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      10-13-2012 02:07 PM #1
      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?




    2. 10-13-2012 02:12 PM #2
      VW with lambo engine ...yeah why not?

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      10-13-2012 02:18 PM #3
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      10-13-2012 02:22 PM #4
      Any Jag since the late 90's

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      10-13-2012 02:23 PM #5
      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.
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      10-13-2012 02:40 PM #6
      VW's.

      Yes, really.
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      10-13-2012 02:42 PM #7
      Saabs get a ton of flack for being unreliable, however my friends is about to hit 500K and I drove mine for 150K with ZERO issues.

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      10-13-2012 02:53 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by manol2 View Post
      Any Jag since the late 90's
      There were some nikasil issues with the V8's until the final years. I know the 6-cylinder X300 XJR's have very few problems..



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      10-13-2012 03:00 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Farnsworth View Post
      VW's.

      Yes, really.
      How so?
      According to almost every VW fan (and some VW press releases), the new ones are just as good as the best Japanese imports in reliability.
      And they have been saying that for over a decade.
      "I owe it to myself, and to my choir students, to not be upset about barns."

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      10-13-2012 03:07 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      How so?
      According to almost every VW fan (and some VW press releases), the new ones are just as good as the best Japanese imports in reliability.
      And they have been saying that for over a decade.
      Everyone bashed the Mk-IV's but my GTI was almost a tank. Fewer problems in 100K miles than I had in 50K on the MS3.

      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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      10-13-2012 03:11 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by NoXenons View Post
      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?


      The generation before that had plenty of "good ol'GM" designed-to-fail-by-40k parts.

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      10-13-2012 03:14 PM #13
      Does the supercharged 3800 have the plastic plenum... or is that only the non-SC?

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      10-13-2012 04:59 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Spray` View Post
      Saabs get a ton of flack for being unreliable, however my friends is about to hit 500K and I drove mine for 150K with ZERO issues.
      Yeah, my 2001 9-3 was stupidly dependable. 110k of reliable motoring. take care of it, it'll take care of you. My wife's 9-5 wasn't quite as nice, but the 3.0t had something to do with that.

      Our Volvo is also perfect. no issues in near 80k so far, but I think that was to be expected.

    15. 10-13-2012 05:21 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by VWFSIB6 View Post
      Was gonna post this, the 2.5L is extremely reliable and actually pretty fun

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      10-13-2012 05:23 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Farnsworth View Post
      VW's.

      Yes, really.
      You're right. The old air cooled engines WERE pretty reliable.
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      10-13-2012 05:27 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Vash350z View Post
      Was gonna post this, the 2.5L is extremely reliable and actually pretty fun
      Both of my MKV's, a 2.5 and GLI, were not. My 2.5 had a list of things replaced under warranty. Wheel bearings, flywheel, clutch, transmission, various sensors.
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      10-13-2012 05:45 PM #18
      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.

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      10-13-2012 06:27 PM #19


      On the real. Friend had one that he treated like crap, ran it sideways into a pole, never gave an issue. Grandma had one for the longest time.

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      10-13-2012 07:59 PM #20
      We have just about 200,000 miles on our 2.slow auto Jetta. Other that a water pump failure it has been surprisingly bullet proof.

      I'm sure I just jinxed it though
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    21. 10-13-2012 08:15 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by BattleRabbit View Post
      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.
      After owning one for 5 years, I fully agree. Not only did the UrS cars age gracefully, but with the proper maintenance they were as bomb proof of a vehicle as they could be.

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      10-13-2012 08:20 PM #22
      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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      10-13-2012 08:27 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Farnsworth View Post
      Everyone bashed the Mk-IV's but my GTI was almost a tank. Fewer problems in 100K miles than I had in 50K on the MS3.

      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
      Aren't you the guy that hates Mazdas and has a hard-on for VWs? Too bad your GTI was "almost" a tank, when mine sucked and my Mazda is a tank...
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      10-13-2012 08:39 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Wanganrunner View Post
      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.
      The V8's past 02 are fine as well ( after nikasil and chain tensioners issues) , on par with the germans.
      Thank god for the poor reputation - I see an nice, low milleage XK8/R in my future

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      10-13-2012 08:41 PM #25
      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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