Cars on Death Row

January 29th, 2009

It’s been said that people don’t choose their cars… the cars choose their people.

To an extent, I agree, because cars have an incredible power to make us want them. Even if a new car is nowhere on your radar screen, you could see one in a parking lot or get sucked into a slick TV ad only to find yourself rationalizing why you need it.

I know it’s happened to me, and I am 100% positive it’ll happen again (probably soon, now that I’ve decided to keep my current car at least 3 more years!).

Be careful though, because some cars might catch your heart only to disappear by the time you’re ready to buy. Here are some cars on the chopping block, not likely to survive until the next model year:

Honda S2000

Honda S2000

2009 will be the final year for the highly praised roadster from Honda. If you’re looking for a reason why this once popular car is heading for the history books, look no further than December 2008 sales numbers: 72 of them were sold.

Chrysler PT Cruiser

2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser


I’ve been ready to see this one go since the novelty of its design wore off in 2001. Some people, though, still like it… so if you’ve been yearning for a new PT Cruiser, your window of opportunity is closing fast.

Saturn Sky

Saturn Sky

It was easy to fall in love with this affordable and sexy roadster. Now, though, the entire Saturn line could be headed to the gallows. Want a Saturn? Better act quick!

Hummer H3

Hummer H3

My thoughts are simple on this one: The H3 should’ve never even been produced. Maybe instead of just stopping production, GM should collect all that are still on the road and destroy them to eliminate all evidence they ever existed.

Lexus SC

Lexus SC

When the SC exits the Lexus stable, the company will be left without a convertible. Lexus isn’t really known, though, for powerful roadsters, so removing the SC keeps Lexus focused on what they do best: posh cruisers in the form of sedans and SUVs.

Cadillac XLR

Cadillac XLR


Cadillac only sold 1,250 XLRs last year, so its demise shouldn’t come as a big surprise. Caddy is replacing the $87,000 XLR with a CTS coupe that’ll be priced closer to $40K. Killing the XLR actually appears to make some sense!

Mercedes CLK

Mercedes CLKMercedes is debuting their new E-class, which will mean the end of the popular (at least in America) CLK.

What cars would you put on the chopping block?


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    1. jgoods
      January 29th, 2009 at 18:05 | #1

      @Colin R
      Come on, Colin, you mean you don’t like that fake wood, small station wagon, 1937 look? You’re probably the kind of guy who wouldn’t go for the Mini Clubman either. I think the whole retro thing Chrysler did with the car was kind of fun for a lot of people. Alas, as with these other vehicles, it’s time to move on.

    2. January 29th, 2009 at 11:20 | #2

      Sad to see the S2000 go. Nice little roadster – handles like its on rails. GM has committed to keeping Saturn around until at least 2013, although no new models will be released (just new colors/refreshes, minor things) so I don’t think the Sky is going anywhere for now. Don’t really care about the other ones – would love to see less PT Cruisers on the road though, especially the wood panel ones.

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