General Motors is easily the most iconic car corporation in the entire automobile world. This is largely because of the fact that they have greenlighted some of the best vehicles of all-time with their brands. This is definitely why so many individuals have grown to love them, as they have been able to provide consistency for a number of decades. However, even with all of their success, it is essential to note that they have also released lemons throughout it too.
This just speaks to the fact that even the best brands are prone to create some bad cars in their histories, as well. With all that has been stated thus far, in this article, we will be looking at 25 GM cars that feel right at home at the junkyard. It is essential to note that these vehicles will be coming from a number of decades. This is to show that they were failures on the primary market from the very start.
At the end of the day, we should forever praise General Motors for being able to create some truly magnificent cars over the years. However, even with this being the case, criticism is definitely warranted for their below average models, as well. in fact, it is fair to state that they had no business even releasing them to the public, as some were considered dangerous to drive.
Now, let's look at these junkyard cars!
25 1996 GM EV1
It is very challenging to determine what exactly General Motors was going for with the 1996 EV1. This car failed from the very start because of the fact that it was by far one of the ugliest creations in the history of the automobile world.
This vehicle would also be extremely poor with its overall build, so it was prone to having an immense amount of issues. At the end of the day, this car would end up having a short lifecycle because of this and today, it is solely found at the junkyard because of this.
24 2006 Chevrolet SSR
It is very confusing as to try to determine what exactly Chevy was going for with the 2006 SSR. It is clear that this vehicle lacked an overall purpose, as it was a pickup that had little to no towing capabilities.
In some ways, this could even be classified as the worst pickup to have ever been released. When seeing how this vehicle also came with a high amount of engine issues, it is easy to understand why most of them can be found in a junkyard at this present time.
23 2001 Pontiac Aztek
You know a car is bad when it singlehandedly managed to end its entire manufacturer. This is what would end up happening with the 2001 Pontiac Aztek. This vehicle was expected to be a safe and reliable one but this would end up not occurring.
At the end of the day, this vehicle is now considered to be one of the least dependable cars of all time. In fact, Edmunds has gone as far to say that this vehicle is the worst car to have ever been released, so it is clear it is living in the junkyard today.
22 2003 Saturn Ion
From the very start of its time on the primary market, the 2003 Saturn Ion was a complete disaster. Its first major issue was that it had no originality, so buyers just were not intrigued by it in the slightest.
However, this vehicle would continue to drop off in value because of how poorly it was built when it came to its overall structure. Significant issues with its engine would result in it having a short lifecycle, which is why they are now solely found in junkyards today.
21 1982 Chevrolet Citation
Although the 1982 Chevy Citation is an old vehicle, it still warrants a spot on this list because of how little usage its drivers got out of it. This is because it lacked any real amount of durability, as it was built in an abysmal fashion.
This vehicle, today, is considered to be one of the worst cars in the history of the automobile world, so it makes sense that it is only found in junkyards today. There is no reason to collect one of these, as well, as they simply lack any real value.
20 2010 GMC Terrain
The 2010 GMC Terrain definitely did not reach the expectations that were given to it when it first entered the primary market. It was seen as a potential family vehicle, as it was an SUV that offered a lot of space for its passengers.
However, its safety features would end up not being reliable, as this car would go on to have an immense amount of issues with its interior accessories. Now, these cars are prone to breaking down quickly, so they can mainly be found in your local junkyard.
19 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
The 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo would definitely go on to be a major disappointment. In fact, this car was so bad that many consider it to be the one that would go on to sink the iconic series. This definitely would end up sinking its overall value.
Engine issues would become quite the norm when it came to this car and as a result of this, it was not built to last at all. As a result of this, many people would end up getting rid of them fairly quickly and today they are mainly found in junkyards.
18 2009 Hummer H2
Like the 2001 Pontiac Aztek, the 2009 Hummer H2 played a significant role in the ending of its car manufacturer. This is largely because of the fact that this vehicle possessed a very high amount of constant issues.
This vehicle definitely was big in size but it lacked any amount of true power. This would make buyers grow to dislike it very quickly and it would lead to it losing its overall value. It also was not an environmentally friendly car, so these are living solely in the junkyard today.
17 2001 Cadillac Catera
The 2001 Cadillac Catera is seen as one of the worst vehicles to ever come from the car manufacturer. This makes a plethora of sense, as it was prone to having an immense amount of issues from the very start of its lifecycle.
This vehicle became known for its significant engine issues, rather than for being a reliable luxury car. At the end of the day, this would sink its overall value very quickly and people began to avoid it in its entirety. They are now never seen on the road, either.
16 2005 Chevrolet Uplander
The 2005 Chevy Uplander came into the automobile world with the expectation of being a very reliable family car. However, this, of course, would end up not being the case, as this vehicle would soon end up having a plethora of major issues.
This would take away its reputation of being a safe and reliable car and as a result of this, it would end up losing its value. In fact, most people began to see this vehicle as dangerous because of the many breakdowns it would end up having at random times.
15 1971 Chevrolet Vega
The 1971 Chevy Vega will forever go down as the most hyped-up vehicle in the history of the automobile world. Many individuals would end up purchasing it when it first came out because it was supposed to become the car manufacturer's biggest series.
However, this, of course, would not end up being the case, as this car was a complete and utter lemon. It became clear rather quickly from its engine troubles that it was rushed into development. From there, it would live permanently in the junkyard.
14 2008 GMC Acadia
The 2008 GMC Acadia was expected to be a very solid vehicle from the car manufacturer, but this would end up not being the case. This vehicle simply possessed far too many issues with its interior accessories and transmission to be reliable.
As a result of this, many buyers stopped considering this car rather quickly, as word got out of its many problems. It also simply lacked in longevity, so this vehicle now is mostly found in the junkyard. It truly was a complete disappointment.
13 1982 Cadillac Cimarron
The 1982 Cadillac Cimarron was supposed to be the start of another iconic series for the car manufacturer, but it ended up going in the complete opposite direction. Today, this car is seen as one of the biggest lemons of all time.
There is no question that car enthusiasts love to collect Cadillac models, but this is definitely one to avoid at all costs. When seeing how it kept breaking down when it first came out, it would be insanely difficult to drive on today with its high usage.
12 2005 Pontiac Sunfire
Although the 2005 Pontiac Sunfire had a very nice look to it, there is no question that it would end up being a lemon. This is largely because of the fact that it simply was far too weak when it came to its overall structure and this would lead to many issues.
This is actually pretty disappointing to see, as this vehicle actually had a lot of potential to be something special. Its looks were able to attract buyers but they would quickly give up on this car because it simply had far too many problems.
11 2011 Chevrolet Aveo
The 2011 Chevy Aveo was a vehicle that entered the automobile world with a fairly high amount of hopes. This series had grown a reputation for being able to develop reliable vehicles, so the same was expected for this one.
However, this would end up not being the case because of the vast amount of issues that would come out from this car. Although this car was not released that long ago, most of them have already broken down, so they are mainly found in junkyards.
10 1979 Pontiac Phoenix
The 1979 Pontiac Phoenix was supposed to develop into a top-notch car for its manufacturer, but as you can tell by it being on this list, this did not occur. There simply were far too many major issues with it from the start.
There is no question that this car did have a decent look to it, but that was about the only good quality about it. At the end of the day, its tendency to implode at any given moment made it lose all of its value and that is why they would be found at the junkyard very quickly after their release.
9 1993 Cadillac Allante
The1993 Cadillac Allante failed to develop into the vehicle that many of its buyers truly expected it to. Everything would end up going into the wrong direction so badly for it, that it now is seen as one of the worst vehicles from the manufacturer, ever.
At the end of the day, it is clear that the car manufacturer needed to spend far more time on its overall development. With it possessing so many transmission issues, this vehicle would end up failing quickly and found its home in the junkyard.
8 1980 Buick Skylark
The 1980 Buick Skylark was supposed to be a very solid vehicle for the car manufacturer, but this would absolutely not end up being the case. This is largely because of the fact that it had many problems when it came to its overall steering.
There is no question that this vehicle may have had a nice look to it, but it is clear that it was a complete disaster. It also would end up lacking in any real amount of durability, so it would quickly end up filling out junkyards everywhere.
7 2006 Hummer H3
The 2006 Hummer H3 was supposed to be a heavy-duty vehicle that would have given its driver an immense amount of power. However, this would end up not being the case because of the many issues that it would end up possessing.
The 2006 H3 would end up being solely known for the fact that it had one of the worst engines in the history of the automobile world. This would lead to it having a short lifecycle, which of course, made it a regular at any junkyard.
6 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass
Oldsmobile had a lot of followers during the 1970s because of how reliable they made their cars. However, they made a major mistake with the 1979 Cutlass and that would actually lead to them having a bit of financial trouble for a number of years.
This vehicle ultimately failed because of the immense amount of issues that it would end up having with its engine. As a result of this, people would quickly grow outraged with this car and would donate them to their local junkyard.
5 2008 Buick Enclave
Although the Buick Enclave series has definitely been able to gain a very solid reputation over the years, it is clear that not every model has been solid. In fact, the 2008 Buick Enclave was easily their worst car of that release year.
This vehicle absolutely failed to be the family car it was supposed to be. This is because this vehicle would go on to have an immense amount of issues with its engine, which would take away its overall safety. Today, they are essentially nonexistent on the road.
4 1983 Chevrolet Chevette
The 1983 Chevy Chevette was a complete and utter disaster for the iconic car manufacturer. This is largely because of the fact that it was extremely poor when it came to its overall structure. This would result in a number of constant issues with it.
This is a vehicle that absolutely is not worth collecting at this time. Chevy has so many better vintage vehicles out there, so it makes a plethora of sense as to why this one is solely found in junkyards today.
3 2008 Saturn Vue
The 2008 Saturn Vue was made in hopes that it would go on to help save the car manufacturer. However, this would end up not being the case, as this vehicle would go on to become one of the worst cars from the now-defunct company.
This vehicle would go on to have an immense amount of problems with its engine and transmission. Due to this fact, it simply was not built to last and that is why it mainly found in junkyards today. It was just a complete and utter lemon.
2 1987 Pontiac Le Mans
The 1987 Pontiac Le Mans had a very high amount of expectations when it was first released into the automobile world. This would end up being far too much for it, as this car would turn out to be a complete lemon.
As a result of this clear fact, many of its buyers would quickly rid of it. This is largely because of the fact that this vehicle was built extremely poorly and would go on to have far too many issues with its engine. At the end of the day, it never should have been released to the public.
1 1997 Chevrolet Malibu
The 1997 Chevy Malibu came into the automobile world with a fairly solid following. The Malibu series definitely had a good amount of success at that time, so it made sense. However, this vehicle would go on to have a plethora of issues that would sink its value.
Engine and interior accessories problems became solely what this vehicle would be remembered for. As a result of this, its buyers would end up giving up on it rather quickly, so the junkyard has become its permanent home.
Sources: Edmunds, Car and Driver, and Car Complaints.