bane of one's life

the bane of one's life (sb/sth that is always causing problems) — сущее наказание, бич, крест

Example: My first car was the bane of my life — it was always breaking down and falling apart. — ... не машина, а сущее наказание — постоянно ломалась...

See also
[cross to bear]
[нести свой крест]
[ярмо на шее]
[millstone round one's neck]
[holy terror]
[сущее наказание]
[thorn in one's side]
[обуза]

cf.:
[гора с плеч]