• Oct 30, 2006
What do the 1980 Chevy Monza and the 1973 VW Microbus have in common? They are among Car Talk hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi's Top 10 Scariest Cars list. Of the Monza they say, " Whenever one of these beauties reared its ugly grille in front of the garage, every mechanic with more than six weeks' experience would go running for the men's room and lock the door." Another car on the list, the 1987 Ford Festiva, gets this derision from the brothers: "We once got in trouble for saying this car came right from the factory with a funeral wreath on the grille."

If these cars aren't scary enough, submit your own nomination.

The whole list after the jump.


[Source: cartalk.com] 1969 Ford Mustang
Scary for: Bystanders and other drivers

1969 Pontiac Trans Am
Scary for: Bystanders and other drivers

1971 Ford Pinto
Scary for: Firefighters and plastic surgeons

1973 Volkswagen Microbus
Scary for: Drivers

1974 Volkswagen Thing
Scary for: Onlookers

1980 Chevrolet Monza
Scary for: Mechanics

1986 Suzuki Samurai
Scary for: Drivers

1987 Ford Festiva
Scary for: Drivers

2004 Hummer H1
Scary for: Society, the environment and therapists

2005 Pontiac Aztek
Scary for: Onlookers


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      • 8 Years Ago
      An 88 Buick Park Avenue my father owned and then my sister after him. It was scary for the owner and later onlookers. That thing liked to eat transmissions and alternators, then after the paint started to go south my sister tried to fix it with normal spraypaint. It drove around town for a few years with a bright silver hood and dark silver/grey body.

      I don't know what it is about Buick's and their paint jobs, after 5 years it starts to peel or fade.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sorry if I lack a sense of humor. When someone says Car X is "scary to other drivers" I assume they mean it's a menace. Examples? Early Chevy Corvair. Porsche Turbo with an inexperienced driver at the wheel. Little old ladies driving........well, almost anything bigger than a Radio Flyer wagon. A '69 Mustang Mach 1 with a 429 is a scary car to both it's driver and other drivers...but this DIDN'T say the Mach 1...just 69 Mustangs. How intimidating is a 6 cylinder Mustang hardtop?

      I read the musings of these two guys whenever their column appears in my local alternative 'paper. They TRY to be humorous...but AREN'T, and like this list they try to come off as authorities on a subject, but really aren't because they have a tendency to "shoot from the hip". Leave the comedy to the professionals and the comedians should leave the garage to the mechanics.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Most of the chrysler, dodge, plymouth of 1960-1963
      • 8 Years Ago
      Edsel
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Old Toyota Previa (1995+ model) looks like a giant suppository
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's the best they could do? What about the 2 gen ago ALtima with the passenger side airbag that killed people and caused injuries from overinflation pressure! or the mercedes with the brake by wire that failed in half the cars, and had to rely on the manual secondary system to slow to a stop? or the sudden acceleration syndrome Audis that tore through gas stations from bad shifter patterns and stops? or the fiats, early hondas/toyotas and all yugos that dissolved in several years to rust. or the triumphs who deposited their vital fluids underneath themeselves when parked? or GM in the 80's. or the corvair which wasn't equipped with adequate rear tie rods, and folded under on itself? or any of the Vanagons so underpowered they took 20 seconds to merge onto the highway for family camping fun! or the scion xa, xb the scariest japanese designs to frighten american soil? or the honda element with its open gapped passenger compartment with low side protection ratings? or for that matter, the inane Consumer Report reviews that tell us that "without side airbag options" cars do poorly in side impact tests, d'yoh! while on CR, how a buick with the same reliability reports as a honda is only average recommended? there's a lot of material here, come on frick and frack, click and clack, dick and dork...get that brookline, MA humor ratcheted up a bit. the aztec is too easy a target, like making jokes about a fat, blind, lesbian, you're professional punditers, whats with the easy targets?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Enough could be said about AMC cars, But when I was growing up, A gremilin was my dream car. Yes, Laph it off it's ok, the doc was here and said I was "ok" If I was to judge any cars to be listed it would be the HONDA ELEMENT. boy, Thats en element alright, Rubermaids dream is more like it. I mean 69' mustangs are pretty cool, and to hell with all the AMC flamers Imagine what a 74 gremlin would be worth now? Or how about the poor picked on Pinto. My dad had a bobcat, That car was the longiest, most relied on car in our driveway all the way to '02 when my dad restored it. Now it has a 289 and it's a little shitbox to say the least, and it never "blew up" on anyone. Go flame yugos or some other forgien crap, after all when we buy ugly japcrap messes, where supporting them! Long live the GREMILIN
      • 8 Years Ago
      Jesus, doesn't anybody here have a sense of humor? have you ever listened to their radio show, or read their column? it's an automotive humor column, with some mechanical advice thrown in...

      anybody who isn't proud that their '69 muscle car is on the list as "scary for bystanders" needs to get a humor bone implant...
      • 8 Years Ago
      THING!

      This is an off-shoot of the "slug bug" game. Whenever you see a VW Thing on the road, yell out "THING!" at the top of your lungs. The looks you get from people are priceless!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Porsche 914 6 in wet weather, will turn around with a vengence.

      356 Porsche, see above.

      Early Corvair, same reason.

      VW bus in a high side wind.

      Any English car with Lucas electrics in the rain.

      Original GTO when you have to make the first turn at speed.


      But, they were all fun to drive.

      The scariest, the Chevy van decked out as a sin bin in which many a yong girl lost her virtue, only to have Dad bang on the door while going at it!

      • 8 Years Ago
      Early Corvair on a wet road. I speak from experience, I had a '63 model.
      • 5 Years Ago
      todays article on foul smell inside the car can be caused by a gassy battery in the engine compartment. I usually detect this by feeling the battery after a drive to detect if it is hot or even warm. This usually gives off a rotten egg smell that is hard to tollerate.
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