Whats the most reliable car you've ever had?

joshwa Plus
8 872 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2018 10:33AM

Just wondering what the most reliable car is that you've ever owned?

Also, what car do you regret selling (or getting rid of) the most?


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JimL Plus
12 287 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2018 10:41AM
Ford Anglia. the front seat passenger would end up with wet feet (if it was raining).those where the days.
DaveRyder Plus
5 2.9k 1 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2018 10:55AM
My last few cars have all been contract purchases so have not had reliability issues for a very long time - although I do remember my old Hillmans (Hunter and Avenger) that required numerous road side repairs.

The one I'd like to have kept would be my Lotus Excel. Unfortunately Mrs D knees and my back say cars this low are not for us now. Hence our current Ford Kuga.

filmforever 11 771
12 Jun 2018 11:41AM
It used to be the case that German cars were renowned for their reliability. That is clearly no longer the case. BMW have recently had to issue a recall re. serious engine problems with their latest models. Volkswagen are in the mire with their false emission claims, and the "fix" appears to have caused even more problems. Friends of ours hang on to their old Merc. since they reckon current one's are not up to the same standard.

My current Ford Fiesta has been the most reliable as well as comfortable to drive.
People I chat to reckon Toyota or Honda probably lead the overall reliability stakes, Also they both have factories here, which could be a plus after we leave the EU.
Philh04 Plus
13 2.0k United Kingdom
12 Jun 2018 12:13PM

Quote:The one I'd like to have kept would be my Lotus Excel.

Thats it, I am officially jealous Tongue

I used to be a bit of an Alfa Romeo fanatic and owned several from Suds to Guillietas, but they certainly would not win any prizes for reliability or for disintegrating into a pile of red dust, but they were fun to drive.

My most reliable was probably a Mitsubishi Shogun Pinin, bought because it was compact had good ground clearance and had 4wd. It kept going and going passed its MoT each time with flying colours and more than fulfilled the purpose it was bought for. It was sold on when we invested in a Motorhome..

Reliability isn't really an issue with my current Mercedes-Benz, if anything should go wrong it calls home and the local dealer will come out...
banehawi Plus
14 2.0k 3991 Canada
12 Jun 2018 12:47PM
Lexus IS 300 Utterly reliable.
Peter_West 7 258 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2018 12:50PM
My Ford mk1 Escort wish I still had it, ended up 2x1 to hold front windows up and a wooden kitchen spoon to open bonnet oh and passenger had to lift feet up if it was raining hard News of the World to fill all holes that kept appearing, in fact it probably ended more newspaper than metal but I loved it, at least I could actually work on the engine when I lifted the bonnet up, on my present car wouldn't even know where to start
altitude50 14 14.4k United Kingdom
12 Jun 2018 1:44PM
I bought a Citroen ZX 1.9 D (not turbo) new in Spain in about 2003 I did 100,000 miles (160,00km) in it in 8 years, travelled back & forth to the UK through France or on the ferry many times and spent 13 hours in one day driving it back from holiday in Portugal.. The front tyres lasted 60,000 miles, the exhaust was never replaced. The only major problem was a slight cylinder head leak which was fixed at about 80,000 miles. Never let me down on the road. My current car is a Renault Megane which I have had for 7 years and has never let me down. (Unreliable French rubbish!)

The car which I really would like to have kept as a modern classic(if rust-free!) was my bronze colour Citroen GS, wonderful car.

Railcam 12 730 2 Scotland
12 Jun 2018 1:47PM
From 1999 to January this year I had 4 Honda Accords. No problems at all. The last one was over 8 years old, 76,000 miles and original exhaust. Changed it for a new Honda Civic Prestige in January, which is also reliable to date. The Civic has as much room inside as the Accord but is shorter, lighter and stiffer. A joy to drive. You could say I am a happy Honda customer.

Very different to my 1966 Spitfire (big ends went) and the GT6 I got afterwards which needed a replacement gearbox and diff in the two years I had it.
Tianshi_angie 4 2.3k England
12 Jun 2018 2:23PM
I have a Toyota Celica which is now 15 years old and still looks good and behaves well. The one I wish I hadn't disposed of was the one I had before this - a Nissan 200 SX with Turbo. The turbo went and I decided I should move on but it was the best and most comfortable car I had ever driven. I could drive from London to the middle of Scotland and get out the other end feeling as though I had just driven round the corner. Perfect car.
altitude50 14 14.4k United Kingdom
12 Jun 2018 4:24PM
A few years ago I sat down and worked out that I have owned about 40 cars, mostly secondhand - (one or two at a time). (I am not and never was a dealer.) Most of them were French or German. Although I have driven many Ford models I have never owned one and the only red car I have owned is the Renault I own now. Best car driven? Ferrari Testarossa.

Picture, my dad's Ford, me at front. 1949?

Jestertheclown 10 7.9k 252 England
12 Jun 2018 4:52PM
I don't drive so consequently, I've never owned a car.

Shall we talk about motorbikes . . . ?
Techno Plus
10 3.4k 8 England
12 Jun 2018 6:26PM
My 1st Car 100e Van, named the "Passion Wagon" I swiftly move on...

This BMW 528i E39 was purchased in 1996 and sold to a friend some years later, they still run it daily, must be one of the best cars I have ever owned, quiet, quick, always felt in total control, and in its day looked the dogs whiskers for sure..

My biggest and most expensive mistake was the purchase of this 54 plate BMW X3, looked superb in its full body kit, it rode like a soap box I made when a kid, never suffered with motion sickness in that but the X3 put that right, what a bag of S**T....Blush

Fast forwarding, my most troublesome car of recent years was this Lexus IS 220d, always difficult to change from 1st to 2nd gear and just out of the warranty developed engine problems, i.e. cylinder head gasket blew resulting in bottom engine replacement, all credit to Lexus, they covered the replacement cost and gave me the use of a new car for the 30+ days for the work to be carried out.....

My present car a MB C Class, elderly by today standards, but with a wonderful smooth V6, and a frightening turn of pace, like the E39 never troubled except in the snow, then I could do with an 4x4, an X3 maybe, me thinks not! Wink

Pictured here close to Black Rock Cottage....

saltireblue Plus
8 9.0k 35 Norway
12 Jun 2018 7:11PM
Best? One of two. Triumph Dolomite Sprint - for the sheer joy of driving,
Citroen GS Club for comfort. 3-speed semi-auto box - only ever used 1st for being first away from lights.

More reliable...hard to say. Apart from one car from hell, I've never really had any reliabilty problems with the roughly 13 cars I have owned (plus sundry company cars).
I guess the Land Rover Freelander Td4 automatic was the most reliable. It had only annual services from new until I let it go after 220K kilometers. Not an extra penny on anything else.
rhody 16 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2018 7:40PM
The most reliable car I've ever had is my Honda CRV. 13 years old and nearly 150,000 miles on the clock. Never had a single problem with it. Never broken down. Never let me down. FSH by Honda. Always carries the holiday gear in the roof box, humans on the inside, 2 dogs in the boot and 2 bicycles on the towbar. Perfect for family needs and it is surprisingly popular when large loads need to be carried by the family or people find what they've bought in Ikea won't fit into their car. A gem of a car. A family friend and it doesn't owe me a penny.

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