10 Cars That Embarrassed Their Makers

Tony's 318ti

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2. BMW 318ti

Introduced in 1995 the BMW 318ti was a three-door hatchback targeted at customers who couldn’t afford the more expensive 3-series. Starting price for the 318ti was $19,900, which was enticing, who wouldn’t want a BMW for under 20 grand? The problem was the car looked cheap inside and out. It looked like an E36 3-series that had the rear end chopped off and replaced with a hatchback. The only engine was a weak 1.8 liter 138 horsepower four-cylinder that took more than nine seconds to reach 60 mph. The interior was covered in mostly tacky plastic and the seats were uncomfortable. Customers stayed away from the 318ti, with only 7000 being sold in the first year.

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