In many parts of the United States, owning a car is not a luxury but a necessity. Public transportation is great, if it's available, but the rest of the world needs something with four wheels that moves. So which car is right for your lifestyle and commute?
Even if you can't differentiate one sedan from another, an SUV from a minivan, or a Jetta from a Jeep, you probably know to avoid certain vehicles- not just to preserve your safety but your pocketbook. When Reddit asked which car brands to avoid like the plague, mechanics and car enthusiasts were only too happy to give their two cents on the worst cars to buy.
Before you go kicking tires, check out the following recommendations to find out if your dream machine is actually a car you should never buy. Even if it's not quite the worst car ever made, these are considered the very worst vehicles to own - according to Reddit's self-proclaimed experts.
From Redditor /u/cantkillfakeplants:
My dad is a mechanic and constantly calls PT Cruisers “PT Losers.”
If you want to fix just about anything you have to take the entire engine out.
From a Redditor:
Franchise garage technician/state vehicle inspector here.
Any Cadillac with the Northstar V8. It has a feature that shuts cylinders off at low load to save fuel - but makes a lot of noise when active - for mpg [miles per gallon] gains that aren't really impressive today (something like 20/25 city/highway).
It's also notorious for leaking oil. It's been engineered to be able to run for up to 50 miles with no oil, because designing an oil-less engine is easier than fixing all the leaks in a Northstar. I've never seen one not leaking out of somewhere.
From Redditor /u/jough22:
My brother works in auto body repair and told me he'd [destroy] me if I ever bought a Volkswagen. In particular, the Passat.
They were engineered to be easy to assemble, but not to fix. All the parts that were most likely to fail required taking apart half the engine to get at, he said.
From Redditor /u/sarahollyx:
I work at a body shop and can say almost every single Hyundai Sonata or Elantra I've seen (brand new especially) typically totals out from even the most minor collisions.
These cars don't hold their value one tiny bit.