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The 50 Worst Cars Of All Time (bit OT, but brilliant fun)
http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/0,28757,1658545,00.html ^ | July 11, 2008 | Apollo 13

Posted on 07/11/2008 4:04:11 AM PDT by Apollo 13

Hi everyone - I thought it a good idea to lighten up the mood amidst all the present political brouhaha to present to you a classic article from Time Magazine, concerning er... exotic examples of car types built throughout the 20th century.

(Excerpt) Read more at time.com ...


TOPICS: Humor
KEYWORDS: americasfinest; incarbuilding; transportation
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1 posted on 07/11/2008 4:04:12 AM PDT by Apollo 13
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To: Apollo 13

How did the Chevy Vega NOT make that list?


2 posted on 07/11/2008 4:08:19 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: Apollo 13
Well, that's just the problem, isn't it? The Model T — whose mass production technique was the work of engineer William C. Klann, who had visited a slaughterhouse's "disassembly line" — conferred to Americans the notion of automobility as something akin to natural law, a right endowed by our Creator. A century later, the consequences of putting every living soul on gas-powered wheels are piling up, from the air over our cities to the sand under our soldiers' boots

Oh brother.....give it a rest

3 posted on 07/11/2008 4:15:27 AM PDT by central_va (Co. C, 15th Va., Patrick Henry Rifles-The boys of Hanover Co.)
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To: raybbr

Wouldn’t know... send me a PM with a piccie if you will.
My current favourite is the Overland Octomobile. Just imagine the traction...


4 posted on 07/11/2008 4:16:20 AM PDT by Apollo 13
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To: central_va; Apollo 13

Oh yeah, but it get’s worse. It seems like every other thing they wrote is about how irresponsible America is in it’s “unquenchable lust for oil.” Thanks Time, for reminding me AGAIN AND AGAIN why I don’t buy your crap.


5 posted on 07/11/2008 4:16:53 AM PDT by EarthBound (Ex Deo,gratia. Ex astris,scientia (Who the hell do I vote for now?))
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To: central_va

Nah -
it’s all written in good clean fun, and irony. I bet the authors themselves are car nuts driving beautiful vehicles.


6 posted on 07/11/2008 4:17:42 AM PDT by Apollo 13
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bump


7 posted on 07/11/2008 4:19:07 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: raybbr

The Chevy Vega definitely belongs on the list


8 posted on 07/11/2008 4:19:53 AM PDT by Kaslin (Vote Democrat if you like high gas prices at the pump)
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To: Non-Sequitur

Just read the comments on the Renault Dauphine. They got this author rolling on the floor and pissing himself.


9 posted on 07/11/2008 4:20:26 AM PDT by Apollo 13
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To: Apollo 13
What about comparing the H2 Hummer to Dick Cheney?
10 posted on 07/11/2008 4:28:42 AM PDT by Leo58 (Those who cheer you today will curse you tomorrow, the only thing that endures is character.)
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To: central_va
"...The Model T ...conferred to Americans the notion of automobility as something akin to natural law, a right endowed by our Creator..."

The communist cockmonkeys at Time/CNN never rest.

11 posted on 07/11/2008 4:29:35 AM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (Hussein Obama for Caliph 2008!)
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To: Apollo 13
It's not even factually accurate. It blames the Ford Explorer for starting the SUV craze, but the Explorer was preceded by the Bronco.

Besides, it was a fad with rich British people for decades. You drove a town car in town and your Range Rover at the estate.

12 posted on 07/11/2008 4:30:43 AM PDT by Soliton (Investigate, study, learn, then express an opinion)
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To: central_va

Yeah, putting the Model T on this list was a joke especially for the stupid reasons given.


13 posted on 07/11/2008 4:30:49 AM PDT by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: Apollo 13

You can’t run a car on political correctness.


14 posted on 07/11/2008 4:37:45 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Tom Manion '08-My only reason for voting this year)
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To: raybbr

My wife had a ‘73 Vega. It was a nice looking car, silver with black buckets and red piping, four on the floor etc. But, it started taking oil at 30,000 miles so I traded it on a Dodge Charger.

Who in their right mind would design an aluminum engine with steel pistons, no cylinder sleeves, just aluminum.


15 posted on 07/11/2008 4:49:24 AM PDT by Nakota
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To: raybbr

I had a high school teacher in the 70s who drove a completely rusted out white Vega to school every day. In orange spray paint on one side was “Vega by G.M,” and on the other was “Rust-proofing by Tuff-Kote.”


16 posted on 07/11/2008 4:54:08 AM PDT by milky
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To: Apollo 13

AMC Gremlin. Truth in advertising.


17 posted on 07/11/2008 4:58:54 AM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: Apollo 13
Ford Explorer hated for its contribution to Global Warming!


18 posted on 07/11/2008 5:00:41 AM PDT by ricks_place
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To: Apollo 13
2000 Ford Excursion hated for being big!


19 posted on 07/11/2008 5:02:23 AM PDT by ricks_place
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To: raybbr
How did the Chevy Vega NOT make that list?

I don't know, but I hated those when I worked for a Chevy dealer. One thing I remember about those was that the cars were shipped standing on their nose in the railroad cars.

I see the car that The Swimmer should have test driven made the list.


20 posted on 07/11/2008 5:04:43 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (A vote for any Democrat from BO on down the ticket is a vote for $10 a gallon gas.)
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To: Apollo 13
2003 Hummer H2 hated for being arrogantly huge, overtly militaristic, openly scornful of the common good! Does anyone actually buy this magazine?


21 posted on 07/11/2008 5:04:47 AM PDT by ricks_place
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To: central_va

Classic liberal reasoning. He spouts all the nonsense about cars being evil, but much of the article contains lines like

“In order to compensate for power-sapping emissions controls required in the U.S., the car’s primary export market, Jaguar discontinued the reliable 4.2-liter six for an anchor-heavy 5.3-liter V12, which was a total bitch to try to keep in tune and made the car nose-heavy besides.”

I’m always amazed how when you point stuff like that out to them, they look at you like you are crazy. It’s like their brains short circuit.


22 posted on 07/11/2008 5:07:02 AM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: Apollo 13

What TIME thinks about anything doesn’t count for much anymore...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2043863/posts
In Ad Decline, Sales Fall 8% at Magazines (Time, Newsweek hit hard - Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)


23 posted on 07/11/2008 5:07:41 AM PDT by abb (Watergate was a Drive-By Media coup d'etat. )
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To: Apollo 13

This article is useless. It doesn’t have my first car, the Chrysler Aspen.

I remember being seven months pregnant pushing the car along on the street.

And I thought, until I read a comment on FR once, that I was the only person alive who wouldn’t make a left turn across traffic in it.


24 posted on 07/11/2008 5:09:19 AM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: raybbr

I had a Vega and it was terrible. The aluminum head warped.


25 posted on 07/11/2008 5:13:55 AM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: All
Hmmm... - the consensus seems to veer towards the negative side. I'm sorry, that was not what I had in mind. I still like the article; it might be a cultural difference between Europe and America. I myself like cars. And I'm not even that obsessed about exact emissions and all that jazz. For me it's more the aesthetic thing - how ugly some designs are, and how hilarious others. About the history of the SUV: I recall from my youth, when on vacation in Switzerland, that there were many 4WDs (Cherokee?) around, already in 1974/5. So yes, in terms of history Time's article has it wrong in several places.
26 posted on 07/11/2008 5:18:03 AM PDT by Apollo 13
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To: Apollo 13
Just read the comments on the Renault Dauphine. They got this author rolling on the floor and pissing himself.

I liked their description of the Trabant:

"the Trabant was a hollow lie of a car constructed of recycled worthlessness"

27 posted on 07/11/2008 5:18:23 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Apollo 13

The pictures are interesting, but the writing is 100% pure sewage. This article is just another hit piece on American auto manufacturers. They must not need their advertising dollars.


28 posted on 07/11/2008 5:24:34 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Obama is the feces created when shame eats too much stupidity.)
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To: Kaslin

I had a 1972 Chevrolet Vega....clearly one of the worst POS a car driver could ever own. OTOH I took the car places one shouldn’t take a car because I didn’t care what happened to it.


29 posted on 07/11/2008 5:24:45 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Apollo 13

I find it amazing that these media whores can take anything and make it political. They take vehicles such as the Explorer, Excursion, and Hummer - calling them bad vehicles - solely because they are the “hated” SUVs. Yet, they don’t mention the Expedition, the Tahoe, the Suburban, or any pick-up truck. These people are schizo!


30 posted on 07/11/2008 5:30:48 AM PDT by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: Soliton

Chevrolet Suburban Caryall 1935. Few remember that it was the 1992 Suburban that revolutionized ride and comfort in full-size SUVs.

However, the SUV craze probably dates to the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer, released in 1983. The Bronco II was released in 1984 in response. The Bronco II led directly to the Explorer, in 1991.

IMHO, the coincident releases of the Explorer and Suburban, both of which brought new levels of control and comfort to truck owners, started the SUV “craze.”


31 posted on 07/11/2008 5:47:37 AM PDT by naturalized
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To: Apollo 13
Not so bad-just ugly.
32 posted on 07/11/2008 5:47:38 AM PDT by Califreak (What exactly is a "Do Wacka Do" anyway?)
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To: Apollo 13
Just read the comments on the Renault Dauphine. They got this author rolling on the floor and pissing himself.

You want to laugh yourself sick? Try here and here.

33 posted on 07/11/2008 5:51:26 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: LS

Yeah, they tend to do that when they don’t have any water. Especially in BMWs, Volkswagens, Toyotas, Hondas, etc.


34 posted on 07/11/2008 5:52:09 AM PDT by naturalized
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2004 Volkswagon Beatle. My new wife, a recent convert to right-wing-ism, used to drive one. The engineers thought “outside the box” on everything... meaning you couldn’t find anything. And rather than making things more serviceable, the idea seemed to be to make things impossible to service... such as headlights’ bulbs which took a full fifteen minutes to access.

Yet, at the same time, you could easily access some of the wiring, which ran forward from the rear-engine through the ash tray, (which is in the back seat) so that everytime someone would try to open the ash tray, the headlights would go out...

So now the driver is careening through the dark. Fortunately, the emergency flashers are the one things easy to find on the VW.


35 posted on 07/11/2008 5:58:28 AM PDT by dangus
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To: Califreak

Ha! Ugly enough that they blurred it so you can’t see just HOW ugly it is. It looks like a Trabant. And they call it a sports car!

On the other hand, I like the car it’s passing!


36 posted on 07/11/2008 6:02:05 AM PDT by dangus
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To: Soliton

A member of the British gentry might also drive a Rolls Royce Shooting Brake around the estate.


37 posted on 07/11/2008 6:12:40 AM PDT by hellbender
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To: Apollo 13

"You think you hate it now, just wait until you drive it."

38 posted on 07/11/2008 6:15:08 AM PDT by dfwgator ( This tag blank until football season.)
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To: Red Badger

ping


39 posted on 07/11/2008 6:23:41 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (Vigilantism will arise where the justice system is viewed as overly lenient and/or ineffective.)
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To: Apollo 13

Fun writing but the author should be named “Snide”ly!


40 posted on 07/11/2008 6:26:28 AM PDT by SES1066 (Cycling to conserve, Conservative to save, Saving to Retire, will Retire to Cycle.)
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To: Nakota
Who in their right mind would design an aluminum engine with steel pistons, no cylinder sleeves, just aluminum.

GM accountants...........

41 posted on 07/11/2008 6:26:41 AM PDT by Red Badger (If we drill deep enough, we can reach the Saudi oil fields from THIS side..........)
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To: 7thson
I assume that my 2001 GMC Sierra loaded down with my tools gets close to the same mileage as an H2. I am also willing to bet that my 1994 Ford F-150 loaded with my tools got about the same as the H2 also.

The attack on the H2 is just an attack on what liberals see as American gluttonous.

I can't wait to buy one in the near future when the prices get in my range. They are reliable and one of the coolest looking SUV's around.

Every time I read or see crap like this it reminds of a show where a person was interviewing a singer named Moby. He looked like he was an AIDS patient and I have no idea what he sings but his house was monstrous with beautiful wood throughout but there was nothing in it. He was touting himself as a minimalist. What a jackass.

42 posted on 07/11/2008 6:27:38 AM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: ricks_place

Yeah.
Couldn’t they just say it’s a crappy SUV that’s just a rebranded Chevy truck platform?


43 posted on 07/11/2008 6:31:15 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: EarthBound

Time and Newsweak are for the feeble minded.


44 posted on 07/11/2008 6:40:00 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: raybbr
How did the Chevy Vega NOT make that list?

Hey now ... we had a Vega. Dad bought it in 73 and we still had it (and it was running well) up into the early 80s.

45 posted on 07/11/2008 6:48:20 AM PDT by al_c (Avoid the consequences of erudite vernacular utilized irrespective of necessity)
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To: dangus

Wow.


46 posted on 07/11/2008 6:53:15 AM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: Apollo 13

I had a friend ,circa 1957, that had a Renault Dauphine.
He supercharged it to keep up w/ Volkswagens.

I’m dead serious.


47 posted on 07/11/2008 6:53:43 AM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: Apollo 13

The topic on the talk radio show was “The worst mistakes you’ve made in your life.”

The caller said, “I’ve made two. I sold the family farm and I bought my wife a Puegeot.”


48 posted on 07/11/2008 6:59:18 AM PDT by G L Tirebiter
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How did the Plymouth Cricket not make the list. It was by and far the worst piece of crap ever sold. As a combination Plymouth/British Leyland vehicle the suspension was crap, the electrical regulation system was worse and parts were extremely hard to get and very expensive. Even Plymouth dealers quickly stopped stocking the parts. I bought it new in 71 and it was the worst experience ever.

On the other hand I bought a 72 (admittedly a piece of crap) Vega in 1985 and used it to drive to work on base where I was stationed at the time. I didn’t have to pay a lot for it, only had the driver side door fall off and had to replace the timing belt. Drove it for four years and then sold it for $100 to somebody as a project car for their teenager when I PCS’d. It was more reliable and better than the Cricket.


49 posted on 07/11/2008 7:08:57 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: ricks_place

My personal driving philosophy is this: If I can’t see over it, around it, or through it, I DON’T want to be BEHIND it. I could care less about someone’s Hummer, Escalade, etc., just let me see the road in front of me. Not your big, fat tailgate. It’s especialy bad at low sun angles when the sun is reflected off the rear windows and tail gates. It’s blinding.


50 posted on 07/11/2008 7:15:41 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (DRILL NOW. DRILL OFTEN. DRILL 24/7/365. PAY LESS. SUCK THE GROUND DRY.)
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