re: "......any vehicle....given proper preventative maintenance will
last a long time".
well, I agree they all should, most do, some don't. I'm sure I
maintain my cars better than most. My '85 Mustang was purchased new and
I kept it until '92 ..... 86,000 miles. I MAINTAINED it, including
replacing items like brake pads before they were entirely spent....it
never sufferred a single breakdown or unexpected repair. On the other
hand, my '93 Jeep product just couldn't be kept together.....it, too,
was fanatic maintained and was never off a paved highway.....but it
couldn' go a month without a major repair......items like wheel
bearings, water pumps, radiators etc., etc. were replaced 2 or 3
times.....during the last 2 years I had it, repairs (not maintenance)
averaged about $400 a month.
But CR is primarily talking about initial build qualty and early owner
satisfaction. As said, my recent Ford products have had zero defects.
Years ago I bought GM....back in the day when you expected to take a new
car back with some initial problems. A couple Oldsmobiles were nice
cars, with some minor anoyances. Then I ordered the '79 Camaro. It
came with half the air conditioning system missing (the dealer didn't
notice)......the choke mechanism missing (they compensated by setting
the idle at 30 mph)......the door handles, door upholstery, sun visors,
and armrests were different on one side than the other, as were the
front fenders (one was from a Z28, the other wasn't)....the radio was
there, but no speakers or antenna......and you could slide your entire
hand in the gap between the front fender and drivers door. Oh....and
the stud that held the air cleaner on was so long it punched a hole thru
the hood.....the dealer replaced the hood, then slammed it shut and
punched a hole thru the new one too because they didn't change the stud
!!!!!! Will I never own another GM car based on that single experience
- DAMN RIGHT I WON'T !!!!! And based on the CR report, GM's quality is
still much, much worse than others.
hehehe......and I'd like to see you get 200,000 miles out of an British
or Italian car......ooppps, they don't make any British cars any more,
do they !!!!!!
ps: the Camaro was built at the Norwood, Ohio plant which was closed
some years later.....and the newspapers were full of heartbreaking
stories about all the unionistas who had worked their hearts out
building quality cars for the General....yeah......and they're probably
still drawing checks.
pps: best car I ever had? A '56 Packard.....not trouble free - but it
was so glorious, who cared?.