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Posted on 11/09/2006 1:20:48 PM PST by eraser2005
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The Ford Fusion midsized car and its Mercury Milan sibling scored big in Consumer Reports' annual new car reliability survey, just beating out the industry's quality standard-bearers, the Honda Accord V6 and Toyota Camry V6.
But, overall, Japanese brands are still the ones to beat. Of the 47 vehicles with the highest predicted reliability, 39 are Japanese. Of those, all but seven are made by Toyota or Honda.
American cars are continuing to improve in reliability, however, according to Consumer Reports' surveys.
The "predicted reliability" rankings appear in the 2007 New Car Preview issue of Consumer Reports magazine.
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The real story is what garbage European cars are.
All I know is that I own a Toyota Camary with about 125,000 miles, and the ONLY thing I've ever had to do is replace tires and get the oil changed. Still runs like a charm. Honest.
We also own a Camrey with about 125,000, and we put about 1,000 into various "upkeep" items last year, and that's it...ever. Mechanic says the car is probably now good for another 100,000.
Hey, my Fiat are still froomin along fine......LOL!!! but its true, granted, I am a mechanic...that helps.
This was reliability on wheels, once upon a time.
Have you had to work on your Kamiree yet?
ooooooohhhh. the "sport" model Dart "swinger".
There are a number of problems with "life-style nazi's reports" on car reliability. Those who buy more expensive or upscale cars have a different expectation of reliability than those who buy economy cars. Also, these surveys show nothing about long-term reliability.
No, other than the "tune-up" stuff last year.
Oh, and I forgot, the Corolla does have one problem which I've heard is common. The motor for the electric window is shot.
Oops, first sentence was supposed to be "corolla".
Go figure. They hated the Camaro with a passion and my 96 runs right along at the track and work on Monday. Most dependable car I have ever owned short of a stripped 85 Nissan truck named Dusty that just would not die. At age 16 and 200k he blew a head gasket and I sold him to my mechanic due to a valuation of about $500 if working. It is still running.
They also say there were a few Darts made with 383s. That would have been a serious exercise in overpowering the platform.
Made in Indiana.
Finally our auto industry got the message. Competition is good.
The slant 6's seemed bulletproof.
Camrys are good cars....
I've got a 98... it has never left us stranded in 100k+, but it has cost a fair bit in repairs and maintenance that isn't necessary (or possible) on our other car (think timing belt)....
My Taurus has been very good too, though - 100k+ and $200 total in repairs. Maintenance only of a new battery, fluid changes, filters, and a new set of tires....
You might want to check the replacement cycle on the timing belt. The older models required it somewheres around there.
Notice that Ford also had a number of models in the "LEAST reliable cars" list, too.
I'm on record as saying that the Fusion appears to be a good car and is selling well. If Ford would only can the idiot who won't trumpet the fact that it's come in ahead of Camry and Accord in both enthusiast magazine comparisons *and* CR, they would sell even more.
Of the remaining lineup: The 500 is a joke, and someone needs to put the Crown Vic out of it's misery.
Actually, they do survey long-term reliability - but they completely fail to get a good survey design or to get adequate sample sizes...
That's common on all cars these days - there's only a few companies that make those window regulator assemblies now, and most of them are crappy plastic unless the customer specifies otherwise.
I had an '85 toyota 4wd pickup. I really beat the frigging snot out of it, bad, but changed the oil religiously. I put close to 200,000 on it, blew the engine and still managed to sell it for over $1000 8 years after I bought it.
The only repairs were a head gasket and bodywork, all of which I did myself. (of course brakes, shocks, and tires, etc got replaced)
mine had the slant 6 and 80 pounds of Bondo.
With the 225ci 6 cylinder engine, it was pretty fuel efficient, too.
Surprisingly . . . he gave the Toyota Camry high marks for its reliability but abysmal marks for its "maintainability."
I was also surprised to hear how highly he thought of Hyundai cars for the latter.
Oh, by the way, the Fusion is NOT made in the USA by the UAW, which explains why it's actually got decent build quality.
The Fusion (and its corporate twins, the Milan and MKZ) are made in Ford's Hermosillo Stamping & Assembly plant in Hermosillo, Mexico.
It's also not on a domestically-designed Ford platform, but on a modified version of the *Mazda* CD3 platform. The four cylinder base engine is a *Mazda* engine.
So much for it being an "American" car.
1999 127,000 miles and still going strong.
When Lexus and Acura are at the top of the list and MB, Cadillac, BMW, etc are at the bottom, your argument doesn't hold water. Their relative rankings are meaningful- Lexus and Acura owners are no less demanding than the other luxury brands. That Lexus and Acura can turn out such excellent reliability while including the latest luxury gizmos is an excellent testimony to those brands and their parent companies (Toyota and Honda).
Blue Oval ping!
The Camry's engine bay is an exercise in minimalist packaging - until the new ones, which now have more room as mandated by EU regs (they have to have a higher hoodline now). The engine bay is tightly wrapped around the engine.
Hyundai tends to optimize their body a lot less in the engine bay; you can usually get to everything with room to spare.
I'd have to agree about the maintainability of the Camry. Its a royal P.I.T.A. to reach some of the parts and get them out. :)
It really sucks...having to open the door at drivethroughs, tollbooths, etc.
Best-selling vehicle in America . . . 28 straight years!
Of course, the Mercury Mariner was on the most reliable list last year, and it is made in the US by UAW workers.
But you make good points about the base design - however, keep in mind that much of the Mazda tech was actually Ford-developed. That 2.3L carries quite a bit of Ford technology on it....
Yawn. 1987, 230K, still going strong. Your point?
Dart GTs were found with 360s in them.
That's because the F-150 is the cheapest fullsize truck you can buy and has been for 28 years. :-P
A 340 Dart? Maybe. You're not thinking of the Road Runner, are you?
The guy on the radio also pointed out that Toyota owners should ignore all maintenance recommendations from Toyota and instead maintain their vehicles at "standard" intervals for various things. He made it sound like the owner's manual on a Camry recommends an oil change every 75,000 miles or so. LOL.
It's also deceptive because the F-150 is a single model, while Chevrolet and GMC are listed as two separate models by General Motors.
The combined GM models kick @ss against Ford, I think. I just don't say that in public. LOL.
Actually, the manual for my XKR (not pictured) says that I should do 10,000 mile oil changes. I believe the Camry manual says the same, though I don't own one. Manufacturers have been going to more and more extended maintenance intervals - some because their tech is good for it, some because the car will probably be traded in before the damage caused will be evident. My friend's Ford Ranger's manual has a similarly bizzare maintenance interval listing.
Me? Oil change every 3K, transmission and diff every 30K, coolant every two years (despite the fact that I'm using 5/100 coolant now).
Profits to Japan.
My first car was a 1960 Valiant with the "big" slant 6. I paid $450 for it in 1966 with 50,000 miles. I drove it through college and sold it to my brother. When I got out of the Navy it had 255,000 miles on it with no major repairs. The dealer called me and wanted to buy it back; he wanted the engine. So I sold it to him for $400. As far as I know that slant six is still powering some irrigation pump out in South Dakota. I thought the car was really ugly at the time, now I wish I had it back!
The Mariner is based off the Euro-design chassis of the Mondeo. :-P
I think the combination of the frequent trans fluid changes and the heavy-duty cooling system (including a separate radiator for the trans fluid) has really extended the life of the powertrain. It's got 315,000 miles on it, and when I had a compression test done on it last year the mechanic told me he thought his equipment was malfunctioning because he was getting readings that were consistent with a vehicle that had 75,000 miles on it.
94 Lincoln Town Car. 248,000 miles. Just minor maintenance.