Tagged: 10 cars with bad reputations

Hagerty Insurance asked its customers, mostly car collectors, to name the "Most questionable cars" of all time. These are the top vote-getters.

Chevrolet Vega
Tagged: Unreliable
Chevrolet Vega
Life span: 1971-77

The Vega was an early attempt by General Motors to break into the fuel-efficient compact car market. Unfortunately, the Vega quickly earned a reputation for consuming, not gasoline, but motor oil. The Vega's aluminum engine just wasn't up to the job and, according to various sources, the cars were plagued by mechanical problems, including a hearty appetite for lubricants. Premature rusting was another commonly reported issue.

If true, it was probably a bad sign when, eight miles into a test run on GM's proving track, a Vega literally fell apart, as related in a book by John DeLorean recalling his days as head of Chevrolet.

Despite its many issues, the Vega was a fairly popular model in its day and almost 2 million were produced. (A little over 2 million if you count its Pontiac sister model, the Astre.)

GM produced about 3,500 (relatively) high-performance Cosworth Vegas which are (relatively) collectible today. "They sell for more than you'd think," said McKeel Hagerty, president of Hagerty Insurance, which conducted the survey.

The vehicle shown here is an example of the even lesser known Yenko Vega in racing trim.


Nerdy

Unreliable

Dangerous

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