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Old 09-09-2013, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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I might as well say it out loud; which production cars of the last roughly 10 years that are fairly common on the roads today are the most poesur-ish and/or fail to deliver what they look like they are intended to deliver and why?

My votes:

Hummer H2

Of course meant to portray the look of the real Humvee but with very little of the Humvee's capability. Poor utility too; not to mention shoddy materials for a vehicle that sold new for North of $50K. The percentage that actually get dirty is about the same as Corvettes that are taken off-road.

Pontiac Solstice

I loved the look of this car; seriously nice and fast-looking but in reality it had the performance of a Toyota Corolla. Sure the last model years got a better engine but this is still no sports car; clearly meant just to look at and a good example of why there are no more new Pontiacs.

(V6) Dodge Challenger

The R/T and especially SRT8 are worthy (if not the fastest), powerful, testosterone pumping man-machines but the V6 (especially the 3.5 V6) are sadly neutered kitties. Putting such a whimpy engine in a car like that is a crime against the automobile world.

Smart Car

What exactly is "smart" about buying a tiny 2 seat clown car that costs as much as and hardly gets better gas mileage than virtually any of the "real" compacts on the market (Yaris, Fit, Focus, Versa, Fiat 500 Ect) which can acutally be used to carry passengers and stuff?
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:30 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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^^ I would take the Saturn Sky over the Solstice.
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Old 09-09-2013, 06:38 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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The Smart car still had a pretty major size advantage for dense cities where parking is difficult. They aren't my cup of tea but I've definitely been pretty jealous of some of the places people manage to park them in San Francisco. They were also on the market well before the Fiat 500 was released in the U.S (which is still over three feet longer in length).
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Earth
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How about the SSR? It was supposed to emulate a retro hot rod truck, but it didn't catch on.

The said could be said about the retro t bird. It missed the mark by a mile.
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:12 PM
 
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How about the SSR? It was supposed to emulate a retro hot rod truck, but it didn't catch on.

The said could be said about the retro t bird. It missed the mark by a mile.
I agree with the SSR as a choice. Bloated, useless, hugely expensive.
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:13 PM
 
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How about the SSR? It was supposed to emulate a retro hot rod truck, but it didn't catch on.

The said could be said about the retro t bird. It missed the mark by a mile.
Tbird missed the mark completely. I think if they had shaved about 600 pounds off of it and added a supercharger, it could have been a huge hit.
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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How about the SSR? It was supposed to emulate a retro hot rod truck, but it didn't catch on.

The said could be said about the retro t bird. It missed the mark by a mile.
the SSR Had no tailgate when the retractable roof folded in to make it a convertible which was a major fail since it could of been the revamp of the El Camino SS instead which had form and function
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:20 PM
 
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The Prowler -- although a bit outside the 'last 10 years' requirement -- was a disappointment with its underpowered V6 engine. What kept it interesting was the fact that the vehicle only weighed 2,800 pounds.

I give props to Chrysler for even greenlighting the thing to begin with, but figure out how to shoehorn a V8 in there!
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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The Prowler -- although a bit outside the 'last 10 years' requirement -- was a disappointment with its underpowered V6 engine. What kept it interesting was the fact that the vehicle only weighed 2,800 pounds.

I give props to Chrysler for even greenlighting the thing to begin with, but figure out how to shoehorn a V8 in there!
would of been a major hit with a modern 470HP N/A 6.4 liter Hemi V-8 from the SRT-8 line up

Heck to bad they could not fit the 5.2 or 5.9 magnum V-8 from the same era into it it is just a weird thing that they had no intention of putting a V-8 into their Retro Hot rod but then again back then the dodge viper was 0nly making just over 400 HP with a 8.0 Liter V-10.

Maybe Chrysler was afraid it would of taken Viper sales if the prowler had a proper V-8
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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LOL @ only 400HP where 10-15 years ago that was supercar power now Mustang GT and Camaro SS pony cars produce those numbers for $30K off the dealership floor
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