Exalted Grand Poobah
I always single out the Vega for its myriad engine problems - worn-out main journals, camshaft journals, warped cylinder heads, cracked connecting rods, countless oil leaks and more - all usually with 45,000 miles of driving off the showroom floor.
IF one drove off of the showroom floor - more than one hapless new owner found out their new baby was DOA, COD.
Even a Trabi ran for ten or fifteen miles before the cylinder rings wore out on that miserable two-cycle terror...the Yugo remained in pristine condition, as its mechanical design forbade driving it for more than four or five miles. The Vega only needed three quarts of oil a day to smoke its way around town for the three years' purgatory its new owner was sentenced to, until he/she paid off the car loan. It set records for how much of its showroom value it lost, leaving the showroom - viz., virtually all of it. One was in the hole for at least 34 of the standard 36-month-payment loan and therefore unable to sell it to anyone other than a GM dealer as trade-bait....
...on a CELEBRITY!!