The 1990s was a great time for the automobile world, as it brought us some of the best cars of all-time. There's no question that people look back at this decade with a lot of happiness, but it's clear that it also gave us some truly awful lemons. In fact, it seems as though even the best of car manufacturers had a handful of awful cars during this time period. Some of these vehicles would even lead to the end of their series—and at the end of the day—this is entirely justifiable. There were just far too many massive mistakes that never should have been released.
With all that's been stated thus far, in this article, we'll look at twenty cars from the 1990s that flopped hard. It's important to note that these vehicles will be coming from a variety of car manufacturers, so it just shows that even the best of them can make mistakes. This list is also relevant because it will help drivers stay away from purchasing these used or adding them to their car collections. At the end of the day, some may be surprised to see that a handful of these series are still in the primary market today with new releases. Redemption sometimes can be possible, but not in all cases.
Now, let's look at these failed releases!
20 1993 Chrysler Imperial
The 1993 Chrysler Imperial definitely failed to reach the level of expectations that were originally given to it. At first glance, one may assume that this was a dependable car from the 1990s, but this, of course, would not end up being the case in the slightest.
This is now widely considered to be one of the worst cars of the entire decade. This is largely due to the countless malfunctions that would present themselves throughout the entirety of its lifecycle. At the end of the day, it was a complete and utter lemon.
19 1998 Vector M12
The 1998 Vector M12 seemed as though it was going to be a very solid luxury vehicle on the primary market. There was an abundance of buyers who were intrigued by it, and due to this clear fact, it would go on to have fairly solid sales when it first released.
However, this would quickly change because of the fact that the public began to recognize the vast amount of problems that it would possess. Engine and transmission issues were always present and as a result of this, this vehicle would go on to lose its value in a very quick fashion.
18 1991 Chevy Lumina APV
Minivans were extremely popular during the 1990s, so Chevy decided to transform the Lumina into one. The 1991 Chevy Lumina APV seemed as though that it would end up being a very reliable and safe car, as it was using the family car selling point.
Yet, it became clear rather quickly that this vehicle was a complete and utter flop. It would already have issues selling because of how awful its appearance was, but steering issues would sink its value in its entirety. As a result of this, it would go on to become one of the biggest disappointments of this decade.
17 1994 Maserati Biturbo
The 1994 Maserati Biturbo would end up marking the end of the series, and this should not come as a surprise to anyone. It is clear that the car manufacturer rushed it during its developmental stage, and this would end up sinking its value at a very quick rate.
There is no question that people would have continued to want this series to exist had it not been for this complete and utter lemon. However, when seeing as how its engine would essentially destroy itself in a matter of months, it makes sense as to why people quickly gave up on them.
16 1999 Cadillac Catera
The 1999 Cadillac Catera definitely had high expectations when it was first released to the automobile world. This car manufacturer had a marvelous reputation for a number of decades, so many people thought that they would be getting another reliable luxury car.
This would end up not being the case whatsoever however, as this car was absolutely awful when it came to its overall structure. As a result of this, it is clear that these cars have made the junkyard their homes today, and they definitely are not worth investing in as a used car. Overall, they clearly were massive lemons.
15 1992 Eagle Premier
The 1992 Eagle Premier definitely had a pretty solid following upon its release. There is no question that the car manufacturer had developed a fairly solid reputation over the years, so many people believed that this car would end up following in the right direction.
However, this car would end up being a complete and utter disaster because it clearly was rushed during its developmental stages. Interior problems became quite the norm, and this would result in its owners constantly needing to bring it to the repair shop. This clearly would end up making its buyers extremely aggravated, and it would flop entirely.
14 1995 Suzuki X-90
The 1995 Suzuki X-90 seemed to be a bit of a stretch from the very start of its time on the primary market. It was difficult to determine as to why they decided to make a very small SUV with two doors. This would already make people a bit hesitant to purchase the model.
However, it would become even worse for this release when word got out that it was awful when it came to its overall structure. Due to this clear fact, this car would soon find itself at the bottom of the sales rankings. With that being stated, it's clear that it was a complete lemon in all areas.
13 1999 Land Rover Discovery II
The 1999 Land Rover Discovery II was a luxury car that was supposed to end up being a great one on the primary market. There's no question that people have always seemed drawn to this car manufacturer, as they did a great job mixing luxury with dependability.
However, it is clear that this vehicle did not follow in the same direction, as it would go on to have a plethora of major issues. Seeing as this vehicle would break down in a matter of weeks, it's clear that it was not built in an effective manner.
12 1993 Ford Aspire
The 1993 Ford Aspire definitely did not end up reaching the standards in which it was supposed to. This is largely because of the fact that it was built so poorly that it would be considered as one of the biggest lemons of the 1990s.
According to Jalopnik, this car also failed in terms of its overall sales because of the fact that it was an extremely boring looking car. This, of course, would result in people already not being intrigued by it. At the end of the day, Ford needed to do a better job in all aspects when it came to this vehicle.
11 1997 Chevy Malibu
The 1997 Chevy Malibu was supposed to end up being a very solid vehicle from the car manufacturer. It actually had a fairly solid amount of hype before its release because of the immense amount of advertisement time it had before it was released officially.
However, even with all of this being the case, it's clear this vehicle would end up being a complete and utter disaster. According to CarComplaints, this car would have far too many major issues when it came to its engine and interior accessories, so its value would sink very quickly.
10 1992 Yugo
The 1992 Yugo definitely did not reach the standards in which this vehicle was supposed to. There was no question that this series had a bit of problems for the first few years of its release, but this version would go on to be so bad that it would sink it in its entirety.
This vehicle came with far too many major problems from the very start of its release. When seeing as how it would break itself down in a matter of months, it is clear that it was not built to last whatsoever. At the end of the day, it can easily be deemed as one of the worst cars from this decade.
9 1999 Jaguar S-Type
There's absolutely no question that Jaguar has been able to develop into one of the strongest luxury car manufacturers in the entire automobile world. However, this does not exclude them from making massive mistakes in their history too.
There's no question that the 1999 Jaguar S-Type was a complete and utter failure in the primary market. This can be blamed on the fact that it was built in an extremely poor fashion, as a result of this, it would go on to have far too short of a lifecycle, especially for its extremely expensive price.
8 1993 Pontiac Trans Sport
The 1993 Pontiac Trans Sport would go on to be another failure in the primary market. This is blamed on the fact that the car manufacturer clearly did not build it in an effective manner. This naturally would lead to it having an immense amount of issues.
It truly is a shame that this vehicle would end up not being a solid one, as it had the potential to truly be. However, seeing as it would go on to have an immense amount of problems with its steering and transmission, it ultimately makes sense that it was a failure.
7 1998 Chevy Cavalier
The 1998 Chevy Cavalier definitely should have been a lot better than it actually was. However, the car manufacturer clearly did a very poor job when it came to building it. As a result of this, it would go on to have a plethora of major issues that could have been avoided.
According to CarComplaints, this car would go on to have many issues when it came to its engine and interior accessories. As a result of this, this would end up doing extremely poorly in terms of its overall sales. It is clear that it ended up failing in all aspects at the end of the day.
6 1990 Vector W8
The 1990 Vector W8 may look like a cool car, but it ultimately would end up being a lemon. This can be blamed on the fact that it was extremely poor when it came to its overall structure. As a result of this, people would end up avoiding it rather quickly.
However, for the poor victims who ended up purchasing one of these vehicles, they had to deal with one of the worst cars from the 1990s. Engine issues were the biggest problem with this, and seeing as how people bought this for its speed, it's clear that they were extremely disappointed.
5 1995 Oldsmobile Silhouette
The 1995 Oldsmobile Silhouette was another minivan from the 1990s that clearly was not built in an effective manner. Due to this clear fact, it would go on to have an immense amount of problems with its overall structure, and it would lead to its sales dropping quickly.
There's no question that people would have loved to own this vehicle, but it simply was built far too poorly. This is honestly a rarity from the former car manufacturer, as they had the reputation of being able to build truly dependable cars. It's clear that this was not the case with this one.
4 1997 Fiat Multipla
The 1997 Fiat Multipla would end up easily being one of the worst cars from the 1990s and that makes a lot of sense. It is clear that it would go on to have far too many major problems with its engine, and this would lead to it needing constant repairs.
According to Jalopnik, this vehicle also did not do well in the primary market because of the fact that it had an absolutely awful appearance. At the end of the day, it is clear that it just had nothing working for it and it would develop into a complete and utter lemon in the automobile world.
3 1991 Chrysler TC
The 1991 Chrysler TC needed to be a good one because of the clear fact that the series was hanging on for dear life. However, it would end up being the worst from the short-lived series, and as a result of this, it would lead to its completion.
Seeing as this vehicle would go on to have an immense amount of problems with its engine, it's clear that it did not reach the expectations it was supposed to. As a result of this, people were not interested in purchasing them, and the car manufacturer would suffer immensely at the end of the day.
2 1993 Cadillac Allante
The 1993 Cadillac Allante definitely had high hopes of being a good car in the primary market, but this would quickly change when people began to see just how poorly it was built. This would drop its overall sales, and the car manufacturer would end up losing money because of it.
Seeing as to how this car had the tendency to break down on its own, it is clear that it can be deemed as unreliable. They also lacked an overall durability, so many people would end up ridding of them far more quickly than they envisioned they would when they first bought it.
1 1996 Ford Explorer
The 1996 Ford Explorer can easily be deemed as one of the worst cars of the 1990s because it was dangerous to drive. In fact, this car was built so poorly that it even had the tendency to explode when in the slightest of car accidents. It just was not a good vehicle at all.
According to CarComplaints, this car also had a notorious issue with its steering, and it would result in many crashes. At the end of the day, it is actually kind of surprising that the series has been able to recover from this monstrosity, as it likely should have sunk it after its release.
Sources: jalopnik.com, carcomplaints.com