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Question of the Day: What's the worst car to come from Detroit?

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The car blogs were buzzing this week when presidential candidate Barack Obama called the Ford Granada the "worst car that Detroit ever built."

Obama was describing his first driving experience when he said "(t)he car I learned to drive on was my grandfather's Ford Granada. ... It may be the worst car that Detroit ever built. This thing was a tin can. It was during the '70s when oil had just gone up, so they were trying to compete with the Japanese. They wanted to keep the cars big, so they made them out of tin foil. It would rattle and shake. You basically couldn't go over 80 (miles per hour) without the thing getting out of control."

So we know what Obama thinks. What do YOU think? What is the worst car that Detroit has ever rolled out? Let us know in the comments!

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FlashBack’s Profile Photo
May 9, 2008 at 2:25 pm
I think Nobama is full of it...the Pacer has got to be the worst!!
paidtosaythis’s Profile Photo
May 9, 2008 at 9:56 am
Barack Obama is the worst thing Al Queda ever built.
Dreamweaver’s Profile Photo
May 9, 2008 at 9:00 am
the PACER just because of how ugly I think they looked ,but that being said if I ever made too much money I would get one seal it up,fill it full of water, add fish,and place in a game room
TexasDon’s Profile Photo
May 9, 2008 at 7:42 am
Who is Barack Obama????
Redneck_Cowgirl’s Profile Photo
May 9, 2008 at 3:51 am
Why has no one mentioned the Pontiac Fiero? That little car was terrible!
CorvairJim’s Profile Photo
May 8, 2008 at 8:11 pm
OOH, mohrt! I didn't think you were the gullible type! Ol' Ralphie's propoganda piece was debunked several decades ago. Besides, only the first chapter in that joke book was about the Corvair... Chapter 2 tells of how the horizontal tailfins of the '59 and '60 Chevy cause the rear of the car to leave the ground at 70mph. Maybe he should have told Junior Johnson about that back in 1960. It seems that Johnson won the 1960 Daytona 500 in a 1959 Chevy Impala at an average speed of nearly 140... kinda hard to do in a car that can't exceed 70, wouldn't you say? scratchchin image

(Of course, everybody knows that rotaries - like the one in the MAZDA RX-8 - burn ungodly amounts of oil, and you have to replace the apex seals every 20k miles or so...)
Stu_Norman’s Profile Photo
May 8, 2008 at 6:16 pm
The worst vehicle from a US manufacturer, in my opinion, was my 1978 AMC Gremlin. I purchased a 1978 Gremlin X with the optional Levi interior. I was an E-2 in the Army, it was what I could, cut me some slack!

The Gremlin by itself was a cheap little car, but the 1978 Gremlin had a surprise that made it far worse. It had an Audi engine. A cheap car with a POS 4 cylinder engine that you can't find parts for....yup, that was tons of fun.
CorvairJim’s Profile Photo
May 8, 2008 at 4:40 pm
Hmmm... How many do you want? Since I'm a Chevy fan, I'll start off with the Chevys!
- Vega. I had a '72 panel as a company car at one time, and not only did it only get about 12 m.p.g. (this is an ECONOMY CAR???) but it could be timed 0-60 with a calendar and burned at least a quart of oil a day!
- Chevette/T1000. There is no way possible for me to drive a Chevette with a manual transmission. My left leg gets jammed between the wheel and the door when my foot is only halfway off the clutch. I may be tall (6'3"), but not unusually so.
- Pinto/Bobcat and late model Crown Victoria. Rolling bombs. Hit one in the rear and break out the hot dogs and marshmallows. A nearby Police Department parked it's entire fleet of Crown Vics when this issue came to light a few years ago, and the officers had to patrol in whatever township-owned vehicles could be scrounged until replacements (Impalas and Intrepids) could be bought.
- Just about any Front Wheel Drive Chrysler product from the late 70's-early 80's. These tin cans would rattle from brand new! I saw parts hanging off a Dodge Aries on a dealer's New Car lot!
- Pacer. I had one of these disasters! The interior plastic was gassing out for several years after the car was built, fogging the windows so badly that they had to be cleaned weekly to be able to see safely! The shift linkage would bind up with regularity after about the first year. The paint chalked out in the first couple of years. The stud retaining the spare tire stuck up more than an inch through the rear load floor BY DESIGN! My mom bought it new, and was offered only $50 for it in trade 5 years later. Instead of trading it in, she gave it to me.
canadianpontiacguy’s Profile Photo
May 8, 2008 at 4:12 pm
I can think of a few that weren't great examples ot North American quality and engineering.

Ford Pinto-safety issues
Chevy Vega-early models-engine problems
Ford Torino-rust problems
Edsel-although it may not have been bad mechanically, but not accepted stylistically!

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