questionswhat car manufacturer has your brand loyalty?

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Used to be Pontiac. Owned 3 of them and put over 200k miles on all 3. Now I don't have any.

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I have none, but my parents are Dodge/Chrysler people. You should have seen them fighting with the idea of buying a Ford truck because it was their best option.

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Jeep. I've owned three Wranglers... and have loved all three.

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@skinundone: I inherited a Dodge Stratus after my grandfather died. I was under the impression that it was a good car but it died shortly after my receiving it.

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I have a 2006 Ford Focus. I don't know that I really like Ford so much as I really like my Focus. Not all Focuses (Focii?). My Focus. Champion of a car! But I do think Ford makes as fine a vehicle as any.

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I'm a Honda owner, and will be until they let me down. I put almost 300k on my 84 Civic hatchback, my 01 and 07 Accords have been nothing but awesome.

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i bought a new Geo metro in 1993. (they became chevy metros a couple years later then got terminated completely.) it still runs beautifully and still gets over 50mpg. the only part i've had to replace was the MAP sensor (manafold absolute pressure) cost a lot at dealership, more at the autozone, but was cheap at the junkyard. yes, i had to get a friend to do the work, but for cash he did it all for less than the part cost. when i decided i wanted to upgrade (wanted a/c) i looked for a car with the same brand motor in it. i went for a suzuki aerio. between the two (yes, i still have the metro) i have had one factory recall, and one nonmotor issue in all that time. metro is over 150k, aerio is over 120k. neither is getting rid of soon

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Subaru AWD all the way!

I purchased our first Subaru (Legacy) in 2007 for my wife and have had zero issues with the car - we're now at 76K miles. A soild vehicle and was no comparison maintenance wise to my 2007 VW 2.0T DSG Jetta I bought for myself 2 months later that was in for repairs all the time after 50K and my 2003 Nissan 350z that was lemon lawed due to constant tire feathering after 14 months w/ 5 sets of wheels.

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I'm partial to RWD Volvo (aka bricks). My '91 has 253k miles, original powertrain. I'm just changing out the original clutch now.

Too bad they don't make them like that anymore - where one open the hood and actually see what you're working on.

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@moosezilla: That is beacue the Geo Metro was a Toyota Corolla... look it up. same engine same body parts list is all the same.. good car though.

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I'm a Honda fan. I drove my first teeny Honda hatchback for 15 years and it still ran great when I sold it. Even though it was T-boned at an intersection and totaled as far as the insurance company was concerned, I fixed it up and drove it for five years after the accident. I paid about $6,000 for it new, drove it for 15 years with no maintenance related repairs, got $3,600 in the accident (of which I spent $1,800 on repairs) and finally sold it for $1,000 cash. I carefully considered a lot of cars when choosing my new car four years ago, but in the end the Honda's safety rating sold me again and I am in a bigger, fancier Civic now. Still stick, though.

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I have to say, I drive a 2003 Nissan 350z... I have never had a moments problem with it. EXTREMELY tight built car. nothing rattles or makes noise or anything. BUT I would have to say my loyalty lies like this Toyota ( have a 1994 Celica ) Nissan ( had 1984 300zx, 87 300zx and 03 350z ) and of course Subaru...

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@politicsisevil: i went a different route. i looked under the hood and saw suzuki printed on the motor. i have had several offers to buy it, but no way.

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Nissan. I have worked for Ford, Chevy, Mazda, Kia, Hyundai, Oldsmobile, Isuzu and Nissan.
I would gladly purchase a Nissan over anything else.

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@moosezilla: Yeah, I had a Geo Storm and it was made by Suzuki too. It was actually a pretty decent car for the price. It was really small but I fit in it comfortably even though I am 6'6". It had really great pickup too.

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Ford.

Seen what they'll take and that's a lot.

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BMW. I got into pretty bad car accident when someone swerved into my lane and I came out unscathed thanks to all the safety features.

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I am loyal to the one that will get me home today.

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Used to be loyal to Honda...until i purchased a '06 Honda Civic...worst car ever...their quality drastically went downhill in the recent years...switched over to Hyundai this year, 2012 Sonata..i'll never go back...

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Have been loyal to Hondas and Toyotas for the last 35 years. My current vehicle is a Toyota Venza which did save me a huge amount of injury in an accident last year - very safe vehicle. However, there are things about both Honda and Toyota that I do not like so much any longer - they have really cheapened the product IMO. I don't know what my next car/vehicle will be - maybe there won't be a next one if the Venza holds up.

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@klozitshoper: I concur about them cheapening their products

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@politicsisevil: You must have been one of the lucky ones that got a 2003 Z without the front end toe-in/toe-out issue that caused the RE040's to freather on the outside tread. My model # was 9959 (mfg date 12/02) and by the time I hit 5K, the front end was already exhibiting the abnormal wear.

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Jeep!

I've had a '96 Cherokee, and I currently have a 06 Commander and a 73 Wagoneer. I love my Jeeps.

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My family has always owned Toyota's and they have never failed us. I currently own a hatchback Yaris 2008 and love the pod. I do have a soft spot for Honda's though because my first car was a tiny CRX. It was the love of my life and made me "super cool" in HS since I was one of the only girls who could drive a stick. :)

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Honda. My first car was a 1990 civic, and now, the first car I purchased from a dealer a year ago was an 08 civic. Have had many other brands between, but all in all, Honda is my brand!

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I have always driven Toyotas and have never had any issues with them... currently have 2 that are great.

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@meh3884: I have a 2007 Focus and feel exactly the same way. I am probably jinxing myself, but it now has 120k and has never had to go in to the shop for anything except scheduled maintenance.

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Slighty off topic, (esp with the accident being the preface for your loyalty)

But I have particular brand loyalty to Kawasaki - Pretty much much the only motorcycle I'll buy. I've gotten 2 brand new at the dealer and I can't see myself changing that trend. Everyone else (brother, mom, dad) in the family also rides the 'Saki

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I'm on my 4th Subaru. Not the flashiest car but certainly reliable and handles great in the snow. My '06 Forester has Dunlop Graspic studless snow tires, it is like a tank in the winter.

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Dodge. Mainly because my brother-inlaw is a mechanic at a Dodge dealership. He will work on it for the cost of parts and a case of beer.
Any other brand, he spits, cusses, and charges me for it.

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Lexus... straight up the best vehicle I have ever owned. Awesome ride, handling and service. Swore on Mercedes for many, many years (still own one) but when I bought my SUV, I broke free from MB.

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Ford in the past. Have owned four, with three of them hitting 150k plus so far. Had a parent working for an automotive supplier, and historically their quality was the best of any domestic. Their quality is lacking, however, in their more recent offerings.

Tempo/Topaz - no issues that I recall

Taurus/Sable - transmission went up, well documented problem. At 9 years and 130k miles by me, I got my money's worth, but sti..

Escape - interior cloth trim coming unglued from door panels. Engine mounts failing at 80k. Stereo failing (under warranty).

Explorer - Quality adequate so far (knock on wood) but over 150k w/ 4x4, just waiting for tranny to barf.

Other than things I've owned, watching things like Focii blowing engines @ 10 yrs/100k, Fusions yakking up transmissions, etc (search CL for sub-$2k) and you'll get a sense of whose quality is what.

Currently driving a Toyota - see how that holds up over the next 5-10 years. Brand loyalty is long gone.

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MINI, It's become kind of a family thing. First my dad, then his brother-in-law, then his brother, and now me. They were built for more than just transportation, they were built for people who enjoy driving and want the most out of the experience. Some day I'll have the time and money to restore a classic to go with my '06 S.

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Chevy and Toyota

I used to be a Ford person but the last 3 Fords have cost me so much in repairs that I had to replace them. My Chevy Lumina on the other hand has only gone through the general maintenance and is running strong at 234k miles and it stills gets around 30mpg.

Also I love Toyota trucks but it is hard for me to find one that doesn't still cost an arm and a leg.

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Volkswagen; recently purchased the Jetta TDI Sportwagon (really a Golf in Europe; Passat model from 2010). Love it! Great mileage on the diesel and should be a 10-year + car.

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BMW. Someone backed into my car (540i) one time and my car wasn't damaged at all while his Volvo got a smashed bumper. Years later, I was speeding and hydroplaned into a pole, but I didn't suffer any serious injuries. The car was totaled, though

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Are there no wooters with Mazda's??

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my friend has a mazda miata. looks like a fun little car but doesnt look very safe imo

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Saab, Lincoln, and Chevy. In that order. My current Town Car has over 200,000 and starts better than my last 3 cars.

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I drive a 1991 Chevrolet S10 Blazer.

For having over 225,000 miles, and being over 20 years old, it gets me from point A to point B in a reliable manner. Although it's certainly not the most fuel-efficient vehicle on the road, I average 20mpg (It's always 19-21mpg without fail) regardless of how hard or easy I drive it. That's stability I can count on.

The best part, though? It's paid for.

My loyalty goes to Chevrolet, but I have to admit, the reliability of their vehicles sort of works against the whole "repeat customer" thing.

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@cornellbigred: The car that I was in was a 2004 Mazda 3. The crash test ratings were all good. The front end of the car was completely obliterated but the rest of it held almost completely solid

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@politicsisevil: You're thinking of the Geo Prism; that car was the Toyota Corolla. The Geo Metro he describes was the sub-sub-sub-sub-subcompact, it was also known as the Suzuki Swift.

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I am a Honda lover and have been for many years. In fact the last Honda I bought was a 2001 Accord; I went into the sales office and told the salesman the color, model, etc. I wanted that was on their lot, and I was ready to sign on the dotted line. The salesman was quite concerned that I didn't want to test-drive the car. I bought it without benefit of the test-drive, and have been happy ever since.

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I like Fords. I've owned 2 Taurus' and an Explorer. But I've also owned a Camaro and currently own a Jeep. So no loyalty from me I guess. I simply go with a car that meets my "needs" (the Camaro was my ego's need to have a cool car when I was in college) and is a good deal.

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Government Motors! Its the only car company I have stock in and I don't even remember agreeing to buy......

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@cornellbigred: I have a 92 Miata... About 130K on it... Fun to drive and safe... The car is a lot more solid than you would think...

Used to be a GM customer, Pontiacs and Oldsmobiles... Both gone but not forgotten... Also Buicks and Chevys, have had late 70s Ford Pickup and Bronco... Lots of 1960s & 70s MGBs and a 67 VW Squareback when I was a kid and a 74 AMC Javelin...
There was a 76 Honda Civic CVCC in the early 80s... Had fun with it but it didn't last long.. I put 50K on it in one year and went through 2 motors and a transmission... There was a massive recall on them, the front fenders would rust through and fall off...
I put a lot of miles on my vehicles and keep them until they wont go anymore...

Best car I've ever owned was a 1988 Olds Toronado Trofeo... Excellent handling, sporty, Solid V-6 Averaged 22 MPG was safe and comfortable... Purchased in 93 for 5500.00 with 85K on the clock... Retired in 2003 with about 300K on the clock..

I miss that car...

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For me, Ford. Owned a couple of Mustangs over the years - two very different Mustangs at that - and they were good cars so long as I kept up on basic maintenance. My wife is currently driving a Ford Freestyle (later called the Taurus X, now called the Explorer) which is a great car for us.

I was planning to make my next car a Ford Fusion - it's worth pointing out the Fusion was Motor Trend Car of the Year in 2009 when it was up against a heavily favored all-new Camry - until the passing of a relative landed a different almost-new car in my lap. And if it wasn't for the electronics (specifically touch screen) problems, the Fusion would be leading Ford to the top of the quality ratings again this year.

Nonetheless, the JD Power ratings are putting Ford on par with the best of the best Japanese brands for initial quality.

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Another Volvo guy here. Had my 90 Volvo for almost two years now, first and only car, and it really hasn't let me down. I don't even know the mileage on it for sure since it's an old mechanical dashboard and the odometer frequently stops and starts working again but definitely well over 150k and still running strong. I've learned to do some of the simple things to it such as change the oil and admire some of the quirkiness that comes with owning a Volvo. Somebody is always surprised when all they've seen is American cars and they look under my Volvo's hood.

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I have become a Hyundai/Kia fan because of the Alabama assembly plant and the awesome warranty.