The automotive industry has obviously evolved by leaps and bounds over the last century and continues to do so each day. Over that time, there’ve been many industry successes. There have also been many failures, otherwise known as “lemons.” These lemons are poorly designed and have become massive commercial flops with consumers throughout automotive history.
You might remember cars like the Yugo or the Ford Pinto, both of which were horrible to own and drive. Nevertheless, there were other useless cars too such as the Chrysler Sebring, so we took a look at these horrible cars and more in this list.
40: Chevy Chevette (1976)
Cars don’t get any more horrible than the Chevette. From its design to its engineering, this compact Chevy was a dud. Automotive manufacturers needed gas-efficient cars to attract consumers who were feeling the pain at the pump. GM needed to compete with Japanese imports so the Chevette hit the market with that intention. Unfortunately, the car was horrible, almost being illegally slow on the highway.
Reliability was also questionable, with a series of early recalls, Some drivers reported interior malfunctions within a week of ownership. The Chevette didn’t have a productive run which is why you’ll seldom see one on the roadways anymore. GM just didn’t have any luck in the small car market and the Chevette is evidence of that.