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    Car & Driver Picks The Worst Car Of All Time

    Car & Driver (Magazine)
    July 2020
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    Worst Cars of All Time are listed by category.

    One vehicle makes ALL the categories.

    "Crap Quality"
    1970 AMC Gremlin
    1971 Chevrolet Vega
    2011 Ford Fiesta
    2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadifoglio
    1982 Renault Fuego
    1974 Ford Mustang II
    2012 Ford Focus
    1981 DeLorean DMC-12
    1986 Hyundai Excel
    1979 Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel
    1976 Chevrolet Chevette
    1980 GM X-Cars (Citation, Phoenix, Omega, Skylark)

    "Terrible Handling"
    1984 Ford Bronco II
    1986 Suzuki Samurai
    2001 Mitsubishi Montero
    1971 Cadillac Eldorado
    2014 Mitsubishi Mirage
    2014 Fiat 500L
    1968 Subaru 360
    2008 Smart Fortwo
    2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
    1982 Cadillac Cimarron

    "Questionable Safety"
    1991 Ford Explorer

    "Hideous"
    2012 Mitsubishi I-Miev
    2001 Pontiac Aztek
    2012 Toyota Prius C
    2014 Google Firefly
    1971 Ford Pinto
    2011 Nissan Juke
    2016 Toyota Prius
    2003 Chevrolet SSR
    1958 Edsel (Complete Line)
    2004 Kia Amanti
    2000 Daewoo Nubria

    "Underpowered"
    1980 Ferrari Mondial 8

    One vehicle was judged to have all of the above qualities.

    Ugly, slow, sloppy, shoddy and deadly. These are the capital vices of the four-wheeled species.
    Detroit's fall, as glutton gave way to sloth in the 70s and 80s, plays heavily in any discussion of
    the worst cars of all time. But no automaker is without sin - not even Ferrari.

    There is however, only one car guilty of every major trespass against its owners:

    The 1986 Yugo GV















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    Re: Car & Driver Picks The Worst Car Of All Time

    I would occasionally have lunch with Zora Duntov. It was around 1986 he told me he was retained to to try to improve the handling of the Yugo. I thought it was a fool’s errand but Zora was an engineer’s engineer an viewed it as a challenge. Not sure how it ended up but I don’t think it went anywhere.

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    Re: Car & Driver Picks The Worst Car Of All Time

    The SSR wasn't ugly, IMO.
    The Ford Granada deserves a place on the crap list. Worst car I've ever driven, although the Dodge Colt comes close

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    Re: Car & Driver Picks The Worst Car Of All Time

    I remember when Consumer Reports did a rating of the Yugo. It was so bad that CR actually recommended that you buy any similarly priced used car instead.

    "Terrible handling" for the Cimmaron is a new one for me and the Pinto should be first on the questionable safety category.

    The Dodge Neon might fit into most of the categories also.
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    Re: Car & Driver Picks The Worst Car Of All Time

    Quote Originally Posted by steve333 View Post
    The Ford Granada deserves a place on the crap list. Worst car I've ever driven, although the Dodge Colt comes close
    It's twin in the US the Mercury Monarch should join the Granada at least for the "crap quality" part. I learned to rebuild carburetors thanks to that car needing that fix every 3-6 months on my mom's car. It had a damn nice leather interior though.
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    Re: Car & Driver Picks The Worst Car Of All Time

    Quote Originally Posted by steve333 View Post
    The SSR wasn't ugly, IMO.
    IMO, they're very good looking.
    I'm a fan of the SSR, I see 'em at car shows all the time.

    I think I've driven about a half dozen of the cars on these lists, including the SSR.
    Don't see no Merkurs on there.
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    Re: Car & Driver Picks The Worst Car Of All Time

    Quote Originally Posted by Dovetonsils View Post

    "Terrible handling" for the Cimmaron is a new one for me and the Pinto should be first on the questionable safety category.
    It was a while ago, but I seem to remember reading the Cimmaron handled terribly...it was on the Cavalier chassis...and I thought I read they really didn't make very many (if any at all) changes to it..yet the Cimmaron weighed a couple hundred lbs more (like 200-250 lbs...and that is for a car in the low to mid 2000lb range back then). Basically, the Cavalier wasn't even class leading in handling back then..and GM just added a bunch of weight to the Cimmaron.

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    Re: Car & Driver Picks The Worst Car Of All Time

    Only one German car makes it on here? No Range Rovers or Land Rovers?...Jags?

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    Only one German car makes it on here? No Range Rovers or Land Rovers?...Jags?
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    Re: Car & Driver Picks The Worst Car Of All Time

    I think the SSR is pretty cool looking.

    As for the 2004 Kia Amanti and 2000 Daewoo Nubria, I think they lean toward very bland with a few odd design elements, but I wouldn't call them ugly. The Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is much worse looking than either.

    Maybe it's more appropriate to say the Cimmaron handled poorly for its luxury segment where the standards are higher? Meaning what is ok for a Cavalier is not ok for a Cadillac.

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    Re: Car & Driver Picks The Worst Car Of All Time

    90% of this list is historical revisionism, but I had a feeling it would be the Yugo in first place.

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    I still regard the Chevy SSR as one of the ugliest vehicles Detroit has ever made, right up there with MKT and Aztec. There is something offensive about a pickup that looks like a weird hybrid of the Ford Retrobird and a PT Cruiser. It's so obnoxiously nonsensical and cartoonish.

    I've honestly never driven or owned a car that I would consider garbage...relative to the era anyway. I think the worst car I've ever been in however was an early 90's Pontiac Sunbird and the slowest and worst handling vehicle I've ever drive is a 2004 Chevy Tahoe (My Brother in-law has one). That Tahoe is also the creakiest thing I've ever heard, the creaking plastics of that interior are eye-opening.
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    Re: Car & Driver Picks The Worst Car Of All Time

    Not sure what year it was, but I believe a Yugo driven by a young woman was the only car ever to literally be blown off the Mackinaw Bridge in a gust of wind. The car and the driver went nearly 200 ft down to the water below which itself is close to 250 ft deep.

    (Anyone who's driven across the Big Mack knows that sense of nervousness while traveling on the open grid in the middle of the span and that sigh of relief when they've gotten to the other side. The Yugo incident gives those feelings all the cred they need.)


    EDIT: From Wikipedia: "On September 22, 1989, Leslie Ann Pluhar died when her 1987 Yugo plunged over the 36-inch-high (91 cm) railing. High winds were initially blamed,[35] which was not supported by recorded wind speed measurements taken on and around the bridge at the time of the accident.[36][37] Later investigation showed the driver lost control due to excessive speed and her vehicle bumped the bridge's 4-inch-high median and then crossed back through the northbound lanes, hitting a curb, jumping an outer guardrail and falling off the bridge."
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    Re: Car & Driver Picks The Worst Car Of All Time

    Eldorados had a great ride with the rear air suspension, and the cars were huge so i would have no expectation of tight handling

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    Re: Car & Driver Picks The Worst Car Of All Time

    Worst cars I've ever been in myself was:

    1) the last gen Nissan Versa - loud (I kept checking to see if the windows were down), uncomfortable, slow....
    2) Chrysler Sebring Convertible (2005 or 2006) - I've never driven anything that felt so dead and lacking in structural rigidity, squeaks and rattles...
    4) Dodge Caliber was awful - ugly, uncomfortable, loud, slow and reeked of cheapness.

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