8. Dodge Omni
Back in 1977, the American car industry was rapidly changing. A decade of fuel shortages, tightening emissions, safety standards and import cars claiming a big percentage of the U.S. market was about to end. The domestic manufacturers were forced to adapt to the new conditions and gone were those big, thirsty V8-powered cruisers of the 50’s and the 60’s.
The new models were front-wheel drive, small, with four-cylinder engines and far better fuel economy. The Dodge Omni was a popular compact model that was the right car for the late 70’s and the changing economic climate.
Or was it?
Consumer Reports magazine claimed the Dodge Omni was unsafe for drivers. The reports were due to its vague steering, bad brakes and poor road holding. Consumer Reports even claimed the car was dangerous to drive because the steering was so bad drivers could not be sure what the car was doing. From that distance, it was a harsh review from the experts, but it didn`t affect the popularity of the Omni.
In the 13 years it spent on the market, Dodge sold over three million Omnis. It was a compact, practical car with bad steering and potentially dangerous road holding. This just shows that not all bad cars are failures. Sometimes, they are strong sellers, despite their flaws.