A colleague today mentioned that, years ago, she owned a Pacer. A Pacer! I had forgotten about one of the most unattractive and least successful automobiles ever to come out of Detroit.
In the mid-1970s, a college friend named Scott owned a Pacer. It was interesting the first ride or two, but after that it lost its appeal. It was, by no means, a Chick Magnet vehicle. (It had to have been the car's fault, right?) But it was reliable transportation. And besides, his parents loaned it to him. Beats walking. Almost.
I knew that the Pacer, with its extra-wide body, bubble design and glass all over, was a financial flop for the American Motors. But I didn't know it was that bad. Yet there it is, on the blog World Auto News & Reviews, heading the list of 10 Most Idiotic Cars of All Time.
While I never owned a Pacer, I did own another car on the list -- the AMC Matador. It is listed as the No. 8 worst. My car wouldn't have been that bad if it looked like the one in this picture. By the time I acquired a Matador, it was around 1984, and the vehicle exterior was a dull maroon. The only good thing about the paint color was that it hid all the rust. I knew I was in trouble when, after handing over the cash for the vehicle, it wouldn't start.
Just a loose battery cable. But it was an omen nonetheless.
What is the worst car you've ever owned (or regularly driven)?