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The DeLorean is on the list, but not my old '81 Dodge Omni.
I guess I can be happy about that. :)
My 2 personal worst:
1. By a long shot - 1979 MG Midget. Ah yes, the Chinese are now producing these...Tao's revenge? I still have scar tissue on my knuckles from working on that fine piece of British engineering.
2. 196*(forgot the year) Studebaker Lark...can you say turd?
I had a Pinto wagon that ran great, it's just that the body fell off the frame.
My 1974 Plymouth Valiant tried to 'tell' me to return it on the way home from Grogan Motors when it stalled on the RR tracks near the General Mills plant.
It was the first of a long string of break-downs for that piece of junk.
"I think "Dodge" has a really bad track record when it comes to transmission's, They seemed to have engineered a "5 year" "THROW-A-AWAY" sort of car...
"OH YEA" What the hell is that "ugly red pile of junk"??
Sorry, while I agree on the Pinto (owned one), I disagree wholehaertedly on the Gremlin. I had one of those too, and I thought it was one of the best cars I've ever owned.
Yep - Pinto Stationwagon...didn't run too well and I had to be careful when getting in - if I stepped wrong, my foot went through the whole in the floor...
But it worked okay for a first car to get to college...until the time it died - two days in a row, on the way to work at 6:30 in the morning in the middle of a four-day snow storm. That whole walking to work in a snow storm was too much (an industrial area - before the time of cell phones...)
The red Hummer type thing is a 1986 Lamborghini LM002, the "Rambo Lambo."
I had a rust-proofed Honda with more rust than cars twice it's age, but it was reliable, fuel efficient, and relatively roomy.
1980 Turbo-Trans Am. Sure it looked pretty but I blew the motor twice within a year because the turbo charger fell apart dispersing pieces of turbo-fins into the crankcase. After the car caught fire because catlytic converter became so hot that it ignited the carpet (catching me in a fit of anger as I threw snow in the car to extinquish the flames) I decided to rid myself of this lemon after less then a year and a half.
What was that Oldsmobile (F-85 variation, I think)that had to have the special fluid to trickle into the engine (via a transfusion-type dispenser with a tube)in order to run? And the fluid was only available at a GM dealer? I only remember that noble experiment because a friend of mine bought one. They did run strong-as long as you kept buying the fluid.
I also owned a 1979 Chevette, and can attest to it being one of the best and most trouble-free cars I've ever owned. I drove it 8 years, it never burned a drop of oil, and never failed to start or get me anywhere. Had to junk it because the frame was rusting through. Unibody construction was the real downfall of cars.
I had a Plymouth Horizon, and my brother had the Dodge Omni. These were excellent cars, and I still regret getting rid of mine.
The worst car I never owned was the Datsun 2000 roadster. My folks bought one, and the car was always breaking down. You could drive it on the weekend and fix it all week. I think this was around 1968 or 69.
It was a real shame about the Corvair-I knew a lot of people who owned them, and therefore Iknew all their problems, and the last few years they made them, they were really nice-looking cars and most of the bugs had been worked out. But by that time, Nader's book had screwed them, and they no longer sold.
Any Chrystler vehicle made since 2000 that has a 2.7 liter engine. Not that I'm bitter or anything, will let you know when I finish paying off this totaled car in 3.5 years..
<I>on the way home from Grogan Motors</I><P>
Sad to see I'm not the only one whose been screwed by that dealership.