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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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2013-04-11 12:20:53 AM

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

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It was basically a 4-banger Chevy Cavalier with leather uphostery, though it clost to twice the price of a Chevy (probably the equivalent of somewhere between $30K and $40K in 2013 dollars, I would guess), and a complete piece of shiat.  Anybody who bought one (including my friend's dad, who bought the first one I ever saw in person) was justifiably pointed at and laughed at by all other drivers.


The Cimarron was a flop, but not a Catera-level flop. They sold 25,000 the first year, about one-third of what they'd hoped for, and they sold that model for seven years. Not Edsel-category awful by any means.
 
2013-04-11 12:22:49 AM

Cyberluddite: NewportBarGuy: [i50.tinypic.com image 640x371]

""Soft Corinthian Leather!"

Proving the power of good marketing once again, those turds were actually good sellers.  You used to see them around everywhere.  My uncle even bought one brand new back in the day (though I was disappointed that his had velour upholstery--he didn't spring for the "fine Coreeeeeeeeeenthian leather").  It was a total piece of shiat.  He must've had it for only about 40K miles before it started burning a quart of oil about every 100 miles and leaking every fluid it had wherever it was parked--when it ran at all.  I think he ultimately sold it to some illegal immigrant Mexicans for 200 bucks or something.


AMC cars in the '70s were unbelievably awful (most American cars were, but AMC set the pace). We had a Hornet station wagon as a loaner once when our Toyota was in the shop. What a piece of crap.
 
2013-04-11 12:43:18 AM

The Irresponsible Captain: The Corvair would probably lift off the road if I tried.

Years past when, it was all I could afford, I drove a 65 Corvair,  four one barrel carbs 180 CID, with sandbags in the front storage area, thanks Ralph for the heads up, never had a problem with positive sway on a turn. Then one day on a four lane divided highway in a slow left turn another Corvair attempted to pass me and side rolled three times. No one seriously hurt but that along with the fact that the pushrod seals leaked more oil than the Exxon Valdez got it traded for an even less practical 1956 TR3 Triumph. Don't even get me started on aluminum block, teflon cylinder coated Vegas or Bic Pintos. The best low end cars were actually designed and marketed as such, original VW Bug, Morris Minor, Datsun B210, Honda Civic, Henry's T & first flathead V8 Fords . Things just don't work that way these days it seems.
 
2013-04-11 12:43:31 AM

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.


Don't listen to the naysayers. I'd buy it off you in a heartbeat. Wife would kill me, but I'd buy it.
 
2013-04-11 12:47:35 AM

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: They were still making the Avanti as recently as 2001.

[files.conceptcarz.com image 850x470] If my memory serves me right, it's a Mustang underneath. But it cost 100,000 dollars at the time.


I'm afraid to zoom in. I'm pretty sure the guy taking the picture (reflected in the window) is naked.
 
2013-04-11 12:47:50 AM
I swear I remember that a car dealer in Milwaukee who sold Yugos during their last year available here in the US actually had a BOGO (buy one get one) sale. You paid full price for a Yugo and you get another one free. THAT'S how unpopular they were at the time.

IIRC, the Yugo used a Fiat 128 powerplant. As someone who (regretfully) bought a 1974 Fiat 128, I can testify that no bigger piece of shiat existed in the annals of car-dom. Here is what I endured with my (purchased new) Fiat 128 in the first (and only) year of ownership:

1. On the 1 mile trip back from the dealer after taking initial delivery, the driver's side window crank came off in my hand

2.The rear window defroster lower half NEVER worked. The dealer ordered the replacement part (wires) for the defroster and the part NEVER arrived as of the day I sold the car, one year later.

3. The door locks had plastic slides where the key would slide in, instead of metal. As a result, whenever it snowed, the locks froze over and you had to thaw them in order to insert the key and unlock the door.

4. The car refused to start below freezing - period. I had a four speed and the car had to be push started or jumped every time (remember that this car was less than one year old)

5. The manual transmission had to be replaced TWICE in that first year.

The sad thing is that it was a blast to drive - handled really great, had a shiatload of room in a small car, nice vinyl seats, and was fun to drive...WHEN it was running. Traded it in on a 1976 Chevy Malibu...which was near totaled with 4K on the odometer by a drunk teenager while it was parked on the street...4 days before my first wedding.

/I suck at cars, apparently.
 
2013-04-11 12:49:11 AM
My first car was a 1965 Checker Marathon. Two tone silver and blue. Still have it sitting in storage. Put over 130.000 miles on it..I only drive it a few times in the summer when I go back to Kalamazoo to take it out of the barn.. My buddies and I had a lot of fun in that back seat in the summer time in South Haven..
 
2013-04-11 12:52:55 AM
The Aztek is awesome.
I love mine, and I'd buy another one for a second car in a second.
you can keep all the stupid identical looking crap cars you have.
 
2013-04-11 12:53:56 AM
www.classiccarart.us

This is an Edsel. Can't you just hear the car calling for a lick?

/link is hot like the car is not
 
2013-04-11 12:55:24 AM

Ima4nic8or: TeddyRooseveltsMustache: They were still making the Avanti as recently as 2001.

[files.conceptcarz.com image 850x470] If my memory serves me right, it's a Mustang underneath. But it cost 100,000 dollars at the time.

Bite your tongue. That is a Camaro under there.


I may be wrong, but I think Studebaker used a shortened Lark convertible frame under the Avanti. And they used Studebaker V8s (normally aspirated in the R1, and supercharged in the R2). But around '65 Studebaker quit making V8s and they began using Chevy small blocks.
 
2013-04-11 01:02:01 AM

rugsucka: Next one to be added to the list:  The 2014 Jeep Cherokee

I took the badging off my XJ when they unveiled this POS


OMFG that thing is hideous!
 
2013-04-11 01:02:23 AM

markie_farkie: Everything old is new again!

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[playswithcars.com image 400x273]



I'm getting a kick because I just bought a GMC Envoy XUV.  It was too nice to pass up.
 
2013-04-11 01:02:39 AM

BrianGriffin: 2.The rear window defroster lower half NEVER worked.

Why did a Yugo have a rear window defroster?... So when you were pushing them in the winter you could keep your hands warm, sometimes.
 
2013-04-11 01:03:05 AM

Jclark666: TeddyRooseveltsMustache: They were still making the Avanti as recently as 2001.

I'm afraid to zoom in. I'm pretty sure the guy taking the picture (reflected in the window) is naked.


No he's not, you prevert.  He's wearing a jacket.
 
2013-04-11 01:05:40 AM

Slayinit: It's ~rich~ Corinthian leather.


Came here to post that. I'm also fairly certain that they just made up the name Corinthian leather because it sounded nice.
 
2013-04-11 01:10:29 AM

The Irresponsible Captain: I never passed one in a Corvair...  The Corvair would probably lift off the road if I tried.


Heh... as much as I love my Corvair, this actually happens. I was driving on the highway at around 100 mph with the top down, feeling like the king of the world, when suddenly the steering wheel just went loose in my hands like it wasn't connected to anything, and the front end of the car lifted up slightly. My mouth suddenly tasted like hot copper and I nearly soiled my fine vinyl seats, and I drove home at about 40 mph.
 
2013-04-11 01:20:50 AM
1963 Studebaker Wagonaire Commercial With Mr.Ed
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFl23P30bNA
 
2013-04-11 02:09:23 AM

netgamer7k: What about this abomination to our eyes?


I like those. Could do withougt the screaming yellow.... But that, dropped 2", add silver.rims with a murder black.paintjob, and me likey.
 
2013-04-11 02:13:35 AM

skinink: "What do you mean the Pontiac Aztek is 'bad'?"
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It's the car equivalent of the tighty whities they make him wear allot like he did in Malcom in the Middle.
 
2013-04-11 02:18:53 AM

LucklessWonder: The current LucklessWonderMobile (except mine isn't in this good a shape)


I don't believe any of those still run.... My gawd what a clunkin hunk of shiat.
 
2013-04-11 02:35:20 AM

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

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I came for this.
 
2013-04-11 02:39:53 AM
The moral of this article and indeed of this thread is that the American Car industry and GM in particular are like the guys on Jackass. Constantly yelling "Watch this!" and nearly killing themselves.
 
2013-04-11 02:51:53 AM

brandent: 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.


I always heard from the body shop guys that rear end collisions were extremelly expensive to repair.
 
2013-04-11 02:59:25 AM

Mojongo: Shhhwing!
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Would love to have been in the ad agency meeting when they came up with that concept.

Adman: the Pacer is an abomination to every design aesthetic known to man.
Adman2: we'll have to counter this with something powerful
Adman3: Got it.  We'll make a woman's ass the focal point of the picture, and bigger than the car itself
Admen: Brilliant!
 
2013-04-11 04:04:10 AM

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!"


See also: Jaguar X-Type, which is basically a Mondeo with a tarted up body.
 
2013-04-11 04:14:23 AM

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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i've seen that model only three times. i was excited as hell the first time, looking forward to seeing many more. that is one sexy beast of a car. i love that car and i envy your ride. enjoy in good health you lucky farker you!


--- Chevrolet Chevette: a more miserable pathetic car i've never driven. simply horrible. i inherited one. the steering wheel was at a strange angle, it was made that way, very off putting. that car took five minutes to get up to highway speed and heaven help you when you needed braking power. simply terrible deathmobile. may they all rot in hell.
 
2013-04-11 04:14:59 AM

chicagogasman: My buddies and I had a lot of fun in that back seat


Good for you, being so comfortable with your sexuality so many decades before the Gay Pride movement.
 
2013-04-11 04:32:38 AM

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

[www.diseno-art.com image 400x275]

i've seen that model only three times. i was excited as hell the first time, looking forward to seeing many more. that is one sexy beast of a car. i love that car and i envy your ride. enjoy in good health you lucky farker you!


--- Chevrolet Chevette: a more miserable pathetic car i've never driven. simply horrible. i inherited one. the steering wheel was at a strange angle, it was made that way, very off putting. that car took five minutes to get up to highway speed and heaven help you when you needed braking power. simply terrible deathmobile. may they all rot in hell.


I'm going to guess a late C3 to a mid C4. Something from 1978 to 1991. Dark days for the Corvette.
 
2013-04-11 06:19:42 AM
Know what bums me out about modern vehicles? There's very little Sport Utility in SUV's. They're all sporty looking minivans I wouldn't trust on a rough shoulder in the rain.

Trucks have no weight over the rear wheels, while being rear wheel drive. And having an open bed has a whole slew of problems of its own. How the hell does anybody standing driving one? Even the biggest heaviest trucks weigh all of like 5 pounds over the rear wheels. Cut a hard fart when it's raining and you break traction.

Not that I can afford a new vehicle anyways. I'll probably drive this piece of shiat Ranger until the wheels fall off.

/Don't tell my Ranger I spoke poorly of her, she'll blow another head gasket
//In truth it's not a horrible truck, it just has absolutely no low-end torque and is a truck. Never realized how horrible trucks are until I bought one.
 
2013-04-11 06:36:21 AM
There are vehicles far uglier than the Pontiac Aztek on the road.  Behold:


Scion B

i50.tinypic.com


Nissan Cube

i47.tinypic.com


I'd take an Aztek over these two ugly farkers any day.
 
2013-04-11 06:51:46 AM

LucklessWonder: [www.cars-directory.net image 254x177]
The current LucklessWonderMobile (except mine isn't in this good a shape)


A friend of mine had am Aerostar. I called it the Dustbuster.
 
2013-04-11 06:52:47 AM
am = an.
 
2013-04-11 07:17:03 AM

Notabunny: KrispyKritter: --- Chevrolet Chevette: a more miserable pathetic car i've never driven. simply horrible. i inherited one. the steering wheel was at a strange angle, it was made that way, very off putting. that car took five minutes to get up to highway speed and heaven help you when you needed braking power. simply terrible deathmobile. may they all rot in hell.

I'm going to guess a late C3 to a mid C4. Something from 1978 to 1991. Dark days for the Corvette.


Go back and reread that a little more carefully.
 
2013-04-11 07:57:12 AM

Xenomech: There are vehicles far uglier than the Pontiac Aztek on the road.  Behold:


Scion B

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Nissan Cube

[i47.tinypic.com image 470x265]


I'd take an Aztek over these two ugly farkers any day.


My scion is probably the most reliable vehicle I've owned in years.
 
2013-04-11 07:57:23 AM

TheVeryDeadIanMartin: Slayinit: It's ~rich~ Corinthian leather.

Came here to post that. I'm also fairly certain that they just made up the name Corinthian leather because it sounded nice.


Ricardo admitted that point blank in an interview on a late night talk show.
 
2013-04-11 08:01:58 AM
Looking over this thread, my first thought was " Damn those are some ugly cars. Who the hell green lighted that?"
My second thought was "At least some manufacturers were trying different things. So many cars look the same today."
 
2013-04-11 08:03:18 AM
They must have sold more than 5000 Azteks.  I used to see tons of them and still see them quite frequently.  Unless they sold a large percentage of those 5000 in Pittsburgh, known for its taste.
 
2013-04-11 08:22:53 AM
My Yugo ran great for the several years I owned it. The only reason I don't still have it is that it was the small things that started going. I was being nickle and dimed by lights, or switches, or heater blowers.

Car ran great, had the loudest production stereo I've owned (although the one in my wife's current truck is louder), and gave me an enduring internet handle (nineteen years and counting). I don't think I ever had to have it towed anywhere for any reason.

I think the key was to wait about 10 years and buy one of the ones that was still running. The design was good, they were just produced in Yugoslavia for cripes' sake. Consistency in production was never a strong suit of the former Communist countries.
 
2013-04-11 09:04:24 AM
Over the years my family had several GM oddball models... Corvair, Buick Gran National (not a bad car at all), step mom had a Buick Reatta. It seemed like a slightly less failing version of that Catera thing. Not bad vehicles, the GN could have been a keeper. The 80's should get a pass as the entire decade basically sucked for cars.

/not buying the Aztek sales number, way too low
 
2013-04-11 09:27:14 AM

CognaciousThunk: Buick Gran Nationa

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Not much finer for the money in that time.  A nice restored one will set you back a bit.
 
2013-04-11 09:38:43 AM

Ima4nic8or: TeddyRooseveltsMustache: They were still making the Avanti as recently as 2001.

[files.conceptcarz.com image 850x470] If my memory serves me right, it's a Mustang underneath. But it cost 100,000 dollars at the time.

Bite your tongue. That is a Camaro under there.


Yeah that windshield screams Camaro.

/but the question is, did you consider that an insult to Mustangs, or a slight against Camaros?
 
2013-04-11 09:40:58 AM

Cyberluddite: VW bus (which to this day remains the worst-driving vehicle that was ever allowed to be driven on public roads).


Actually, as long as there wasn't a crosswind, the Bus was quite comfortable to drive long distances. On the other hand, as someone with a learner's permit at the time, driving it through Wyoming on a family trip was... interesting. At least the Bus in question had been repowered with a six-cylinder Corvair engine, so it didn't have trouble climbing.
 
2013-04-11 09:44:38 AM

Victoly: Notabunny: KrispyKritter: --- Chevrolet Chevette: a more miserable pathetic car i've never driven. simply horrible. i inherited one. the steering wheel was at a strange angle, it was made that way, very off putting. that car took five minutes to get up to highway speed and heaven help you when you needed braking power. simply terrible deathmobile. may they all rot in hell.

I'm going to guess a late C3 to a mid C4. Something from 1978 to 1991. Dark days for the Corvette.

Go back and reread that a little more carefully.


D'oh! Yes, all days were dark days for the Chevy Chevette.
 
2013-04-11 09:56:17 AM
I can't believe they only sold 5,020 Azteks.  5,000 of those must have been sold in SE Michigan with the employee discount plan...cause I see one of those abortions every day.

My son called the Aztek when it came out, a "Stormtrooper Car"..."cause it looks like something Stormtroopers would get out of"

Made sense to me.
 
2013-04-11 10:08:35 AM
Let's not forget the 1923 Chevrolet Series M Copper-Cooled. According to wikipedia, "Only a few made it to the sales floor, only to be recalled and destroyed by Chevrolet."
 
2013-04-11 10:59:17 AM

markie_farkie: Cyberluddite: Are you sure you aren't thinking of the Cimarron--as shown in my post up there at the top of this thread?  That was essentially a rebadged Chevy Cavalier. The Catera, as I understand it, was actually built in GM's division in Germany on an Opel platform.  I don't if that's any better, of course.

You are correct, sir.. The Catera was a decent car, just piss-poorly marketed, and at the time, people were fleeing to SUVs in droves, so a dinky 4-door Bimmer wannabe was basically screwed from the get-go.


Can confirm -- Owned a '97 Catera in around 2000.  Good little car, handled well for a Cadillac.  Without it there'd be no CTS.
 
2013-04-11 11:07:25 AM

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.


I saw a story on TV about an artist that would buy old Yugos and turn them into art. He had a couple Yugos he drove around in they were of course about 90% non factory parts in them.
 
RJB
2013-04-11 11:17:13 AM
200 comments in and no one has brought up the Lincoln Blackwood? It was an F-150 at roughly double the price, without four-wheel-drive, and with a carpeted bed featuring an permanently-affixed power cap. Withdrawn after only one year.
 
2013-04-11 11:29:41 AM

RJB: 200 comments in and no one has brought up the Lincoln Blackwood? It was an F-150 at roughly double the price, without four-wheel-drive, and with a carpeted bed featuring an permanently-affixed power cap. Withdrawn after only one year.


They call it the Ford Platinum now.
 
RJB
2013-04-11 11:42:35 AM

The Muthaship: RJB: 200 comments in and no one has brought up the Lincoln Blackwood? It was an F-150 at roughly double the price, without four-wheel-drive, and with a carpeted bed featuring an permanently-affixed power cap. Withdrawn after only one year.

They call it the Ford Platinum now.


Or the Mark LT. Those are least usable trucks. They're showy and expensive, and their chrome trim might not handle abuse as well as a lower-tier truck, but you can throw stuff in the bed, FFS.
 
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