VW with lambo engine ...yeah why not?
Last week I learned that Regals with the 3800 supercharged are actually quick and reliable, unlike other GMs of the era. The D3 S8's are apparently rather dependable as well.
Any other models that are unfairly ignored due to stereotyping?
My 9-3 has a reputation for being an unreliable car among unreliable cars... Despite that it's never had a mechanical fault in 140k miles of ownership between my mother, my grandmother and I.* Some comfort features are iffy(window regulators, dash display), but Saab really had the whole powertrain thing down.
*We have replaced a few sensors, but most of them were me being anal and doing updates to later-spec parts whenever I got wind of a good deal from one of my parts suppliers.
Another that seems deceptively reliable are the Ur-S4/6. Given the astoundingly high mileage of many customer cars I come across they must be doing SOMETHING right. I've seen 300k Ur-S4s that owners come in almost bi-weekly to get oil and filters for.
1998 VW Golf Mk.III 5dr/1960 Porsche 356B T5/1980 Honda CM400E
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Consumer Reports said to avoid the New Beetle - my ex-wife had one, treated it like crap, and it never gave her a lick of trouble in 10 years. Still going strong when she finally sold it - to a neighbor, who never came back demanding a refund
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Our Volvo is also perfect. no issues in near 80k so far, but I think that was to be expected.
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I've owned a few VW's. One I never had any problems with was a base 2001 MKIV Golf TDI. Mind you I sold it when it had 40K on it. Back then they only had a 2 year 40K Km warranty.
Actually my Fusion has been pretty reliable other than a busted inside drivers door handle.
I will second X300 I6 Jaguar XJ's, and this covers any other car with that engine of the same vintage, as most of the systems carry over. This includes the straight-six XJS and the Aston Martin DB7, both of which are very stout cars.
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My fiance had unreliable beige Camry. Its not a joke, we had so much trouble w it. Leaking windshield,iffy headlights,coolant leak,terrible mpgs,trans problems etc. All this w 75k. We finally traded it in for 2010 2.5. We now have 50k on it w one issue, window regulator went on 36k.
Check engine light came on once when she didnt tighten the cap. Given its only 50k, so we will see.
MY dads 2004 Intrepid was bullet proof. My whole family drove it. My dad didnt do any maintenece on it at all. Finally when the waterpump startet leaking, he sold it.
My sister in laws Mazda3, has been nothing but little problems. Struts,bearings,bushings all before 60k. Already rusting as bad as my 83 VW. She doesnt take care if either.
From these forums, i was shocked to find out about Subaru problems. Engine dying around 30-50k. That was a shocker to me.
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"Your pants too tight,your wheels too bright"
I had a 1994 Golf CL (Canada/Europe only model) with the 1.8L Mono-motronic that we had from new. I drove it to 160,000kms and sold it.
Aside from maintenance (oil changes, tune-ups, timing belt, brakes, and one suspension overhaul) I had no other problems with that car. It was a tank.
Many people seemed to get a bad taste from them in this era because of the early generation CD4E Ford built automatic transmission and rust/paint issues. Quite the opposite of Honda, this transmission only affected auto fwd I4s, and the fwd V6 autos got a much better Mazda built transmission. Living far away from the rust belt, I have not had any rust, but the paint is gone and will be redone on my car in the future.
My friends and I all got our first cars about the same time, that was about five years ago. One had a civic, the other had a ranger, and I got my 626. Somehow we all ended up with cars and truck that were all model year 1996. Both of them were always having problems, yet they maintained the car and truck well and did not abuse them. Here we are 5 years later and I still have my V6 auto 626 with 210k miles that runs and drives perfect minus the faded paint and gets 24 mpg with mostly city driving, their first cars are long gone.
The civic kept having random electrical problems, cooling problems, and bad gas mileage(averaged less than 20mpg even after a good tune up), and one day one of the rear wheel cylinders randomly exploded with plenty of brake shoe left. They sold it soon after.
The ranger had problems with random stalling, a few brake failures, and constantly wearing out suspension parts. Its problems were less severe than the civic, but it was killed off by a girl on the phone t-boning it.
Beyond normal wear items such as worn brake pads and dry rotted tires, my 626 has only had one water pump go bad and a broken CV joint. It was a $2000 car five years ago that had 170k miles on it then and it still gives me plenty of trouble free miles being daily driven.
They are indeed great cars, but around these parts they just start melting because of all the salt, etc.
They look good, have great motor/trans, drive great. But that rust!!! darn!
If you check our local classifieds there is so many low-mileage Protegé's, most, in the 750.00$ range, only because the floors are being held by the carpets or because the rockers have disappeared. It's sad!
I have always heard the horror stories of the rust further north. I have yet to see a rusty Mazda in my area ever. However when I can afford to take the Mazda off of daily duty, I am going to repaint it in its stock color and I might look into rust proofing just for piece of mind. Other than the faded paint it is pretty clean. I still have the original undercoating completely intact without a spot of rust anywhere on the car.