Chevrolet is easily one of the most successful car manufacturers. This has been a clear fact for a number of decades, and this is not going to change any time soon. It is apparent that they are responsible for some of the most important models in the history of the automobile world. They still are producing some top-of-the-line cars for us to enjoy, and that is why respect needs to be given to them. However, even with this being the case, that does not mean that they have not had mistakes in their past, as even the best companies out there manage to make mistakes now and again.
With all that has been stated thus far, in this article, we will be looking at 20 Chevrolet cars that should have put them out of business. It is important to note that these vehicles will be coming from a number of different decades. There are a wide variety of different type of cars that will be discussed as well. Although the vast majority of these will be looking at abysmal series from Chevrolet, there are even a few specific release year examples from top-notch models that hurt the company. At the end of the day, it is clear that all of these cars could have sunk the company had it not been for their immense success in other areas.
Now, let's get started!
20 Chevrolet Aveo
The Chevrolet Aveo series was a complete and utter lemon from the very start of its time on the primary market. It is honestly quite intriguing that it had the ability to last for almost a decade, even though the vast majority of people who owned them despised them immensely.
The truth of the matter is that Chevrolet got away with this car for so long because of their top-notch reputation. According to Car Complaints, this car had a ton of major issues with its transmission, and this would seem to carry on to all of their models. Thus, it was a lemon.
19 Chevrolet Uplander
The Chevrolet Uplander was built in hopes that it would transform into the perfect family vehicle. Many individuals seemed to be interested in it when it was first was released. This made sense at the time, as Chevrolet had always done a very solid job with this style of car in the past.
Yet, this vehicle now is seen as one of the worst cars to have ever come from this manufacturer. Edmunds recognizes it as easily one of the most disliked cars in the entirety of the automobile world, so it is quite clear that this was just an unfortunate lemon.
18 Chevrolet HHR
The Chevrolet HHR seemed to be a strange idea from its very release. It clearly was not very appealing, as it lacked an overall purpose with its style. As time passed by, it also became quite clear that it was built absolutely badly. This would make it fade out of the primary market quickly.
At the end of the day, it is apparent that the car manufacturer should have never released this car. According to Car Complaints, its biggest problem was that it was prone to having a lot of major problems with its interior. This would take away from its protective features.
17 Chevrolet Corvair
During the 1960s, Chevrolet tried to go the simple route when it came to the Corvair series. One cannot blame them for trying this, as it seemed to be the popular action that was seen in the automobile world at that time. However, this car simply would end up performing absolutely poorly.
It would end up being completely overshadowed by its competition. According to NY Daily News, it also would become well-known for its notorious suspension issues. This would result in these cars having a reputation for dangerous driving and naturally, speeded up the end of this series entirely. It was almost so bad that it should have been the end of the whole company, though.
16 Chevrolet LUV
The Chevrolet LUV was supposed to be the best smaller-sized truck in the automobile world during its time. It seemed likely that this would end up being the case, as this car manufacturer had always produced spectacular pickups. However, this would not occur with the LUV series.
According to Edmunds, this truck is easily one of the worst to ever have been on the primary market. It truly is a shame, as it actually did have a pretty cool look to it. However, its lack of overall power and awful structural integrity would result in it having an abundance of major issues.
15 Chevrolet Corvette 305 "California"
For the record, it must be stated the Chevrolet Corvette series is easily one of the most iconic in the history of the automobile world. However, that does not exempt it from past mistakes. This can be seen with the absolutely abysmal Corvette 305 "California" edition.
Due to the state regulations, this Corvette had to be built with a far weaker engine in the state of California. This definitely made it far less enjoyable to drive and according to Edmunds, this would result in an immense amount of criticism from the automobile world. At the end of the day, it is a major blemish on Chevy's history.
14 Chevrolet Citation
During the 1980s, Chevrolet started the Citation series in hopes that it would bring in a lot of sales. It was supposed to be the start of a new era for the car manufacturer, as it introduced a new stylistic choice from them. Yet, this would soon end up becoming one of their worst cars.
This vehicle would end up getting such a high level of criticism that many people ended up avoiding the car manufacturer for a long period of time. According to NY Daily News, this car ended up failing quite miserably because of the fact that it had a ton of major problems when it came to its faulty engine.
13 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
The Chevrolet Monte Carlo series may have had a lot of success during the 1980s, but boy, it would take a massive turn for the worst soon after. The final decade or so of this vehicle completely ruined the credibility of this once-popular series, which was a massive shame.
According to Car Complaints, the later Monte Carlos would end up being prone to having a lot of significant issues when it came to their engines, as well as their steering. This would naturally make people begin to dislike the model. Honestly, even though they looked nice, these cars were just too bad to succeed.
12 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx SS
The Chevrolet Malibu may have gotten a lot of praise over the years, but the Malibu Maxx SS was just a bad decision. In fact, it would go on to get an immense amount of criticism because of how poorly its style looked. It did not help that it ended up being extremely poor when it came to its structure, either.
According to Car Complaints, this vehicle would go on to lack in protection features. Its interior accessories were prone to being destroyed very easily, so the car needed to be handled with extra care. All of these issues would result in this car being despised very quickly.
11 Chevrolet Celebrity
The Chevrolet Celebrity had high expectations, as its name alone implied that it was supposed to have a high level of luxury. However, this would not end up being the case—not at all. It was quite clear from the start of this series that this was just an incredibly boring vehicle from the car manufacturer.
It is honestly a shame, as this car once had a high level of potential. However, according to Car Complaints, it did not help its case that it was prone to having a ton of major issues when it came to its steering and engine. At the end of the day, it was one of the worst vehicles of its time period.
10 Chevrolet "Iron Duke" Camaro
The Chevrolet Camaro series definitely is among the best to have ever entered the automobile world. There is no arguing that given how popular it is. However, they made a massive error with this series when they gave these cars the infamous "Iron Duke" engine.
This massive mistake would secure its place on the worst cars ever list, according to Edmunds. This truly should not be a surprise to anyone, as this car would go on to have so many significant engine issues. Breaking down was quite the norm for this bad car, so it would soon be despised by everyone.
9 Chevrolet Vega
The Chevrolet Vega was one of the most hyped-up cars to have ever entered the automobile world. It was supposed to be the next big thing from Chevy. Instead, it would actually be deemed as one of the worst cars to have ever come from the historic company.
In fact, this car was so bad that Edmunds lists it as among the worsts of all time. This honestly is justifiable, as this car was structured in the worst possible way. Every possible issue a car could face ended up occurring with this car from the very start of its time on the primary market.
8 Chevrolet Lumina APV
The Chevrolet Lumina APV should have ended up being far better than it actually was. I mean, minivans were at the top of the automobile world during its time on the primary market. This gave it a lot of attention at first, but that would quickly end up not being the case.
The first problem with this van was that it was just so ugly. This would already make people uninterested in it. However, to make matters worse, according to NY Daily News, this car also had significant suspension issues. At the end of the day, it just was nowhere as protective as it should have been.
7 Chevrolet Series-C Copper Cooled
The Chevrolet Series-C Copper Cooled could have ended up destroying the car manufacturer before it even rose to prominence. According to NY Daily News, this is because of the fact that this vehicle was built so poorly that it would actually light up when it overheated.
This car was a learning lesson for the manufacturer, and they honestly are quite lucky that they were able to stay in business after this massive mistake. It is fair to state that they were able to redeem themselves quite nicely since then, but man, this was just a terrible car. In fact, it is fair to believe that Chevy wishes they could delete it from their history.
6 Chevrolet Tracker
The Chevrolet Tracker is another car on this list that ended up being far worse than it was supposed to be. It is quite clear that this vehicle was built in an extremely poor manner, as it would go on to have far too many major issues. This would take away its family vehicle vibe very quickly.
According to Car Complaints, this vehicle had a lot of significant issues when it came to its engine. This would result in it having the tendency to break down far earlier than one would expect. As a result of this, people began to avoid this car entirely. Chevy still deserves criticism for how poorly this car was.
5 Chevrolet SSR
The Chevrolet SSR is easily one of the worst pickups in the history of the automobile world. This is largely because of the fact that it lacked an overall purpose. It was far too ugly to be considered a luxury car, while it had none of the capability required to be an effective pickup truck.
According to Edmunds, this car is one of the worst cars ever and it never should have been released. It did not help that this car was prone to breaking down very quickly, due to its steering and transmission issues. At the end of the day, many car enthusiasts are still mocking the existence of this absolute lemon.
4 1978 Chevrolet C/K Diesel
The Chevrolet C/K series once dominated the truck world because of how strong they were. However, in 1978, the series decided to go with a diesel engine. This would be a major mistake that almost ruined the entire success of the C/K name.
According to NY Daily News, this engine would go on to make this pickup one of the worst vehicles that the car manufacturer ever released to the automobile world. Although Chevrolet was able to redeem themselves with it later down the road, it is clear that this monstrosity could have very well been enough to end all operations.
3 Chevrolet Chevette
The Chevrolet Chevette definitely did not reach the level of success it was supposed to. Many individuals believed that this car was going to be a special one, but alas, this would not be the case because of how poorly it was built. It easily can now be deemed as a major lemon.
According to Edmunds, this car is among the worst vehicles to have ever entered the automobile world. It was so bad because of how many significant issues it would have with its engine. At the end of the day, had not Chevrolet enjoyed so many successes with their other cars, this one could have very well ended their reign.
2 Chevrolet Beretta
The Chevrolet Beretta definitely could have been far better than it turned out. However, it is quite clear that the car manufacturer had been focusing on its other models far more than this one. There were a ton of issues with this car that absolutely could have been avoidable if they were given more attention.
According to Car Complaints, this vehicle would go on to have an array of issues. Engine and transmission problems were quite the norm, but it also had a ton of issues when it came to its steering. At the end of the day, this was a truly disappointing series that was given a bad hand.
1 Chevrolet Cavalier
It is so surprising that the Chevrolet Cavalier series was able to last for a number of decades. These vehicles were never built in a strong manner and were constantly criticized because of it. It is clear that the negative feelings toward them were absolutely justifiable.
According to NY Daily News, it did not help that these cars were clearly meant to be secondary vehicles from the manufacturer. This would result in these vehicles having far too issues that easily could have been avoidable if Chevy actually gave a care about them. At the end of the day, this series could have created far more problems for the manufacturer than it did.
Sources: NY Daily News, Edmunds, and Car Complaints.