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Warranty Direct should stick to its core business and refrain from designing cars, we think. This is its comical rendering of the Monster Mk1.

Alright, this is not a real car but rather a hypothetical illustration of what the Dr Frankenstein of cars would actually be like but it is based real-world evidence.

To create this conception called the Monster Mk1, Warranty Direct in the UK used its Reliability Index, based on 50 000 live policies on cars aged five years on average, to find the worst components in the industry and put them together into one nightmarish car. Such a heap would have the following parts:

-Audi A8 Brakes

-BMW M3 Suspension

-MG TF Engine

-Land Rover Freelander Gearbox

-Mercedes-Benz V-Class Ignition

-Renault Megane Electrics

-SEAT Alhambra Air-conditioning

-SEAT Toledo Heating & Cooling systems

-Volvo C70 Steering system

The aforementioned Reliability Index measures car reliability by considering average cost of repair, frequency of failure, age and mileage.

The Monster Mk1 would, according to Warranty Direct, basically break down every other month and cost an average of £2050 (R22 260) to fix each year.

Overall, the abomination in question would 'boast' a Reliability Index figure of over 500 - more than five times that of the average car.

Motivating its choice of components, the company revealed that nearly 40 percent of BMW M3s require repairs to axle and suspension components alone each year, while the same proportion of Renault Meganes report an electrical fault.

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 and more than one in eight SEAT Alambras will need their aircon fixed during a typical year.


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Bonzo, wrote

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08:37pm on 16 July 2011
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Anybody like to hazard a suggestion for the best composite car? Taking the same sets of components, or others ...

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Anonymous, wrote

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05:30pm on 14 July 2011
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yes...this report looks "cooked" There is far to little Renault!

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Anonymous, wrote

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01:53am on 14 July 2011
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Oh my! Looks like they have just announced the new Renault...

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Anonymous, wrote

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01:47am on 14 July 2011
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They could actually start producing the "Dr Frankenstein of motor cars" in China under license or as a knock off. One consolation at least the spare parts would be cheap as the would need to be mass produced.

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john, wrote

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10:25pm on 13 July 2011
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Have a look at a ssssangyooong. The picture above looks uncannily like a stunted version of one of their vehicles.

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Anonymous, wrote

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10:24pm on 13 July 2011
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I'm with Jakes - needs more Land Rover in there...

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Saffer, wrote

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05:45pm on 13 July 2011
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I Love my 11 year old Renault Scenic. A superb Austrian private mechanic services it regularly for R600. Engine still sweet, silent and strong after 200,000kms. Never broken down. And its incredibly light on fuel. My mechanic, who only services french cars, has another Renault Scenic client who has clocked up over 400,000kms and is still running great.

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Ringmaster, wrote

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02:48pm on 13 July 2011
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They forgot Tata wheel bearings :)

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deebee, wrote

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02:30pm on 13 July 2011
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Any list without at least half an Alfa in it is rubbish!

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Anonymous, wrote

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01:58pm on 13 July 2011
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Dr Frankenstein of cars? Should'nt it be Frankenstein, Dr Frankensteins creation?

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Anonymous, wrote

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01:42pm on 13 July 2011
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I goes to show we are been mislead to think euro cars are perfect.Just like organic vegetables in Germany. You need to keep an open mind....especially south africans.

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Anonymous, wrote

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01:12pm on 13 July 2011
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The French have got to get their automobile act together.Renault need to re-introduce those icons - the R8; the R4L and the iconic R5 - Citroen the Light 15 and DS pallas - and Peugeot the best car they have ever made the iconic Peugeot 404

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Jakes, wrote

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12:46pm on 13 July 2011
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I'm surprised to not see more Land Rover Parts! LOL!

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Karen, wrote

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11:51am on 13 July 2011
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Die slegste karre

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Anonymous, wrote

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10:42am on 13 July 2011
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i have to agree with the Renault haters...they really are the crumiest cars around...and the service that goes with them even worse!

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Sean Redmond, wrote

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09:56am on 13 July 2011
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JuJu would love this non western car

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Jim, wrote

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08:38am on 13 July 2011
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Agree with Kay - Renault is definitely the world's worst car make. On average I spent more than R22,000 a year on repairs. The whole car is rubbish, but certainly the electrics are the most rubbish of all the really rubbish bits.

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Shaun - Cape Town, wrote

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09:27pm on 12 July 2011
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stick to japanese and throw in a broken accelarator pedal go figure! - Cheers

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Kay, wrote

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03:22pm on 12 July 2011
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Any Renault car is MK1. Do not buy Renault!

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JFT, wrote

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03:10pm on 12 July 2011
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@ PS - As does mine. :-) As for that M3 suspension issue, I suspect that has more to do wth the way it's driven. just a thought.

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