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Most Reliable Cars for $3-5k

  1. 1998-2000 Lexus LS400
    • 4.0L V8, A5, 290hp/300lbft, 3657 lbs
    • Con: Road conditions may necessitate early replacement of struts and engine/transmission mounts
    • Con: Has timing belt w/ interference so replace it on schedule!
  2. 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla
    • 1.8L DOHC+VVT I4, A4
    • Shares engine with Toyota Matrix, Pontiac Vibe, Geo Prism
  3. 1996-2005 Madza Miata
    • 1.8L DOHC I4, A4, 140hp/119lbft, 98-05: 2348 lbs (96: 2070 lbs)
    • Con (minor): timing belt, but non-interference
    • Con: fuel pump may fail early
  4. 1994-1999 Acura Integra
    • 1.8L DOHC, A4, 138hp/124lbft, 2595 lbs
    • Con: high fail rate for mounts, oil leaks from cam/crankshaft seals (but should be replaced with timing belt anyway)
  5. 1995-2001 Nissan Maxima (4th gen: 95-99, 5th gen: 99-01)
    • 3.0L V6, A4/M5-6, 190hp/205lbft, 2870 lbs
    • Shares drivetrain with Infiniti I30
  6. 2002-2006 Honda CR-V (2nd gen)
    • 2.4L DOHC VTEC I4, A4/5, 3347 lbs
    • Con: A/C compressors fail, ruining entire A/C system
  7. 2002-2011 Mercury Grand Marquis
    • 4.6L SOHC V8, A4, 224hp/272lbft, 4118 lbs
    • Con: Cats clog easily, but mainly with untreated misfires or bad/old oil
  8. 1998-2001 Audi A6 quattro
    • 2.8L DOHC V6, A5 AWD, 200hp/207lbft, 3262 lbs
    • Pro: good transmission
      • just replace fluid and filter every ~60k miles
    • Con: repairs are difficult and therefore costly
    • Con: Has timing belt w/ interference so replace it on schedule!
    • Con (minor): secondary air pump can go bad, and PCV hoses on top of engine can get brittle when old
  9. 2003-2006 Hyundai Elantra
    • 2.0L DOHC I4, A4, 134hp/133lbft, 2635 lbs
    • Pro: good transmission
    • Con: Has timing belt w/ interference so replace it on schedule!
      • Also replace thermostat, water pump, and coolant at same time.
  10. 2000-2005 Chevy Impala (8th gen)
    • 3.8L V6, A4, 200hp/225lbft, 3465 lbs
    • Shares drivetrain with Buick Park Avenue, Chevy Monte Carlo, and Pontiac Bonneville
    • Pro: drives nice
    • Con: lower intake manifold gaskets go bad, letting coolant leak into crankcase
      • Replace gasket with newer aluminum one, flush coolant and replace with one that's phospate-free.
      • Also replace two plastic coolant bypass elbows with metal ones at the same time.

Most Reliable cars for under $1500

  1. 1996-2005 Toyota Camry
    • 2.2L 130hp/145lbft, 3263 lbs
    • Con: poor MPG
    • Con (minor): timing belt, but non-interference
    • Con (minor): oil pump sealer gasket near crankshaft is known to leak/go bad
  2. 1998-2002 Honda Accord DX (6th gen)
    • 2.3L SOHC I4, 135hp/145lbft, 2888 lbs
    • MPG: 25/32
    • Con: Has timing belt w/ interference so replace it on schedule!
  3. 1993-1997 Toyota Corolla/Geo Prism (
    • 1.6 DOHC I4, 100hp/105lbft, 2315 lbs
    • Pro: 29/35 MPG
    • Con (minor): timing belt, but non-interference
  4. 1995-1999 Nissan Sentra (B4T series)
    • 1.6L DOHC I4, 115hp/108lbft, 2315 lbs
    • Pro: 29/39 MPG
  5. 2002-2011 Ford Crown Victoria (preferably police interceptor)
    • 4.6L SOHC V8, A4, 235hp/275lbft, 3946 lbs
    • Con: Cats clog easily, but mainly with untreated misfires or bad/old oil
cars.txt · Last modified: 2018/02/04 23:14 by Garrett W.