Top 10 Worst Vehicle Nicknames

Top 10 Worst Vehicle Nicknames
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5. Mercury Mistake

Another day, another defunct brand. You can think of Mercury as Ford’s scab, a crusty financial wound that never healed – or made much money. Fortunately it was sloughed off a few years ago so the Blue Oval could focus on its own vehicles and maybe Lincoln… possibly… perhaps.

The Mercury Mystique was a small sedan that bowed in North America for the 1995 model year. It was a rebadged version of the Ford Contour, itself a rechristened Mondeo from Europe. These models stayed in production until 2000, at which time they were promptly (and thankfully) dropped… and forgotten.

The Mistake as Mercury’s variant came to be known was smaller than much of its contemporary competition and its quality was suspect. These vehicles suffered from numerous recalls plus their interiors were quite noisy. On the plus side, the Mystique and Contour delivered a surprisingly sporty driving experience (especially the SVT version of the Ford).

Adding insult to injury the Contour came to be known as the Detour for all the same reasons.

  • 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

  • Profoss

    Honda Jazz was originally named Honda Fitta, until they found out that “Fitta” means
    “The C*nt” here in in Norway and “C*nt” in Sweden :D
    And they had already come up with slogans like “Much bigger inside than it looks” and “Once you get in, you don’t wanna get out of it!”