BMW, or Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, started back in 1916, in Germany. It is a multinational company, famous for its luxury cars as well as motorcycles. It is known to produce good quality, comfortable, and luxurious cars.
Mercedes-Benz is also a German company that has made itself well-known in the automobile sector. It is known to produce luxury cars, vans, trucks, coaches, buses, and even ambulances. It came into existence in 1926.
BMW and Mercedes-Benz are both renowned companies that have made their name all over the world. Both companies have stellar track records, however, they also have some blemishes that can never be erased.
In this article, we will explore the most disappointing cars these companies ever made in their entire histories. So, without wasting more time, let’s get to the article and explore the flops from BMW and Mercedes.
14. BMW 320si
There is no denying that the BMW 320si offers good security as well as quality. However, this car is not up to mark in many other areas. It was released way back in 2006. Now, there are many more reliable options to choose from that BMW has created.
13. BMW i3
Many people didn’t like the appearance of this car. It was one of the electric hybrid cars by BMW and it had too much gear. So, it was not as successful as they had hoped it to be. Furthermore, the audience complained that this car was not comfortable. For these reasons, this car proved to be quite disappointing.
12. BMW 505
Many people like to call BMW 505 as the car that was never made. It was powered by a V8 engine and many excellent features. However, only two prototypes of this car were designed. For a number of reasons, it never got to the production stage. So, this car died before it was born.
11. BMW M1
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BMW M1 is one of those cars that looks like a dream come true when it's designed on paper. In the late 1970s, many people were looking forward to this car. However, by the time it went into production, everyone realized that this car wasn’t what they wanted as a racing car.
10. 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK430
This is one of the cars that is made for speed-lovers. However, the quality of the car would suffer greatly if it had a higher speed. Furthermore, it would become even dangerous to steer it at a high speed with its bad handling. This is one Benz to steer clear of.
9. 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300TD
This is another Mercedes that proved to be a huge disappointment for many people. This car has a classy design as a turbocharged sedan. However, this car is lacking in the quality department. It would also prove to be weak in power. Plus, it doesn’t offer that good of handling.
8. 1999 Mercedes-Benz ML320
The audience was looking forward to the 1999 Mercedes-Benz ML320. It had a glorious design and it topped in the comfortability aspect too. However, this car had a weak structure. So, it could lead to many problems. Furthermore, it could be unsafe in accidents.
7. 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a new car in the industry. However, we would not advise you to invest in it. It is very expensive, so you would expect excellent quality and reliability. Due to many steering issues, it is not a reliable car that you should purchase.
6. 2007 Mercedes-Benz R500
This is another car Mercedes-Benz that failed to please. Even though many people had high expectations for it, it didn’t live up to them. The primary reason for this is that this car has a weak structure. It would pose many issues with the engine. So, it is not as good as many people hoped.
5. 2002 Mercedes-Benz Vaneo
We can easily label the 2002 Mercedes-Benz Vaneo as one of the most disappointing cars that Mercedes-Benz has ever created. It was supposed to be a luxury minivan but it was not designed well. Furthermore, it doesn’t have a good structure. So, it tops the list of the worst cars by the company.
4. 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL450
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz GL450 seemed to be promising. However, it seems that it looked good only on paper. When it came out, it was not how people hoped it to be. One of the reasons for this could be because it was released quite prematurely. So, we would advise that you shouldn’t invest in this car.
3. Mercedes-Benz 130H
No one would purchase the 1931 Mercedes-Benz 130H because it's too old. We included this car on our list because it was one of the worst cars made by Mercedes. This is one of the cars that didn’t do any business when it was released. Its criticism is mostly based on its poor handling.
2. 2003 Mercedes-Benz S500
The 2003 Mercedes-Benz S500 is one of the cars that everyone wishes that it wasn’t made in the first place. It will be a black spot on the history of Mercedes-Benz forever. It didn’t offer a good ride quality and many people reported that it had serious issues with the engine as well.
1. 2009 Mercedes-Benz C300
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz C300 is an affordable car that many customers like to purchase. However, we wouldn’t recommend that you waste your money on it. That's because this car has serious issues with handling. Also, many people didn’t like the comfort of the interior.