We had a Talbot Sunbeam in the early 80s it was a horrendous car. Valves burnt out after 30000 miles.
I also bought a second hand mark 1 golf Gti. It went like shit off a shovel, but broke down every 3 days. Every time it was a special GTi part costing a fortune. It was made worse by everyone saying they were reall reliable. Ours was a real Friday afternoon car.
We followed it with a Volvo estate that was automatic and felt like a tank by comparison. I got my only ever speeding ticket just after we bought it. It didn't feel fast enough to break the speed limit.