Tom and Ray's Nominations for the Worst Cars of the Millennium
What was the Vega lacking? Well, how about body integrity...reliability...fit and finish...and handling. What's left? Not much!
Dodge Aspen/ Plymouth Volare
We're not sure where this car really fit into Chrysler's giant plan. It was, we suspect, an afterthought. Chrysler was trying to improve upon the Dart, and, as everyone knows, you can't improve on the perfect car. This car began to rust while it was still in the showroom-- and it only ran when it was 74 degrees, dry weather...and at sea level. Deviate from those conditions, and the car would sputter and stall. We hated this car!
Chevy Citation/ Olds Omega/ Pontiac Phoenix/ Buick Skylark
This was General Motors' foray into front-wheel drive. Step on the brakes...and the rear wheels would lock up. An added bonus? Until its steering rack warmed up, this car was impossible to steer.
If ever there was a car that was slapped together, this was it! The Chevette came out during a time when American manufacturers were trying to compete against the Japanese. Unfortunately, the best they could do was the lousy Chevette. Chevy made this car as cheap as possible. And on the off chance that mechanics started to like it, they made the starter motor virtually impossible to get out.
The Yugo was in a class all by itself. It was an interesting little experiment, however, to see if the Second World could enter the car industry--a question that was rather definitively answered. Fortunately, the allies bombed the Yugo factory during the war in Kosovo, so we won't be seeing more Yugos on the road anytime soon.
The Corvair provided drivers with the unique opportunity to breathe gasoline vapors from the leaking gas tank in the front, and the oil vapors from the engine in the rear...both at the same time. This design rendered all Corvair owners brain-dead within six months-- which explains why they'll be writing us as soon as they find out we've listed their car here.
At the time, the Dauphine cost about half the price of a Volkswagen... which was half the price of everything else. How could Renault do this? Simple. It had half as many parts as any other car being sold.
The Fiat 124/128 was the father of the Yugo. Unlike the Yugo, however, the Fiats didn't rust in the showroom...they rusted on the boats on the way over here.
Romanticized as it has been, the Volkswagen bus had no heat, blew over in the wind and used the driver's legs as its first line of defense in an accident.