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Ten More of the Worst Cars Ever Made

Updated on January 22, 2017

Ten More of the Worst Cars Ever Made

I really didn't expect the first Ten of the Worst Cars Ever Made Hub to trigger the firestorm of hate and love I saw.
You would think that I was writing about religion or politics!
So I decided to make another Hub with more terrible cars.
A lot of you mentioned cars in other lands that were just as crappy as these cars, but since I know little (nothing) about them, I didn't include them here.
Maybe some of you that know more about that subject can enlighten us.
And a couple of these cars were included by popular demand.

Like the last list, a lot of these cars I disagree with, but usually from a design point of view.
And like the last list, the major makes are all represented.
We have representatives from Chevrolet, Pontiac, Cadillac, Plymouth and Ford.

1. 1980 Corvette 305 "California"

1980 Corvette 305 "California"
1980 Corvette 305 "California"

Yes it's a Corvette.
Like the Camaro last time, it's not the car, it's what they did to it.
You take one of the greatest sports/muscle cars of all time and you put a 305 V8 in it that produces 180 horsepower?
And to make it even worse you give it a three speed automatic transmission?
Why didn't they just take a wheel off?
On the bright side, you did get a $50.00 tax credit for buying one.

It "looked" like a Corvette
It "looked" like a Corvette

2. 1974 Pontiac GTO

1974 Pontiac GTO
1974 Pontiac GTO

Again, I think GTOs are awesome.
But should this car really be called a GTO?
Looking to compete with cars like the Plymouth Duster 360, Ford Maverick Grabber and AMC Hornet X, Pontiac re badged the Ventura (which was basically a re-vamped Nova).
They pulled out all the stops and gave it a Hurst floor shifter and a 350 V8 capable of pushing the GTO from 0-60 in 7.7 seconds.
So it really wasn't a bad car.
But how do real Goat fans feel about the Ventura carrying the GTO name?
Personally I had a friend that had one with the 350 and I think a three speed and that thing would go like a bat out of hell.

It really didn't look all that bad for a 1974 Muscle Car.
It really didn't look all that bad for a 1974 Muscle Car.

3. 1981 Cadillac Fleetwood V8-6-4

1981 Cadillac Fleetwood V8-6-4
1981 Cadillac Fleetwood V8-6-4

The 368 L62 V8-6-4 V8 was really ahead of it's time.
Cylinders were activated and deactivated according to the drivers needs.
Not a bad concept really, but they hadn't gotten the tech down yet.
Imagine cruising down the highway at speed with 4 cylinders pushing the car, needing to pass someone and romping down on the pedal, only to have to wait for the computer to tell the engine to activate the other six cylinders.
A lot of owners just yanked the one wire that controlled it.

1981 Cadillac Fleetwood V-8-6-4 Ad
1981 Cadillac Fleetwood V-8-6-4 Ad

4. Pontiac Fiero

Pontiac Fiero
Pontiac Fiero

Okay, I liked the look of the Fiero.
But 260 of the 370,168 built caught fire.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said "Low levels of engine oil may cause a connecting rod to break, allowing oil to escape and come into contact with engine parts. The oil would catch fire when it contacted the exhaust manifold or hot exhaust components."
Just make sure the oil was full right?
Well the factory listed the Fiero's oil capacity at three quarts when it was actually 4.5.
So if you followed the factory specs, you were always low.
Besides catching on fire, the Fieros also (ironically) had problems with their cooling systems.

Pontiac Fiero ad
Pontiac Fiero ad

5. Plymouth Prowler

Plymouth Prowler
Plymouth Prowler

Another car I really liked the look of, despite the fact that some of my hot-rodding friends were appalled by the idea of a factory made hot rod.
I think what bothered them the most was not having a manual shifter as an option.
That and only being available with a V6.
Imagine the fire breather that could have been with a 360 V8 (or even a 318) and a manual transmission!
Like I said, personally I liked the car.

Over at the SRT Forum, there is a thread about a guy that fixed the power problem by putting a 6.1 SRT Hemi in one.

Plymouth Prowler...with just a little more power....
Plymouth Prowler...with just a little more power....

6. Ford Bronco II

Ford Bronco II
Ford Bronco II

While everyone bashes the Corvair for safety issues, the Ford Bronco II was worse in my opinion.
Because the Bronco II's suspension had a design flaw.
It was not only top heavy, but it forced itself over in a turn.
What's worse, Ford knew about this, but thought it was cheaper to hire lawyers for the lawsuits that they knew were coming rather than going to the expense of fixing the design flaw!
And what's even worse than that, they knew about it before the Bronco was released!

1988 Ford Bronco II
1988 Ford Bronco II

7. Chevrolet Monza

Chevrolet Monza
Chevrolet Monza

A lot of people dump on the Monza, but I really didn't think they were all that bad.
A friend of mine had a 1977 Monza Mirage with a 305 that would flat out fly.
He painted the car white, taking off the horrid red and blue stripes.
On a side note, the Monza replaced the Vega.

1977 Monza Mirage
1977 Monza Mirage

8. DeLorean DMC-12

DeLorean DMC-12
DeLorean DMC-12

Yes Dr. Emmett Brown's time machine.
DeLorean said the DMC-12 could run 0-60 in 8.8 seconds. but when Road & Track tried it, the best they could get was 10.5.
DeLorean also said the DMC-12 could hit 130 mph, but the best R&T could get was 109.
At over 2,700 pounds and being powered by a 130 horsepower engine, it's not surprising.

DeLorean DMC-12
DeLorean DMC-12

9. Edsel


The car whose name came to mean failure.
Even though I actually like the way it looks (it kinda reminds me of the TV Batmobile).
Several factors contributed to the Edsel legacy.
The recession of 1957-58 hurt sales, people really didn't like the name, mechanical flaws and lax quality controls hurt word of mouth and people just didn't like the design.
Despite all this, the Edsel is a highly collectible item with vintage car lovers.
Convertible versions can fetch anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000 today.

The Edsel
The Edsel

10. Chevrolet Vega

Chevrolet Vega
Chevrolet Vega

Yes, by popular demand, the Chevrolet Vega.
Even though it has a bad rep today, the Vega was among the top 10 best-selling American cars in 1974.
But quality finally killed the Vega.
Fisher Body had to come in and reinforce the body because the metal was so thin it would collapse.
Case in point: The prototype Vega actually broke in two after only eight miles of testing.
Basically Chevy cut so many corners on the Vega, that they killed it.
It rusted out, burned oil, the reverse hinged hood had a tendency to go through the front windshield in a head on collision, and the aluminum-block engine put off way too much heat.
The Vega was Motor Trend's Car of the Year for 1971.

Chevrolet Vega
Chevrolet Vega

So What Is Your "Favorite"?

Which one is the "worst of the worst?"

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  • WheelScene profile image


    17 months ago from U.S.A.

    Interesting article, and you go into some details I did not think of! I was surprised to see the Edsel included, it was ahead of its time in many ways. Just because society wasn't ready to buy the car does not mean it is a bad car. I like how you mentioned how much the values have increased on the Edsel. Weird cars are going up in price! Thanks for sharing, would be really cool to see the same article but with cars from the year 2000+

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    2 years ago

    i had. 74 gto topped out at 167mph on a runway

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    Erik Long 

    2 years ago from Texas

    It is painful to see the 1980 C3 Vette and the Delorean on here. I loved the body style on both - it was the engines that doomed them.

  • sabrebIade profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Never heard of them.

    Foreign jobs?

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    6 years ago

    Umm, Reliant Robin? Ssangyong Roduis? BMW X6?

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    7 years ago

    Couple of minor comments. The corvette in the picture was not the 305 rather it was the high performance version that made the Corvette the fastest car made in 1980 having the last old school hot engine ever installed at the factory in an american car (L-82 engine option). I believe the 4-6-8 Cadillac only had 8 cylinders not 10 (where u say running on 4 cyliners then you wait for the other 6 to start)

  • sabrebIade profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Yes...I even "tried" to drive an Escort once.

    I'm not sure what you mean about the Chevy Nova 2. Do you mean that nightmare they made in 1985?

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    7 years ago

    Have you never seen a Chevy Nova II or an 1986 Ford Escort?

  • sairakhan profile image


    7 years ago from Bombay , India

    not a single of these cars are found in india.i haven't seen any one of them.But from pics i also agree with you that these are the worst cars ever

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    8 years ago

    how come a reliant robin isn't on this list it cant even go around a turn without flipping over at least once?!

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    2009 Nissan Altima. 

    8 years ago

    Sorry but I disagree on 1981 Cadillac. I am a fan of the cadillacs.

    But I kind of laugh after seeing DeLorean DMC-12. Kind of reminds me of the antagonist in some sappy science fiction movies. First time to see it.

  • candle62 profile image


    8 years ago from London

    I learnt a lot

    very interesting hub

    keep this up

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    8 years ago

    great info.thanks for sharing

  • sabrebIade profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Pennsylvania

    ::hands busted some periods,apostrophes and commas.::

    But isn't it embarrassing when a 2005 Toyota Corolla XRS can blow your doors off at a light?

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    8 years ago

    if you haven't owned a car or even driven the car shut up dont be a hater i owen a prowler and i can say yes it handles poorly and its hot in the passenger cab but hell its one badass ride and no one can say i dont want one its like a high class call girl you all drool and prowlers rule ;0)

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    Seattle town car 

    8 years ago

    Edsel - luxury car. I want this car in my fleet! =) Cool!

  • sabrebIade profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Pennsylvania

    ummm ok: It's on the first Hub

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    ummm ok 

    8 years ago

    where is the pontiac aztec ?

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    Paul Peterson 

    8 years ago

    wow! I love two of these already

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    Harlan Colt 

    8 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

    Ugh the Edsel, we used to make crude jokes about those cars, but I wont share them here. I agree with much of your list, especially the GTO, however, I would have tossed in a couple of the ugly-plymouth-satellight stuff too. Also the 57 Ford has to be the ugliest car ever to hit the road, now the 56 Ford tho - I like that one! Eh, don't get me started I will show my real car snob colors and I am really trying to like all the cars anymore - we hot rodders need each other to keep the politicians from making them all illegal.

    Vote for a hotrodder!

    - Harlan

  • earnestshub profile image


    8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

    Sabreblade, I came back here to see your car hubs, and saw your reply, sorry I missed it before. Aussie is the correct term, and what we call ourselves unsurprisingly, as Australians feel compelled to abbreviate everything!

    I guess you are referring to the Australian GMH product?

    I would enjoy a hub like that! Maybe you have written it by now, I better check through all your hubs.

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    8 years ago

    bs, all of these cars are classics and if they were never made, most of the cars we have today wouldn't be around

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    8 years ago


  • TheMMAZone profile image


    9 years ago from Kansas

    wow I wanted a DeLorean so bad when back to the future came out. It almost surpassed me wanting a Lamorghini but then my senses took over and the 'DeLorean' obsession quickly died.. whewwww good thing!

    Great hub

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    9 years ago from blog

    1974 Pontiac GTO my cars

  • jeffro67 profile image


    9 years ago from Ohio, USA

    Great hub!! I agree with your choices with the exception of the Prowler. Not very practical, but a really cool design.

  • sabrebIade profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Pennsylvania

    autos-David: Thank you, and thank you for stopping by!

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    9 years ago

    Here are collected great photos of cars.

  • sabrebIade profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Well like I said Keith, personally I like the Prowlers styling, I just wish it had a bit more muscle.

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    9 years ago

    The Plymouth Prowler surprised me, I've never seen one before. Great pic of the Edsel.

  • sabrebIade profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Pennsylvania

    earnestshub: I personally love Australia, if I didn't live here in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand would be my next picks. And I am planning to do a Hub with one of the most famous Aussie (that's not a bad term is it?) cars in the world on it.

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    9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

    We do not have all of these in Australia, but as a car freak and traveller I have seen all of them! Some of the English cars were pretty average as well. Thanks for a great read!

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    9 years ago from indonesia

    i love pontiac

  • dlstern0226 profile image


    9 years ago from California

    My favorite car is a Corvette. I have two currently.

    Dana L. Stern

  • sabrebIade profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Pennsylvania

    screation: Well had Chevy not cut every corner imaginable when they made the Vega, it may have been a different story.

  • sabrebIade profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Pennsylvania

    manlypoetryman: The Gremlin and the Pacer are both on there...LOL

  • screation profile image


    9 years ago

    Great list of cars. i like Chevy Vega,it was conceived in 1968 as a simple, low-cost transportation vehicle to utilize the newly-developed all-aluminum die-cast engine block technology.

  • manlypoetryman profile image


    9 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

    I had to check this one out...real quick...because of the white 1980 Corvette...Yes, 180 hp on a "Vette" is ridiculous...(but they were probably not left like that by the owner...for very long!)! Great hub...will be back to read your Hubs on the worst cars ever made. Any AMC cars in that know the Hornet, the Gremlin, the Pacer ?

    On a side note...for the DeLorean...there is a company in Houston that bought all the left-over parts to them and can assemble one for anyone that is interested...and of course...willing to pay. They also can do all repairs to one...obviously.

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    Cassandra Mantis 

    9 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

    I saw a replica of one in Planet Hollywood and the De Lorean was amazing, but looked like a robot car, strangely soulless. Love most of these cars at least in appearance, but what do I know about American cars? I don't live there - I'm British! I love cars! The Edsel is - to look at - a thing of beauty! I could picture me driving this, windows open, wind in my hair, hair in my eyes...braking hard cos I can't see a damn thing...nah, your right. Piece o' crap! Great Hub though!

  • natloans profile image


    9 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    The DeLorean DMC-12 is total cool. I love that car. I was in japan I got to sit in one at Universal studios. A bit off topic I was looking for a chattel mortgage and found this

  • sabrebIade profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Pennsylvania

    gramon1 : Well like I said in the write up, I do really like the Prowler. But I think when you do a sports car, the inside has to live up to the outside. Kinda like them putting a 305 in a Vette. Even a manual shifter would have helped the Prowlers "street cred".

    And I have to admit, in my younger days, I DID cross the 100 mph line on the street way too much.

    My "mid-life crisis" car was that Camaro with the the L-82 Corvette engine in it that I mentioned in the other Hub.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  • sabrebIade profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Pennsylvania

    sheila b.: Yes I HAD to do the Edsel!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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    Guillermo Ramon 

    9 years ago from Miami

    I love the Prowler! It's one of the most beautiful cars ever built! I have always been tempted to buy one, but I need to go through some type of crisis to make that decision. The last time I bought a little roadster was a Porsche. It was my middle life crisis.

    I really don't care how fast a car can go, as long as the acceleration is great and it reaches 90 MPH. I don't recall too many situations in which I have driven faster than 90 MPH outside of a race. However, getting up to speed fast is very important. Yet, for the street, most 6 cylinder cars can do the job. Most people just don't accelerate fast enough. It tends to be the drivers that can't accelerate. Even My Jeep Wrangler Unlimited accelerates very well.

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    sheila b. 

    9 years ago

    Another great list. With the Edsel. Good.


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