questionswhich car manufacturer has the best quality?


If you're looking for the type of longevity we saw in the mid-late 20th century, none. Car manufacturers stopped shooting for a car that would last 50yrs and started making cars that would last for about 10. Mostly to meet the demand of consumers who want to drive something "new" every few years.
Having worked for Chevy, BMW/MINI, and Toyota dealerships, I can tell you that they all have issues. Toyota's have rust and ABS issues - also, they're engines are as durable as they used to be. Chevy is getting better again, but aren't "there" yet. BMW/MINI has the same problems as everyone else - trying to get stuff to the showroom floor ahead of the competitor is causing a sacrifice in quality control checks.

Sorry for the rant. I think Hyundai is actually starting to bring something good to the table - they seem to be shooting for where Toyota used to be; cheap, reliable, and decent warranty.


I like Lexus for the Quality.


I've driven Nissans for the last 10 years and generally they've been good to me, but they had a few under-warranty issues that I had to get fixed in the first few months of owning them.

From all the car magazines I read, it sounds like Hyundai is doing pretty good, like thumperchick said. I don't think there's a single car maker or even a model that doesn't have its share of problems.

The warranty's always something to consider. If you're covered, it shouldn't matter what kind of issue you have. I've had very little work done (regular maintenance aside) on my Nissans that wasn't covered by warranty.


Don't overlook Ford in the answer. They beat out Toyota for Motor Trend Car of the Year in 2010 with the Ford Fusion (having to beat the new Camry to do it). They have consistently been polling very high in initial quality and owner satisfaction surveys in the past couple years. The only thing they are having noticeable problems with currently are the touchscreens they are installing in some of their cars, thanks in no small part to their partnership with Microsoft.


I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you aren't trying to troll here...but quality is somewhat subjective.
I personally really like where Ford and Hyundai/Kia going, and have enjoyed the Ford vehicles that I own. Every manufacturer has winners and losers though; and quality even varies by which day of the week a car was made (theoretically, you don't want a car that was built on a Monday).

Personally, I don't drive much but I drive poorly. For this reason, I prefer cars like my Taurus (it seems the engineers took my stupidity into account in certain designs.) Despite urban driving, poor roads, and a penchant for running slowly into fixed objects, my car looks and drives fine. If I drove a Passat or Legacy the way I drive my Taurus, I know I'd have lost an oil pan by now (based on relatives and friends with those cars)


Hot Wheels, but Matchbox has been creeping up on them lately.


We have a 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe and a 2011 Kia Soul in the mix here and are extremely pleased with the performance, convenience and price of both vehicles. They also have excellent warranties.


Did you have a shop replace it, or did the dealer? Honda has had their share of issues, but to their credit, they will at least listen to reason when it comes to out-of-warranty work. My sister's 7th gen maintained-by-the-book-at-the-dealer Civic had its transmission replaced twice already; Honda America covered it both times, full parts and labor the first time, and a majority of it the second time. Fact is, every car manufacturer has their issues from time to time; how they handle it sets them apart.

How long do you keep your car anyways? 100k isn't really a major milestone anymore.

FWIW, a couple weeks ago, my 1991 Volvo rolled a quarter million miles - original powertrain, including the clutch. Turbocharged, rear wheel drive, stick shift, and it's a station wagon ... they don't build them like that anymore.


Just about any car from a major manufacturer will last if you take care of it, excluding something like the problem you had with a manufacturing issue.

I've owned 3 cars in my life that I've taken over 100K miles, and two over 200K miles and most of them bought used with less than 20K on them. For the most part, I just did the regular service intervals on them as outlined by the manufacturer. List of cars:

1977 Honda Civic: 112K miles. Died in a car accident. Was repainted by Honda at 60K miles because the paint cracked.

1981 Chevy Chevette: 110K miles. Got a better job.

1985 Toyota MR2: 156,000 miles. AC went out and was going to cost $1600 to fix for a car worth $800 at the time.

1989 Chevy Astro: 251K miles. Engine replaced at 90,000 miles due to a failed oil pump that caused it to throw a rod. Got rid of it when transmission started slipping.

2001 Chevy Astro: 280K miles and going. Never a major repair. I'm hoping to hit 300K with this one.


Ford has officially stated that "lifetime" means the 3 to 5 years the original buyer of a new car will own it. Hence their penchant for longer service maintenance.
I too once had a Taurus- and the stealer informed me that, at 100k miles, I had exceeded it's designed lifespan. That's when I was upset because I was coming up on yet another head swap and tranny rebuild.
Every car has their own issues. However, my old Camry gets treated like a bad dog by my son, and runs every day. My wife's 25 year old BMW rides better than her Taurus ever did. I still do have a Ford- it's a truck- and most folk believe that the trucks are as good as the cars are crapola. I agree. Just watch out for the "We're outa this? Gimme a that" parts interchange on the line.


As far as reliability is concerned, I am a big fan of Japanese cars and more specifically Honda cars. However, I believe it also depends on the car owner, if you take care of your vehicle nicely, it will surely perform better. I am fanatic car enthusiast and always look for places that provide guide and tips of maintaining your vehicle. My favorite place is which provides essential information about the vehicle.