Friday, February 8, 2013
Sorry, My American Cars Were More Reliable than my Japanese Cars
I had a 1995 Ford Aerostar (pictured above) that lasted until 2011 with more than 200k miles on it. The only problem I had was a leak in the power steering and the usual wear-and-tear (brakes, tires, dings and scratches, etc.,). The 2000 Dodge Dakota I have is still kicking and the only problem I had was replacing the water pump and the usual wear-and-tear.
Now, I've owned a lot of Japanese cars but they all seem to fall apart when it approaches 10 years old. My Datsun 280Z began to disintegrate at 10 years and it had so many problems that I couldn't tolerate fixing it over and over again. My Toyota Celica lasted 10 years but it had so much problems that when the dealer said they would fix a problem for more than a $1000, I gave it up right then and there. My Acura Integra had to have its engine replaced because my 10 year overhaul was worth more than the vehicle!
I did the same thing for all the vehicles concerning oil change, tune ups, and removing-and-replacing a few parts.
Now, I'm no mechanic but most of my mechanics (and they are Asians by the way) own an American car on the side. How do I know? I see them driving up to work in one while I'm waiting for them in the early morning to open up their shop. Usually, the car I had to repair was my Japanese car.
I've had mechanics of all nationalities--Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Iranian, Caucasian, European, Portuguese, and Hawaiian. My current one is Korean.
These mechanics all tell me the same thing. Doesn't matter what brand of car you own. These things break down despite the usual upkeep.
As long as you have a trusty mechanic, who isn't after the fast buck (like most of them unfortunately) and tells you what to look out for as a potential problem, your car can last longer than the norm.
Sure, many car publications tell us how superior Japanese/Korean cars are than American cars but my own survey deviates from their claim.
Again, this is only from my experience, okay?
Anyone has the same feeling about American cars? Tell me about it by leaving a comment below.