Some cars can be really tempting to buy. They look good, they seem cool, they seem like they’ll make your life complete. But what you’ll get is more grief than they were ever worth.
You can pick up a Mazda RX-8 for dirt cheap. But there’s a reason. Yes they look great. Yes they’re unique. Yes they handle better than anything you’ve ever driven. But they flood on cold starts. They eat oil. They only run on conventional oil and premium fuel. And when anything breaks, it’s expensive.
Owning a BMW SUV seems like a no-brainer. It’s only after you pay the sticker price and discover you’ve bought something that’s too sporty to be a good SUV and too much of an SUV to be a good sports car, that you’ll feel regret. The 5-series also has more trunk space and rear leg room.
Scion FRS / Subaru BRZ
The FRS / BRZ is beloved for good reason. It’s a small, cheap drift machine. But there’s just so much better bang for your buck out there. It’s not fun when you get passed by the ten-year-old Jetta after making your first car payment.
You got sold on the commercials that promised you an ultra-cool, city-going lifestyle. You bought a boring rental car.
Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8
It seems tempting to buy a Jeep with 400hp. But after filling it up with gas a few times, you might feel otherwise.
Dodge Charger V6
I know a V6 Charger might seem tempting. It’s cheap to insure and run, and you get a cool badge. But you’ll be made miserable by the under-powered V6 and the horrible interior.
In 2014, US Consumer Reports released a report saying that 10% new Regal buyers sold after the first year of ownership. The new Buick isn’t a terrible car, but it would seem owners were expecting comfort and luxury closer to a new Lexus or BMW.