Popular Mechanics "10 Cars That Damaged GM"

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
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Popular Mechanics reckons “GM’s current precarious situation didn’t come about overnight.” Ya think? “Over the past few decades,” writes PM scribe John Pearly Huffman, “GM put some truly terrible products out on the market. Unreliable, uninteresting and flat ugly, these were cars that simply destroyed GM’s reputation.” The usual suspects get their due as PM hands it to the Vegas, X-Cars and Azteks that we all know and hate. But there’s a touch of controversy too. The EV1 was certainly no runaway success, but was it a “car that destroyed GM’s reputation”? I’m not so sure. And then there’s the 1991-1995 Saturns, again not without its flaws, but probably not a permanent stain on GM’s character. Where’s the last-gen Malibu, a car that cemented the mental association between GM and rental fleet mediocrity? Or the Volt, which proved conclusively that GM is no longer a reality-based automaker? I guess everyone has their favorites…

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  • Ronnie Schreiber Ronnie Schreiber on Nov 27, 2008
    Until the 70’s OHV 4 Cylinders were also very common outside of premium European cars, The Lotus Twin Cam was basically an OHV Ford Kent block with a DOHC head designed by Harry Mundy with some work by Duckworth and Costin of later Cosworth fame. The original cam in the block was retained as a jackshaft to run the oil pump and I think the distribolator drive.
  • Ronnie Schreiber Ronnie Schreiber on Nov 27, 2008

    I suppose the Vega aluminum block is another example of an innovation that didn't get developed properly. I think it was Porsche who managed to get the alloy and nickasil coatings to work and prevent cylinder wear and attendant oil consumption.

  • Ronnie Schreiber Ronnie Schreiber on Nov 27, 2008
    The 3800, I believe, enjoyed a better reputation. I think it also has a split journal crankshaft to turn the 90 degree V8 block into a 60 degree V6.
  • Rmwill Rmwill on Nov 27, 2008

    Ronnie... I believe that nikasil became truly popularized by the japanese cycle makers.