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25 Cars That Are Dangerous To Drive

Vukasin Herbez November 21, 2017

4. Chevrolet Aveo

So far you are probably thinking that young drivers should drive slow, boring and affordable cars and you are somewhat right. However, the Chevrolet Aveo as a small, inexpensive and slow car is not the answer. The reasons are simple.

The Chevrolet Aveo is too slow, so it is dangerous. It is also poorly equipped, terribly put together and doesn’t handle that well. So, if you going to put your young driver into an economy car, make it a good one at least.

3. Mitsubishi Mirage

It is no secret the Mitsubishi car company has been in financial trouble for years. Their lineup of models is outdated, so some of their models have fallen out of fashion. They haven’t introduced anything new or interesting in decades. Long gone are the days when Mitsubishi was one of the most popular, active Japanese brands on the global market.

The Renault-Nissan corporation bought a significant percentage of the company. But they may only use the plants for their own products and will probably not invest in reviving the Mitsubishi name. However, one of the recent introductions is a sub-compact model they call the Mirage. Available as a five-door hatchback or a compact four-door sedan, the Mirage is affordable, starting just above $13,000.

But, for that kind of money, you can’t expect much, so the Mirage comes with limited equipment and a slow three-cylinder engine. The transmission choice is between a manual and a slow-shifting automatic, and the power goes to the front wheels. Although the Mirage is basic transportation, so nobody should expect much, Consumer Reports disliked its interior design and materials, as well as its painfully slow performance and quality.

2. Suzuki Samurai

Suzuki’s compact and capable off-roader, the Samurai, was an inexpensive alternative to bigger, more expensive terrain vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler. Suzuki introduced this vehicle in 1985. The Samurai was a strong seller until Consumer Reports discovered one fatal design flaw. It even caused a big recall and hurt the reputation of the brand.

Apparently, due to its short wheelbase and high center of gravity, the Samurai was prone to rolling over at high speeds. This caused many crashes, injuries and even fatal outcomes. Consumer Reports claimed the Samurai’s stability was alarmingly below average. So, Suzuki responded by recalling over 150,000 vehicles.

Several lawsuits were filed against the carmaker, some of which lasted until 2004. Eventually, they settled the matter, but Suzuki lost its position on the U.S. market. Sadly, they stopped selling cars in America back in 2012.

1. AMC Ambassador

In the late 60s, the American Motors Company was doing well. This was despite being the only independent domestic manufacturer under attack from Detroit’s Big Three: GM, Ford and Chrysler. Their economy car lineup was doing well on the market. And, AMC even entered the lucrative muscle car segment with the Javelin and the AMX.

However, the new Ambassador model was highly anticipated since AMC promised a modern design and powerful engines. They also offered a high level of standard equipment. In fact, the 1968 Ambassador was the first car to offer air conditioning as standard equipment. This was a big deal for the late ’60s. The future looked great for AMC until Consumer Reports tested the car and found several alarming things.

First, the quality was terrible. The body panels were loose-fitting and the interior looked like it would fall apart. Second, the poorly-installed fuel filler neck spilled gasoline all over the car and the road under heavy braking. Consumer Reports finally concluded the testing, finding the quality so poor the car was unsafe to drive. AMC responded by fixing the quality, but the problems lasted until the end of the company in the mid-80s.

 

All the cars on this list represent a good idea gone bad. They were dangerous – and even deadly. If you see one of these on your local used car lot, run for the hills.

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