2003 Chevrolet SSR
Huge engine, provocative plan, even a convertible hardtop… it was the truck that could have been incredible yet wasn’t. Refering to a 301-day supply of SSRs, General Motors in December of 2004 reported five weeks of cutbacks at Lansing Craft Center, the production line that made the SSR. On November 21, 2005, GM declared that it would close the Craft Center in mid-2006, spelling the end for the SSR. The last SSR was based on March 17, 2006.
1975 Chevrolet Monza
What a horrible design. Variation on the Vega that could be ordered with a 262cid small-block V8 rated at 110 hp. Not only anemic, but it was difficult to work on. The engine needed to be tilted with a hoist to change its rearmost spark plugs.
Based off of the GM T-body chassis, the Chevette was simply another boxy compact car that was out-of-date before it was designed. Edmunds said this of the little car: “Instead of trying to build a world-class small car of its own, Chevy opts for a cheesy, primitive Opel design that’s a decade out of date.”
1980 Chevrolet Citation
The Citation was Motor Trend magazine’s “Car of the Year for 1980″. This was a decision later criticized by the staff of Car and Driver in 2009, citing that the poor build quality and mechanical reliability were not deserving of such an award in hindsight. Edmunds sums it up by saying, “Chevrolet’s first front-drive machine proves to be legendarily unreliable and one of the most recalled cars of all time.”
1978 Chevrolet C/K Diesel
Oldsmobile’s diesel engine had gained a reputation for unreliability and anemic performance that damaged the North American passenger Diesel market for the next 20 years. It found its way into Chevy half-ton pickups in 1978. There was nothing about these engines that a petrol conversion wouldn’t fix.
1923 Chevrolet Series M
An early air cooled engine experiment by Chevrolet. According to Edmunds, “About 500 were built and virtually all were recalled and scuttled.”
1975 Chevrolet Corvette
The 165 horsepower Vette. Even the optional L82 version only produced 205hp. Nuff’ said.
2007 Malibu Maxx SS
“Kind of a station wagon, but with less utility and style. The worst car ever built to wear Chevy’s “SS” name,” said Edmunds.
1917 Chevrolet Series D
Chevrolet’s first V8 lasted two years producing less horsepower than the Chevrolet 4 cylinder engine. This disaster ended Chevy V8 design and production for the next 37 years.
1971 Chevy Vega
The highest rated worst Chevy on the list. We’ll give the glory of the final description to the original article by Edmunds: An engine that couldn’t hold oil, in a car built with contempt for its buyers. It’s the car that invited Americans to buy Toyotas and Hondas. However, it did make a good Pro Stock racer.