Is this a good rule to follow?
And I'm talking about the first year of a new model
I don't know how solid a rule it is, but its still one I follow. It has more to do with the brand and how new it is for me though.
I really like the idea of a 2012 Impreza wago for the wife, but new engine and new transmission in a 1st year car scare the bejesus out of me...even if its a brand I trust.
On the flip side, we're also looking at a Prius for her. We'll likely go new as used costs are ridiculous, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy a a first year model of the current style as its a brand I trust, and was largely a carryover with new skin (I think).
If you want to narrow it down to simply an all-new car for the first year? Yeah, that's kind of a gamble.
2012 Focus = new generation
2011 Cruze = new car
Buying it new or used? If it's new, who cares, you've got warranty to back you up. If you're in the used market, maybe not. A 2004 Touareg, for example, is an awfully risky proposition unless it's had every TSB in the book done.
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Well, I'm not on a new car budget... but that's what I was taught.
It makes sense, to me. The manufacturer will only have made a [relatively] small number of pre-production prototype cars for testing. Some manufacturers will test more thoroughly than others.
Even the best testing won't reveal potential long term problems and pattern failures the same way as it will to sell tens of thousands of the car and wait for them to break.
That being said, I would make an exception for new generation cars where the engine and transmission are proven designs and a direct carryover from the previous generation.
I bought a first year car (11 Elantra), and it was a Hyundai too.
I have 9K miles and no issues so far (knock on wood), but that's to be expected IMO. Every now and then someone will post on here about how their 10K mile car has superb relaibility -ya don't say.
Anyway, we'll see how it turns out.
Note that in comparisons between the last year of the old design and the first year of the new design, the reliability differences between the designs may override the first year risks.
Last edited by tjl; 10-14-2011 at 03:02 PM.
My '88 750iL is another example. First year. Technology is the car killer. Had I not had an emotional attachment to the car it would have gone to the scrap pile long ago.
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Not to muddy the waters even more but some "new" models carry over old technology that is already proven. Aside from sheetmetal there isn't anything new on my all new 2011 vehicle. Same 1.5L engine family that has been around for years. Same selectable CVT transmission that has been around in global markets for years. Evolution of the same hybrid powertrain that has been in use since the 90's.
I don't feel any worries about buying all new.
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Your example is one of them. The Veloster is a brand-new car, but uses powertrain and platform variations of previous-gen Accents/Elantras.
And in some cases, all-new cars in the USDM may have been out for several years in other countries (Buick Regal/Opel Insignia).
1st year of a completely new model, platform, drivetrain... probably a terrible idea. except you will have a warranty, so make sure you get a comp'd loaner.
1st year of a new generation... a little better, but still not the best idea. you will still likely be working through design bugs that subsequent model years will have engineered out.
which is why i bought a late 08 GTI (fsi), instead of getting one as soon as they hit the docks. but even with doing that, i should have waited another year and popped for a TSI engined example. my car has been mechanically flawless, but at only 21k miles in 3+ years it absolutely should be perfect.
I tend to hold off just to wait and see if a new car has problems but cars I've owned in the past like my 1997 Toyota Supra turbo had zero recalls from when they were introduced in the states till when they left.
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