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  Reply # 1654892 20-Oct-2016 08:30
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The Passat scores badly in reliability statistics as does VW. 

 

http://www.reliabilityindex.com/


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  Reply # 1654896 20-Oct-2016 08:39
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The Passat scores badly in reliability statistics as does VW. 

 

http://www.reliabilityindex.com/

 

 

 

 

Interesting all the worst performers are top-tier luxury/performance cars in the main.

 

Even so, a low rating here could be more about "this gadget/daft-feature doesn't work properly" and less about "the gearbox spat cogs all over the road and left me stranded". The more gadgets a ve3hcile have the greater the risk of one of them playing up.

 

Overall, car reliability is incredible these days compared to even 20 years ago and even the worst, least reliable entry-level car is "pretty good" all things considered.





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  Reply # 1654914 20-Oct-2016 09:37
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bfginger:

 

The Passat scores badly in reliability statistics as does VW. 

 

http://www.reliabilityindex.com/

 

 

 

 

Interesting all the worst performers are top-tier luxury/performance cars in the main.

 

Even so, a low rating here could be more about "this gadget/daft-feature doesn't work properly" and less about "the gearbox spat cogs all over the road and left me stranded". The more gadgets a ve3hcile have the greater the risk of one of them playing up.

 

Overall, car reliability is incredible these days compared to even 20 years ago and even the worst, least reliable entry-level car is "pretty good" all things considered.

 

 

Ironically i used to work for VW in parts and knew the B5.5 Passat 4 motion V6 2.8 blah blah was a little bit of a problematic model. This one seemed well cared for had all good brakes, rubber and showed signs of being cared for so went for it.

 

Could have been worse, Could have bought a 1.4L golf turbo/supercharged (twin charged). They ALL melt their pistons and lose compression. I sold about 4-6 new engines a week for them. MK 5 golf..

 

Im going to try and get out to look at a fellow members car tonight. A Toyota. Might be reliable this time..





 


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  Reply # 1654918 20-Oct-2016 09:40
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Can't go wrong with a late 90s Toyota... at least based on the tiny sample size of 3 that I've owned :p




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  Reply # 1654937 20-Oct-2016 09:59
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Can't go wrong with a late 90s Toyota... at least based on the tiny sample size of 3 that I've owned :p

 

 

 

 

Regretfully speaking i had a 199* caldina 1.6 and we spent about 4 weeks trying to kill it. It didn't die, Was due to be scrapped anyway so we definitely put the effort in, Virtually lived on the rev limiter lets just say.

 

True testament to the strength of the toyota!

 

All my mates have them and never have problems so might have to give up the Euros for something that will get me around until i can afford a Hilux Ute.





 


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  Reply # 1654939 20-Oct-2016 10:06
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Regretfully speaking i had a 199* caldina 1.6 and we spent about 4 weeks trying to kill it. It didn't die, Was due to be scrapped anyway so we definitely put the effort in, Virtually lived on the rev limiter lets just say.

 

True testament to the strength of the toyota!

 

 

 

 

Hah yeah :) One of mine was a Caldina, one of the first to be imported - there were barely any on the roads when I got it. I forget the year, but it was second hand direct from Japan.  After I'd used it for a number of years I sold it to a friend.  It's still going strong today!


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  Reply # 1655119 20-Oct-2016 14:40
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I've killed a few Toyotas, and was only driving one of them in a Demo Derby.  The others died fairly easily.  I've found Nissans and Hondas to be more reliable.

 

But maybe it's because I secretly hate Toyota blandness.


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  Reply # 1655187 20-Oct-2016 16:24
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CJC:

 

I've killed a few Toyotas, and was only driving one of them in a Demo Derby.  The others died fairly easily.  I've found Nissans and Hondas to be more reliable.

 

But maybe it's because I secretly hate Toyota blandness.

 

 

 

 

I have found toyotas to be the most reliable cars (as long a it is made in Japan, and not a rebadge).  But someone who didn't want an appliance that 'just works', then I would suggest mazda, for a bit of flair. Still good quality japanese brand (as long as you buy a japanese made model). Interestingly Toyota now rebadge some mazdas in the US, based on the mazda 2. A lot of cars these days do share a lot of parts.


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