Ten More of the Worst Cars Ever Made
Ten More of the Worst Cars Ever Made
I really didn't expect the first Ten of the Worst Cars Ever Made Hub to trigger the firestorm of hate and love I saw.
You would think that I was writing about religion or politics!
So I decided to make another Hub with more terrible cars.
A lot of you mentioned cars in other lands that were just as crappy as these cars, but since I know little (nothing) about them, I didn't include them here.
Maybe some of you that know more about that subject can enlighten us.
And a couple of these cars were included by popular demand.
Like the last list, a lot of these cars I disagree with, but usually from a design point of view.
And like the last list, the major makes are all represented.
We have representatives from Chevrolet, Pontiac, Cadillac, Plymouth and Ford.
1. 1980 Corvette 305 "California"
Yes it's a Corvette.
Like the Camaro last time, it's not the car, it's what they did to it.
You take one of the greatest sports/muscle cars of all time and you put a 305 V8 in it that produces 180 horsepower?
And to make it even worse you give it a three speed automatic transmission?
Why didn't they just take a wheel off?
On the bright side, you did get a $50.00 tax credit for buying one.
2. 1974 Pontiac GTO
Again, I think GTOs are awesome.
But should this car really be called a GTO?
Looking to compete with cars like the Plymouth Duster 360, Ford Maverick Grabber and AMC Hornet X, Pontiac re badged the Ventura (which was basically a re-vamped Nova).
They pulled out all the stops and gave it a Hurst floor shifter and a 350 V8 capable of pushing the GTO from 0-60 in 7.7 seconds.
So it really wasn't a bad car.
But how do real Goat fans feel about the Ventura carrying the GTO name?
Personally I had a friend that had one with the 350 and I think a three speed and that thing would go like a bat out of hell.
3. 1981 Cadillac Fleetwood V8-6-4
The 368 L62 V8-6-4 V8 was really ahead of it's time.
Cylinders were activated and deactivated according to the drivers needs.
Not a bad concept really, but they hadn't gotten the tech down yet.
Imagine cruising down the highway at speed with 4 cylinders pushing the car, needing to pass someone and romping down on the pedal, only to have to wait for the computer to tell the engine to activate the other six cylinders.
A lot of owners just yanked the one wire that controlled it.
4. Pontiac Fiero
Okay, I liked the look of the Fiero.
But 260 of the 370,168 built caught fire.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said "Low levels of engine oil may cause a connecting rod to break, allowing oil to escape and come into contact with engine parts. The oil would catch fire when it contacted the exhaust manifold or hot exhaust components."
Just make sure the oil was full right?
Well the factory listed the Fiero's oil capacity at three quarts when it was actually 4.5.
So if you followed the factory specs, you were always low.
Besides catching on fire, the Fieros also (ironically) had problems with their cooling systems.
5. Plymouth Prowler
Another car I really liked the look of, despite the fact that some of my hot-rodding friends were appalled by the idea of a factory made hot rod.
I think what bothered them the most was not having a manual shifter as an option.
That and only being available with a V6.
Imagine the fire breather that could have been with a 360 V8 (or even a 318) and a manual transmission!
Like I said, personally I liked the car.
Over at the SRT Forum, there is a thread about a guy that fixed the power problem by putting a 6.1 SRT Hemi in one.
6. Ford Bronco II
While everyone bashes the Corvair for safety issues, the Ford Bronco II was worse in my opinion.
Because the Bronco II's suspension had a design flaw.
It was not only top heavy, but it forced itself over in a turn.
What's worse, Ford knew about this, but thought it was cheaper to hire lawyers for the lawsuits that they knew were coming rather than going to the expense of fixing the design flaw!
And what's even worse than that, they knew about it before the Bronco was released!
7. Chevrolet Monza
A lot of people dump on the Monza, but I really didn't think they were all that bad.
A friend of mine had a 1977 Monza Mirage with a 305 that would flat out fly.
He painted the car white, taking off the horrid red and blue stripes.
On a side note, the Monza replaced the Vega.
8. DeLorean DMC-12
Yes Dr. Emmett Brown's time machine.
DeLorean said the DMC-12 could run 0-60 in 8.8 seconds. but when Road & Track tried it, the best they could get was 10.5.
DeLorean also said the DMC-12 could hit 130 mph, but the best R&T could get was 109.
At over 2,700 pounds and being powered by a 130 horsepower engine, it's not surprising.
The car whose name came to mean failure.
Even though I actually like the way it looks (it kinda reminds me of the TV Batmobile).
Several factors contributed to the Edsel legacy.
The recession of 1957-58 hurt sales, people really didn't like the name, mechanical flaws and lax quality controls hurt word of mouth and people just didn't like the design.
Despite all this, the Edsel is a highly collectible item with vintage car lovers.
Convertible versions can fetch anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000 today.
10. Chevrolet Vega
Yes, by popular demand, the Chevrolet Vega.
Even though it has a bad rep today, the Vega was among the top 10 best-selling American cars in 1974.
But quality finally killed the Vega.
Fisher Body had to come in and reinforce the body because the metal was so thin it would collapse.
Case in point: The prototype Vega actually broke in two after only eight miles of testing.
Basically Chevy cut so many corners on the Vega, that they killed it.
It rusted out, burned oil, the reverse hinged hood had a tendency to go through the front windshield in a head on collision, and the aluminum-block engine put off way too much heat.
The Vega was Motor Trend's Car of the Year for 1971.