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Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:00 pm

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?

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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:16 pm

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.
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:19 pm

I've had a Volvo S40 for eight years now; it was four years old when I got it (now 13 years old); never had a day's trouble with it. Brilliant car - so comfortable!
 
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:49 pm

1993 Saturn SC2. Had over 300,000 miles when I finally purchased a new car.
 
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:19 pm

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.
 
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:21 pm

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.
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Tue Oct 16, 2012 10:46 pm

1998 Integra GS-R

270,000 kms and nary a problem except for wear items like brakes, ball joints, bearings etc... still has the original clutch.

I'll be kinda sad to see it go next week.  
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Tue Oct 16, 2012 11:04 pm

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

Quoting nickh (Thread starter):
but hideously expensive to maintain

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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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:32 am

I used to have a Toyota avensis diesel

It was delivered to me with 30 miles on the clock, four years later it was up for renewal, and it was just short of 500,000miles.

Never went wrong, always started in the morning and still accelerated like a thoroughbred race horse.

I wanted another, but the company changed leasing companies and didn't offer Toyota's
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:34 am

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.

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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:40 am

I own a 2001 Chevy cavalier, it's been passed down from several people in my family. Still runs great after 11 years. I have not had to do any major repairs on it. Just normal wear and tear.


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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:40 am

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.

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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:45 am

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.
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:11 am

These are my reliable cars:

1982 Datsun 210
1985 Nissan Maxima Diesel
1992 Geo Metro
1995 Ford Escort
2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser (Currently driving)

We also owned a 1981 Honda 1500 which was spectacular and a 1972 Delta 88 which was awful.
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:12 am

1991 Ford Ranger XLT with 4.0L V6 and manual transmission. Outlasted every other (newer) car in the family so far. Especially the early 2000's GM products (ugh).
 
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:15 am

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.
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:51 am

this'll killya, i miled out 3 chevettes, 300 plus thou on each, i got the first one when i sold my 68 chevelle ss396, ended up with chevettes full of kids.
 
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:58 am

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.
 
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:16 am

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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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:18 am

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.
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:35 am

Mercedes E, S, and C, and all fine vehicles. - BMW 330 was a great car as well. Worst car, Range Rover. They are all so lovely, but oh so repair heavy.
 
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:47 am

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.
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:46 am

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.
 
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:47 am

I have not owned too many cars, I tend to keep them as long as viable and do not drive more than 20.000 Km/year.

Here is the rank order from most reliable to least reliable:

1. Subaru Legacy Wagon 2.2 petrol (MY 1998)
2. Citroen ZX 1.9 turbo diesel (MY 1994)
3. Citroen BX 1.4 petrol (MY 1989)
4. BMW 528i touring petrol (MY 2001)

The last one is my current car, it has 220.000 km on the clock and I like many aspects of it. But it was a troublemaker beyond belief. The Citroen BX was FAR more reliable.

Now I'm considering replacing it with a Citroen again.
 
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:05 am

1997 Ford Explorer, ~205,000 miles.

Other than routine maintenance, I replaced a water pump at ~65,000 miles and re-did the front-end joints at ~135,000.

Sold it to a cousin 3 years ago...so far as I know, he's still driving it.
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:30 am

Subaru Legacy - Only did normal maintenance (until the gearbox gave up)  
RS4 B7 - Best car ever. Required some more maintenance, but that was my own choice.
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:35 am

Quoting sudden (Reply 25):
RS4 B7 - Best car ever. Required some more maintenance, but that was my own choice.

Well that will teach you for putting that bigger turbo and the nos system on it.
 
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:49 am

Every Lincoln Town Car and Mark V I've owned has been reliable.
The only import I've bought was a 1981 Volkswage3n Rabbit diesel that I bought in 1993. Very reliable and very efficient.

Quoting Jetsgo (Reply 19):
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.



  
It's only 2 years old. It' supposed to be reliable and trouble free.

Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 7):
1986 Cartier Town Car


  
One of the most reliable and inexpensive cars to maintain.

Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 7):
and shockingly my old
1972 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 4.5



No surprise there. They were very well build cars and had style.

Quoting TSS (Reply 12):
1978 Mercury Monarch


Another under appreciated car. Although they were panned by the media car snobs, there are still many on the road today over 30 years later.
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:26 am

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 26):
Well that will teach you for putting that bigger turbo and the nos system on it.

But it worked in Fast & Furious so then it must be true.
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:35 am

Quoting sudden (Reply 28):
But it worked in Fast & Furious so then it must be true.

You should have bought something good like a Skyline or a Supra.
 
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:44 am

Quoting Bill142 (Reply 29):
You should have bought something good like a Skyline or a Supra.

Well excuuuse me mister I-know-what's-best!
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:52 am

Quoting sudden (Reply 30):
Well excuuuse me mister I-know-what's-best!

Just face it. A shopping cart is the best.
 
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:00 pm

2004 Mazda Tribute LX. Bought it off the showroom floor in Jan 2004 and at 120,000 miles has had only 1 set of brakes replaced (replaced with ceramic brakes) and recently a fuel pump. Outside of oil changes that's it! It hasn't even developed any squeaks or rattles yet. The a/c is the coldest a/c I have ever had in a car. Did I mention the original Continental tires ran 85,000 miles before being replaced? A great handling car with lots of get up and go.
I have noticed that the paint on the roof and hood is starting to crack. But it sits outside all the time in the hot Texas sun.

Also had a 1993 Ford Explorer Sport (2dr) that ran for 280,000. Minimal maintenance but at 260,000 lots of body type items like power window motors started to fail, the a/c went out, interior panels started to distort and discolor. At 280,000 the clutch started to act up so I got rid of this and bought the Mazda. I thought the Explorer would make it to 300,000 miles. The engine was still in good shape.
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:01 pm

Quoting nickh (Thread starter):
(even the manual 5-speed transmission works great, clutch is just fine). The odometer on that 1989 Accord reads 265K miles now!
Quoting NSMike (Reply 6):
1998 Integra GS-R

270,000 kms ... still has the original clutch.

I'm currently driving a 1991 Nissan Maxima SE 5 speed with 300,000+ miles. It still has (guess what?) the original clutch.

Do I see a pattern here?
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:33 pm

The most reliable? Hard to say when I've had 4 so far that I've driven over 200,000 miles and 1 of those was at 372,000 when I gave it away. Ford, Chevy & Dodge. Of course I did overhaul the Ford engine at 305,000 miles but that is not an unexpected thing.
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:51 pm

Most reliable:

1971 Chevy C-10 pickup
1994 BMW 540 (my brother in law now owns this, so its been in the family for over 15 years now, and he still loves it)
2001 Ford Taurus

All of those owned for many years, just change oil regularly, put in gas and everything works.

Least reliable:

1977 Mercedes 250CE
1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 (the Cosworth engine).

The biggest loads of crap ever. Constant engine problems (injection system in the 250, and engine management computers in the 190). Constant electrical problems, like electric windows going out.
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Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:20 pm

My ex had an 86 Corolla, and I had a 90 Mazda 626, both dead-nuts simple cars that ran forever.

Seems the Japanese have learned a lot about 'cost engineering' and have forgotten about the joy of simplicity.

Quoting stratosphere (Reply 22):
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.

Had a '79 Celica GT that I got in '84 and drove it till '88, then my brother drove it another three years, and he sold it on.

Great car!

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 24):
1997 Ford Explorer, ~205,000 miles.

I got 135k out of my '96, then the transfer case went, due to a cheap-ass Ford design decision that ended up costing me $2500. It makes me think a lot about whether or not to get 4WD or all wheel drive, more things to service, more things to break.
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Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:29 pm

I had a 98 Volvo S70. Best Car ever... never broke down. easy to work on. My wife bought a 06 S40, so having volvo envy, I bought a V70R wagon.... lets just say i want my old S70 back. If I could find it, Id buy it back in a heartbeat. It had just under 200K miles on it. the newer V70R is nothing compared to the old S70

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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:01 pm

Quoting nickh (Reply 9):
another friend had a 1972 Chevy Caprice Classic with the Chevy Small Block 302 Cubic-Inch V8.

A couple things:

1. The 302 cid engine was a Ford engine, not a Chevy engine. The Chevy equivalent (sizewise) would've been the 307 which was not offered on any full-size (B-body) Chevy model back then.

2. The standard engine for the '72 Caprice model was the 400 cid. The lower-level Impalas, Bel-Airs & Biscaynes (coupes & sedans) came standard w/the 250 in-line 6 and had the 350 cid as the smallest V8 engine available.

Unless, that '72 Caprice had its engine swapped/replaced during its life; there's no way it would've have a 302.

Back to the topic at hand, while nearly all my vehicles (past & present) have been fairly reliable (most of the issues being either age or condition-based); the 3 most reliable vehicles I've owned to date have been the '89 Caprice (w/the 305) that I had from 1992-1996 and my '97 Crown Vic LX that I've owned since Nov. 1996 and still use along with my current '07 Mustang (V6 Pony package) convertible.
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:04 pm

I've never owned an unreliable car, then again I don't keep them very long and haven't owned a car older than 4 years old for a long time.
 
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Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:07 pm

1982 Toyota supra that my dad bought new. he dro've it for the first 278000km. I then drove it tired 379000km and parked it because if rust. my cousin went bankrupt two years laterry and needed a car cheap. he carried out a battery and gas and Drove it away. The engine finally due at just shy of 500000km.

all we did fdwas brakes. Even the a.c. worked until the day it died.

the body rusted away but mechanically it was bullet proof.


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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:08 pm

Honda del sol best car ever i bought one for 600 dollars and drove it for 140,000 miles till a drunk driver sped out of a gas station. At 55 mph i totalled it and walked away from the crash unhurt but the drunk wasnt wearing a seatbelt and broke both his legs and 3 ribs.

My sister has a 96 Jeep Cherokee and its been thru hell. it runs like the day it rolled off the showroom floor tho the paint is less than perfect .
 
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:30 pm

Quoting superfly (Reply 27):
Quoting TSS (Reply 12):
1978 Mercury Monarch


Another under appreciated car. Although they were panned by the media car snobs, there are still many on the road today over 30 years later.

The Monarch had many great qualities, reliability and comfort chief among them, but it's Achilles' heel was that it was bog slow. With the inline 6, acceleration in that Monarch could more accurately be measured with a calendar than with a stopwatch. The '82 Fairmont that replaced the Monarch could run rings around it despite having 50 fewer cubic inches, but then the Fairmont was around 500 pounds lighter than the Monarch so that only makes sense.
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Wed Oct 17, 2012 4:58 pm

Quoting TSS (Reply 42):
it's Achilles' heel was that it was bog slow. With the inline 6,

  
That was just a credit option to comply with the new and unecessary federal CAFE standards. You could get a 302cu" or 351cu" V8 with those that moved those cars well.
Although not powerhouses, much better than the Maverick/Comet engine.
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:46 am

Quoting Revelation (Reply 36):
It makes me think a lot about whether or not to get 4WD or all wheel drive


Mine had auto 4WD and I never had a problem. It got plenty of use in the winter, especially while I was a volunteer FF. Of course, I was practically religious about changing the oil/grease in the transfer case before and after the winter driving season.
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Thu Oct 18, 2012 12:53 am

Nissan Pulsar.... 1997 model, I owned it from 2001-2010. It had about 40,000km on it and had done 150,000km by the end. In all that time the only thing I needed to replace was the battery and brake pads and a pair of headlight bulbs.
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:53 am

Our 1988 Ford Thunderbird Sport had 189,000 miles at the end of its life. Never a major competent replacement (starter died though twice) thanks to it's "bulletproof" 5.0 EFI V-8 engine and rear-wheel drive chassis. It was always given oil and coolant changes on time (according to the service manual) and was never wrecked. It was a great car.

Unfortunately, the T-bird was traded in a 1996 or 1997 Ford Contour, which was a HUGE hot mess and chased my folks alway from Ford models for years. However, they just traded in their VERY problematic Honda Civic coupe (2 replacement auto transmissions due to complete failures within 70,000 miles!!) that for a brand-new loaded 2013 Ford Escape CUV - hope seems to spring eternal when it comes to my Dad and Fords.....
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:30 am

Quoting stasisLAX (Reply 46):
Unfortunately, the T-bird was traded in a 1996 or 1997 Ford Contour

WOW, that's just wrong!  Wow!
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:31 pm

Quoting superfly (Reply 43):
That was just a credit option to comply with the new and unecessary federal CAFE standards. You could get a 302cu" or 351cu" V8 with those that moved those cars well.
Although not powerhouses, much better than the Maverick/Comet engine.

IIRC, the 351 was dropped from the Granada/Monarch options list after 1977 so TSS' '78 Monarch wouldn't have had the 351 available to begin with. While CAFE standards was signed into law in 1975 (& first took effect in 1978); the development & planning of the Granada/Monarch (w/its base 6-cylinder engine) predated CAFE.

With regards to the Maverick/Comet engine; I'm assuming you're referring to the base 200 cid in-line-6, an engine that dates back to the early days of the Falcon. Not sure about the 351, but I believe that one could get the 302 V8 as an option on the Maverick/Comet.
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RE: Most Reliable Car You've Owned.

Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:21 pm

I'll probably get flamed for this:

Least relaible: 2000 Suzuki Grand vitara

Most Relaible: 2007 Dodge Caliber

I drove my Dodge for two years as a pizza delivery car and then went back to regular driving. I got her at 16K and she now has close 86K. I have only had to do normal maintenace plus replace my alternator.

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