nickh From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 121 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4097 times:
Just a poll for for my curiosity:
What is the most reliable car/truck/vehicle that you have ever owned?
The criteria is - the least number of mechanical/electric problems, aside from normal maintainence and wear and tear.
Here is mine:
Back in 1989, I drove a brand new Honda Accord off the showroom floor with 11-miles on the odometer. It was about the 6th car that I owned, back then. I took proper care of it, and it never failed me. In 2006, I bought an Infiniti Q45t and I gave the Accord -with 120K miles on the odometer - to a couple of friends of mine. To this day, they still drive it every day (45-miles each-way to work) with no problems, no major repairs that have ever been done on it (even the manual 5-speed transmission works great, clutch is just fine). The odometer on that 1989 Accord reads 265K miles now!
The Infiniti Q45, on the other hand, is a real money pit. It is great fun to drive, but hideously expensive to maintain, if you want it done right -- they don't make the Q's anymore, as you might know, so certain parts have to be special ordered from Japan/Nissan Corp. (like the multiple O2/fuel sensors that went out a while back), certain electronic suspension components, etc.
Another friend has a 1980 Mercedes-Benz 300D Diesel (NON-Turbo) with the Cast-Iron 5-cylinder block engine. That thing is built like a tank, and with just a bit of TLC, it will probably last him another 20-years or until the chassis rusts out completely and the thing becomes just a frame and an engine... (smile). At least, that is his plan.
So, what were the most reliable cars that you have owned - the ones that gave you the least trouble?
tz757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2851 posts, RR: 6 Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4083 times:
Quoting nickh (Thread starter):
Another friend has a 1980 Mercedes-Benz 300D Diesel (NON-Turbo) with the Cast-Iron 5-cylinder block engine
I owned a 1983 300D Turbo for a while (my 4th car lol) and despite its old age and having 250k on the odometer, that thing would truck through just about anything and would fire up every time. Got rid of it to get a car that isn't 6 years older than me, but would definitely get one again if I was in a pinch.
KingairTA From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 456 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4038 times:
Ok least amount of problems would gave to be my 98 C1500. Had to have head work done at about 120,000 miles. I've owned it since 2001 and it now has over 160,000 and that's the only problem I've had outside of normal wear.
Vehicle that never left me stranded yet has countless electrical gremlins would be my 98 Grand price. I've had it since 03 and the issues I've had are window motors, ABS sensors, and cold solder joints in the HUD which cause illumination issues.
For me normal wear items are brake components, water pumps, alternator's, ball joints etc.
Anyone who puts miles on a vehicle are going to have to change those items out at some point.
iFlyLOTs From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 408 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4037 times:
I just sold my 2003 Saturn Vue, it ran like a champ from the day my dad bought it, to the day I bought it from him, and all the way to the day I sold it. The only problem I ever had with it was from my own stupidity and I hopped a curb at speed and it destroyed the wheel bearing, it would have happened to almost any other car that would've done it from what the mechanic told me. My dad and I got a combined 200,000 miles out of it, it sure was a trooper.
ImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1720 posts, RR: 19 Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3996 times:
I've owned a lot of cars. I am able to think of about half a dozen that were relatively trouble-free. However, there are only two that I sold to people who still have them. Both have over 200K and are still going with just regular upkeep.
1986 Cartier Town Car
and shockingly my old
1972 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 4.5
I know what you mean. I currently drive another Mercedes-Benz. I am fortunate that the items that have required repair have all been covered by the warranty. However, that warranty will run out next summer and I will not keep this car. I do not believe it will be a reliable "old" car. So now what? A Toyota? I think I'd rather have my old Town Car back!
[Edited 2012-10-16 17:01:29]
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nickh From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 121 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3960 times:
I forgot about one more -- another friend had a 1972 Chevy Caprice Classic with the Chevy Small Block 302 Cubic-Inch V8.
I helped him replace the standard 2-barrel carb with a 4-barrel Holley Racing Carburetor and install a makeshift modified high-flow intake manifold, this is way back when.
He drove that Chevy Caprice to hell and back, and it was aways reliable.
Way back when in my youth, I used to drive a circa 1970s Chevy Malibu (SS) with the 454 Cubic-Inch Police Intercepter engine installed (Don't Ask) -- and despite almost getting me killed a few times, it was actually a very reliable car and very easy to work on. I dis-assembled that thing to the bare bones and built it back up again.
(sigh) - things were so much simpler back then. I hope that I am not showing my age too much.
okie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2719 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3916 times:
A 2007 Chevy 3/4 ton 6 liter. 325,000 miles. Gas, oil, tires, a battery and a lot of wiper blades.
Repairs, A/C blower switch under warranty. A set of universal joints for drive line at 225,000 miles $345.00. Total down time less than one day for 3+ years.
Billed customers $1.00 to $1,25 per mile depending on customer, it was a good money maker.
We will not talk about the 2010 Ford that replaced it that could not hold on to 75,000 miles, massive massive constant repairs and downtime and costs, back to a Chevy.
TSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 2982 posts, RR: 5 Reply 12, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3892 times:
1978 Mercury Monarch (the Mercury version of a Ford Granada) with the 250 cube inline 6. I paid $75 for it in 1989. It had been sold (and repossessed) twelve times by a "Buy Here Pay Here" used car lot who considered it bad luck to sell any car thirteen times. I drove it for three years and in that time I only had to replace the radiator and the front brake rotors.
Able to kill active threads stone dead with a single post!
YVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2249 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3875 times:
Quoting okie (Reply 11): We will not talk about the 2010 Ford that replaced it that could not hold on to 75,000 miles
You always find folks with the opposite luck to you. I have a 2006 F150 and so far good as gold - had to do brakes & tires this year - and my first bulb last week!
Prior to that, all of my cars have been leased so handed back. My Alfa Romeo 147 almost came to a grizzly end 2 years 10 months into its 3 year lease. The hood catch was coroded and unbeknown to me didnt latch down properly. I was doing almost 100 mph on the M25 and it opened and buried itself in the roof.... they finally decided to repair it rather than write it off, but I only ever drove that car again from the repair shop back home to get towed back to the leasing company.
panam330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2648 posts, RR: 10 Reply 17, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3857 times:
I'm not really old enough to have a long-lasting car yet, but both of my parents drove Saabs while I was growing up. My father's 900S, in particular, was a beast. 275k trouble-free miles, until he got rear-ended by a plow while driving home from a ski trip. My mother's 9000 was rear-ended at a stoplight, but prior to that, it enjoyed 180k carefree miles with zero issues. Those cars caused me to fall in love with Saabs, and I finally own one myself. I'm aware that they're not the same as they used to be, but the heritage is certainly there. Too bad I'll never get the chance to own a new one.
darthluke12694 From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 276 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3845 times:
For me, the most reliable car I've had is a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix. Fantastic car with very little problems. Over 100,000 miles. The only thing I can think of is a couple of the power windows went dead and had to be replaced.
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Jetsgo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3036 posts, RR: 5 Reply 19, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3844 times:
While I've driven since the day I turned 16 and have had five different cars, they have all been late model and reliable.
2000 Dodge Stratus - Mechanically sound and reliable. Drove it 60k miles and not once did I have a breakdown. However, going through four sets of brakes, two ignition locks, having to duct tape down the trunk since the latch kept sticking, and nearly every interior door panel falling off for no apparent reason took its toll on me and I was happy to see it go.
2006 Ford Taurus and 2007 Ford Fusion - No issues at all.
2010 Honda Civic and 2012 Honda Civic - No issues at all other than a faulty stereo in the 12 with regards to the volume and speed of the vehicle. Simply had the feature disabled at the dealer.
sccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5250 posts, RR: 27 Reply 21, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3825 times:
Not sure which, either
(1) a 1990 Cadillac Sedan Deville, which I drove to something close to 200,000 miles, and sold to my brother-in-law, who drove another 70k or so, and we know it was still running strong over a year later, when it was used in an armed robbery, apparently by the guy to whom Bro-Law sold it (and who never changed the title)! Only real repair it ever needed was when a rock went through the radiator, and I cannot blame the car for that; or
(2) A 1989 Jeep Cherokee, 4.0L six cylinder engine, which required only a set of fuel injectors (made by Bosch in Germany) in something over 200k miles, and was running strong over a year later, according to the fellow who bought it.
My worst car, by the way, was a Honda Civic, but I believe it was not representative, based upon friends' experiences.
I am supremely impressed with my sister's car, a late 90s (1999, I think) Chevrolet Lumina, V6, which not only has over 200k miles, but endures her braille-like driving style with grace and dignity. It looks like stungled hell from the abuse she has heaped upon it, but it runs smoothly, quietly, is amazingly efficient with fuel, and everything in it works. Remarkable.
...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
stratosphere From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1644 posts, RR: 3 Reply 22, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3801 times:
1984 Toyota Celica GTS...car was awesome the only car I have EVER owned that never had any problems since day one..All my american made cars have had issues. Too bad my brother took it out and totaled it.