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The 5 Worst-Made Chevy Cars of All Time Were Monstrous Mistakes (msn.com)


Chevrolet is a name in the auto industry that’s been around for more than a century. That hasn’t stopped this brand from creating some of the worst vehicles we’ve ever seen.
Poorly made, terrible performance, and just downright awful are ways we describe some cars. Whether these monsters were hit with restrictions from bean counters or bad ideas that no one in the development process figured out, they were terrible. Let’s dig in and see some of the worst-made Chevy cars of all time.
The Chevrolet “Iron Duke” Camaro never lived up to its name
1982 “Chevy Iron” Duke Camaro | Wiki Commons
1982 “Chevy Iron” Duke Camaro | Wiki Commons© Provided by MotorBiscuit
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The Chevy Camaro has been one of the market’s most impressive and iconic muscle cars but the “Iron Duke” model didn’t hit the right notes. The brand truly missed the market with the 1982 Camaro, which lacked everything we love about the Camaro.
Even though this Chevy Camaro has a powerful name, it took 20 seconds to hit 60 mph. This complete lack of acceleration made the “Iron Duke” nothing more than an expensive paperweight and one of the worst-made Chevy cars of all time, according to CarBuzz.
The Chevy SSR was a gigantic flop; how did it make it to production?
Chevy SSR | Wiki Commons
Chevy SSR | Wiki Commons© Provided by MotorBiscuit
The how of the Chevy SSR making its way to production was as big a mystery as this awful car/truck combo. There have been some successful car/truck combinations in the auto market, but none looked like they were put together with plastic and made nearly useless by the build.
The SSR looked slick and brought a bit of a vintage hotrod appearance, but in the early 2000s, it was nothing more than a goofy-looking monstrosity. Instead of being a powerful, high-performance hotrod, the SSR was sluggish and awful.
The 1980 Chevy Corvette 305 was one of the worst-made Chevy cars ever made
1980 Chevy Corvette 305 | Wiki Commons
1980 Chevy Corvette 305 | Wiki Commons© Provided by MotorBiscuit
If you’re looking for a classic Corvette to be a great project car, the 1980 Chevy Corvette 305 is one you want to avoid. From the first model to today, this particular version has been rated the worst Corvette in history.
This was the model for you if you wanted a stripped-down Corvette with barely anything in the cabin. The V8 engine only produced 180 horsepower (thank you, 1980s) and was only offered with an automatic transmission. Someone took all the fun out of driving this Chevy Corvette.
The wheels would literally fall off of the 1971 Chevy Vega
1971 Chevy Vega | Wiki Commons
1971 Chevy Vega | Wiki Commons© Provided by MotorBiscuit
When the 1971 Chevy Vega first appeared, it had the auto world fooled, and most critics liked it. Unfortunately, the Vega did not hit the marks that would allow it to compete with the VW Beetle, which had gained incredible popularity in the 1960s.
The Vega became one of the worst-made Chevy cars because the company did not meet its cost or weight goals. The Chevy Vega cost more than the Beetle and weighed 200 pounds more than desired. Worse than missing these marks, the rear axle shaft would separate, and the wheel would fall off.
The 1960 Chevy Corsair might be the absolute worst-made Chevy car of all time
1960 Chevy Corvair | Wiki Commons
1960 Chevy Corvair | Wiki Commons© Provided by MotorBiscuit
The Chevy Corvair takes top marks for danger. This car was once called “unsafe at any speed” and was a terrible car that shouldn’t have made it past the design phase. Strangely, this car is one of the most attractive models of its time, but Chevy didn’t actually know how to put an engine in the rear, but they tried.
The idea was to capture some of the Volkswagen Beetle crowd with a rear engine, but this caused the Corvair to become one of the most dangerous cars in the world. Both oversteering and understeering caused trouble on the road, making this car impossible to control.
 

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The Vega had several product design issues so I can see this car being on this list. The other cars might not be great cars, but they were not monstrous mistakes. The 1960 Covair's rear swing axles could fold over in high speed cornering. If driven like most compact cars are driven, this issue was not a problem. Early Porsche 911's tail heavy induced oversteer caused difficult, dangerous handling. Porsche improved the 911's design over the years to improve handling. GM corrected the Corvair's handling problem on the 2nd gerenation Corvair. Was the Porsche 911 a monstous mistake for its early oversteer problems?
 

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The Corvair was villified by Ralph Nader in his "Unsafe at Any Speed" book. There were numerous much less safe mass market cars in 1960. The Corvair was an inovative, good car except for the high speed cornoring issue which was not an issue if the car was driven normally. I read "Unsafe at Any Speed". My impression is that Ralph Nader wanted to make a name for himself and what better way to do that than to go after the biggest company in the world.
 

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I don't know about some of these - "worst" is in the eye of the beholder. Sure, for most of us on GMI the Iron Duke Camaro will be an awful, painful choice. But many people don't care about performance, and I bet the ability to get that Camaro for a cheap price made them very happy. Same people that today buy bottom of the line German vehicles.

I always have and still think the SSR is a cool vehicle. Maybe no performance icon, but it was fast enough. But I guess from the perspective of this article, if I recall correctly, it didn't garner the expected positive reviews that Chevy wanted from its halo vehicle - so I do have to agree it was a big flop from that perspective.
 

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Its funny people always ragging on GM vehicles, as is evidence by my user name i was swilling the Toyota kool-aid in my younger years, I owned three Toyotas and two of them literally threw rods through the side of the block, I have never had any GM vehicle do that.
 

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Its funny people always ragging on GM vehicles, as is evidence by my user name i was swilling the Toyota kool-aid in my younger years, I owned three Toyotas and two of them literally threw rods through the side of the block, I have never had any GM vehicle do that.
Funny and true story that just happened yesterday. I noticed a tow truck taking away the middle daughter's car of my neighbor. It was a mint looking last gen W-body Impala. I asked my neighbor why - the middle daughter wanted something Japanese for the better quality. Drum roll for what she replaced the Impala with.... a 10-year-old Nissan Versa. I get a teen girl not being excited by a W-Body Impala, but to dump it for a Versa?

PS - there had been no mechanical issues with the Impala in the year she had it.
 

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I don't know about some of these - "worst" is in the eye of the beholder. Sure, for most of us on GMI the Iron Duke Camaro will be an awful, painful choice. But many people don't care about performance, and I bet the ability to get that Camaro for a cheap price made them very happy. Same people that today buy bottom of the line German vehicles.

I always have and still think the SSR is a cool vehicle. Maybe no performance icon, but it was fast enough. But I guess from the perspective of this article, if I recall correctly, it didn't garner the expected positive reviews that Chevy wanted from its halo vehicle - so I do have to agree it was a big flop from that perspective.
The Vega (wagon) and Corvair could have been game changers. But they were PITAs
 

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Should the Citation have made it to this list? I wasn't born until '84 so I don't know.
I bought a new 1981 Chevrolet Citation 4-door hatchback with the 2.5 “Iron Duke” engine and automatic transmission. This was the first FWD car I had ever bought. It worked very well in the snow (I live in the Midwest). It was also the worst car I have ever owned in terms of quality and reliability.
 

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View attachment 67529 The 5 Worst-Made Chevy Cars of All Time Were Monstrous Mistakes (msn.com)


Chevrolet is a name in the auto industry that’s been around for more than a century. That hasn’t stopped this brand from creating some of the worst vehicles we’ve ever seen.
Poorly made, terrible performance, and just downright awful are ways we describe some cars. Whether these monsters were hit with restrictions from bean counters or bad ideas that no one in the development process figured out, they were terrible. Let’s dig in and see some of the worst-made Chevy cars of all time.
The Chevrolet “Iron Duke” Camaro never lived up to its name
1982 “Chevy Iron” Duke Camaro | Wiki Commons
1982 “Chevy Iron” Duke Camaro | Wiki Commons© Provided by MotorBiscuit
RELATED: 6 Historically Bad Pickup Trucks – What Were They Thinking
The Chevy Camaro has been one of the market’s most impressive and iconic muscle cars but the “Iron Duke” model didn’t hit the right notes. The brand truly missed the market with the 1982 Camaro, which lacked everything we love about the Camaro.
Even though this Chevy Camaro has a powerful name, it took 20 seconds to hit 60 mph. This complete lack of acceleration made the “Iron Duke” nothing more than an expensive paperweight and one of the worst-made Chevy cars of all time, according to CarBuzz.
The Chevy SSR was a gigantic flop; how did it make it to production?
Chevy SSR | Wiki Commons
Chevy SSR | Wiki Commons© Provided by MotorBiscuit
The how of the Chevy SSR making its way to production was as big a mystery as this awful car/truck combo. There have been some successful car/truck combinations in the auto market, but none looked like they were put together with plastic and made nearly useless by the build.
The SSR looked slick and brought a bit of a vintage hotrod appearance, but in the early 2000s, it was nothing more than a goofy-looking monstrosity. Instead of being a powerful, high-performance hotrod, the SSR was sluggish and awful.
The 1980 Chevy Corvette 305 was one of the worst-made Chevy cars ever made
1980 Chevy Corvette 305 | Wiki Commons
1980 Chevy Corvette 305 | Wiki Commons© Provided by MotorBiscuit
If you’re looking for a classic Corvette to be a great project car, the 1980 Chevy Corvette 305 is one you want to avoid. From the first model to today, this particular version has been rated the worst Corvette in history.
This was the model for you if you wanted a stripped-down Corvette with barely anything in the cabin. The V8 engine only produced 180 horsepower (thank you, 1980s) and was only offered with an automatic transmission. Someone took all the fun out of driving this Chevy Corvette.
The wheels would literally fall off of the 1971 Chevy Vega
1971 Chevy Vega | Wiki Commons
1971 Chevy Vega | Wiki Commons© Provided by MotorBiscuit
When the 1971 Chevy Vega first appeared, it had the auto world fooled, and most critics liked it. Unfortunately, the Vega did not hit the marks that would allow it to compete with the VW Beetle, which had gained incredible popularity in the 1960s.
The Vega became one of the worst-made Chevy cars because the company did not meet its cost or weight goals. The Chevy Vega cost more than the Beetle and weighed 200 pounds more than desired. Worse than missing these marks, the rear axle shaft would separate, and the wheel would fall off.
The 1960 Chevy Corsair might be the absolute worst-made Chevy car of all time
1960 Chevy Corvair | Wiki Commons
1960 Chevy Corvair | Wiki Commons© Provided by MotorBiscuit
The Chevy Corvair takes top marks for danger. This car was once called “unsafe at any speed” and was a terrible car that shouldn’t have made it past the design phase. Strangely, this car is one of the most attractive models of its time, but Chevy didn’t actually know how to put an engine in the rear, but they tried.
The idea was to capture some of the Volkswagen Beetle crowd with a rear engine, but this caused the Corvair to become one of the most dangerous cars in the world. Both oversteering and understeering caused trouble on the road, making this car impossible to control.


I’d bet that the author is a snowflake that did not live during the times these car were produced. And probably didn’t live during the times of gasoline rationing and shortages (not just high prices). And I’d bet the author never owned or drove any of the vehicles mentioned.
 

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I’d bet that the author is a snowflake that did not live during the times these car were produced. And probably didn’t live during the times of gasoline rationing and shortages (not just high prices). And I’d bet the author never owned or drove any of the vehicles mentioned.
Too much ignorance and snarkiness (result of soy consumption). The Camaro and other cars were for those who wanted styling and not be stuck in an econo(penalty)box car
 
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