Not all cars can be winners. Whether it’s clunky style or botched execution, they never seem to take off. Here are the top 10 vehicles that deserved a merciful death.
Try the BMW Z3 (E36/4), 1996-2002
Some Bond followers stand up for Pierce Brosnan’s tour of duty, but the same cannot be said for that 007′s ride, the BMW Z3. A 138-hp, 1.9-liter four-cylinder, the Z3 would have had barely had enough power to escape from villain Ernst Blofeld’s white lap cat, let alone the more supercharged forces of evil. The Z3 was not simple to move around either considering how bad it was at responding. Popular Mechanics reports that it sold really well. This was regardless of the nickname “the shoe” Bavarian Motor Works had for it
Chevrolet SSR, 2003-2006
The average person wasn’t able to use Chevrolet’s “Super Sport Roadster” as it was a hardtop convertible V8 pickup. Someone couldn’t make up their mind on this automobile.
Mercedes-Benz C230 Hatchback, 2000-2007
The image many were expecting from Mercedes wasn’t matched with the hatchback. The Baby Benz never became popular, even with the low price of $24,950.
Ford Pinto, 1971-1980
In 1980, the Ford Motors Pinto was in court. The auto was rear ended leading to the gas tank exploding. While Ford Motors was legally cleared of any negligence, the PR damage was done, and the Pinto was put to pasture.
Motor in the Yugo GV, 1984-1991 not powerful enough
In 1984, Zastava Koral, or Yugo, was at the Los Angeles Auto Show getting its start, although it didn’t do well with the 55-hp engine. Sure, it got 30 mpg and cost only $3,990. However, consumers got what they paid for, as the Yugo was known for severe timing belt problems that could destroy the motor. In the 1999 Kosovo War, the automaker’s factory was bombed by NATO. The Yugo was not going anywhere anyway.
Choosing the Cadillac Catera, 1997-2001
Cindy Crawford cavorting with an animated duck wizard would sell vehicles, thought Cadillac Television advertising crew. Sadly, the Catera’s tires would go prematurely bald, oil would leak to the coolant, and the timing belt would fail. Even with a supermodel, the auto wasn’t all it could have been.
Wrong vehicle with the Jaguar X-Type, 2001-2009
Jaguar did not know what it was doing with the X-Type. It did not work with the company’s image at all. Like Mercedes-Benz C230, this “Poor Man’s Jaguar” was the wrong vehicle for wrong audience.
Speed in the DeLorean DMC-12, 1981-1982
John DeLorean opted to save money on production by using inexperienced assembly workers in Ireland, and the DMC-12 suffered for it. Acceleration in the auto was not good at all. The top speed was also lower than anticipated.
Pontiac Aztek, 2001-2005 had a bad back
The Pontiac auto looked like it was “smashed.” That’s not necessarily how an automobile should be described. The Aztec empire demolition may have been alluded to with it. It was wrecked in 1521 by Hernando Cortes after all.
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