Chevy is easily one of the most iconic car manufacturers in the entire history of the automobile world. This is evidenced by the fact that they have been able to stay afloat for a large number of decades. This is largely because of the fact that they have created some absolutely revolutionary vehicles, including the Camaro and Corvette.
Although they have had an immense amount of success over the years, though, it is essential to recognize that they are, by no means, perfect. In fact, in some cases, they have even released some of the absolute worst vehicles of all time. But as with any industry, even the best of car manufacturers make mistakes.
With all that has been stated thus far, in this article, we will be looking at 25 Chevy cars that should have sunk the company. It is very important to note that these vehicles will be coming from a variety of different decades, as well from different series. At the end of the day, it is very important for us to recognize the absolute masterpieces that have come from the car manufacturer. However, even while doing this, criticism is absolutely warranted because of the scale of their giant errors, as well. In fact, in some cases, it may even be stated that it is encouraged to criticize certain designs so that future releases will be of higher quality.
25 1975 Chevy Monza
At first glance, one may assume that the 1975 Chevy Monza is a solid vehicle. There is no question that it had a very nice design to it, so it was able to get a bit of attraction from its buyers at a fairly quick rate.
However, in terms of its overall quality, it is clear that this vehicle clearly was below average. It seemed to have absolutely no ability to obtain any amount of longevity and as a result of this, people got tired of it rather quickly.
24 2005 Chevy Cobalt
The 2005 Chevy Cobalt came into the automobile world with high expectations of being something special. However, as time would quickly present, this vehicle was not built to last whatsoever. This would make people grow to dislike it.
According to Car Complaints, this vehicle saw most of its issues when it came to its engine and transmission. As a result of this, it would be wise for people to avoid this vehicle today, especially if used. That would bring on a very high amount of issues.
23 1998 Chevy Prizm
From the very start, the 1998 Chevy Prizm seemed to be a very bad decision. When looking at its appearance, it is clear that the car manufacturer failed to bring on any real amount of originality to the design, which would end up hurting its overall sales.
However, this vehicle was astronomically bad when it came to its driving, too. This is largely because of the fact that it would come with a variety of issues that never seemed to be fully resolved. At the end of the day, it was a complete and utter lemon.
22 2002 Chevy Blazer
The Chevy Blazer definitely was able to have a lot of sales during its release but it is clear that this car came with an immense amount of issues. Due to this clear fact, buyers quickly grew to despise it, as it had absolutely no dependability.
This definitely is a bit of a shocker because this series had done a fairly decent job with the series in past years. However, even with this being the case, one has to criticize the serious amount of transmission issues that would come with this model.
21 1960 Chevy Corvair
There is no question that Chevy had an immense amount of success during the 1960s but they absolutely failed with the 1960 Corvair. This vehicle was set to become a top notch one for the manufacturer but it was built extremely poorly.
In fact, many car experts consider the Corvair to be one of the worst vehicles in the history of the automobile world. Due to this clear fact, the manufacturer would end up being hurt by the release of this vehicle. It never should have happened.
20 2004 Chevy SSR
The 2004 Chevy SSR is easily one of the worst pickups to have ever been released. Yes, you read that correctly. The SSR is classified as a pickup. Of course, it fails to reach any of the standards of a real pickup, so it quickly was criticized.
When looking at its design, it is hard to imagine what exactly the car manufacturer was going for. It is clear that this vehicle never should have been released and as one could guess by just looking at it, it sold at extremely low levels.
19 1923 Chevy Series M
As crazy as this sounds, one of Chevy's first vehicles almost made them go out of business. The 1923 Chevy Series M was so bad that it actually was considered dangerous to drive—even during its release. In short, it would catch on fire from overheating.
One has to keep in mind that this vehicle came out in the 1920s, so technology was obviously far less advanced at that point. However, even with that said, it is clear that this is one of the worst vehicles to have ever been released.
18 2009 Chevy Trailblazer
The Chevy Trailblazer series worked extremely hard to create dependable and also powerful vehicles. Yet, even with this being the case, there is no question that the 2009 release was a complete and utter disaster.
According to Car Complaints, this version of the Trailblazer easily is the worst ever from the series. This can be blamed on the fact that it would go on to have an abundance of issues with its fuel system and interior accessories. At the end of the day, it truly should have been a far better vehicle.
17 1978 Chevy C/K Diesel
The Chevy C/K series was an absolutely fantastic one from the legendary car manufacturer. However, even with this being the case, it does not mean that its track record is perfect. This is displayed by the 1978 C/K Diesel.
This pickup mainly failed because of the fact that it would go on to have a plethora of major issues with its engine. This, of course, would drop its overall performance and made it unreliable when it came to being used in working conditions.
16 2009 Chevy Aveo
The 2009 Chevy Aveo would receive massive criticism from the very start of its release. Aside from the fact that it is just an extremely boring looking vehicle, it also was prone to having a lot of major issues, so it needed constant repairs.
According to Car Complaints, this vehicle saw most of its issues when it came to its engine and overall structure. As a result of this, people would quickly avoid this car altogether, which made its sales absolutely awful. This is simply another dark chapter from the car manufacturer.
15 1996 Chevy Lumina APV
During the 1990s, minivans absolutely dominated the automobile world. This is largely because they gave their passengers a lot of room and, more importantly, an immense amount of safety. The 1996 Chevy Lumina APV, however, did not.
This vehicle was prone to breaking down under the slightest of road difficulties, so in a sense, it was fairly dangerous to drive. When seeing as how it also had a lot of issues when it came to its interior accessories, it is easy to see why it was heavily criticized.
14 2010 Chevy Equinox
The Chevy Equinox series has developed into one of the top selling ones for the car manufacturer. However, although this happens to be the case today, it is essential to note that not every vehicle from it has been solid.
In fact, the 2010 Chevy Equinox can arguably be considered as one of the worst ones to come from this decade. This vehicle is known for having an immense amount of issues when it comes to its engine, as well as its brakes. In short, it just is not a good family car.
13 1980 Chevy Citation
Every car enthusiast in the world can agree that the 1980 Chevy Citation is easily one of the worst vehicles in the history of the automobile. What is so intriguing about this fact is that when it first came out, it had a very high amount of hype.
And yet, this vehicle turned out to be a complete and utter disaster because of the extremely faulty engine that it would possess. As a result of this, the car manufacturer would go on to lose money with its release as people quickly began to avoid it.
12 2002 Chevy Cavalier
The 2002 Chevy Cavalier definitely would go on to face an immense amount of criticism for how poor it was when it came to its overall structure. Simply put, it was not built to last in the slightest and people were smart to avoid it rather quickly.
According to Car Complaints, this vehicle would go on to have many problems with its engine and transmission. This, of course, would end up giving it a low customer satisfaction rating as well. At the end of the day, it is clear they needed to spend more time developing it.
11 1971 Chevy Vega
The 1971 Chevy Vega is another vehicle on this list that was expected to be a top-notch car but completely went into the opposite direction. In fact, many arguably consider it to be the worst vehicle to ever come from the car manufacturer.
The biggest problem with this vehicle was that it simply was unsafe to drive. Seeing as how its engine would constantly need repairs, it was prone to breaking down at the most random of times. At the end of the day, it truly was a complete and utter lemon.
10 1982 Chevy Camaro Sport
The Chevy Camaro series is easily one of the most iconic ones in the history of this, or any, car manufacturer. Over the years, Chevy has released some truly spectacular vehicles. However, with the 1982 Camaro Sport, they left a major blemish on their record.
This vehicle first failed because of the fact that it simply did not pick up enough speed for the type of vehicle it was. This is largely because of the fact that this vehicle had an extremely faulty engine which, of course, would always need repairs, as well.
9 2008 Chevy HHR
One should never fault a car manufacturer for aiming to create something different. However, with the 2008 Chevy HHR, they sadly created this a lemon with this unique vehicle. It simply possessed far too many massive problems.
According to Car Complaints, this vehicle was mainly known for having a lot of problems when it came to its engine, as well as its transmission. This would end up making it have a very short lifecycle which, of course, infuriated its buyers.
8 1980 Chevy "California" Corvette
The 1980 Chevy "California" Corvette is a rare mistake in the legendary series from this manufacturer. There is no question that the Corvette has always been popular but the 1980 release came with so many major issues that it earned a bad reputation.
According to Edmunds, this is easily one of the worst vehicles to have been released to the automobile world. The biggest issue that came with this car was that it was forced to have a weaker engine by the state of California. This would take away from all the fun of owning a Corvette.
7 1997 Chevy Malibu
The 1997 Chevy Malibu came into the automobile world with the expectations that it was going to be a very reliable vehicle. However, as you can see with it being on this list, it clearly failed to reach this requirement. This vehicle would go on to hurt the sales of the Malibu series for a number of years, as people would become very hesitant with purchasing them. That is quite understandable when observing the fact that this vehicle was notoriously known for its abysmal steering issues.
6 2005 Chevy Uplander
The 2005 Chevy Uplander was expected to be a top-notch family vehicle. The middle 2000s was an era when SUVs truly started taking over the automobile world, so the car manufacturer was banking heavily on this vehicle to be a top seller.
However, this would end up not being the case because of the vast amount of issues that it would go on to possess. According to Car Complaints, this car had a very high amount of issues when it came to its engine, which made it extremely unreliable.
5 1983 Chevy Chevette
The 1983 Chevy Chevette was a complete and utter disaster from the very start of its release. This is largely because of the fact that this vehicle was extremely poor when it came to its overall structure.
According to Edmunds, this is another car that easily is one of the worsts that ever came from Chevy. When seeing as how it was mostly seen in repair shops rather than on the road, it makes a lot of sense as to why so many individuals grew to dislike it so immensely.
4 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo
The Chevy Monte Carlo series was once one of the top ones in all of the automobile world. The 1980s were a particularly solid time for it, as it got a lot of publicity for its usage in NASCAR. However, it would drop in dependability as the years went on.
Perhaps the worst version of the Monte Carlo came in 2000. In fact, this vehicle was so bad that it marked the beginning of the end for the series. When seeing as how its engine would always need repairs, this ultimately makes a plethora of sense.
3 1953 Chevy Corvette
Yes, there was another notoriously bad Corvette. The 1953 Chevy Corvette definitely failed to bring in a solid crowd of buyers, as it would become known rather quickly that this vehicle was simply far too weak when it came to its overall structure.
A lot of this can be blamed on the fact that it came from the 1950s but it was still awful for its time. In fact, many people consider it to be one of the worst vehicles to come from that decade. It is nice to see that they were able to redeem the series from there, however.
2 2011 Chevy Cruze
The 2011 Chevy Cruze definitely came into the automobile world with very high expectations of being something special. However, this would go on to not be the case, as it would end up having a large variety of major issues.
According to Car Complaints, this vehicle has been prone to having a significant amount of engine trouble, as well as problems with its interior accessories. As a result, this car would quickly be disliked by the vast majority of its owners and its sales were not very solid.
1 1992 Chevy Suburban
The 1992 Chevy Suburban was released under the expectation that it was going to be a top-notch family vehicle. The Suburban series had an abundance of success at that point but this vehicle would go on to be a complete and utter lemon.
This is largely because of the fact that this vehicle was built extremely poorly when it came to its overall structure. Due to this clear fact, this vehicle would go on to need an abundance of repairs, virtually everywhere. At the end of the day, it was just a very bad car.
Sources: Jalopnik, Edmunds, and Car Complaints.