Most Unreliable Cars

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Most unreliable cars - Another article that I’ve decided to write in the first person. Although, many would agree, that even without concrete statistics, or evidence to back some of these claims up, assumption suffices when it comes to some of these automotive narratives....

Furthermore, inspiration for this article came as a result of the response that I received from its sister article about “Reliable Cars”..., and a suggestion made to me by a hub member to compose a counterpart article.

I’ve never, in my life, believed the stereotype that gets circulated around, which says that good looking people usually have a nasty disposition, whereas average or below average looking individuals usually have a great attitude. In fact, I’ve met - and know beautiful people that have a disposition to match their good looks, likewise, I’ve met ugly looking individuals whose attitudes matched their looks as well, so this rumor is not in the least bit true. That being said , I think this stereotype can safely be applied to many of the world’s most beautiful automobiles - my article will be about gorgeous cars that have been cursed (some with good reason) with this stereotype of being unreliable.

Furthermore, many of the beautiful vehicles of old days, which were infamous for being unreliable, now days get high marks for performance and reliability....

Here are a list of the most unreliable cars around:

Jaguar
If I had a penny for every time someone dumped on a Jag, I’d be a millionaire - at least! Well, I hope the saying “your time will come” is not true, because I just purchased a 2011 XF. However, Jag’s are amongst the world’s most beautiful automobiles - I knew their reputation, but still, I love British Automobiles - and I love Jag’s.... Although no rumor is entirely without a cause, Jag’s did have a horrible reputation back in the 70’s and 80’s for breaking down quite often.

Audi
Automotive experts will be the first ones to tell you that most car companies try to emulate Audi’s good looks - interior/exterior. In fact, most automobile companies give Audi cues to their cars - Honda, Toyota, Nissan, etc. Back in the 80’s, Audi's were not considered the most dependable cars around. Nevertheless, Audi’s themselves have always taken cues from Porsche, making them quite sporty looking and desirable. Just like Jag’s, Audi’s are trying to improve their bad reputation amongst consumers.

Volkswagen
If you want to go around telling your friends and co-workers that you actually own a European car, just purchase a VW, they’re one of the least expensive European cars around. What’s great about Volkswagen, is that they own all the famous Euro-brands: Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti. However, their past reputation for making unreliable cars still pursuits them.

BMW
Another gorgeous car from Europe, whose bad reputation still pursuits them. BMW and Jag have decided to take responsibility for their past mistakes by offering free regular scheduled maintenance until 50k miles....

Mercedes Benz
Although not quite as bad a reputation as the previously mentioned automobiles in my article, some Mercedes owners have had tales of woes about their Benz.





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Betty Johansen 5 years ago

Again, thanks for the information. When it comes to cars, my main question is: How often is it going to break down? I don't care what it looks like as long as it goes.


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John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Thanks for commenting Betty....

If you're not an automobile connoisseur, then stick to Honda and Toyota, you should be okay.

Take care

John


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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

Hi John,

Poor me, I have to stick with my Toyota for now. I know you love music. My husband came in with an old CD I had forgotten about, which has to do with Astrology. You may be familiar with Gustav Holst's The Planets. I used to listen to it all the time, and am back in love with it again. He catches the mood of the signs through his musical interpretations of each planet. My favorite is Mercury, the Winged Messenger. Do you know this work? Take care, Jean PS Wish I had a Jag.


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John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Hi Jean - thanks you!

Holst's "The Planets" is very famous. You have a keen ear for music, because although Mars is the most famous of all, I feel Mercury is musically superior in so many ways....

- I love cars, so much so that I don't mind getting into debt over them. Jags (British automobiles as a whole) are one of my personal favorites. Nevertheless, nothing gives you a bang for your money like a Honda or Toyota does....

Take care of yourself

John


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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

Thanks for your thoughts on my Astrology Hubs. I began studying it about 35 yrs ago, and stayed with it on and off. I began my HP time with SunSign pieces, and I'm in the process of rewriting them. I'd rather be finishing my work on the Greek Gods and Motherpeace, but the old hubs needed to be improved, I added RSS feeds, finally learned, and I deleted a few hubs that usually got down to 70 or a little lower. So I'm working hard, but only have 2 new pieces to show for about a month. I'm happy with what I have now and only have 4 hubs to fix now!


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John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

As I said, I'm not that familiar with astrology, so I enjoy reading your astrology hubs from time to time. You're very knowledgeable in that field.

Take care and thanks for reading my hub

John


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Aris Budianto 5 years ago from Lying along the equator Country

Great Hub, John, Luckily the cars like Jag, Audi, VW, Benz, BMW already have good reputations now.


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John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Thank you Aris. Yes, European cars have improved on their track record, however, they still have a long ways to go.

Take care of yourself

John


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davidrio 5 years ago from Lisbon

i have to disagree in what concerns BMWs and Mercedes.

I own a BMW 320d SW since 2003 and it is quite reliable: 225.000 km without issues, affordable maintenance, never let me down, and as a bonus it is very economical (avg 900km for a filled tank - city driving) .

As for mercedes..well 95% of the taxis than exist in my country are mercedes from brand new E and C series to late 1970s 240 and 300 ( diesel engines). Most of these cars ride 24/7 ( 3 shifts per car) and most of the older ones have already locked more than 1 million Kms without changing the engine ( if you visit the mercedes museum at stuttgart you`ll see a Mercedes 300d portuguese taxi in exhibition as it made 999.999 km with the original engine), and of course remember these cars are always adding kms at urban traffic which is the most terrible conditions for a car`s engine.

just my 2 cents

Cheers,David


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John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Hi David,

- First, let me thank you for reading my hub. I'm glad you founded challenging enough to comment on it....

There are exceptions to every rule. Nevertheless, here in America, most people that I know don't usually have many good things to say about European cars - except that they look good, no argument there: English, Germans and Italians make the best looking automobiles under the sun (British being my personal favorite). However, I beleive that as a result of the Japanese Automotive Assault (as I like to call it), both American and European companies have improved considerably.

Take care of yourself!

John


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davidrio 5 years ago from Lisbon

Thanks for the reply and sorry for my english :)Indeed even here in Europe Italaian and french cars are considered the most unreliable. As for german cars I believe the diesel engines are not that common in your country\continent so probably gasoline engines have a different record of reliability. As for the japonese yes they are very robust cars ( for ex the Honda S2000 have been considered the most reliable car at a european car review) however they are expensive considering the overall quality and of course the looks :).

Thanks,David


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John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

- Thanks again daviddrio. I really appreciate your comments. Take care


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The Ghostwriter 5 years ago from UK

It's a shame to see the Jaguar up there.

I remember the old Skoda jokes (when they were really bad) and how VW have managed to turn it around to be an excellent Marque, way above what was a Great British icon


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John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

- Yes Ghostwriter, especially being the Jag is one of my personal favorites.

VW has done a good job with all their products: Bentley, Lambo and Bugatti, even if they recycle Audi cues in all of them. Nevertheless, Audi is one of the best looking automobiles around, so why shouldn't VW cash in on their good looks being that they own them.

Thank you for commenting and take care of yourself

John


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The Ghostwriter 5 years ago from UK

Am I right in thinking that in its day Skoda was a top luxury car or had a particular executive model but the 'iron curtain' put paid to it?


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John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

I agree with you Ghostwriter. I don't think VW has anything to offer any car company. Their great success has come about because of the Audi. Even Bentley's and Lamborghini's have some Audi cues in them and, forget about any VW; all the VW are just Audi reworkings through and through, nothing original there. Any chance that the Skoda had was lost, because all VW will do is rework it as a VW wanna be....

Take care

John


fashion 5 years ago

Very informative hub.Helpful to choose a car.


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John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Thanks Fashion


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Research is backing these statements up right? Kidding a wonderful useful Hub.. I drive a BMW because I like the way the Germans build cars.. but I do find myself in the shop a lot..:) and those regular 50k Miant... cost an arm and a leg well unless I purchase that coverage plan..


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Thank you Atanacio...yes, I drive a Jag myself, cost me an arm and a leg (costing me that is...), but I love it. I love British automobiles, they're my personal favotire. Thanks again for stopping by and commenting...


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MizBejabbers 4 years ago

Just read this hub and think that my comments on the GM cars would have been more appropriate here. Anyway, I've been around cars since I was a kid (back in the dark ages), and I think that sometimes the bad rap we give certain Eurpoean cars may be our own fault. Service is the key. Unless changes have been made in the last few years, they require a critical program of maintenance and tune-ups that most Americans don't want to follow or of which they are ignorant. My brother was selling his Porsche several years ago and wouldn't sell it to me. He said that I couldn't afford to pay for the maintenance and he wasn't going to do it for me. My friend got rid of her Mercedes after one year because she said it cost about $400 each time she took it in for service.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Hi MizBejabbers,

Yes, I love European cars myself; English cars are the best looking cars under the sun, in my personal point of view... So, I went out and bought a Jag last year...traded my Lexus in for it. Reason being, I don't want to be 90 years old, on my deathbed, and upset, because, I didn't own a Jag.... All that said, you need to known when to call them and I didn't, but oh well...I do love my car though....

I still think that Japanese make the best cars---not best looking, or best performance, but best over all value in terms of reliability....

Thanks again and take care

John


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Jason R. Manning 4 years ago from Sacramento, California

Hi John, I am with you, if you can afford the maintenance, then get what you please. I owned a few Beemers, great cars until you have to whip out the check book come tune up time. I’m also a big truck guy, I’ve seen American trucks drive circles around their car counterparts in terms of reliability. The 80’s and 90’s were just atrocious for most marques. I finally capitulated to reliability demons and bought my first Toyota last year. Great car, comfortable and utilitarian…but BORING. Cheers.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Hi Jason and thanks for stopping by.

Yes, Toyotas are boring, even Lexus... Nevertheless, they do have great track records and that's what makes them so appealing.

Take care

John


Takua 4 years ago

Where's Lancia!?


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Hi Takua and thanks for commenting.

You might be correct about Lancia automobile not being reliable; nevertheless, Lancia is not a very well known automobile, hence the reason it was omitted from my article.

Additionally, I'd like to say that there are some people out there who've owned Acuras and complained about them being unreliable. However, Honda and Acura has an impeccable reputation with the public, so who cares if they've put a few lemons out there (unless you happened to be the owner of one of these lemons :-(...)

Furthermore, I own a Jag and love it very much. All said though, I was skeptical when I purchased it. The Jag hasn't given me any problems, but there are quirks here and there; British automobiles are my absolute favs of all, followed by Germans.

Take care and thanks again for stopping by and commenting

John


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Whew I am glad to see my car did not make the list. I do agree with the BMW comments as a friend of mine became quite frustrated with his model. Good list and helpful too.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Thanks Christy for stopping by.

Although my article was written in somewhat of a "subjective fashion," I think most people will agree with my choices.

Thanks again and have a great weekend

John


Soner 4 years ago

I can't make up my mind between ford galaxy and vw touran ?? I will be doing lots of city mileage and need a 7seater with reliable engine ,,


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Pkittock 4 years ago from Minnesota

Many of these have changed, I've got a friend with a 2002 jag, he is a major petrolhead, as the british say, and he's told me that any post 2000 jags are just fine. BMW had a rough stretch when they transitioned to the bulletproof but (relatively) expensive E30 to the more reasonably priced E36. there were certain parts that went out on every single example. I don't know about Audi's past, but what I do know is that Lamborghinis went from temperamental, high strung supercars to relatively reliable supercars when audi bought them. Good list, it all depends on what era you're looking at- reliability per manufacturer is always in flux (hopefully on the upswing!) Back when it existed, Lancia was synonymous with rusting out and catastrophic mechanical failure!


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Hi Soner, not sure what you mean but thanks for stopping by and commenting.

John


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Hi Pkittock, and thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Yes, and additonally, I've had my Jag for over 1 year now and I've had no problems---thank God! It already has 18k miles, so I've been to a couple of places.

Thanks again and enjoy your Saturday evening

John


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Ryan-Palmsy 4 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away

Great hub! But I don't think the information is 100% accurate, Mercedes for example have almost always been extremely well built cars, better than the modern day equivalents...

...Alfa Romeo on the other hand...


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Hi Ryan, and thanks for stopping by and commenting.

This article, like my other article about "Reliable Cars" is mostly word of mouth---word of mouth and stereotypes have a way of becoming reality at times. Take my 2011 Jag for example, though I had no real trouble the computer keeps malfunctioning and because it's such an expensive car I'm probably going to get rid of it.

Take care and thanks again for stopping by

John


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Ryan-Palmsy 4 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away

That's certainly unfortunate!

My father once owned an old Citroen, a firm often renound for being unreliable...

...It was the most reliable car he ever had, and even after a car crash, the only damage sustained was to the bumber

That thing was a tank


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

That's so true..., additionally, my Jag is not so bad, but it's so expensive that it's just not worth keeping; I love my Jag though, as it's the most gorgeous car I've ever owned. ...gas prices are a killer also....

Thanks again for you insightful comments and enjoy your day

John


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cheetah786 4 years ago

mistakes and errors are inherent..

offering free checkup of cars until 50k miles is good way to get feedback of cars running on roads. experts may know the problems thru directly checking and avoiding mistakes in future..

another good hub.. its interesting..


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Hi cheetah786, and thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

These cars, though goodlooking, are infamous for being unreliable.

Take care

John


Jaques Lamond 3 years ago

When i was in France i had a couple of Citroen's but they used to break down. Quite often unexpectedly they would not start. I left France when I was 30 moved to a new country brought a brand new Citroen and it very unreliable. I never knew why. Since then i have only driven Audi's-Toyota's and BMW's. I found these cars reliable but never a Citroen as a French person I was extremely disappointed.


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John Sarkis 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA Author

Hi Jaques,

And thank you for stopping by and commenting...

I think French cars are definitely high maintenance...the French do make some nice designs though.

Take care

John


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daveyboy1957 3 years ago from Lake Villa, Illinois

most of what you wrote I agree with. the Jaguars were notorious for their electrical problems back throughout the years up to and including the 1970's and their oil consumption combined with the cost of maintenance did not help their reputation. The Audi 5000 model was so bad they left the US market for a few years and Rap Musicians created the term "Audi 5000" which meant "we are out of here". The Fiat left the US market as well after their Bravo model tore their quality reputation to shreds and are only back now due to the Chrysler Corporation being handed to them. Renault left the US market as well and still won't return after their meltdown from owning AMC and stinking up the place with quality issues. Citroen left before any of them due to their penchant for rusting and just plain old failing to start reliably. The only problem with your recommendations for me would be all the issues Toyota has had. I managed an oil change business and they had what is called a silent recall for many years over issues with poor engine design and oil foaming which required the engine to be "desludged" every oil change or they would not warranty the vehicle. The dealers were paid by the factory for doing this service but customers who did their own oil changes or had outside service stations did not get reimbursed or simply did not know. Add the way they handled the "sudden acceleration" issues and then the spare tires rusting out from under truck beds and falling into traffic and their quality comes into question as well as any of the other makes you or I have panned.

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