Oct 302015







As the dark nights draw in and Halloween approaches, Warranty Direct has used insights from its unique Reliability Index to conjure up a horrific ‘horror’ car that would give its owners nightmares all year round.

The vehicle, known as the Horrific H-0WL3R, is constructed from car components which statistically are the most prone to failure. As a result it breaks down every other month and regularly feasts on the contents of its owner’s bank account, costing an average of £487 to repair.

Warranty Direct analysed data from 50,000 live policies to create this Frankenstein’s monster of the automotive world, using failure rates to determine which parts should be bolted on to the ultimate horror vehicle.

The catastrophic components of the ‘Horrific H-0WL3R’

Make Year Car part
Mitsubishi Outlander 07- Engine
Mazda 5 05- Axle & suspension
Chevrolet Tacuma 05-11 Gearbox
Lexus GS 05- Electrics
Mazda MX-5 05- Braking system
Honda CR-V 07- Air-Conditioning
Chevrolet Tacuma 05-11 Steering System


Sitting on the Mazda 5’s axle and suspension system, the Horrific H-0WL3R would most likely spend much of its time coming to grief over Britain’s poor quality road surfaces, breaking in the process, as the suspension inflicts problems on almost three quarters of Mazda 5s.

Power comes from a motor torn from under the bonnet of a Mitsubishi Outlander. This engine will be to blame for almost half of the many failed starts that the Horrific H-0WL3R will experience, with some 48.3% blighted by such issues.

Once started, stopping the Horrific H-0WL3R could also make your heart skip a beat. Surprisingly, the Mazda MX-5 donates its braking system to the H-0WL3R. Although the car experiences most problems as infrequently as Halloween itself, in almost 50% of these instances, the issue is related to the brakes.

Adding to this engineering monstrosity is the Chevrolet Tacuma. For drivers of the Horrific H-0WL3R, turning corners and swapping cogs will most likely be an unpleasant experience thanks to a steering system and gearbox which have both been proven to plague 33% of Tacumas with reliability woes.

Passengers too will feel the car’s wrath but via its temperamental electrics and ventilation system. The complex electrics of a Lexus GS will cause regular headaches with a 67% failure rate, while the wheezing air conditioning system of a Honda CR-V is likely to bring unpredictable temperatures and a lamentable failure rate of 18.4%.

David Gerrans, Managing Director of Warranty Direct commented, “This Halloween vehicle is the culmination of motorists’ nightmares, guaranteeing inconvenient and expensive breakdowns if it was ever to be built.

“Thankfully it is fictional and can’t be found on the market, nonetheless, it does highlight the Achilles heel of different vehicles, some of which are generally reliable, but could cause a fright as a result of a rogue component.”

  6 Responses to “Warranty Direct’s Halloween Horror Car Revealed”

  1. Surprising that the vaunted Japanese engineering figures so prominently. Vorsprung durch Technik!

  2. Hi
    Surprised at the comments of the Mitsubishi Outlander. Had an 07 plate for about three years and it never missed a beat. The main dealer Devonshire motors at Barnstaple Devon were the best of the best garage I have ever dealt with. Far better that the likes of Land Rover and Jaguar dealer Grange at Exeter who I don’t rate much above 2/10 and now moving to another hoping for a more pleasant experience.

  3. I know, I know all about unreliability! I purchased a new KIA C’eeD 1.6 Diesel in March ’13. Talk about UNRELIABLE. After only 2 YEARS and FOUR months I had to change the FRONT TIRES and after TWO YEARS and SEVEN MONTHS and 22, 000 mile I had to change the offside RUNNING LIGHT BULB. The FRONT discs are HALF WORN and I hit a bloomin’ badger at about 70mph, BENT the front part of the undershield and got a mark of AT LEAST 1/4 inch if you looked closely on the front bumper. I do not know why Hyundai/KIA think they can get away with such rubbish and poorly constructed, unreliable and badly designed cars!! Have they no idea of irony?? Oh and how could they award Hyundai the ”small diesel” engine of the year to the 1.4/1.7 that has been retrograde engineered to having a CHAIN DRIVE instead of a rubber band camdrive. ?? There is no justice in this world of automobiles>

    • I am helping Hyundai or Kia but think yourselve after 2 years you need 2 new tyres did you should have put them on the back and the back on the front that is were all the weight is,As for the bulbs going that can happen with a brand new car I seen it with a Ford at 2 months old and the headlight
      bulbs H7 had blown on closer inspection of the bulbs they came from China quality Crap now if you
      go to a garage or Halfords H7 will cost 19.00 plus fitting.they are not covered under warranty,So you should be like me I have a 10 year Jaguar X-TYPE with genuine 38,000 miles which gives 52mpg and you will not beat it its top of the range,I nearly 63 I hope it will do me till I am 70.Best of Luck .
      PS I have WARRANTY DIRECT have used them now for 6 years.

  4. I don’t known why more people don’t buy Subarus. I’ve got an Impreza and a Forester and they never break even at 11 years old in the case of the Impreza.

  5. I’m surprised not to see the Land Rover Discovery 3 V6 Diesel on that list. In 2010 . It was a 1 owner car with only 36,000 miles and had full history. Luckily as it turned out I purchased a warranty from Arnold Clark when I bought the car. Within 2 years the following had to be replaced, both egr valves, both rear drop links, both front wheel bearings, all 5 electric door locks, the alternator, both from door seals, both front tyres. The car was only 4 years old when I bought it, a great big car to drive, 7 seats, massive boot space but the unreliability, the £40 a week diesel (24 mpg) and the £485 road tax was emptying my wallet. If I did not have the warranty I’d have been looking at repair bills of over £8000. I drive a BMW 320d now, in town driving = 45 mpg, out of town = 63 mpg. £60 in the tank gives me nearly 700 miles before I need to fill up again, an excellent car, touch wood, which I also have a warranty for but have never had to use it.

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