Looking to buy a car? Well, we all know by now that dealerships and car manufacturers are already less than honest when it comes to giving an honest opinion about a vehicle. What makes it worse is when they wad through misinformation. Well, in case you're going through a rough financial stretch, then you might be tempted to go in for something cheaper. Cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean bad, but it can mean less safety or comfortability. While we would all love to drive the best cars in the market, researching about reliability and cost of parts can be a hard nut to crack, and while experts might tell you one thing, when it comes down to it, they might be totally wrong.
Different car owners experience different problems depending on their driving technique and the roads they drive their cars in. Therefore, opinions often vary depending on the user experience. The following cars have been rated “Good” by experts, but according to user reviews, these are some of the worst cars ever produced. If you buy one of these bad boys, you'll spend more time with your mechanic than at your local bar. In case you're wondering, here are 20 Cars Experts Say You Should Buy... But They're Wrong!
20 Volkswagen Golf GTi
Well, who would've ever thought? One of the most popular cars to come out of Europe was totally unreliable and a bad buy... Well, in case you've watched the reviews or read a couple of forums about them, then you'd know. On the flip side, the VW Golf GTI is an amazing car; it drives like a dream and has amazing striking looks, and in case you were shopping for a hot hatch, you’d be tempted to dash off with one of these pretty babies. Well, in case you're looking to buy a VW Golf GTI, avoid models from 2010 through 2013. According to expert reviews, models from those years were rated poorly for reliability.
19 Chevrolet Cruze
Having yet another Chevrolet on the list says a lot about the company, if you ask me. Chevrolet redesigned the Cruze, making it a more compact car. However, looking back at the previous versions, the Chevrolet Cruze was ranked as being among the most reliable cars to own. But according to Consumer Reports, this particular model had a bad batch of vehicles models from 2011 to 2013. These cars had the worst reliability ratings. The Chevrolet Sonic did much better than the Cruze, making it a better option for those looking to get the Chevrolet Cruze. In case you're looking to get this car, you're better off cru-zing in the opposite direction.
18 Chrysler Town and Country
According to expert reviews on used cars in the market, if you're going to get a Chrysler Town and Country, you're better off with the newer modified and tweaked Chrysler Pacifica, which is a much safer bet and an awesome minivan to own especially if you have kids. According to user reviews, the Chrysler Town and Country has a very low reliability rate, and models from 2005 to 2015 are a bad idea. This still holds for the Grand Caravan that’s ideally the same model with a few tweaks and a Dodge badge. If you're going to get this as a family hauler, then you're better off using the subway.
17 Mercedes-Benz GL
Well, critics and expert car reviewers normally have zip bad to say about Mercedes. With all the talk about German Engineering and detail perfection, you wouldn’t expect to find a Mercedes in this list this early. However, the Mercedes-Benz GL has received so many consumer complaints, especially for models that were manufactured between 2013 and 2015. According to expert reviews, these cars have been lumped up together as the least reliable vehicles of that particular bunch. In case you're looking for a Mercedes that will be worth all your hard-earned money, then you're better off with the S-Class or the E-Class series.
16 Chevrolet Traverse
In case you really want to know how unrealizable Chevy vehicles are, then you might need to go to the unreliability section because this list would probably fill up your screen. According to user reviews, experts rank this vehicle highly due to space and economy. However, there are about 17 models from the past decade from Chevrolet that got below-average ratings from consumer reports. If you're looking for a vehicle to avoid, then this is it. According to the report, any Chevy Traverse that was purchased between 2009 and 2011 is a bad bet for people looking to own a Chevrolet Traverse.
15 GMC Acadia
GMC is known for their trucks, and the GMC Acadia is one nice-looking truck. However, GMC vehicles will definitely make the cut if we were to make a list of the most unreliable vehicles that were produced in the last decade. GMC’s Acadia had the dishonor of being the worst batch of cars to come out of GMC doors for their reliability between 2007 and 2014. While this car makes the cut on a lot of people's “to buy" list, it’s very advisable not to go for it. Consumer reports warned against purchasing all of the eight editions of this car. But in case you do, make sure it’s thoroughly inspected.
14 Jeep Grand Cherokee
You must admit, this offroad SUV looks really good, but that’s where all the goodness ends. In case you've done your research, you'd know that there are very few vehicle manufacturers that come close to the poor reliability ratings of Chrysler, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of them. In case you're looking to buy this car, you better watch out. According to reviews, models from 2007, along with other models from 2010 to 2014, have very poor reliability ratings. In case you're bent on getting a Jeep Grand Cherokee, then make sure you don’t get the ones from the years mentioned above.
13 Ford Fiesta
The Ford Fiesta has to be one of the cheapest and most affordable cars in the American market. However, if you're going to get a Ford Fiesta, you’d rather get it new from the manufacturer, or you'll pay the consequences. Overall, Ford has about ten cars that have been rated poorly, and two of its tiny cars are the worst of them all. One of those models that stood for poor reliability is the 2013 to 2014 Ford Fiesta. Its elder brother, the Ford Focus, doesn’t do well on the reliability part. While the Ford Fiesta is a good Hatch, you need to be careful when buying this car, especially if used.
12 Tesla Model S
It’s funny how a new car manufacturer gets into the industry with bad ratings. While Tesla is one of the few vehicles manufacturers in the world to get the highest praise from Consumer Reports due to its state-of-the-art electric performance system, it did poorly on reliability ratings. Wondering what years of this flagship car had the worst ratings and you should probably avoid? Well, the 2012, the 2013, and the 2015 Tesla Model S didn't receive the ratings they expected and had thumbs down. The Tesla is a new entry vehicle, though; we're hoping they improve their reliability because overall, the Tesla S is a great car.
11 Chrysler PT Cruiser
Well, clearly, the designers of this car were on lunch break when they came up with this idea. I mean, the P Cruiser is a hideous car and will turn off any auto shoppers at sight. And while there’s a lot to hate about this car just by looking at it, there are very many unseen things that are worth disliking. According to research, between 2006 to 2008, the Chrysler PT Cruiser was a bad choice for Automobile buyers looking for a reliable car. Therefore, in case you're looking to get a Chrysler from the previous years, you might need to do a little bit more research before settling on one.
10 BMW 5 Series
Europeans have never been famous for building unreliable cars. That’s why it comes as a shocker to find a BMW on this list. And while the Mercedes made it to this list, the BMW 5 Series had to be on this one, too. If there's a European car you need to avoid, then this is it. It gets worse when it's used because you'll lose an arm and a leg paying for repair costs. According to user reviews, models purchased between 2006 to 2008 and 2010 to 2012 have the worst reliability ratings and should be avoided at all costs. Back in 2016, BMW recalled all 5 series models from 2011 and 2012 due to potential leaks and stalling problems.
9 Dodge Journey
Never heard of a Dodge? You must be kidding. The Dodge brand is perhaps one of the most familiar and popular brands of vehicles in the US, but what you might not know is that the manufacturer has about 12 models rating below average when it comes to reliability. One of the models that stood out was the Dodge Journey. This car scored poorly for its 2009, 2012, and 2014 models. While experts spoke highly of the new Dodge Journey, consumers had something different to say. In case you're looking to get a nice family van, then you need to look away from the Dodge Journey.
8 Fiat 500
Here’s something you probably didn’t know: Fiat-Chrysler has more than 27 models of vehicles that have been ranked below average on user reliability in the past decade alone. The Fiat 500, just like her elder sister, the Chrysler PT Cruiser, has the worst rating when it comes to reliability. If you're looking to get yourself a Fiat 500, you might need to do a little bit more research on it before committing yourself. Consumer reviews flagged Fiat 500 models that were produced in 2012, 2013, and 2015. You're better off getting a Ford Fiesta than betting on the Fiat 500.
7 Nissan Pathfinder
The Japanese Car manufacturer Nissan sold over 150,000 Pathfinders in the US alone. This was between 2013 and 2014. While this SUV got a lot of attention during that time, it's been ranked as the worst when it comes to reliability, according to consumer reviews. Shoppers are advised to avoid this model at all costs. According to research, the Nissan Pathfinder has had about nine separate recalls. Some of the issues consumers complained about were brake and airbag problems. The 2014 model made it to the top 10 list of worst cars. It’s a no-brainer that this Japanese SUV is a bad bet, and shoppers need to be extra careful when shopping for this car.
6 Mini Countryman
The Mini Countryman is a striking little hot hatch, a bigger sister to the Mini Cooper whose rating is as bad as the Mini Countryman. Mini Cooper clearly hasn’t had an easy decade being a sun brand of BMW. Between 2011 and 2012, Mini Countryman models had the worst ratings compared to other car manufacturers. It was so bad that a few years after the report, the U.S. declared the Mini Countryman the most unreliable car in America. Well, if you're looking to get a really unreliable car, then you know where to look. But seriously, the Mini Countryman is a bad bet.
5 Volkswagen Tiguan
It’s sad that we have another Volkswagen in this list. And while expert reviewers will speak highly of the VW Tiguan, from 2009 to 2012, it had one of the worst ratings a car could have. It’s easy to understand this car’s popularity. Apart from its striking good looks, it’s among the cheapest cars anyone can find in America—meaning, the manufacturer just went an extra mile to make the car look presentable to cash in on the sales. The four models mentioned above performed alarmingly low in reliability. However, the Tiguan is a good bet for someone looking to own a cheap first car.
4 Dodge Challenger
Well, the Dodge Challenger is a symbol of American motoring sports with a big influence on muscle. In case you're looking to have an amazing car that drives like a charm on the freeway, the Dodge Challenger is your best pick. It’s one of America’s most appealing cars dating back to the '60s and the '70s. It’s a no-brainer that at some point, every teenage boy had a poster of this car on his PC or bedroom wall. In case you plan on buying this amazing muscle car, you might have to compromise a lot on its reliability—especially if you're going in for an older-model Challenger.
3 Ford Focus
Let’s just say the American vehicle manufacturer hasn’t been the luckiest in the past decade when it comes to consumer reports. The manufacturer had a total of 14 models from cars to trucks that were ranked poor on reliability. While experts claim the Ford Focus is one of the most reliable hot hatches in America, consumers differ on this. In case you're looking to get this car, you might need to avoid the models from 2012 to 2014. Consumers rated these vehicles poorly, and it’s advisable not to buy them used. All in all, The Ford Focus is an amazing car.
2 Pontiac Torrent
Well, unfortunately, Pontiac is a victim of GM’s bankruptcy and bailout. However, before Pontiac was axed, it had left a few lemons on American car users. One of the most notorious vehicles from the brand with reliability issues was the Pontiac Torrent. This American SUV received some of the worst reliability scores for its models that were produced between 2006 and 2009. In case you doubt some of these ratings, make sure to look for Pontiac Torrent owners. You won’t believe their agony. Not only is the Pontiac Torrent bad looking; it's also highly unreliable, and car experts agree.
1 Mini Cooper
Well, if you're looking for one of the longest-standing production cars of all time, then it has to be the Mini Cooper. Hailing from Europe, this car has had some bad ratings from consumers despite what experts say. This iconic car model has been flagged down every single year between 2006 and 2014. According to the report, the Mini Cooper had low reliability. The Mini Cooper is a great car, and in case you're bent on buying it, you might need to do some extra research to get a model that's more reliable and less controversial.