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Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? #5137971
06/18/19 10:16 PM
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Elkins45 Offline OP
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Just curious what brands people associate with reliable yet also affordable cars. I’m talking about pedestrian cars and trucks that sell for $30k and under with real world pricing.

I have no idea how accurate my own biases on the issue are except to say that I have never owned a bad Toyota and I have never owned a modern GM that didn’t have issues. When I think “dependable” I think of these:

Toyota
Honda
Mazda
Volvo (pre Ford)
Nissan (pre Renault)

Am I wrong? Two of my five don’t even exist anymore. Who am I overlooking? Who are the go-to brands for a dependable and durable vehicle?

Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: Elkins45] #5137975
06/18/19 10:25 PM
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Toyota
Honda
(This is where it gets iffy...)
Subaru (head gaskets aside)
Ford (yes Ford, among domestics the Fusion and
F150's can compete with the foreign competition
Mazda

Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: Elkins45] #5137978
06/18/19 10:28 PM
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St. Charles County, Missouri
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Toyota
Honda
HyunKia
Mazda
Subaru


2017 Kia Soul Plus-- Super Tech Synthetic 5w30 59000 miles
Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: Elkins45] #5137986
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America
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America
Toyota
Audi
Honda

Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: Elkins45] #5137995
06/18/19 10:54 PM
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Something I've noticed. I've never seen a broken down Hyundai or Kia on the side of the road.


1996 Nissan 300ZX 5-speed,Arctic Pearl(#175 of 300)
Quaker State Ultimate Durability 10W30
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Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: aquariuscsm] #5138005
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Had four Kia's and a Hyundai. Never any trouble. However pics of burning engines can be disconcerting. When they blow they do so spectacularly.


2017 Kia Soul Plus-- Super Tech Synthetic 5w30 59000 miles
Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: Elkins45] #5138013
06/18/19 11:32 PM
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GM and Chrysler have always treated my family well.

The worst cars we've had were a 2001 TL and 2005 Maxima, the only vehicles to have major powertrain failure (transmissions with each resulting in a $4k repair tab). No other GM or Chrysler has had a repair tab near that amount. Both vehicles also had nagging repairs as well that wouldn't have listed them on any list of reliable car makers to that point.

Buy what you like and roll the dice.


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Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: Elkins45] #5138017
06/18/19 11:46 PM
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VW
Dodge
Chrysler
Fiat
Mitsubishi
crackmeup

All jokes aside I’d say Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai. All others, while they might be pretty good, I wouldn’t put them in the same list.


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2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 234k Mobil Super HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
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Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: Elkins45] #5138019
06/18/19 11:51 PM
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The Kia Soul was rated one of the 10 most reliable cars and starts under 17K (2020's just over 17k). Hyundai/Kia has come a long way since hitting our shores in the '90's, and remain some of the lowest priced offering with one of the best warranties, 10 yr/100k miles.


2008 Jeep Patriot Sport FWD 2.4L 246K M1 5w20 HM M1-113

2000 Ford Expedition AWD 4.6L Cleveland 298K STHMFS 5W30 FL-820S

1998 Dodge Grand Caravan FWD 3.8L V-6 160K STHMFS 5W30 Fram PH16 OCOD!!!

Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: dishdude] #5138020
06/18/19 11:54 PM
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Originally Posted by dishdude
Buy what you like and roll the dice.

This.

Other than my Durango, Dodge’s and Chrysler’s have always treated my family and I very well. Bought into the “Toyota’s are indestructible” hype once and it left us stranded. Immediately replaced it with a Caliber that served me great till we need something bigger. Now it’s serving my brother in law as faithfully as it did me.


2016 Chrysler 300S v6
2018 Dodge Grand Caravan GT

Slight Mopar obsession
Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: aquariuscsm] #5138027
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Does a wrecker count ? If so, I have ...

Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: csandste] #5138030
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Originally Posted by csandste
Originally Posted by aquariuscsm
Something I've noticed. I've never seen a broken down Hyundai or Kia on the side of the road.

Had four Kia's and a Hyundai. Never any trouble. However pics of burning engines can be disconcerting. When they blow they do so spectacularly.


Yeah … they are trying to get out in front with 500k recalls … but that means owners need to do their part and get them checked ...

Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: LubeFiner] #5138034
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Originally Posted by LubeFiner
... Hyundai/Kia has come a long way since hitting our shores in the '90's, ...
Hyundai hit US shores in the 1980s.


2011 Toyota Prius now at 101K
1981 Mazda GLC (323) retired at 606K
1972 Subaru DL retired at 190K
1954 Chevrolet retired at 121K
Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: CR94] #5138038
06/19/19 12:22 AM
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Originally Posted by CR94
Originally Posted by LubeFiner
... Hyundai/Kia has come a long way since hitting our shores in the '90's, ...
Hyundai hit US shores in the 1980s.


One of their airlines did that in 2013 … famous report of the pilots names followed.

Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: Elkins45] #5138061
06/19/19 02:13 AM
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about all I can add is when I go to the local u pull it yard I see very few Hondas, even less Toyotas but plenty of the others

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