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Posted: 10/13/2005 5:50:36 PM EDT
After seeing Coolio's thread on worst American cars and seeing the usual suspects (Pintos, Chevettes, etc) on the list I started thinking about it and had a harder time coming up with a huge list of Japanese cars that are objectively crappy.

Maybe that means I'm biased but what do you guys consider some of the worst Japanese cars ever made?

-Observer
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 5:52:33 PM EDT
basically most things made in the 60s, 70s, and 80s
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 5:52:42 PM EDT
The Itchypussy Okeydokie.

Just a btt here really.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 5:56:29 PM EDT
Whatever it is, it's probably better than most American cars.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 5:56:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CFII:
basically most things made in the 60s, 70s, and 80s



+ INFINITY
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 5:59:08 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:01:09 PM EDT
A Daewoo???

For the most part they make great vehicles.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:01:57 PM EDT
Car and Driver called the Datsun F10 the last totally clueless Japanese car.

I'm not sure I'd agree about everything in the 70's and 80's.

(Thinking of the Datsun 240Z, amongst others)
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:02:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By j-fonz:
A Daewoo???

For the most part they make great vehicles.



That's Korean.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:03:10 PM EDT
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries aka SATAN.


Any DSMers out there know what I'm talkin about.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:03:50 PM EDT
I have to pick just one?
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:04:13 PM EDT
Daihatsu
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:04:55 PM EDT
Mazda RX-3 sucked, so did their rotary engined pickup.
the first few years of RX-7's were bad too. Early rotaries were notorious leakers and didn't last long.
the new ones are really good though.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:05:21 PM EDT
bless you
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:05:46 PM EDT
The earliest imports to North America (1956 or thereabouts) had paint jobs that oxidized after a few years of exposure to the sun. They literally turned to dust and blew away.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:08:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SWO_daddy:
Daihatsu


They made a shitbox hatchback and a Geo Tracker rip-off IIRC.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:10:03 PM EDT
Late 60s, 70s and 80s Toyotas were good cars and the trucks speak for themselves.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:11:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/13/2005 6:11:46 PM EDT by twonami]
Mid 80's Datsun 200SX. Only cause my friend had one and his was a POS
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:11:57 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:16:43 PM EDT
Strangely enough, the Honda Del Sol was generally despised. Poor quality. Mistakes happen, even at Honda. Not sure what Honda is trying to achieve with the Ridgeline. It impresses me as well built, but I just don't like it. Get a Tacoma.

And WTF is with Subaru's abomination known as the "Baja." Couldn't they just let the BRAT legacy die? Once again, get a Tacoma.

Toyota's first stab at a larger pickup, the T100, was not up to par either, as I remember. I think it was their tuition for the extremely well built Tundra.

The list of Shitmobiles is pretty short with Japanese automanufacturers and unfortuneately the American list is really long, as is the European.

Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:17:33 PM EDT
Just for the record, Daihatsu, Hyundai and Daewoo are Korean not Japanese.

Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:20:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/13/2005 6:23:01 PM EDT by SWO_daddy]

Originally Posted By Observer:
Just for the record, Daihatsu, Hyundai and Daewoo are Korean not Japanese.




Wrong. Daihatsu is Japanese. Read and learn
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:20:23 PM EDT
I had a '76 Honda Civic when I was in college - a hand me down from my older sister. It was bright yellow with orange and pink stripes running from the roof down around the windows and up the sides (think metrosexual Starksy and Hutch). I couldn't kill the car. Had 300k miles on it - no exhaust, no floorboards, no heater core. I carried a couple gallons of water in the back for when it overheated driving around town - ran cool on the interstate with a dry radiator even though it wasn't meant to be aircooled.

I've had a Miata for 13 years - my daily driver for 12. Now its just a fun car. Zero prblems and still one helluva tight, quick fun car. I am sure there have been a few Japanese dogs, but not that I have owned (we've had a couple other Hondas, an Infinity and now an Acura).

You want to talk horribly made cars, let me tell you about my 1959 Triumph TR3A.

Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:21:14 PM EDT
Can't think of any
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:23:31 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Zippy_The_Wonderdog:
The list of Shitmobiles is pretty short with Japanese automanufacturers and unfortuneately the American list is really long, as is the European.




Have you ever lived in Japan? I have and I can tell you that their list of shitmobiles is long and distinguished ("Like my..."). They just can't import their crap here. Nor would they want to.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:30:22 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:35:22 PM EDT
Subaru Justy
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:39:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Aimless:
so you're saying you don't miss the BRAT?


The Brat I was driving was the lone survivor in a game of follow the leader when we bought 3 4X4 for $1,000.
It was a Bronco II, Brat, and a Dodge Power Wagon and we were not gentle on them
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:46:57 PM EDT
1988 Toyota Tercel 4x4 wagon.

Junk

I guess Toyota made better vehicles. I didn't own them, nor will I own them.

Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:50:34 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:58:20 PM EDT
Mitsubishi Starion.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:58:48 PM EDT
Again the list can go on and on
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 6:59:31 PM EDT
Living here in the "rust belt" of America, virtually every pre-1980 Japanese car died a premature rusty death.

Actually a lot like the Pintos, Chevettes, MGs, Fiats and other cheaper American and European cars.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 7:02:24 PM EDT
The toyota avalanche is the ugliest truck ever assembeled and sold to the public.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 7:12:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JohnnyMcEldoo:
The toyota avalanche is the ugliest truck ever assembeled and sold to the public.



Ummm.. chevy makes the avalanche...
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 7:13:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By nater:

Originally Posted By JohnnyMcEldoo:
The toyota avalanche is the ugliest truck ever assembeled and sold to the public.



Ummm.. chevy makes the avalanche...




Oh yea...what was I thinking?


Link Posted: 10/13/2005 7:21:22 PM EDT
I had a '68 Toyota Corona. Lasted forever( had it for11years) and I offroaded it, got air in it,uncountable minor wrecks,
beat the complete crap out of it. Then sold it for $300.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 7:24:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/13/2005 7:26:47 PM EDT by mjohn3006]
1994 Hyundai Excel.

My parents bought it used for $8,000 or so. ONE YEAR LATER! It had gone through over $11,000 in warranty work. That’s more then they bought the damn thing for. They replaced the fuel pump 7 times. A piston rod broke and I inched home on 3 cylinders and then it was towed to the dealer. It was the biggest piece of shit!

2 weeks before the warranty ran out, I drove into a wooden pole, about two foot diameter, about 15 feet long, and buried about 6 feet into the ground. The pole was the corner pole for a cow field electric fence. I hit it dead on going about 40mph. Flipped it and everything. It was fun.

I will give this credit to the car. After the firemen, my Dad and I rolled it back onto its wheels, the car did start. You could not put it into gear, but it did start.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 7:26:58 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
1994 Hundia(sp) Excel.

My parents bought it used for $8,000 or so. ON YEAR LATER! It had gone through over $11,000 in warenty work. Thats more then they bought the damn thing for. They replaced the fuel pump 7 times. A piston rod broke and I inched home on 3 cylinders and then it was towed to the dealer. It was the biggest peice of shit!

2 weeks before the warranty ran out, I drove into a wooden pole, about two foot diameter, about 15 feet long, and buried about 6 feet into the ground. The pole was the corner pol for a cow field electric fence. I hit it dead on going about 40mph. Flipped it and everything. It was fun.

I will give this credit to the car. After the firemen, my Dad and I rolled it back onto its wheels, the car did start. You could not put it into gear, but it did start.



Hyundai's are Korean I do believe.

The worst Japanese car companies are:
1) Mitsubishi
2) Subaru
3) Isuzu
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 7:27:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By j-fonz:
A Daewoo???

For the most part they make great vehicles.



Thats Korean
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 7:35:21 PM EDT
Nissan Skyline GT-R. Why? 'Cause they didn't bring it here.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 9:49:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/13/2005 9:52:01 PM EDT by ATNT]
Well, in Japan an unpopular car that comes to mind is the Mitsubishi Pajero.
The Pajero is unpopular because it was defective and spontaneously ignited every so often.
Mitsubishi tried to hide it up but didn’t succeed.

I think that it is marketed under the name Shogun in the US.


Link added to a story about it from the Japan Times.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 10:02:32 PM EDT
Dad bought a new 2002 Honda Civic that was a total POS! In 8,000 miles it wen through 3 transmissions and several other electrical problems. He sold it for a Chevy Malibu which is a really nice car.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 11:18:17 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 11:20:36 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 11:21:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/13/2005 11:33:49 PM EDT by Mr45auto]
1995 Toyota Tacoma SX, single worst vehicle I've ever owned. Flame away, it sucked.

Driveshaft vibration, shitty brakes, whistling weatherstripping, clunky steering, intermittent stalls, occasional no starts. Overfriggen priced too. Sold at 32K mi, never regretted getting rid of it.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 11:24:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By sherrick13:

Originally Posted By Lord_Grey_Boots:
Car and Driver called the Datsun F10 the last totally clueless Japanese car.

I'm not sure I'd agree about everything in the 70's and 80's.

(Thinking of the Datsun 240Z, amongst others)



I had a 240Z that went to 200,000. And it still went 130. It was an awesome car.

I finally bent the frame on it on the ice.



The 240Z was a great car and a great look.
The 280Z was just OK, but the 2+2 version looked like shit.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 11:30:07 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SJSAMPLE:

Originally Posted By sherrick13:

Originally Posted By Lord_Grey_Boots:
Car and Driver called the Datsun F10 the last totally clueless Japanese car.

I'm not sure I'd agree about everything in the 70's and 80's.

(Thinking of the Datsun 240Z, amongst others)



I had a 240Z that went to 200,000. And it still went 130. It was an awesome car.

I finally bent the frame on it on the ice.



The 240Z was a great car and a great look.
The 280Z was just OK, but the 2+2 version looked like shit.



+1, I love my 72 240Z like it was a women.
Link Posted: 10/13/2005 11:34:48 PM EDT
I'm thinking something Isuzu.

Link Posted: 10/14/2005 5:54:24 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Observer:
After seeing Coolio's thread on worst American cars and seeing the usual suspects (Pintos, Chevettes, etc) on the list I started thinking about it and had a harder time coming up with a huge list of Japanese cars that are objectively crappy.

Maybe that means I'm biased but what do you guys consider some of the worst Japanese cars ever made?

-Observer


Pretty much all Japanese cars made before the 60's were junk. Then, they hired an American management scientist, Dr. Edwards Deming. They applied quality management techniques and their cars became better. Kind of ironic.
Link Posted: 10/14/2005 6:53:52 AM EDT
Toyota Paseo.
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