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These Are The 5 Most Unreliable Used EV's That Are On The Market
2016 Tesla Model X
The 2016 Tesla Model X had few fans, with even Elon Musk saying, “I’m not sure anyone should have made this car. We probably should have just [modified the Model S].”
Since its release, the Model X has been the subject of 24 NHTSA safety recalls, including ones for faulty seat belts, airbags, collision avoidance, and autonomous driving systems.
2019 Smart EQ ForTwo
One EV that provided a limited range for drivers was the 2019 Smart EQ ForTwo, which was powered by a 17 kWh battery and 80 horsepower motor.
These gave the ForTwo a range of less than 60 miles, making it an impractical choice for suburban commuters or longer road trips, even if you can charge it relatively quickly.
2015-16 e-Golf
While Volkswagen was surrounded by negative press around their diesel engines, the failure of the e-Golf was due to the EV’s engineering, not the company’s reputation.
The 2015-2016 models had many issues, such as a battery system that could overheat to the point of shutting down and problems with starting or charging properly.
2013 Tesla Model S
The 2013 Model S has been the subject of multiple NHTSA recalls and consumer complaints over issues like power steering and a potentially fatal airbag inflator.
Three Model S cars also caught fire after front-end crashes, and the Washington Post reported that at least five Model S cars caught fire while charging in garages overnight.
2019 Fiat 500e
While slightly more dependable than other cars on this list, the 2019 Fiat 500e still has issues, such as its limited range of only 84 miles.
The 500e didn’t have any recalls, but the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety gave the car an overall rating of “poor” for its ability to protect the driver in a crash.