DETROIT MainStreet) -- The world is so big and so full of so many different types of people that even the Chevrolet Vega has its fans. We know this because we received lots of emails and comments after writing a story last month listing the 10 Worst Cars of All Time, using the top ten from a list of the 100 worst cars compiled by Edmunds.com
GM's Vega, along with the Aztek and Ford's Edsel, are on lists of the 10 worst cars, but they have their loyalists.
Our choice for the worst, based on personal experience, was the Vega rustmobile. To quote from one reader's comment, the Vega was a car that "rusted in the showroom." But we were surprised to learn that some people have fond memories of it, memories that go beyond the experience of sitting in the driver's seat and having your foot go through the rusted floor. Some readers wondered: What's wrong with a little rust if you are in love with your car? One reader commented that he once "borrowed a Mercedes that had the floor rust through. I didn't judge a car by that metric alone." Besides, the Mercedes cost a lot more than the Vega, which sold for under $3,000. Besides the pleasant memories of bad cars, we also had a lot of questions about why certain cars weren't in the top 10. In particular, people asked why the Pinto didn't make it. After all, during the 1970s, the Pinto and Vega seemed to be joined at the hip as symbols that Ford ( F) and GM ( GM) had lost the ability to respond to, or even perceive, their customers' desires. We asked Scott Oldham, editor of Edmunds, how the Pinto didn't qualify for the top 10 -- it was No. 16 -- and he said: "The crappiness of the Pinto, although extreme, didn't have as long-lasting or as great an impact on the American automotive culture as the cars we listed in the top 10. It was close, however." Among our dozens of emails and comments, we got one that provided a little slapstick about the Yugo, which was ranked No. 4. A reader wrote: "I was at the parts counter the other day and a guy asked the clerk, 'Do you have a set of wiper blades for a Yugo?' The guy thought about it for a minute and said, 'Well, I guess that's a fair trade.'" As the texting classes put it, LOL. Anyway, here is our list of the top three worst cars people remember fondly anyway: