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7 Cars You Should Avoid Buying

December 29, 2016

Consumer Reports this week released a list of 7 vehicles that owners regretted buying most, which means you should really reconsider if one of these vehicles is on your list.

The list is compiled from the over 300,000 submissions of the annual owner satisfaction survey. The least satisfied buyers were Acura ILX owners.

See below for the list and common owner complaints. As always, I recommend using TrueCar No Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise to see if the best prices local dealers are offering right now.

Least Satisfied Owners

Small SUVJeep CompassDoesn’t have any power; the gas mileage could be better.”

“The driver’s seat cannot be raised, and it is hard for a short person to see over a bulky dash.”

“The air conditioning indicator for on or off is very difficult to see.”
Midsized SUVNissan Pathfinder“It had quite a few issues when it was new which the dealer had to handle.”

“I’m just very disappointed with the car. Sideboard popped off. Trim on front bumper keeps popping out. Gas mileage is severely lower than what was advertised.”

“Seats are very uncomfortable. Four of us did a road trip, and all four drivers could not get the seat adjusted so your back didn’t hurt.”
Small CarDodge Dart“Difficult to find a comfortable seating position; tilt steering is not adjustable enough.”

“The air conditioning works poorly, and the ride is very stiff.”

“Too many problems. Some still not fixed.”
Midsized CarChrysler 200Entry and exit of vehicle is very difficult. Cruise control on downgrade is terrible.”

“I have never had a car in the last 25 years that was so noticeable when shifting.”

“More road noise than I expected. Too loud on the highway. It feels smaller than it is.”
MinivanDodge Grand Caravan“Carpet and upholstery are cheap. Starting to see wear after one year and 11,000 miles of ownership.”

“The transmission shifts gears at the wrong time and sometimes roughly.”

“Seats are uncomfortable on long rides.”
Pickup TruckNissan Frontier“It’s just very noisy. The design of the king cab doors don’t seal very well and allow for a lot of road noise to come in.”

“The XM radio display is the least helpful and useable of any I have ever seen.”

“Materials of dash and doors should be better.”
Least SatisfyingAcura ILXLacks acceleration, noisy, poor quality paint, shaky ride... very expensive for the poor quality offered.”

“It shifts too soon into higher gear, making acceleration feel sluggish unless under hard acceleration.”

“Road noise is very pronounced. I will be trading the ILX in as soon as I can on something quieter.”

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, Edmunds, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

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