Car Makers - Worst Manufacturers of MY 1985

The Car Manufacturers with the Least Reliable and Durable Cars of Model Year 1985 by CR's 1991 List of Used Cars to Avoid

This page lists the worst car manufacturers of model year 1985 by two measures, both of which employ Consumer Reports' list of Used Cars to Avoid. Both measures use the 1985 models on the 1991 list of Cars to Avoid, when the 1986 cars were about 5 ½ years old, that is, in the age range 5-to-6 years old. 

1985's Worst Car Makers by Share of CR's 1991 list of 1985 Cars to Avoid

The 6 worst car manufacturers of 1985 by share of CR's 1991 list of 1985 Cars to Avoid are listed below, together with their corresponding shares.

  • General Motors Corporation (renamed Motors Liquidation Company in a bankruptcy proceeding), accounting for 51.9% of 1985 Cars to Avoid in 1991
  • Chrysler Corporation, accounting for 19.2%
  • Ford Motor Company, accounting for 17.3%
  • American Motors Corporation, accounting for 7.7%
  • Isuzu Motors Ltd, accounting for 1.9%
  • Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd (Subaru), accounting for 1.9%
General Motors Corporation is first among the worst in model years 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 (tied for first), 1992, 1993, 1995 (tied for worst), 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006.
 
Chrysler Corporation/Chrysler Group/Chrysler LLC/Chrysler Group LLC is first among the worst in 1991 (tied for first), 1994, and 1995 (tied for worst).
 
Ford Motor Company is first among the worst in 1991 (tied for first).
 
General Motors Corporation, with debts far exceeding assets and declining sales, filed a bankruptcy petition in 2009 and changed its name to Motors Liquidation Company. A newly incorporated and U.S.-government-financed company took the name General Motors Corporation and acquired many of the assets, including the old manufacturing plants, as well as many of the employees, of Motors Liquidation Company, now mainly a shell.
 
American Motors Corporation was absorbed by Chrysler Corporation in 1987, and Chrysler took a trip through bankruptcy in 2009 that was similar to that taken by General Motors. U.S.-government financing provided the means by which a "new" Chrysler and GM emerged with much of their old manufacturing facilities and most of their former employees and gave them at least a temporary respite from the effects of the decades-long consumer shift toward quality.  As of the spring 2012, both are still car manufacturers.
 
The following bar graph depicts each car company's share of the 1985 Used Cars to Avoid in 1991 at an approximate age of 5 ½ years.

This is a bar graph of car maker shares of the worst cars of 1985 by CR’s 1991 list of 1985 Used Cars to Avoid. Chart by James Benjamin Bleeker, 20 March 2012.

In 1985 the Michigan 4 - General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, and American Motors - very solidly dominate the Cars to Avoid. Only 4% of 1985's worst came from other automobile manufacturers.

1985's Worst Car Manufacturers by Number of Manufacturer's 1985 Cars to Avoid Divided by All of Its 1985 Cars Rated in 1991

For this quality measure, we divide the car maker's number of 1985 models on CR's 1991 list of Used Cars to Avoid by the number of its 1985 models rated in Consumer Reports' April 1991 Reliability Tables. This computation is done with the intent to garner a rough estimate as to how likely a brand's models will be among the Cars to Avoid at about 5 ½ years.

The 6 worst 1985 car manufacturers by this quality measure are, in descending order (worst first):

  • American Motors Corporation, with a quotient value of 1.00 based on 4 rated models
  • General Motors Corporation, with a quotient value of 0.37 based on 73 rated models
  • Isuzu Motors Ltd (then an affiliate of General Motors), with a quotient value of 0.33 based on 3 rated models
  • Chrysler Corporation, with a quotient value of 0.30 based on 33 rated models
  • Ford Motor Company, with a quotient value of 0.27 based on 33 rated models
  • Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd (Subaru), with a quotient value of 0.25 based on 4 rated models
All of the car company quotients that are greater than 0 for model year 1985 are depicted in the following bar graph.

This s a bar graph of 1985’s worst car makers by dividing the number of the manufacturer’s 1985 Cars to Avoid in 1991 by all of its 1985 rated cars in Consumer Reports’ April 1991 Reliability Tables. Chart by James Benjamin Bleeker, 20 March 2012.

The Nova, a rebadged Corolla, is not included in the above computations.
 
Additional Resources

Best Car Brands by CR's List of Used Cars to Avoid: 1985  1986  1987  1988  1989  1990  1991  1992  1993  1994  1995  1996  1997  1998  1999  2000  2001  2002  2003  2004  2005  2006 

Worst Car Brands by CR's List of Used Cars to Avoid:  1985  1986  1987  1988  1989  1990  1991  1992  1993  1994  1995  1996  1997  1998  1999  2000  2001  2002  2003  2004  2005  2006

Best Car Makers by CR's List of Used Cars to Avoid: 1985  1986  1987  1988  1989  1990  1991  1992  1993  1994  1995  1996  1997  1998  1999  2000  2001  2002  2003  2004  2005  2006

Worst Car Makers by CR's List of Used Cars to Avoid:  1985  1986  1987  1988  1989  1990  1991  1992  1993  1994  1995  1996  1997  1998  1999  2000  2001  2002  2003  2004  2005  2006

The Best Cars of Each Model Year by Reliability-Durability GPA: 1975  1976  1977  1978  1979  1980  1981  1982  1983  1984  1985  1986  ...  2004  2005

The Worst Cars of Each Model Year by Reliability-Durability GPA: 1980  1981  1982  1983  1984  1985  1986  ...  2004  2005 

The Best Car Brands of Each Model Year by Reliability-Durability GPA: 1985  1986 ...  2004  2005

The Worst Car Brands of Each Model Year by Reliability-Durability GPA: 1985  1986 ...  2004  2005

The Best Car Manufacturers of Each Model Year by Reliability-Durability GPA: 1985  1986 ...  2004  2005

The Worst Car Manufacturers of Each Model Year by Reliability-Durability GPA: 1985  1986 ...  2004  2005

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