It may not have been the best looking car back then, but compared to some
of the incredibly ugly cars being designed these days (*cough* Nissan Juke
*blurgh!* Nissan Murano *splutter*), the Subaru SVX was a thing of pure
It looks OK to me as well, but I don't think I'd ever want to own one.
Believe me, it's just as ugly on the inside. ;-)
The Juke is sort-of an enlarged and uglier version of the old Nissan Micra
/ March ... but Nissan replaced it with a more normal and sensible car.
I should say that Nissan aren't the only ones producing ugly-as-sin car
designs these days, it was just that those two were the first to spring to
I put 100k miles on my '92 in three busy years -- zero problems, super
performance (50 shot wet nitrous), and great comfort. As for looks, it
got a lot of complements. It's hard to imagine why it's catching flak now.
It sold for about what I paid for it, and from what I understand it's
still on the road with the original drive train at 300k miles or more.
A wonderful car!
On Jan 21, 11:04 pm, snipped-for-privacy@YourISP.com (Your Name) wrote:
I was referring to the drivetrain beauty. Or, lacking such (it's a
front wheel driver anyway)
the presence of the active diff in the rear axle. The inner
furnishings of the cabin
are not as much of an importance in my book. Spartan interiors are
Well, it's good that nissan took the "we make the ugliest cars on the
from fhi. suits them well
They sure are ugly cars, but not really "weird". The "concept" cars have
often looked like these ugly designs, but now they seem to make it through
to actually being manufactured.
As for the Leaf, many of the electric cars look ugly. There was an article
in the local newspaper not long before Christmas which said the ugliness
is one reason people aren't buying them as much as the makers thought they
The French cars tend to look OK-ish, but have weird oddities, for example,
putting all the important dashboard instruments in the centre of the
console between the driver and the passenger (which the new Mini has
somewhat copied), adjustable suspension on a car that doesn't remotely
need it (which the boy racers have copied), etc.
I'm not sure Nissan deserves the ugliest cars "crown" ... they're just the
ones that spring most readily to my mind since Nissan was the sponsor for
the company cars at my previous job. There are definitely other makes of
ugly cars. :-)
The Multipla is indeeed ugly.
Businessweek.com has this list of 50 ugly cars, but some of them are not
Some of the ugliest cars ever made were actually American - those horrible
"Yank Tanks" of the late 1950s - 1960s that were massively long and wide
with ridiculous tail fins that got WAY out of hand.
But the ugliest cars ever are usually those custom-altered ones. The
latest example is Justin Bieber's idiotically chrome-like finish - not
only extremely ugly, but "great" for blinding other drivers on the road
when the sun gleams off it. :-\
Jaguar New Zealand actually had one of their company cars given the same
chrome-like finish - the idea of some moronic management person who had
done it at their previous job for a British car maker. Of course, she had
it for about six months and now they're trying to get rid of it (luckily
for them, the "chrome" isn't painted on, but just a massive amount of
expensive vinyl decal work).
I'm surprised they included the VW Thing in that list. It's looks are no
worse than the average Jeep of that era, and it was merely a commercial
version of the vehicle supplied to the Bundeswehr as their equivalent of
the Jeep. Or see it as an updated Kόbelwagen( literally "tub wagen"):
Many of the jeep-style vehicles are ugly (especially the "home-made"
ones). It's mostly because they're built for function rather than style,
but some of them don't even work for the function either. There was an
article in the car section local paper a couple of weeks ago about a
rather New Zealand made version of the land rover called the Trekka (based
on a Skoda Octavia!) from the late 1960s, many of which were rather ugly,
but it was cheap and easy to get parts for.
lots of gray market subarus from the states roaming the streets around
But I don't think 2.5 were sold in this market until recently.
I do not think they are even sold in the impreza line now.
With subarus priced at the audi prices around here guess
how competitive they are? lest we not forget the parts
prices are (unreasonably) high. So I don't spend any time
studying the local market subarus. It made some
sense when import tariffs were favorable to buy
a used subaru from the north american market but it makes
zero sense to buy a $45k (US) new forrester.
I'm am assuming that it had was a 3.0 overbore job. I never
sait id didn;t work out as well. I think that engine was just fine in
Definitely better than 2.5 abomination of the engine
that FHI unearthed in response to cries for more displacement
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