QOTD: What's the Most Reliable Car You've Ever Owned?

qotd whats the most reliable car youve ever owned

Back in January, we asked you B&B to tell us about the least reliable car you’d ever owned. The stories poured in, amounting to a shocking 240+ comments. It took us days to emotionally recover from the sad tales expressed in your replies.

But today will not be a day of tears. We want to know: what’s the most reliable car you’ve ever owned?

Much like unreliability, reliability is not always a surprise occurrence. Some cars can be picked from whichever particular crop is being shopped and provide the owner with reliability. It’s their nature. The most basic of upkeep, and one can enjoy thousands of miles of carefree driving.

Other times, you might discover you’ve “picked a good one,” realizing much better reliability than others who purchased the exact same ride as you. It’s not hard to find an Internet Person with a 1994 Cadillac DeVille who has not once experienced a gasket issue with their Northstar, even after 25 years and 180,000 miles. Likewise, there’s an owner of a 1998 Land Rover Discovery who has never had an electrical or water leakage issue. Miracles happen!

Your author’s most reliable ride falls squarely in the unsurprising category. A 1997 Infiniti I30. Pearl white paint, tan leather, wood tone, all propelled forward by the VQ30. It was purchased in the summer of 2005 to replace the ’93 Audi 90S (that white one up there) that was getting on its owner’s nerves. At time of purchase, the I30 had something like 120,000 miles on it, and was on its second owner, who purchased it off lease. $3,900 left my bank account, and multi-spoke alloys decorated the street in front of my parent’s house (where it got hit by a Wrangler in the door, and repaired).

In over three years, I experienced nary a mechanical issue. Oil changes and checking tire pressures sufficed for maintenance. I did fix one thing — a rattling center console lid. It was down to the clip which held it closed being slightly too worn to function. Eight dollars and five minutes, and all was well. I kept the I30 through the rest of college, until I was forced to sell it in September of 2008, shortly before fleeing The America to avoid the big unemployment.

Whichever side of the reliability coin you’ve found yourself on, today’s your chance to spill it. What was your readily reliable ride?

[Images: Corey Lewis, Infiniti]

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  • Jeff S Jeff S on Apr 01, 2018

    Even if you have to replace a clutch, replace the brakes, put a starter motor in it, do some body work it can pay in the long run to take care of a vehicle especially one that is relatively low maintenance and trouble free for 19 years. I have had a couple of other vehicles that have lasted 18 years, 17 years, and 14 years which were relatively low cost and trouble free. I have found it is less expensive to keep an older vehicle running than to buy or lease a new vehicle every few years. It is nice to not have a car payment.

  • WildcatMatt WildcatMatt on Apr 16, 2018

    Most reliable was easily the 2008 Honda Accord I got as a hand-me-down from my father-in-law. Got it in 2013 with 135,000 on it and traded it in 2016 with 165,000 on it for something that would legally seat 4 adults + 2 kids. Only thing I did was replace some bulbs in the climate control unit. Reliable, but so boring.

  • Tane94 are both eligible for federal tax credits? That's the big $7,500 question.
  • Jkross22 Toenail says what?
  • MaintenanceCosts This sounds like old-school GM drama!
  • SCE to AUX It's not really a total re-badge since some of the body parts are unique, and the interiors are quite different.As I mentioned the other day, the Tonale has a terrible name and a dim future.As for the Alfa team - guess what, this is how corporate ownership works. You are part of Stellantis partly because you're not viable as a standalone business, and then your overlords decide what's shared among the products.By the way: That Uconnect infotainment system found in Alfas was originally a Chrysler product... you're welcome.
  • Kurkosdr Someone should tell the Alfa Romeo people that they are a badge owned by a French company now.The main reason PSA bought FiatChrysler is that PSA has the technology to enter the luxury market but customers don't want a French luxury car for psychological/mindshare reasons. FiatChrysler has the opposite problem: they have lots of still-respected brands but not always the technology to make good cars. Not to say that if FCA has a good platform, it won't be used in a PSA car.In other words, if those Alfa Romeo buds think that they will remain a silo with their own bespoke platforms and exclusive sheet metal, they are in for a shock. This is just the start.