• Dec 21, 2011
In the interest of full disclosure, that's my byline on AOL Autos' list of the worst cars from 50 automakers. Yes, it's not the only such list we've seen recently, and you are of course strongly encouraged to let me have it in the comments. Anyone who calls out 50 different automotive brands for their worst FAIL moments had better have thick skin, which I do.

I also have a sense of humor – and not for a minute do I or anyone else at our sister site that weighed in on the list think it is as definitive as it is funny. If you've been around the classic car hobby for a while, you come to realize that there is a charm to be had in even the worst cars. Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s meant witnessing the Dark Ages of the auto industry firsthand, the era from which many of these vehicles hail. While these cars were not a lot of fun to own back then, today we can look back and laugh at them, the automotive equivalent of polyester jumpsuits and acid wash jeans.

There are undoubtedly many more vehicles that could be added to the list, so feel free to join in the discussion after viewing the list here.


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      Synthono
      • 3 Years Ago
      1966 Riviera is a bad choice, partially because it's actually quite beautiful, partially because if you're going to pick a car to represent Buick's malaise there are many different models that are more appropriate, partially because while it shared a platform, it shared a platform with two other spectacular looking GM models AND without platform sharing Buick would have been dead by that point, partially because the 1993 Buick Skylark is a thing that exists.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Synthono
        I agree. The Riviera is the only one here that has me baffled. Excitement at Buick went out with the RWD GM G platform. It's just now that Buick is starting to get some of its mojo back, so there are plenty of Buick models in between to add to this list before the 66' Riviera. I'm thinking any GM H-Body cars from the 80s and 90s would be more deserving of such recognition.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          No doubt they sold well. That does not change the fact that they were about as inspiring as a cinder block wall. Had any of these cars been great in the sales department, they probably would not have made this list. Thankfully, most of them have been retired to the junkyard, and that there are still a lot more G-Bodies out there. On the occasion that I do see one, I am still irritated by their uninspiring nature. They were the epitome of "the disposable car" aka "the appliance". The mentality is to drive it until it wears out, then throw it away because it's not good for anything else.
          BG
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LUSTSTANG S-197
          Are you referring to the FWD H-cars? According to Wikipedia, "the H-Body sedans were the next "big thing" for GM, and development cost more than $3 billion, " The ones I have driven were pretty unimpressive in driving dynamics.
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Synthono
        My kingdom for an edit button, without platform sharing the RIVIERA would have been dead by that point.
      MikeInNC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Completely disagree with the X1/9 and the Alfetta saloon. I had them both and both were a blast to drive. Oh and the X6 on the 50 worst of all time. How sad. Sure, you may not like it but on the 50 worst. Give me a break.
        Phil T
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MikeInNC
        I agree. The Alfetta was a fun car to drive...great handling, good performance and a nice exhaust note. It was just a pity that it was poorly built, had a driving that was impossible to get comfortable in (at least in RHD) and broke down way too often.
        Auto Driveaway - DC
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MikeInNC
        The X6 is not in the Top 50 worst cars of "all time" list, the author is choosing it as the worst model from BMW.
      rocketmoose
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The X6 is enough to make anyone wish that BMW would stop trying to break the laws of physics and just stick to making lightweight sports sedans." Spot on!
      Jake
      • 3 Years Ago
      You chose 2012 Honda Civic over the Crosstour for Honda?
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm glad to see the Hyundai Excel getting its props. What a ghastly car. And even if you could stand to drive it with its rubbery shifter and terrible clutch, it would't remain running for long anyway. The (Isuzu) Lotus Elan wasn't bad as long as you didn't pay much for it. Ever drive a Geo Storm and were surprised at how sporty it was? Well, here's your convertible version. The lack of the Yugo makes this list suspect. The lack of the Pontiac Le Mans (Daewoo) also kind of indicates the net wasn't cast as widely as it should have been. That Rolls Royce looks truly awful. You could have put in the Maserati BiTurbo in there too, it looked far too much like a Chevy Cavalier than it should have considering its price. According to wikipedia it was the BBC's #28 in its book of "Crap Cars" and is Time Magazine's worst car of 1984.
      anonymous guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 1966 Buick Riviera? Really? I think it's a beautiful car. And, it was RWD, unlike the Eldorado and the Toronado.
        anonymous guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @anonymous guy
        If anything, they should have considered the Buick Reatta as Buick's worst before disrespecting the Riviera.
          Frank
          • 3 Years Ago
          @anonymous guy
          ^^^ This
          P.F. Bruns
          • 3 Years Ago
          @anonymous guy
          Aw, just because it was a chopped Buick Regal two-seater with more body flex than a gymnast and a body that looked like someone had stepped on the clay model is no reason to disrespect the Reatta. ;)
      Guillaume Séguin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank god they forgot the French brands !
      Joseph Burtoni
      • 3 Years Ago
      Number 25? The LM002 does not belong anywhere on this list.
      space
      • 3 Years Ago
      Weird, I was just thinking about the Aztek a few minutes ago. I'd almost want to get one now and keep it just because you never see them anywhere.
      Tomifobia
      • 3 Years Ago
      A few of your choices weren't that good. Buick should have been the '92 Skylark. Lincoln? The Versailles. And Mercedes? The R Class.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tomifobia
        I wouldn't take the Blackwood off that list though. It was about as pointless as it gets, having carpet in the bed and all. Even the name was stupid. Blackwood? Seriously? It sounds more like a tipped cigar than a vehicle really.
      rom
      • 3 Years Ago
      that list is the dummest, the Aston Martin Lagonda WAS incredibly high tech and totally cool looking ( I saw one on Monte Carlo and it was as stunning as seeing a Countach for the first time), how is that a worst car list worthy? the Lambo LM002 same thing, was ahead of its time and looked like a Hummer of today 20 years ago, I dont see that as worst car ever. Prowler a stupid car... whatever whoever wrote that list probably drives a white Camry...
        P.F. Bruns
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rom
        While I have my own disagreements with the list (see strongly worded response to come), the Aston Martin Lagonda looked futuristic, but had the same reliability problems associated with the British Leyland of the past. As for the LM002, the only problem with it was it hit the market a decade too early. The Prowler had virtually no cargo space and only sat two--which wouldn't be so bad if it were a real hot rod, but because it came from the factory, and every single example looked alike, what it really was was just a stripped down sedan with an impractical body.
      Pete
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey, Jeff, leave my Postal Jeep alone. If it has a 4 in it, it sucks. But if you are lucky enough to find one with a 6 in it, BUY IT. It flies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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