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The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: kap
Date: January 23, 2014 06:56PM
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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: January 23, 2014 07:03PM
I'd take a single Aztek over an entire stable of Pintos. No doubt about it.



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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: kap
Date: January 23, 2014 07:05PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
I'd take a single Aztek over an entire stable of Pintos. No doubt about it.

Aztek's exterior just is too hard on the eyes for me.



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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: January 23, 2014 07:08PM
For auto aficionados: The 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Diesel, released 35 years ago and appearing at #3 on this list, is the vehicle that SINGLEHANDEDLY gave diesel engines a bad reputation in the U.S.... a reputation that only in the last few years has begun to improve amongst the general population.



It is what it is.



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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: January 23, 2014 07:13PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
I'd take a single Aztek over an entire stable of Pintos. No doubt about it.

Aztek's exterior just is too hard on the eyes for me.

The Aztek is definitely not for you, then. Taken from the caption for the Aztek photo:

"Drive one and you quickly realize that the Aztek's exterior design is its best feature."



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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: kap
Date: January 23, 2014 07:16PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
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kap
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N-OS X-tasy!
I'd take a single Aztek over an entire stable of Pintos. No doubt about it.

Aztek's exterior just is too hard on the eyes for me.

The Aztek is definitely not for you, then. Taken from the caption for the Aztek photo:

"Drive one and you quickly realize that the Aztek's exterior design is its best feature."

Can't be worse than the first model of the Suzuki.



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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: davester
Date: January 23, 2014 07:18PM
I wonder why the didn't include the AMC Pacer. One car magazine did a road test on it and found all aspects of it's performance (braking, handling, acceleration to be amongst the worst they'd ever measured. Their cover page headline was "We Test the Pacer, and Wish We Hadn't!".





"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: January 23, 2014 07:18PM
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kap
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N-OS X-tasy!
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kap
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N-OS X-tasy!
I'd take a single Aztek over an entire stable of Pintos. No doubt about it.

Aztek's exterior just is too hard on the eyes for me.

The Aztek is definitely not for you, then. Taken from the caption for the Aztek photo:

"Drive one and you quickly realize that the Aztek's exterior design is its best feature."

Can't be worse than the first model of the Suzuki.

...Samurai?



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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: kj
Date: January 23, 2014 07:22PM
heisenberg! kj.
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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: bfd
Date: January 23, 2014 07:47PM
Go Aztecs!
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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: eustacetilley
Date: January 23, 2014 08:04PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
For auto aficionados: The 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Diesel, released 35 years ago and appearing at #3 on this list, is the vehicle that SINGLEHANDEDLY gave diesel engines a bad reputation in the U.S.... a reputation that only in the last few years has begun to improve amongst the general population.

That LF9 engine not only nearly destroyed Oldsmobile, but it nearly took out Cadillac as well. I'm surprised that the Diesel Seville, (Fake Mercedes), didn't make the list, but putting the Cimarron, (Fake BMW), makes up for it slightly.

BTW, does anybody else think that Cadillac using the ultimate MILF song "Stacey's Mom", and the Ramones in their new commercials, is hysterically funny? I can understand the MILF bit, Cadillac always appealed to wannaBees, but the "adoration" of Cadillac by Johnny Ramone, ("I decide what's Punk!"), was _not_ meant to be taken seriously.

Eustace
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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: January 23, 2014 08:28PM
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eustacetilley
Cadillac always appealed to wannaBees...

Well not "always."

(Paraphrased from Wikipedia)
Cadillac was founded by Henry Leland in 1902, and is currently the second oldest American automobile brand following Buick and is among the oldest automobile brands in the world.

General Motors purchased the company in 1909 and within six years, Cadillac had established itself as one of America's premier luxury cars.


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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: January 23, 2014 08:34PM
The Aztec was remarkably ugly, but was it mechanically an ogre, too?

They left out AMC Gremlin, though as I recall it had its fans.

/Mr Lynn
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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: Octave Doctor
Date: January 23, 2014 08:38PM
My best friend's family had a '59 Edsel wagon, then got a Ford Pinto in 1972--they had both for a while. I'm sure he had a wonderful time driving the Edsel to college.
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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: Uncle Wig
Date: January 23, 2014 08:39PM
Lists like this in general are stupid or at least very subjective. This particular list is so stupid that the LA Times wouldn't even put a byline on it. Just who is the clod who devised it?

I recall reading a number of reviews of the Aztec when it came out. The consensus was it wasn't a bad car; it was an ugly car. This list-weasel can't distinguish between the two.

davester, At least some of the Pacer' failings were due to a late design change which swapped an iron-ingot, low power straight six engine for the planned Wankel rotary. It's likely that at least the handling and acceleration would have been better if the car had been equipped with the engine it was designed around. I find it not bad-looking for that period.



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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: mikebw
Date: January 23, 2014 09:04PM
Yes there should be a separate list of the top Ugliest Cars and the top Worst Cars (safety, build quality, performance, mechanical reliability)
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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: bwicklander
Date: January 23, 2014 10:07PM
Im a fan of the AZTEK
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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: eustacetilley
Date: January 23, 2014 10:20PM
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mikebw
Yes there should be a separate list of the top Ugliest Cars and the top Worst Cars (safety, build quality, performance, mechanical reliability)

Several cars could make both lists, but none more so than the 1969 Subaru 360, which I believe holds the record for the most damning review ever in "Consumer Reports":

[www.mysubaru360.com]

Eustace
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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: kj4btkljv
Date: January 23, 2014 10:21PM
So, from the text in the pictures, the Aztec actually drove the final nail in Pontiac's coffin?

I thought it more their mismanagement, the 2008 GM bankruptcy, and then the federal bailout.

Jeff
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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: GGD
Date: January 23, 2014 10:31PM
Many are comparing the BMW i3 styling to the Aztek



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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: kap
Date: January 23, 2014 10:49PM
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GGD
Many are comparing the BMW i3 styling to the Aztek



[www.slate.com]

[www.google.com]

It looks better than the Aztek



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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: davester
Date: January 23, 2014 11:00PM
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kap
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GGD
Many are comparing the BMW i3 styling to the Aztek



[www.slate.com]

[www.google.com]

It looks better than the Aztek

Questionable.



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: January 24, 2014 01:34AM
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Uncle Wig
I find it not bad-looking for that period.

I remember riding in the back of one of those when I was a kid. I felt like a fish in a fishbowl.



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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: January 24, 2014 01:35AM
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davester
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kap
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GGD
Many are comparing the BMW i3 styling to the Aztek



[www.slate.com]

[www.google.com]

It looks better than the Aztek

Questionable.

Agreed.



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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: January 24, 2014 07:01AM
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eustacetilley

Several cars could make both lists, but none more so than the 1969 Subaru 360, which I believe holds the record for the most damning review ever in "Consumer Reports":

[www.mysubaru360.com]

Eustace

Subaru has come a long way since that laughable vehicle! Thanks for what may be the most entertaining CU auto review ever.

/Mr Lynn
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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: davester
Date: January 24, 2014 10:25AM
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mikebw
Yes there should be a separate list of the top Ugliest Cars and the top Worst Cars (safety, build quality, performance, mechanical reliability)

Several cars could make both lists, but none more so than the 1969 Subaru 360, which I believe holds the record for the most damning review ever in "Consumer Reports":

[www.mysubaru360.com]

Eustace

Wpw, that's a pretty amazing car review. 0 to 50 mph in 37.5 seconds!



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: Z
Date: January 24, 2014 11:11AM
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kj4btkljv
So, from the text in the pictures, the Aztec actually drove the final nail in Pontiac's coffin?

I thought it more their mismanagement, the 2008 GM bankruptcy, and then the federal bailout.

Jeff

Jeff - why would you be bringing, you know, history and facts into this conversation?
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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: January 24, 2014 11:40AM
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kap
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GGD
Many are comparing the BMW i3 styling to the Aztek



[www.slate.com]

[www.google.com]

It looks better than the Aztek

That's referred to as "damning with faint praise."
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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: billb
Date: January 24, 2014 12:53PM
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kap
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GGD
Many are comparing the BMW i3 styling to the Aztek



[www.slate.com]

[www.google.com]

It looks better than the Aztek

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Re: The 2001 Pontiac Aztek gets the crown!
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 24, 2014 02:24PM
best use of a pinto ever

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