Posted 29 October 2012 - 04:36 AM
Well, I'm sure this will stir the old hornet's nest, but other than REALLY bad cars like the Yugo or Trabant....cars that have more wrong with them than rignt, right-out-of-the-box.....cars with serious design or material defficiencies..... I believe the VAST majority of vehicle-related problems and subsequent bashing of one make or another come from un-enlightened operators, poor maintenance, and lousy mechanics.
I have 260,000 miles on my Chevy truck, 125,000 on my Jag XJ-6, and 220,000 on my Arizona airport car, a Geo Metro (which belonged to a GIRL before I bought it, at 200,000 miles, with never a clutch necessary!!!). I have a good friend with 240,000 on a 2001 Dodge truck, another friend with 170,000 on a 2003 Dodge truck, and none have been junk. I put a trans in the Chevy truck at 200,000. I upgraded the Jag trans to a GM 700R4 at 80,000. I've had Fiats, Peugeots and Renaults (that I bought cheap, supposedly un-useable) with well over 100k on them, and all they took to get to be reliable transportation was some light repair work where it was actually needed. The common denominator here is that all these vehicles received necessary maintenence and correct repairs, from competent techs.
The trick to making almost anything run forever is to take the time to understand how a car works, pay attention to what it needs (it will tell you if you learn how to listen), and if you don't maintain it yourself, find a mechanic with a brain.
I know, that's asking too much.