What's The Dumbest Car Design Mistake?

Automobiles are designed by well-trained engineers and tested methodically. Every once in a while, though, some completely ridiculous flaw slips through and makes drivers miserable. What's the stupidest design glitch that ever got through a development process?

Hondas, and by extension Acuras, in the 1980s had superlative manual transmissions. They were smooth and direct, and clutch pedal takeup was all but perfect. In the first-generation Acura Legend, however, that clutch was entirely too small to manage the engine's output and the car's weight. Clutches tend to last about as long as a pizza at a frat party. It's one of the very few Hondas where the automatic is the better long-term choice.


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