1979 Opel Kadett L 1.3 from UK and Ireland
I'm sure its mother loved it dearly... but I didn't...
Electrical faults drained the battery - never managed to find them all, so always carried jump leads.
Heater broke down in two different ways - heat exchanger and then fan (not economic to repair, as the car only cost 90 quid). Lead to permanent condensation problems until the car finally broke (see below).
Fourth gear broke (quite literally - a chunk snapped off) while going rather quickly past Potter's Bar on the M25. That was the end of the car.
It is still my least-favourite car I have owned, it was bought as a stop-gap and it only just managed to fulfill that role. The most useful part of it was the wing mirror which I broke off before taking it to the scrapyard, which served me as a shaving mirror for many years.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th August, 2016