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Re: Time Magazine: The 50 Worst Cars of All Time
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2007, 04:32:29 pm »

Interesting list.  I certainly disagree with some of it; I think the EV-1 was one of the best cars ever.  And they didn't include my 1980 Olds Omega, certainly the worst car in my experience.  In 6 years it racked up more in repair costs that its original purchase price.
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Re: Time Magazine: The 50 Worst Cars of All Time
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2007, 04:37:07 pm »

My favorite description of the bunch, referring to the 1975 Triumph TR-7:

"The thing had more short-circuits than a mixing board with a bong spilled on it."
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Re: Time Magazine: The 50 Worst Cars of All Time
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2007, 07:22:45 pm »

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Re: Time Magazine: The 50 Worst Cars of All Time
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2007, 06:58:01 pm »

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Re: Time Magazine: The 50 Worst Cars of All Time
« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2007, 01:33:10 am »

"...the Lagonda was as beautiful a car as ever resembled a pencil box..."
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Re: Time Magazine: The 50 Worst Cars of All Time
« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2007, 11:56:32 am »

Aahhh, these guys are just cruel. Some of these are the grooviest cars of all time too! I mean, really, who wouldn't want an Amphicar?

And the Lambo jeep had a 72-gallon gas tank!

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Re: Time Magazine: The 50 Worst Cars of All Time
« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2007, 02:18:20 pm »

mgod wrote on Sun, 09 September 2007 08:56

Aahhh, these guys are just cruel. Some of these are the grooviest cars of all time too! I mean, really, who wouldn't want an Amphicar?

And the Lambo jeep had a 72-gallon gas tank!

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because it got a mile a gallon?

some serious dogs on this list. growing up i had the pleasure of cruising in my dad's Pintos (yes multiple) for years and years. and then he got the corvair. he drove that from L.A. to Santa Barbara and back every day for a year no problems at all. he's an airplane mechanic, so that probably helped.
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Re: Time Magazine: The 50 Worst Cars of All Time
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2007, 05:14:48 pm »

There is a club out here in So Cal that has those "Anphib-cars"
With regards to the "Corvair". When I dabled in automotive design in the 80's, I tried using the transaxles from the corvair before switching to the "ZF" used by "Pantera" (not the band) We discovered that the reason the corvair trans axels kept going bad was because the bevels on the ring gear were manufactured BACKWARDS ! Yes backward. Instead of the force being applied to the concave cut on these gears, the torque was applied to the oppisite side. Fortunately the Offy engines we were using, ran in a CCW direction and the Corvair engine ran in a CW direction. We contacted GM and they  agreed that those gears were indeed an overlooked design flaw. Kenedy engineering products manufactured replacment gears for the corvair that corrected this flaw
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Re: Time Magazine: The 50 Worst Cars of All Time
« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2007, 08:30:27 pm »

I don't know how they missed the Firenza or the Opel.. And LOL regarding the AMC Gremlin. The family had one and it was an experiment in "what could possibly go wrong next". "Gremlin" was an apropos name, just bordering on "AMC Murphy's Law". Odd from the same company that had just made the AMX. Which appears to have been their only success...
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Re: Time Magazine: The 50 Worst Cars of All Time
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2007, 08:42:20 pm »

Steve Hudson wrote on Fri, 07 September 2007 15:37

My favorite description of the bunch, referring to the 1975 Triumph TR-7:

"The thing had more short-circuits than a mixing board with a bong spilled on it."





My dad always had English cars.  There was a joke:

Q: Why do the English drink warm beer?

A: Because they have Lucas refrigerators.
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Re: Time Magazine: The 50 Worst Cars of All Time
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2007, 10:32:48 pm »

The Pontiac Fiero is a glaring omission from that list...

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Re: Time Magazine: The 50 Worst Cars of All Time
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2007, 12:55:24 am »

max cooper wrote on Mon, 10 September 2007 08:42



My dad always had English cars.  There was a joke:

Q: Why do the English drink warm beer?

A: Because they have Lucas refrigerators.


There was also a joke that did the rounds for years...particularly whilst British cars had the worst electrical systems on the planet...

"I bought a British car...because I like walking"


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Re: Time Magazine: The 50 Worst Cars of All Time
« Reply #13 on: September 10, 2007, 08:10:56 am »

max cooper wrote on Sun, 09 September 2007 17:42



Q: Why do the English drink warm beer?

A: Because they have Lucas refrigerators.


Again when I designed my car, the then editor of "Road and track" magazine, Bob McClurg who did a story on my car, told me some of his horror stories with Lucas electronics in the British machines.(no affiliation with Terry's gear I hope). He told me that he flew the "Concord" overseas and when he landed, he got a tour of the cockpit and on every guage was the word Lucas. Bob said he nearly passed out. Lucas was very popular with the old British motorcycles too, such as Triumph, BSA, AJS/Matchless, Norton, Greeves, Volicette, Royal Enfield, etc. To this day when I occasionally tinker with a vintage Brittish bike, I still wonder what the method to their madness was.
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Re: Time Magazine: The 50 Worst Cars of All Time
« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2007, 12:50:47 pm »

max cooper wrote on Sun, 09 September 2007 19:42

Steve Hudson wrote on Fri, 07 September 2007 15:37

My favorite description of the bunch, referring to the 1975 Triumph TR-7:

"The thing had more short-circuits than a mixing board with a bong spilled on it."





My dad always had English cars.  There was a joke:

Q: Why do the English drink warm beer?

A: Because they have Lucas refrigerators.


About 20 years ago, my dad gave me his '73 MGB (the last year with metal bumpers) and warned me about the "Lucas, Prince of Darkness" electronics. I lucked out as the drummer in my band at the time was a full-time Brit sports car mechanic who lived two blocks away.
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