With so many cars on the market, consumers have become fussy about which vehicles to buy and which to skip. Automakers try each year to outdo their competition by building cars that look more extravagant, provide better performance and reliability. There are many models out there that have proven to have almost every aspect covered, but there are also some cars that have proven to be duds.
Since the automobile industry started, numerous vehicles have graced the roads, and some have remained in our minds for the wrong reasons. Some cars were so unreliable that we cringe when we think about them. We compiled a list of some of the worst cars of all time and also included the amount of money you can buy them for today.
15. Chevrolet Corvair - $2,000
It seems that it was the book Unsafe at Any Speed that resulted in the market's panic over the Corvair. In one of the book's chapters, the author targeted Corvair and how its manufacturer had a blase attitude toward safety and that the car had dangerous handling tendencies.
14. Ford Pinto - $5,000
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If you look at the American Museum of Tort Law, you'll find that the Pinto has its own page due to the lawsuit in 1981, according to The Drive. The reason was due to the numerous lawsuits filed against it. Some Pintos ended up in flames after being rear-ended.
13. AMC Pacer - $3,600
When Hagerty Insurance did a poll to ask car enthusiasts about the worst car of all time, the winner was AMC Pacer. Air conditioning was non-existent in this car, and some of the car's parts felt loose after driving it through a ditch. The interior provided limited space.
12. Chrysler PT Cruiser - $3,000
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Chrysler has had a few models that didn't appease the market; one of them was the PT Cruiser. Besides the odd styling, PT Cruiser provided limited cargo space, and arguably worst of all, many people in the market perceived it to be a car that one's grandparents would drive.
11. Renault Dauphine - $2,000
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It was back in 1956 that the French automaker decided to begin the production of the Dauphine. One of this car's worst features was its performance. Time magazine claimed that it took a Road and Track driver 32 seconds to reach 0-60 mph. Despite that, Renault sold 2 million units.
10. Smart ForTwo - $6,000
The picture says it all. Mercedes-Benz thought that the market's reception of this miniature car would be better than what it was. Most consumers weren't impressed with the cramped interior, slow engine, and lackluster safety features. Finding parking with this car is easy, but that’s about its only perk.
9. Austin Allegro - $4,000
Not only was the Allegro not appealing to the eye, but it provided subpar performance and very little interior space. To rectify the mistakes it had made, Austin ensured that the car got two facelifts in 1975 and 1979, respectively, but the problem was that it was too late.
8. Yugo - $500
If you wanted a budget car, then the Yugo was your first port of call. It was available for around $3,990. It's definitely not the worst car ever made since it had potential to last if you stuck to the maintenance schedule, but one of its main problems was quality control from suppliers and the plant.
7. Cadillac Cimarron - $2,000
After Cadillac had suffered losses since foreign cars had come in the U.S. market, the automaker had to find a way to stand out from the pack. Cimarron seemed to be the answer to their problems, but the car didn't fare well when compared to foreign luxury cars.
6. AMC Gremlin - $7,000
AMC was fairly consistent with all of its models, so it's fair to say that the Gremlin was no better or worse than its other models. According to Hemmings, consumers who wanted a Gremlin would pay $6,995. If you wanted a Gremlin X, be prepared to pay double that price.
5. Ford Edsel - $3,500
No matter how much Ford fought to keep the Edsel on the market, its demise seemed inevitable. One of Edsel's biggest reason for failing is that it overlapped higher-priced Fords and lower-priced Mercurys. Edsel was a market pioneer with warning lights for oil, parking brake, and water.
4. Pontiac Aztek - $3,000
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What was hyped up to be an exciting crossover turned out to be not much at all. Not only did the Aztek have an odd design, but it also had a subpar interior and high price tag. The cargo space was decent, and the engine was capable of pumping out 185 horsepower.
3. Dymaxion - $6,500
R. Buckminister Fuller was the designer of this vehicle. It seems that Fuller's dream was for people to live in a mobile camper. Besides the fact that this so-called van had three wheels, the rear wheel had a death wobble. Fuller deserves credit for a unique design, but most consumers weren't impressed.
2. Triumph TR7 - $3,000
Talk about a strange looking car. When you take everything that Triumph did wrong in the '70s with its models and put it into one vehicle, then you'll get a model called TR7. The car's shape was the least of its problems since the engine was capable of pumping out only 105 horsepower, according to Autowise.
1. Reliant Robin - $1,500
One of the perks of owning this car in Britain is that owners were taxed less than four-wheel vehicles. That's the law in the U.K. Besides saving some money on the tax, you would have to deal with a vehicle that could tip over in a sharp corner or when a strong wind blew.