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Ranking The 25 Biggest Lemons Of All Time

Lemons have been a part of the automobile world throughout the entirety of its history. This can be seen within each car manufacturer's lineup of models, so it clearly shows that even the best have made their mistakes. There is no question that lemons end up growing in popularity as time passes by but never in the way that the manufacturers had hoped they would.

Car enthusiasts seem to grow enamored with lemons as the years pass by, as well, as they truly are an intriguing part of the history of vehicles. However, it is clear that they all failed during their times in the primary marketplace, developing reputations that would hurt both the model itself and the company that built it.

With all that has been stated thus far, we will be officially ranking the 25 biggest lemons of all time. It is extremely important to note that these vehicles will come from a variety of car manufacturers, as well as different decades. At the end of the day, it is important to recognize these vehicles and how badly they performed. However, they should not take away from the success of these car manufacturers. Criticism is definitely warranted for how poorly these vehicles would end up running though, as many could even be dangerous to their passengers.

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25 1955 Dodge Le Femme

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The 1955 Dodge Le Femme is on this list because of the abysmal market idea made by the car manufacturer. Making a car that was specifically meant to be made for girls kept its sales extremely low, which would end up sinking its value.

However, these vehicles were also structured in an awful fashion and this would lead to them needing a high amount of repairs. Overall, this was a failed project that should have never been made in the first place and one that will forever haunt Dodge's history.

24 1982 Renault Fuego

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The 1982 Renault Fuego failed entirely because of the high amount of issues that it would possess. This vehicle simply was built in a very bad manner and as a result of this, it would need constant repairs throughout its lifecycle.

According to Edmunds, this vehicle would go on to fail because of the fact that its steering wheel would fall off into the hands of its driver and additionally, it was also prone to electrical fires—a scary fact that is also ironic given the car's name. At the end of the day, it is clear that this was a major lemon.

23 1980 Chevy Citation

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The 1980 Chevy Citation is a big name on this list because, when it first entered the automobile world, it was supposed to end up being a top-notch vehicle. However, it is now seen as one of the worsts one to ever come from the car manufacturer.

The biggest issue that would present itself with this vehicle was that it had an engine that would constantly break down. This would naturally lead to it needing an abundance of repairs and made it a danger to its passengers.

22 2012 Dodge Nitro

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The 2012 Dodge Nitro was supposed to be a very solid family vehicle but at the end of the day, it clearly did not reach this level of expectation. In fact, this vehicle would end up being the worst from the series and would lead to its end.

According to Car Complaints, this vehicle would go on to have an immense amount of issues with its transmission and this would lead to unexpected crashes. At the end of the day, for a car from the 2010s, it was clearly behind its time.

21 1917 Chevrolet Series D

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Had the 1917 Chevy Series D came out at a later time, it would have a worse ranking on this list. However, due to the fact that it was released in an era that lacked the slightest amount of technology, we will give it a slight pass.

However, this vehicle still deserves a spot on this because of the fact that it was prone to fires due to overheating. This would almost lead to the end of Chevrolet, in its entirety. If that had happened, we would have missed out on some truly spectacular models over the intervening years.

20 1980 Cadillac Seville

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The 1980 Cadillac Seville came into the automobile world with very high expectations. There is no question that the car manufacturer had been at the top of the automobile world at this time, so many consumers thought this car would continue the trend.

However, at the end of the day, it is clear that this vehicle would turn out to be a pretty massive lemon. This is largely because of the fact that it was extremely difficult to drive, as the vehicle had an immense amount of steering issues.

19 1976 Dodge Aspen

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The 1976 Dodge Aspen definitely was another car on this list that had a very strong amount of followers when it was first released to the public. However, this would rapidly change when people caught wind of how poorly this car was structured.

Engine issues were quite the norm when it came to this vehicle, so it would end up needing an abundance of repairs. At the end of the day, constant recalls were also issued with this car, so its drivers would end up being outraged with it.

18 1986 Suzuki Samurai

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The 1986 Suzuki Samurai may have one of the coolest names of all time but at the end of the day, there is no question that this vehicle is a complete lemon. It simply had a tendency to break down on its own, which would destroy its value.

When seeing as how this was a much smaller pickup, it is important to note that it also had absolutely no towing capabilities. Due to all of these factors, it is clear that this vehicle turned out to be a major disappointment.

17 1975 AMC Pacer

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The 1975 AMC Pacer was absolutely despised during its time on the primary market and this, ultimately, makes a plethora of sense. When seeing how this vehicle would break down pretty consistently, it is clear that it was a lemon.

At the end of the day, its overall appearance also would go on to hurt its value. This vehicle simply did not offer its owners much of anything in terms of dependability, either, so it is understandable as to why it is on this list.

16 1980 Chevy Corvette

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The Chevy Corvette series may be one of the most popular ones in the history of the automobile world but it is clear the 1980 release was a lemon. This had one of the worst engines of all time, which, of course, would lead to many repairs.

At the end of the day, this was a rare blemish from the car manufacturer. However, when seeing how essentially everyone who owned one was disappointed with its results, it deserves criticism. Also, it was far too slow to deserve the Corvette name.

15 1997 Cadillac Catera

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The 1997 Cadillac Catera would ultimately fail on the primary market because of the fact that it was extremely poor when it came to its overall structure. Due to this clear fact, it would go on to lose all of its value in a very quick fashion.

This vehicle was simply far too heavy for its engine and as a result of this, it would end up having many issues with its accessories. When seeing how it also had no durability to speak of, it is clear that it was a failure in its entirety.

14 1996 Ford Taurus

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The Ford Taurus series is popular because of how dependable it seems to be. However, even with this being the case, it is apparent that the 1996 release is easily one of the biggest lemons in the history of the automobile world.

According to Edmunds, this vehicle would end up failing in terms of its overall sales because of its awful appearance. When seeing how it also was prone to having a high amount of engine and transmission issues, it is easy to see why so many people despised it.

13 1970 AMC Gremlin

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The 1970 AMC Gremlin definitely faced an immense amount of criticism during its time on the primary market. This, ultimately, makes a plethora of sense because of how poorly its engine would run.

There is no question that this vehicle did have a lot of potential to be something special but it is clear that it all vanished when seeing how badly it was structured. At the end of the day, the car manufacturer needed to spend far more time with its overall development.

12 1989 Chrysler TC

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The 1989 Chrysler TC came into the automobile world with the expectation that it would be something truly special but this, of course, would not end up being the case. This vehicle was built extremely poorly and one can tell by how many complaints it received.

The interior of this vehicle was a complete disaster, as it was two-seater that somehow offered not enough room. It also ended up lacking in any amount of durability, so at the end of the day, it was a waste of a model.

11 2009 Hummer H2

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During the mid-2000s, Hummer vehicles were taking over the automobile world. It seemed as though that the car manufacturer was going to rise to the top but this would all change with the absolutely terrible 2009 Hummer H2.

According to Car Complaints, this vehicle would go on to have a very high amount of problems when it would come to its engine. Also, when seeing how they went through gas at unreasonably high rates, it makes sense that it would go on to be despised entirely.

10 1982 Cadillac Cimarron

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The 1982 Cadillac Cimarron was supposed to be a top-selling vehicle in the primary market of that release year but, of course, this did not end up being the case. In fact, it was so bad that it easily can be deemed as one of the biggest lemons of all time.

According to Edmunds, this vehicle would end up being so bad that it almost led to the end of the car manufacturer. Although Cadillac would be able to bounce back, it is clear that this is a vehicle that never should have been greenlighted by General Motors.

9 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass

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The 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass would go on to be the worst vehicle in the history of the car manufacturer. This makes an abundance of sense because this car would end up having a very high amount of engine trouble from the start.

The biggest mistake that was made by the manufacturer with this car was that they gave it a diesel engine. This is what would make it end up having so many issues, as it was far too weak to bring any amount of dependability.

8 1958 Edsel

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The 1958 Edsel came into the automobile world with very high expectations to be something very special but this would end up not being the case. Its appearance would go on to sink its value from the start and it would lead to the end of the series.

At the end of the day, it is apparent that this was a major letdown. In fact, Edmunds states this as being the biggest flop in the history of the automobile world because of how badly it failed to reach the level of expectations that were given to it.

7 2003 Saturn Ion

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The 2003 Saturn Ion entered the automobile world with many criticisms over how immensely boring its overall look was. However, this would turn out to be the least of its problems, as it, of course, would become a major lemon.

According to Edmunds, this vehicle failed because of how difficult it was to drive. It was prone to getting stuck in drive, as it was built extremely poorly. At the end of the day, it clearly was a vehicle that never should have been released.

6 1955 BMW Isetta

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There is no question that BMW is one of the premier car manufacturers in the automobile world but even they are prone to making lemons. In fact, the 1955 BMW Isetta can easily be classified as one of the worst cars of all time.

The biggest and most well-known issue with this vehicle was that its doors would not open, according to Edmunds. This would end up hurting its overall value immensely and almost led to the end of the car manufacturer, in its entirety.

5 1971 Chevy Vega

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The 1971 Chevy Vega was one of the most hyped-up vehicles in the history of the automobile world. There were a very huge amount of consumers who were intrigued by this vehicle when it first came out, so its sales were solid.

However, as time would quickly tell, this vehicle turned out to be a complete lemon. It had one of the most faulty engines in the history of the automobile world, which would lead to it needing constant repairs. It easily is one of the biggest blemishes in Chevy's history and one they wish they could take back.

4 1987 Yugo

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The 1987 Yugo is another car that definitely had a decent amount of hype when it was first released. This is largely because of the fact that it was seen as a solid family vehicle that was sold at a fairly cheap price. But, of course, it was an utter disaster.

This vehicle would go on to have an immense amount of issues with its transmission and steering that would sink its overall value. In fact, it was seen as a danger to drive because of these issues, so it clearly is one of the biggest lemons ever.

3 2001 Pontiac Aztek

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At first glance, one may assume that the 2001 Pontiac Aztek was a very reliable family vehicle. However, as this list has shown so many times, looks can truly be deceiving. This vehicle would have issues in all areas of its structure.

According to Edmunds, this vehicle was so bad that it would go on to destroy the car manufacturer in its entirety. This easily warrants it a spot on this list. There is no question that the manufacturer needed to do a far better job with the overall structure of it.

2 2004 Chevy SSR

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It is truly difficult to try to determine what exactly Chevy was going for with the 2004 SSR. Although this vehicle is classified as a pickup, it is clear by its small stature that it had absolutely no towing capabilities to it.

However, it also was extremely poor when it came to its overall structure, which, of course, would sink its value. When seeing how this vehicle lacked an actual purpose, had an awful design, and was a waste of a pickup, it is absolutely clear that it is one of the biggest lemons of all time.

1 1971 Ford Pinto

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The 1971 Ford Pinto is the biggest lemon of all time and for a pretty major reason. This vehicle would end up catching fire anytime the slightest of rear-end collisions occurred. This would quickly drop its value—and rightfully so!

This would become such a major issue that it would lead to many people losing their lives and thankfully, a major lawsuit against the car manufacturer that led to the end of the model. The manufacturer would almost come to a close from this, but of course, Ford has been able to redeem themselves.

Sources: Edmunds, Car Complaints, and Wikipedia.

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