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How reliable or unreliable are your vehicles? #4077165 04/23/16 08:26 AM
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I another thread, I questioned people about buying a used Audi at a good price. I could not believe some of the horror stories that come with certain German cars. It led me to appreciate how reliable my cars have been.

I thought it would be neat to list our recently owned cars and what work, other than routine maintenance they needed. Lets not list brakes, spark plug and fluid changes obviously. Timing belts or drive belts don't need to be listed unless they snapped before the recommended change interval.

Here is my list...

1994 Toyota Pickup, 22RE, Auto trans. Family owned since new, 200,000 miles.
-40,000 Drive belt snapped. I replaced it on the side of the road.
-128,000 Timing chain guide cracked. Replaced guides, chain and sprockets.
-160,000 o2 sensor.
-190,000 water pump and front oil seal
(This truck still has the original R12 a/c system that has never been serviced or topped off. It still runs cold)

1999 Mazda Protégé 1.8. Auto trans. Purchased at 128,000. Currently at 209,000
-150,000 Struts
-170,000 Power window motor.
-185,000 Low beams stopped working, cleaned corroded switch contact.
-195,000 o2 sensor.
-200,000 Added 1 can of R134a to a/c system.
(This car has a couple broken door lock actuators but it is my beater car and I'm not going to bother fixing them)

2003 Toyota Rav4. Manual trans. Purchased new. Totaled in collision at 257,000
-180,000 Power door lock actuator.
-210,000 o2 sensor.

2005 Toyota Highlander V6. Auto trans. Purchased 120,000, currently 160,000
-145,000 Power door lock actuator.

I think what is most shocking is the 2003 Rav4. We drove that thing 257,000 miles and only had to put in a power door lock actuator and an o2 sensor. It still had the original clutch and never needed an a/c recharge.

I do all the maintance and repairs myself. So not only have the repairs been very few, but they have also been very cheap since I am only paying for parts.

Last edited by rustypigeon; 04/23/16 08:34 AM.

1994 Toyota Pickup 205,000mi
1999 Mazda Protege 230,000mi
2000 BMW 323i 130,000mi
2005 Toyota Highlander 200,000mi
Re: How reliable or unreliable are your vehicles? [Re: rustypigeon] #4077170 04/23/16 08:37 AM
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I would say your experiences with Japanese vehicles is more the norm than the exception. My experiences are similar to yours with my Nissan and Toyota vehicles I have owned over the last 40 years.

Re: How reliable or unreliable are your vehicles? [Re: rustypigeon] #4077175 04/23/16 08:40 AM
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2002 Ford Ranger, Auto Trans,V6, 3.0 L, Bought NEW
40,000 ..... U-Joints
98,500 ..... Timing Cover Gasket (leaking)
128,000 .... Axle Shaft "Oil Seals"
132,500 .... Throttle Position Sensor

I do a lot of PM, I enjoy doing it.
Small - Medium repairs I do myself.

In 2 Weeks it's going to Indy Mechanic for Timing Cover gasket,,,, again.
Dealer didn't do correctly first time.




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Re: How reliable or unreliable are your vehicles? [Re: rustypigeon] #4077185 04/23/16 08:58 AM
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None of the many Toyotas and Hondas we have owned in the past fifty years(1966 Toyota Corona-2004 Camry) given us any problems with the exception of the 04 Camry. The accelerator pedal electronics failed in 2013 at about 65,000 miles and had to be trucked to dealer. I might also say that the Chevys and Fords we drove also were very reliable and none had mechanical failure.

Re: How reliable or unreliable are your vehicles? [Re: rustypigeon] #4077196 04/23/16 09:08 AM
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There have been quite a few more prior to these, but here is the short list.

1993 Chevy C3500
135K...no repairs (normal maintenance)

1996 Dodge B1500
140K...no repairs (normal maintenance)

1999 Ford F-150
155K...no repairs (normal maintenance)

2003 Chevy Tahoe
45K...steering column replaced
67K...steering column replaced
96K...steering column replaced
125K...steering column replaced
140K...traded on 2008 Acadia

2008 GMC Acadia
55K...computer replaced
98K...water pump replaced
106K...traded on Ford F-150

2010 Ford F-150
21K...rear main seal replaced
86K...a/c fan relay replaced
158K...traded on Ford F-250

2014 Ford Explorer
30K...front seal replaced
30K...rear passenger seat belt replaced (BLIS problem)

2015 F-250
700 miles...replaced tie rod and body mount


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Re: How reliable or unreliable are your vehicles? [Re: rustypigeon] #4077198 04/23/16 09:08 AM
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I have owned previously a 1994 Nissan Maxima with no issues to 200K & a 1993 Toyota Camry V6 with no issues at 200 K when I traded it in.


2018 Ram 2500 HD 6.4 Hemi Crew Cab 5600 Mi
8'Boss SuperDuty Plow
2017 Harley Davidson Milwaukee 8 Limited 5K Miles
2009 Toyota V6 XLE Camry 76K miles
Re: How reliable or unreliable are your vehicles? [Re: rustypigeon] #4077200 04/23/16 09:09 AM
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I owned an 07' Subaru Impreza WRX I purchased new. Sold it with 136K and its only issue was the clutch slave cylinder going out. Ordered a rebuild kit at the dealer and fixed it for $20. The front brake pads and rotors never made it past 30K on it unfortunately, even though my wife did a ton of freeway driving with the car.

I feel too many people only consider Toyota or Honda and disregard the other Japanese brands. Some Nissans don't do a good job at representing Japanese quality however.

My wife and I know very well the risk we took buying German. Her driving requirements are more unique than most peoples. She wanted an AWD car with a stick that had a comfortable drivers seat. Subaru didn't do it for her.

German auto companies like to reinvent the wheel. You can often get a very reliable German car if your buying the last model year before the "new and improved" model comes out. In my experience, German auto makers are the best at making parts revisions. But buying a newly designed German car with a newly designed engine or transmission design will cost you.

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Wife: 15' Audi A4 quattro 6 speed manual
Me: 13' VW GTI 3 door 6 speed manual
2018 Elantra Sport 6 speed manual


Re: How reliable or unreliable are your vehicles? [Re: rustypigeon] #4077211 04/23/16 09:20 AM
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Hondas - just basic maintenance.

Re: How reliable or unreliable are your vehicles? [Re: rustypigeon] #4077222 04/23/16 09:34 AM
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"02 ford Explorer bought used in '04 with 60k on it. Normal brakes and tires,oil and filters, plugs, 1 alternator, valve cover gaskets, coil pak, egr switch, just now doing struts @ 180k miles on originals.I'm not complaining. I hope to get another 100 k out of it.,,,

Re: How reliable or unreliable are your vehicles? [Re: rustypigeon] #4077231 04/23/16 09:44 AM
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I'm going to skip warranty claims as they were growing pains, and they show no charge any way. I'm the second owner, the original owner had it serviced at the same dealer since new.

2004 VW Phaeton V8, excluding wear items and warranty claims, here it goes:

62,785 - 21 SEP 2009 - $60.15
. Rear sun shade switch trim replaced

72,626 - 19 APR 2010 - $559.66
. No start caused by break in wiring harness behind telescoping steering wheel.

88,570 - 05 MAY 2011 - $1122.93
. Replace wheel housing liner/low speed fan making a noise and speed below specification.

96,850 - 06 DEC 2011 - $477.80
. Replace window regulator.

106,811 - 22 OCT 2012 - $311.85
. Right rear quarter glass sunshade damaged.

110,691 - 01 FEB 2013 - $492.40
. Replace both front tweeters

112,314 - 18 MAR 2013 - $3561.15
. Replace front upper and lower guide links, upper wishbones, mounting brackets and sway bar links. Replace rear suspension upper links, lower links, and sway bar links.

114,436 - 04 SEP 2013 - $727.00
. Replace TPMS controller

114,771 - 18 SEP 2013 - $2945.54
. Engine out service for replacement of oil cooler union.

128,923 - 20 OCT 2014 - $1774.17
. Replace rear glass to correct defroster concern/replace drivers mirror for motor failure

130,705 - 19 JAN 2015 - $2482.61
. Right headlight adjuster failure. Replace left and right headlight, headlight washers, and all bulbs per customer request.

Obviously with wear and tear items such as brakes, tires, oil changes, etc the number would be high. This car has had every service performed on time or ahead of schedule.

Since taking ownership , I've done one DIY oil change and a paint correction. I have another oil change as well as a transmission and differential service lined up for my next trip home.

All systems are functioning as designed.

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Re: How reliable or unreliable are your vehicles? [Re: rustypigeon] #4077236 04/23/16 09:49 AM
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08 Matrix, 80k Miles. Nothing but regular maintenance while we have owned the car.

'10 Rav4, 90k Miles. Nothing but regular maintenance on this one as well.

However, before I owned both cars, they had some major service quite early in their life. Our Matrix had an oil leak, and a water pump leak, and needed seals in the engine replaced with like 10k miles on it according to Toyota service history.

Our Rav4 needed an alternator, battery, and starter with like 15k miles on it.

My key to car maintenance is to keep all the fluids and filters clean, and take care of stuff before it becomes a problem. I stock up when there is a sale and do everything myself if possible.


'11 Hyundai Sonata GLS
'11 Scion XB
Re: How reliable or unreliable are your vehicles? [Re: rustypigeon] #4077240 04/23/16 09:51 AM
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only one of note that i'm going to mention is our farm truck

2000 chevy silverado 2500, 123k on odo

we have owned it about 8 years and only 12k miles, but they have been very hard miles towing POS vehicles, cactus, scrap wood, metal, furniture, etc

radiator replaced, hairline crack caused slow leak
overflow container replaced
alternator replaced, roller bearing was squeaking

the exhaust manifold is slightly leaking from a broken exhaust bolt head, i will buy one of those clamps eventually, it is only causing a slight miss which is not significant.

will replace the fan clutch, water pump / thermostat in the fall, the fan clutch i suspect is on its way out.



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Re: How reliable or unreliable are your vehicles? [Re: rustypigeon] #4077241 04/23/16 09:51 AM
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2000 4runner: Starter replaced at 125k.
Pinion bearing replaced, 160k
Brakes all around, 180k
Fan clutch replaced at 250k.
Original clutch, uses no measurable oil between changes.

2005 Tacoma: Two teeth off ring gear, 60k.
(Reason became clear when the used unit I bought would not fit, until I ground the differential housing.)
Replaced rear springs with aftermarket HD units, 95k. Originals were pretzeled.

2012 Subaru Outback: 112k miles so far. At 15k, a check engine light was corrected by a dealer with a new gas cap. Otherwise, nothing but maintenance.

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Re: How reliable or unreliable are your vehicles? [Re: rustypigeon] #4077248 04/23/16 10:04 AM
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Very reliable actually. Just regular wear items occasionally. Put over 40k on my 87 f250 with zero problems since I bought it 4 yrs ago. Just brakes and the radiator on her Tahoe with 151k on it now. Jeep is the worst of the bunch.it has had a few sensors over the years.now the rear end is getting a growl @160k


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87 F250 Valvoline 15w40
07 fjcruiser Chevron 10w30
Z400 castrol T 10w40
Can am maveric edge 5w40
57 case tractor Chevron sae30
Re: How reliable or unreliable are your vehicles? [Re: rustypigeon] #4077290 04/23/16 10:54 AM
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I've never really had serious problems with my cars, and being an older guy, I've had many.

That said, the worst car I ever owned was our bought new 2001 Subaru Outback (manual trans). It had terrible and ongoing clutch problems, head gasket leaks, and bad wheel bearings. Total [censored].

Another [censored] car was our bought new 1993 Mazda MPV. Chronic, unrepairable valve lifter problems along with an auto trans that constantly hunted for the proper gear. One time I actually tried to kill this piece of [censored], without success.

Our best vehicle by far was our bought new 1982 Volvo DL (manual trans). That car made it to 172K without a single problem. I sold it to a good friend who drove it to 400K. It burned oil at this point but all he did to it was put in a new clutch. Body remained bank vault tight its entire life. Amazing.

My bought new 2003 BMW 330Ci is on the path to greatness. A fantastic driving car and totally trouble free. Also, our bought new 2010 Honda Element....incredibly reliable. Runs like new. It has 130K and still has its original brakes!

Scott


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10 Honda Element SC (Kendall GT1 Max 5W-30)
11 BMW E90 328i M-Sport (BMW TPT 5W-30)
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