From economically savvy vehicles to luxury cars, there have been a number of automobiles that have churned out terrible engines over the years.
Some of these cars have been plagued with everything from recalls for door latches and exploding airbags, to transmissions locking up and engines exploding, making it seem like too many parts of a car can go wrong at a time.
However, of all the issues you can run into, having a doomed engine is perhaps one of the worst. It doesn’t matter if you have two cylinders or twelve, eventually a major component is going to go bad and leave you stranded.
And while most cars will have 100,000 miles or more on their odometer before giving troubles, some engines may suffer from birth defects right from the get-go.
Whether it’s due to poor engineering, materials, assembly techniques, or any combination of the three, crappy engines can quickly ruin the joy of owning a car. Which brings to the fore the big question of what cars have some of the worst engines ever made?
The First Ford V8
The iconic Ford flathead was the first production V8 engine from and it remained in production for over 20 years. According to reports and automotive historians, early versions of Ford’s mighty V8 was prone to all kinds of problems.
One anonymous expert tells the tale of piston rings that were not made of a properly hardened steel, which in turn caused the engine to burn oil. Due to cooling system design flaws, the rear cylinders always ran hotter than the front six, and the intake manifold never seemed to properly mix fuel with air.
As such, a quart of oil was typically burned ever 100 miles, and both ignition and water pump woes were commonplace.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage ES came with a 3-cylinder motor. This car has a terrible 78 horsepower and 74 pound-feet of torque which is unfortunate given the fact that it’s the latest GT model we’re talking about.
Furthermore, the 1.2-liter sewing machine of an engine has extremely slow acceleration, and it has been said by experts that overtaking a car in a high way is not only time consuming but also dangerous too. Some critics also refer to it as presenting more noise, vibration and harshness, making it seem like you are grinding metals.
Lexus 2.5 V6
The 2014 Lexus IS 250 V6 engine ought to offer something modern but the lackluster motor from the previous generation IS 250 was anything but athletic. The Power of the vehicle came from a pipsqueak of a 2.5-liter V6 that was not only undersized and overly constricted but also had power-robbing emissions systems, leaving an underwhelming feeling for drivers.
This V6 engine produced 204 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque, that is barely more than what can be found in the old Honda Civic Si, which had two fewer cylinders. Consumer Reports referred to the old Lexus 250 as “neither sporty nor luxurious,” and there was massive complaints concerning it’s acceleration.
Critics were also extremely disappointed with observed overall fuel economy ratings, which compared with bigger V6’s.