Yeah those things were crap on a crap cracker no doubt......
Sydwyndir (Gun Toting Right-wing Goon; 8563)
Posted on: 11-26-2019 18:21.
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I got into it on Quora with someone about the worst car ever made, because the first person to respond said it was the Chevy Vega, and I protested and said no it had to be the Trabant.
His response (which changed my mind) was that the Trabant was a subjectively awful car. If you lived in the Eastern Bloc, specifically the USSR, that was the best car you could ever fathom owning. The freedom to drive to the river on a Sunday, or take a spin around Moscow or whatever district you were allowed to...from the perspective of someone to whom that was the best car they could own just because it was a privately owned car, put it out of the running for "worst car".
The Vega, however, was built by one of the greatest industrial powerhouses in the greatest nation in the world. The company had at its disposal nearly infinite resources, motivated workers, they had to compete in a crowded market, against cars that might be better. GM had every incentive to not make the Vega an utter piece of shit, from the design to the assembly on the factory floor, and they failed at every step. This guy said when he'd replaced the window trim, he could see where the chrome was fitted around the seal, but under the lip of the body - it was clear that someone (from the factory!) had crimped it by using a flat-headed screwdriver and a hammer at irregular intervals and angles.
That turned my opinion around 180'. The Trabant was subjectively worst, because we in the west could look at it and say, with all our might, hell, with one hand tied behind our back, we can make a better car. Used VW beetles are better than that thing! And then we produced a car like the Vega that should have been worlds better and maybe were, but were still so shoddily made and awfully designed that there's no denying their awfulness.
Thank you, Gary Gygax.
I am not going to live in fear. They want my freedom, my peace of mind? Come and get it. - James Lileks, regarding al Qaeda, 09/11
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