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5 Best Cars That Have Stood the Test of Time

By on April 14, 2014

Buying a snazzy sports car is all well and good in the short run, but what about if you’re looking for an excellent vehicle that’ll truly last?

Many of the best cars on the road today have been around for decades and these are the ones you want to take a closer look at if you’re in the market for a long-term purchase.

Here are five of the best cars available today in terms of longevity and reliable performance.

If you’re looking for a new car, either for yourself or your teenager, than you cannot go wrong by buying one of these cars.

Top 5 Most Dependable Cars

#5 Volkswagen Beetle

Overview:

  • First Introduced – 1938
  • Current Model – 2014 Volkswagen Beetle
  • Current Engine – 1.8-Liter, 2.0-Liter, 2.5-Liter with 140-210 Horsepower
  • Current MPG – 29 City / 39 Highway

One of the most recognizable (and ubiquitous) cars of all time is the Volkswagen Beetle, and that has a lot to do with how incredibly reliable it is.

Sure, there are plenty of horror stories around about them breaking down, but if you listen closely, these stories usually involve a well-used, well-loved VW Beetle that has taken care of its passengers for years and years.

Its famous design and consistent performance has allowed people to drive their Beetles for hundreds of thousands of miles, well beyond the lifespan most vehicles on the road today afford.

The Volkswagen Beetle has gone through a couple major overhauls in terms of design and performance and with each upgrade, it just seems to get more and more robust.

226 Comments

  1. amber

    June 21, 2014 at 1:06 am

    I have a 1998 Nissan Quest mini-van that is a really trooper. No expensive repairs or heroic measures have ever been taken to keep it on the road. Just normal maintenance and repairs as you would expect with any car. I love love love that van!!!!

    • Roy Stewart

      December 19, 2014 at 2:38 am

      Amber, ‘Ditto’, my 2002 Frontier; 260,000 and runs/performs wonderfully well!

    • Denise

      January 9, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Those are throw away cars except the VW. They must be going by popularity and that is only because these people believe articles that say these are the best cars. Who do you think paid to post these articles?

      • Mr Huck

        January 20, 2015 at 7:53 pm

        That’s your opinion, Denise. And you know what opinions are like…

      • Scott

        February 19, 2015 at 6:03 pm

        My 2000 Honda Civic has 255,000 miles on it and going strong!!!

        Throw Away? I Don’t think so, it’s been the best car I ever had!

        • Tanya

          February 20, 2015 at 11:22 pm

          Wow Scott what did you do to maintain your car to keep it running good? I have an 02 Dodge Neon w/77,000 miles on it it’s runs pretty well.

          • claude wadsworth

            April 27, 2015 at 1:03 am

            I have an o2 neon 135000 changed the timing belt, looks it will be here for another 100.000 miles
            also at the same time I purchased an 02 dodge SUV Durango it has 175000 had a new AC compressor installed at 150000,the car runs perfect I expect to be driving it until it dies or I die.
            Best auto I have ever owned.

        • Laurie

          March 27, 2015 at 9:03 pm

          I have a 1981 Honda Civic that I’ve owned for 20 years. It still runs like a top, and I’ve never had to do much to it other than tires, battery, tune-ups, the usual. It gets 38 MPG and is the most reliable car I’ve ever owned. I owned a lot of American made cars over the years from the big three, and I’ll never own another American made car. They just don’t last. I’ll keep driving my Honda as long as the engine holds up.

          • Vincent

            April 5, 2015 at 8:25 am

            I tend to agree with you Laurie.I think some of the best cars and trucks are made by Honda, Nissan and Toyota!

          • T

            April 29, 2015 at 1:53 am

            I have a 1998 Honda Civic 5 speed and I just LOVE IT STILL!

          • Angelina

            June 13, 2015 at 1:44 pm

            I have an Infinity G35 Coupe. I find it small at times but mostly I love it because it has great pick up to get out of the way! Anyway, I bought it in ’09 it was then used therefore it is an ’07. I love it. I just only have had to change the the original battery in 2014 and recently at the end of May I had to change the original clutch. I give it regular oil changes and stuff but that’s it. It has 98,000 miles on it. My wonderful mechanic says it has another 100,000 miles to go!. Every time I take it to him, it drives like new! Of course, one can use up the gas pretty quick. I just use this car for work and back.

        • Nick

          May 18, 2015 at 10:58 am

          Exactly how old are you and how many vehicles have you owned?

      • TN flash

        February 28, 2015 at 10:44 am

        I agree with you. If they polled VW owners at all, I don’t think VW would have even come close to making the list. The old VW beetles were reliable but none of the newer ones are. My friend bought a Beetle and spent 3200 on repairs in two years. She traded it for a Mazda3 and loves not having to live at the dealership. I owned a new 1976 VW Scirocco that had tons of serious reoccurring issues. Things like the carburetor vibrating loose, broken sir conditioning brackets, rattling catalytic converter shields,fabric upholstery that did not hold up more than four years and rust.

      • JC in NM

        March 7, 2015 at 2:23 am

        My 1989 Civic DX has never given any trouble and still gets better mileage than anything short of a Prius. It costs less than $100 per year to register and insure. The only thing I would gain by buying a new car is cup holders. Forget it! I’m driving that Civic until the doors fall off.

      • TerryTheSpyderRyder

        April 7, 2015 at 6:18 pm

        Today’s VW is very expensive to repair. also, other than a rounded, egg-shaped body and four wheels, has nothing at all in common with the Bug that we all used to know and loved so well.

      • Otto Smith

        May 4, 2015 at 6:14 am

        In well over 1M miles of driving I have taken numerous toys from about 100k to over 300K, most of them have been Camry. Honda are great cars too, but need a little more maintenance then the toys.

      • Harry

        June 21, 2015 at 7:28 am

        Interesting. This is the first site I ever saw that put a Volkswagen int the reliable list. Other sites put VW inthe worst reliability or worst cars list (example: mojomotors dot com)

        Also my personal experience with my Civic has being different from what I seeing. My Civic was the 2nd worst car I ever owned (over 3K of unexpected repairs) and it lasted longer than my neighbors (which got junked before making it to 100K miles) 100% Honda dealer maintained. Then there is the club I used to belong to (were at least 1/3 were Civics). They loved their Civics but I would not call them trouble free by any means. Without a doubt, the #1 car that got towed from the meeting.

      • Brandy

        August 23, 2015 at 4:40 pm

        I had my Honda Accord for years, high miles and I wasn’t very good about keeping up on things like oil changes…now it belongs to my teenage daughter and it’s doing really well still. On the other hand both of my friends that own jettas and my friend that had a bug have tons of repairs and they are very expensive to repair. There are always exceptions but it was enough that I wouldn’t buy a VW.

    • soilman

      March 4, 2015 at 11:56 pm

      This is ridiculous. The 1938 beetle and the current beetle are 2 entirely different cars. They bear a vague resemblance in appearance which means NOTHING in regard to reliability. Comparing the reliability of the original beetle and new beetle, to the reliability of other cars, is like comparing the taste and nutritional value of ordinary cucumbers and sea cucumbers, to the tase and tnutritional value of other foods.

    • Bob

      April 4, 2015 at 12:38 am

      I have a 1977 F 150. about to turn over for the 5th time.I pulled the motor 17 years ago to beef it up.. there was nothing wrong with it but
      I wanted to pull a 40 foot travel trailer across the U.S.
      Still runs like a top. Starts in any weather at the turn of a key.. I have replaced some small stuff. nothing big. Not so good on gas mileage
      but it does have a 440 HP motor so I don’t to get 20 miles pg like I did
      before I jumped the motor up.

    • Angelina

      June 13, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      I think Nissan makes great cars I owned a Sentra for several years then went and bought an Infinity G35 Coupe. I love the Inifinity, it has great pick up to get out of the way, as the freeways here are crazy sometimes! My car has is an ’07 and has 98,000 miles on it. I have only had to change the original battery in 2014 and the clutch last month. I too keep my car up with normal maintentance and tires. I agree.

    • fishinjunki

      July 29, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      I’m sorry folks, but the only car on this list that should be here is the Toyota. I was a Master Certified mechanic for 43 years, and I loved Honda’s, and Datsun’s, because they were, and are ABSOLUTE JUNK. It’s true, you might a few hundred thousand miles out of one, but that’s the exception, not the rule. The VW Beetle is the biggest pile of crap to ever come out of Germany. The early Jetta’s were nothing but an over priced Rabbit, but requiring more maintenance. Th Acura is just a glorified, over priced Honda, requiring even more maintenance to keep them on the road, at twice the cost of a real car. Many here have commented on how good their Nissan’s are, but they are dillusional. Nissan always has, and always will make junk. plus the fact of the matter, is they are unsafe. Crash one, and you’ll see. How many people know why Nissan changed their name back to Nissan? When Nissan wanted to sell cars in America, they called them Datsun, because they thought it sounded more American. In the late 70s, early 80s, they were ordered to pay billions to families of people killed in the Datsun 240 & 260Z, when they broke in half due to hidden rust that rendered the cars unsafe. Nissan spent Billions covering up rather than paying the judgments, they filed bankruptcy, and reorganized as Nissan. Anyone buying one of these death traps deserves what they get. Since the mid 90s, The big three have been making better cars than any of the imports, with the possible exception of the Camry. A lot of people are going to say Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, VW, and others, are made in the US, HORSE NUGGETS, they are assembled here with chinese, and Japanese parts, giving the illusion of being made here. They provide a few jobs here, but provide even more jobs in China. Plus they lend very little to the American economy. BUY AMERICAN.

      • BobR

        August 26, 2015 at 3:28 am

        I’m also a mechanic with 40 years of experience and am partial to certain Chrysler products. Jeeps especially lately because we need 4 wheel drive where we live. Never had a “Mopar” that wouldn’t last 400,000 miles with routine maintanence.

        Foreigh cars are overrated, certain of them “not bad”, but their steel components have been second rate, replacement parts very expensive and their fuel economy is directly related to their small size and weight which is not always the safest combination.

        If you buy your next car from a Ford, Chevy or Chrysler dealer you won’t be disappointed I assure you. And when it needs maintanence you will be very pleased. (No, I’m an independent mechanic and have never worked for one of the “Big Three” but can assure you that all make very good cars and trucks.

  2. Tim

    June 23, 2014 at 1:07 am

    Those are all excellent choices.
    Somehow,I was hoping a Corolla was in there, but I am sure it is a top 10.

    • Ron

      September 14, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Yeah, I have an ’05 Corolla that has required only normal maintenance and that still runs like new.

    • Ed

      March 5, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      Three of them are excellent choices; two (the VWs) are NOT, by any means.

    • Frank Rodrigues

      June 13, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      I have a 1993 Corolla DX 5 speed manual with 314,000 miles. The car still does great when it comes to fuel mileage, and is comfortable. I’d recommend a Corolla to anyone looking for a good, reliable car!

  3. Paully

    June 27, 2014 at 2:03 am

    HUH???! Look I buy cars at auction for a large dealership and in NO WAY are either Volkswagen vehicles listed here reliable. In fact they are pieces of rolling crap! BOTH cars are even on Consumer Reports LEAST reliable vehicle list! The new Beetle is horrible. Very unreliable. The Jetta is also a nightmare for owners. Their gas engines are utter garbage. Everyone at auction knows this. We know what to look for and the common failures of these cars. The ONLY reason we will buy them is because kids love them (for some reason we dont understand).
    What you SHOULD put on the list is the Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis and Town Car. They are as reliable as the older Generation of Camrys! They also get 26-28 mpg on the highway, have more room than most all SUVs and can tow 2000 pounds. And when they do need repairs it is VERY inexpensive to fix.

    • Jane

      September 27, 2014 at 2:33 am

      I have a 200 Buick LaSabre and the only major work it has had over these 14 years is a catalytic converter replacement this year. They were great cars. Boo to the fact they’re not made anymore.

      • sally smith

        December 18, 2014 at 6:35 pm

        I bought a 2000 LaSabre in 2000. Loved it and the only problems I ever had was the window motors. Three window motors broke but fortunately were replaced under warranty. When we went to buy a new one in ’07, that’s when I discovered they weren’t produced anymore. The crossover was the LaCrosse. I bought a new LaCrosse and love it! I recently had the passenger air bag motor (or whatever it’s called) replaced but other than that, no problems at all.

      • Ranger Dan Parsons

        December 24, 2014 at 11:45 am

        My 1999 Ford F-150 is at 259k miles. Everything still works and it’s going strong w/no major repairs beyond simple maintenance. I had a 1999 Buick Century with 241k miles on it until I sold it last year. That full size car still looked good, with no rust or major repairs and it got 30 MPG.

        • Steve Porter

          January 20, 2015 at 3:37 pm

          I had a 1999 Ford F150 with 365K miles. No major repairs and I was hoping to see it hit 400K but some twit in a Honda Civic was texting while driving and totalled my truck!

      • Pat Alexander

        January 22, 2015 at 4:10 pm

        (with tongue placed firmly in cheek)… A 200 Buick LaSabre??? That’s gotta be the oldest car on the road ! 🙂

        • O. Ryan Faust

          January 25, 2015 at 9:15 pm

          Nope! We’ve been driving a ’66 Chevy Nova since 1984. Getting its third engine this year. We’re in California so rust isn’t an issue.

    • Ken

      October 15, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Whatever dude, Volkswagen is a very dependable brand. You also probably vote republican and drink bud light beer.

      • Lee

        December 10, 2014 at 9:03 pm

        Why ruin a valid argument with an, uncalled for, political comment? Your bias is showing.

      • Andy

        December 18, 2014 at 10:13 am

        Liberals love foreign cars

        • Frank

          January 1, 2015 at 8:17 pm

          Strange, most liberals I know drive American made cars.

          • K.R.V.

            January 18, 2015 at 3:26 pm

            Just because the car they drive is made in America, does not make it an American car!

        • K.R.V.

          January 18, 2015 at 3:25 pm

          What they do is mostly hate anything American!

        • Steve Porter

          January 20, 2015 at 3:40 pm

          Most conservatives I know drive Lexus, BMW, Mercedes……

          • TerryTheSpyderRyder

            April 7, 2015 at 6:20 pm

            This is because conservatives, unlike most liberals, tend to be successful people.

          • Nick

            May 18, 2015 at 11:09 am

            Most conservatives and successful people don’t buy expensive cars because they are good cars, they buy them for status symbols.

        • jon forward

          February 14, 2015 at 9:09 am

          Where do alot of you live? Toyota,Honda,Volkswagen, Kia and almost every other so called foreign vehicle is made right here in the USA. The only car I know of that Liberals love to own and drive {I managed a large used car lot for many years} is a Subaru. They are still made in Japan and they are a very well made a dependable ride.

          • Khonda

            May 17, 2015 at 1:58 am

            I work for Honda, and and have for years. Funny thing about them being made in the United States now is the quality has gone down a little since then. Still awesome and reliable cars but have more glitches now with electronics than they did when they were made over seas.

          • David Chapman

            June 27, 2015 at 8:57 pm

            Sorry, Jon, but Subaru’s biggest assembly plant is NOT in Japan; it’s in South Bend, Indiana. All car companies base their safety claims on test simulations. ONLY Subaru can PROVE their cars are the safest on the road, based on a decade of nationwide accident reports: the fewest serious accidents per units registered, of all makes and all models on American roads. BUY SUBARU!

      • Steve

        December 23, 2014 at 6:09 pm

        I have to agree that VW quality is terrible. I’ve owned two, A 70 Beetle while in college, and a 99 Golf TDI. The two worst cars I ever owned.

        • HB

          July 22, 2015 at 8:43 pm

          We had a 70 Beetle and took it cross country back and forth. It a was a fun car to own at the time.
          We must all realize today’s cars have a lot of electronics and this can be downfall such vehicles.
          I currently own a 2008 smart with 60,000 miles on and it probably cost about a $1000 in maintenance including new tires. It’s my midlife crisis car and its a blast to drive.

      • Frank

        January 3, 2015 at 8:22 pm

        The year I was in Germany the most reliable car was Toyota Tercel. German car has high quality, but reliability is not, not Beetle, not Jetta. Jap car had rust problem, 15 yrs old Toyota is better than VW, but 20 yrs Jetta looks better Collora, if the car can run that long.

      • pat

        January 31, 2015 at 4:54 am

        anyone with brains votes republican and drinks bublight and they sure don’t drive vw

        • Ivan

          February 24, 2015 at 12:35 pm

          You must be a genius with your many “brains”.

      • Doran

        February 21, 2015 at 9:29 am

        I disagree with the VW beetle being on the list. The engine had a service recall and the timing belt went out on thousands of them trashing the engines. The audi TT has the same engine and it is crap. I loved my TT, but it had many issues with the engine and if you look at the service bulletin, you will see it was the same for the beetle. Older beetles also had overheating problems in any lower states during the summer because they were air cooled. There are hundreds of cars that are more reliable.

        • TerryTheSpyderRyder

          April 7, 2015 at 6:24 pm

          The older air-cooled Bug did not overheat unless the valve clearances or timing were off, or you continuously lugged the motor. I know, I owned five different ones and maintained them myself. And unlike nearly all foreign cars of that day and today, they were inexpensive to repair.

      • Jukesgrrl

        March 19, 2015 at 9:21 pm

        I’m a progressive, Democratic, daughter of an American steelworker and I spend an inordinate amount of time driving my Jetta-owner friend back and forth to the VW dealer so she can have repairs done on her car. They don’t give her a loaner, which I find abhorrent given how often she has to go there. Personally, I have owned a a Plymouth, a Pontiac, a Ford, and two Chevrolets in my life. No Subaru, no Honda, no Toyota.

      • Bud

        April 9, 2015 at 1:34 pm

        I agree, having had two VW’s in the the family, I am glad to be rid of them. Frequent expensive repairs, old technology all contributed to my dislike. In my opinion German Engineering is an oxymoron.

      • claude wadsworth

        April 27, 2015 at 1:09 am

        you must be a very DUMB democrat.SIT ON IT

    • George

      October 16, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      “What you SHOULD put on the list is the Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis and Town Car. ….They also get 26-28 mpg on the highway…. And when they do need repairs it is VERY inexpensive to fix.”

      What a load of BS… show me the Crown Vic that gets a legitimate 26mpg and I’ll eat my VW.

      • Jim

        March 28, 2015 at 8:01 pm

        Hey George, get out the Tabasco. Owned both a Merc Marqui and Ford CV. Same platform. The reason the cops love them and use them is what they are exceptionally reliable, get great gas mileage for the size of car and run forever. Both the Merc and CV routinely got 27/28 MPG highway and 24/25 around town. Mileage dependent largely on how heavy my foot got. Couldn’t believe that they discontinued that platform. The last of the full framed cars. Comfortable beyond belief and great road cars.

      • Sean

        April 1, 2015 at 8:59 pm

        Google the 2006 Crown Vic- 25MPG highway. Would you like salt with that Beetle?

    • Jp

      October 19, 2014 at 4:28 am

      Amen to the deletion of the New Beetle. The list of what went wrong with our New Beetle is extensive, but, and I quote exactly here, a German car repair shop shop owner said “I can’t understand how VW is still selling those cars. I put two kids through college on the New Beetle alone”. Absolute junk.

    • Phil

      November 20, 2014 at 11:50 am

      Maybe they mean that VWs provide a reliable revenue stream for VW mechanics.

    • D

      December 9, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      I have owned VW vehicles, as do several of our friends and family, specifically, Jettas and Passats for years and will continue to do so. They have always been reliable. There can always be a lemon, but I’ve never experienced that in all of the years I’ve owned them. It also depends on how they are maintained by the owners. Currently we have a Jetta diesel and it has been a great vehicle. Every vehicle has its pros and cons so it’s hard to generalize. I’ve never owned the VW Beetle nor would I so I can’t comment on those.

    • John

      December 13, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      You are 110% correct. There is a reason that NYC used them as cop cars for 100K, then send them into taxi service for another 3-500K+
      I drive a 1990 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series “Le Panache” Edition with 185K on the clock. It still gets 23-25 MPG with a few engine mods and a heavy right foot.I also belong to a Lincoln enthusiast site, and one of the members has well over 500K on the original engine, transmission, and rear-end. Most have well over 100K.
      The “Panther” platform (Crown vic, Grand Marquis, Town Car) is probably the most reliable, safe, comfortable, and economic (for their size)cars still on the road.

      • Frederick R. Brann

        February 18, 2015 at 7:34 pm

        What a crock. My lincoln was a nightmare. I could not find a windshield for it. Constantly beeping at me from all the unnecessary crap on it. One day it was on the ground from the air bag shocks. Fine whe new but when old they suck. VW Jetta was the worst. Dont even get me started on the many VW van nightmare.

    • Charley Quatro

      December 18, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      TOWN CARS are the greatest car ever made in mass production. I have owned several used Town Cars (I paid $5k for two of them, an 86 LSC and 92 LTC), both had over 1/4 million miles when I sold them for nearly what I paid for them. Aside from usual maintenance items I only replaced a water pump & timing chain. Ten years of driving for $5k isn’t bad, at 28 MPG no less. Japanese cars don’t fit a 6’2″ guy very well, a Lincoln will always fit, even the tallest guys have no problem in either front or back seats. Don’t know about the new ones, sorry…

      • OD

        January 6, 2015 at 10:21 pm

        You sure it’s the 6′ 2″ that’s the problem, and not the 300 lbs?

        • TerryTheSpyderRyder

          April 7, 2015 at 6:30 pm

          so if a Japanese car can’t hump 300lbs. of driver around, it isn’t very good, is it?

      • Hal

        April 12, 2015 at 11:11 pm

        I bought a 1988 Lincoln Town Car that was a year old and drove it another 157,000 miles over a period of 10 years. It was a very reliable, very comfortable, quiet, smooth running car.

        Then I bought a 2000 Town car that was also very reliable. I bought it for $5,000 when it was 5 years old and sold it for $5,000 a few years later. I now have a 2002 Town Car with 109,000 miles and it has also been very reliable. They are great cars if you like comfort and reliability!

    • chadbag

      December 22, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      I’ve been driving VWs exclusively since 1988 and all of mine have been very reliable, with very few maintenance trips outside of the normal wear and tear items. And they are very fun to drive. Much more fun than most any Japanese sedan. My dad’s Hondas (he has been driving Honda exclusively since 1989) have also been reliable but have had more maintenance issues than my VWs and Honda has had more recalls than has VW as well. The only VW I had that had excessive issues was one I bought used, had been in 2 accidents previously (that I did not know about until much later), and at the end of its life had a steep maintenance slope to climb, but by then it was 12 years plus on the road, and some of the issues were related to its previous accident record. I’ve had 5 other VWs bought new in that period. One was totaled in an accident (not my fault), and the rest have had almost no issues and have been great cars.

      • jimmyzipperer

        May 25, 2015 at 12:29 am

        All makes have good and bad.The biggest problems of them all is lack of Maintenance and BAD driving practices!!!

    • Al

      December 27, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      The original rear engine air cooled Beetle was dependable and cheap and easy to maintain and repair. The new Beetle is just a Golf with a less practical body. The most reliable car I’ve seen is the lowly Toyota Starlet. Cheap underpowered and ugly but they just ran forever. Old Toyota pickups also seemed to run forever.

      • TerryTheSpyderRyder

        April 7, 2015 at 6:38 pm

        The original Bug was a very reliable car, if you knew how to drive them. Also, they were very easy to maintain. If you kept the oil changed and the valves adjusted properly, and kept that motor “turning” (never lug those), it was not unusual to see them run 300k before needing a top-end rebuild.

    • Tampa Jim

      December 28, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Last year, during a holiday weekend, I rented a Grand Marquis at Los Angeles Airport, At the time, it was the only car available on the lot. Driving the car felt like I was piloting a cruise ship, the handling was sluggish. Despite the fact that all of my driving was on L.A. freeways, the car only got 19 mpg, not 26-28 that Paully claims. Last month, I again rented a car from the same company at LAX. As she was doing the paper work, I told the agent about my experience with the Mercury Marquis. She assured me that the company no longer had any large Ford products in their fleet and said that she was embarrassed that her company would even rent such a car. As a way of apologizing for my previous negative experience, she upgraded me from a mid-size car to a Toyota Camry.

      • OD

        January 6, 2015 at 10:22 pm

        If you even got 19 MPG, I’m shocked. I won’t even mention the 26-28.

        • TN flash

          February 28, 2015 at 9:10 am

          37 years ago GM did a study and found that it only takes 6 horse power to keep a 4,000 pound car going at 60 miles per hour on a flat highway. The big cars can and do get great gas mileage as long as you keep them on the interstate and out of city traffic. Smaller cars have less mass to accelerate so they do better in city driving. Larger cars have the length allow their design to reduce air drag by better streamlining. Small cars by necessity have more vertical windshields and chopped off rear ends to accommodate the passengers in a smaller space. The reduced streamlining causes more drag the faster the car is driven. Air resistance increases on the front and air turbulence increases from the chopped off rear end.

    • K.R.V.

      January 18, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      Lets not also forget all the Crown Vic cop cars, and taxis running around! while the cop cars do get traded before too long, the ones that do? mostly get converted into taxis! or blues mobiles! Needles to say with more than 200K on them!

    • jim

      January 18, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      The reason kids love Volkswagons is because they are fun to drive. also, they are very well built, so if you do your own work and make a few repairs, they roll on forever.

    • pete d.

      January 25, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      I agree with Paully. I owned a Jetta. Garbage. They are made in Mexico and it shows. You would think that a car manufacturer who has been in business for so many decades, a German one too, would know how to put out a dependable car. They do, but don’t want to. It is all about soaking you post-sale for expensive repairs. They tried to blame me for oil gunk, saying I didn’t change the oil as recommended. When I produced the proof that I did, they reluctantly agreed to clean my whole engine out, all the sludge from their poorly designed machine. Shame on VW.. Run

    • Fishinjunki

      February 21, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      Paully, you need to put down the crack pipe and just back away from it. The Crown Vic/Town Car/Marquis are all the same car. The only way they will ever get 20 miles per gallon is if they are in a trailer being towed.They are somewhat reliable, but gas guzzlers. I am a Master Certified Automotive Mechanic, and I work on these cars every day. There is no such thing as a car that’s inexpensive to repair, especially a Honda. Honda is one of my favorite cars. I work in an independent shop, so I see all makes and models. I love Honda’s because they provide me with job security. I HATE Toyota’s because they rarely break down. I see some Honda’s with high miles, but they are almost always rolling death traps by that time. I see most Honda owners as people that just want to drive until they have to fix something, resulting in a breakdown, then cry about the cost. Toyota owners tend to maintain their cars more frequently, resulting in more trouble free miles. The main thing to remember is that no matter what car you buy, it will require maintenance, and that is the only thing that matters. I still believe in Detroit Iron, so I’m not sending my money to Japan to boost their economy. Many ignorant people say that Honda’s, Toyota’s, Nissan’s(Datsun), and many other imports are made here . THEY ARE NOT. They may be assembled here, but with all Japanese and Chinese parts, then the money goes to Japan, China, Germany, and support their economies. Just buy American, and maintain whatever you buy, at closer intervals than the manufacturer recommends.

      • fnc119

        March 5, 2015 at 6:26 pm

        I have been driving Hondas &Toyotas for the past 30 years and they are very reliable. My uncle who was the GM for a Benz/BMW dealership told me to go with those two brands. He retired and now drives a Honda. I trade our cars every 5 years with 150k on their clocks and still get 25% of what I paid for them without having had an issue, two cars every 5 years.

    • Mith Radates

      February 24, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      You are right about the Crown Vic and Town Car (the Marquis is really a re-badged Crown Vic). The limo companies that buy the Town Cars expect to get 450,000 miles from them in normal service. Too bad For quit making them all.

    • Adrian Snare

      March 1, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      The Fords DO belong, but, due to their huge size and weight, the true MPG may, at best, average out to 18.. My old ’85 VW averaged 50 ! But was rather slow .. very slow ..
      Overall, its still .. which Japanese vehicle is the most reliable and durable ?? ..their lead over our cars is still a decade and may be forever … our manufacturers need an attitude adjustment ..and this may never be .. maybe a revolution ..

    • sandy

      March 14, 2015 at 2:43 am

      I have a 04

      Grand Marquis. It has over 200,000 miles on it. The only problem I have had with it, is electrical. The inside light does not work. It is very comfortable to ride in and drive. I do wish they would continue to make these Granny mobiles, as my Grand kids call it. So Pauly, i agree with you on this one.

    • Hal

      April 12, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      I have owned 3 Lincoln Town Cars and all 3 have been very reliable. One Town Car had 174,000 miles on it when I sold it and had very little maintenance.

    • bob

      June 1, 2015 at 4:31 am

      “Crown Vic, LeSabre, Town Car” hahahahah booooooooooooooooooooooooring.

      • Pete johnson

        August 20, 2015 at 1:09 pm

        I have a 2007 Towncar, best on road and young morons in Detroit that eliminated them lost the limo business along with the luxury car…rear wheel drive v-8. Best! Ever see a front wheel drive pick-up or race car?

  4. efy

    July 1, 2014 at 12:58 am

    The fact that there are Volkswagen products on this list completely discredits it. SMH.

  5. Gary

    July 1, 2014 at 1:00 am

    You guys must be smoking crack to have put TWO VW cars in the top 5. I have a 2002 VW beetle and let me tell you it’s anything but reliable. Google VW issues and you will see a host of problems for the new beetle, much less maintenance costs with synthetic oil changes every 3k miles or sludge buildup. There are better choices such as the Toyota 4Runner.

    • Brad

      October 1, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      Your 2002 vw beetle isn’t even the same car as this beetle listed. They look the same but that’s about it. The new beetle and Jetta are practically the same car however with a different appearance. Drive a 10 year old Nissan Quest and decide for yourself which one is the rolling piece of crap. Heck drive a NEW Nissan Quest and it will still be the rolling piece of crap. In all fairness it is the “most reliable” cars and therefore most of them Inevitable will be rolling pieces of crap, where the toyotas Hondas and nissans obviously fit in. If we’re talking about 1997-2006-7 vw products no they are not reliable but the newest ones are some of the most reliable cars on the market because of the advances in technology that you will never find in a Toyota, Honda or Nissan.

      • Mechanic

        December 10, 2014 at 11:17 pm

        Sorry can’t agree. I agree that VW would like everyone to believe that but I haven’t seen it yet and I fix them.

      • TN flash

        February 28, 2015 at 9:48 am

        Advanced technologies that keep you from being able to do your own car repairs. The cars in this article should not even be on the list unless they are 15 years old, have 300,000 or more miles, and represent a high percentage of the car model originally produced. My dad always got a minimum of 300,000 miles from his cars and trucks. He chose his vehicles by the reputation of their engines and transmissions for reliability as judged by reputable mechanics. Being a WWII vet, he drove Buicks, Dodges, Continentals, and a Volvo. I have had great service from a Toyota Celica, Toyota Camry, Buick LeSabre, and a Nissan Maxima. My sons are running up high miles on a Honda Accord and Subaru Outback. We have learned the secret to a cars longevity is regular oil changes, honest mechanics (if you can not do the work yourself)and not racing or abusing the vehicle. Consumers reports is a more reliable source of information on dependable cars than this article. They are independent and not paid by car manufacturers to hawk their vehicles. VW dependable? They have to be joking. Maybe the new Passat TDS made in Chattanooga, TN has a chance to make the list but only time will tell.

    • Les

      November 6, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      I agree, I have a 2011 4Runner limited and this has been the most trouble free ride I have ever owned. Way better is snow then my last Jeep, better gas milage also.

      • K.R.V.

        January 18, 2015 at 3:35 pm

        Yes it is true that the 4 runner is a good running vehicle, however the ones I see around where I live, (N.E.) if they are any older than 5 years old? there rear bumpers are hanging off due to rust, and the rear 1/4 panels are rusted thru!, not to mention the rocker panels and other body parts the tin worm can get to. The we get to the fine running 10 year old 4 runners.

      • John Deere

        January 20, 2015 at 3:45 pm

        I have a John Deere 9560R that is much better in the snow than your 4-Runner, but I have to admit, the MPG is pretty low!

  6. Gilbert

    July 2, 2014 at 12:31 am

    I have a 1991 Ford Festiva GL that has around 350,000 miles on the original motor. Maintenance wise, the only things ever done to this car other then tires and oil and fluid changes is the front end has been rebuild and the clutch was replaced at 180,000 miles. This car will still get close to 50 MPG on the highway as well. (8 gallon tank and I can get around 590 miles out of a tank lol) We paid $500 for this car in 1994 and have never had any issues with it. It is still driven to this day and has seen many road trips to Florida from Texas.

    • Chuck

      January 25, 2015 at 3:04 am

      8 gal tank 590 miles that’s 73 mpg I don’t think so.

    • TerryTheSpyderRyder

      April 7, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      $500 for a three-year old car? 73 MPG? Hey you’re not trying to sell deposits on the Elio are you?

  7. eric

    July 29, 2014 at 4:28 am

    My best car is the 1994 chevy cavalier. It never broke down. It started even 50 below zero f or 100 degrees f. Maintenance is very minimal.

    • llamov

      December 30, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      If you ask a mechanic what job is the hardest on cars, you’ll hear that it’s newspaper delivery. It’s stop and go over and over and over. It’s hard on brakes, engine, and transmission. I’ve been doing newspaper delivery for the past twenty years and, bar none, the Cavalier is the reliability champ. My latest went well over 300,000 miles. Almost half the guys and women who deliver at my paper drive Cavaliers. Used Cavaliers are cheap, comfortable, and reliable.

      • Maxillius

        February 3, 2015 at 4:06 pm

        Cheap? YES. Reliable? YES. Comfortable? Um, no. My 2001 Cavalier gives me a back ache that lasts 3-4 days every time I take it up north to my sister’s (2 1/2 hours on the freeway, 3 on surface roads). It does the job without a complaint but the ride is ROTTEN!

  8. Rich

    August 30, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I wish they would have included pickup trucks in the mix. I own a 1985 Nissan 720 pickup and it currently has 338,400 miles. The old Nissan and Toyota pickup trucks are nearly indestructible. The only threat to its existence is the body and this year I will have to patch, patch…patch….

    • jim

      January 18, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      Dodge pickups are also almost indestructible and you don’t have to patch at all.

    • mary

      February 22, 2015 at 5:20 am

      Have a 1992 Toyota corolla runs very well with 187,000, miles still going strong very good in snow. Not like my 2000 E320 Mercedes Benz a piece of shit

    • TN flash

      February 28, 2015 at 9:56 am

      I agree. I had a friend that drove a Toyota SR5 pickup truck over 400,000 miles. He never had any problems until 440,000 miles when we urged him to change the oil for the first time.

  9. Reid

    September 22, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I think almost any car you could buy could be on this list if it meets the following criteria: well designed, not a lemon, driven modestly, and maintained religiously. There’s an element of luck in there, but you could also ruin an Accord if one of these factors fails to be met.

    • TerryTheSpyderRyder

      April 7, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      Rule #1 for all Accords and Civics if you want them to be reliable:..make sure the oil is changed and you replace the timing belt BEFORE it’s recommended interval, otherwise you will be replacing that reliable engine with a new one.

  10. robert

    September 27, 2014 at 7:27 am

    I have to almost agree about the VW’s- I worked professionally on cars for many years- my take is Honda’s- fine, swap the Camry for the old Corolla, and include any of the older, non fuel injection VW’s. The old bugs & buses would run forever with basic maintenance that the owner could do. I worked on many Bugs that were getting their 8th up valve jobs- the air cooled motors were rough on valves, esp #3 exhaust, but the bottom end of the motor was still just fine, even with 300K on them- the Trannys were bullet proof too. Buy a restored 60’s- 80’s bug or bus, maintain it, and you have a lifetime car- sorta the same can be said of the Corolla & Hondas, but they are not as simple to repair but have more creature comforts

  11. J

    September 30, 2014 at 12:39 am

    1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. They’re everywhere! Take good care of this vehicle and it will take care of you.

    • PJ

      February 22, 2015 at 3:59 am

      I’ve been driving a 96 cherokee country for the past 15 years and have put less than $1.000 into anything beyond normal routine maint. Plus it’s never left me by the side of the road.

  12. Brad

    October 1, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Reliability does not simply mean you can drive it until the exhaust pipe is dragging on the ground behind the car (if it is to you then by all means get yourself a 2002 model of any of these cars and enjoy the torn cloth seats and broken plastic interiors that scream reliability. Doubtful you’ll see this on any properly serviced vw however. Reliability includes safety as far as I’m concerned, no need to keep your Honda Civic for 18 years if you’re not alive to drive it. The fact that the volkswagens are most likely the safest on this list means they SHOULD be on the top.

    And for the quest, as much as I hate to support a Chrysler-sourced Volkswagen I would choose that over a quest any day. The Routan is for all the mini-van lovers but is a face lifted Chrysler. The power windows will stop working but if I had a nickel for every stone-aged grand caravan out there….

    • DUDEMAX

      December 6, 2014 at 11:37 pm

      Drive a CRAPWAGON BETTER HAVE A MECHANIC IN THE PASSENGER SEAT
      or a tow truck following you around

    • David

      April 3, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      I agree with the camery, civic and accord. Im presently driving a 2003 accord with 240000 miles which runs like new. I don’t know where they get the idea that VW’s are reliable. The old beetles ran forever but needed constant maintenance. Most of the newer VW’s get average to poor ratings from Consumer Report magazine. They especially have a lot of electrical issues. BTW I also have a Dodge Caravan 02 with 210000 miles. Leaks oil, but still does the job.

  13. Dana

    October 4, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Yeah, I’m with Gary. VWs have been among the worst cars for reliability for years. Check Consumer Reports, etc. Although they have gotten better recently, you really have to watch out. My new 2000 Golf was, by far, the most trouble-prone car I have ever owed, and I have owned many. I would never buy another VW, even though I like them when they work.

  14. George

    October 7, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I had a 94 and a 98 Honda Accord. Both started falling apart as if a switch had been flipped at 85,000 miles. I have owned 6 Toyota Camrys. None of them ever had a single break down in the first 150.000 miles. I just sold my 2001 Camry with 232,000 miles on it. Never had any problems with it.

    • Will

      April 5, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      Aren’t ’94 and ’96 the first year of redesigns?
      General rule: avoid the first year of a new design.

  15. Patricia Rosania

    October 7, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    we have a Nissan Quest and a Nissan Murano and we love them both…no problems just routine maintenance. Very comfortable good gas mileage.

  16. Jim knocke

    October 8, 2014 at 7:16 am

    I own a 2002 Toyoya Camry. It is a wonderful and dependable car. The only problem is the dealerships: A light came on and we took it to World Toyota who totally screwed us. Claimed it had an oil pan leak and said it was a complex procedure to repair involving jacking the engine up to a total cost of $1,100! There was never a drop of oil on the floor of the garage. The only reason we agreed to the repair was because I was sick and my wife did not know of any alternative. Second problem was Sandy Springs Toyota who later found $480 critical repairs needed. The car only has 27,000 miles on it! Both dealerships have 1099 mechanics, who are independent contractors and not on the dealers payroll. This car will never see the inside of a dealership again.

    • Ben Haad

      December 13, 2014 at 7:24 am

      I have an Associates Degree in General Automotive Mechanics and one of my teachers actually had a day job which was service writer at the Ford dealership in our local auto mall… He told us that they intentionally suck the blood out of customers at every opportunity… blowing things out of proportion, milking jobs, not being honest when repairs were able to be performed under the estimate…

      Another anecdote concerning a friend of mine who worked at the same Ford dealership: He got laid off but continued to take his Dodge Challanger with 22″ chrome rims to the Ford dealership for service… Anyway, while one of his former co-workers was changing a tire on his rim the rim was damaged aesthetically… Meaning the Chrome got f&^%ed up while the guy was changing the tire… Well the dealership told him to put the wheel back on the car and pretend like nothing happened because once the customer pulls away with the damaged rim the dealership can claim the customer did it…

      Luckily… and I mean Luckily… My friends former co-worker called him and told him what the dealership was trying to pull… He advised my friend to spot the damage when picking up the car so the dealership would be liable…

      These are just anecdotes and I practice not generalizing but for what it is worth you should at least know what kind of people are out there… I would finding a private shop with good word of mouth and sticking with it… nurture that relationship…

    • jim

      January 18, 2015 at 10:50 pm

      How can you claim it is a wonderful and reliable car with only 27,000 miles on it? My 2003 Dodge has 185,000 miles on it and looks and drives like new. That is what I call dependable and reliable.

    • TN flash

      February 28, 2015 at 10:19 am

      Crooked dealerships are what keep me from buying a new car. The rear door latch broke on my 98 Toyota Sienna Van. The dealer wanted $440 dollars to replace it. I bought the $30 part and took it with the van to a trusted local mechanic who put the new part on for 32 dollars. It only took him about 20 minutes. He asked me where and how much did I pay for the new handle. When I told him he told me they snookered me on the part and proceeded to pull up a search on Ebay where several venders listed the latch handle for less than four dollars.

  17. Trudi

    October 12, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I bought my first ” non american bulit ” car in 2007, Camry it now has over 110,000 miles on it and im told thats nothing for these cars! Ive always bought “American bulit” cars as my father’s wisdom was ” buy American” but evety car new or used had major problems as soon as I hit over 50,000 orbless miles so i always bought the extended warrantys! They always ended up paying for themselves eventually. with the Camry I took it in to have them double check everything before the hundred thousand mile warranty was up, and it needs a few minor things and water pump, approximately $1800 worth of workwhich luckily it was all covered by the warranty, but other than that this car has been great I would buy a Toyota Camry again and again I would like to try the hybrid in a few years. so I was glad to see that my car was number 2 on the list! Wasthe best car purchased for me ever at this point maybe I will upgrade to the Lexus.?

    • Michael

      January 23, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      On April 20, 2007, additional US Camry manufacturing began at Subaru of Indiana Automotive in Lafayette, Indiana. A Camry manufactured in Japan is denoted with a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) starting with “J”; US-made models are denoted with a numeral.

    • Fishinjunki

      February 21, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      The Lexus is not an upgrade, except in price. The Avalon, however is an upgrade. Stick with the Toyota for reliability, durability and cost efficiency.

  18. Dennis Dee

    October 13, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    My Beetle was a junk heap in the 70s

  19. jaden

    October 22, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I have a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe [SUV] and it has been through rain, snow, desert….. it has stood the test of time, still works well, and has 198,000 miles on it. THAT IS THE BEST CAR EVER.

  20. Gwen

    October 25, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I wouldn’t trade my ’07 Toyota Highlander Hybrid for anything else. I get great gas mileage, and it handles beautifully. I keep it in my garage, so it still looks good, runs great and is super quiet.

  21. Jeff

    October 31, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I don’t know where the C-class Mercedes fits into this group, but he Mercedes C280 sport built in the late 1990’s and later the C-300 are great cars that that little maintenance and deliver great performance, safety and reliability over the years.

  22. CarCrazySteve

    November 5, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Delete this article. It is embarrassing to your site.
    What similarity is there between a 2014 VW Beetle and an original? They both have 4 wheels? There is no valid basis for the choices made here and it just propagates the myth that these nameplates are better than so many others. Look at the statistics of the failures and then consider maintenance habits of the owners. Toyota owners are more likely to follow the required maintenance schedule and more likely to take the cars back to the dealer. Does this make a difference for the reliability of those cars? Absolutely! Take care of your car and it will take care of you.

  23. DCM

    November 6, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    My wifes 200 Mazda 626 has 455,000 kilometers on it. It’s a 4 cyl, standard [I think they had some trouble with the automatics]. Just routine maintenance like brakes, exhaust. And undercoat every year. All 7 of our previous Mazdas have gone over 300,000 kilometers [and in Ontario winters, no less].

  24. D Hip

    November 6, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I purchased a Buick Rendezvous in 2006. Tires and oil changes, and that’s it. The most dependable car I have ever owned, including Cadillacs. Reports from other owners are the same. Don’t understand why it went out of production.

  25. Robert

    November 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I have a 2002 Mazda Tribute LX and it is the most relyable SUV I have ever owned. I keep the oil changed every 4000 miles and have also waited till 5500 to change the oil, I tell you this SUV is AWESOME. It has 133540 miles on it and I have never had any major problems with it. changed the first set of spark plugs at 50000 miles and put in Bosch Platnum and it is still running with them in it and never skips a beat. So if you’re going to pick and choose MOST relyable cars this should also be on your list. As for the VW’s on your list The Beetle was an Icon with the rear air cooled engine, NOW it’s just another front wheel drive car like the rest of the imports. I think there needs to be more research on the MOST RELYABLE CARS. and it’s a shame there are NO AMERICAN MAD CARS ON THIS LIST !!! I hope the AMERICAN made auto makers see your list and make some changes.

  26. Marc

    November 11, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    It’s technically not a car but the Toyota Land Cruiser is renowned the world over for its durability and reliability. And they’ve been in production in numerous models for over 50 years.

  27. Verla

    November 11, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Laughable article – everyone knows that the only reliable Volkswagen was the pre-1975 Beetle. All other Volkswagens since then (e.g. Rabbit, Jetta, New Beetle) have been THE WORST cars in the whole auto industry in terms of reliability and durability.

  28. John Mayo

    November 12, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Oh, let’s see: I have a 2006 Nissan Sentra with 105000 miles. So far it has had ONE repair. I also have a 1998 Nissan Altima with 114000 miles. Since I bought it, I have had two repairs in about 75,000 miles of ownership. I also had a 1995 Nissan Altima which I bought when it had 106000 miles. After I reached 153,000 miles, I sold it after it needed ONE repair. I had a 1993 Toyota pickup. It had 130,000 miles when I bought it. After I reached 187,000 miles when it needed ONE repair. Sentra, Altimas, Toyota pickup. Simple cars, basic engines, taken care of, not abused, and LOTS of miles without repairs. Life is good.

  29. Nancy Ellis

    November 13, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    I have a 1999 Toyota GT convertible I bought new, just recently turned 50,000 mi. & that was mostly driving from N Y to my new residence in Florida. I love this car..u just WEAR it..great mileage & people stil comment on how it looks like a Porsche..black of course!

  30. April

    November 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    The comments were more valuable than the article, although no one discredited the Honda’s and the Toyota Camry both of which I thought were tops. Thanks to all. Now I would like a similar article on the SUV’s – CR-V, etc.

  31. Phil

    November 20, 2014 at 11:52 am

    At one point the Civic wasn’t even recommended by Consumer Reports.

    • TerryTheSpyderRyder

      April 7, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      If you believe everything that Consumer Reports says, then I’ve got some wonderful ocean-front property in Kansas I’ll sell you. See “Suzuki Sidekick”, for example.

  32. Dennis Evans

    November 21, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    I have owned several VWs. The LAST one was a 1997 VW Bug. It was a disaster of a car. The heater core failed at about 75K miles. In order to get the core out the entire dash board had to be taken apart. It could not be removed as a unit. The stereo/cd changer failed. The after market stereo/dvd player caused the check engine light to stay on. The radio was part of the computers reporting system. Car Talk figured that out. VW dealer had no idea what the problem was other then they said you could not use after market stuff in there cars. Engine crank case was the first thing that got hit if you parked it in a space with a space bumper. Every thing in the interior failed. Head lights and tail lights were a night mare. I had to buy a shop manual just to figure out how to get to them. Great handling but maintenance disaster.

  33. raymond gee

    November 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I have driven my VERY dependable 1965 Plymouth Valiant stationwagon as a daily driver since 1974. Powered by the indestructible 225 Slant six and a 3 speed transmission, yes, I get told that I need a new car………..NO WAY !! My son’s and daughter have offered to buy me a newer,jelly bean looking car, but they have no class, style and are rather boring. My Valiant has over 500,000 miles, two engine rebuilds (which I did MYSELF !), newer disc brakes, upgraded suspension/wheels/tires, complete newer interior as of 3 years ago and a nice 5 year old paint job. I drive this car EVERYDAY, my wife can have her Lexus ! I STILL see old Darts/Valiants and a lot of Slant 6 powered cars still driving the streets. There are also plenty of older small block, dependable Chevy cars driven on a daily basis. Old cars like these are what REALLY ” stand the test of time ” !! Just how old are writers of this article ?? Old car guy’s are the BEST recyclers – we recycle one ton at a time !

    • Ed

      December 3, 2014 at 8:27 am

      My Dad loved those Slant 6 engines. His second new car was a 1969 Plymouth Satellite with the Slant 6 and he also owned a used Dodge Dart with the Slant 6. I learned how to drive in those cars. They were tough and reliable engines. By the 1990’s he had switched to the Honda Civic as his favorite car.

    • John

      December 13, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      My father had a 1980 Dodge D-150 with the slant 6. He finally sold it in 1993, with 225k, original engine, trans, and clutch!! It still ran like a champ too. Years later I saw it parked in a driveway, but I dont know if it was still running.
      I drive a 1990 Lincoln Town Car with the 5.0/302 with an H.O. conversion and a few other “goodies”. The older platforms have stood the test of time. I still see old Townies, Oldsmobile’s, Buick’s, and Caddies out there on the road. Buying quality then meant something. I dont see ANY old foreign cars.
      I remember in high school a buddy of mine has a 79 corolla., The thing was a Flintstones-mobile – No floors!!! The fenders and quarters flapped in the wind too!!

      • Tracy Newbury

        January 20, 2015 at 7:24 am

        Actually the 302 ci. motor from ford is not a 5.0 liter it is a 4.9 liter the 5.0 liter is a chevy at 305 ci. Don’t worry a lot of people make the same mistake.. Only real mustang lovers know the difference

        • Ken in Camarillo

          February 21, 2015 at 6:58 am

          The 5.0 liter and 302 from Ford are the same engine. They just called it one or the other according to what was “in” at the time: inches or liters. Who would want to call it a 4.95 liter?

          • TerryTheSpyderRyder

            April 7, 2015 at 9:24 pm

            To be splitting hairs here, 5.0 litres equals 300 cubic engines, so both the Chevy nor Ford qualify as “5.0”.

    • Guy

      February 21, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Right on Raymond! My Dad had those slant six engines, some of the best ever made! And Chrysler’s 318 V8!

  34. Marlon

    November 25, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    If you use the lifetime of a model’s performance I can see the VW Beetle making the list. But the new breed of Beetle is killing their average. I owned a used VW Jetta from the eighties and it gave me nothing but trouble. It sounds like they haven’t improved much.

    Also, where are the Volvo 240 & 850 wagon? Truly indestructible cars.

  35. Mark Bilodeau

    November 28, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I have owned VWs. I like VWs, but any VW model in the top 5 for most reliable sounds like wishful thinking from a fanboy. As others have said – the only thing in common between the old rear engine air cooled beetle and today’s beetle is the shape. My dad had a 68 squareback (same mechanics as the beetle), my brother had a mid-70s Dasher, and I had an 81 rabbit. Those were all relatively reliable when most domestic cars were done when the odometer turned past 100k, but those days are long gone.

    Corollas (I own one), Camry’s, Civics – most definitely. In terms of reliability and low cost to fix/maintain – most Ford-Lincoln-Mercury models.

    • Angeleno

      December 31, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      I agree with you about the Ford-Lincoln-Mercury models. I currently drive a 1995 Mercury Cougar that will turn 20 years old next May. I’m lucky to have an excellent, honest mechanic who helps me keep track of the routine maintenance that needs to be done, and I take good care of the car. It still passes the California smog check first time, every time. I love my Cougar, and wouldn’t dream of trading it in for one of the tin boxes that pass for new cars these days.

  36. David Fisher

    November 28, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I bought a 2000 Jetta GLX with VR6 engine new in 2000 and a 2009 Jetta Sportwagen used in 2010 with the 5 cyl. engine and 10,000 miles. Both have automatic transmissions. I test drove all three Jetta 2000 models and rented a 4 cylinder for a drive to Tuscon and return. That convinced me to buy the VR6 and I’ve had no regrets. The VR6 with automatic has 104,000 miles with zero engine maintenance or repair issues. Reliability issues lie with cooling system (too much hard plastic that becomes brittle) and the 02 sensor which chronically reports a problem. Biggest expense has been with the cooling system issues. Sportwagen just turned 51,000 miles with zero repairs of any kind. I think one tail light bulb went out. Car is equivalent to my 1984 Honda Accord bought new that I drove for 200,000 miles before giving it to a family member after replacing the clutch. The Accord was phenominal and so far the Sportwagen is in that category. 4 roadtrips in as many years with zero maintenance or repair issues. Both cars have been serviced since new by VW service departments. Synthetic oil costs a lot more but it lasts twice as long so I can’t say it’s more expensive. I bought both cars because of their handling, comfort and quality of build and workmanship. I’ve yet to drive another make in this price range that I would enjoy more. VW handling and roadability is outstanding.

    • david

      December 19, 2014 at 2:23 am

      Had a very similar problem with the VW oxygen sensor…if you look online, you can make your own oxygen sensor de-fouler by drilling 1 hole in a sparkplug de-fouler. Total cost is about $3. It will pull the tip of your 02 sensor back from the Catalytic converter by about 3/4 of an inch and allow it to take better readings. Other idea may be to clean/replace your catalytic converter if it is cost effective.

    • Wilbur Furce

      December 19, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      I have a Yugo that’s killer. Killer of the owner, that is. VW? Crap, pure and simple. Honda and Toyota? Cheaply made rust buckets, but, yeh, their chintzy engines go and go, until they don’t. Any American make? Pure shit.

      Get a bike, tykes.

  37. IGNATIUS ONYEJEKWE

    November 29, 2014 at 1:06 am

    I have a 1992 Toyota Paseo that keeps running. I drive it daily to work and back. All I have done so far is change oil,tune up ( spark plugs,ignition wires and cap), and brake shoes and pads. I hope to give it away to Kars for Kids when I retire in 2 years. Now, this is what I call Toyota engineering at its best. Check it out.

  38. chris

    November 30, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Honda accords are bullitproof!

    • Fishinjunki

      February 21, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      but not idiot proof.

  39. GJ

    December 1, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    I used to be a VW guy back in the air cooled engine days. I’ve owned a 72 & a 74 Super Beetle, a 78 Transporter and they were relatively reliable. After the water cooled era started I owned a 75 Rabbit, an 80 Vanagon, 82 Diesel Jetta and a 93 Fox. None of them held up much after 100,000 miles. Since then I have owned Toyotas. 95 4Runner, 98 Tacoma, 99 Rav4, 08 Matrix. I still drive the 4Runner on long trips. The Tacoma and Rav4 were destroyed by being clobbered by drunk drivers. Both withstood major impacts while protecting the occupants. They hold up well for at least 200,000 miles. The 4Runner is in to the 300,000 mile range though I bought it used at 165,000 miles with a blown head gasket. The body and interior were in such great shape that it was worth my time and money to reseal the drive train.

    • Wilbur Furce

      December 19, 2014 at 9:06 pm

      I feel for you, VW guy. I’d keep my wife from getting behind the wheel after getting loaded, if I were you. Had you done that, that RAV4 might still be raving.

  40. Peter

    December 2, 2014 at 2:29 am

    Honda CRX, ’nuff said.

  41. Jaz

    December 2, 2014 at 5:27 am

    I agree with most of the reader comments. The fact that there are 2 Volkswagen models on this list immediately discredits it as a serious article and definitely allows for some criticism. If the Volkswagen model were specifically a diesel, I would be able to look at this list a little more seriously, but still with some criticism. The blaring omissions are the Toyota Corolla and the Subaru Legacy/Outback, which I believe has been mentioned in the comments by other readers. Next time you put together a list like this, get some feedback from your readers before you publish it. After all, it’s probably safe to say that the ones that have commented have had some first hand experience with these vehicles, including myself.

    • steve

      December 6, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      100% agree. How can this article NOT include a Subaru product? They are statistically the LONGEST lasting vehicles on the road. They have more declared miles (via insurance companies) than ANY other brand on the road. My 98 Impreza has 240,000 miles and still going strong. There is a website dedicated to high-mileage subarus. MANY documented cases exceed 0.5 million miles. Out of the 19 cars I have ever owned, my Subarus have been the cheapest to own, operate, maintain, and insure. Don’t get me wrong I love my Honda also, but it’s just not a Subaru.

      I can’t take this article seriously even in the slightest.

      • Subaru Owner

        December 15, 2014 at 8:28 am

        I agree, Subaru should be on this list. After a lifetime of driving Toyotas, I switched to Subarus — Crosstrek and Forester. Inexpensive across the board, great safety record, durable and worry-free. Wouldn’t sent my daughter off to college in anything but.

    • Wilbur Furce

      December 19, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      Well, excuuuse me, shmoe. But I have to say there is a limit. You can avoid all reliability problems by not driving anything. Driving shit cars like Suburu and Toyota does come close to that. Kinda like avoiding shoe repair costs by going barefoot.

  42. david

    December 3, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    My Chevrolet’s by far has never let me down,trick is to never buy the cheapest model of any brand of car, why you think they are so cheap.

  43. R. J. West

    December 5, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Mercedes Benz, 1980, Diesel, 850,000+ miles. Pump seals @ 400,000 miles. $2100.00. It’s dead now. Question of reliability seems to be one of perception. Replaced it with a used Lexus 400h. Hope for a long happy life again..

    • Big Ed

      December 31, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      Wow! This is the first time in all of these comments that I have seen one regarding the reliability of the Mercedes Diesel. The ones made on the W123 Chassis made from 1976 or so until 1985 were some of the most durable cars ever built. I have a 1983 Mercedes 240D/4Spd that has 365,000 miles on the original engine. It does not use any oil between changes and still runs like a fine new watch! I am not ashamed to drive it anywhere as it still looks good. Of course, the main point of my driving it is not to impress people; I drive the car because I like it. It is comfortable to me, it does what I want it to do (that is get me from point “A” to point “B” reliably) just as well as a new Lexus. As far as the cost of ownership though, the insurance is dirt cheap, the taxes are nominal, and there is no payment. I place the equivalent of about 10% of what the payment on a new car would be in a reserve account every month so that when something does break (rare but it can happen) that I cannot fix myself, I have the ready cash to hire it done. Although sales of the diesel Mercedes were not as common as Toyotas or Hondas, it still surprises me that they do not make the “most reliable cars” list.

      Another car I would like to comment on is anything with the Chrysler slant six. That engine coupled to a manual transmission, (IF driven correctly) is incredibly reliable. Even when abused, the slant six would just keep on going. They were somewhat over engineered and I have seen numerous ones log over three hundred thousand miles before requiring an overhaul. That is unusual for a gasoline engine.

      Just my two cents worth

  44. Linda

    December 7, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    I drive a 2004 V.W. Beetle. I bought it brand new. I have had no problems with my car. I keep up with the maintenace, oil changes every 3000 miles. I have about 98 thousand miles on this car. This is my second Beetle and I will be buying another V.W. when it’s time. Right now I’m looking for a Beetle. I have always liked the Beetle, I think that Volkswagon make very good cars. You take care of your car, your car takes care of you.

    • Robert

      December 22, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      I disagree. We bought our daughter a VW Beetle. What a piece of junk. Gas lid electronic and failed 3-4 times. Have to disassemble taillight to get to the cable. She was stuck out of town at a gas station. The sunroof quit sliding. That was another $300. The air conditioner compressor went out. I could go on and on. Couldn’t wait to trade it in on a Toyota Corolla.

  45. Troy

    December 8, 2014 at 6:12 am

    How about the Pontiac 6000? GM quit making them because they couldn’t sell any parts.
    I have a 1994 Accord with 200,000 on it. Didn’t even think twice when I drove it from Alaska to Utah last year(3,800 mile trip). Runs like a champ!

    • mark

      January 6, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Sad how the ugliest cars Pontiac 6000 were so reliable….agreed it was reliable.

  46. flyfisher111

    December 9, 2014 at 3:16 am

    My champ was a 1985 Subaru wagon (2 wheel drive). I picked it up for $6K when it was a year old with 9000 miles when the dealership went bankrupt. Drove it for 26 years and sold it for $1K. Replaced the timing belts twice, muffler, and water pump. That’s cost-effective.

    ……..and its still running today !

    • Heinz lehrach

      December 17, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      I own a 2001 VW Jetta with 79000 miles on it and an Acura 2001 TL with
      86000 miles, so far I have spend more money for repairs on the Acura then on the Jetta.

  47. Totomo

    December 16, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I love my 1991 Mazda Miata! 248000 miles and still gets 30+ miles to the gallon! Great to drive and VERY reliable!

  48. sally smith

    December 18, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    My very first car was a VW. It was very old and had lots of repairs but still loved it!

    The problem with Civics, Camrys and Accords is every other driver owns one. They’re a dime a dozen. Of course, that’s probably because they are so dependable. I bought my very first new car in the way back, Corolla. It was a great car. But it did tend to have it’s share of cosmetic failures but the important stuff was great.

  49. Ranger Dan Parsons

    December 24, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    I’ve owned all five on the list. They were all good, yes, even the 1969 Beetle. It was so easy to repair, my brother and I could reach in and lift the motor out with our bare hands and set it on a bench. Put two kids through high school with the same Accord that I bought when it already had 170k miles on it. But nothing beats my American cars/trucks. My 1999 F-150 is still going strong after 16 years and 259k miles. The only thing that isn’t original on that truck are the tires and coils.

    • Michael

      January 23, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      ” The only thing that isn’t original on that truck are the tires and coils.” Factory spark plugs and fuel pump, battery, and filters, eh?

  50. Joe Perez

    December 26, 2014 at 2:03 am

    Looking for a 1997 Nissan Pathfinder 4×4 Manual Transmission replacement.
    Can anybody help…????

    • TerryTheSpyderRyder

      April 7, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      and your point is..?

  51. Sal Pedi

    December 26, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I’m 83 years old and have had many cars during those years. But, the one that sticks to memory is a 1940 Buick Special. I had purchased it with about 80,000 miles on it. Was also a “stick shift”… that car was built like a “tank!”…I also was in the Air Force at the time, I had paid about $275 for it. I took that car up to Lake Tahoe in the winter and didn’t even know that you had to put anti freeze in the radiator. Well guess what?..one day when I woke up and tried to start the engine….”NOTHING!”… of course, I “panic’d”…I immediately put a “LANTERN” under the hood and patiently awaited the “verdict!”…about six hours lated the engine did turn over and was I relieved!..what the hell did I know about a car needing antifreeze in the winter?????
    Well, I still have fond memories of that great classical Buick!.. fast forward to “today” and I now have two cars that I had purchased new in 2004. A Honda CRV and a Toyota Camry….in those tens years I’ve had them, they’ve given me no grief at all!.. they both have about 40,000 miles on them and they’re the last cars that I’ll ever buy, for sure!. Why Americans buy a new car around every four or five years is beyond me. Between the Camry and the CRV, the CRV is really my favorite. Its “quiet” and accelerates just fine, so, I’ll keep it and the Camry till I drop dead!..

  52. Pete Peters

    December 28, 2014 at 1:59 am

    VW engineering? I still remember my Dad’s mid 80’s VW Super Beetle. The windshield washer pump was powered by the air pressure from the spare tire! Ingenious! As you clean your windshield, you’re flattening your spare tire.
    I’m 50 years old, & have had 3 cars since I was 16. A 1979 Chrysler Newport(Police Package) with 330k miles, 1985 Honda Prelude with 350k miles, & my current car which I bought new is a 2003 Honda Accord with 120k miles. Always synthetic oil & all maintenance done by myself & never to a dealership!

  53. John S

    December 28, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I’m surprised no one mentioned the Ford Taurus. I just donated my 2004 Taurus to charity with 414,000 miles on it and still going strong. No major repairs except a raadiator and an alternator. It was the most dependable, best handling car I have ever owned. Traded in my 95 Taurus for this one. 20 yrs of Tauruses and my cost per mile was gas + $0.02 +/-

  54. Brandon

    December 30, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Wow I can’t believe a VW Jetta is on here! I’ve had a Jetta for 4 years now, I bought it used but I’ve had a head gasket blow had the entire engine replaced water pump timing belt. I put in a new catalytic converter, cooling fan and radiator. The starter has gone out on me… I had coolant seep into the ECM and break it. I’ve had break issues. Needless to say, I do NOT recommend a Jetta EVER

  55. donald c. reece

    January 5, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I have a corolla for 5 yrs replace tires batteries thats about it

  56. Kristie

    January 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    No BMW on this list? I’ll never drive anything else. I currently have a 1997 328i that just rolled 200k miles. Still purrs like a kitten. The biggest issues I’ve had w/ BMWs (have had several) are minor things like a taillight that refused to work regardless of bulb & wiring changes and BMW power windows can be finicky. BUT!!! It has style, a 20 year old BMW is so much more attractive than a Honda or Toyota, who both seem to be trying to outdo each other in the “who can make the plainest-looking car” contest.

    I know the Toyota motor is great,though. I owned a Ford Probe (worst car name EVER) that had a Toyota engine. You couldn’t ask for a better car, I had 300k on it when I traded it in, still regret letting it go!

  57. mark

    January 6, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    1998 Chevrolet Lumina 3.8 liter, replace wheel bearings every 150k miles and water pump every 100k miles. Still on the same starter and alternator after 200k miles….going to 400k miles.

    Not one bad emission’s sensor in 200k miles, engine light never on. flawless transmission and engine

  58. Jack Russell

    January 9, 2015 at 7:54 am

    I’m going to rock the boat here…I purchased a 1980 Triumph TR7 30th Anniv. Edition ‘wedge’ roadster and have driven it for 35 years with no major problems other than ware and tear parts and replaceables, the engine has never been opened and it has 150K on the clock. It was an every day driver for 15 years as well as being driven at speed solo at Sebring, Road Atlanta. Daytona, and Roebling Road Race tracks more than once. and has won over 30 Concourse Show awards. It has a 4cly 2.0 liter 121cu in engine with dual carbs that puts our 92 hp, the car has AC and PB and there is not an oriental part in it, it gets 25mpg around town with AC and on the road at 75-90 gets 30. It’s been quit RIDE, it’s still gong strong, mabey a little tired now, but it sure gets the looks as their’s nothing on the road like it anymore…not bad for a British Sportscar that hasn’t been make since 1981… What reliable,.FUN CAR!!!

  59. DetroitD

    January 9, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    I had a Honda Civic once, never again. Was the worst car I ever owned and I owned 3 Chevy Nova’s over my lifetime. It was constantly in need of repair and the parts were all 2 to 3 times more then any other vehicle that I have ever owned. $60.00 for one rear disk? I can get the all the parts I need for a break job on my current Jeep for less then it cost me for 2 rear disks (pads not included). Best vehicles I ever owned have all been Jeeps. I had a 94 Cherokee that went 350,000 miles before I sold it. The guy I sold it to, the last time I talked to him, said it now had over 500,000 miles on it. My current Jeep is a 95 Wrangler that I got out of a junk yard. In the 4 years I have owned it I have put less then $1k in to it including tires and maintenance.

    • maura

      January 17, 2015 at 2:42 am

      I guess it’s luck of the draw, but my 2007 Honda Civic now has 165,000 miles on it, and has had, literally, zero problems. I take it in for regular oil changes, and that’s about it.

      Trying to decide if I should switch to a Honda Fit. Those look great, too.

      My mom’s Chevy Blazer, which she bought back in 1986, is the worst car I’ve ever known. She rarely drives it, so it only has 110,000 miles on it, but the transmission went at 80,000, and again, recently, though she won’t believe it. Brakes are sketchy, the ac died when they bought it, the heater only goes on (by itself) in the winter, and the thing feels like it’ll blow over in minor wind. Wipers are hit and miss–sometimes they go on, sometimes they don’t. She won’t sell, as she LOVES that car.

      Worst pos ever.

      • Maxillius

        February 3, 2015 at 4:25 pm

        Maybe it just hates you. I had a 1992 Chevy Lumina APV that I loved and was perfectly reliable for me but I let my girlfriend have it for a few months and the battery drained on her twice and a wiper blade fell off on her during a snowstorm.

  60. James F. J

    January 13, 2015 at 5:13 am

    I have a ’99 Honda Accord. It’s the best car I’ve ever owned. 290,00+ miles and still going strong and I’ve not been the best when it comes to maintenance. I haven’t had to do any major work to the engine and minimal work on any part of the car. I can’t even tell you how that car and me made it through my divorce with no money for car maintenance all I needed was money for gas. I’m waiting for it to finally put me down before I buy another but she won’t let go …lol. When she finally does go I’ll be buying another brand new. Only difference will be the paint because they don’t use that color anymore.

  61. linda

    January 13, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    my 2000 Saab 9.5 is a great car!!!!

  62. Greg Hobson

    January 13, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    1994 VW Jetta 308K, 2nd owner original motor and trans. 1993 Honda Civic 168K and the one tha tis going to amaze an awe everyone 1994 Land Rover Discovery 268K. Original motor, and trans. Never had any major service done on any of the above cars except the Rover. Head gasket at 100K. Still drive it every day. glad gas is cheap again.

  63. larkjd

    January 21, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    honda civic #1??? i own two 2007 civics and both are total lemons…everything that can go wrong with these cars has gone wrong…the latest is the horn stopped working on one of them! and honda wanted $300 to fix it…pieces of junk

  64. Betty Faas

    January 23, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    My Ford Escort will be 25 years old this year and runs perfectly. I admit the mileage is still low at well over 200,000 miles for its age, but it looks great, is reliable and the gas mileage has been exceptional, especially a few years ago when I was commuting 500 miles roundtrip to care for my dying brother, a number of times getting over 40 mpg. What more can a person ask for in such a reasonably priced car? It was rated 33 mpg highway. I always put the best Michelin tires on it and it rides very comfortably. Great car!

  65. CAL

    January 23, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Best car I’ve ever owned was a 93 Civic. A distributor housing went on it once($600 repair), and tires and brakes, but it went 587kms and was still going. Traded it for another civic(owned for 95kms) and owned an Accord(owned for 110kms) and Ridgeline(still own 225kms) after that. Zero problems with any of them other than a fuel pump relay on the Ridgeline that cost $20 for the part.

  66. Sal

    January 23, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    You probably mean the most unreliable cars in your topic. If you want the most reliable it’s Mercedes, BMW, Toyota

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  68. Burr

    January 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Have owned Ford, Chev. Olds., Cad., Lincoln, etc. since 1938 and never had a bad one. It`s a matter of maintaining them! Always a lemon in any brand ofcourse but would like to see a comparison of only U.S. brands.My current Chry. 300C, AWD at 143K miles and no problems, just oil, filter changes every 3K,trans. and cooling system service every 50K. Top of the line in all respects as far
    as I`m concerned!

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  71. Ken in Camarillo

    February 21, 2015 at 7:25 am

    All these comments reinforce my belief that these days it’s unusual to get a bad car. The car makers have better metallurgy and higher technology than before, and they are working hard on quality. I suppose every once in a while some brand makes a crummy car, but the word gets out and people avoid it.

    I’ve like Honda cars and Dodge Vans. Never had a car go less than 190k except when totaled. Biggest surprise was my Mom’s 1990 Olds Cutlass Ciera. It was a bit soft (not a bad thing on long trips), four people could be comfortable, was peppy enough with a 3.3L engine/auto trans, and got 33 mpg on the highway. As someone else said, too bad they aren’t still making it. It died at the hands of my daughter with 190k on it in 2011. I suppose with a little research I could find an even better car. Most cost effective to buy a Certified used car with less than 25k miles, 1 or 2 years old.

  72. Guy

    February 21, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Boys, don’t we just love cyars and trucks? I’ve had some in me life. First was a ’53 Chevy station wagon, then got a ’50 DeSoto two door coupe. A coupe meant it and a pillar between front/rear windows, hardtop means no post between windows. Now boys, those were cyars! Wish I’d kept them both! Air cooled VWs, about five of them, one a ’57 I bought in San Francisco. Chevys, a Ford or two, Plymouth, Chrysler, Toyotas, Mazda, Nissans, trucks, cyars, I’ve had’em. Always wanted a Jeep. Currently – ’02 F150 5.4 V8, ’12 Camry, ’93 Dakota 3.9 V6 (BEST vehicle I’ve ever had!). Don’t know wha’ I’ll get next, but gotta have a truck. Cyars and horses. We gotta have one or the other, maybe both.

  73. Autoharp Bill

    February 22, 2015 at 2:31 am

    I have a 2002 Pontiac Aztek. 279,000 miles, still doesn’t burn oil. Starts reliably every day, 110 degrees or -15. No rust, and it has lived through every Michigan winter. I would drive it to Florida tomorrow if I had to.

    And as I found out during the massive flooding in Detroit August 11, 2014, it floats (to some extent). An 11 hour drive home from work that day (usual is about 45 minutes) and I didn’t even get wet.

    This is my third Aztek – the other two were totaled in serious wrecks. Superficial injuries to me.

    My Aztek has served me very well with little in repairs, I honestly fear having to replace it.

    In reference to the old Beetles, they were reliable, but they had their own problems too – probably the worst were those with the “Automatic Stick Shift”.

  74. Jerry Kambic

    February 24, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I drive a 1990 Town Car and it still runs like a top. Normal repairs and still has the best ride on the road. I did own a 1965 VW once and it was a great car but the new ones seem to be junk.

  75. george

    February 26, 2015 at 5:15 am

    I dont think I could ever drive a Jap or German car or truck I know how cheaply they are built the metal is thin and the driveline small and weak. I like american muscle cars the foreign cars are cheap imitations of the real deal there has been a large wave of negative propaganda against the us built vehicles since the early 80s most people are sheep-like and cant make up their own mind so they consult a magazine for information of course the opinion found is usually from a dreamer or yuppie. Now when I drive down the road all the cars look the same, same basic shape same colors etc. Grow a set of balls drive gm ford dodge the real thing . hell with what your neighbor thinks he doesnt like you regardless of the car or house you own.

  76. pablo

    February 28, 2015 at 5:04 am

    I love my old 96 grand Cherokee. drove through mud up to windows , Ohio to myrtle beach had power steering pump fall off and it got better gas mileage… died after 185000 of the hardest miles ever.. I doubt any other SUV or car could have made it half as long

  77. Know it all

    March 2, 2015 at 5:41 am

    American made Chevy 6c, 350 SB Can’t go wrong….
    I have owned many cars. Chevy, Ford, Dodge, Nissan, Honda, Vw
    They all were good cars Chevy 250+ Ford same Dodge 200+
    Honda 200+ Vw sold it today 2014 Nissan Altima 12,000 so far so good?
    My opinion if you take care, mainace every 2500 rotation the tires the normal stuff you should be ok. Just depends on your life style and $$$ …
    Just take care of it… We get old our joints start hurting just like a car!!

  78. Glenn

    March 9, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Hyundai Sonata or Hyundai Elantra should be on the list. They may not have been so great at the beginning but are among the best now.

  79. Edward

    March 27, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    I would avoid the VW brand, I owned several in the 80’s and 90’s and made the mistake of buying one brand new in 2007, what a horror show, eventually had to get rid of it after less than five years when it required a whole new transmission, which cost more than the Blue Book value of the car.

  80. Kevin Garry

    March 31, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    My most reliable: (get ready, swallow that coffee in your mouth, sit down) a 1974 Chevy Vega I bought new. Put nearly 200,000 miles on it — hard, young male, city driving and, in the 6 years I had it, I changed the oil and plugs ONCE. It didn’t leak or burn oil, had the brakes replaced once, everything just worked, day-in, day-out. I know: it was a fluke.

    I let my friend (now my wife of 35 years) borrow it and, in appreciation, she had it serviced: tune-up, oil change, new plugs, etc., etc. Well, the car was just not used to that! Everything on that car just sort of got old together and all the parts were meshed as to wear-and-tear. The thing died on Boston’s old Tobin Bridge on the way back from the mechanic, never to start again.

    • TerryTheSpyderRyder

      April 7, 2015 at 9:44 pm

      I think your Vega was the first year for the “Iron Duke” 4 cylinder made by Pontiac. The earlier Vegas had an aluminum block engine with Teflon-coated cylinder liners that dissolved the first time the engine got any where near hot. The engine would start smoking and burning oil, usually at around 50k.. GM trashed that engine around ’73-74.

      • Monza Boy

        August 19, 2015 at 4:04 pm

        No, it was not the Iron Duke. I owned both engines. The Vega engine was an aluminum block with no cylinder liners and cast iron plated pistons. Long stroke, and I don’t think it liked revs. I kept mine below 4000, sold it at 30000, and it went at least 130000. Had valve job under warranty at 8K. Iron Duke went into many cars, including Jeep. A very curious fiber timing gear.

  81. Susanna

    April 5, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Hi kids. I have a wonderful Saturn 2000 SW2 stationwagon. I bought it as a rental and wound up keeping it. great mileage, comfortable seats, roomy hatchback and a good backseat for the dog. The radio was the winning point for me. I admit I’m not exactly an expert on cars but I know what I like. Reliable and comfortable are at the top of my list. Shame that GM stopped making Saturns.

    • yankee2

      April 20, 2015 at 12:44 am

      I agree. I only rented one once, but it seemed like a good, basic, modern American car, which is exactly what I like (good and basic especially). It gave the impression of solid reliability and I liked the way it drove.

  82. yankee2

    April 20, 2015 at 12:40 am

    The VW Beetle is really at least 2 completely different cars, if you overlook superficial appearances, and it was then first ones that established the Beetle’s reputation for quality, including reliability and durability. I don’t know exactly how the New Beetles compare, though I know that other VWs don’t compare very well. VWs are not, according to Click and Clack of Car Talk, very reliable or durable, relative to other modern cars, and under the skin, Beetles are very similar to other VWs. The old Beetles had it over the New in at least 3 major ways, 1) it was simple, reliable and long-lived, 2) it was inexpensive, and 3) it was honest. It was designed as a rear-engine, rear-wheel drive car, and looks the way it does because of what it is. The New Beetle is a front-engine, FWD in a body designed, originally, for rear-engine RWD. in other words, the old Beetle was authentic, while the New Beetle is not. But the main thing is the New Beetle is neither particularly reliable, durable or inexpensive. That’s why the New Beetle will NEVER achieve the cult status of the old.

  83. T

    April 29, 2015 at 1:49 am

    I LOVE MY HONDA CIVIC (1998!)

  84. Michael Dean

    April 30, 2015 at 2:07 am

    Our 1994 Camry XLE is the best car we have ever had. It Is reliable, fun to drive and faster than most cars on the road … and good looking to boot. The only significant repair was replacing seals at 140.000 plus a new water pump since the engine had to be pulled to do the seals. Japanese automotive craftsmanship at its best.

  85. Jahmal

    May 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I have owned both a 1998 VW Passat and now a 2001 VW Passat Wagon!! It really seems the response’s in this post are based on opinion, not necessarily facts!! I know this article talks about the VW Beetle and Jetta, but the two VW’s I’ve owned have done great for me!!First one totaled out after being rear ended and the second only gives me typical car issues, nothing major!! VW Brand is in fact a popular brand and they have also been on the road for many years. Due to the fact that I drive one I guess I pay more attention to the VW Brand. There are MANY older model VW’s still on the road. The cosmetics may not be the best, but they are running, which says something strong about longevity of the brand and product!

  86. Anthony

    May 11, 2015 at 11:10 am

    As a dealer automobile buyer for 40 years here are my picks for medium priced pre-owned cars and suv’s in order of dependability and resale. Honda Civic, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Rav4, Honda CRV. Final thought VW is wonderful machine but repairs are unrealistic.

  87. Nick

    May 18, 2015 at 11:19 am

    90% of the comments on here are from people who want a new starter because “my car won’t start.”

  88. Craig

    May 19, 2015 at 11:04 am

    My two cents would be the Buick 90° V sixes 3.0 3.3 3.8 (231) and the mod motor fords 4.6 5.4

  89. Robert Cohen

    May 23, 2015 at 1:28 am

    I’ve had over many decades differing brands, boring, so I’ll jump to my 2013 Kia Soul. This car isn’t assembled in USA, I think. It seemingly is the
    best value, which means that, relatively, the price is low and repairs aren’t seemingly frequent. Because so many here know from quality cars, isn’t the Soul in the marketplace for approximately only 2 years, becoming a winner? I think it to be excellent for responsible/prudent high schoolers and collegiate types.
    If ya perceive it’s just too early to know, then I must agree. Tell some
    impressions you may have about it anyway, please.

  90. David Chapman

    June 27, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    SYNTHETIC OIL is by far the biggest aid in long-term reliability. My extended family has used Mobil 1 in ALL our engines, since 1979. In 36 years, we’ve seen 20+ engines go past 250K miles; 6 past 500K, with not one engine failure. Most of these were Ford V-8’s & Subaru Boxers, all under tough service in Wyoming & Colorado. When it’s 30 below zero, you don’t want anything else in your engine but Mobil 1. When you load your pickup, 365 days a year, with 20 bales of hay and drive across pastures to feed cattle, in deep snow and mud, you want a Ford. When you MUST get to town, even in snow, ice, and wind, you want a Subaru. End of story.

  91. Susan

    August 1, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    They could add the Prius . Our first one , bought new , is a 2005 that is semi retired with 860,000 miles on it. It has the original battery pack and back brakes . Our newer 2005 has almost 250, 000 miles on it . These are tough cars that can carry a lot of weight and go places you think it wouldn’t . I can stuff three or four bales of hay plus bags of feed in one with the fold down back seats . It also carries 80 bundles of newspapers on Tuesdays each week for a weekly paper route .

  92. Alex

    August 7, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Leased a 1992 Jetta and was glad it got totaled in an accident after two years. At month three the paint was fading. At month six, transmission would die on steep slopes. From day one there were rattles in door panels, the timing chain tensioner had to be adjusted every few weeks, and it’s front tires would wear prematurely on the outside of the tire. The struts would make a screeching noise while turning the steering wheel at low speeds. I came to believe that the issue might have been the country of manufacture, but German colleagues would say VWs in Germany are/were just as bad. So it was that I almost thanked the drunk driver that rear-ended the Jetta. If he had just done so while I wasn’t in the driver’s seat.

  93. Trent

    August 8, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    My 1992 Toyota Paseo, bought it for $2,600 9 years ago, and it now has 212,000 miles on it and still going strong. The only major problem has been the exhaust flex pipe, which had to be replaced 3 times ( around $100 each time ). I get anywhere between 32-40 per gallon, depending on what season it is. I could probably sell it for around $2,000 today, but no thanks, I’ll keep it.

  94. gs454a

    August 26, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    I have a 1998 Ram2500 with cummings turbo diesel with 421,000 miles without any major repairs

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