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That Eighties Funk

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What is, in your opinion, one of the worst cars from the Eighties era?

For me, it's the Renault Fuego. Rather looked much like a bloated pig and tended to sound like one too after a few years age.

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Gotta love it when someone makes a five minute video tribute to their car that becomes utterly redundant after fifteen seconds.

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i would like to submit... for the committee's approval... the third generation mustang

spanning the entire decade of the 80s, this was a car with a base 4-cyl engine producing 88hp, the mid-range engine, a V6 put out 109 hp but due to supply issues would later be replaced by an 85 hp inline six... the top level engine on this particular masterpiece of the 80s... was a 140 hp 4.9L V8... later they would offer a turbo 4 that put out a whopping 132 hp...

when you are carrying over engines from the mustang II, in packaging that somehow was less attractive... you have officially disgraced the nameplate of one of the greatest muscle cars of all time...

while i am aware that throughout the decade, engine power started to increase again... it wasnt until 1986 that the GT would finally have 200 hp again and even later than that would it go to an astounding 225!

i feel as tho it is also worth noting that at some point during this decade... Ford almost made the Mustang FWD... luckily customer response was so quick and vicious that the idea was scrapped... unfortunately the resultant car was not... and hence... the Probe was born...

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You know, I almost came close to posting the Chevy Celebrity instead. I don't think you could ask for a more dreadfully boring looking American car. It generates all of the excitement of red hospital Jell-o or retirement home tapioca. When you're giving the Toyota Cressida of the same era a good run for it's money in terms of how boring you are, that's not a good thing at all.

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i think the fiero and pinto are also worth note... if for nothing else than the fact that they each deserved the name fuego a bit more than that renault... :P

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You know, I almost came close to posting the Chevy Celebrity instead. I don't think you could ask for a more dreadfully boring looking American car. It generates all of the excitement of red hospital Jell-o or retirement home tapioca. When you're giving the Toyota Cressida of the same era a good run for it's money in terms of how boring you are, that's not a good thing at all

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True, the Celebrity was dull...the Ciera and Century were just as dull if not worse (at least some years the Buicks tried to look semi-interesting with the forward leaning front end). Most of GM's FWD generics from the early '80s well into the '90s were forgettably bland. A friend once described them as cars you could misplace in an empty parking lot.

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Hmmm... Any 1980s BL cars on there?

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Yugo GV, by far and away!

Yeah, it's hard to think of anything that was worse in the US market... the Renault Alliance and Encore were pretty naff also..

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The Worst car of the 1980s?

Can't pick just one.

Ford Festiva, Renault Reliant, Hyundai Excell, Toyota Wunderwagen, Honda CRX (only 1st gen.)

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The Worst car of the 1980s?

Can't pick just one.

Ford Festiva, Renault Reliant, Hyundai Excell, Toyota Wunderwagen, Honda CRX (only 1st gen.)

Wot's a 'Toyota Wunderwagen'? Or a 'Renault Reliant'? (The Reliant was a Plymouth..)

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i would like to submit... for the committee's approval... the third generation mustang

I know that it took them until the 90s to do it, but the 80s Mustangs did eventually become pretty good cars. The 93 Cobra was a pretty nice car, and a good way to send out a generation that lasted way too long.

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Yes Virginia, there was a Toyota van even LESS safe than the Previa!!!

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The Reanault I was thinking of: Alliance.

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And let's not forget the pathetic "LeCar"

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Speaking of the boxy '80s Japanese vans, I seem to remember Nissan and Mitsubishi sold some in the US also, but I haven't seen one in many years... I actually saw several of the Toyota vans in California and Hawaii last year, in various states of wear..

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Ford Tempo. I had the misfortune of driving that hunk of junk for a while as a work vehicle.

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I know that it took them until the 90s to do it, but the 80s Mustangs did eventually become pretty good cars. The 93 Cobra was a pretty nice car, and a good way to send out a generation that lasted way too long.

oh im aware... but i was talking about the ones in the 80s... hence the "worst car of the 80s" thing... :P

i have nothing against the 93 cobras... and in fact would buy one if given the chance for a good price... its just that this particular car... from 1980 to 1989... was astonishingly awful... and it had no excuse to be so given its rich heritage... which is what lifts it above all the japanese and french craptaculars IMO

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And let's not forget the pathetic "LeCar"

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How about we all do forget about the Renault 5/Le Car. Good lord, it and the Fuego both have faces only a drunk mother could love.

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oh im aware... but i was talking about the ones in the 80s... hence the "worst car of the 80s" thing... :P

i have nothing against the 93 cobras... and in fact would buy one if given the chance for a good price... its just that this particular car... from 1980 to 1989... was astonishingly awful... and it had no excuse to be so given its rich heritage... which is what lifts it above all the japanese and french craptaculars IMO

Well, I certainly can't argue with that.

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You know, I almost came close to posting the Chevy Celebrity instead. I don't think you could ask for a more dreadfully boring looking American car. It generates all of the excitement of red hospital Jell-o or retirement home tapioca. When you're giving the Toyota Cressida of the same era a good run for it's money in terms of how boring you are, that's not a good thing at all.

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I'm going to get for this one-but that's a pretty sharp Celebrity.....I always liked the Euros........

I thought they were boxy, but not bad.

They ran forever, and you could take your crew (people, group, whatever) around town...

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Ford Tempo. I had the misfortune of driving that hunk of junk for a while as a work vehicle.

Yep. I have plenty of stories of those...

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Ford Tempo. I had the misfortune of driving that hunk of junk for a while as a work vehicle.

Yep. I have plenty of stories of those...

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Hmmm ... yeah, I guess I can put this on my list as well: the Chrysler LeBaron.

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My aunt had one of these, actually. And one of my earliest childhood-related memories is of my mom and myself following my aunt in her little LeBaron up a winding mountain road in our Cavalier. I think it was about ten or fifteen minutes into the trip going up that road my aunt had to pull off on the side of the road and let her LeBaron cool off because it had started to overheat quite badly. And I also know she had, in addition to the mechanical problems, horrible electrical problems as well. Makes me think Chrysler let the British build it.

And then there's the styling. Makes me think of Bermuda shorts, golf, really old men, retirement homes, and Florida.

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i disagree with about the mustangs.. with very little work they can be made into insanely competent cars.. the fox platform is one of my favorite...

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Hmmm ... yeah, I guess I can put this on my list as well: the Chrysler LeBaron.

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My aunt had one of these, actually. And one of my earliest childhood-related memories is of my mom and myself following my aunt in her little LeBaron up a winding mountain road in our Cavalier. I think it was about ten or fifteen minutes into the trip going up that road my aunt had to pull off on the side of the road and let her LeBaron cool off because it had started to overheat quite badly. And I also know she had, in addition to the mechanical problems, horrible electrical problems as well. Makes me think Chrysler let the British build it.

And then there's the styling. Makes me think of Bermuda shorts, golf, really old men, retirement homes, and Florida.

I always saw those involved in accidents...never wanted one based on that reason alone...

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i disagree with about the mustangs.. with very little work they can be made into insanely competent cars.. the fox platform is one of my favorite...

And they were bulletproof reliable too.

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The 1981-1990 Ford Escort. What a piece of trash. At least the ones I rode in and drove. The Cavalier was a luxury car in comparison. I didnt find the Tempo to be so bad other than the fact that I couldnt get in one without banging some part of my body. The Renault Alliance also fits there. A neighbor was blessed with one of these in about 1988. It never wanted to start when it was cold. The 1965 Chevrolet Impala she got rid of for this piece of garbage never failed to start in the cold. I was not much of a fan of the ohhh so popular Dodge Aries-Plymouth Reliant. They just seemed like bigger Escorts if you ask me.

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