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Jan 11, 2013 8:35AM
This writer must be 20-something. Some of these cars were great cars and great sellers. Who wrote this junk?
Jan 11, 2013 8:43AM

I agree that most of those are not great names, but the total sales figures of cars like the Cavalier, Escort, Nova, and Probe, would indicate that a terrible name doesn't necessarily mean poor sales.

How did you miss the Gremlin????  That one seems very obvious.

Jan 11, 2013 8:54AM
Obviously, Mr Foley was determined to include the Nova on this list even after he learned the No Va story was an urban legend.  Citing that Nova is a bad name because its the term for an exploding star is a stretch.    The boys at Chevy in '62 might have pointed out the Mr Foley that a nova is also a source of enourmous power and that was the feeling they intended to invoke.  Lame dude, just lame.
Jan 11, 2013 9:26AM
Really, you guys should do a story on stupid kids names not stupid car names. Most cars don't have to deal with the embarrassment of being a teenager with a ridiculous name.(o.k. maybe the Probe does) Somebody needs to intervene and stop parents from naming kids stuff like Jermichael, TaRhonda, and Makynzi.
Jan 7, 2013 4:42PM


I hate to break it to you but I still see hundredes of these on the roads.

We had a Citation and it was a great car, we also had 2 cavaliers and again they were great cars, and the Nova is very desireable with collectors. What Toyota can say that?

Jan 11, 2013 8:38AM
Remember when you read this, most of it probably isn't true....only in the writer's mind.  And of course, it is only ONE person's opinion!
Jan 11, 2013 8:56AM
Btw, the '68 Nova with the police package was a BEAST!
Jan 8, 2013 8:40AM
Hate the name all you want but I absolutely LOVE my little Escort!!
Jan 11, 2013 9:32AM
The Gremlin and Pacer could have made that list.
Jan 9, 2013 10:06AM

I had a Cavalier many years ago and never gave much thought to the name.  Those were some of the most reliable compact cars you could buy at the time.  They were nearly bullet proof and I never knew anyone else with one who had problems either.


Not to mention that value was incredible.  When I bought mine, the neighboring dealership had a comparably equipped Civic for SIX THOUSAND $$$ more.  Pricing wasn't nearly as competitive back then.  Even with a slightly lower resale value, I was till way ahead when I sold that car.

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