By John Simpson 12 July 2011
Dubbed ‘The Monster Mk1’, this hideousness would be sure to cause you plenty of headaches if it featured in your fleet, konking out every other month with annual repair costs of £2,050.
With a reliability index in excess of 500 – five times the average car – this dismal drive features the engine of an MG TF, the gearbox of a Land Rover Freelander, the suspension of a BMW M3, an Audi A8’s brakes, the steering of a Volvo C70, the electrics of a Renault Megane, a SEAT Alhambra’s air-con and the heating/cooling system of a SEAT Toledo.
The ghastly car-eature was assembled by Warranty Direct to illustrate how an otherwise perfectly reliable vehicle can gain a bad reputation because of a single weak component.
Duncan McClure Fisher, Warranty Direct MD, said: “The Monster Mk1 represents the worst-performing vehicles in every sector, from suspension to electrics, on our roads today.
“The wide range of cars included in our special blend highlights how mostly reliable cars can be dragged down by one problem part.”
The company drew on its 50,000-strong database of live policies on cars aged five years on average to create the car.
Almost four in ten BMW M3s need axle or suspension repairs a year, with the same number of Meganes suffer an electrical fault.
20% of Audi A8s call for brake repairs, the same proportion of Land Rover Freelanders that experience gearbox gremlins.
Nearly 25% of MG TF engine will require garage attention while one in eight SEAT Alhambra models need their air-con seeing to every year.
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