View Poll Results: Which Automotive Brands Have you Owned?

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  • Ford / Mercury Lincoln

    34 64.15%
  • Toyota / Lexus

    22 41.51%
  • BMW / Mercedes / Volvo

    9 16.98%
  • Chrysler / Dodge / Plymoth

    25 47.17%
  • Saab / Mazda / Suzuki

    8 15.09%
  • VW / Mini / Saturn

    10 18.87%
  • Buick / Oldsmobile/ Cadillac

    10 18.87%
  • Chevy / Pontiac / GMC

    29 54.72%
  • Infiniti / Nissan

    10 18.87%
  • Honda / Accura

    12 22.64%
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    Re: Automotive Brands You Have Owned!

    My first car was a Mitsubishi, and It was a great car. It had over 270,000 miles on it when I sold it and it was still running strong. I only had to do about $500 per year in maintenance on that thing even then.

    I now drive a Toyota Corolla, and like it pretty well too. It's reliable, runs well, and gets great gas mileage, which is important when you commute 150 miles a day.
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    Re: Automotive Brands You Have Owned!

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    '75 used Volvo... owned it for 6 years. Good for the first 6 months. After that, broke down almost every month. Blew the engine in '86.

    '82 used Nissan Sentra... owned it for 9 years. Good car, but it went through brakes every 18 months. Blew the engine in '95.

    '89 used Subaru... owned it for 2 years. Awful car, but mostly because the dealership I bought it from scammed me. The car had cracked heads and needed a full oil fill up nearly every week. Money was very tight, so I couldn't get anything else for a bit. Finally got rid of it in '97.

    '97 new Ford Escort... owned it for 8 years. Great, great car. In the 8 years I had it, other than a snapped axel, it needed ZERO repairs. Traded it in, in '05.

    '05 new Ford Focus... current. Also a great car. Other than normal maintenance, no repair work needed.

    I am convinced that, if you can afford it, buying a used car is NOT the way to go. The new cars I've owned have been better in all respects.
    I know people who have bought used cars and made out, but I never did. It's always better to buy them new and wear them out, yourself. Now, unless you can get a car that was only driven by a little old lady and only to the grocery store and back. Then again, if the old lady never put oil in the vehicle, all bets are off.

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    Re: Automotive Brands You Have Owned!

    What, no Yamaha!? For cars, my first was a Dodge and I now own a Chevy. For motorcycles, Yamaha. Solid, well made bikes.
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    Re: Automotive Brands You Have Owned!

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainCourtesy View Post
    I am convinced that, if you can afford it, buying a used car is NOT the way to go. The new cars I've owned have been better in all respects.
    For some reason, used cars here in Spain are ridiculously over-priced. With the new car deals on offer at the moment you can often get a new car cheaper than a 1 year old with 20,000km on the clock! I'm not kidding. I just can't get my head around it at all. Hence, despite vowing never, ever to do so, I intend to buy a new car next time around, probably a Fiat 500 or a Citroen DS3.


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    Re: Automotive Brands You Have Owned!

    Quote Originally Posted by soccerboy22 View Post
    I have only had one car. My Saab 93 and I loved it. It was a pretty safe car, got decent gas milage, and it fed my need for speed.
    I've owned a number of 93s; one where, as I recall, the previous owner installed an oil delivery tank in the trunk...Most nifty....
    Are owners of imports more liable to be liberal?

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    Re: Automotive Brands You Have Owned!

    VW Rabbit was my first car. Sold it with 200k miles on it.
    VW Gulf was my second car. Gave it to my sis with 100K miles on it.
    Ford Bronco II was my third vehicle. Gave me more trouble than any other vehicle I've owned
    Chevy S-10 pickup was my fourth vehicle. Loved that ****ing truck. Had it for about 10 years sold it when I bought my 5th vehicle...
    Chrysler Sebring convertible

    VWs were the best for just ****ing running forEVER. Very little maintenance issues.
    My Chevy truck was the best for utility and I wish I hadn't sold it.
    My convertible is the best for ... well... it's a ****ing convertible. What more needs to be said?

    All of my vehicles were purchased used.

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    Re: Automotive Brands You Have Owned!

    A challenge! Let me see if I can reconstruct events:

    • '71 Datsun 240Z - my first car and I fell in love. I am currently saving money to buy another, 40 year old car. Trying to decide if I go stock or with a model that has had a Corvette engine, transmission, rear end, and suspension installed. 480 horsepower baby!
    • '83 Buick Century - a hand me down - solid car.
    • '86 Audi 100 - in Germany. I blew the engine 4 times and rebuilt it each time....not my calling. I was driving to Austria, Italy, and Spain with a replacement head, cam, crank, water pump, seals, gaskets, and tools. Used more than once to make it back to Monday morning 5 AM formation.
    • '88 BMW 535i - sweet car! I could go 180 kph easy on the autobahn. Sold it when I returned to the states.
    • '87 VW Rabbit - college car. Lasted until Senior year
    • '85 Pontiac Firebird - just to say I did the muscle car thing. Bought it for $500 and it was a rusty piece of ****, but it would GO man! Died and abandoned.
    • '87 Toyota Corolla - My first one. It finally died at 170,000 miles
    • '87 Toyota Corolla stick - My second one from my sister. Lasted forever, which means 5 years in my book.
    • '77 Datsun 280Z - I got another one! Drove it for 3 years, then sold it as it was expensive to keep repaired.
    • '00 Mazda Millenia - Great luxury car! Drove it until it got stolen and totaled.
    • '07 VW Rabbit - I got another one! This runs great except I broke a valve spring last year. Warranty replaced it free of charge.

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    Re: Automotive Brands You Have Owned!

    I've had experience with quite a few cars in my family.

    2002 GMC Sierra 2500 HD: Definitely a piece of crap. The work done on that thing is laughable. It's probably cost twice the initial investment (some was under warranty, luckily) and now that it is out of warranty we need repairs to the fuel injectors, water pump for the AC, a window motor, and manifold.

    A '99 Chevy Suburban: This vehicle was HORRIBLE. It would have fallen under the lemon law if it had not been for the fact that it was a business vehicle (this exempts it from the lemon law for some reason :/)

    '02 Chevy 3/4 Ton Work Van: Also has all kinds of problems. Right now it randomly shuts down on the highway. We're waiting for funds to fix it.

    '99 Hyundai Accent Hatchback (you didn't list this maker): This was my first car. It was slow as hell and tiny but very fun to drive. We picked it up cheap and uninspected, put all the initial repairs in for about $2600. It ended up costing that much in repairs over the next year and I eventually sold it with the transmission about to fail (the buyers knew this).

    2002 Ford Explorer V8 with Towing Package: It was fun to drive but was also a piece of crap. Many repairs along the way before the engine finally blew at 130k (it needed a complete engine replacement).

    '99 Honda Accord (4 cyl): Currently has about 180k on it with only regular maintenance. Great car!!

    '04 Honda Accord (4 cyl standard): Only regular maintenance at about 130k. Also a great car!!

    '96 Toyota Camry (4 cyl): It's pretty slow but it's a GREAT car. It has 135k with only regular maintenance. It was just inspected today with no problems!!

    '98 Toyota Tundra: This was a work vehicle and you couldn't kill it. As the business was down-sized we sold it off. Despite the fact that it had been in a couple of fender benders and was over 100k it had only minor problems and regular maintenance.

    In short... The American automakers SUCK. Their quality is horrendous and this is why they were going belly-up. No one wants to buy car that won't run... I'll be sticking to Honda and Toyota personally!

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    Re: Automotive Brands You Have Owned!

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    For some reason, used cars here in Spain are ridiculously over-priced. With the new car deals on offer at the moment you can often get a new car cheaper than a 1 year old with 20,000km on the clock! I'm not kidding. I just can't get my head around it at all. Hence, despite vowing never, ever to do so, I intend to buy a new car next time around, probably a Fiat 500 or a Citroen DS3.


    Thats "good".
    Consider the resale value for the previous owner.
    And Spain must be doing OK, which is even better.
    The FIAT looks OK, but the Citroen would give me nightmares

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    At least the Euro cars have personality and soul; ours do not have this and many are too troublesome. Have we not learned a thing from Japan ????
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    Before this can happen, an attitude change must occur.

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