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Twenty truly terrible cars


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Dodge Aspen/Plymouth Volare (1976 - 1980)
1976 Dodge Aspen

1976 Dodge Aspen

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Chrysler's "F-body" cars were introduced as replacements for the indestructible Dodge Dart and Plymouth Valiant, but the nearly-identical Aspen and Volare turned out to be as bullet-ridden as their predecessors were bullet-proof. Both cars met with critical acclaim, but then went on to suffer a string of recalls that nearly sunk Chrysler. Rust was the biggest problem -- most first-year owners were treated to one or more sets of new fenders at Chrysler's expense -- but the emissions-choked engines were troublesome as well, with a string of updates to the ignition and fuel systems that never did solve their hard-starting problems. After just five years, the Aspen and Volare were replaced with the front-wheel-drive K-cars.

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