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The movie “The Money Pit” presents us with a couple who fall in love with what appears to be an amazing home. As it turns out, this house has more problems than anyone could ever imagine, hence the movie’s title. The same can go for some used cars. You could fall prey to the automotive money pit if you buy the wrong model year or generation of certain cars.

Here are some used cars and the model years to avoid:

2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee posed in front of a home.
2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee | Jeep

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Most model years of the Jeep Grand Cherokee are good and can give you the off-road prowess and desired driving experience. The Grand Cherokee ranges from the Laredo to the Summit trims, offering a wide range of capability and equipment levels. Still, some model years should be avoided due to poor reliability scores.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Years to Avoid: 2007, 2011-2014, 2016

2012 Chrysler Town & Country minivan posed in front of a building.
2012 Chrysler Town & Country | Chrysler

Chrysler Town & Country

The Chrysler Town & Country was the top-end minivan before the Pacifica arrived. Built on the same platform as the Dodge Grand Caravan, the Town & Country includes:

  • Upscale seating materials
  • A smooth driving experience
  • High-end features compared to other models in the class

A few model years were plagued with issues with consumers reporting trouble, causing serious reliability, safety, and performance problems.

Chrysler Town & Country Years to Avoid: 2009-2012

Red 2014 Ram 1500 pickup truck driving down the road.
2014 Ram 1500 | Ram

 Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 is one of the market’s most comfortable and useful full-size pickup trucks. This truck offers several great years that you can trust among used cars. Unfortunately, two years stand out as models that iwastesomuchmoney dubs as “never buy” models. The 2014 and 2016 models suffer from serious brake system problems and power component failures.

Ram 1500 Years to Avoid: 2014, 2016

2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI driving on the road.
2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI | Volkswagen

Volkswagen Jetta

The Volkswagen Jetta is one of the top choices among used cars, especially for consumers searching for something different than the rest of the mainstream models offered. The previous decade wasn’t good for this compact sedan. The Jetta suffered from issues with the power equipment, interior finish, and audio system for a stretch. Other issues you might experience include the climate control system failing.

Volkswagen Jetta Years to Avoid: 2010-2016

2016 Chevrolet Suburban driving down the highway.
2016 Chevrolet Suburban | Chevrolet

Chevrolet Suburban

The Suburban name dates back to the 1930s, making this one of the longest-running vehicle names in the entire market. When looking for a used full-size SUV, most Suburban models can last a long time and give you an excellent drive. Still, a few models suffer from issues with the power windows, audio system, and finish.

Chevrolet Suburban Years to Avoid: 2007,2008, 2014, 2016

2016 Ford Focus compact car on the road.
2016 Ford Focus | Ford

Ford Focus

During the early 2000s, the Focus was one of the top cars in its class. Although no longer part of the current market, you can find Ford Focus used cars that can provide excellent driving for many miles. Unfortunately, a few models weren’t so good, with problems related to the transmission.

Ford Focus Years to Avoid: 2012-2016