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Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? #5137971 06/18/19 09:16 PM
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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 09:25 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 09:28 PM
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Toyota
Honda
HyunKia
Mazda
Subaru


2017 Kia Soul Plus-- VWB 5w30-- 70,000 miles
Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: Elkins45] #5137986 06/18/19 09:43 PM
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Toyota
Audi
Honda

Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: Elkins45] #5137995 06/18/19 09:54 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.


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Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: aquariuscsm] #5138005 06/18/19 10:04 PM
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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.


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Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: Elkins45] #5138013 06/18/19 10:32 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 10:46 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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Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: Elkins45] #5138019 06/18/19 10:51 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.


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Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: dishdude] #5138020 06/18/19 10:54 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.


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Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: aquariuscsm] #5138027 06/18/19 11:03 PM
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Does a wrecker count ? If so, I have ...

Re: Top 5 reliable, affordable car makers? [Re: csandste] #5138030 06/18/19 11:09 PM
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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 06/18/19 11:15 PM
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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 106K
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 06/18/19 11:22 PM
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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 01:13 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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