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The Worst Euro Cars To Own

The Worst Euro Cars To Own

There are some fantabulous cars out there that you can just like stuff
some big old turbskies on, get some intake, maybe the
wheels, tires, suspension. From here. Yeah!, and then you know, you just have a good time. Now that’s all well and
dandie there brother, but there are a few cars on
the other side of the fence that are just a little less,
well, how do I say this? Maybe just not so good. You know? Now, we know a thing or two because we’ve seen a thing or two, and there are a few Euro cars that we’d probably shy away from if you want to keep your
Saturdays for your boys, and Sundays to your weekly ramen run. Still the best at making ramen. Don’t @ me. Okay? I know what it’s about, okay? I’m Alex, on Instagram, and today ladies and gentlemen
we’re going to be talking about some of the worst
Euro cars to own and modify, and if you haven’t yet,
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some good old bunk fitment. Because nobody likes that. You don’t like it. We don’t like it. You put the wheels on,
it looks like you got some pogo sticks for wheels. It’s just not a good time. Alright? Plus we mount the tires onto the wheels so you don’t have to get judged
by that one Sears employee that refuses to mount
your 215s on 9-wides. I have been there and it was
the most uncomfortable thing I’ve ever had to deal with in
my entire 17 year old life. And final disclaimer, we aren’t saying that you can’t own these cars, or that all cars will have these issues. So don’t be mad that we bring up a car that you’re dying to own. It’s not something, we
don’t want to hurt feelings or anything like that, we’re just saying these are just a little bit
more difficult than most. All right? Its just, they’re sensitive. They’re sensitive boys. And if you like playing life on hard mode, you do you boo-boo. One brand that’s started
to get some serious love especially in the enthusiast
industry right now, from people like you, and people like me, would probably be Porsche. Now, the GT3 RS is produced more right now than pretty much ever before. So people are jumping
into the 911 platform because they inevitably want
to get up to that GT3 RS, and a lot of times people
start in a non-turbo model. More specifically, a non-turbo 996 911. Now, they’re affordable. They feature a fun and well
balanced engine and platform. But, they aren’t the best
cars to own or modify. For a lot of different reasons. IMS bearings in these cars just absolutely grenade randomly and because the IMS goes out, the engine internals get
the debris from that failure and it requires a full engine tear-down. So you essentially, be overall, you know, you strip it, you rebuild it, it’s not a good time. The car is decent after repair but due to it still being a Porsche
the parts are still heavy, they’ve got a tax on them. The non-turbo still have
the wonky headlights, and modifying them is pretty rare and usually not worth it too much. Now, they do have some new
body kits and things like that. Like slant-noses and wide-bodies that are super cool, but you’re still paying a premium price for a car that really is
not gonna hold its value. If you’re gonna jump into a 911, it’s best to jump into a 997.2 because they’re probably
the best bang for your buck non-turbo platform out there right now in the Porsche community. Plus it has a lot of
modification platforms, wheels, and tires, and air, and all that sort of good stuff that you can have a good time. When you’re looking at European cars, a lot of the times people start looking at European
cars with big engines, because you know what, who doesn’t want to say
that they own a V12 motor. I mean, it’s just the thing is so cool. Lamborghinis have it, okay? So then you end up looking up the inevitable BMW 760,
750 and even the 8-series, and just don’t, just don’t do it. The V12s are a behemoth to work on and even worse to keep alive, and sure they run, they drive, you can brag about it at a local meet. But the moment something goes wrong, it’s usually pretty bad, brother. Sure, they’ll look good
bagged on the ground. Wheels, tires, suspension. You know what I’m going to say. But they won’t always treat you right, and they just don’t do
well with modifications outside of aesthetic stuff. These cars are usually exclusive to the one off fabricators and people that can make things themselves. Because a lot of the parts
and mounts and things just aren’t really made anymore. But, don’t let affordable price fool you, there’s a reason these are so affordable. Because they’re just not fun to own, they’re expensive to keep alive. They’re not very repairable. You might be wondering,
what am I looking at? I don’t know. (ominous tone) – Oh hey Alex. – Stay away from Jags
too while you’re at it, because those things will
(beep) your wallet clean up. Next up would be pretty
much any Italian super car. Any maintenance will kill your wallet before you have a chance to send it into a wall trying to show off. You’re really better
starting with a platform that accepts modifications on it, versus a car that is built already to its own degree of tolerance. A lot of times people
are getting super into the super-car stuff right now. Especially the totaled ones, because you can jump in
there, grab a dealers license, and buy something off Copart or IAAI. We did that with brand-to-title, and that’s just not working
out very well for us. But it’s still worth a shot if you really want to just give it a risk. I don’t know, I don’t know what you want. The next car on the list
would probably be one that is tough as well. It’s the engine that makes you not really want to enjoy cars,
and it’s gonna be the N54. Now, BMW did do recalls and a bunch of service things
to try and fix the N54 engine, and it’s important to remember that the N54 was considered
an experiment for BMW, and it did lay the groundwork for the N55 which nearly everyone loves, okay? So, I’m prefacing this with that. The disclaimer with that is that the N54 does
have a few issues, okay? The high-pressure fuel pump goes out, the valve cover oil leaks, okay? You’ve got Vanos solenoids
that just decide to give out. Water pumps baby, you
know, wastegate rattle, leaking boost with charge pipe failures, and a few others. You know when you modify your car, you end up shortening the
good old reliability window and when you start with
an experimental motor right off the gate, it does
end with some sad boy tears. Alright, listen to some X or something while you cry about your N54. ♪ Baby I need you in my life ♪ ♪ In my life ♪ Yeah! Wheels, tires, suspension, all good there. Modifiable, also yes. However, because of the issues within the N54 engine specifically, in the 335 and other cars,
it’s a dangerous pick, and definitely one we
would recommend you know what you’re getting into
versus learning about it after you’ve already bought your 335. Again, if you know your way around an N54, they can be fantastic motors, but if you don’t, it’s not gonna be fun. Moving over to Mercedes, I mean there’s quite a few
interesting cars in their lineup. AMG has become a staple for European power and great looks, for pretty decent price. You want a massive bang for
your buck, that’s not a V12, AMG, alright, it’s the car to get. But some of the early AMGs are a dog to work on and
even harder to keep alive. One that comes to mention pretty quick is the early generation E55 AMGs. Pretty much anything before 2002 to 1999. The motors are insane and they’re an absolute powerhouse. Unfortunately though, the wiring isn’t, it’s just not as good, okay? Wiring gremlins can plague
these extremely tech happy cars and they are an absolute pain. The seats can cause it, the
infotainment can cause it, the car just not turning off can cause it. If you have stuff running from the trunk with your CD player, that can cause it. You can have draws of
power randomly pop up and then pop off I’m not
really sure how that works. When I had mine I found myself stranded more times than I could count, because apparently it just didn’t want to, you know, kill the battery. If you can find one without the issues, you found a golden ticket. But they do make it difficult to own, because solving electrical problems is much different than
handling an unreliable or difficult motor. Mostly just because you can visually see a problem with a motor, or
you know what you have to do, and with electrical, that’s just not fun. And what do you think one of the worst cars to own or modify is? Let us know, and of course, if you’re looking for aftermarket wheels, tires, or suspension be sure to hit us up over at I’m Alex from Fitment Industries, and we will see you later. Peace.

74 comments on “The Worst Euro Cars To Own

  1. What euro car is your least favorite? Let us know! Don’t forget! Pick up our dope apparel and win a set of multi piece wheels!

  2. 2000s Jag Stype-r had one once upon a time but 420hp+ power v8 jag is not a slouch and can be had for well under 8k. Most of them were leases and the remainders are under 70k miles.

  3. E60 M5. That V10 engine makes my balls tingle but the prospect of $7k for a replacement vanos pump very much does NOT make em tingle

  4. If you have money for rims suspension brakes like maybe 10k for tuning why is like 3 4k too much for maintenance on a normal car like 335i

  5. Brz 😖
    Love my car but it is pretty slow and the motor is glass the transmission is glass the CV joints…glass. like driving a stain glass window. Yeah it's pretty but one wrong move and you're dropping cash on something. Wouldn't trade it for anything though….maybe a gt3rs

  6. >opens video
    >waits for the 1st gen Audi Allroad

    EDIT: Not gonna lie, little bit disappointed. The factory suspension parts on these cars were prone to failing if you so much as look at them funny. Not to mention the different ways to have to drop the entire powertrain and front subframe.

    Tissue paper turbos? Drop.
    Torque converter lockup clutch? Drop.
    The ZF 5HP is acting up? Drop.

  7. My 04 s55 may have been my fastest car I've owned ( it was modded ) but it was by far the most unreliable and expensive by FAR to current 04 250+HP mini Cooper with 204k miles has been my most reliable and solid car I've ever owned

  8. As a previous N54 owner and a current owner of 2 N55 cars I can absolutely confirm that the n54 was the biggest piece of shit I’ve ever had the pleasure of owning . It’s good when it’s good … and shit the other 75% of the time .

  9. I’d say n54 but you ain’t never lied when it comes to early 2000’s Mercedes wiring harness. I have a crossfire that runs beautifully besides my one big head ache .. my speedo hasn’t worked in over a year and I’ve been chasing that electrical gremlins since..

  10. 1.8t anyone???? They sound amazing but ive had mine almost a year and its problem after problem after problem. Head gasket, valve cover gasket, spark plugs, thermostat, evap, turbo, coil packs, constant coolant leaks, maf, waste-gate, water pump, ac. EVERY big problem that nobody wants to deal with will happen on a 1.8. Very surprised it wasnt in this video

  11. I have a 1999 E55 AMG, and sure enough, electrical gremlins galore. But everything else is bulletproof. The w210 models are apparently a lot more trouble-free compared to the w211.

  12. Talks about E55 from 99-2002, proceeds to show video of the 2003-2009 generation. Also, says “electrical issues” but didn’t name anything specific lol.

  13. I felt famous when he brought up N54 then quickly laughed my ass off when he said everyone wants the N55 😂🤦🏻‍♂️

  14. Fitment Industries I need your opinion on this. My grandpa is giving me a 2002 CLK 450 (i think, know it's not the black series lol), I wanted to know if its reliable and stuff like that, it has a V8. Would it be tuneable and such? I'm going to be investing lots of hours and money into it. Putting a sick rocket bunny kit on it and a Japanese style wrap, some suspension, tires, wheels, and such from you guys and wanted to know if i should go for it.

  15. i like how he was talking about how the 1999 to 2002 e55 amgs were bad but the videos they were using were 2004 and newers e55s. not once did they actually show a 1999- 2002 w210 e55 amg

  16. Bmw m5 v10 with a smg fear of being stranded breaking your Walt it there every time to got a ride in one dont owm bmw dont trust technologie

  17. That's one of our @socaltires_studio built e55's in your thumbnail. From a technician pov, the amg cars of that Era are very stout.

  18. Where are all the other n55’s at?? Reading through the comments, I don’t see any other f30 335i’s 😕 I mean, I knew they weren’t gonna call out my car but…

  19. Actually e32 & e38 V12 are really reliable, of course basic maintanence costs more than 6 cyl but they are really good units. Later model V12's are pretty sketchy though

  20. Owned four different AMGs of the 55 series supercharged 5.4L V8

    Electronics go bad (like massage seats, control release for trunk end up having to use key2003 E55 , SL55 top stopped working due to sensor 2003 model, my 2004 S55’s cooled seats stopped working)

    Any issues with the motor? Absolutely not. Did valve cover gasket change, fitted new pulleys and the car ran all the way to 180k on the E55.

    My S55 has 76k miles

    My SL has 98k and a leaky valve cover gasket, changed that out.

    My other E55 had 116k miles and that one luckily had no electronic issues under my ownership.

    I think Alex kinda blew it out of proportion in my opinion. Any AMG before 2003 is kinda iffy in electronics but any of the supercharged V8s after 2003 (first year) they’re all rather reliable and rarely suffer from electronic issues In my experience. They’re one of the best AMGs to buy.

    If you were gonna list an AMG that has problems where was the 6.2 L V8? Lol. headbolt issues anyone???

  21. As long as u stay up on maintenance before mods, the N54 will treat u right! I DAILY my e92 335i and it hasn't given me a single issue in over a year now! (Not gna hold my breath lol) I'm FBO minus inlets pushing peak 22psi on custom tune stock turbos lol.. ngl, shortly after I bought it, my water pump took a dump.. was planning on a bunch of preventative maintenance anyway.. just make sure u do all the basic maintenance things such as coils, spark plugs, INJECTORS is a huge one, ALL gaskets such as OFHG/oil cooler/valve cover/oil pan gaskets are all big ones, n change the oil w/ a good synthetic like Motul, LiquiMoly or even Rotella every 5k n it'll be happy.. fyi, Kids definitely shouldn't own any N54 powered car since they're kind of expensive to maintain and kids typically cant be bothered anyway. They just wanna throw mods at it n beat on it til it takes a shit then trash talk it like it wasnt their fault to begin with.
    TLDR: Maintenance before mods! As long as u keep up on maintenance, the N54 is a BEAST! Also, the actual engine itself is a TANK! Damn near bulletproof.. it's the stupid components surrounding the n54, such as the waterpump, which are shit.

  22. What Alex is getting to is DO YOUR RESEARCH ON CARS YOU'RE INTERESTED WITH! If you can't do engine rebuilds yourself, don't buy cars that are at a higher risk of catastrophic failures unless you have the capital for it!

  23. Les just say this.. old AMGs, M cars, RS cars or any kind of older sportscars maybe cheep to buy.. but its still a sportcar pricetag to own and maintain right.. 😭🙈

  24. I own a 2007 987 cayman. There are a few important things worth knowing about the IMS, because these are absolutely amazing cars. For one, there are two different engines Porsche made with the IMS: the m96 (12% failure rate) and the m97 (1% failure rate). The rates of failure are really sketchy because it doesn’t account for mileage. Most people with an m96 will be on their second engine by 100k miles, BUT if you drop the transmission, you can replace the old IMS bearing, and if you really love the car that might be worth doing every 20-30k miles. In the m97, however, you cannot change out the IMS. This is where aftermarket oil feed kits come in. There’s an extra oil pressure port (that I can’t remember the location of off the top of my head) that you can use to install a direct oil feed to the bearing. They make kits like these for the m96 and the m97, and your can pick one up for about $800. I can’t speak for the m96, the boxters and 911’s they’re in are UGLY, but the m97 generally lasts until 120k, and in both engines you can check for metal bits in the oil when you change it. It’s not a ticking time bomb, just be intently and cautious. I’m 17 and I drive a cayman because the IMS makes them cheap enough that I was able to get a really awesome car without putting myself in copious amounts of debt. And insurance for these is lower than many other cars in the price range because statistically, Porsche’s are driven carefully by old guys. Seriously viable options for anyone willing to work on their car
    Edit: grammar

  25. I'm a new car owner and I dont know alot (hardly anything) about cars I just bought a 2003 BMW 320I SEDAN can you guys make a video to help me out🙂

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