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(Yahoo)   The five biggest flop, worst-selling car models of all time. It's not surprising that the Pontiac Aztek is on the list, but the 1964 Studebaker Wagonaire "convertible station wagon" actually seems kinda cool   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 210
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2013-04-10 08:15:38 PM
The sad thing is the concept that ultimately became the Aztek was 10000 times better looking.  I suspect some assholes in marketing stepped in and forced more BRAND UNITY IDENTIFIER changes onto the final design.

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2013-04-10 08:16:27 PM

bighoss: I nominate the Volkswagen Thing for one of the ugliest cars ever to make the road, although they looked fun to drive.


I had a friend who had one back in the day.  You are correct that it's at or near the top of any short list of the ugliest cars to ever hit the road.  You are incorrect in expecting that it was in any way fun to drive.  It was even less fun to drive than VW Beetle, though not as bad as driving a VW bus (which to this day remains the worst-driving vehicle that was ever allowed to be driven on public roads).
 
2013-04-10 08:16:29 PM

markie_farkie: Everything old is new again!

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I thought of this mess - files.conceptcarz.com
 
2013-04-10 08:16:53 PM

bighoss: I nominate the Volkswagen Thing for one of the ugliest cars ever to make the road, although they looked fun to drive.


Those were fun little cars. A couple of brother I was friend with had one and I loved it.
 
2013-04-10 08:17:25 PM
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2013-04-10 08:18:24 PM
I love reading about the delusion of GM with that cimarron.  theres a wealth of information out there on that horrible, failed attempt of a car.

Count me as one of the few people that legit love the plymouth prowler though.  I've always thought that was a really cool looking ride, much sweeter than the SSR or a few other cars trying to get into that retro look.
 
2013-04-10 08:19:02 PM

DeadPuppySociety: Studebaker hawk...YEAAH!


Studebaker Hawk can write the Lord's Prayer on the head of a pin!
 
2013-04-10 08:19:47 PM

Cyberluddite: Tellingthem: I've said this before but i kinda like the Aztek. I think it is because it's so bad...

I think it was actually pretty well liked by those who bought them, and some of the features and characteristics seemed to be pretty good ideas.  The main problem was that it was so goddamn fugly that most people wouldn't buy it even if the thing had features that would serve you champagne and caviar and give you road head while you drove it.


Yeah I've always heard that they were good cars...but that styling was...different. But again I think maybe thats why I like it. I sure as hell not going to say the same for the Juke...
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2013-04-10 08:22:32 PM

meteorite: Those were fun little cars. A couple of brother I was friend with had one and I loved it.


If by "fun" you mean a car that's so slow it felt like you were dragging an anchor while running on one cylinder, handled like Model T with 4 flat tires, had the fit and finish (and look) of a homemade duck blind, and assured you that you would always be, depending on season, freezing your ass off, sweating your nuts off, and/or soaking wet (while being buffetted by wind regardless of conditions), then yes, it was a lot of "fun."
 
2013-04-10 08:24:23 PM
I liked my Aztek. I could actually move stuff around in it. Sure, I looked like a chump, but I was a chump that could move stuff in my car. It meant that I could buy cheap furniture second-hand from people, since I could come pick it up. It wasn't a pick-up, but it was only two grand.
 
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2013-04-10 08:25:38 PM
Only person I knew with an Aztec was a Peruvian descendant of the Inca aka my boss, so I never mentioned that I found it amusing.
 
2013-04-10 08:26:43 PM

Pointy Tail of Satan: BMW only made 2200 of the first model MZ3 Coupe. When I die, they are gonna bury me in mine.

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2013-04-10 08:27:20 PM

Jument: I owned a K-car wagon back when I was in high school. I think my parents were ok with me having it because they knew it would repel the ladies, which it did.


My dad bought an Aries-K back in 84. It got pretty good gas mileage and was pretty reliable for the first 80,000 miles or so. Then the carburetor took a shiat and lo and behold, they didn't manufacture it anymore, nor would any other carb fit on the rather odd manifold they had put on it. It sat for about six months. I went down there for a job, and took measurements on it, and machined an adapter/riser plate out of aluminium that would fit a Weber to it, and he got another 200,000 miles out of it before some drunk sideswiped it out of commission. Took a bit of dorking around with the throttle linkage, but he was happy.
 
2013-04-10 08:27:24 PM

netgamer7k: [upload.wikimedia.org image 280x190]

What about this abomination to our eyes?


That hideous thing was driven by an utter douche who ran for city commission where I lived. He was an evil bastard who owned one of those "HELP U SELL" realty joints. He had thin, pepperoni colored lips and shot his mouth off about the virtues of using property valuations to force people who owned $80-$100K houses to sell and move to more expensive houses so that landlords could "develop the (former) properties their their true potential". He did not win, his bidness failed, and I hope that farking car blew a rod through the hood.
 
2013-04-10 08:28:42 PM

dumbobruni: sales figures are wrong.

the Yugo GV is listed as only selling 4400 cars, but Yugo actually sold over 140,000 of them.

Cadillac sold almost 100,000 Cateras, not under 10k as this "article" claims.


Notice that there is a *year* model next to each one. That number is not for the full production run.
 
2013-04-10 08:29:40 PM

Pointy Tail of Satan: BMW only made 2200 of the first model MZ3 Coupe. When I die, they are gonna bury me in mine.


Well, that's convenient that you've found a good use for it, since nobody will ever want to buy that thing off of you.  And I say that evan as a longtime Bimmer aficianado who likes damn near everything they've ever made.
 
2013-04-10 08:30:22 PM
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2013-04-10 08:30:46 PM

atomic-age: dumbobruni: sales figures are wrong.

the Yugo GV is listed as only selling 4400 cars, but Yugo actually sold over 140,000 of them.

Cadillac sold almost 100,000 Cateras, not under 10k as this "article" claims.

Notice that there is a *year* model next to each one. That number is not for the full production run.


actually, they are not for single years.

the figures for the catera and yugo are for the last 3 years of production.
 
2013-04-10 08:31:27 PM

Invisible Dynamite Monkey: Pointy Tail of Satan: BMW only made 2200 of the first model MZ3 Coupe. When I die, they are gonna bury me in mine.

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Driving one of these was perilous.

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2013-04-10 08:33:33 PM
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The current LucklessWonderMobile (except mine isn't in this good a shape)
 
2013-04-10 08:35:55 PM

dumbobruni: atomic-age: dumbobruni: sales figures are wrong.

the Yugo GV is listed as only selling 4400 cars, but Yugo actually sold over 140,000 of them.

Cadillac sold almost 100,000 Cateras, not under 10k as this "article" claims.

Notice that there is a *year* model next to each one. That number is not for the full production run.

actually, they are not for single years.

the figures for the catera and yugo are for the last 3 years of production.


So why would they put a year model on them? Puzzling.

There was a guy in the city where I used to live who collected and restored Yugos. I am not kidding. I've got some crazy collections, but that is the lamest hobby ever. He drove a Yugo everywhere he went; had 4-8 of them at any given time. He always looked miserable on the road.
 
2013-04-10 08:36:38 PM

Alonjar: The reason the Cadillac Catera failed is because it was a farking Cadillac built on the cavalier platform... "lets slap our luxury emblem on the cheapest econobox General Motors makes!  Brilliant!"


Not quite. It was an Opel Omega with Cadillac badge. Unfortunately, they changed a couple things to make it more American, as in it rides like a couch with shiatty handling and auto trans.
When I lived in Germany, my work vehicle for a while was an Omega wagon with the 3.0 6 cyl engine and manual trans.
Talk about a sports wagon.

/here come the M5 and E63 wannabes
 
2013-04-10 08:38:30 PM

Ed Grubermann: bighoss: I nominate the Volkswagen Thing for one of the ugliest cars ever to make the road, although they looked fun to drive.

Yes, but VW knew they were ugly and used that as part of their advertising.


I will buy the kubelwagen, Mein Fuhrer!!
 
2013-04-10 08:39:21 PM
My brother drove an Aztek. He still swears that marketed properly, it could have saved Pontiac.

/We don't take him seriously.
//About anything.
 
2013-04-10 08:41:16 PM

atomic-age: dumbobruni: atomic-age: dumbobruni: sales figures are wrong.

the Yugo GV is listed as only selling 4400 cars, but Yugo actually sold over 140,000 of them.

Cadillac sold almost 100,000 Cateras, not under 10k as this "article" claims.

Notice that there is a *year* model next to each one. That number is not for the full production run.

actually, they are not for single years.

the figures for the catera and yugo are for the last 3 years of production.

So why would they put a year model on them? Puzzling.

There was a guy in the city where I used to live who collected and restored Yugos. I am not kidding. I've got some crazy collections, but that is the lamest hobby ever. He drove a Yugo everywhere he went; had 4-8 of them at any given time. He always looked miserable on the road.


At the scottsdale Barrett-Jackson they sold a Yugo that had 350 miles.

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2013-04-10 08:49:06 PM

Invisible Dynamite Monkey: Pointy Tail of Satan: BMW only made 2200 of the first model MZ3 Coupe. When I die, they are gonna bury me in mine.

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2013-04-10 08:51:23 PM
...The Studie Wagonaire had two problems - first, the gaskets around that sliding panel were, shall we say, bad.  Second, it was a Studebaker.  They started building them less than a year before Studie ended US production in December '63, and nobody wanted to be stuck with a car that seemed as if it would be an orphan momentarily.  Any of the Big Three would have had the time and money to try and fix it, but Studebaker was doomed, and it never had a chance.  They did keep making the Wagonaire in Canada, but it was mostly to run down parts supplies.

They had big plans, though - the Sceptre would have been the '65 replacement for the Hawk:
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2013-04-10 08:51:56 PM
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2013-04-10 08:52:53 PM
I have a buddy from college that bought an Aztek brand new and has driven it ever since.  Just saw on FB he rolled 200k in it last week.  Two hundred thousand embarrassing miles.
 
2013-04-10 09:01:44 PM

Cyberluddite: Pointy Tail of Satan: BMW only made 2200 of the first model MZ3 Coupe. When I die, they are gonna bury me in mine.

Well, that's convenient that you've found a good use for it, since nobody will ever want to buy that thing off of you.  And I say that evan as a longtime Bimmer aficianado who likes damn near everything they've ever made.


It's if it's a relatively unmolested S54, I'll be first in line.
 
2013-04-10 09:02:21 PM

NotoriousW.O.P: My brother drove an Aztek. He still swears that marketed properly, it could have saved Pontiac.

/We don't take him seriously.
//About anything.


It wasn't a bad car and it kicked off the crossover market, it was just ugly as sin.

The concept was slightly better..

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2013-04-10 09:06:02 PM
Condoms prevent mini vans.
 
2013-04-10 09:06:33 PM
You know you're a real stud muffin riding in this:

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2013-04-10 09:09:03 PM
My dad was always into weird cars. Owned a 4Runner when they first came out, removable roof and all.
Bought my mom one of the first Fieros in our town. Might have been the first to hit the road here.
My wife has an Aztek and loves it! We still think it's ugly as home made sin, but it's comfortable, drives good, hauls shiate and gets decent mileage.
 
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2013-04-10 09:10:33 PM

Cyberluddite: The Cadillac Catera certainly wasn't Cadillac's first major flop.  There was also this monstrosity, the Cadillac Cimarron of the 1980s


such a flop it stayed on the market for 7 years.
 
2013-04-10 09:11:13 PM
I almost bought an Edsel once. In my younger days I had a thing for big old luxury cars... the bigger & older the better.

So the '59 Edsel 4 door in gremlin green really caught my eye. Was in good shape too... the things were made out of battleship armor, so it hadn't rusted much.
I probably would have bought it if we could've kept it running long enough to get out of the car lot.
 
2013-04-10 09:12:15 PM

"What do you mean the Pontiac Aztek is 'bad'?"


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2013-04-10 09:12:30 PM

thornhill: Besides being ugly, was there actually anything wrong with the Aztek? It just seemed like one of the many SUVs built on a minivan chassie that were popular at the time.


The Aztek's sins were skin deep. The Buick version was less ugly.
 
2013-04-10 09:13:35 PM

Erebus1954: [nozama.typepad.com image 640x480]
They don't make them like this anymore.


You think you hate it now, but wait till you drive it.
 
2013-04-10 09:15:17 PM

SurelyShirley: Alonjar: The reason the Cadillac Catera failed is because it was a farking Cadillac built on the cavalier platform... "lets slap our luxury emblem on the cheapest econobox General Motors makes!  Brilliant!"

Not quite. It was an Opel Omega with Cadillac badge. Unfortunately, they changed a couple things to make it more American, as in it rides like a couch with shiatty handling and auto trans.
When I lived in Germany, my work vehicle for a while was an Omega wagon with the 3.0 6 cyl engine and manual trans.
Talk about a sports wagon.


The UK traffic police used them as patrol/high speed pursuit cars. If you saw a white Vauxhall Omega in your mirrors you moved over, it was probably a cop.
 
2013-04-10 09:17:01 PM

x23: Cyberluddite: The Cadillac Catera certainly wasn't Cadillac's first major flop.  There was also this monstrosity, the Cadillac Cimarron of the 1980s

such a flop it stayed on the market for 7 years.


It was still a joke to call it a Cadillac and it almost killed the brand name all together...
 
2013-04-10 09:20:29 PM
SurelyShirley

My sports wagon? 94 Volvo 940 Turbo. It's built like a farking tank. Someone rear-ended me about 8 months ago at 25 MPH. It picked my car up and spun it 90 deg. My rear bumper had a quarter sized piece of plastic missing. The other guys car was totaled.


/I laughed.
 
2013-04-10 09:22:24 PM
They left out the '61 DeSoto which only sold 3,034 units. De Soto was discontinued 45 days after the '61 were introduced. It is by far one of the weirdest looking cars of the 1960s.
http://auto.howstuffworks.com/1960-1961-desoto3.htm
 
2013-04-10 09:24:02 PM
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The Tucker 48 would like a recount.
 
2013-04-10 09:24:45 PM

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A friend's dad had one of those when I was a kid.  I had no idea that it was a vehicle of significance.  I just knew it was weird lookin'.
 
2013-04-10 09:25:31 PM
I liked the Aztek (always thought it looked like a Mars buggy). Would have bought one, but Consumer Reports rankings didn't give it great reliabilty.
IMO the Honda Element is the "ugly" one from that time.

/As far as the Thing goes, you guys do realize that car was based on a Nazi jeep, right?
 
2013-04-10 09:27:52 PM

fusillade762: when GM unveiled the Aztek, says he'll never forget the gasp he heard from the crowd

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2013-04-10 09:29:23 PM

markie_farkie: The sad thing is the concept that ultimately became the Aztek was 10000 times better looking.  I suspect some assholes in marketing stepped in and forced more BRAND UNITY IDENTIFIER changes onto the final design.

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I saw one of these today and was like "what is that?"  Basically the same car but with AWD and better looking.
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2013-04-10 09:36:26 PM

Pointy Tail of Satan: BMW only made 2200 of the first model MZ3 Coupe. When I die, they are gonna bury me in mine.


I understand that it has almost perfect 50/50 weight balance between front and rear axles. I've always wanted to take one for a spin, but never had the cash for the opportunity.
 
2013-04-10 09:38:13 PM

thornhill: Besides being ugly, was there actually anything wrong with the Aztek? It just seemed like one of the many SUVs built on a minivan chassie that were popular at the time.


The official review.
http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/pontiac-aztek-gt-road-test

The answer:  not much wrong with it.  Basically the first major attempt at a cross over.  Before its time and a little ugly.  They made something very similar in a buick model with better styling and it sold just fine.
 
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