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#568392 - 08/18/05 10:49 PM Poll; Worst car by Detroit
3putter Offline


Registered: 06/24/04
Posts: 433
Loc: Memphis, TN.
Just for fun, what do you think is the biggest piece of junk put out by Detroit in "modern" times. My vote; the Ford Maverick, pick your year.
A total sled, underpowered, fell apart, tiny little tires, handled like a bathtub on wheels. And it was really ugly to boot.

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#568393 - 08/18/05 10:52 PM Re: Poll; Worst car by Detroit
wavinwayne Offline


Registered: 01/06/05
Posts: 7522
Loc: North Alabama
My 1983 Chevy Monte Carlo that I owned from '89-'93. What a piece of crap. Over the four years that I owned it, I had to have just about everything but the engine replaced in that thing. RIP, you POC.......still loved her, though. [Smile]

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#568394 - 08/18/05 11:08 PM Re: Poll; Worst car by Detroit
JTK Offline


Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 7449
Loc: Buffalo, NY
Motor City definately churned out some beauties from about the mid 70's to early 80's [Duh!] . IMO- some of the toppers:
1) AMC Pacer
2) Ford Pinto
3) Chevy Vega
4) Chevy Chevette
[crushedcar]

G/luck
Joel

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#568395 - 08/18/05 11:30 PM Re: Poll; Worst car by Detroit
haley10 Offline


Registered: 12/28/03
Posts: 2768
Loc: Tn
I disagree that the Maverick and the Chevette were so bad. Vega has to get the award for engine durability along with the Pinto for the gas tank fiasco. I saw some hi-mileage Mavericks and Chevettes even Pinto, no Vega's though.

I had a 75 Ford Grenada that I would like to forget.

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#568396 - 08/18/05 11:31 PM Re: Poll; Worst car by Detroit
Tosh Offline


Registered: 05/12/05
Posts: 2566
Loc: Silicon Valley
quote:
Originally posted by 3putter:
Just for fun, what do you think is the biggest piece of junk put out by Detroit in "modern" times. My vote; the Ford Maverick, pick your year.
A total sled, underpowered, fell apart, tiny little tires, handled like a bathtub on wheels. And it was really ugly to boot.

I would discourage you from thinking of the Maverick as being put out in "modern" times. Further, our Mav had a honking 302 V8, and had decent, simple fastback looks. Pinto or Mustang II were easily more disgusting during that period. For the purposes of Detroit, may I suggest that "modern" times began when Iacocca took over at Chrysler? Around J-car and K-car times...

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#568397 - 08/18/05 11:32 PM Re: Poll; Worst car by Detroit
fuel tanker man Offline


Registered: 08/04/04
Posts: 1341
Loc: wytheville, va
Definitely the "pseudo-diesels" from GM. Those converted OldsmoBuick gas V-8s. TERRIBLE!

And not to leave Ford out...

Ford came out with a little diesel powered Ranger pickup truck in the early 80's. A company I worked for had one. It gave you that "big truck" feel, cuz it pulled out from a redlight like an 80,000 pound semi... [Roll Eyes]

Dan

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#568398 - 08/18/05 11:36 PM Re: Poll; Worst car by Detroit
Willy_G Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 350
Loc: Indianapolis, IN
No particuliar order:

Ford Tempo
Pontiac Fiero (1/2 Chevette, 1/2 Citation!)
Chrysler TC
Caddilac Alante
Anything AMC
DMC
Chevrolet Cavilier (too darn old of a chassis)

Since VWoA is in Auburn Hills, can we count VW, too?

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#568399 - 08/18/05 11:45 PM Re: Poll; Worst car by Detroit
motorguy222 Offline


Registered: 03/19/04
Posts: 1804
Loc: Ky
I have a Tempo and a Pinto,they have both been solid cars.

They both have over 100K miles and they have resisted rust quite well.

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#568400 - 08/18/05 11:53 PM Re: Poll; Worst car by Detroit
tom slick Online   sleepy


Registered: 05/26/03
Posts: 8626
Loc: Central Coast, Calif.
there are still quite a few pintos out there. in fact they are the car of choice in the hobby stock class in dirt track.

I think the oldsmobile diesels, the chevy vega, cadillac 4.1l v8 and transmission were all pretty bad. jeeps of the mid 80's are pretty poor, but they are easy to work on, parts are plentyful and everybody loves a jeep so they get missed as junk. I know for a few years you could get a jeep with a GM engine, ford ignition, and peugot transmission!

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#568401 - 08/19/05 12:01 AM Re: Poll; Worst car by Detroit
ArBee Offline


Registered: 09/26/04
Posts: 79
Loc: Richmond, Virginia
The AMC-built Renault Alliance of the 1980s should be right up there. Also, I recall the early Ford Tempos as really unpleasant cars.

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#568402 - 08/19/05 12:05 AM Re: Poll; Worst car by Detroit
moribundman Offline


Registered: 06/02/03
Posts: 23591
Biggest pieces of junk I've owned were a Chevy Celebrity and a Buick Century. The Buick was worse and made in Canada, actually. Ack to both! No more American car for me.

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#568403 - 08/19/05 12:15 AM Re: Poll; Worst car by Detroit
mechtech Offline


Registered: 08/11/04
Posts: 2387
Loc: Chicago area
I immediately had a few cars to mention, but for some reason the thought came that if you had any of these lemons 100 years ago, you'd be king of the world.

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#568404 - 08/19/05 12:17 AM Re: Poll; Worst car by Detroit
Jack Straw Offline


Registered: 01/16/05
Posts: 9
Loc: none
Keep in mind that AMC was not a Detroit company but rather a Kenosha, Wisconsin based company.

My picks for the worst Detroit cars of all time are as follows:

Chevy Citation
Chevy Vega
Ford Mustang II
Ford Bronco II
Ford Festiva
Pontiac Aztec
Chrysler Cordova (w/Corinthian leather)
Ford Maverick
Ford Pinto
Ford Granada
Caddilac Cimmeron
Mercury Comet
Dodge Omni
Mercury Bobcat

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#568405 - 08/19/05 12:21 AM Re: Poll; Worst car by Detroit
kenw Offline


Registered: 10/10/04
Posts: 1979
Loc: Houston
Most of the Lincoln/Mercury products of the 70s-80s:

"Let's take a Ford, double the tail lights, add some chrome and call it a "luxury car"....

Think I'm kidding?

Pinto tailights x2=Bobcat
Granada x2=Monarch
heck even today Explorer x2= Navigator

How about a 4 door Thunderbird? huh?
Mustang 2 (aka Gelding 1)

(i'm not picking on Ford but all the other candidates have already been horsewhipped)

now, back to overall junk: K cars. period. and anyone who doubts the stupidity of the buying public should remember that these abominations were credited with saving Chrysler!

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#568406 - 08/19/05 12:24 AM Re: Poll; Worst car by Detroit
brianl703 Offline


Registered: 05/07/04
Posts: 10487
Loc: Manassas, VA
Actually, the Navigator is an Expedition x2.

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