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The 10 Ugliest Cars of the Last 30 Years
PJMedia.com ^ | 5/7/2014 | Becky Graebner

Posted on 05/07/2014 8:21:10 AM PDT by rktman

It’s always a special treat when a trip to the grocery store or dentist turns into a rare car-spotting experience. A forgotten classic or exotic is seen prowling the streets or, even better, appears in the parking lot next to your car. Cue daydream starring you in that exotic car. Maybe you’re in Monaco, driving into the sunset when…

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I'm sure some FReepers have their own thoughts on this. I'm a little offended because one of my former autos did NOT make her list. Maybe she's too young to know of this car. It was a Datsun F-10 hatchback. And lime green no less. It was a difficult time in my life and having to buy this thing used was the only viable option at the time. Man was it ugly. :>}
1 posted on 05/07/2014 8:21:10 AM PDT by rktman
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2 posted on 05/07/2014 8:22:50 AM PDT by skeeter
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On first seeing the Element and Cube when they came out, it reminded me of the cars you would see in Cold War spy movies when behind the Iron Curtain.


3 posted on 05/07/2014 8:24:44 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: rktman

Well, I cannot argue with the Pontiac Aztek....however, there are many high end rounded-rear SUVs of the upscale variety in the last decade of what a good friend of mine thought looked like “a little dog hunched over taking a dump.” Instantly, I agreed and thought “why didn’t I think of that.”


4 posted on 05/07/2014 8:25:20 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: skeeter

Agreed...That little POS is a death trap!


5 posted on 05/07/2014 8:25:52 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: 7thson

The Cube: an automobile glazier’s dream replacement job.


6 posted on 05/07/2014 8:26:28 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: rktman

The AMC Pacer will always be a top pick for ugly car.The Pontiac Aztek is also astoundingly ugly.A friend had one in bright yellow,we called it the short bus.


7 posted on 05/07/2014 8:28:23 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: skeeter

Say what you want but my best rides were Smart Roadster, Ford Crown Vic and Lada Niva.
BTW, I drove BMW 7er, Mercs and Bentley.


8 posted on 05/07/2014 8:28:24 AM PDT by wetphoenix
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To: rktman

The Chevy Malibu hatchback (the MAXX?). They just started making the old Citations again. I wonder why they went bankrupt?


9 posted on 05/07/2014 8:28:29 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: rktman
The Chevy HHR

Kinda looks to me like a 1960's toaster on wheels. Can't even believe there's a "panel" version of this (without the rear windows).

10 posted on 05/07/2014 8:29:19 AM PDT by alancarp
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To: rktman
The PT Cruiser should not have made the list, it is just a bit too small for it's style. The so called “smart” car should have been #1 and the Element #2. I think the Cooper Mini would have been at #10 on my list.
11 posted on 05/07/2014 8:30:01 AM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of gun control?)
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To: skeeter

I hate this trend to put strings of LEDs on the front and back that look like leering demons in the dark.


12 posted on 05/07/2014 8:30:11 AM PDT by DManA
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To: rktman

The larger number of cars have angry-looking headlights which contribute to more stress on the road. All front end lighting should be shaped like a continuous smile, or at least neutral position. Drivers care not a whit for the person behind the wheel in the other car. It’s a machine that’s either too slow or too fast that needs to go away. Put angry headlights on it and marvel at how the social contract thus far has not seen higher, more serious incidents of road rage.


13 posted on 05/07/2014 8:30:33 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: rktman

I disagree about the PT Cruiser. I thought it had a fun look. Then I had to drive one as a loaner while my Mitsubishi Eclipse was recovering from a run in with Bambi, and I didn’t care for the way it drove.


14 posted on 05/07/2014 8:30:38 AM PDT by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: rktman

The author seems to believe that the Subaru Baja only comes in yellow with silver cladding. They were available in solid color and looked much better that way. The plastic cladding was popular on a number of vehicles, Pontiac most notably got carried away with it. A Baja is a very practical and unique vehicle that remains in demand. It’s just a little nerdy with all the doodads intended to make it look more off-roadish.


15 posted on 05/07/2014 8:30:39 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: blueunicorn6

Citation.........my parents had one of this ewhen I was a kid, what a pizza crap.


16 posted on 05/07/2014 8:31:02 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: wetphoenix

Dunno about the ride, but they are butt-ugly little cars.


17 posted on 05/07/2014 8:31:04 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

You are never more than two feet away from a traffic accident no matter which direction you get struck from.


18 posted on 05/07/2014 8:32:08 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: rktman
Since there's a 30 year window on this survey, I can't believe this car was left out: the Ford EXP.


19 posted on 05/07/2014 8:32:22 AM PDT by alancarp
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To: rktman

Man that Aztec makes the list every year. I think I’ve seen one actually on the road.


20 posted on 05/07/2014 8:32:28 AM PDT by moehoward
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21 posted on 05/07/2014 8:33:00 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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22 posted on 05/07/2014 8:34:35 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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6. Honda Element

The scientific name of the Element this cars title refers to is butt-uglium.

23 posted on 05/07/2014 8:34:37 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: rktman

The baja is not ugly.


24 posted on 05/07/2014 8:34:57 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: rktman

Excellent call on the original Scion. My son describes it as a ‘rectangle with wheels’.


25 posted on 05/07/2014 8:35:03 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: Farmer Dean

I took my driving test in a Pacer.
On it’s good side, it had so much glass that a
rookie driver could easily see everything around him.

But yeah, it was a butt-ugly car.
Particularly in Avocado, Burnt Orange, or the other colors
of the era.


26 posted on 05/07/2014 8:36:09 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: rktman
One of the ugliest was the AMC Gremlin.

One of our friends retired from the CIA, he, his wife and 3 crabby teenagers moved to N California. His wife immediately got a job where she had to commute to work and left home before 8 am in their Ford Vickie.

Our friend picked the AMC Gremlin because it was so ugly and out of style for his vehicle. The teen agers never drove it and would only ride in it to school, if it was raining, and they made their dad drop them off about a block away from school so no one could see them in the car with their dad. When the last kid left home, he bought the big Mercury and kept the Gremlin if the kids came home and needed a car.


27 posted on 05/07/2014 8:36:40 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obama cannot divert resources from his war on Americans!)
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To: skeeter
Check out Jocko Nuts in his coffin car...
28 posted on 05/07/2014 8:37:10 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: alancarp

I ordered a 1982 from overseas the last time I was stationed in Korea and picked it up at a dealer in Omaha. Fun car, peppy, no back seat and looking back on it, it looked like a frog. But at the time, I thought I had the world by the tail. Only manual transmission I’ve ever owned.


29 posted on 05/07/2014 8:38:25 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: skeeter

Hate to get T-boned by a 4x4 in one of those.


30 posted on 05/07/2014 8:39:34 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: skeeter

Ford Crown Vic too? Btw, I forgot to add Toyotas Chaser/Cresta/Mark2. 1992 and 1996 model years.
Best non-luxury RWD sedans one would imagine. Too bad they are all Jap and right-handle.


31 posted on 05/07/2014 8:39:57 AM PDT by wetphoenix
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To: RegulatorCountry

I have seen a solid-color (silver) Baja around town and it looks okay.

As to Subarus in general, my friend in HS had a red 1978 BRAT. What a fun ride and the jump seats were too cool. If I remember correctly, President Reagan had one just like it.


32 posted on 05/07/2014 8:40:56 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: rktman

I was a young kid at the time, but I thought the Trans Sport was futuristic and cool compared to all of the box bans out then.


33 posted on 05/07/2014 8:42:09 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I bet it was: under the skin it was effectively a Mustang. I just could never get past those headlights!


34 posted on 05/07/2014 8:42:33 AM PDT by alancarp
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35 posted on 05/07/2014 8:42:54 AM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight of Faith")
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To: rktman

Mercedes-Benz R-Class

Branded under a different name ... like maybe Chrysler... it never would have sold.


36 posted on 05/07/2014 8:44:41 AM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: Constitution Day

A well-kept BRAT with those rear facing jump seats intact is starting to be collectible. They got so much abuse that few have survived in any sort of condition, and people remember them fondly. Reagan did have one out in California.


37 posted on 05/07/2014 8:45:01 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Squidpup

Ha!

Did you ever see the episode of Top Gear where they modified one of these into what they deemed the ideal car for old people? Too funny.


38 posted on 05/07/2014 8:45:53 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: alancarp

My daughter drives a purple HHR. One day one of her friends yelled “Hey, get your Li’l Hippo Car outta my face!”

Ever since then we all call it the “Li’l Hippo Car” :)
Actually a nice little car with a lot of luggage room (family road trip vehicle since my pickup is impractical and the Missus’ Mini Cooper just won’t hold us all)


39 posted on 05/07/2014 8:48:53 AM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: wetphoenix

Nah, just the SMART cars. And as others have noted, they look dangerous as h*ll, too.


40 posted on 05/07/2014 8:48:53 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: rktman

Ugly? Maybe, but it seems this author mainly has it out for useful, spacious, utilitarian and space friendly cars.

What about the Camaro? While few people if any would claim it’s ugly, it has serious drawbacks in design and usefulness? To me - that’s ugly in its own way.


41 posted on 05/07/2014 8:49:05 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Grampa Dave

Yikes, forgot about the Gremlin.

Had a neighbor who owned one. It was an obnoxious shade of green. And was rusting out all over the place within five years. So he had pop-riveted primered patches interspersed with the green.


42 posted on 05/07/2014 8:49:09 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Colonel_Flagg

I have a scion xBox, 2006. Bought it new. Best car i’ve ever owned, all around. The interior room is ridiculously ample. And I really like its looks.


43 posted on 05/07/2014 8:49:34 AM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: skeeter

I call the “smart” car, The Stupid Car. It’s an emergency waiting to happen, besides being so b_tt ugly.


44 posted on 05/07/2014 8:51:13 AM PDT by wizr (We are "one Nation, under God " or "one nation, trod under ". Keep the Faith.)
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To: Gaffer

The Aztek. Instantly hated when it first came out.

Who knew that auto makers would make that the gold standard for all new vehicles now on the road?


45 posted on 05/07/2014 8:51:14 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: DManA
I hate this trend to put strings of LEDs on the front and back that look like leering demons in the dark.

Since you brought up lights... I have owned several pick up trucks. I don't use the "bright lights" often as I live in the suburbs of a large city. But when I need bright lights, I usually need REALLY bright lights. Single lane country roads with 55 mph speed limits are much safer if I can see better. To your point, I have complained, "dial down the fancy and get back to the functional". I would like three light settings; 1) normal traffic 2) High-beams and 3) Quasar Bright. I want to be able to see the organs of a deer that is contemplating suicide on the side of the road. I want Ray Charles to complain about crossing the street a mile ahead of me on a dark cloudy night in the middle of nowhere. And I don't want to have to configure the lights on the truck between daylight running, fog on, parking lights, brights with fog on or brights with auto fog lamps off, etc.

(silly little rant - sorry)

46 posted on 05/07/2014 8:52:15 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (My whimsical litany of satyric prose and avarice pontification of wisdom demonstrates my concinnity.)
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To: rktman
When I clicked on the link the first image up was the Cobra. Thought I was going to have to kill someone.
47 posted on 05/07/2014 8:52:15 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

That is amazing, but I can understand why they are so collectible.

I just searched on Autotrader and the (1) listing I found said, “Here it is. Probably the hardest car to find on autotrader.”


48 posted on 05/07/2014 8:54:27 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: rktman

Yeah, they’re all pretty ugly. Although, I don’t like Pontiacs, the Aztek has an almost military look to it that I like. Probably still a crappy vehicle.


49 posted on 05/07/2014 8:54:27 AM PDT by Thorliveshere (Minnesota Survivor)
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To: cuban leaf

As they say in the auto industry, “your mileage may vary”.

:)


50 posted on 05/07/2014 8:55:49 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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