When Walter White, the main character of the hit TV show “Breaking Bad,” spent some of his ill-gotten gains on this luxury car, sales skyrocketed. People rushed to dealers to pick up the same luxury car as Bryan Cranston’s character, but far too many realized it might have been a mistake to buy a car on a whim.
Like a lot of other Chryslers, the 300 models didn’t have a great track record when it came to reliability, meaning repair and upkeep costs were high. Combine that with an average yearly depreciation of thirty-two percent; it ended up leaving a lot of people with a car they didn’t want and one that didn’t let them get their money back.
This one might come as a surprise if you watch sales numbers since the MKZ is Lincoln's best-selling sedan. High sales numbers don't always mean satisfied customers; however – despite the sales numbers, this model is no longer a focus for the automaker, meaning attention to detail and overall quality have both fallen.
The car's engine is a bog-standard four cylinders, and while the cabin and the driving tech both speak of luxury, the experience as a whole remains uncompelling. We've seen worse on this list, but, again, a luxury car needs to be more than just “standard.”
Cadillacs are some of the most well-regarded cars on the market. Calling something a “Cadillac of X” is a mark of quality. But even they have their failures. The ATS ranks poorly among other luxury cars of its type. Though the performance isn't too bad, it wasn't as reliable as other cars that Cadillac has produced, the cabin was unimpressive, and both the seating space and the trunk space were too low.
For a luxury car, people expect more. In addition, and along with many of the other vehicles on this list, the car depreciated rather quickly, meaning most people tried to get rid of it not long after buying to try and recoup their losses.
Apparently, the Buick Regal had always had a “buyer beware” sticker on it, even when the model debuted all the way back in 1973. On average, a Regal will lose an estimated thirty-two percent of its initial value after just one year of ownership, a staggering amount.
What's worse, even if you try to resell, you'll find a lot of people turning their noses up at the model since there have been plenty of issues that reviewers are quick to point out. Buick has made strides toward refurbishing the model's reputation, but it still has a long way to go in creating a car that people will want to keep for more than a year or one that will be worth it.
For a lot of people, Mercedes means quality. That changed for plenty when the Mercedes E-Class came out since it's been called one of the least reliable cars on the road. “J.D. Power and Associates” gave it only two out of five for reliability, a crushing score that is certainly not something Mercedes-Benz is trying to achieve.
This lack of reliability, as well as skyrocketing maintenance costs, made buyers turn their backs on the model. With a price tag of more than fifty thousand dollars, buyers expected a lot more than what they were seeing. With all these problems, the E-Class was almost dead on arrival.