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How did you end up with the car you're driving now? Would you choose the same make and model again?
My mother gave me her car with 85K miles on the odometer worried that things would start going wrong with the high mileage. The problems and maintenance have been minor...minor being defined as no engine and transmission problems. Now with over 160K miles on my 97 Toyota Camry, most of my passengers comment on how smooth the car drives. Based on my recommendations to shoppers of used cars, I now have a following of Camry owners who I do repair work on. Unfortunately in this economy, Camrys are becoming difficult to find at a reasonable prices. I sometimes steer them towards a Lexus ES300 since the Camry V6 chassis, transmission and suspension have been copied to the Lexus ES300 with most of parts being interchangeable.
I inherited my present car, a 2005 Chrysler Sebring, when my father passed away. That's the only reason I ended up with a Chrysler product. He hardly ever drove it and it only had 9000 miles on it when I got it.
Unfortunately, it has lived down to my expectations. It's underpowered with a 4 cylinder engine but doesn't get the good mileage you would expect with a 4 banger. The brakes are the worst of any vehicle I've ever owned. The sunroof drain leaks if you live in a cold climate because it will freeze and back up, then leak into the car when you heat up the vehicle interior, dripping on the passenger seat. The soundproofing is poor, so it transmits a lot of road noise into the passenger compartment.
I tend to keep a car for a long time, basically wearing it out before I replace it but I don't see myself keeping this car much longer. I'll get rid of it and get a Toyota or Honda in the near future.
I also acquired his older 1997 Dodge Dakota pickup truck at the same time and it is plagued with many quality problems as well. While I would expect more problems with a vehicle that old, I have had things go wrong, such as front suspension parts and bearings failing that shouldn't go bad on a pickup truck, which should be built to a heavier duty standard than a car. Many problems with the brakes and they still don't work quite right. Transmission problems and too many more to list here. Can't wait to replace this vehicle with a real truck ASAP.
I don't see myself owning another Chrysler product in my lifetime.
Being in the car business I drive what ever I wind up with. I have a Mercedes diesel for my summer car but in winter I try to find a good front drive car, last year and this year I wound up with a Saab 93, a good winter car with excellent traction, brakes and very good heat.
I would prefer to drive a truck in winter but the Saab gets 25 miles per gallon and no truck can touch that.
It's a shame they closed Saab, that was one good winter car.
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