Cheap Cars To Avoid

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Lincoln Continental

The 1998-2002 Lincoln Continental is a super luxury car that comes with all the bells and whistles you could possibly want in a car at a super low price.

These cars retailed for 38K when they were new but are worth nowhere near that today. I see many Continentals with under 100K miles advertised for 2 to 3 grand.

It’s great that these cars offer so many creature comforts for such a low price. But are they even worth buying?

I wouldn’t recommend buying these cars. The Continental cannot run for a month without needing some kind of repair. All of the electronic gadgets are great when they’re working, but a big headache when they’re not.

If you must drive a luxury car, I would recommend paying a little more and buy an early 90s Lexus LS400. The Lexus looks better, handles better and lasts much longer.

 

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Grand Cherokees are one of the least reliable SUVs on the market. You will often find these on the market for a few grand. Don’t be tempted to buy one.

 

Saab 900

I have to admit, I really like the design of the late 90s to early 2000 models before they were acquired by GM. But they are unreliable automobiles, especially the turbo models. While they are cheap to buy used, in the long run I don’t think they are worth the potential headaches. But if you must buy one then go for the non turbo models.

 

Volkswagen Jetta

Stay away from the 1993 to 1999 model years. They may be tempting to buy because of their cheap prices but you will end up paying much more in repairs.

I like the styling of the car and the way it rides but it is under powered and feels sluggish.

My relative bought a used 1994 Jetta back in 1995 and I remember how solid the car felt. At first the car drove like a jewel. It was a little under powered but felt as solid as any BMW on the road.

It wasn’t until a few years later when the car began to experience problems left and right. The engine and transmission were fine but the car kept experiencing electrical system problems. Fuses would burn out causing all sorts of problems with the interior lights.

Let’s just say this was the first and last time my relative would buy a Jetta.