It is always so intriguing when a vehicle is released with very high expectations, but turns out to be a complete lemon. It is clear that this happens fairly regularly and to just about every car manufacturer.
However, although every brand is prone to this, it always ends up hurting them. These vehicles quickly go on to lose their value, and as a result of this, car manufacturers are even prone to losing profit with their releases. This can even be seen with some of the best car series on the planet. Sometimes a lemon can sneak in there, and it can truly set the company back immensely.
With all that has been stated thus far, in this article, we will be looking at 25 cars that became worthless the second that they left the dealership. It is essential to note that this list will include vehicles from a variety of different decades, as well as car manufacturers. This will display the fact that this has been a part of the automobile world for a number of years, as well by just about every car manufacturer ever.
At the end of the day, this is exactly why buyers should wait a bit of time before purchasing vehicles that just hit the primary market. Research is essential, especially with today's technology making it far easier to do so.
Now, let's look at these worthless vehicles!
25 2001 Pontiac Aztek
The 2001 Pontiac Aztek was a vehicle that came into the automobile world with an immense amount of expectations. There is no question that the early 2000s were full of top notch minivans, and the car manufacturer was banking on this one to qualify as that.
However, this of course would not end up being the case, as people were absolutely against the design of the vehicle. It also was very poor when it came to its overall structure, so it would result in many needed repairs. It soon became worthless.
24 1980 Chevy Corvette
The Corvette series is another one from Chevy that has been able to help the car manufacturer maintain its status of being at the top of the automobile world. However, there 1980 release is easily one of the worst cars of all-time.
The biggest issue that came with this vehicle was that its engine was extremely weak, so it was slow and prone to many problems. Due to this, people would begin to avoid it entirely, which of course, led to the vehicle dropping in value at a quick rate.
23 2004 Chevy SSR
The 2004 Chevy SSR was a very strange release from the car manufacturer, as it was a pickup that had absolutely no towing capabilities. One can see this just by looking at the vehicle. It also simply could not gain a crowd because of how strange it looked.
However, according to carcomplaints.com, this vehicle ended up losing all of its value because of how many problems it would go on to have with its transmission and engine. At the end of the day, Chevy would actually lose money with its release.
22 1971 Chevy Vega
The 1971 Chevy Vega came into the automobile world with an immense amount of expectations to be a top notch vehicle. An abundance of individuals were intrigued by the release, so it sold fairly well in the first few months.
However, as time progressed, it became quite clear that this vehicle was not built well in the slightest. Due to this, it went through an immense amount of repairs, especially when it came to its faulty engine. Thus, it would lose a ton of value rather quickly.
21 2001 Cadillac Catera
The 2001 Cadillac Catera has been noted as one of the worst vehicles in the history of the automobile world. This is largely because of the fact that it had absolutely abysmal steering problems, as well as fuel system issues.
When seeing as how Cadillac is a car manufacturer that normally produces top of the line luxury vehicles, it is quite understandable that the public grew to despise this one. Due to this clear fact, the 2001 Catera dropped in value immensely, and damaged the series entirely.
20 1958 Ford Edsel
The 1958 Ford Edsel definitely failed to reach the level of success that the car manufacturer had hoped it would. Although people would be drawn to its overall appearance, it simply was built far too poorly to be successful.
Everything became so bad with the way it came with its overall structure, that the car manufacturer would lose a plethora of money with its release. After this occurred, they would soon end the entire series, which of course, was clearly for the best.
19 1983 Chevy Chevelle
The 1983 Chevy Chevelle is another vehicle on this list that many envisioned would become a very solid and dependable car. However, this would soon not end up being the case, as it came with major problems from the very start of its release.
This, of course, would end up hurting the value of this vehicle immensely. There is no question that this vehicle would even go on to hurt the Chevelle series entirely, as it would come to a close fairly quickly after this release.
18 2004 Chrysler Crossfire
The 2004 Chrysler Crossfire was expected to end up reaching an abundance of sales, as the series had been popular at that point in time. However, this release would end up being extremely disappointing because of how poorly it was built.
According to carcomplaints.com, this car had an abundance of major issues when it came to its engine and transmission. This would make buyers quickly begin to avoid it, and due to this, the car manufacturer would go on to lower the price of it to try to reach a profit.
17 1980 Pontiac Phoenix
1980 was expected to be a massive year for Pontiac, as they were releasing the Phoenix. This vehicle was supposed to bring on new changes to the entire automobile world, as it was seen as advanced. However, this would not be the case at all.
The biggest issue with the 1980 Phoenix was that it came with one of the worst engines in the history of all vehicles. Due to this, its buyers would quickly become outraged with it, and its value completely fell off as well.
16 1999 Jaguar S-Type
There is no question that Jaguar had an immense amount of success over the years. This is largely because of the fact that they have been able to create some of the best luxury cars in the history of the automobile world.
However, with the 1999 Jaguar S-Type, they failed immensely to reach that standard. In fact, according to carcomplaints.com, this vehicle was so bad that it would constantly need repairs when it came to its engine. At the end of the day, it is a rare blemish in their history.
15 1982 Chevy Camaro
Although the Chevy Camaro series has been one of the best ones in the entire history of the automobile world, it is essential to recognize that it isn't perfect. In fact, the 1982 model is widely considered to be one of the worst of all-time.
When seeing as how this vehicle was prone to having immense issues when it came to its engine, as well as its transmission, it makes sense that it would drop in value extremely quickly. Car collectors should avoid this model entirely at this time.
14 2012 Dodge Caliber
The 2012 Dodge Caliber was expected to be a very reliable vehicle that would be perfect for families to own. However, this, of course, would not end up being the case, as it was far too weak when it came to its overall structure.
According to carcomplaints.com, this vehicle was notorious for having major issues with its brakes. This was detrimental because it would put the people in it in danger with its suddenness. This, of course, would lead to the vehicle dropping in overall value very rapidly.
13 1978 AMC Gremlin
The 1978 AMC Gremlin is widely considered to be one of the worst vehicles in the history of the automobile world. This definitely is a justifiable claim because of how badly it was built. It seemed to possess every problem in the book.
However, the biggest issue with the Gremlin was that it was prone to breaking down without any real warning. Its engine was absolutely lackluster and needed constant repair. All of this would result in the vehicle dropping in value extremely quickly.
12 1994 Maserati Biturbo
The 1994 Maserati Biturbo definitely is a vehicle that looks extremely cool. However, as the automobile world has shown in the past, one cannot judge a vehicle simply based on its appearance. It can lead to disaster like with this vehicle.
Although this vehicle did have the capabilities to reach blistering speeds at a fast rate, it also was built extremely poorly. Due to this fact, people began to avoid it entirely, and its overall value would end up tailing off far sooner than it should have.
11 1982 Oldsmobile Omega
The 1982 Oldsmobile Omega had high expectations to be a dependable vehicle, as the car manufacturer had been fairly consistent at that point. However, it would become known very quickly that this vehicle was a complete and utter lemon.
When observing the fact that this vehicle would end up breaking down in the slightest of harsh conditions, it became clear that it lacked in any real amount of durability. Due to this, the manufacturer would go on to lower the price far sooner than they expected.
10 1974 Ford Mustang II
The Ford Mustang series is obviously one of the most iconic in the history of the automobile world. Although this clearly is the case, it is important to recognize that they have also had a massive mistake in their history: the 1974 Ford Mustang II.
This vehicle has been classified as among the worst of all-time, and this is entirely justifiable when seeing as how it would be prone to having massive breakdowns at any time. This, of course, would make its value drop off extremely quickly.
9 1997 Suzuki X-90
The 1997 Suzuki X-90 is a vehicle that many people have completely forgotten about over the years. This is largely because of the fact that it did not leave any impact during its time on the primary market, and soon was criticized for how poorly it ran.
The concept of a small--sized SUV is one that is encouraged, but the car manufacturer clearly made far too many mistakes with this one. Due to all of this, its value would end up tailing off entirely, which definitely was disappointing for the company.
8 1971 Ford Pinto
The 1971 Ford Pinto was supposed to be a top of the line vehicle from the legendary car manufacturer. However, this wouldn't end up being the case in the slightest, as this vehicle would actually self destruct even under the slightest of impact.
This insane development would result in the car manufacturer actually losing an abundance of cash, and many people would be seriously injured from the impact of this badly made ride. This would obviously lead to this vehicle being absolutely worthless, and it's one Ford wishes they could take back.
7 1985 Yugo
It is always so fascinating when a vehicle is expected to be amazing, but it turns out to be a complete mess. Perhaps there is no better example than the 1985 Yugo. This vehicle was expected to bring on a whole new change to the automobile world, but was so bad.
Perhaps the biggest issue that would come from this vehicle was that its steering was extremely unpredictable. This, of course, made it extremely dangerous to drive. This would result in it losing value, as everyone began to avoid it in its entirety.
6 1993 Cadillac Allante
The 1993 Cadillac Allante was released by the car manufacturer in hopes that it would bring on an abundance of sales. There is no question that they had success with the series at that point, so buyers were intrigued by the release.
However, it became known rather quickly that this vehicle was extremely poor when it came to its overall structure. As a result of this, its consumer rating went down very quickly. By the end of its run on the primary market, it was essentially worthless.
5 1990 Chevy Lumina APV
There is no question that minivans were all the rage during the 1990s, so Chevy decided to transform the Lumina into one. However, after making this decision, it would go on to hurt the credibility of the series, as this vehicle was a complete lemon.
At first, there were an abundance of individuals who were intrigued by the 1990 Chevy Lumina APV, but this would soon change when they experienced the vast number of issues that would present themselves. This, of course, would make it end up losing its value entirely.
4 2002 Lincoln Blackwood
The 2002 Lincoln Blackwood came into the automobile world with a lot of fans. At first glance, this is a bit understandable, as the pickup does have a very nice design to it. However, it became clear quickly that this car was poorly structured.
This pickup definitely was rushed through its developmental stage, as it would go on to possess virtually every issue in the entire book. It was so unreliable that the car manufacturer would cancel the series after its one release, and this made it lose all of its value.
3 1988 Cadillac Cimarron
The 1988 Cadillac Cimarron is widely considered to be one of the worst vehicles in the history of the automobile world. When it first was released, one may have never guessed that, as it actually had a very solid following.
However, as people began to drive them, it became clear that this vehicle had far too many problems with its fuel system and brakes. It was soon known as being extremely unreliable, and drivers began to avoid it all costs. This, of course, would make it end up dropping its overall cost in a dramatic fashion.
2 2009 Hummer H2
The 2009 Hummer H2 was a complete and utter mess, and many people consider it to be the reason why the car manufacturer ended up coming to an end. These gas guzzlers were extremely bad for the environment, and were prone to breaking down very frequently.
It is quite intriguing because up until this release, many individuals were obsessed with Hummer vehicles, and they were at the top of the automobile world. However, sometimes it just takes one awful vehicle to sink a company, and the 2009 H2 did just that.
1 1980 Chevy Citation
The 1980 Chevy Citation is another vehicle on this list that was expected to be something special, but failed miserably. Although many people would buy it when it first hit the primary market, this would quickly change when its many issues became known.
This vehicle is now primarily remembered for having one of the worst engines of all-time. This would result in not only the vehicle needing constant repairs, but also having a very short life cycle. With all of that, it would soon become entirely worthless.
Sources: carcomplaints.com, Edmunds.com, jalopnik.com