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Top 10 most reliable car after 320000km (200k miles) according to Consumer Reports

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I'm surprised of Prius with such a small engine and failure of battery etc.

I figured it would mostly be Honda and Toyota but was somehow expecting the larger engined vehicles like Lexus and Acura.
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I totally agree with the list, especially for all the Toyota models. Toyota's are build to last a very long time with very few problems. I don't believe any other brand would give you as many trouble-free miles as a Toyota.

Honda used to be close to Toyota in terms of reliability. However, I have noticed there is a big gap between the quality of Toyota and Honda vehicles now a days. With Toyota being far more reliable compare to Honda.

Yes, any car can go over 200K miles but at what cost? I know this one guy who still drives 1996 sunfire. Only I know how much money he has dumped in that car. He'd rather keep dumping money on it then buy something else.

I consider Toyota's to be the most reliable because only Toyota's will last a long time with the least problems.
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daivey wrote:
Jun 9th, 2015 10:23 am
the only reason they are making cars so complex is to profit off the maintenance - im convinced
That is correct. With the internet basically forcing razor thin margins, they make their money on the 'back' end, which is why they're trying to make it illegal to service your own car, make it almost impossible to even touch your car outside of the dealer, come up with threatening ways to void the warranty, make everything a black box which only they can access.
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daivey wrote:
Jun 9th, 2015 10:23 am
the only reason they are making cars so complex is to profit off the maintenance - im convinced
I wonder if they are also making them less reliable too, to force people to buy a new car sooner.

Mercedes used to be quite solid up until the late 90's early 2000's when relaiblity dropped sharply.
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gh05t wrote:
Jun 9th, 2015 12:18 pm
I wonder if they are also making them less reliable too, to force people to buy a new car sooner.

Mercedes used to be quite solid up until the late 90's early 2000's when relaiblity dropped sharply.
I would say part of it is them making the cars more complex (lots of sensors and computer controlled parts that can go wrong), another is constant efforts to make the cars more efficient (so using new mechanics that aren't as proven as decades old engine designs that are inefficient) and part of it is margins getting thinner. Cars haven't changed too too much in absolute price but relative salary back then was lower than now so the margin was probably higher on cars a few decades ago so more budget.

Ironically, team Honda's 2 cars didn't finish the race this year at Canadian Grand Prix due to "car troubles" but both Mercedes did :lol:
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Toyota I might believe (boring)

but Honda not so much
Was good....
1985 Accord LX drove to 200K no real issues
1991 Accord EX-R drove to 308,000K before selling as needing a new clutch and heater and radio but did replace struts and exhaust at some point
and then...
2000 Civic SE needed new a/c and cracked exhaust manifold at 130k and various other stuff for $5K, burned oil from 150K and trades at 200K
2000 Odyssey LX needed transmission at 80K and then felt like it might need another so traded it at 155K (had front end vibration from new which Honda couldn't fix)
2005 Odyssey EXL had a problem with drive by wire system which could not be diagnosed and did uncontrolled acceleration 2 times in forward and 1 time in reverse before I traded it (before it killed me) at 145K as it felt like tranny was going.
Done with Honda

Now 2007 Mazda 3 is at 228K and still driving strong although its had 1 clutch and new front struts as of late but still doesn't burn oil, feels solid and everything works (no rust either - Krowned). Will definitely buy another Mazda
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Honda messed up with their V6+Auto. Failing transmissions every time with no way of preventing it.
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IMHIP2 wrote:
Jun 9th, 2015 2:13 pm
Toyota I might believe (boring)

but Honda not so much
Was good....
1985 Accord LX drove to 200K no real issues
1991 Accord EX-R drove to 308,000K before selling as needing a new clutch and heater and radio but did replace struts and exhaust at some point
and then...
2000 Civic SE needed new a/c and cracked exhaust manifold at 130k and various other stuff for $5K, burned oil from 150K and trades at 200K
2000 Odyssey LX needed transmission at 80K and then felt like it might need another so traded it at 155K (had front end vibration from new which Honda couldn't fix)
2005 Odyssey EXL had a problem with drive by wire system which could not be diagnosed and did uncontrolled acceleration 2 times in forward and 1 time in reverse before I traded it (before it killed me) at 145K as it felt like tranny was going.
Done with Honda

Now 2007 Mazda 3 is at 228K and still driving strong although its had 1 clutch and new front struts as of late but still doesn't burn oil, feels solid and everything works (no rust either - Krowned). Will definitely buy another Mazda
I'm done this guy said mazda and not burning oil in the same sentence.
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I had an oldsmobile with 500k km. Why isn't that listed.
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ed116 wrote:
Jun 9th, 2015 2:19 pm
I'm done this guy said mazda and not burning oil in the same sentence.
You forgot to include I said "no rust" and Mazda lol
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This list is eery similar to the "Most Stolen".
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AtlsNBP wrote:
Jun 9th, 2015 4:40 pm
This list is eery similar to the "Most Stolen".
Most reliably stolen?
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booblehead wrote:
Jun 9th, 2015 8:12 am
they tested Honda & Toyota ONLY ? :lol:
There were no GM products available for the sample pool .. .they'd all gone to recycling by then.
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gh05t wrote:
Jun 9th, 2015 12:18 pm
I wonder if they are also making them less reliable too, to force people to buy a new car sooner.

Mercedes used to be quite solid up until the late 90's early 2000's when relaiblity dropped sharply.
Buy a house ... your hot water tank will fail at approximately 10 years.

Porsche wouldn't recognize the defect in Boxster and 911 engines that were over 10 years old, even though they used the same engine as newer ones. Their reasoning was that 10 years was reasonable life expectancy of their product and that even though they know it is defective, after 10 years you got your monies worth out of it.
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AudiDude wrote:
Jun 9th, 2015 9:32 am
I'm with you on that. How much could it cost to maintain a single barrel carburetor! Where is the Astro van? People still use them to this day and they were discontinued a long while ago. Reliable as hell and cheap to fix.
Funny you should mention that! My father still has his 1992 Ford Astrovan and it's still going strong. :D
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