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Don't even know where to start on this one......


Best and Worst Used Cars

Reliable models to look for—and troublesome ones to avoid.

Is it time to replace your car? Owners of 27 percent of the vehicles in our latest Annual Car Reliability Survey acquired them used last year, and they're definitely on to something. Data from our exclusive survey, conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, show that hundreds of used-car models provide good reliability. And they can be safe, fuel efficient, and affordable.

Used vehicles are often some of the best values you'll find because you sidestep the biggest expense associated with buying a new car: depreciation.

For example, a seven-year-old Lexus RX SUV, a safe and reliable vehicle that typically costs $40,000 when new, can be found for $12,000 to $14,000. And young drivers don't have to settle for a new small car like the Toyota Yaris when they can find a fairly new, roomier, and better equipped used vehicle in the same price range, such as a Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, or Toyota Camry.

To minimize the risks, look for vehicles that have proved to be reliable. The following lists of models from 1998 through 2007 will steer you to the gems (and away from the duds) among the thousands of used vehicles on the market.

More at link: http://editorial.autos.msn.com/article.aspx?cp-documentid=435706
 

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Is that the story tht had the Red Yaris and yellow Aztek Concept on the home page yesterday? I suppose the Toyota was supposed to represent the good and the Aztek that the public demanded be built, then lauded for being ugly when it didn't look like the concept (and it was fugly) was supposed to be the bad? The Aztek is in fact a great used car. Owners that can get over the uglieness love their Azteks. I didn't even bother clicking on the story when I saw it, these thigns are so pointless. It would be like me recommending toasters to people just by walking down the ailse of my local Walmart and giving a review based on what I saw....worthless. :rolleyes:
 

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a tad too general.... to say a VW Jetta is unreliable is way too much of a generalization. If you go back 5 years I would agree. However, I have yet to really hear a complaint about the present Jetta. The same can be said for many of the models . My old 2000 Silhouette was plagued with every possible problem but I have heard nothing good things about the '03's and '04's. Take it with a grain of salt, we're talking about CR here.
 

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I think the whole import bias thing with CR is true. Note that there's 4 domestics, and one of them is a rehashed Toyota...(pasted below is the "best" list)

Acura Integra
Acura MDX
Acura RL
Acura RSX
Acura TL
Acura TSX
BMW M3
Buick LaCrosse
Honda Accord
Honda Civic
Honda Civic Hybrid
Honda CR-V
Honda Element
Honda Odyssey
Honda Pilot
Honda S2000
Infiniti FX
Infiniti G20
Infiniti G35
Infiniti I30, I35
Infiniti QX4
Lexus ES
Lexus ES
Lexus GS (RWD)
Lexus GX
Lexus IS
Lexus LS
Lexus RX
Lexus SC
Lincoln Continental
Lincoln Town Car
Mazda Millenia
Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mazda Protegé
Mazda3
Mitsubishi Endeavor
Mitsubishi Outlander
Nissan Altima
Nissan Maxima
Nissan Murano
Pontiac Vibe
Porsche 911 (except '03)
Scion tC
Scion xB
Subaru Baja
Subaru Forester
Subaru Impreza
Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Toyota 4Runner
Toyota Avalon
Toyota Camry (except '07 V6)
Toyota Camry Solara
Toyota Celica
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Echo
Toyota Highlander
Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota Matrix
Toyota Prius
Toyota RAV4
Toyota Sequoia
Toyota Sienna
Toyota Tundra (except '07 V8 4WD)
Volvo S60
 

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So pretty much, you're good if you buy any Toyota, Lexus, Acura, or Honda (or Subaru, thankfully Subaru isn't much of a threat to anyone so I can get away with being a Subie fan on a GM site). Best used car in my opinion is a Buick LeSabre
 

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I wouldn't wipe my backside with consumer reports.

The fact that the Lexus ES is on the best list twice... Does that make it the best of the best of the best.

I have yet to see a single consumer report that wasn't a mess of errors and statistical BS
 

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Worst car reliability wise = 1990's Monte Carlo Z34's Particularly with the 3.4L DOHC.

Ive owned 2... don't ask....

Sold one, the other is sitting in the garage needing new head gaskets...

I should have never bought 1, My truck while @ a solid 13-15mpg may suck at the pump, never lets me down. If any problems ever arise they are easy to fix, and never anything major like head gaskets, or internal parts! Good ol' 350 cid!
 

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Well is it a V6 or a inline six? What is a VR6 aside from VW marketing jargon? The engine in the Jetta has a single cylinder head like a straight six, but the cylinders are banked at a narrow angle, in effect the cylinders are not straight like ----- but like this ~~.
I believe the R stood something in german that meant "straight". it might be called the inline V6?
 
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