Buying a car is supposed to bring joy in a person's life. But time and time again, drivers will buy cars or SUVs they'll regret as soon as they leave the dealership. New or old, problems await.
When those problems are small and limited, drivers around the world rejoice; their wallets are spared. When those problems are large and limitless, they sink with defeat. Every time they leave the auto shop, so to does a piece of their soul --and their bank account.
These cars and SUVs span a decade. They're used cars and SUVs that every day drivers may be interested in buying. Please don't rely solely on our word. Do your homework before purchasing a vehicle. It's an important decision that can have dire consequences for your bank account -- that is, if you make the wrong decision.
15 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe
People who love big SUVs have been flocking to GM dealerships to buy the Tahoe since 1991. Problems came to a head in 2009 when drivers complained about the SUVs excessive oil consumption. Other problems included leaky roofs, malfunctioning heaters and faulty collision and backup sensors (HotCars).
14 2016 Explorer
When you buy a new vehicle, you expect to be headache-free for the first four to five years. Not with the 2016 Ford Explorer. According to Consumer Reports, drivers were complaining about transmission problems at the 4,000 mile mark. What's more? It can cost over $5000 to fix the problem.
13 5th Generation Chevrolet Camaro
The Chevrolet Camaro is the type of sports car every American at one point in their life should drive. That being said, you shouldn't own one. While General Motors used to produce reliable Camaro in years' past, the same cannot be said for those produced since the 5th generation arrived in 2009. At one point, Consumer Reports ranked it as the 10th most unreliable car on the road.
12 Cadillac ATS
Cadillac used to be a brand that made you think you were buying luxury. It doesn't matter how refined the folks at GM make the ATS, the last decade hasn't seen a very reliable Cadillac ATS on the road. In fact Consumer Reports, at one point, gave this model a 1-out-of-5 score for reliability due to handling malfunctions.
11 GMC Acadia
Hitting the market in 2007, the GMC Acadia was offered as mid-size crossover until 2016. It was the perfect SUV to haul your family, without it breaking the bank...until you had to bring it to the mechanic multiple times a year. Consumer Reports voted the Acadia as the least most reliable GMC model.
10 2015-2017 Mustang
Beautiful, isn't it? It's easy to get lost just staring at this generation of the Mustang. Just don't get lost on your way to the mechanic to fix a number of problems, including the power steering and the ABS. Some have even reported traction control and electrical issues (HotCars).
9 2018 Escape
Another Ford-produced vehicle! This time, it's the 2018 Ford Escape. Please don't flock to this model in the used car market -- it failed safety crash tests. Ford has issued a recall to fix airbags that don't deploy. If you somehow manage to make to the 100,000 mile mark, drivers complain about what they call a faulty transmission.
8 2017 Tesla Model X
Elon Musk may have rushed the rollout of the Tesla Model X. The California-based company was forced to recall over 50,000 Model Xs because of a problem related to the falcon-wing doors. Additionally, you're one Google search away from seeing the plethora of complaints regarding the car's electrical system.
7 Chrysler 200
Ok, so you're not surprised to see the Chrysler 200 on this list. When Chrysler released this car in 2010, we thought we were getting a low-cost, reliable five-passenger midsize sedan. Sadly, what owners of this vehicle got, especially those who owned the 2012 model, was one that was consistently at the bottom of the reliability list that Consumer Reports issues yearly.
6 Land Rover Discovery
Don't be fooled by recent renditions of the Land Rover Discovery. Does it have off-road capability? Yes. Does it offer a smooth ride on-road ride? Yes. Should you buy it? Probably not. In 2012, the Discovery topped insurance company Warranty Direct's list for cars with the most breakdowns. It may be 2019, but with the annual average repair costs for the Discovery in the $1000 neighbourhood, you should stay away from this looker.
5 Ford Focus
Whether it's the RS or the base trim, at the end of the day, the Focus is produced by Ford, which hasn't given this model the love it deserves. Since Ford released the Focus in the early 2000s, drivers have consistently complained of problems that ranged from bad automatic transmissions to gaskets that needed replacing. Thankfully, Ford will retire the Focus in 2020 (Business Insider)
4 2010 GMC Terrain
There's nothing appealing about this boxy GMC Terrain, first released in 2010. People were quick to find out that this model was prone to annoying problems in the interior which caused two recalls: one for the poor front assembly of the seats; and the second for a problem with the defroster and the defogger.
3 2011 Chevy Aveo
You can't be terribly surprised to see the Chevy Aveo on this list. Just look at this sad image. People bought this car, specifically the 2011 model, but boy were they disappointed. According to Car Complaints, problems ranged from faulty AC/heaters to faulty steering. If you see this car in the second-hand car market, stay away.
2 2008 Buick Enclave
Buick tried to release a luxury SUV in the form of the 2008 Enclave. It doesn't matter which professional athlete they hire for their commercials, the reality is that this model was perhaps one of the worst Buick ever released. You're only one Google search away from seeing why.
1 2008 Saturn Vue
Ok, so this Saturn Vue isn't in a junkyard, but it should be. Especially, the 2008 model. Unlatched doors, risk of engine compartment fires, and powertrain failure were just a few of the problems that led to recalls (Consumer Reports). Please don't buy this vehicle.
Sources: Consumer Reports, Car Complaints, HotCars