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Most Reliable Cars 2006 **Predicted**

No surprises here, almost all Japanese cars.
At least there's 2 US cars (1 GM 1 Ford)
......and not a one European brand.
Best predicted reliability:
(As calculated by Consumer Reports)
Small cars:
Toyota Echo
Honda Civic (2005)
Toyota Prius
Honda Civic Hybrid (2005)
Toyota Corolla
Subaru Impreza (non-turbo)
Sporty cars/Convertibles Coupes
Honda S2000
Mazda MX-5 Miata (2005)
Lexus SC430
Chevrolet Monte Carlo (2005)
Sedans
Lexus GS300/GS430*
Infiniti M35/M45*
Lexus IS300 (2005)
Honda Accord Hybrid*
Toyota Camry
Honda Accord 4-cyl.
Lexus LS430
Wagons
Toyota Matrix
Minivans
(None rated "Best")
Small SUVs
Toyota Rav4 (2005)
Honda CR-V
Honda Element
Subaru Forester
Mercury Mariner*
Mitsubishi Outlander
Mid-sized SUVs
Lexus RX400h (hybrid)*
Toyota Highlander
Toyota 4Runner (V-8)
Infiniti FX35
Large SUVs
Toyota Land Cruiser
Pick-up trucks
Honda Ridgeline*
Toyota Tundra
http://www.cnn.com/2005/AUTOS/10/26/cr_most_reliable/index.html
 

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Interesting to see the list. God, if we Americans could just get excited about building a long-lasting quality machine, we'd have half that list. Of course, there's other things to consider when buying a vehicle, naturally. I mean, a Ridgeline might be reliable, but let's face it, it's still a Ridgeline.
 

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That is "best predicted reliablity", check JD Power at year's end and see who actually had the higher reliablity. Some will be the same, but there will be a lot of American brands there as well. That's like predicting the weather a year ahead of time!

Anyone that drives a Ridgline and thinks he's in a truck should..... OOps, I forgot, no more attacks!:D
 

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Because you take what's done well in the past and see how much the "new" models have changed. For example, anything Honda makes will be reliable. That's just a fact; no matter how many people hate on them for being ricer cars or blandmobiles, the ONE THING they can do EXTREMELY well is build reliable cars. Hell, the new Hondas are damn near maintenance free. The salesman I talked to was saying that the VTEC has advanced so much that you only have to get an oil change about once a year. I mean, DAMN. Let's see GM's wimpy Ecotec engine go head to head with a VTEC. I don't think so:sneaky:

I am a bit confused about the Monte Carlo on that list, seeing as how its one of Chevy's worst model (IMO anyway). I would have suspected that the Impala would be on there, BUT since its a new design, they probably aren't sure yet...
 

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ben72227 said:
Because you take what's done well in the past and see how much the "new" models have changed. For example, anything Honda makes will be reliable. That's just a fact; no matter how many people hate on them for being ricer cars or blandmobiles, the ONE THING they can do EXTREMELY well is build reliable cars. Hell, the new Hondas are damn near maintenance free.
Well, let's see how reliable they are after they've been on the road for 30 or 40 years like the classic Cadillacs most of us drive (if any are still left).
 

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ben72227 said:
The salesman I talked to was saying that the VTEC has advanced so much that you only have to get an oil change about once a year. I mean, DAMN.
That salesman was full of crap, the VTEC system doesn't have anything to do with oil change intervals.
 

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That salesman was full of crap, the VTEC system doesn't have anything to do with oil change intervals.
I love how the Honda people throw "VTEC" around like it's a cure for cancer. It's variable valve timing. Lots of people did it before Honda, Honda just has better marketing people.

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You can't guarantee a Honda will be reliable.

I have a couple of friends who have had no end of electrical problems with their Hondas. One is a Civic, one an Accord.
All cars bought new and are still less than 3 years old.
 

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my mom has a 2000 honda odyssey and we've had nothing but problems with it. power sliding doors always f***ed up, engine will turn over forever but not start, battery constantly going dead no matter what they do to fix it, check engine light is always on, traction control light always on, along with the abs light.

my dad let my mom have her choice with this one. he drives a 1992 chevrolet caprice station wagon, just hit 100,000 miles and never been to a shop once.

he is all for american cars and said he will never ever buy anything foreign again.

so those who swear by foreign cars can take that. . . and yea, thats enough
 

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I think the on a new car reliability is determined by how close the dealer is to you... and if they give loaners...
 

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I've only ever owned 2 new cars in my life. A Ford and a Toyota. Didn't have any trouble with either. The Yota is still young, but it's been good. Had the Ford for 7 years without any trouble at all.

Jim
 
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