Fourth-worst: 1987 Yugo
The Serbian-made Yugo shows up frequently on worst-car lists. Edmunds.com ranks the 1987 Yugo as the fourth-worst car ever made, but Oldham said it was a contender for No. 1.
"The Yugo was terrible in every way -- terrible quality, terrible performance, and it fell apart around you as it went down the road," he said.
The 1987 Yugo was a Serbian-made version of the Fiat 127, under license from Fiat.
For a time, it was sold in the U.S., with 141,511 sold here between 1985 and 1991 -- "a Serbian-made version of the Fiat 127 that couldn't possibly be as awful as its low price suggested," Edmunds.com said. "But it was!"
Like the Trabant, the Yugo was built in a Communist society where responding to consumer demand was not considered to be important. Then it was exported to the U.S., where it had one source of appeal: It was cheap, not inappropriately.
After our list was first published, a reader wrote to say: "I was at the parts counter the other day and a guy asked the clerk, 'Do you have a set of wiper blades for a Yugo?' The guy thought about it for a minute and said, 'Well, I guess that's a fair trade.'"