"Everyone used to make fun of me for being a Dodge/Chrysler fan for the longest time... that is until I drove the Fusion... now I am into Ford... and still get made fun of for my "Found On Road Dead" car. They'll be the ones crying when my Fusion outlasts anything they have bought. :) "
If people made fun of me for driving a Chrysler OR Ford I'd just laugh all the way to the bank. Our last Dodge was sold in perfect condition with 240,000+ miles. One of our Fords was traded at 325,000 miles (for another Ford). In 17 years it had cost us a TOTAL of less than $500 in repairs. This has been consistent with ALL of our Ford, Chrysler AND GM vehicles (our Buick was sold at 277,000+ miles and had never had a single repair). Where people get the idea domestics are unreliable is from ad hype and false reliability claims of Japanese companies. The only vehicles we ever owned that were NOT reliable were our three imports. None of them made 100,000 miles.
Let me guess: are your "friends" crowing about how great the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord are? Trust me, you're better off with your Fusion.
Since I grew up with Fords and have owned many myself, I know them quite well. I was however, quite surprised by the first Honda my family owned. We bought a used Honda Accord that had 105,000 miles on it in 1991 for $200. It didn't run when we first bought it, but for $200 it seemed like a pretty good deal. We replaced the battery, did an oil change, and replaced the timing belt (just as preventative maintenance) and it immediately fired up on the first try. We put over 400,000 miles on it with no further issues. We are now 100% Honda in my household and have had an excellent experience with every single one of our Honda's.
I think comment 15:54 is true, but not typical. Our experience with Honda was just the opposite. Ours was bought new and began falling apart as soon as the puny 36,000 mile warranty expired. By 45,000 miles it was burning oil, had very noisy CV-joints, had had the brakes replaced (at only 30,000 miles) and a number of other major problems. The car cost more in repairs than any three domestics we ever owned combined.
We now drive only Ford and GM. We've gotten 325,000 miles out of a Ford with less than $500 in total repairs, 240,000 miles out of a Dodge with only two brake jobs, two timing belts and one hose, and 277,000 miles out of a Buick with NO REPAIRS beyond routine maintenance.
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