If Dr Frankenstein had given up creating creatures and turned his hand to cars, the results of his endeavours have been revealed and given the name of ‘Monster MK1’. This beast has been inspired by Warranty Direct, and as well as breaking down every other month it would reward its owners with an annual repair bill of £2,050.
Warranty Direct have united all the worst profiles from across the various categories that go into making up is unique Reliability Index (www.reliabilityindex.com). This tool; measures the reliability of cars by taking into consideration the average repair costs, frequency of failure, and the mileage and age of the vehicle. By putting all the worst bits together Warranty Direct reckon they have come up with a car that really is the stuff that nightmares are made of.
This cocktail of disastrous cars is powered by an MG TF Engine, has the suspension of a BMW M3, suffers from the electrics of a Renault Megane, the gearbox comes from a Land Rover Freelander and the inferior braking ability of an Audi A8. The monster Mk1 overall has a Reliability Index Figure of well over 500, more than 5 times the score of an average car.
The ‘body parts’ of the ‘Nightmare MK1’
|Make and Model||Car part|
|Land Rover Freelander||Gearbox|
|SEAT Toledo||Heating & Cooling systems|
|Volvo C70||Steering system|
The Reliability index shows that 4/10 cars need a trip to garage every year and some models cost up to £7,000 a time to repair. The MD of Warranty Direct, Duncan McClure has said that the Monster MK1 is a representative of the worst performing cars over all sectors that are on our roads today. This includes everything from electrics to suspensions.
He added that the wide range of vehicles included in their evil hybrid highlights how cars that are mainly reliable can be dragged down and their performances affected by one part that proves to be problematic. Take the BMW M3 for example, the components in their suspensions and axles require repairs on a yearly basis, while the same amount of Renault Megane’s suffer electrical problems.
One in five Land Rover Freelanders suffer transmission glitches each year and the same number of Audi A8s will need repairs to their brakes.
Close to a quarter of MG’s TF sports cars will experience engine troubles, while if you like keeping cool, beware the SEAT Alhambra; more than one in eight will need their air-con fixed during a typical year.
The Monster Mk1 was created using Warranty Direct’s database of 50,000 live policies on cars aged five years on average.