21st Aug 2005, 16:06
I agree with the second comment. Ford Taurus!!! I drive one and will never recommend it to anyone.
27th Oct 2005, 16:07
Hmmm... A Taurus or a Camry... Lets see... A Taurus may get you 20,000 miles per transmission... and a Camry gets like 35 MPG on a trip... What does a Taurus get??? Like 27 MPG.
31st Jan 2006, 16:51
For comment #2: I am the current owner of a 2000 Chevy Impala LS with a 3.8 V6 and the former owner of a 1997 Ford Contour GL. My husband is a Chevy man, and I am a Ford woman. The contour made it to about 80,000 miles before the tranny went out, and the Impala? Well, let's just say I'm still a Ford girl. At 30,000 we lost the rack and pinion. Twice. Now, at 55,000 the tranny is shot. And these are just the big problems! 100,000 miles? Yeah! I wish!
4th Mar 2006, 10:06
The only American cars I have any trust for is Buick. One of those with a 3.8L engine is a nice vehicle. My two Buicks are still running strong. Yes I have had to replace some things, overall the cars are great for many miles. I will get 300K out of my 94 LeSabre Limited and my 2000 Park Ave with 72K miles will go for years to come.
Toyota is a well made brand. I just ordered the Corolla LE and I can't wait to drive this little thing. I am sure it too will run for over 200K miles.
10th Apr 2006, 17:20
The Camry is a sweet well made ride. I just bought a 2007 Camry LE. I am the poster above this post. Turns out the corolla LE I ordered was taking way too long to build. It's build date is the first week of May 07...I ordered it in Feb 07.
I used my frustration and anger toward the dealer and they gave a me a sweet deal on the 07 Camry. $2000.00 off the sticker and $450.00 off the 6yr/100K warranty.
These cars are bullet proof compared to any American car. Impala or a Tarus? Be real... my Camry cost me 20K and it is pretty well loaded too. Impala's or Taruses will simply break down or have many recalls.
18th Apr 2006, 12:29
HMMMM, funny how Honda, Toyota and some Mazda owners seem to know more about maintenance than ANY American car owner.
After all, your theory is that cars are all perfect, it's the owners who are wrong.
Sorry, but JD Power, Consumer Reports, Intellichoice, Edmunds, reviews here, and endless other reports prove conclusively that there is this thing called quality which American cars lack.
As for your declining Toyota quality argument, much of that can be attributed to most of their american market cars being made in America. No Japanese car made in Japan I have owned has ever been unreliable.
19th Apr 2006, 08:29
What's funny here is how you discredit and brush aside publications like J.D. Power and the Consumer Report guide for printing the truth, as well as all of the other publications. Might as well walk down the street and burn down the public library too, right, what good are books if you don't believe anything you read. If you came here just to argue, then at least have the courtesy to make sense and have a valid point.
13th Jun 2006, 10:35
I've owned four Toyota's each of them reliable and well built. One of these was a 1985 four cylinder Camry which, in my mind, was the best.
This car was a pleasure to drive regardless of road or weather conditions. Fuel efficiency was excellent and performance was more than adequate. This was one of the best cars I've owned.
I traded the Camry in on a 1989 rear wheel drive Cressida which came equipped with Toyota's in-line six. Granted this was a nice car in it's day, but it suffered some mechanical faults that ultimately lead me to reconsider other makes. This car was Toyota's flag ship model, but the Camry was superior when it came to performance and reliability. My Cressida ownership experience was less than what I expected from Toyota.
I traded the Cressida in on a 1992 Pontiac Bonneville equipped with GM's 3.8 V6. Yes, I was a bit leery about GM's perceived level of quality and reliability but this car surprised me. I bought the Pontiac because it was less expensive than a comparably equipped Camry. It was a tough decision, but one that worked out well.
I did not trade the Bonneville, my wife liked the car and ultimately took it on as her own. She kept it until 2002 and put over 300k on it. This honestly was a very good car.
Since the Bonneville, I've owned a Tercel (commuter vehicle), a Kia Sedona and now a Pontiac SV6. The Tercel was a great little car and one that I would recommend to anyone. It suited the purpose at the time although it was a little small.
My next vehicle was a 2002 Kia Sedona, not a good choice. Extremely expensive to maintain and little if any resale value. No comparison to Toyota whatsoever.
The SV6 was much less expensive than Toyota's offering and as well, I've read a few less than complimentary reviews on the Sienna. I bought a Pontiac again because of my ownership experience with the Bonneville. Time will tell. I liked the Sienna, but the price difference was just too much to ignore. Toyota does have an excellent reputation, but I can't see the price difference. The cost of ownership is not as feasible as you might think and Toyota's quality isn't what it once was.
28th Aug 2006, 15:02
Goodness, what a wonderful group of comments here! I will admit that I am a V-8 loving fool, muscle rules! They are fun, but I drive on gas @ $3/gallon...so, Now I drive a '96 Chevy S-10 Blazer, huge V-6, 20 mpg. I work out of my truck so it is full of tools. The Blazer only has 271,000 miles on it, I have replaced the trans @ 218,000 miles. I owned a '78 Toyota p-up, 20R, 4-spd & 4.11 gears. Good truck, but without an overdrive it ran the valves out of the head at only 125,000 miles, I rebuilt the head and sold it due to a child on the way. It ran well many more years. I had a 2000 Chevy Imp, only replaced the heater core and tie rod ends, sold it @ 134,000 miles. It had the most impressive factory brakes I have ever owned. Now own a '96 Intrepid, it is bigger than the Imp, quicker get-up and good seats, but less mpg and pitiful bushings through out the car. I have replaced most, but have eight that needs replacing now. It has 124,000 miles on it. O.K. my favorite! 1975 Chevy C-10, 4 X 4, 350 V-8 @ 350HP/400tq, 3 spd manuel trans, power steering and brakes. It has NO A/C, radio, ride or handling, gets 9 mpg, but will pull a house down. It does get good mpg as long as it is in the driveway, not running! The speedo was broken when the last owner bought the truck, it was showing 140,000 then. That was 1982, I have no idea how many miles it has on it!