• Apr 28, 2009


Yesterday we showed you the Top 10 Greatest Pontiacs Of All Time. Coming up with 10 great Pontiacs was both fun and easy, as the brand is responsible for some of the best muscle cars ever made. During its heyday, Pontiac was so good that the entire brand won the Motor Trend Car of the Year award three times. Unfortunately, the oil embargo ruined Pontiac's fun, and "Driving Excitement" was converted into a ragtag collection of badge-engineered mediocrity.

While we're still nostalgic about the dying Pontiac brand, we decided to augment our original list with the Top 10 Worst Pontiacs Of All Time. There were plenty of models from which to choose, and we managed to remember the least loved Pontiac of all time: the Aztek. Click below to check out our list (in no particular order), and make sure to add your least favorite Pontiac in the comments.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      That list needs to have the Transport, Fiero, new GTO and G8 added to it. The first two for obvious reasons and the last two because they are lame minimal effort attempts to put the exitement back into Pontiac and really didn't help.

      The worst thing Pontiac did (and many other manufacturers) is to give up on real names for cars. G3, G5, G6, G8 could all stand for "Generic". At least the Vibe and Solstice are memorable at least for their names.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not trolling.

        Yes, they fixed the Fiero right before they killed it, but the damage had already been done.

        As for the GTO and G8, they may be good cars but they didn't do anything to rescue Pontiac. G8 is mostly bad timing. The GTO on the other hand couldn't conquer the intended market. They couldn't even get die-hard Pontiac people to buy them in numbers. They were giving them away toward the end. If it had been a success, they would have kept it around. Other cars on that list, like the Sunbird/Sunfire, did much more for Pontiac's bottom line than these two.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What about the TRANSPORT!?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't be the only one who thinks the g6 is good looking?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually you're probably right, I haven't seen one in person so I shouldn't judge yet. Also, some wings just don't look good.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like the G6 GT, but the GXP is a bit too garish. If you have ever seen the rear wing on the GXP up close, it is just a VERY big, wavy piece of plastic. The front would look okay if it weren't for the hood scoops. I do like the front air dam treatment.

        I have seen a couple GXPs without the huge wing on the back, and they don't look nearly as bad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really like that image with a crowd cheering Aztek. They must be all very good actors, since they managed to hide their true feelings so nicely.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Of course they hired them to cheer. Most likely GM went on campus of some art and drama college and said something like "hey, young actors, here is your chance to show your skills. You'll be shown something abominable but your task is to act as if you are ecstatic to see it."
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL the best part is that GM hired them to cheer, if I remember correctly lol.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Apparently it really wasn't much of a debate between whether to drop Pontiac or Buick, I saw Fritz Henderson here: http://www.newsy.com/videos/pontiac_bids_farewell/ talking about it
      • 5 Years Ago
      You'd think a company that rebadges a car 4+ times over, they'd get a design and quality right. But I guess it's what made them so much money in the past, reusing the same POS material 4+ times over.

      This is a company that took over 2 years to finally btu g out the Camaro

      And thinks residents of NYC would buy a 2 seated segway. Yeah cuz parking so so abundant in NY, it's sooo gonna sell.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hating on the Aztec is like supporting Obama. Everyone got so swept up in it, they don't even know why in the first place. There are TONS of horrible cars. My Dad taught me how to drive but I had to take 2 days of training in a instructor's car to get a driver's certificate. It was a 2000 Corolla LE. What can I say about that car? I can best describe it as a plastic tupperware lunch box with a motor....somewhere in it. I've used shopping carts which has better handling. The gauges were pulled straight from G.I.Joe toys from the 80s and the engine had less power than my Philips razor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a really great top ten list, it's hard to pick just 10 there have been so many. I can't say that I'm that sad that they are discontinuing the line, Pontiacs have been lemons for decades. Anyone can post their own list to our site http://www.toptentopten.com/. The coolest feature is you can let other people vote on the rankings of your list.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My family and I sort of grew up on Pontiacs for the most part even though my Dad really did prefer Chevys. I am not too surprised by the news of Pontiac gasping for breath and GM finally pulling the plug even though I was HOPING Buick would die first! (What's the purpose of Buick anyway??? Why didn't GM kill it instead???)

      One of the first Pontiacs my Dad had was a 1967 GTO. He sold it in 1976 for $600 for a 1974 Olds Cutlass. From what I heard, the GTO was rusting bad and had over 100,000 miles. Didn't have a/c, power brakes/steering, or an automatic transmission. But, it was the iconic muscle car. My Mom worked for a couple of Pontiac dealerships. She and my Dad purchased a 1984 Pontiac Grand Prix LE in November of 1983 and that car was around until February of 1998. Very classy car.

      My very first car was a 1984 Pontiac 1000 (without the "T" - it was dropped by then) purchased in July of 1988 when I was only fifteen. The 1000 was not an exciting car even though Pontiac kept on screaming back then that it was building driving excitement. Yeah, right! Probably back in the 60's, but not in the 1000. I'm not surprised that the 1000 was on Autoblog's Top 10 List of Worst Pontiacs of all time...and it was very bad badge engineering, but not as bad as the Cimarron by Cadillac. (In a way, I sort of miss the 1000 because it was a simple RWD car despite it being very underpowered and not having any sort of option list at all.)

      My second car was a 1988 Pontiac Grand Am. I purchased it in July of 1991 and sold the 1000 a few weeks later. The Grand Am was a solid car even though it was involved in two wrecks within six months of each other and did suffer from the orange peel paint effect GM had dealt with on many of its cars then. I "sold" the Grand Am to my Dad in September of 1997 when I purchased a 1996 Chevy Beretta. It stayed around until February of 2001 after my Dad purchased a 1998 Chevy Blazer. My sister even jumped on the Pontiac bandwagon and purchased a 1995 Grand Am which stayed around until early 2002. Very bad body cladding, but not as bad as some Pontiac models.

      Anyway, I haven't had a Pontiac since even though when I was purchasing a new vehicle after my 2001 Olds Alero died on me in December of 2006, the Vibe did catch my eye. I do like the look of the new Solstice coupe as well as the G6 coupe. I don't like the total design of the G6 GXP, though. It's not as bad as what the Aztek was. (What was Pontiac thinking when it presented the Aztek??? Fortunately, it didn't suffer from any sort of badge engineering...only the one of the worst auto designs of all time!)

      I also was hoping the Pontiac G8ST would come into play, but that was short-lived when I heard plans for that were scrapped. (That truly was one of the first signs of Pontiac's upcoming demise in my opinion.) I do know that if my Dad were still alive, he would be interested in knowing about what's going to become of Pontiac.

      With that, I must close with "Rest In Peace, Pontiac. You'll be missed."
      • 5 Years Ago
      In all understanding of its strange looks, I actually like the Aztek, especially later in its life sans the plastic bottom. If you were to put a paper bag over it, you would get a relatively fuel efficient and flexible vehicle that offers the capacity of a mid-sized SUV with practicalities found in a car. I'd drive one just to be completely different, I don't really care if people are laughing. I'd rather drive an Aztek than a silver 2005 Honda Civic, like a billion other people. Besides, its not like you'd lose it in a parking lot! And the optional tent package? So cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok, so the G6 GXP is in the list of worst cars only because of the way it looks? Who makes these lists?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Telling that there's not a single real (read: Pontiac designed & powered, as opposed to either a badge engineered turd or just one of the various cars they made with an engine from another GM division under the hood) Pontiac on that list.

      RIP.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, there's one. The Aztek was a Pontiac first and foremost. The Buick Rendezvous came later.

        So, given a choice between a rebadge and an Aztek, which would you choose?
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