Your car's reliability .

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    Dec 19, 2012 6:27 PM GMT
    We most of us have one car or more ..
    We are talking about reliability only , would you buy again the car (s ) you own now ?
    List the make , model and year , and why you would or wouldn't ..

    I have a 2005 Kia Cereto / Spectra in the U.S with 55.000miles , i would buy it again , very reliable not a problem in 8 years , never went to the shop except for maintenance .
    I own a 1999 Toyata L.C serie 105 turbo diesel in Queensland with 60.000km . I would buy it again , not as reliable at the Kia , weak front differential , but i also stress the truck a lot when i go Off-road caravaning , beside the problem with the front diff. , only regular maintenance have been needed , it really has been a very tough and reliable truck , considering what i have been putting it through all these years !!
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    Dec 19, 2012 6:42 PM GMT
    I don't think that there are many complaints about the reliability of Toyotas. Mine is a 1990 4-runner. Closing in on 300,000 miles.

    At present, the issue actually is whether to "buy it again" or not. Due to financial bottleneck and deferred maintenance, it currently needs enough parts and repairs to probably equal its current value. Given that, I'm sure it would cheerfully go another 100,000 miles or more. But after all these years, I am SO tired of the tiny seats. And the tiny pedals. I can't physically drive it with my winter coat and boots on. On the other hand, I probably wouldn't be able to sell it without doing those repairs. I'd have to just give it away.

    Ah, I'll probably fix it and keep going.
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    Dec 20, 2012 3:43 AM GMT
    Wow. Your 4-Runner didn't experience the engine sludge problem? Consider yourself lucky. icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 20, 2012 4:21 AM GMT
    2010 VW GTI with 39,000 miles

    - Replaced touchscreen radio
    - Replaced waterpump
    - Replaced AC blower motor
    - Rear window spray nozzle leaked into interior
    - Timing chain tension failure

    I thought I'd be lucky and be one of those guys to tell naysayers my VW has been nothing but reliable but no such luck. I will not be buying another VW anytime soon. I had a Honda CR-Z & Civic prior that never gave troubles.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 20, 2012 4:23 AM GMT
    Well I have a 2012 Hyundai Veloster so I haven't had it long enough to judge.

    I can say that my 2002 black Ford Ranger 4x4 has never had to have anything done to it! Nothing...

    Well it also has 15,000 miles on it....haha.

    My Saturns never had problems. I had 4.
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    Dec 20, 2012 4:41 AM GMT
    2005 MINI-Cooper S convertiable. I would not buy it again based on reliability, but based on the fact that it still puts a smile on my face whenever I take it out for a ride? Yes icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif

    1997 Chevy Lumina. Based on reliability? Yes.
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    Dec 20, 2012 4:46 AM GMT
    2001 Ford Mustang - 150K miles

    Kinda hard to believe she's still going strong. I'll drive this for all it's worth.
  • LJay

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    Dec 20, 2012 4:52 AM GMT
    Would buy it again in a heartbeat.

    Honda 2001 CR-V

    Had a 1991 Civic hatchback and a 1998 CR-V(someone else totaled it.)

    Excellent service from these cars.

    For the VW naysayers: I drove a VW bug for 17 years before I had the first Honda. We had sort of a thing going.

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    Dec 20, 2012 5:23 AM GMT
    ATC84 said2010 VW GTI with 39,000 miles

    - Replaced touchscreen radio
    - Replaced waterpump
    - Replaced AC blower motor
    - Rear window spray nozzle leaked into interior
    - Timing chain tension failure

    I thought I'd be lucky and be one of those guys to tell naysayers my VW has been nothing but reliable but no such luck. I will not be buying another VW anytime soon. I had a Honda CR-Z & Civic prior that never gave troubles.


    Sounds like we've had similar "car paths"! I went from a 2011 CR-Z, to a 2011 Civic SI, to a 2005 Toyota Tacoma, to a 2012 GTI. Hopefully it'll be a solid car (knock on wood! 3,600 miles and counting).

    I'd definitely buy the Tacoma again (just based on Reliability). I didn't have the CR-Z or Civic long enough to make a fair judgement. The GTI is also too new to make any kind of fair judgement.
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    Dec 20, 2012 5:30 AM GMT
    Got a 2009 Volvo S80 about 4.5 years ago. Currently has 85k miles. Bought at 1k miles.

    - just replaced battery a week ago
    - replaced tires twice

    * did a lot of driving in high school because my school is 33 miles away from home and I am currently interning in Miami so that's a long commute.
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    Dec 20, 2012 5:40 AM GMT
    KOgary said
    I'd definitely buy the Tacoma again (just based on Reliability). I didn't have the CR-Z or Civic long enough to make a fair judgement. The GTI is also too new to make any kind of fair judgement.


    The GTI is mostly refresh. Current MKVI generation is the same basic car as the prior MKV with only the new engine which still debuted 2008.5 in the MKV. Next year the MKVII comes to shores which will be brand spanking new from the underpinning platform on up.

    In some ways I wish I still had the CR-Z. It wasn't fast but it didn't give me any trouble, used regular gasoline, and cheap consumables like oil & tires. I bet you traded yours in because of the lacking acceleration. I did the same icon_twisted.gif
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    Dec 20, 2012 5:59 AM GMT
    ATC84 said2010 VW GTI with 39,000 miles

    - Replaced touchscreen radio
    - Replaced waterpump
    - Replaced AC blower motor
    - Rear window spray nozzle leaked into interior
    - Timing chain tension failure

    I thought I'd be lucky and be one of those guys to tell naysayers my VW has been nothing but reliable but no such luck. I will not be buying another VW anytime soon. I had a Honda CR-Z & Civic prior that never gave troubles.


    I'm with you there.

    The same company makes VW, Porsche, and Audi and I'd buy none of them!! My first new car was a 1964 VW. The clutch had to be replaced at 25,000 miles. The brake drums were never round, a problem which was never solved. While it was being serviced, I drove slighter later model VWs and they all had out of round brake drums. I can see that a car might have a problem for one year, but there is no excuse for not fixing the problem for subsequent years.

    My third new car was a 1971 Porsche 914 which had the same engine as the VW 411. The clutch cable broke three times. The air box for the heater rusted through in only 1.5 years (I lived in Minneapolis at the time). The right front torsion bar broke and the replacement torsion bar cost more than $90 which was several times more than the cost of similar torsion bars on other cars. The oil cooler sprang an oil leak that was so bad that I had to leave the car at the dealer and, because I didn't have an appointment for service, it took them almost two weeks to fix it. When they did, they claimed that all eight push rod tubes were leaking (how could all eight spring a leak at the same time when there had not been any leaking before?) and they charged a fortune to fix the leaks. A pin broke in the shift linkage and it took a few months for them to get the new part. The parking brake worked on only one of the rear wheels and there was no provision to balance it. If left outside, it would never start in cool damp weather; moisture would condense inside the distributor cap making starting impossible. Perhaps the worst problem was uncooperative dealers. I could go on, but surely that is enough.

    My sister had an Audi and had expensive problems with it.

    For many years, VWs, Porsches, and Audis used the same door locks and, because of a defective design, it was very easy to break into the cars. It took years for the manufacturer to correct the problem. Again, I could understand it if a car had a problem for one model year, but there is no excuse for not correcting the problem for subsequent model years.

    One might say that because these problems occurred years ago, there is no reason to avoid those cars. However, corporation culture and policies often outlive the people who established them so there is still good reason to avoid those cars. Besides, the Consumer Reports found that VWs had poor frequency of repair records, and that is recent information.
  • nomadfornow

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    Dec 20, 2012 6:01 AM GMT
    I have a 1995 Nissan extended cab pickup truck, which I bought new. It has been wonderfully reliable. We've been through the desert southwest in August and several winters in Wisconsin and everything else in between. Mechanics have told me that they've seen this truck run 350-400,000 miles easily, and I have hoped to have the same luck. As far as the engine is concerned, it's still in tip top shape. But sadly, yesterday I was informed that there is a serious amount of rust on the frame... it's crumbling away. Nothing that can be done about it (thank you, copious amounts of Wisconsin winter road salt). I'm heartbroken. Yes, heartbroken. I've loved my little truck like a friend and will weep like a little schoolgirl when the day comes -- very soon -- that I have to say goodbye. But once it has been said, I will absolutely buy another one.
  • Montague

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    Dec 20, 2012 6:02 AM GMT
    Seeing as how I can do my own maintenance..my babes completely reliable. icon_cool.gif
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    Dec 20, 2012 6:06 AM GMT
    nomadfornow saidI have a 1995 Nissan extended cab pickup truck, which I bought new. It has been wonderfully reliable. We've been through the desert southwest in August and several winters in Wisconsin and everything else in between. Mechanics have told me that they've seen this truck run 350-400,000 miles easily, and I have hoped to have the same luck. As far as the engine is concerned, it's still in tip top shape. But sadly, yesterday I was informed that there is a serious amount of rust on the frame... it's crumbling away. Nothing that can be done about it (thank you, copious amounts of Wisconsin winter road salt). I'm heartbroken. Yes, heartbroken. I've loved my little truck like a friend and will weep like a little schoolgirl when the day comes -- very soon -- that I have to say goodbye. But once it has been said, I will absolutely buy another one.


    Yeah, I had a 81 Datsun that was doing fine... until two winters on Michigan salted roads and it rusted away to nothing.
  • FRE0

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    Dec 20, 2012 6:07 AM GMT
    My 2004 Mazda 3, with manual transmission, has been totally reliable except for a problem which was fixed under warranty when the car was 1.5 years old. It became impossible to turn off the headlights because of an esoteric electronic problem; these modern cars are too complicated, too computerized, and too electronified. I had to take a trip to Denver before the new part arrived, so I had to disconnect the battery every time I parked the car. That's the only problem I've ever had with it, although it does have only 18,000 miles on it. I've put many more miles on motorcycles than on my car.

    Oh, I just replaced the original battery today, but it was more than eight years old.
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    Dec 20, 2012 6:08 AM GMT
    nomadfornow saidI have a 1995 Nissan extended cab pickup truck, which I bought new. It has been wonderfully reliable. We've been through the desert southwest in August and several winters in Wisconsin and everything else in between. Mechanics have told me that they've seen this truck run 350-400,000 miles easily, and I have hoped to have the same luck. As far as the engine is concerned, it's still in tip top shape. But sadly, yesterday I was informed that there is a serious amount of rust on the frame... it's crumbling away. Nothing that can be done about it (thank you, copious amounts of Wisconsin winter road salt). I'm heartbroken. Yes, heartbroken. I've loved my little truck like a friend and will weep like a little schoolgirl when the day comes -- very soon -- that I have to say goodbye. But once it has been said, I will absolutely buy another one.


    Surely Nissan knew about road salt in Wisconsin and could have designed the vehicle to withstand it.
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    Dec 20, 2012 6:09 AM GMT
    2010 limited 4runner.. nothing so far besides me being an asian driver and backed into another car
  • nomadfornow

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    Dec 20, 2012 6:38 AM GMT
    mindgarden said

    Yeah, I had a 81 Datsun that was doing fine... until two winters on Michigan salted roads and it rusted away to nothing.


    Road salt up north is vicious stuff. My truck endured eight winters' worth, but now it's apparently beyond saving.
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    Dec 20, 2012 5:42 PM GMT
    nomadfornow saidI have a 1995 Nissan extended cab pickup truck, which I bought new. It has been wonderfully reliable. We've been through the desert southwest in August and several winters in Wisconsin and everything else in between. Mechanics have told me that they've seen this truck run 350-400,000 miles easily, and I have hoped to have the same luck. As far as the engine is concerned, it's still in tip top shape. But sadly, yesterday I was informed that there is a serious amount of rust on the frame... it's crumbling away. Nothing that can be done about it (thank you, copious amounts of Wisconsin winter road salt). I'm heartbroken. Yes, heartbroken. I've loved my little truck like a friend and will weep like a little schoolgirl when the day comes -- very soon -- that I have to say goodbye. But once it has been said, I will absolutely buy another one.


    They are very popular in Australia , because of their reliability ...icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 20, 2012 5:57 PM GMT
    I have a 1999 Mercedes A-Class. It has been a very reliable car (not one problem in 13 years and 100 000km). But the parts are really overpriced (mercedes prices...) and the fuel consumption is astronomic for such a little car. But yeah, again it's 13 years old...
  • Machina

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    Dec 20, 2012 5:59 PM GMT
    Have a 1995 Volvo 850 with 170,000 miles on it and I haven't had a moment's problem with the car except those which arose because of ignorant corner-cutting mechanics. I tend to do everything on my car except the tires, alignment, or machine work, so it is always in tip top shape.
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    Dec 20, 2012 6:04 PM GMT
    I own a 2011 Land Rover LR 4 which I would buy again DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE RELIABILITY IS ABYSMAL!!! (Land Rover and Jaguar have been at the bottom of Consumer Report's reliability ranking forever.) I'd buy it again for sentimental reasons, because I haven't had many problems with my LR 4, LR 3s, and Discoveries, and because I think they're fantastic cars that are both great fun and very practical in Chicago's weather.
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    Dec 20, 2012 8:46 PM GMT
    I always ignored c/r and urban legend about how nighmarish BMW's reliability allegedly is. And Im glad I did; Im on my fourth, and theyve all been awesome.

    My first was a tuned 335i, putting out 400 hp, and it was perfect for 10k miles.
    Traded it for a 335 sedan since it was a little too small for me. The dreaded n54 fuel pump failure was coming (indicated by long-crank), and my dealer ordered and replaced the pump to avoid the hassle when it eventually failed. Otherwise it was perfect. My third and final 335 was a 2009 sedan, bought for the new n55 engine. It too was flawless....until my partner totaled it.

    After that I decided to move up to a car more size appropriate, even if I lost some performance. I now have a F10 535, which other than two bent wheels, has been great too. Early next year, its replacement will be arriving from germany. Hoping my luck will continue....
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    Dec 20, 2012 8:54 PM GMT
    2012 VW Jetta - 1600 miles - 4 months old, so it better be reliablle! icon_smile.gif