Gone are the days of Saturn and Mercury. These two car manufacturers simply never seemed to be able to keep up with the immense amount of competition of the automobile world. As other car manufacturers would end up progressing, these would simply continue to fall in the opposite direction. It simply was only a matter of time before these car manufacturers would end up failing entirely.
Their overall sales began to drop off entirely and they kept producing vehicles each year that, simply put, were not good enough. Their cars were built in a poor fashion far too many times and it would seriously sink their overall profits.
With all that has been discussed thus far, in this article we will be looking ten cars that sunk Mercury, as well as ten from Saturn that did the very same thing. It is very important to note that these cars will be coming from a variety of release years. This will show that these car manufacturers simply did not have it together for a long time and perhaps their times in the automobile world should have even come to an end sooner. At the end of the day, it is clear that these car manufacturers did have some success in their histories, but their many mistakes would end up leading them to failure.
Now, let's look at these disappointing cars!
20 2002 Saturn SL1
The 2002 Saturn SL1 would end up becoming a complete and utter failure on the primary market. This should not come as a surprise to anyone if they had owned one. This car was built in an extremely poor fashion and as a result of this, it would have a very short lifecycle.
In terms of its overall aesthetic, it truly was lacking as well. Saturn appeared to make this car in a matter of minutes, as it truly had everything wrong with it. With its faulty engine and awful steering, it is for the best that people would end getting rid of it fairly quickly.
19 2009 Mercury Mariner
The 2009 Mercury Mariner had all of the potential to be something truly special. When seeing how it was a very nice looking SUV at a time when these type of vehicles were at the top of the automobile world, it should have been a solid seller.
However, this would end up not being the case because people would be turned off by its ridiculous starting price. When seeing how this car was also not the most dependable around because of its fuel system, it makes sense that its overall sales quickly would plummet and it definitely received some fairly harsh criticism.
18 2006 Saturn Ion
The 2006 Saturn Ion was supposed to be a very solid vehicle for the automobile world but this truly did not end up being the case. This is largely because of the fact that this vehicle was built in an extremely poor fashion, so it was prone to having a lot of major problems.
According to Car Complaints, this is easily one of the worst cars in the history of the car manufacturer. This can be blamed on the fact that had far too many issues with its interior, as it would essentially break itself down after a very small amount of time had passed.
17 2000 Mercury Mystique
A great use of alliteration, the 2000 Mercury Mystique would end up getting a pretty decent following when it was first released. However, this would quickly change, as this car turned out to be a complete and utter lemon at the end of the day.
The biggest problem that would come from this vehicle was that its engine was prone to breaking down at any given time. This known fact would end up making this vehicle lose its overall reputation for dependability and this is why people would begin to avoid it in its entirety. It just was not a good release.
16 1999 Saturn SL2
The 1999 Saturn SL2 definitely could have been far better if the car manufacturer actually spent more time with it during its overall development. However, one can't turn back time sadly, so this will forever be a major blemish in their history.
In fact, this car would end up being so bad that it is now seen as one of the biggest lemons in the history of the automobile world. This definitely did not help Saturn, as they were already in hot water for their past mistakes and were on the verge of failing. One can say this car started it and, perhaps, finished it.
15 2003 Mercury Sable
The 2003 Mercury Sable definitely did not do as well as many thought it would. This can be blamed on the fact that this vehicle just was not built well enough and this, of course, would lead to it having far too many major issues.
This would go on to hurt this car's overall value, and with Mercury being in trouble financially at that time, this was the worst case scenario. However, this is truly on them because this car had far too many engine issues, as well as absolutely obvious steering problems. It clearly should have never been released to the public.
14 2008 Saturn Outlook
The 2008 Saturn Outlook definitely needed to be a top-notch vehicle if the car manufacturer wanted to stick around. However, people were just not drawn to this vehicle and it makes sense why that was the case: it lacked in any amount of originality and there were better models out there.
This vehicle was not necessarily a bad one, as it would go on to have some pretty solid protective features for its time period. However, Saturn failed with this one immensely because it would go on to lack an identity. It is safe to say people probably never even heard of it.
13 2008 Mercury Montego
The 2008 Mercury Montego was a massive mistake from the car manufacturer, and it would go on to be a major reason as to why it ended operations. This is largely because of the fact that this car simply possessed far too many major issues from the very start.
When seeing how this vehicle would go on to breakdown at virtually any point of its lifecycle, it is clear that Mercury messed up with it. It had far too many problems with its transmission and this would make its buyers fed up with very quickly. It just was a complete lemon.
12 2004 Saturn Relay
The 2004 Saturn Relay was supposed to be a best-selling SUV from the car manufacturer. They had promised buyers that this car was the perfect family car because of its immense amount of protection features, as well as the fact that it was built in a very solid manner.
This, of course, would not end up being the case, as it was prone to having far too many major problems. According to Car Complaints, this vehicle would go on to have an extremely faulty engine. As a result of this, its lifecycle was far too short and its sales were abysmal.
11 2011 Mercury Grand Marquis
The 2011 Mercury Grand Marquis would mark the end of the iconic series and this, ultimately, makes a plethora of sense. It is clear that the car manufacturer failed to build this car in an effective manner and as a result of this, it would have far too many problems.
This vehicle simply had no power and it was absolutely abysmal to ride in winter conditions. It was prone to breaking down far too easily and this would end up making it lose all of its overall value at a rather quick pace. Overall, it truly is a shame how poor this car was.
10 2008 Saturn Vue
The 2008 Saturn Vue was supposed to be the car that saved the car manufacturer from ceasing operations. There is no question that this vehicle could have brought in a big crowd, as it was a very nice SUV to look at and gave off the impression that it was a good family car.
However, this would not be the case because of the fact that this car was a complete and utter lemon. There is no question that it was built far too quickly and not in a cautious manner. Due to this, it would have an extremely short lifecycle and low reviews.
9 1994 Mercury Topaz
The 1994 Mercury Topaz definitely did not reach the level of expectations that were handed to it when it first entered the automobile world. This is largely because of the clear fact that it had an abundance of issues when it came to its unreliable transmission and interior accessories.
At the end of the day, this is a vehicle that started the downfall of the car manufacturer. Although it is an older car and the company would end up lasting for another decade, it is clear that its overall sales and reputation would take a hit from this absolute monstrosity.
8 2003 Saturn Ion
The 2003 Saturn Ion would end up hurting the reputation of the series before it even started. This is clearly because of the fact that the car manufacturer, once again, failed to build this car in an effective manner. This would result in it having far too many major issues.
According to Car Complaints, this vehicle had one of the worst engines of its time. In fact, it got so bad with this vehicle that it was prone to having an immense amount of breakdowns in a very quick fashion. At the end of the day, it was just a complete disappointment.
7 2002 Mercury Cougar
The 2002 Mercury Cougar may have possessed the name of a car with an immense amount of power but this, of course, would not end up being the case—not in the absolute slightest. This vehicle was a complete and utter disaster from the very start of its time on the primary market.
When seeing how this vehicle would essentially start possessing issues the very second it left the dealership, it is clear that Mercury messed up when building it. This would result in this vehicle have an abundance of negative reviews and its sales would then drop off very quickly.
6 2001 Saturn L300
The 2001 Saturn L300 definitely did not do the car manufacturer any favors when it was first released to the automobile world. It would quickly develop a rather sour reputation because of how poorly it was built during its developmental stage. Many major issues would soon present themselves.
This vehicle is another one from Saturn on this list that simply possessed an awful engine. This would result in this vehicle needing a plethora of repairs and they never seemed to actually resolve the issues that were present with it. This would soon lead to the car losing all of its value.
5 2004 Mercury Monterey
The 2004 Mercury Monterey brought the car manufacturer an immense amount of optimism. They believed that they had finally made the perfect family vehicle and that it would be a massive success. Without much surprise, this would end up not being the case.
In fact, this vehicle would end up being so bad on the primary market that it actually would go on to hurt the car manufacturer. It was not necessarily that it was a bad vehicle but rather, simply put, it struggled because literally nobody even knew of its existence after its release. By then, Mercury knew they were in trouble.
4 2007 Saturn Astra
The 2007 Saturn Astra failed because of the fact that it had absolutely no ability to stand out from the rest of the automobile world. The lack of originality that was presented through this car showed exactly why Saturn had no idea how to keep themselves afloat.
Not only was this vehicle boring, but it also would go on to have a lot of major issues very early in its lifecycle. It had a lot of major issues when it came to its engine, as well as its transmission. At the end of the day, it just was a failed project that never should have been greenlighted.
3 2002 Mercury Mountaineer
The 2002 Mercury Mountaineer definitely could have been a lot better than it actually was. Although it would go on to sell at a decent rate when it was first released, this would quickly change when people realized how many major issues it would go on to possess.
Interior issues because quite the norm for this vehicle, as its parts would essentially break down at any given time. No matter how well its owners would take of the car, it would go on to simply have far too problems to ever be taken seriously. It truly was just an awful model entirely.
2 2007 Saturn Aura
The 2007 Saturn Aura was released in hopes that it could end up saving the car manufacturer. There is no question that Saturn finally had made a car that had a bit of originality in terms of style, so there actually was some hope when to came to this one.
However, this would end up failing, as well, because of the fact that it was far too weak when it came to its overall structure. This vehicle became notorious for the fact that it would have a plethora of issues with its brakes, which, of course, would make it dangerous to drive.
1 2010 Mercury Milan
The 2010 Mercury Milan had a luxury type look to it and this is what would end up drawing people to it when it was first released. However, this vehicle would end up proving why people should never buy cars just because of a very nice appearance.
According to Car Complaints, this car would go on to have an abundance of problems when it came to its engine, as well as its overall steering. This would end up making it very dangerous to drive and as a result of this, people would end up avoiding it entirely. This would hurt Mercury immensely.
Sources: Car Complaints, Autowise, and Jalopnik.