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    Worst Car Ever Made

    I'd like to know what people's opinions are on the worst cars ever made. I think it could be fun.

    Based on looks and stupid name I'd like to nominate the Nissan Prarie. I've never driven in one, nor do I care to so I can't say how it goes, but every time I see one I can't help but point and laugh at the poor bugger driving it.

    On the honour roll I believe are most past Daewoos and anything made by Daihatsu (cars, not trucks), Ford Taurus, Sang Yong Musso, and the Honda City.

    Let it be known that my choices are biased to looks as opposed to performance, but feel free to judge your cars on any criteria.

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    I drove one for a week when they were new...

    I don't remember how they went, but that's probably because it was altogether forgettable.

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    The Ssangyong Musso if you get the right model is rather good. the early ones were shipped with a mercedes 6cyl motor and transmission which in a reasonably cheaply made aisan 4WD performs rather well.

    However with the fuel & oil consumption being extreemly high in mercedes motors, I personally would not entertain the thought of purchasing one.

    The worst car in my opinion was the first car that i owned. A 1973 Mazda 929 Station Wagon, 1800cc 4cyl, it had about as much power that a suzuki hatch 3cyl 541cc, not top mention the fuel consumption of a bad V8. Gutless money wrenching jap crapbox!

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    It has to be the 6 cylinder version of the Ford Cortina! (I'm biased towards driveability rather than looks)

    Plenty of power in a lightish vehicle coupled with suspension and brakes suitable for a Model T ford. I wonder how many kids killed themselvces in them on a wet night?

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    There is any number of Suzuki Carry vans,
    Nikki in Australia... ROFL
    Dodge Ram masquarading as a daily driver 4x4
    Trabant ... great idea at a time (fuel tank behind the front bumper !)
    DeLorean (as in Back to the Future)
    Yugo ......
    1.9L 4cyl VB commodore, work car, will the emotional scars ever heal?

    And I guess there has to be a french car there as well:
    Renault Dauphine ... and that is what one American had to say about it:
    "This car topped out at 45 mph. Since the minimum speed on the Florida Turnpike is 40, patrol cars would follow me, waiting for me to hit a hill so they could ticket me."

    My parents owned a Prarie, forgettable experience ... thankfully its gone to a great highway in the sky...
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    Rod Hagen:
    .....Plenty of power in a lightish vehicle coupled with suspension and brakes suitable for a Model T ford. I wonder how many kids killed themselvces in them on a wet night?
    Warwick Rootes did on a dry February night...

    But only because he couldn't drive. I never had any problem with the one I drove to Melbourne in seven and a half hours.

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    Oh please dont start on Americans again....

    If your criteria is top speeds you'd have to include the majority of classic French cars, not just the Dauphine

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    sjl:
    I'd like to know what people's opinions are on the worst cars ever made. I think it could be fun.
    Aussie Built Disasters...

    Ford Capri (POS - some late late models are OK)
    Holden Camira (not many left on the road)
    Mitsubishi Magna (the first wedge shape one - engine, gearbox and steering all shite)
    Nissan Pintara (was going to be called a Matilda, even a more stupid name - 4 cylinder crap).

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    Nissan escargo has got to come close.
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    What about the Nissan Gazelle or the Holden Piazza?
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    going on what i have driven
    holden astra mid 80's model one of the worst things i have ever driven and to make it worse it was auto
    i wouldn't knock the honda city
    i drove one of them around NZ with a girl i was going out with and it wasn't a bad little car
    a little tight for room but seemed to go ok
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    XTC206:
    Holden Camira (not many left on the road)
    Always see stacks of these about, especially the late model ones. The 2-litre injected version performed very well indeed.

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    Ray Bell:
    Always see stacks of these about, especially the late model ones. The 2-litre injected version performed very well indeed.
    They are rare here ... hardly ever see one ... a friends 2ltr Camira (late model with the sloped in headlights) was sold for $50 at the end of it's life ! Different state perhaps.

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    Suzuki Cappuccino must come close, its the poorest excuse to make a covertable, it's like a go kart with a retractable roof.

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    pugrambo:

    a little tight for room but seemed to go ok
    The girl or the car..... blush sorry coudn't resist evil

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    very funny.
    The worst car in my opinion, based on performance, handling and just about anything it can be judged on would be the lada samara, close behind are the camira and mitsubishi colt.
    p.s: I saw a magna with a very appropriate sticker on the back window, it said "BITASHITI" in mitsubishis own writing.
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    What about the Morris Marina? Got to be one of the worst handling cars ever.

    More to the list:

    Early Nissan Pulsars
    Most 4WDs
    Any Commodore pre the VL (although the VN was pretty chronic!)
    Toyota Corona
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    excluding the 1982 corona XX fully imported model I drove while on my L plates.
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    OHH YES the early-mid 80s Toyota Corona. (Mine was an '85 model.) Absolutely, completely, without a doubt, the worst car ever. There are no good points I can possibly make about them.

    BTW, I had a mid-90s Daihatsu Charade courtesy car once when I had my old Honda put in for service. The three-cylinder one. It was so gutless, it was fun! Being able to floor it from the lights and barely keep up with the Holden Astra next to you that's just dawdling from the lights... roll_lau
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    The Datsun 200B. I've never seen one without a sooty smear over the tailight above the exhaust.

    But sure, there are other contenders: DeTomaso Longchamps (like, what the *&^$ is that and with a Ford V8? Gimme a break), That Barina Van that Holden makes (a poor man's Berlingo) and the Datsun Sunny- or any other Datsun come to think of it other than the Z series and the Fairlady. dance
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    The Datsun 200B. I've never seen one without a sooty smear over the tailight above the exhaust.:
    There was a series of 1980's Mazda 323 / Ford lasers that inevitably has you reaching for the gas mask too if you happen to be following them.

    Somebody else mention nitsubishi. The Sigmas had so much understeer they almost make even the early Magna look good!

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    Lada Samara? Yeah, only car I ever pulled the gearbox bolts from and got swarf on the way out!

    Those sooty-tailed Datsuns were easily rectified... just put a set of Repco rings in them and it all cleared up. Never needed reboring, it was just poor quality oil rings used by Nissan.

    But didn't they stink as you followed them!

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    Hey Simo, you think 'Prairie' is bad? I bought a run-around when in Wales, a Nissan Pulsar. Thing is, over there they're called...'Cherry' eek! I pulled the (crappy plastic) badges off and whacked them on the inside of the panels just to stop the water getting in. Mind you, the 1 litre engine (I think - so uninteresting I didn't look too hard) got about 100 mpg...

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    Wbout the leyland p76 and also the holden camira?Hopeless.. wink

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