What Is The Worst Car GM Has Ever Built?

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General Motors has been on a bit of a recall frenzy lately, and with another 2.7 million recalled today, the number of cars without defects is just getting smaller and smaller. But what's the worst one they ever built?

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Some may say the Corvair, but that's just wrong. See, the issue with the Corvair was an issue that faced all rear engined cars, and Ralph Nader just jumped on the bandwagon. Imagine if it didn't go away? It'd be the Chevrolet 911.

No. The worst car GM ever built was a little car called the Cavalier. Specifically the late 1990s Cavalier. A car that a friend of mine had in high school but ended up having to sell because it was literally rusting itself in half. It was like sitting in a car that was built out of junkyard pieces. A car built by a psychotic hoarder.

What say you? What was the worst car GM ever built?

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ash78
Ash78, voting early and often

The Cavalier at least knew its place in the world. Cheap and crappy from the factory. I had many friends (and one gf) with them in the 95-2002 era.

However, the 97-03 Malibu came onto the scene during probably the most competitive era of midsize sedans, but was woefully behind the competition in every way. I feel bad for everyone who had anything to do with it. It was like the Cavalier, but with the pretense of being a solid family sedan. Style, fit & finish, handling, and especially the 4-cyl engine were all horrid. Multiple rentals brought me to the conclusion that this was the worst car of the modern era, and a perfect symbol of GM's focus on trucks and SUVs at the expense of everything else.