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Most Reliable Cars ^ | 11/9/2006 |

Posted on 11/09/2006 1:20:48 PM PST by eraser2005

NEW YORK ( -- 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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: autoshop; cars; ford; honda; toyota
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To: tacticalogic

No way, that was the LeMans; I used to work on Opels, exhaust systems rotted away in a years time; the engine was a leaker and underpowered and the body was built from what must have been recycled steel beer cans; a salesman leaned his butt back on one in the showroom one lazy Monday evening and when he stood back up, he casually reached under the fender where his imprint was left and banged it back into shape with his fist.

One day I arrived at work to find an Opel station wagon dropped off outside the bodyshop door that had hit a horse; the engine was pushed through the firewall and crammed up against the front seat.

All this was in 1970 and an Opel was never on my must-have list.

121 posted on 11/11/2006 9:29:26 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Toby06

IIRC, it was the 22-RC (I think that meant Calif.),
but basically yes, it was the 22R.

Pretty powerful engine, long lasting. I got the car with over 100,000 miles on it and kept it for about 5 years. The engine I put in was from a junkyard. They guaranteed it would run. I checked the compression, and it was up to specs (actually, it was just a tad over). So, don't really know how many miles the engine had on it.

122 posted on 11/13/2006 10:30:27 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (It's turtles all the way down.)
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To: MonroeDNA

You owe it to yourself to test drive the Tundra-based models, like the 4 door Truck or the Sequoia. The ride, quietness and comfort are unbelievable. It is the Lexus of trucks.

I tested the 4-Runners, and they quickly reminded me of my 1984 Toyota Truck. Rougher, less refined, stiffer, louder, etc.

I'm old enough and doing well enough to make the $5K or so upgrade to the Tundra. It is a better ride than virtually every car in which I've ever ridden.

123 posted on 11/14/2006 6:09:15 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Osama Wins!)
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To: eraser2005

I am surprised that nobody has brought this up yet, but it seems to me the best confidence a manufacturer has in its vehicles is the duration of the warantee.

Seems the big three have pretty wimpy warantees. 55k? lol.

10 years sounds about right.

I have a BMW Z3, and run the piss out of it. Redline it pretty much every time I take it out. BMW has pretty bad warantees, but it is not because they don't last. It is to make money on regular maintenance. The rape you on that.

124 posted on 11/14/2006 7:23:11 PM PST by MonroeDNA (Libertarians are more conservative than pubbies. Strictest interpretation of the constitution,)
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To: MonroeDNA

And the only company which believes in 10 years is Hyundai/Kia.

But only if you keep the car... the extra warranty is non-transferable.

Get rid of that and GM and Ford have the best warranties in the business...

125 posted on 11/15/2006 5:56:57 AM PST by eraser2005
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