I was doing a lot of research on junk cars, which stemmed my idea to rank the top 5 worst used cars to buy. I am going to be honest and admit that this post is a tad bit biased, but my reasoning for picking some of the cars is legitimate. With the help of ConsumerAffairs.com and Lemon-Law-Types.com (how appropriate?), I was able to put together a list. If you want complete lists, visit the two sites I just mentioned.
The cars listed below are not ranked to according to how bad they stink,well, except for number one.
5. Ford Expedition
The Ford Expedition did not receive love from any of the car websites I researched, so it must be a bad car to buy.
I had no idea these SUVs were not good purchases. The look nice and seem reliable, but apparently consumers do not agree.
The main problems with theses cars come from the spark plugs. Lemon-Law-Types.com said the model is prone to having split spark plugs. What?
Spark plugs are placed in each cylinder of a car. They provide an electric spark needed to ignite the gasoline and air mixture within an engine. In other words, a split spark plug problem, especially a continuous one, is not ideal.
4. Automatic BMWs
A luxury car on the worst cars list?
Apparently these cars have problems shifting properly, and the reverse gear tends to stop working all together (my question: how will you back it out of your driveway?).
3. Older GM vehicles using Dex-Cool
Poor GM, the company just can’t catch a break. In 2009, the automaker went bankrupt, forcing it to sell portions of its Saturn car line to Penske Automotive Group.
Before its bankruptcy dilemma, GM had antifreeze tragedies. The company used and recommended a coolant, Dex-Cool, in its 1999 and older models.
Not a hot idea. The coolant was linked to corroding radiators, which can cause a slew of other car problems. Think about it: rust running through your entire engine. Not. Cool.
2. Saturn Relay
I can relate to Saturn problems. I once had a Saturn and it started giving me problems soon after buying it. However, I did buy it off of the internet. A good word of advice: never buy a car from the internet.
There are a number of problems with this particular model, which include inefficient weather seals, faulty sensor lights and complications with the doors.
According to Lemon-Law-Types, Saturn builds good cars, but I have heard otherwise.
1. Dodge Neon
I think the websites I used forgot to mention Dodge Neons, but they are bad cars!
And number one, were you surprised? Of course it’s a Dodge Neon! These cars are a big disaster, and everyone should steer clear of them when looking for a car. I would go a step further and say stay away from all Dodge cars, but that might be harsh.
Neons are prone to have structural damages, for example, the struts go out too often, and the rotors rust too quickly. Actually, the entire car rusts too quickly. Not to mention, Neons have really bad consumer reports and are not considered reliable at all. I would know.
Other used cars you shouldn’t purchase are:
-Ford Taurus (Come on, Ford.)
-Dodge Durango (Dodge Dodges.)
-Volkswagen New Beetle
We can gather that these used cars may not be worth anyone’s time and more importantly, money. However, just because a car is listed in this post, does not automatically make it a lemon.
The best advice I have for those car shopping is to get the CarFax. I also suggest taking a mechanically savvy and nonpersuasive person with you as well.