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View Poll Results: What's the worst American car of all time?
2001 Pontiac Aztek 19 21.35%
1974 Ford Mustang II 2 2.25%
1971 Chevy Vega 12 13.48%
2003 Saturn Ion 0 0%
1958 Edsel Corsair 3 3.37%
1982 Cadillac Cimarron 7 7.87%
1979 Olds Cutlass Super Diesel (4.3 liter) 1 1.12%
1917 Chevy Series D 0 0%
1971 Ford Pinto 29 32.58%
1989 Chrysler TC by Maserati 1 1.12%
Other 11 12.36%
Tacoes Truck 4 4.49%
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:16 PM   #15
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From personal experience, the 79 Mustang Indy pace car was pure garbage.

I bought one of these turbo-charged 4 cylinder cars new off the show room floor. Back then I thought it was a really cool looking car. However, by the time I dumped this car (at a significant financial loss) when it had 36000 miles on it, I had gone through 2 engines, a rear-end, a transmission, and 3 turbo chargers. The breakdowns were nearly constant. Of course, this was prior to the lemon law. I couldn't get squat for it because everyone knew they were lemons. I swore off Ford's and never bought another one until 2 years ago when I bought a used Mustang for my son.
Was that the one with the oddball wheels that required a specific tire that was only made by Michelin?
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The answer is obviously the Ford Pinto. For those maybe to young to know about them - these cars would explode in flames when they got hit from behind. The ruptured gas tank would spew napalm all over the occupants. Ford knew about the design flaw and decided to sell them anyway. They figured out that it was cheaper to pay off the victims of their death traps instead of fixing them and making them safe beforehand. True story.
All that could be said the same for a few other Fords: Some 1st gen mustangs and cougars...the top of their gas tanks was the floor of the trunk .Also some 90's LTDs and mustangs had the rear collision/tank exploding problem,made the news for a couple unfortunate souls.
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was that the one with the oddball wheels that required a specific tire that was only made by michelin?
trx iirc.
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How did their list not contain the Subaru Brat?
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Bad cars: Edmunds ranks the top 10 worst - latimes.com



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A more complete list of the 100 worst cars anywhere, also including such foreign gems as the Yugo, the one-door BMW Isetta, and the Trabant, is here:

100 Worst Cars of All Time

The Aztec was god-awful looking - I never drove/rode in one to know what they were really like. But thinking about it, I can't help wondering if it was just slightly ahead of it's time. Now all manufacturers have a cross-over/sport wagon and I don't recall there being many of them back around the time of the Aztec.

Was that a case of great, forward thinking idea ruined by bad execution? Happens all the time in the car industry.
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The Aztec was god-awful looking - I never drove/rode in one to know what they were really like. But thinking about it, I can't help wondering if it was just slightly ahead of it's time. Now all manufacturers have a cross-over/sport wagon and I don't recall there being many of them back around the time of the Aztec.

Was that a case of great, forward thinking idea ruined by bad execution? Happens all the time in the car industry.
That's the most generous thing I've ever heard said about an Aztec.

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How did their list not contain the Subaru Brat?
Because Subaru isn't an American car company?

This is a great thread. So many cars to choose from. I never had any of the best bad cars like the Pinto, Pacer, or Citation, so I it's hard for me to nominate them as best. But I can vote with confidence that anything made by Dodge in the '80's was utter garbage. But ultimately I have to go with the Ford Granada. When I was in the middle of a test drive to sell it the suspension just crumbled away and the body dropped down onto the tires. Nothing about that car worked. Although it never exploded on me...
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Because Subaru isn't an American car company?
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Their list http://www.insideline.com/features/1...-all-time.html
doesn't contain just american car companies, but cars sold in america. I know the OP said worst american car, but the bottom link on the post lists 100 cars sold in america from manufacturers around the world, and how the Brat isn't top 5 I don't know. They also didn't list the el camino or ford ranchero, so apparently the author has an affinity for C-rucks... or T-ars.
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Their list 100 Worst Cars of All Time
doesn't contain just american car companies, but cars sold in america. I know the OP said worst american car, but the bottom link on the post lists 100 cars sold in america from manufacturers around the world, and how the Brat isn't top 5 I don't know. They also didn't list the el camino or ford ranchero, so apparently the author has an affinity for C-rucks... or T-ars.




I'll take one of each.
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I voted OTHER because of this car, The AMC Matador
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Their list 100 Worst Cars of All Time
doesn't contain just american car companies, but cars sold in america. I know the OP said worst american car, but the bottom link on the post lists 100 cars sold in america from manufacturers around the world, and how the Brat isn't top 5 I don't know. They also didn't list the el camino or ford ranchero, so apparently the author has an affinity for C-rucks... or T-ars.
Fair enough. The El Camino and Ranchero are arguably still desirable/collectible cars, though.
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Overseas that was a huge success. They are all over Australia.

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How did the Aztec design get pass the rough sketch??? I can't believe that vehicle went into production.
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Id like to add the 1980(any) Ford Escort. Biggest pos ever. And my mom owned Pinto.
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