17: 1990 Ford Escort
Cheap and quality don’t go together. But Ford still tried to give consumers that with the 1990 Escort. The problem was that the car just didn’t deliver in the areas that it should. Unfortunately customers were the ones who had to suffer. The build quality of the Escort and the carbon copy Mercury Lynx were downright awful (via Repair Pal).
Customers would routinely bring these back to the dealership. Their reasons were everything from interior pieces falling off to random oil leaks. Indeed, this was probably the least reliable generation of the Escort and it tarnished the brand’s image.