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 |  May 22 2014, 10:32 AM

2. Chrysler PT Loser

Chrysler PT Loser

Chrysler’s retro-themed PT Cruiser was something of a sensation during the early 2000s. Stylish, space efficient and relatively thrifty it struck a chord with American consumers. People were eager to dress theirs with aftermarket grilles and fake-wood body cladding that was tackier than swimming trunks made from flypaper.

Capitalizing on their success, Chrysler engineers offered buyers even more choice several years later when they introduced a turbocharged GT model and even a convertible.

But affordability and practicality be damned, enthusiasts had a field day lampooning this cutesy, Dodge Neon-based vehicle. The PT Loser soon became synonymous with un-cool things like elastic-waist jeans and the band Nickelback.

  • thatguy88

    The Toyota “Taco” never bothered me, as my friends do refer to their Tacomas as Tacos. It just rolls of the tongue much easier.

    I can understand the “Rustang”, but I like to refer to it as the “Ford Piece-of-Sh!t.” I know it doesn’t ring with the name, but… well, it was the honest truth of the car’s nature. It was a piece (included that tacky-ass Ghia model). It did Ford (or Lee Iacocca) no favors whatsoever.
    The same name goes to the Chevy Cavalier/Pontiac Sunfire/any other variants of this piece, considering the only goods thing about that car were the addition of the Ecotec four towards the latter years of its life (same engine went into the Cobalt) and the faultless ergonomics (1995-2004 models). Aside from that, it was still a piece, made for people who don’t give two damns about cars, their safety, and/or the safety of others.
    I also like the GT Cruiser (the PT was cool, too). Lots of versatility yet good power to haul ass when needed.

  • Guest

    “Elastic-waist jeans?” Y’all need a proofreader.

  • Brian Addis

    I disagree on your timeline of the explorer picking up its nickname. I have heard exploder for years. Long before the firestone tire recall

  • RRWatch

    The Ford Falcon, known as the “Thunder Chicken”!

  • Geoff

    Honda had a small SUV in Australia in the 1990′s, before CRV, and it was called HRV. It was ultimately a car before it’s time because no-one wanted it and it became known as “HIV”…

  • Cory Ray

    The Thunderbird is known as Thunderchicken too.

  • craigcole

    That’s a great story!

  • Hyperclown

    PT Cruiser= Part Time Cruiser

  • lonnie93041

    Cracked Heads Every Valve Rattles Oil Leaks Every Time
    F@@ked Over Rebuilt Dodge

    Feel free to flame me now.

  • Colin

    Not sure where you got some of these names, but they’re not the common ones I’ve heard for some of those models.

    Pontiac Firebird was the Firechicken, not the screaming chicken…
    Ford Focus=Ford Feces