There are some cars that were so bad during the time of their release that they are still disliked today. This is due to the fact that they simply were complete lemons. These are the type of vehicles that permanently leave a negative mark on their brands. No matter how old they get, people just cannot forget about how poor they are.
With that being said, this article will be looking at 15 old cars that fit this criteria. All brands, including those that are now defunct, are up for discussion. It is a shame that many of these vehicles ended up being awful, as they should have been a lot better. The automobile world sadly had to deal with this abysmal vehicles, when in reality, they nevert should have ended the market in the first place.
Alas, let's take a look at these hated cars!
15. 2001 Pontiac Aztek
Being the car that would sink Pontiac, it makes sense that people still hold a massive grudge with the 2001 Aztek. This is something that will never change either. It lacked any true amount of reliability, while also having poor ride quality. It truly ruined the legacy of the manufacturer.
14. 1980 Chevrolet Citation
In an an attempt to create something new, Chevrolet came up with the 1980 Citation. Its body style was massive change for the brand, but it was not executed correctly. And what would be the result of this? This car would have a plethora of structural problems that made it break down far too early.
13. 1978 Austin Allegro
The 1978 Austin Allegro would end up being a major disaster for the brand. This is due to the fact that the manufacturer would make a lot of questionable decisions with its body. This made its ride quality terrible, as its handling was impacted in a poor manner. People still cannot stand it.
12. 1971 Ford Pinto
What an awful model. The 1971 Ford Pinto is easily one of the worst cars ever, as it would set on fire when involved in minor rear-end collisions. This clearly made it a danger to drive, so as a result of this, it is still receiving a high degree of criticism by car enthusiasts this very day.
11. 1980 Chevrolet Corvette
The 1980 Chevrolet Corvette is disliked to this very day, as it easily is the slowest of the series. This is because of the state of California. Due to their rules, this vehicle was forced to have a weaker engine, which made driving it quite a bore. It is just a disappointing car to collect.
10. 1978 Dodge Challenger
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The 1978 Dodge Challenger is another car from an iconic series that was complete and utter trash. The primary reason as to why this car would fail is because of its immensely weak horsepower. It lacked the speed to be a true muscle car of its time, so it is one that we still dislike.
9. 1989 Ford Thunderbird
The 1989 Ford Thunderbird really would leave a lasting impact on the once beloved series. This is because of how awful it was in general. Its awful steering and ride quality made it quite aggravating to drive. Naturally, it makes sense that many people of its era cannot stand this lemon.
8. 1990 Infiniti M30
The 1990 Infiniti M30 is a cool looking classic car, but boy, it is awful to drive. It would become one of the most detested cars of its release year, as it was apparent that it was released far too early. It needed more time to be built, as it would have a lot of structural problems that were avoidable.
7. 2003 Chevrolet SSR
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The 2003 Chevrolet SSR is a vehicle that has been deemed as one of the worst ever. This is largely because of its lack of purpose. Although this vehicle is somehow classified as a pickup, it would have zero ability to be used in working conditions. As for its design, people still are laughing at it.
6. 1985 Yugo
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The 1985 Yugo is one of the biggest gaffs the automobile world has ever seen. It was supposed to be an affordable, yet reliable vehicle, but it really was awful to deal with. Its constant engine and steering problems were downright abysmal. Enthusiasts still despise this car today.
5. 1987 Cadillac Allante
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The 1987 Cadillac Allante was a weird decision from the brand. It was an attempt to compete with the foreign luxury market, but it would fail to a high level. This is because of its lack of performance and awful ride quality. It is seen as one of the cars that made Cadillac drop in popularity.
4. 1982 Chevrolet Camaro
The 1982 Chevrolet Camaro would fail because of the infamous Iron Duke engine. This would result in this car not only being a gas guzzler, but also being unable to retain much of the fuel it was given. It also lacked in any true amount of durability, so buyers still hate it to this very day.
3. 1978 AMC Concord
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The 1978 AMC Concord came into the automobile world with a high level of potential, but this would soon fade. It offered zero comfort for its passengers, which of course, would be the beginning of its downfall. As for its ride quality, steering delays were present from the start, so it would be hated.
2. 1989 Chrysler TC
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The 1989 Chrysler TC was an attempt to attract younger buyers to the brand. It is apparent that its looks were quite stellar, but other than that, this car was a complete lemon. Driving it was pretty hazardous, as you never knew what problem would arise next. Of course, the primary culprit would be its engine.
1. 1978 Cadillac DeVille
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To round this list off, we will be looking at the problematic 1978 Cadillac DeVille. This car would fail because of its very weak structure. This would lead to it dropping price very quickly, which definitely was not a good look for the manufacturer. GM definitely would regret this creation.
Sources: edmunds.com, thedrive.com