Nightmare Franken-car arrives in time for Halloween

It's almost Halloween, and much to our horror, the folks at Warranty Direct have cooked up a car owner's worst nightmare from the least reliable individual car systems. It may be based on UK data, but it's no less spooky as a result. The vehicle is composed of the engine from a Mitsubishi Outlander, the suspension from a Mazda5, and the brakes from an MX-5 (go figure). It has the steering rack and gearbox from a Chevy Tacuma (a notoriously problematic Korean-built minivan), the electrical systems from a Lexus GS, and the air conditioning system from a Honda CR-V. The result may look as innocent as a Harlequin edition Volkswagen Golf, but as anyone with a clown phobia could tell you, it's anything but.

We're as surprised as you may be by the preponderance of Japanese vehicles in this composite nightmare vehicle, reputed as they are for their higher standards of build quality. But according to the Reliability Index cooked up by Warranty Direct using their own warranty claim data, these are the most troublesome components on the road in Great Britain. As a result, Frankenstein's four-wheeled monster would cost an average of £487 – equivalent to an eye-watering $744 – each month to repair. We'll take the treat, thank you very much.
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Revealed: Warranty Direct's Halloween Horror Car

· Warranty Direct creates a monstrous motor ready for Halloween
· The price to fix catastrophic components averages almost £500

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."

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