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2005-11-27 03:07:24 AM
The Aztek is so ugly, that there was a website produced providing loyal Aztec drivers with snappy come-backs to the oft-shout phrase, "Your car is the ugliest car ever made."
 
2005-11-27 03:09:19 AM
HAHAHAHA!!!! The Ford Pinto.

Say no more.
 
2005-11-27 03:13:11 AM
For a list of the "worst cars ever made", the Citroen gets a pretty complimentary description.
 
2005-11-27 03:16:11 AM
I nominate the Renault LeCar. Worst car I've ever driven.
 
2005-11-27 03:16:36 AM
What, no Edsel?

Besides, I've always kinda liked the Element. Reminds me of a Transformer.
 
2005-11-27 03:17:46 AM
The FB has an Element. It's not a bad car. Ugly as all get-out, but not bad.
 
2005-11-27 03:32:29 AM
MaxxLarge: What, no Edsel?

The Edsel was a marketing failure, but wasn't a crappy car. My dad has a 1959 Edsel Corsair convertable. Thing still runs like a dream.
 
2005-11-27 04:07:21 AM
Dang, I was hoping the Pacer would be on that short list. But I'm happy to see the H2 on that list.
 
2005-11-27 04:20:19 AM
My dad turned a Pinto into an autocross car. It was hilarious. He put in a sway bar and a Mustang engine. Roll bar, with one bucket seat.

The looks he would get when he would start it and it would give that low rumble were great.
 
2005-11-27 04:47:34 AM
MrWhipee: I nominate the Renault LeCar. Worst car I've ever driven.

Then you must've driven a "bad" one because I used to have one and it rocked my socks! That thing was so fast and drove like a little MG.
 
2005-11-27 05:57:26 AM
The FB has an Element. It's not a bad car. Ugly as all get-out, but not bad.

fb- is the father.
 
2005-11-27 09:39:45 AM
I used to own a 1980 Pinto, made during the post-exploding-tank era. It was good for a few years, then it started falling apart. I was afraid that one day it would try to re-enact the scene from The Blues Brothers where the Bluesmobile disintegrated all at once.
 
2005-11-27 09:56:45 AM
muck1969: Dang, I was hoping the Pacer would be on that short list.

see #3
 
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2005-11-27 10:00:48 AM
What, no ZAZ, "the synonym of poor comfort and performance"?
 
2005-11-27 10:31:51 AM
no chevy malibu?
no entire kia line?
 
2005-11-27 10:33:44 AM
 
2005-11-27 10:33:45 AM
They left off the Jetta TDI MkIV. The engine supplies more torque than the mounts can handle and then...engine meet ground. Call some junkyards to find a replacement engine and hey they're all broken in the same place. Does VW admit it, fark are you crazy? of course they don't.
 
2005-11-27 10:35:17 AM
The Yugo. A friend bought it and the car was demolished in a 5mph crash!
 
2005-11-27 10:35:21 AM
More of and ugly car list than a crappy one, Submitter. If it was a crappy list, it would be full of Volkswagons.
 
2005-11-27 10:36:17 AM
I was prepared to consider the article crap, but the Hummer did make the list.

course, they didn't talk about how badly it's built, only that it wastes gas, but it's still in it's deserved place at least.
 
2005-11-27 10:38:09 AM
No Gremiln?
 
2005-11-27 10:38:22 AM
phenn: The FB?
You mean the FB Aiiiight?
 
2005-11-27 10:39:56 AM
Some of those are actually Good cars that are just Monkeys ButtUgly (Honda Element). Others are total crap.
 
2005-11-27 10:40:07 AM
The H2 is crappy? Ok, maybe you don't like the gas mileage, but it is hardly crappy
 
2005-11-27 10:41:45 AM
We have an Element. And I will grant you that it is odd looking but it is the most "utility" oriented SUV built. The no-frills interior is great if you have dogs, a kid or like to do muddy outdoor activities or, in our case, all three. I can remove the seats and stuff a huge amount of stuff inside, great for trips to the dump, Home Depot or recycling. To us, it made a lot more sense then getting a vehicle with a nice interior that would get ruined by the hounds or normal wear and tear.

The Element is based on the Honda CR-V so it is a proven platform. I think that the article was biased to the writer's tastes as opposed to a factual objective review. Some vehicles were/are poorly made but the Element isn't one of them.
 
2005-11-27 10:42:04 AM
I'm with you, Muta .

I drove a Germlin in undergraduate school. It was the Babe Magnet of all time. Problem was the poles were reversed.

/things turned around once I got the Camaro.
//tough to fark in a Camaro, though.
 
2005-11-27 10:42:06 AM
Muta: No Gremiln?

I agree.

That said, the very thing that makes those cars so hated is the same reason why it would be cool to own most of them.
 
2005-11-27 10:42:08 AM
No Dodge Intrepid?
 
2005-11-27 10:42:10 AM
Friend Taylor says that the Aztek looks like a minivan humping a LeMans.
 
2005-11-27 10:42:18 AM
Unlikely: TheGOOCH has an H2

Very Likely: TheGOOCH is an Icy Hot Stunta
 
2005-11-27 10:42:25 AM
No Geo Metro? Surely a car with a 3-cylinder engine and a chassis that can be torn in half by a stop sign deserves a spot!
 
2005-11-27 10:43:00 AM
trips to the dump? what the?
 
2005-11-27 10:43:46 AM
where the hell is the edsel?
 
2005-11-27 10:44:17 AM
Those Scions look like pimped-out ice cream trucks. :D
 
2005-11-27 10:45:28 AM
davidfdm

It may be so, but the first time I saw one I nearly died from laughter. And the second time, and the third. Now, I just cringe and ask myself: "Why would someone buy that plastic thingie?"

You partially answered my questions, but still...
 
2005-11-27 10:45:39 AM
Anyone else have trouble "voting" or seeing results of same?

/Aztek is teh ugly
 
2005-11-27 10:45:41 AM
Unlikely: erickallen will make a witty comment
 
2005-11-27 10:46:01 AM
Yikes. I had never even seen the Toyota Scion. It is hideous!

We actually have a couple Elements at work. They drive ok, but ugly as sin.
 
2005-11-27 10:46:07 AM
No, the Scion is a refridgerator box with wheels.
 
2005-11-27 10:46:55 AM
I'm rather surprised the Edsel wasn't in there. Lots of problems and a front grille that looks like... You know...

It's a bit unfair to have the 2CV in there really. It was specifically designed for the budget end of the market (like the VW Beetle). I've heard it said that the original design spec was that it could carry two peasants and a sack of potatoes, and the only thing that changed over the years was the nationality of the peasants.
 
2005-11-27 10:47:05 AM
erickallen

You made my day with the Icy Hot Stunta reference.

Anyways, I think the worst car ever had to be the Lada. Rode in one, and seriously, I thought it was going to blow up at any moment.
 
2005-11-27 10:47:48 AM
Where's the Chevy Citation?

My first car was an '81 Citation X-11. 4 speed standard, rear drums that locked up a lot, oh year, that was a performance car.
 
2005-11-27 10:48:34 AM
I agree with most of the picks, but the Scion? If I was a young father it'd be perfect...great gas mileage and roomy enough for teh kids.
 
2005-11-27 10:48:38 AM
This is a pretty shiatty list. if the citroen CV is so bad, why were they lauding it's fuel efficiency and longevity? What's wrong with the scion xb or honda element besides unconventional styling? Are there mechanical/reliability problems like the vega? If this is a worldwide list, where's the Trabant?
 
2005-11-27 10:48:53 AM
intended to provide reasonably priced transport to rural French men. Built to operate under the most adverse conditions with the minimum of maintenance, the 2CV was famously fuel efficient and so became the transport of choice for the Green movement.

Yeah ... sounds terrible.

Who writes this garbage? Although I guess we should expect it from MSNBC.

And ... the Honda Element? Yeah, you could make a case that it's ugly -- but so's a woody. And unlike the Aztek, the Element actually has a lot of redeeming qualities, and isn't basically just a differently-shaped Expedition. And frankly, if you judge a car based on looks, that's probably the most shallow and ignorant way to go. There's so much that's so much more important about a car.

And ... The Toyota Scion? I've ridden in Toyota Scions. They ride better than a lot of Mercedes or Caddies, they have tons of cargo space (and if you windsurf or whatever, this is a big deal), they get great mileage, they handle well and are easy to park, they're reliable ... the list goes on.

Maybe the reason American cars are having such a hard time is that in other countries they're trying to build good cars, while here, the manufacturers are obsessed with shiny, cool-looking pieces of crap that go vroom.

Is America, as a society, really that vapid?
 
2005-11-27 10:49:02 AM
There are like 3 actually crappy cars, and then the rest are just styling mistakes from the last 2 years. WTF?
 
2005-11-27 10:51:21 AM
erickallen


I was thinking the same thing. I don't get Hummer people.
 
2005-11-27 10:51:29 AM
I call BS. The Hummer & Scion xB? Yes, they're both ugly but hardly failures in the market. The streets are peppered w/ both here.
 
2005-11-27 10:51:42 AM
Everytime I see an Element I want to run it off the road and put the owner out of his/her misery. Then off myself for having had to come near the thing.

/flat floor is creepy, in a panel van kind of way
 
2005-11-27 10:51:52 AM
zafner, totally agree with you about the element and the scion. they shouldn't be on that list.
 
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