My mom always said, “If something’s too good to be true, then it usually is.” And that’s especially true in these cars! They’re ugly, unreliable, and unsafe. I promise, these cars will destroy your bank account, your well-being, and will always leave you stranded.
Today, we’re going to show you the worst cars you should never buy. Steer away from these atrocious cars if you know what’s good for you. Grab your ten-foot poles, because these cars suck!
BMW E60 M5 – F1 Fast, F1 Repairs
You know, people have always told me that BMW stands for “Break My Wallet”. So, what’s the worst BMW you can buy? A cheap E60 M5! Produced from 2005 to 2010, the E60 had one thing that made people instantly take notice: a 500-horsepower 5-liter V10. That’s right, a German super sedan with a V10 that screams like an F1 car! And it makes roughly the same power as the first generation Lamborghini Gallardo! Sounds pretty great, right?
Well, actually there’s more to the story. It seems like the guys at BMW decided to skip testing for this car and just put it in the dealership without a second thought. This led to the BMW E60 M5 becoming one of the worst cars you can own. Why? Reliability.
Mainly in the engine and the automatic transmission, the E60 M5 had a bunch of issues, especially with the very costly VANOS pump, impending rod bearing failures, throttle clutch actuators, and more!
And when something breaks, it’s insanely expensive to repair, and would completely total out any E60 M5. Also, the SMG transmission, which notoriously grenades when driven hard, made the back of a tow truck the M5’s natural habitat.
Those issues are only scratching the surface. With the several mechanical and electrical faults, the E60 M5 is just a car that isn’t worth it. Just don’t do it.
But if you aren’t really into sports sedans, you might want something bigger. So, if thats the case, you might be looking at the Hummer H2. But is that a good idea?
Hummer H2 – Not Military Grade
Big, brash, and bold, this off-roader is a statement piece. The Hummer H2 was driven by Hollywood superstars as a toy back in the 2000’s. I mean, it was over-the-top, and that’s what made it so appealing to people. It stood out like a sore thumb in a parking spot, and it looks even more insane in the truck version.
However, you definitely shouldn’t own one of these. It’s just a bad idea. I could go on and on about how the V8 engine only averaged around 7 miles per gallon. Yeah filling up everyday does not sound like fun.
And I could also talk about the cheap materials in the interior, the boring styling, and how it was severely overpriced when it came out. It had a $60,000 MSRP. Yikes. That’s just a bad deal. No one would want to even touch the mud with this thing, it’s too expensive!
Sure, you could get one of these war machine wannabes for around $10,000 now, which might seem like a great deal until you hit the gas station again and again and again. These gas guzzlers are just not economical.
It’s 2020. Isn’t it time we go green? Isn’t it time we go electric? If that sounds like you, and it certainly sounds like me, then maybe you’re thinking of getting a used Tesla Model S.
Tesla Model S – I’m Shocked
I don’t blame you. The Tesla Model S is fast, tech-filled, and luxurious. With consistent updates instead of oil changes, the Tesla Model S seems too good to be true, and that’s because it is. For a new one, you’d be paying almost $75,000, which is too much for a lot of people.
So, what’s the next best idea? Buy a used one, right? Wrong. If you want to get a Tesla, you’d better make sure it’s on warranty, because if something goes wrong, you’ll have to send it back to a Tesla dealer. And thanks to Tesla being a relatively small company, and their cars becoming more and more popular, that can take weeks or even months.
If you have to pay it out of pocket, it’ll get really expensive fast. Someone rear-ends your car? All those cameras and self-driving sensors inside the bumper turn an innocent fender bender into a wallet-buster!
So, even though it may be a more reliable car with no need for oil changes, you”re still at the mercy of the Tesla dealership waiting times, which if you need to work, is going to be a major issue. So, even though a $20,000 used Model S looks like the deal of the century, do yourself a favor and get something that makes some noise.
Maybe something like the Mercedes-Benz SL600? Or… maybe not?
Mercedes-Benz SL600 – 12 Cylinders, All Broken
This is a flagship luxury sports car that had something even crazier than the M5’s V10! A 400-horsepower V12 in a coupe! Yeah, the SL600 was small, light, and had big power. And with all that Benz luxury, this has to be a good car, right? Wrong again.
I hate to break it to you, but that V12 sucks. First off, it isn’t really that fast, only putting the car from 0 to 60 in 5.8 seconds, way too slow for any “top-of-the-line” sports car. And don’t even get me started on how expensive it is to keep this car running. It’s seriously terrifying.
If anything goes wrong in the engine, then it could cost thousands to fix in parts and labor. If your living life on a budget, or just work a lot, getting a car like this ticking time bomb is a terrible idea.
And while all those luxury amenities might be nice, they won’t be so nice when they break. For example, when your seat heater breaks, it can cost as much as $600! With the fat list of mechanical issues, this car is just a nightmare. And it doesn’t help that these are pretty expensive at almost $20,000 for a used one!
If you know anyone about to buy a SL600, tell them to change their mind. And that’s the same thing you should tell anyone interested in the next car as well, the Audi TT!
Audi TT – Too Terrible
When you think of the Audi TT, you might think about a fun little roadster that looks cute. But for me, it’s quite the opposite. When I think of the Audi TT, I think of a deathtrap. Why’s that? Because of one thing: snap oversteer.
See, when you’re doing some sporty driving, as any TT owner would, the rear has a tendency to slip out when you let off the throttle mid-corner, which can lead to very bad crashes. That’ll leave a mark. And you know where else the TT will leave a mark? Your bank account.
These engines are straight-up unreliable and will always have something wrong with them, like a timing chain failure, which requires the whole engine to be pulled out in both the 4- and 6-cylinder models. Trust me, that gets expensive fast. And with the shoddy electrical components, like the lights and other things you use everyday like ABSand traction control, this thing is borderline undrivable if you don’t take care of it.
And while you might be lured in by the cheap price of these, like the one we found for $4,000, you shouldn’t lay your hands on it, especially ones with that motorized top. That’ll thing will cost you an arm and a leg to repair.
But hey, if you want something a little bit more safe, then you might be looking at a Land Rover Discovery. Well, look away!
Land Rover Discovery – Discover Bankruptcy
In a perfect world, the Land Rover Discovery was supposed to be luxurious, safe, and offer a ton of off-roading capability. But in reality, it was expensive, unreliable, and impractical! Let me break it down for you.
Back when it came out, the Discovery had a steep base price of around $50,000, which is way too expensive for anyone but a crazy person to take off-roading. And that’s what it was built for! I mean, why do you think it’s called the Land Rover Discovery? They thought the owners would rove the lands to look for new roads to discover, but honestly, this thing wont get very far with its horrid reliability.
Yeah, it’s pretty bad, ask Squidd. And the biggest way these are going to bite you in the butt is the air suspension. I mean that literally. These are notorious for giving out, making your smooth air-cushioned luxury SUV into a ragged and bumpy bouncy house. That doesn’t sound like fun. Well, the bouncy house part sounds kind of fun, but not the huge price tag associated with fixing them.
In case you’re wondering, it’s $1,500 to repair one of these air suspensions. Ouch. And that’s for just one airbag! You’re looking at $6,000 for all four! And if you still question the reliability of the Discovery, bought one, and he spends $2,000 to $3,000 on average per year to it on the road! But, luckily for him, he got out of that situation with his new Lexus. That thing shouldn’t be breaking down anytime soon.
But, if you have a deathwish and want to get one, which I hope you don’t, we found one for $3,700. Don’t be surprised if you total it on the drive home after an airbag or two goes out. That doesn’t sound like a fun day.