Lemon Law—Avoid the Top 10 Worst Rated Cars

Stay Away From These Problematic Used Vehicles

With the state of the economy today, few have the money to shell out $20,000 or more on a brand new car. As a result, more and more people are purchasing used cars.

Used cars can be a great value, or a big nightmare. The number one thing to keep in mind is that you should always do your research, or you may just end up with a lemon on your hands.

Read on for the list of the top 10 worst rated cars you can buy. They may be on the list for different reasons, but they are listed here for you. Used car buyers are advised to tread lightly with the following problematic vehicles.

1. Ford Expedition

The 1998 through 2003 models of the Ford Expedition are those that have recurring problems. Owners of these large sport utility vehicles seem to be suffering from split spark plugs.

Consumer Affairs has advised that consumers do their very best to avoid this used truck, no matter what the guarantee behind it says.

2. Automatic BMWs

BMWs are dream cars for many. Most people lease them for a few years and trade them in for newer models. People then purchase them used, and this is where the problems begin.

Even if they are certified, these automatics should be avoided at all costs—unless you have several thousand dollars to repair the gear box. Customers say that the transmission hesitates or won't go into reverse at all.

German cars aren't cheap to fix. BMWs are no different, and they may even be a little pricier to fix than the average German car. Steer clear of these used models if you can.

3. Ford Focus

The Ford Focus has one of the most annoying problems of them all, one that can't always be fixed. The ignition switch in second and third generation Ford Focus models is a very common problem.

Even if it's fixed, it's known to break over and over again for some unfortunate customers. The part needed to fix this problem often costs up to $500. Is it worth it to you?

4. Mercury Sable

The Mercury Sable is supposed to be a reliable car, but lately, that doesn't seem to be the case. These cars don't just have one problem, but several.

The most common seems to be broken springs. This can cause problems while driving and can be extremely dangerous.

5. Ford Taurus

The Ford Taurus is the twin sister of the Mercury Sable. As such, some of the same problems are occurring with Ford Taurus, including later models.

2002 models are even said to be shedding coil springs.

6. GM Vehicles

There is a problem with many 1999 and older GM vehicles, all related to the type of antifreeze that the manufacturer used in the vehicle and recommended to dealers. This particular coolant, called Dex-Cool, virtually rots the radiator from the inside out. This includes the hoses, the gaskets, and a whole host of other parts that will need replacing, and with no help from General Motors Company.

Newer GM vehicles don't have this problem. In fact, newer cars (except for some Chevrolets) seem to have very few problems.

7. Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla has always been deemed a great buy because it is so good on gas, but when it comes to used versions of this vehicle, that might not be the case.

Toyota engines have been known to consume oil and have a buildup of engine sludge in the engine. This can be a serious problem and might even require that the owner replace the engine.

In many cases, a new engine costs more than the car is worth. Stay away from the Toyota Corolla, or any used Toyota for that matter.

8. Oldsmobile Bravada

The Oldsmobile Bravada has been known to have several serious problems, namely with the heating and cooling systems. If you live in a temperate climate, this isn't a big deal. If you live in Florida (where it's hot) or Michigan (where it's freezing), you might have a problem, which can be extremely costly to fix. Steer clear of this used car, if you can.

9. Saturn Relay

The 2005 Saturn Relay has a laundry list of problems. They include sensor problems, such as the check engine light sensor. There are also reports of problems with the doors not closing properly.

Weather seals have been reported as not being very sturdy, and that they fall off. There are problems with the transmission. If you do a search for ratings on this minivan, you will find that most people who bothered to rate the vehicle had serious problems with it. Don't let it happen to you. Saturn makes great cars. This is just not one of them.

10. Volkswagen New Beetle

Sure, it's cute, but it has a lot of problems. Once the warranty runs out, you are out of luck. What are the problems with the New Beetle? It would be easier to ask what isn't a problem!

Problems with the power windows, the car's electrical system, the catalytic converter. All in all, the car is just known for being a money-sucker. Steer clear of this used car past its second or third year, just to be on the safe side.

Top 10 Worst Rated Cars—Summary

As you can see, it is very important to do your homework before buying any used car. A used car can be a great investment if you do your research.

Make sure there's a warranty, that the car has no known issues, and that it's worth it to you if you do have to make repairs. Used cars are supposed to save you money, not cost you!

Have you purchased a used car that turned out to be a lemon? You have legal recourse and a chance to be compensated! Click here to read more about the lemon law and problematic used cars, and see if there is a fair resolution to the problems you have with your automobile!

NOTE:The information here is not legal advice and is only presented to you so you can know your options if you purchased a lemon. As with any legal issue, you should seek the advice of a qualified attorney.


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