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Old 07-26-2011, 01:45 PM   #1
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Default What is the worst sounding car ever??????

What car has the worst sound ever?

In car or exhaust sound. Please state which.

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old civics, accords and crx's exhaust sounds.
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Even a clapped out Honda with a fart can sounds better than any Harley.
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Tired NA B6s sounds pretty blasted bad. I'm going to have to go with an NA FC Series 4 with a straight pipe as 'The Worst', though. Or maybe the local tradition of a mid 90s Chevy/ Ford pickup with a low compression small block or 3.8/4.3L V6, and stock manifolds and straight pipes.
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Almost any Honda....it's pretty hard to make one sound good without a turbo in the exhaust. I agree, Harleys sound like **** no matter what. All V8 pickup trucks with any kind of exhaust modification sounds like **** too (maybe it's a redneck southern thing)
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Any 60's or 70's vintage american car / truck / van with a V8 engine and a hole or gap in one side of the exhaust system
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My dads 91 Accord with a leak in the exhaust between the mid pipe and muffler section.
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Honda Civic with fart can
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some fail muscle cars with glass packed mufflers (cherries)
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Auto trans '98 sunfire convertible with the muffler removed and replaced with a chrome magnaflow tip, think never ending fart with a hint of exhaust leak.

Doppel, its far more wide spread than the southern states. I have two neighbours where I'm moving from that have jacked, loud v8 trucks and another is just moving in.
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Volvo 240 with an exhaust leak.
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Any Diesel with an exhaust leak.
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Does anyone know what makes hondas sound so awful? Like, even the well built ones with intelligent owners that make decent power? They are pretty efficient little engines, what about their design makes them sound so bad?
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Does anyone know what makes hondas sound so awful? Like, even the well built ones with intelligent owners that make decent power? They are pretty efficient little engines, what about their design makes them sound so bad?
Cam profile and cylinder head design.
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Any mid-to-early 90's GM product that had the Quad 4 engine. Not really among GM's worst engines overall, but man was it a thrashy mess. Sounded like someone tossed a bike chain, 8 bolts, 6 nails, and a handful of ball bearings into a blender.
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A porsche at low RPM.

I've heard many brand new ones RATTLING LIKE a POS.
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D series Honda sound bad unless turbo
B, H, K and F series dont sound bad with proper exhaust.

Also, A rotary with a straight pipe sounds pretty awful.
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Every RX8 I've heard with an aftermarket exhaust sounded horrible. Actually, rotaries in general sound pretty bad. Turbos make anything sound better.
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my honda doesnt sound bad :(

not a car, but the old rotary plane engine is pretty bad

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All Porsches and all rotaries. I don't like V8s either, except for the ones that are meant to rev really high (Ferrari, BMW //M...).
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A porsche at low RPM.
Actually, I know what the worst-sounding car of all time is: an air-cooled VW with the Type 1 engine and the stock muffler. Beetle / Karmann Ghia / Thing. And this comes from the perspective of somebody who has owned two of them.

We'll start with the exhaust. I have utterly no idea what they were trying to accomplish here, but the damn thing sounds like somebody stuck a pair of tweety-bird whistles into a large porcelain vase, and decided that would be an appropriate device to vent the exhaust gas into. Dogs can hear it from outer space.

Next, there's that enormous squirrel-cage fan driven off the back of the generator. Even when you have the split pulley shimmed exactly to spec, it still makes a sort of "whirr / rattle / whine" noise that's almost indescribable.

The engine case is made from magnesium-impregnated tissue paper, and the cylinders are on the outside of it. So every little lifter tick, piston slap, cam gear whine, and what have you, they all radiate. I'm pretty sure you can hear the oil itself moving through the thing.

Oh, and that valvetrain? The rockers are located seventeen and a half feet away from the cam, coupled to it by pushrods made out of whatever they use to make tuning forks out of, and the mechanical alignment between the heads and the camshaft is governed by a pair of cast-iron accordions on each side. The cylinders themselves grow and shrink so much due to thermal expansion that you adjust the valve clearance with a yardstick. When the engine is cold, the whole car can be driven through the space between the rockers and the tips of the exhaust valves. Cold idle sounds like the entire 18th century Royal Navy firing cannonballs at a harpsichord.
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