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20 discontinued cars that need to come back
« on: October 13, 2014, 02:11:06 PM »
http://www.rantcars.com/2014/09/02/15-discontinued-cars-that-should-be-brought-back/

It's a slide show, little text.

I was surprised at some of the selections.  The Chevrolet Nova?  The Ford El Camino?

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Re: 20 discontinued cars that need to come back
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2014, 02:27:13 PM »
Chevrolet El Camino: Best pickup ever to go after something in....just not worth a damn to bring it back in.
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Re: 20 discontinued cars that need to come back
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2014, 03:18:19 PM »
Other than the nice-looking Fiat 124 and the Toyotas, I'm going to have to say no.

It's been a rumor for a couple of years that Fiat is planning to offer an Italianized Miata for sale in the US.
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Re: 20 discontinued cars that need to come back
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2014, 03:22:31 PM »
I owned two Chevy Novas - a 1973, with a 307 cid motor in it and no power brakes. Made driving in the city a serious workout for the right leg/foot. No air, no radio (I added my own 8-track system with 4 speakers that, for me at least, was the bomb), and no carpeting on the floor. It was your basic econobox-minus-more-stuff and I loved that car. It was my first half-assed muscle-car-that-wasn't.

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Re: 20 discontinued cars that need to come back
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2014, 03:28:05 PM »
Chevrolet El Camino: Best pickup ever to go after something in....just not worth a damn to bring it back in.

I always thought the Subaru Brat was a cheap knockoff of the El Caminos and Rancheros.

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Re: 20 discontinued cars that need to come back
« Reply #5 on: October 13, 2014, 04:24:07 PM »
The Nova was a good car for a young guy to keep running on a shoe string. My brother in law had one for some 20 years. Parts are everywhere and so easy to work on. The rest you can keep!
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Re: 20 discontinued cars that need to come back
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2014, 05:50:02 PM »
I *loved* my MR2- Mark III (the same as in the photo).

But it was so low to the ground that all you could hear from my wife and I getting in and out was groans.  You didn't get in it, you put it on.

It is actually a pretty good list.  Some of those could come back today with few changes.
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Re: 20 discontinued cars that need to come back
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2014, 10:55:45 PM »
Ahhh, the memories of the summer my uncle turned my cousin and me loose on the east coast with a Karman Ghia.  Definitely upped our cool factor back in the 70s.

The Pacer was about as cool as the PT Cruiser/Geezer/Loser.  I used my PT Cruiser for hunting (I could easily fit an antelope or deer in the back and it was lower than a truck), hauling my ranch gear to gathers, and "tailgating" out of the back end at branding lunches.  I always said it was the "Ranch Edition" Cruiser.  But enviable it was not.

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Re: 20 discontinued cars that need to come back
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2014, 11:15:53 PM »
I will be glad when all the PT Cruisers have disappeared from our roads.  A more hideous, ugly junkmobile has not been seen in a long time.  Even the unattractive Pontiac Aztek was less offensive.

Dead wildlife would only improve that nasty car.
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Re: 20 discontinued cars that need to come back
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2014, 08:18:26 AM »
I will be glad when all the PT Cruisers have disappeared from our roads.  A more hideous, ugly junkmobile has not been seen in a long time.  Even the unattractive Pontiac Aztek was less offensive.

Dead wildlife would only improve that nasty car.

I agree with every word of that.  One has to be pretty secure with his or her self to drive one.  Or have a really good sense of humor.  Or both.  :D

Dead game meat improves every vehicle, though.


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Re: 20 discontinued cars that need to come back
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2014, 11:50:41 PM »
The list definitely favors sports cars, and I have to say I have always loved the looks of the Countach.  My own list would include the classic Wiilys/Kaiser Jeep and its successor, the CJ5, as well as the classic big-fendered Land Rover...as well as the Ford F100 with no useless electric accessory crap to break on it, just a hauler with stickshift and a radio.
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Re: 20 discontinued cars that need to come back
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2014, 11:57:57 PM »
If I had my druthers, Nissan would bring back the 280ZX under the Datsun name.  Light, fast, and comfortable.  Yeah, they're still selling the 370Z, but the 280ZX was the hair band version that I loved.

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Re: 20 discontinued cars that need to come back
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2014, 12:23:52 AM »
Honda did bring back the CRX in 2012 in the form of the CRZ.
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Re: 20 discontinued cars that need to come back
« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2014, 12:42:23 AM »
Honda did bring back the CRX in 2012 in the form of the CRZ.
I saw one of those in traffic today.  I almost thought it was the Honda Insight until I got a better look.
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Re: 20 discontinued cars that need to come back
« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2014, 05:07:15 PM »
My wife had a Fiat 124 Sport Spider when I met her.

Even a heavy fog would keep it from running.   :thatsright:

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Re: 20 discontinued cars that need to come back
« Reply #15 on: October 27, 2014, 05:17:23 PM »
My wife had a Fiat 124 Sport Spider when I met her.

Even a heavy fog would keep it from running.   :thatsright:

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Re: 20 discontinued cars that need to come back
« Reply #16 on: October 27, 2014, 05:18:51 PM »
I will be glad when all the PT Cruisers have disappeared from our roads.  A more hideous, ugly junkmobile has not been seen in a long time.  Even the unattractive Pontiac Aztek was less offensive.

Dead wildlife would only improve that nasty car.

They look like hearses to me...
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Re: 20 discontinued cars that need to come back
« Reply #17 on: October 27, 2014, 06:22:23 PM »
Slick Willy claimed to have an El Camino with astroturf in the back when he was a 'yute.
For that reason alone it should die an ignominious death.

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Re: 20 discontinued cars that need to come back
« Reply #18 on: October 27, 2014, 06:37:58 PM »
Slick Willy claimed to have an El Camino with astroturf in the back when he was a 'yute.
For that reason alone it should die an ignominious death.

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My DI at Parris Island said he had a ""pick-up"" with astroturf in the back for "certain females". I guess slick willy had the same idea.  :-)
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Re: 20 discontinued cars that need to come back
« Reply #19 on: October 27, 2014, 07:35:41 PM »
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What about the Pacer does not fit with what drivers want in 2015 and beyond?

Really?  Seriously??  I think I'll pass on your "rally inspired handling". 


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