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This post should instigate some debate on the worst motors of all time.

I nominate the 3.0L SOHC V6 rice-burning Mistubishi piece of crap that came in the Dodge Stealth. High revving, no torque, rated at 160 HP (only achievable if you hooked up about 40 real horses to the front bumper) and if you overheated them by more than 10 degrees, the heads warped, the head gaskets blew, and you had a brick.
 

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Just after the oil crisis, car makers were scrambling to find gas efficient engines to put in their cars.

One of the biggest mistakes was Ford's installation of its under powered 2.3L engine (88 hp., 118 lb/ft) in its mid-size cars (with A/C), like the 1980 Ford Fairmont Futura. It burned oil after 70,000 miles and was a real slug.

 

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That late 80s small Oldsmobile front wheel drive with a sideways V6 was a real pos, friend bought his wife one and was nothing but trouble, ended up breaking the camshaft in three places!


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Just after the oil crisis, car makers were scrambling to find gas efficient engines to put in their cars.

One of the biggest mistakes was Ford's installation of its under powered 2.3L engine (88 hp., 118 lb/ft) in its mid-size cars (with A/C), like the 1980 Ford Fairmont Futura. It burned oil after 70,000 miles and was a real slug.
A company I worked at had an '80 Fairmont with that engine + manual tranny. It was awful - then again, we're talking about a Fairmont...which overall was an awful car.
 

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Why are we evaluating lawn mower engines? I don't remember any Challengers sporting these badges, and doubt they would have racing stripes if they did.
 

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Just after the oil crisis, car makers were scrambling to find gas efficient engines to put in their cars.

One of the biggest mistakes was Ford's installation of its under powered 2.3L engine (88 hp., 118 lb/ft) in its mid-size cars (with A/C), like the 1980 Ford Fairmont Futura. It burned oil after 70,000 miles and was a real slug.
I had a 1987 Mustang 2.3. I raced an Escort. I lost.
 
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