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10 Stupid Cars

By Edited Feb 18, 2016 6 31

If you ever had a car that didn't start when you were in a hurry, then that car is of course your most stupid car!

But this article are about stupid cars in general.
And there have been some truly stupid cars built over the years.
Here are the top 10 most stupid cars ever built.



10. Ford Pinto

Ford Pinto

The Ford Pinto was a good idea in theory. Americans wanted an inexpensive car that got good gas mileage. The main problem with this car is that the gas tank could explode if this car was rear ended. Numerous explosions and deaths occurred. The crap really hit the fan when an internal Ford document was found and released to the public that showed Ford decided it would be cheaper to pay lawsuits than it would be to fix the problem. Ford put profits ahead of people’s lives. The Ford Pinto is a stupid car because it can explode so easily.

9. Chevy Vega

Chevy Vega

The Chevy Vegas was the Motor Trend Car of the Year in 1971.  This was a huge mistake that was made by the Motor Trend Magazine. Before the car was even released to the public it was running into numerous problems. These cars were very prone to rust. If the car didn’t rust apart quickly then it would find numerous other ways to fall apart.

The Chevy Vegas burned a lot of oil. When the car first came out the engine was extremely noisy. Chevy rushed this car to market and it deeply harmed the reputation of the Company. By 1976 most of the major problems with the Chevy Vegas had been fixed; however the branding of this car was forever irreparably damaged by the Chevy Vegas that came before it.

8. Chevy Citation

The Chevy Citation was introduced as Americans were becoming more interested in smaller cars with smaller engines so they could get better fuel economy. The Citation became a joke among automobile connoisseurs. In the last 2 years of production the car was renamed the Citation 2. The Citation 2 was named because Chevy hoped to convince consumers that all of the problems with this little car had been fixed. The Chevy Citation was not very durable and buyers of the car rarely look back on their days of driving a Citation with fond memories. The car was pure junk designed to bilk money from consumers to boost Chevy profits.

7. Mustang 2

Mustang 2

The Mustang is a super-awesome car; however the Mustang 2 was a stupid car. Ford decided to make a sporty car on a small car platform. Their goal was to get a car that was popular and would get good gas mileage. The Mustang 2 was stupid. At first it was well received by the public, and then the public began driving them and the positive thoughts about this car went away. How dare Ford take a reputable name such as the Mustang and place it on an underpowered car. The Mustang 2 is not a true Mustang and never was.

6. Trabant


Any car that has only 18 horsepower is a stupid car. This car did not even come with basics such as blinkers and brake lights. Hell, you were lucky that you even got tires with this car. As the years wore on the Trabant did get other engines and features; however the original Trabant was a stupid car that was notoriously underpowered. The Trabant did not even have a fuel gauge to tell you how much fuel was left. Today you can buy lawnmowers with 18 horsepower. Imagine taking that 18 horsepower engine of your commercial mower and outing it into a car. Welcome to the Trabant.

5. Chevy Chevette

Chevy Chevette

The only thing worse than a Chevy Citation was a Chevy Chevette.

4. Overland OctoAuto

Overland OctoAuto

Granted the Overland OctoAuto was designed during a period when people were really trying to experiment and make automobiles technologically better. Welding on some extra wheels just makes it a stupid car.

3. Smith Flyer

Smith Flyer

The Smith Flyer was a car? Well it was advertised as a car. It has 2 seats, 5 tires, and a stupidly small engine. Only 1 of the tires was powered. The 5th wheel was a direct powered wheel that moves the car. The Smith Flyer company was eventually sold to Briggs and Stratton, who smartly used this engine for their future line of lawnmowers.

2. Peel Trident

Peel Trident

This car is a whopping 6 feet long and a whole 42” wide. Ok, that was sarcasm, but look at the picture and you will begin to understand why this is one of the stupidest cars ever built. I hope you don’t get cut off by a semi truck when you are driving this little car or it would not end well for you and this little car. I actually hope you don’t get cut off by a bicycle or even an obese pedestrian as that would probably total this car also. Sure the Peel Trident is a cute car but it is far from functional as a daily driver.

1. Yugo


The stupidest car of all time is definitely the Yugo. Every 40,000 miles you had to replace the timing belt. If you did not replace the timing belt every 40,000 miles then the engine would be useless.

The Yugo sold in the United States had a top speed of 86 miles per hour.  In 1990 NATO sanctions were out in place and the Yugo could no longer be exported to foreign markets such as the United States. The company that made the Yugo also made firearms at a separate facility. NATO intended to bomb the firearms facility but instead bombed the Yugo car making facility. It was a good end for one of the stupidest cars ever built.

The Yugo was also greatly affected by wind. If a semi-truck passed you the wind could force you off the road. If the wind was blowing hard it could be hard to keep the Yugo in your driving lane and not veer off the road. If you farted, the Yugo could skyrocket off the edge off the road. Anytime you are driving a car and have to pull over and stop before you can fart means that you have the stupidest car ever made. 



May 11, 2012 1:16pm
The Peel Trident looks like a toy! I can't believe people actually drive it. Fun list and interesting article, "Thumbs-Up!"
May 11, 2012 5:56pm
Thank you for your comment! Well, I wouldn't like to drive in it, - it doesn't look very safe. (By the way: In several European countries you don't need a driver's license to operate it)
May 19, 2012 1:40pm
Great list! I remember those cars and may have driven one or two of them. For the Chevette -- I believe the joke was you had to buy two -- one to drive while the other was in the shop.
May 23, 2012 1:15pm
Thank you for the comment. Yes, the Chevette was a stupid joke.
May 23, 2012 4:13pm
Gee I wouldn't want to be driving that little peel trident that's for sure. But they are making so many little cars these days and to me they do not offer the people much protection in case of an accident.
I used to drive a little mini station wagon for a dry cleaning firm and I remember sitting on the causeway with a large bus in front and one behind and it did not feel good at all. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
Go the chevies. We have put a 6.5 chev in our 2000 Nissan and it is fantastic. Not everyone's cuppa tea but we love it for pulling the caravan.
May 28, 2012 1:36am
Thank you for sharing your car experiences with us. A Nissan 2000 with a Chev 6.5 would most likely be illegal here in Sweden.
Jun 6, 2012 9:32am
My all-time favorite was the Smith Flyer -- what a crack-up that was. They shoulda called it the Smith Crawler. Great, fun piece. Greasy, mechanic's thumb.
Jun 6, 2012 1:53pm
Thank you for your comment! Yes, the Smith Flyer was really some show.
I have never driven a Smith Flyer, but my lawnmover has a Briggs and Stratton engine, which is the same as in the 'Smith Crawler' (as you call it).
Maybe I should 'reverse' and turn my mover into a 'car' :D
Jun 6, 2012 3:30pm
What about the Ford Maverick? I always assumed it and the Chevy Vega were clones. I owned a Maverick and thought it was a pretty decent car for the early 70's.
Jun 7, 2012 2:30pm
Thank you for your comment! As far as I know the Maverick didn't have the same problems as the Vega.
Jun 6, 2012 5:50pm
You are so right about the Yugo, that was the ugliest car. Do you think that had something to do with the company going out of business? Congratulations on your feature!!
Jun 7, 2012 2:32pm
Thank you! Yes, the Yugo was ugly AND stupid.
Jun 6, 2012 7:13pm
The Octoauto was lovely, I can see myself in that, bowling along country lanes!
Jun 7, 2012 2:36pm
Thank you for the visit and comment!
Yes, I am sure an open cruising 8-wheeler will fit your personality.
Jun 6, 2012 7:34pm
Ja ja, the Trabis as we called them, were something else. No wonder that after the wall came down, most people from the former East part of Germany got themselves the most expensive care on the market that they could afford.

It was ridiculous.

Jun 7, 2012 2:40pm
Thanks for your comment!
Yes, the Trabant was ridiculously stupid; so stupid that the Trabi will end as odd collector's items.
Jun 7, 2012 3:07pm
I'm loving the Yugo! That is a beast of a vehicle!
Jun 8, 2012 12:46am
Thank you for your comment!
However, let me remind you that 'Love makes blind'
Jun 8, 2012 5:57pm
I love the styling of the Vega. Just seen one in perfect condition a few days ago in Michigan. Michigan is a place where cars rust fast from the salting of the roads. The owner must keep it in storage during the winter months. That mustang 2 is shameful. Love the Trident. Would be a great car in a few select countries like China where your other option is a bicycle. Thanks, I enjoyed the article.
Jun 10, 2012 3:46am
Thank you for your comments. I don't imagine that the Chinese will buy a Trident, they want cars such as the Volvo. China has even bought the company Volvo. (They also love cars such as BMW and Audi)
Jun 10, 2012 7:13am
I commented earlier on your March article 'Top 10 Hot Cars' that you missed out my Suzuki Wagon R+ (Don't forget the +). Perhaps this would be a better list to include it in.
Jun 10, 2012 9:04am
Thank you for your comment :)
Well, as I have understood it then the 'PLUS' version of the Suziki Wagon R is in a category of its own.
Your car deserves to have its own article!
Jun 13, 2012 3:53pm
A related story of automotive stupidity was Chevy's attempt to market the Nova in Latin-American countries... where "No va" means "Doesn't go".
Jun 20, 2012 7:21am
Thank you for your comment!
Also thank you for the reminder that:
"No va" means "Doesn't go".
Jun 13, 2012 9:24pm
I remember going to a local Chevy dealer with my mother when she wanted to buy a new car. She already had a Chevette but wanted something new. The salesman walked her over to this diesel powered Chevette and off we went on a road test. It was like pushing an anvil up a rope, the thing had no power at all. Needless to say, she didn't drive it home.
Jun 20, 2012 7:19am
Thank you for your comment! That was one of your mother's lucky days.
Jul 14, 2012 5:24pm
whoa chevy vega looks cool to me! but didn't know it has a problem like that hehe
Jul 14, 2012 5:39pm
Thanks for the comment!
The Chevy Vega is a perfect example of the saying:
Never judge by the looks. The most important is often hidden!
The saying is true for cars as well as people :)
Nov 12, 2012 12:41am
So you think it was a big mistake Motor Trend selecting the Vega in "71. you must know better than them because here is MTs technical director Frank Markus's own words after driving my 73 Vega GT for the Fall 2010 issue of Motor trend Classic.
"After a few gentle miles, I begin to understand how this car won its awards and comparison tests." "Well-maintained examples are great looking, nice-driving, economical classics 14like Baltic Ave. with a Hotel, the best ones can be had for $10K or less.
He closes the article agreeing with MT's initial assessment of the Vega and how it fared compared to its domestic competition; he wrote-
"Chevrolet spun the Vega as a more American, upscale car. And let 19s face it, the car looked hot. So can you blame us for falling hook, line, and sinker for the Vega and naming it 1971 19s Car of the Year?
I'm thinking about making 10 Stupid Car articles blog and 10 Stupid Cars is, you guessed it, #1
Wise up, You don't know what you're talking about.
Nov 12, 2012 12:59am
Here are the facts

GM's first U.S. mini-car cost $200 million to design and bring to production. In today's money that's over a billion dollars - it wasn't by chance the Vega out-handled more expensive european sport sedans.
At $2090. when introduced, it was a bargain. No other car company in the world was able to invest hundreds of millions of dollars on a vehicle to sell in that price range, and GM made little or no profit on the Vega which was usually ordered with few options (GM's profits came from expensive options).
AMC in contrast, spent all of 5 million to convert an existing Hornet compact into the Gremlin, selling it for about the same price as the Vega which was new from the ground up, sharing nothing with existing vehicles. But in a rush to bring the car to market, numerous piecemeal "fixes" were performed by dealers and Chevrolet's "bright star", received an enduring black eye despite a continuing development program which eventually alleviated most of these initial shortcomings. The final models, having the benefit of six years of refinements, were fine automobiles.
The liner-less aluminum/silicon engine technology that GM and Reynolds Metals developed turned out to be sound. Mercedes-Benz and Porsche use sleeveless aluminum engines today, the basic principles of which were developed for the Vega engine.

Motor Trend said in 1971, "So, the Chevrolet Vega 2300 is Motor Trend's 1971 Car of the Year by way of engineering excellence, packaging, styling and timeliness. As such, we are saying that for the money, no other American car can deliver more."

Motor Trend Classic said in 2010, "Chevrolet spun the Vega as a more American, upscale car. And let's face it, the car looked hot. So can you blame us for falling hook, line, and sinker for the Vega and naming it 1971's Car of the Year?"
"..well-maintained examples are great looking, nice-driving, economical classics.."
Nov 12, 2012 11:15pm
Vega history put in a neutral perspective
The car's engine was tested by Chevrolet for a million+miles before the car was introduced in 1970. The test engines were never allowed to run out of coolant, but they were in the hands of customers. The car was introduced without the planned inner fender liners as the car came in over budget and missed the projected 2000. sale price at 2090. fender deflectors were added in 1973 and full fender liners were added by mid-1974,
Damaged Vega engines and front fenders were replaced no charge from Chevrolet. A low-coolant light and coolant recovery system were added to all previously sold Vegas. Increased oil consumption was caused by deteriorating oil seals which in 1976 were redesigned, cutting oil consumption by 50%
Full Inner fender liners were added on 1974 models in addition to a factory-installed low coolant light and coolant recovery system. In addition a 5 year Engine Warranty was added to all previously sold and future Vegas until the car was replaced by the smaller and cheaper Chevette. Despite the early model engine and fender corrosion issues, the Vega would become one of the the top 10 Best selling American cars by 1974, with 1.7 million sold in 7 years.
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