I own a 2001 Accord V6. It's a great car. It's very thirsty for gas all the time, but other than that, it's good. I have 103000 miles on it now. I think it's great to own.
Alternators should last a lot longer than that. I've got the original alternator on my 1996 Toyota Corolla with 180,000 miles.
You guys have been very lucky. None of our three imports MADE 100,000 miles.
I keep battery maintainers on my cars and save alternators. I drive some only once every 3 weeks, and the initial start and recharge is harder on alternators. The alarm and computer drains even when parked.
"You guys have been very lucky. None of our three imports MADE 100,000 miles."
You're just very unlucky. You're the first person I've ever heard of that even happening too. I'll tell you though, I felt pretty lucky whenever I got a domestic to 100,000. It's happened only twice, and they didn't go much more after that.
280000 miles on my Durango. It's a V8 and oil is changed on time.
"280000 miles on my Durango. It's a V8 and oil is changed on time."
When I left one of my jobs back in 1986, my boss was driving a brand new Dodge truck. I ran into him recently, and he is still driving the same Dodge truck.
It now has over 300,000 miles on it. Our company routinely gets 300,000 miles out of Ford, Chevy and Dodge trucks. Too many people buy into the myth that American cars are less reliable.
We have another company Durango and a Dakota V8s touching 250000 miles. We keep the fluids changed and filters. They are running 1500 RPM at 60 mph barely working hard at all.
"Too many people buy into the myth that American cars are less reliable."
People don't need to buy into the "myth". Their own experiences tell them. Mine did.
"People don't need to buy into the "myth". Their own experiences tell them. Mine did."
Mine did too. Not one of our three imports made 100,000 miles without outrageously expensive repairs. Our Honda never even MADE 100,000 miles. It was junked at 99,000. On the flip side, not one of our domestics has ever required a single repair before 100,000 miles and several made well over 200,000 miles.
A friend of mine has decided to sell his Ford Ranger pickup because he is afraid he might START to have problems with it... it currently has 352,000 miles on it.
18:14 too many people fall into the advertising hype with imports, like there is some cachet involved.
When production went up and warranty did not, we found out from service woes on ours. Our Hondas had major mechanical issues after 2000. When they were low volume, we were pleased, but thought it was just a lemon or two. The hype works til it hit us in the pocket. I would have been amazed if anyone would have told us our trans would fail at 28000 miles;warranty or not, that's too soon. We pampered our cars as well. No issues with our new GMs now.
"No issues with our new GMs now."
Our two GM's have been flawless as well. Not a single problem. The warranty has not been needed on either. Our 2003 now has 90,000 miles, and has not even required a brake job yet.
I love my 2001 Honda Accord. It's very roomy and comfortable, good viewing, and always runs great. So glad I bought this Accord.
I love my 2001 Honda Accord EX-L. I have had no problems with this baby. Never has failed me once. Got power and is very comfortable. Gas mileage about 26mpg.
They are made with American electrical parts now; there's no real difference between them and domestics anymore. Just get a Chevy; it's the same thing almost. Expect problems with them, because they are just like all the rest now.
Like Toyota, Honda quality has plummeted. And it has nothing to do with where they are made. They are just getting more negligent in building good quality cars. GM and Ford are way ahead in build quality, safety and reliability.
Look at Honda's top of the line Acura TLs on here. I had a 2002 VTEC 6; first trans at 28000 miles. Worst resale ever. I traded it in for 10k at 3 years old. One owner, garage kept, 41000 miles. Horrible!
Replacing transmissions often is not an electrical problem.
Actual resale values on imports are a joke. I assist friends in buying cars, and yesterday I helped a friend buy a new 2013 Ford Focus SE. He was trading in a 4-year-old Corolla. Ford offered him a whopping $2000 for it and refused to budge. I told him that was ludicrous, and suggested he call a friend who had expressed an interest in buying the Corolla. He sold it to the friend for $3750. So much for resale value!!
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