This story was originally published in March, 2018.
Perusing the internet for used cars is something of a pastime in the Gear Patrol office. Finding a vintage car that ticks all the right boxes and slots in just under your set budget can be a wonderful thing. But the second-hand market can be a cruel mistress. What you thought was a great deal on your dream car can turn out to be a true nightmare.
Consumer Reports just published a list of the 108 worst used cars to buy from 2007-2017. The entire list is subscriber response-based, and grounds for making the list is “much-worse-than-average overall reliability.” From the looks of it, more than a few American manufacturers have some explaining to do, while Diesel-gate isn’t the only thing Volkswagen has to worry about. We picked out a few models in each category worth noting, but the full list is here. If you’re currently shopping for a used car, this is a good place to find the cars you don’t want.
2011 Audi A4
Read our review of the 2017 A4 here.
2016 Infiniti Q50
Read our review of the 2016 Infiniti Q50 here.
2016 Cadillac ATS
Read our review of the 2016 Cadillac ATS here
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2016 Chevy Camaro
Read our review of the 2016 Chevy Camaro here.
2017 Ford Mustang
Read our review of the 2017 Ford Mustang here.
2016 Dodge Challenger
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2013 Ford Expedition
2007 Audi Q7
2012 Volkswagen Touareg
2015 Ram 1500
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2016 Toyota Tacoma
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2008 Ford F-350
2017 Volvo XC90
2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Read our review of the 2015 Mercedes S-Class here.
2009 BMW 5 Series