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100 Worst Cars of all time. Do you agree?
« on: March 11, 2018, 08:03:02 PM »
https://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/features/100-worst-cars-of-all-time.html

I used to own an '06 Solstice.  They're right, it was a POS.



If there weren't bad cars, how could the world appreciate the good ones? Since we already went through the Top 100 Vehicles of All-Time, here's a look at some truly awful vehicles. Some of them were fragile. Many were dynamically iffy. A lot were underpowered. And a few would melt into a pile of rust before your eyes.

Terrible, for this list's purposes, is loosely defined as a car that shaped current American automotive culture around its bad example. That doesn't mean that all the cars here were big sellers, only that their undeniable stink made everyone notice.

The diabolical nature of these machines, however, is that there's a good idea at the heart of all of them. But it's a good idea betrayed by half-effort engineering, haphazard quality and cynical compromises.

100. 2006 Pontiac Solstice: Star-crossed idea executed with parts bin technology, a ridiculous top, goofy cockpit and a trunk taxed by a single T-shirt. It was supposed to save Pontiac. Instead this overweight, underpowered, crudely engineered P.O.S. helped kill it.

99. 1967 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe: Neat little two-door ruined by the lousy Russian-made steel Fiat used. Rust was standard equipment on every 124 Sport Coupe.

98. 1988 Eagle Premier: AMC's last gasp was this boring box built around the Renault 25 chassis. Also sold as the Dodge Monaco for no apparent reason.

97. 1999 Daewoo Nubira: For a brief, not-so-shining moment, Korea's Daewoo sold cars in the United States. No one noticed and the Nubira is why.

96. 1992 Acura Vigor: A clumsy, redressed Accord with a longitudinally mounted five-cylinder engine. It was the first of too many Acuras that have been easy to dislike.

95. 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP: Shoving a 303-horsepower, 5.3-liter LS4 V8 into the front-drive Grand Prix was silly. Having front tires wider than the rears was just plain stupid.

94. 1996 Ariel Atom: Its nickname is the "woman repellent." Perfect for the track, utter misery on any road. A helmet isn't just for safety; it's the driver's roof, windshield and HVAC system. Helmet also keeps anyone you know from seeing you drive it.

93. 1989 Vector W8: Gerald Wiegert's 625-hp, $400,000-plus folly was obsolete by the time it finally hit production. Only 17 reached customers — and they needed to be shadowed by a flatbed.

92. 1997 General Motors EV1: Advanced technology produces an all-electric that rides poorly, can't haul anything and has the range of a Tyco R/C car. Set electric cars back at least a decade.

91. 1978 Dodge Challenger: A Mitsubishi Galant coupe wears the name of a muscle car legend. The top engine? A 2.6-liter four making — GACK! — 105 hp. The base 2.0-liter puked out only 77 ponies.

90. 2000 Saleen S7: With 550 hp onboard, theoretically it was awesome. But actually it was fragile and just smelled like a kit car. Twin-turbo version came in 2005 at 750 hp with a $585,296 sticker.

89. 2004 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti: A big, blundering, bulbous four-seat Ferrari. The 5.7-liter V12 made 532 hp, but that wasn't enough to pull off the ugly. More Buick than Ferrari.

88. 1993 Ford Aspire: Built by Kia, sold by Ford and ignored by everyone. Basically a 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine and four wheels bolted to a prison cell.

87. 1989 Geo Metro: Suzuki-made, three-cylinder icon of economic marginalization. Tonight's pizza will be delivered in one. It was even worse as a soggy-chassis convertible.

86. 1990 Chevrolet Lumina APV: Plastic-bodied van with an aardvark nose and dashboard top big enough to host a track meet. The Chevy along with its Pontiac or Oldsmobile equivalent were so stupid-looking they were nicknamed the dustbuster vans.

85. 1987 Volkswagen Fox: VW brings a version of the "Gol" up from Brazil for U.S. consumption. The 1.8-liter four makes 80 hp and feeds a four-speed manual transmission.

84. 2001 Jaguar X-Type: Spitting on its own heritage, Jag takes the Ford Mondeo and forces it to wear shrunken XJ sheet metal. It was an insult to loyal Jaguar owners and a joke to everyone else.

83. 1978 Volvo 262C: Italy's Bertone turns Volvo's boxy 260 Series into a two-door coupe only Stockholm's dumbest pimp could love.

82. 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Convertible: It's the front-drive Cutlass no one liked without all that pesky structural integrity. Like driving a cracked egg.

81. 1973 Austin Allegro: Thankfully never exported to America. Underpowered and featuring a problematic "Hydragas" pneumatic suspension, it's the car Top Gear loves to hate.

80. 1980 Rover 3500: Powered by a 133-hp 3.5-liter V8 set adrift by Buick. The body would rot when driven near any body of water, including wading pools and coffee cups.

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Re: 100 Worst Cars of all time. Do you agree?
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2018, 08:06:26 PM »
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These cars are meant to be driven so enjoy the hell out of all of it. Not just the look of it when its all cleanCS

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Re: 100 Worst Cars of all time. Do you agree?
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2018, 08:19:55 PM »
Geo metro was not bad, extremely fuel efficient and would go for 100's of thousand miles.

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Re: 100 Worst Cars of all time. Do you agree?
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2018, 08:23:02 PM »
Geo metro was not bad, extremely fuel efficient and would go for 100's of thousand miles.
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Re: 100 Worst Cars of all time. Do you agree?
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2018, 08:32:00 PM »
I always thought a Mallett Saturn Sky would be cool (minus the cladding);

https://www.mallettcars.com/conversions/v8-sky/

Surprised they didn't like the 612, most publications love F cars.

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Re: 100 Worst Cars of all time. Do you agree?
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2018, 08:35:02 PM »
I agree with most of the list.

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Re: 100 Worst Cars of all time. Do you agree?
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2018, 01:55:47 PM »
Hey, don't knock the 70 Gremlin at #19 ;D

That was my first car. Lol, I ditched the I6 199 for a 289 V8. Fit right in but getting the wiring right was a nightmare!!
After that, damn did that thing run with the Ford power ;D

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Re: 100 Worst Cars of all time. Do you agree?
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2018, 02:02:01 PM »
Renault Le Car?
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Re: 100 Worst Cars of all time. Do you agree?
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2018, 02:07:40 PM »
I didn't see but about a 1/2 dozen Fords in there. And one of them was built by Kia ::)

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Re: 100 Worst Cars of all time. Do you agree?
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2018, 02:46:57 PM »
Ok, on the flip side, here are the Top 100:

Check out no.'s 52 and 53. 


https://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/features/the-100-greatest-cars-of-all-time.html

100. 1997 Acura Integra Type-R: Hand-ported heads, 8,000-rpm redline, and the best-handling front-drive chassis ever. It's still the ultimate sport compact.

99. 1991 Ford Explorer: It defined the 1990s with its ubiquity and made the SUV the standard family hauler. Its rep has fallen, but its impact hasn't faded.

98. 1993 Toyota Supra Twin Turbo: Though it never sold in huge numbers, this was the first import capable of being modified to make (and withstand) 1,000 horsepower.

97. 1968 Datsun 510: A Japanese box on wheels that could beat Porsches in SCCA races. It was a half-price BMW 2002 and a model of simplicity producing greatness.

96. 1984 Toyota Corolla AE86: The mundane rear-drive Toyota that taught the world how to drift. Its simplicity — and DOHC 1.6-liter engine — are its greatest virtues.

95. 1992 Hummer H1: Ludicrously impractical on-road and stunningly capable off. From Baghdad to Beverly Hills, it's still the ultimate SUV.

94. 1986 Lamborghini LM002: Audacious, outrageous and powered by the Countach's V12. It was the first luxurious high-performance SUV, a segment now filled with Cayenne Turbos and X5 Ms.

93. 1986 Acura Legend: It's the car that proved the Japanese could build a true luxury machine and had to be taken seriously.

92. 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII: This is the Evo that came to America and reset every performance expectation. It's the high-tech rally car for the common man.

91. 1963 Jeep Wagoneer: With its unique mix of 4x4 toughness and carlike luxury, it invented the family SUV category. In production for a full 30 years, the biggest surprise is that Jeep isn't still building it.

90. 1990 Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo: After more than a decade of soft Z-cars, Nissan reclaimed sports car supremacy with the overwhelmingly capable 300-horsepower "Z32" turbo.

89. 1995 BMW 7 Series: The E38 7 Series is the first big BMW that drove and looked as good as the smaller BMWs. These timeless sedans proved that a full-size car can be a driver's car.

88. 2007 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG: A 604-hp turbocharged V12 elevates this sedan into the realm of exotic performance cars. It may as well be a Gulfstream.

87. 1991 Mercedes-Benz 500E/E500: Mercedes goes after the M5 with the 322-hp E500 and starts one of the great performance wars. Built with help from Porsche.

86. 1988 BMW M5: The first of the Motorsport Division variations on BMW regular production sedans. Its 3.5-liter six only made 256 hp, but that was enough to be the best sport sedan of its time and to launch the M5 legend.

85. 1985 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z: The official car of New Jersey and the most underappreciated muscle machine ever built. Wore the best-looking 16-inch wheels ever forged and the 1LE was a showroom stock world-beater.

84. 1939 Lincoln Continental: Edsel Ford's invention was the concept of the American "personal luxury" car with this V12-powered coupe. Long hood, short deck and a tire on the rump.

83. 1968 Toyota Corolla: The best-selling automotive nameplate ever makes its first appearance in America — two years after its debut in Japan. It's still here.

82. 1930 Cadillac V16: Only 4,076 of these most extravagant cars were built over their 11 years in production. When Cadillac was the standard of the world, this was the car that set that standard.

81. 1979 Mazda RX-7: When it seemed sports cars were dead and gone in the late '70s, along comes this simple Japanese-made, rotary-powered two-seater to reignite the passion.

80. 2003 Bentley Continental GT: 6.0 liters of turbocharged W12 wrapped in bodywork with the visual impact of a rattlesnake strike. Bentley roars back under VW's care.

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Re: 100 Worst Cars of all time. Do you agree?
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2018, 03:03:37 PM »
Soon after my Father retired, he purchased number 86 on the list, a 1990 Chevrolet Lumina APV. White in color of course because they were in Florida at the time. He really liked the van because it could seat his golf buddies and their bags comfortably. Other than that, yep POS. 
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Re: 100 Worst Cars of all time. Do you agree?
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2018, 03:53:22 PM »
Surprised the '65 Mustang was not in the top 10.

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Re: 100 Worst Cars of all time. Do you agree?
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2018, 03:54:47 PM »
Mixed reaction on the BMW E38. I was the first owner of a 1996 BMW 740iL. I should have taken a hint from all the trips to the dealership while it was under warranty. I used to describe owning this car like having a mistress: Exciting to have, but expensive to maintain. It was a great driving experience. Unfortunately, even though it was thoroughly pampered, it required over $22K in unscheduled maintenance and repairs. I was relieved to sell it.
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Re: 100 Worst Cars of all time. Do you agree?
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2018, 04:00:39 PM »
Re: Top 100 Cars

50. 1990 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1: A DOHC, 32-valve, 5.7-liter all-aluminum V8 was exotic stuff in 1990. And 375 hp was awesome. The first Corvette to really take on and outrun Europe's best.

Really?

How about the C4 Corvette equipped with  Chevrolet's RPO B2K Callaway twin turbo option? And that was available in 1987.
Or how about Callaway's 250mph Corvette SledgeHammer powered by a Lingenfelter twin turbo small block.

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Re: 100 Worst Cars of all time. Do you agree?
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2018, 09:41:03 AM »
Im pretty sure  the 89- up thunderbird is not that bad  having had 4 of them  yea the 3,8 v 6 cars were  bad so don't buy them but the 4.6 v8 cars and the supercoupes are  really decent cars .

rotary pickup are pretty collectible 

mustang "II'  again  pick wisely

Some where some one is driving their collector car for the last time but they don't know it . Drive your car every time like it could be the last memory of it .