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Is buying a used car as much of a game of chance as flipping a coin? When you flip a coin, you have a 50/50 shot at being right. If you do your homework, your chances of driving a good used car are much better. Still, some cars might look good and even have strong reputations when you see them, but once you begin to live with them, it’s easy to see where things went wrong. Here are five used cars that might be better left out of your search.

Blue Used Ford Escape posed.
Used Ford Escape | Ford

Ford Escape

The Ford Escape is a small SUV that’s a pretty common sight on the road. Although trusted by many drivers, the Escape has a poor reputation that could cost a pretty penny in the long run. A common issue is a bad transmission that can cause shuddering and jerking. These SUVs also suffer from serious suspension problems. A used Ford Escape could cost a lot in high-priced repairs.

Red 2015 Chrysler 200 posed.
2015 Chrysler 200 | Chrysler

Chrysler 200

The Chrysler 200 was deleted from the market several years ago, but you can still find it among the used cars on many dealership lots. reports several issues with this Chrysler sedan, especially the 2015 model year version. This car faced several recalls and often presented owners with engine problems and speed control issues.

Black 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth hatchback
2012 Fiat 500 Abarth | Fiat

Fiat 500

Unless you absolutely must have this tiny hatchback, avoid the Fiat 500. This car has a poor reputation. Often, people come up with unflattering acronyms for car brands. Fiat’s is Fix It Again Tony. While we don’t know who Tony is, maybe the mechanic, the Fiat 500 suffers from serious reliability issues and poor quality ratings, according to Automoblog.

2012 Volkswagen Eos convertible used car posed
2012 Volkswagen Eos | Volkswagen

Volkswagen Eos

The Volkswagen Eos is a terrible used convertible and should be avoided. This car could be fun and enjoyable, especially when its sunny out, but its not worth your time and energy. This VW is prone to mechanical problems, especially with the power windows and convertible top, leading to expensive repair costs and a lack of driving pleasure.

Used BMW 3 Series, luxury used car posed
Used BMW 3 Series | BMW


The allure of a used BMW is incredible. You can enjoy a fantastic driving machine for a good price, but there’s a catch. Maintaining and repairing BMW models can become extremely expensive. If you’re willing to face the high maintenance and repair expenses, a used Beemer might be right for you, but if you’re looking for something more affordable, steer clear.