34: VW Beetle
The Beetle is an iconic car by any stretch of the word. And while it was immensely popular for many years the actual fundamentals of the car weren’t all that great. For starters, the VW had a lackluster powerplant, one that was a pain to keep on the road. The air-cooled engine just didn’t age well, and the lack of horsepower couldn’t keep up with the rest of the automotive industry. Another problem was the minuscule size of the car, whereas everything else on the road was much larger.
The Beetle was the dream car for millions of people during the baby boomer generation. The compact freewheeling design and cheap price made it a great deal. But as a dream car for many the Beetle is a lot more problematic than you’d think. The air-cooled engine was a pain to maintain without paying an arm and a leg, and the compact design was not suitable for growing families.