I got a Civic because of the ratings - supposedly best in its class and such. I have to travel a lot, so fuel consumption is an issue for me.
I put 93 k on it in two years, I know, quite a bit. Serviced it at the dealership, never missed, paid for all those "Service B", change oil at 20%, everything by the book. Also, I drive like most of all other commuters, I do not race, squeal tires...
Big surprise - ratings can lie!!! The outer CV joints went bad at about 91,000 - the dealership changed them under warranty.
Two days ago I was heading home after doing my groceries, had my wife and my daughter in the car when poof - transmission went. The engine was running but the car was going nowhere. Grinding noise when in park, otherwise it was like in neutral...
There was no warning, nothing... Quit in the middle of the road. My wife does not want to step into a Honda and I do not condemn her.
Now the car is in the dealership and I am thinking about a buying a Ford Fusion.
100 k engineering?
I am going to swallow my pride, get rid of it ASAP and buy a Ford.