners, have plugged the inner hole to make it quieter, making the huge plastic sound tube total waste of space and weight.

  • avatar
    Robotdawn

    After 101 posts someone probably said this, but I own a LT Cruze and if you use the dash dimmer to the left by where you would turn on/off the lights if someone hadn’t invented auto 20 years ago, it dims your console screen too.
    I use it all the time at night. I don’t know how anyone sees anything with that big bright screen in the middle of the car on full at night.
    And again, I own an LT trim, but I couldn’t disagree more on the fit and finish compared to the first generation (which admittedly was an LS). Just about every single thing about this car is just a bit better than the 1st Gen. It’s almost like GM engineers finally give a crap about design now, not just powertrain.

    • 0 avatar
      kscott

      A few months ago I rented a Cruze, and as I recall, the night-time brightness problem with the center screen happened when you shifted the auto trans too fast. What seemed like was happening was that if you pass through reverse too quickly (e.g. quickly go from Park to Drive), it leaves the screen at max brightness from then on. But if you pause in reverse, it goes to max brightness, for the back-up camera display. Then when you shift out of reverse, it goes back to normal night-time brightness and follows the instrument-panel dimmer. Apparently, if you pass through reverse too quickly, the screen gets the message to go to full brightness, but misses the message afterward to go back to normal brightness.

  • avatar
    Goatshadow

    2013 Jeep JKUR:
    – Uconnect is bad, very bad. Bad at organizing and finding your music on the HDD, bad and glitchy at playing music through Bluetooth. Phone calls can’t hear each other on either end. Going to scrap the whole thing for a Carplay unit soon.
    – 1st gear is frequently very difficult to get into.
    – Reverse gear is becoming slippery, the engagement teeth are known to wear down on this transmission.

    Other than that I love everything about it.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    2007 BMW 328i wagon.

    – I need to replace the power steering reservoir cap gasket as it’s leaking ps fluid all over the place, including on the exhaust manifold and smells terrible. Could be the reservoir itself might be leaking. BMW plastics suck.

    – general squeaks and rattles from the roof/hatch

    – the quality of plastics is really bad on the door handles, center stack and back seat. It’s peeling off. Nasty.

  • avatar
    downunder

    Fiat Freemont Base nee Dodge Journey SE. Has dual zone climate control, 7 seats, storage bins, folding mirrors but the thing that bugs me in a vehicle of this size is that they fitted an electrochromatic mirror but not a reversing camera!
    even the uconnect 4.3 should have been able to receive a video feed. I would gladly swap the mirror for the camera.

  • avatar
    Dave M.

    2013 Subaru Outback.
    1. The phone connect screen comes on perfectly when you’re trying to back out of a parking space.
    2. A tire is low. Which tire? It’s not rocket science to tell me which tire.
    3. No ventilated seats available. If a $25k Hyundai can offer them, surely a $35k Subaru can.

  • avatar
    Veeg

    2016 Kia Soul 2.0.

    Really touchy throttle, not fast by any stretch but has the same overly aggressive throttle response as an 80s GM so you think it’s zippy. Makes it kind of tough to pull away with any sort of smoothness.

    That’s really it. Expected to like it a lot less than I have.

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    islander800

    I love my 2010 Honda Fit, with a few cheapo, crappy exceptions:
    -the seats are about as unsupportive and cheap (rat fuzz upholstery)as you can get. Not an issue around town, where it’s mainly used, but a big comfort issue on the occasional highway trips;
    -the so-called “carpets” are an embarrassing joke with maybe ten “piles” per square inch with lots of empty backing showing through.

    An otherwise fine subcompact is almost ruined by ruthless cost-cutting on stuff you see and feel every time you drive the car – the human interfaces. I understand the market bracket it’s in, but it would have cost Honda all of maybe $100 bucks to put in proper seats and make these surfaces acceptable.

    My 2004 Honda Element, on the other hand, has fantastic seats (with the best rear seats I’ve experienced) and it’s a great highway cruiser. With about 60k miles on the clock (!) and living its entire life on the West Coast since we bought it new , with proper maintenance (replacing all coolant/brake/transaxle/rear differential fluids every six years, hoses, belts, etc.) it still drives and feels like a practically new vehicle. I wouldn’t hesitate to drive it across the continent. There’s no reason it shouldn’t last another 15 years.

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      bogardus

      We also have a 2010 Fit (Sport A/T), which is primarily driven by my wife. Overall, I think it’s a masterpiece of practical design and, despite being pretty slow, fun to take down a country road. A few minor annoyances though:

      – The gas tank is ridiculously small, and, since highway fuel economy isn’t actually that impressive, it cruising range is very low, around 300 miles. On a long road trip it feels like you are constantly stopping for gas.

      – Took it in for airbag recall at around 125K, and the service manager noted that both foglights lenses were cracked. I asked how much it would be to fix and he explained that (a) the lenses alone can’t be replaced as they’re integral to the foglight units and (b) an OEM foglight unit costs ~$650. So fixing cracked foglight lenses would cost $1300 before any labor costs–almost certainly more than half the car’s value. It’s the only time I’ve ever heard a service manager advise against a repair as too expensive.

      – The front overhang is very long and low, and it scrapes and bangs on all sorts of driveways and bumps that other cars (including my BRZ) handle without issue. Would be nice if they could improve the angle of attack, and my impression is the newest generation of Fit has addressed this to some extent.

      That’s pretty much all I can come up with. Otherwise a great car. Does whatever is asked of it, good chasis, reliable, huge furniture fits into it, it fits into tiny parking spaces, every control is right where it should be.

  • avatar
    volvo

    1995 Toyota Avalon

    Only one speed intermittent wiper (about once every 5s) and pulling the stalk towards you does not trigger the washer but gives one swipe of the wiper.

    Foot pedal to engage the parking brake. Not good on steep SF hills.

    Maybe the Buick they tore down when creating the Avalon from the Camry had a similar wiper and parking brake setup. :)

    Otherwise rock solid body, interior and drivetrain at 24 years of service.

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    SV

    2018 VW Golf GTI, 2 annoyances:

    1) The USB port is recessed in a storage bin below the A/C controls, behind the shifter. It’s hard to reach if I want to plug in my phone in order to use CarPlay. Not a big deal, already read about it in several reviews before I bought the car.
    2) The sunroof shade doesn’t close all the way, so it always lets a bit of sunlight in. Would it have been so hard to give the shade something to latch onto so it stays in place?

  • avatar
    STS_Endeavour

    2005 Mercury Grand Marquis

    Paint. My car thinks it’s a stripper. I should buy it a pole.

  • avatar
    HarvardLlama

    2018 Maserati Quattroporte S Q4

    Things that annoy me:

    – it’s absolutely too raucous at cold startup. there needs to be a “quiet” mode for certain situations
    – people assume I’m a badge snob. I’m actually a race car (Formula 3) instructor and former Ferrari mechanic
    – people try to race me. I didn’t buy this car for speed, I bought it for the Ferrari-built (in Modena) engine.

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    MKizzy

    2015 Sonata Eco. My experience has been mostly great. Hyundai once had a single terrible $4500 option package for this trim which probably drove most of its prospective buyers to the more customizable sport model. In five years of ownership, I can’t go around a corner without seeing a Sonata Sport while I’ve seen barely a dozen Ecos on the road and none with that option package (Identified by their chrome door handles}.

    I’ve had a few minor gripes. The OEM tires were garbage but thankfully wore off quickly and both handling and quietness improved with aftermarket rubber.

    Low speed throttle response with the DCT is slow and wobbly in parking lots but I find that makes it very easy to drive on side streets and the DCT more than makes up for it at speed with lightning quick responses.

    The 1.6T sounds great and is nice and quick…except when it isn’t, which is usually at the top of of long cloverleaf on ramps.

    The sound system leaves something to be desired but is acceptable since I’m not that much of an audiophile and the 5-inch touchscreen is easy to use except its a pain to change audio settings.

    Cornering lamps are sorely needed (don’t know why they’re so rare now) for this car because the low beams have a narrow spread and it’s hard to see around corners.

    I’m sure they’ll be other stuff, but so far so good.

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    ptschett

    2015 Challenger:
    -no built-in coin holder (my 2010 had one). What’m I supposed to do with the cash back from drive-thrus?
    -no limited-slip diff
    -the blind-spot radars get confused by tall grass in the ditch

    2017 Ram 1500:
    -coin holder doesn’t have a penny section (just dimes, quarters, nickels)
    -sometimes you can throw The Knob in park and be trying to shut off the ignition and remove the key, faster than The Knob tells the switch it can go to lock (rarely)
    -the OEM tires stink (the Challenger’s were actually pretty great… Goodyears in both cases)

  • avatar
    TheBlueSoap

    2013 Nissan Juke SL AWD

    Only one dome light, and it is by the rear view mirror. Open the rear doors at night and it is really dark back there.

    The cargo area light is useless, it is in the passenger side damn near to the cargo floor.

    The door arm rests fabrics are pitifully thin, no cushioning whatsoever.

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    krhodes1

    My only complaint about my ’17 VW GTI Sport is that VW won’t sell me one in the longroof body. Other than that, it is perfect, and I don’t miss the extra space THAT often. My ’11 BMW 328! unicorn wagon is MORE perfect, but for 2X the price 8 years ago it isn’t nearly as good a value proposition.

    I have a few gripes about my ’18 Fiat 124 Spider though. The seats SUCK, as only the Japanese seem able to accomplish. It irrationally annoys me that the infotainment screen is not aimed even a single degree towards the driver. They really could have built it just a TINY bit bigger in the cockpit for we full-size Americans who actually buy them. From the factory, it was too quiet, but an AutoRicambi exhaust fixed that for short money. Now it sounds just like a 500 Abarth. Which is how a hot little roadster should sound!

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    kyjosu

    2017 Golf TSI SE. First thing is the original owner lived in San Francisco, so it came with some minor dents and dings, a chip in the windshield, and a (not very well done) refinished hood, though it had only gone 6,000 miles in its first year. Second thing is the auto transmission has somewhat jumpy shifting back and forth between 1st and 2nd gears in stop-and-go traffic—though I think I can mitigate this by adjusting my throttle input. Third thing is the power seats are only powered for reclining, while all other adjustments are manual … which, why? The rest are nit picky things: the mesh sunroof cover doesn’t completely blot out light from above (though it does a good job on the whole); turning the radio volume dial causes the I/O symbol to rotate (a pet peeve for a surprising number of internet reviewers); there are some plastic inserts in the center console for options I don’t have; the side mirrors are adjusted and heated via a somewhat awkward knob; the front door pockets are lined with fabric (a surprisingly nice touch), but only on the sides you can see from your seat. Oh, and it isn’t a GTI. Ha! But it’s really a great little car. I truly enjoy driving it.

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    2018 Mazda 3 hatch here and my gripes are minor:

    – The delayed power accessory is a joke. Only the driver’s window works on it and if you engage the window auto-up and shut the car off before it’s done, it stops and you have to hold it the rest of the way. Forgot any other window or the sunroof? You’re turning the car back on.

    – Sunroof has auto open and auto tilt but you have to hold the switch to close. So. Frigging. Dumb. And especially annoying in city traffic with a manual transmission.

    – The automatic climate control will not allow you to turn the system off and keep air directed at the windshield. It jumps to any of the other four blend settings, seemingly at random.

    – The carpet is shockingly cheap for a company that markets itself as “premium”.

    – Automatic high beams will pick up on taillights four states away but on numerous occasions has decided to blind an oncoming car maybe 200 feet in front of me. Most of the time the system is brilliant but occasionally it just goes full Simple Jack on me with no warning.

    Other than this, I love the car. Wouldn’t trade it for anything else in this price bracket on the road today.

  • avatar
    teddyc73

    “dicking around” That’s a sign of a real professionally written website right there folks.

  • avatar
    z9

    2017 Audi A3 e-tron:

    Transmission “S” mode is incredibly fun, combining gas and electric power for instant and smooth acceleration along with a fun “manual” feeling regeneration when you lift up the accelerator pedal. Neither of these happen in the standard boring “D” mode. But “S” ends up charging the battery slightly over time despite advertising itself as “holding” the battery charge. Thus one ends up feeling like MPGs suffer for fun more than they have to, and what’s worse, to re-engage battery-only driving involves pushing a button unrelated to the transmission three times, but not too fast, otherwise the button pushes are ignored. Then once using the battery the car becomes annoyingly slow and unresponsive, and the regeneration feature disappears. I realize hybrids are probably not long for this world (certainly this one isn’t as Audi has stopped selling it in the US) but this car hinted at the unfulfilled promise of hybrid technology. Supposedly the BMW i8 has this all figured out but that’s not really in anyone’s price range. And it’s just a software problem.

  • avatar
    kneasles

    2017 Honda Accord E-XL.
    Door checks are not strong enough. When I park on even a gentle slope, I have to work at keeping the door open.

    No memory for power mirrors. I foolishly assumed that paying extra for power seats with memory would translate to memory for the power mirrors.

    Front seat headrests. Previous poster mentioned they force your head too far forward. Well that doesn’t bother me but it bothers the other driver who either removes(!) it or turns it around.

    Emergency braking system. Too many false alarms!

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    jimbo1126

    2018 Audi A5:

    – The seats are leather, barely. It’s the most un-leatherlike leather I’ve ever seen. Go big or go vinyl.

    – Hard plastics on the door scratch every time I put on my seatbelt. (Not a fan of the little electric thingy that brings them to you either.)

    – Virtual cockpit is a gimmick rather than something truly useful.

    Still wouldn’t trade it for the world.

  • avatar
    nrd515

    2018 Dodge Challenger R/T Scatpack 6.4L 8 Speed Automatic.

    First, I love this car, it just amuses the shit out of me every time I drive it, but it does have a couple of things that annoy me.

    Stupid bottle holder in the door panels. It hit my left leg about 2-3″ below my kneecap. The edge of it sliced through my pant leg in less than 3 days. I did what my friends did in their ’15 and up Challengers without me knowing about it, took a heat gun and flattened it. BONUS!! It holds the bottle tighter, and it didn’t cut my pants anymore. I did take some pipe foam and stuck into the holder with the bottle. I have a callus on my leg now, but I still wish it was totally gone. Hint to FCA, next gen Challenger, put a slot there and IF you want a bottle holder, you can buy one to put in. If you have a Challenger and have no idea why the bottle holder would bother me, you’re just lucky to be the right height.

    The Harmon-Kardon stereo is disappointing. Bass is pretty much perfect, but something is wrong with the mids and highs. And yes, it has all the updates and sounds EXACTLY like a friend’s ’17 Challenger’s does, and a couple of others I’ve listened to, including a ’19. He isn’t happy with it either. I’m fighting the urge to take it to the car stereo place and have them replace the dash speakers with the JL ones I had in my ’10 Challenger, if they fit, if not there are some Infinity’s that definitely do fit. I think I’m going to lose to that urge. My old car’s stereo has lousy floppy bass, but the basic sound of it, with the swapped speakers, was pretty great. It also seems to lose the phone pairing once in a while, maybe it’s updated itself?? It happened yesterday, as I discovered when I tried to make a call..

    Seat belt can’t be adjusted for height, and it rubs my neck, requiring me to buy some slip on soft cushion things on Ebay to keep myself comfortable.

    Would I buy it again? Oh hell yes.


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