Popular Post Page Turner Posted July 6, 2018 Popular Post Share #1 Posted July 6, 2018 ...I decided that the timing was about right to replace my wife's 2000 Camry (base model CE) with about 180,000 miles on it. So we went car shopping and test driving. (She does the test driving, and I just hang around looking at the mechanical setup, later to research the reliability and satisfaction ratings.) 1. Honda has gone crazy as a car company. Every model they offer now, including the perennial consumer favorite Accord, is now turbocharged, with a CVT that may or may not be as reliable as their older designs. The ground up redesign of the Accord body style leaves you with poor visibility in every direction except forward, and riding in it you expect at any moment to hear Houston Mission Control checking in on the crew welfare. Not my fave. Very performance oriented and sporty if you're not some old fuck who shops for reliability first and foremost. It might go the distance, but I suspect the Accord will follow the Civic, which got dropped as a recommended car by consumer Reports a couple years back when it underwent a full redesign. 2. Toyota is more cautious in adopting new tech, and still sells a reasonable version of the Camry, with a normal, fuel injected but not turbocharged engine. Unfortunately, they have this year adopted a new, super futuristic 8 speed auto trans that has been getting horrible feedback from some of the owners. It apparently shifts whenever the hell it wants to at highway speeds. No love. Too bad, because I have a real love affair with the old Camry. When we trade it in, it will immediately get shipped off to the car auction, where some enterprising junk parts dealer will buy it and sell the parts off it in one of the more horrible endings for a good and faithful car. There's a lesson for all of us in this. 3. It turns out that Hyundai is selling their Sonata pretty aggressively these days in terms of pricing, features, and warranty. This is doubtless because they had a huge scandal back in 2011-2012 when they first started making the 2.4 engines in Alabama, and the machining debris cleaning process they were using at the time was not getting all the crap out of the smaller recesses in the block and bearing journals. They handled the problem by denying it existed, even as more and more of the car engines seized at the 60-80,000 mile mark. They even hauled one of their career engineers from Korea in front of a disciplinary board when he squealed to the Feds. As a result, even though they now seem to have a solid car to sell, that lacks all the questionable sporty technology that I am trying to avoid, they are having trouble selling cars. Serves them right, the bastards. But I am not above taking advantage of the situation, and it does appear that they were forced to figure out what was wrong on the manufacturing line and fix it with a high pressure liquid debridement system. Also, the warrranty is about what you used to get from all the better companies, until they decided to stop offering it. 10 years/100,000 miles on the powertrain ( I think.) Anyway, we looked at and drove one today, and that's what we're going to buy. I hope @jsharr has by now resolved his car buying issues. If it means anything to the Southerners present, I think this car was put together in Alabama. Probably by workers eating Little Debby snack cakes and drinking Dr Pepper. 3 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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