11/13/08

Time’s 50 Worst Cars

Today I have one for all you automotive aficionados out there…

I ran across this list of the 50 worst cars of all time from Time Magazine, compiled in entertaining fashion by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Dan Neil, who writes for the LA Times.

The expected offenders are present and accounted for. The Ford Pinto, Cadillac Cimarron and Yugo GV all fit the bill in this “worst of” list. And don’t forget that rolling pile of automotive refuse otherwise known as the AMC Pacer. I think the word “disaster” applies here…

Some of the lesser-known cars are true gems as well. How can you not stare incredulously at the Fuller Dymaxion or the diminutive Crosley Hotshot? Who in their right minds came up with these vehicles?

At the other end of the spectrum, there are a few vehicles present that strike me as a bit underserving to reside on this list. The Ford Explorer was included because it apparently sold Americans on the bigger-is-better idea in personal transportation – I don’t buy it. And the BMW 7-series is here due to its infamous I-Drive navigation system controller. While the initial software was certainly a bit clumsy, one might note that nearly all the high-end manufacturers now have their own interpretation of this controller.

Check out the list and see for yourself. If you have a vehicle that may have been omitted, let us know…

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