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Notorious: Nine Cars With Undeserved Bad Reputations

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In automotive history, there's no shortage of cars that were poorly conceived, built, designed, and/or engineered—and for one or many reasons, fully deserving of their bad rap.

For those, you won't need to search long to find long lists of the worst, least reliable, or even most annoying cars on the road. We've all heard of the Ford Pinto, the Chevy Vega, the Yugo and the Renault Alliance, as they often make these lists.

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While each of those models were utter failures in multiple respects, there are plenty of models (like the Porsche above) that didn't altogether deserve their bad reputations. And as all it can take is one scandal, marketing decision, or misguided ad campaign, these demerits can be easy to earn and tough to shake. Click through to see nine of the vehicles that didn't—or didn't fully—deserve their notoriety.

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