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Old 08-17-2013, 06:42 AM   #41
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German cars are def built better. My mate had a 2001 Audi in 2006. It drove like it was smooth not 1 rattle or noise and everything was still solid same thing with every person I knew who owned a VW. They are not only better quality but they are safer too. My mate her has a 2007 RS4 and when driving it you would think its a brand new vehicle. Can't say the same for my wife's 2006 Mazda. I don't think there's one panel on this thing that don't rattle. Ask your insurance agent a quote on a German car compared to a US brand. I just got a quote for the Audi my wife wants. Insurance dropped compared to what we pay on her Mazda.

You also only have to look at the recalls list. Honda and Toyotas recalls are 3x higher than VW when you break down the %. Check out the TSB's for them also. German cars also have less.
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Old 08-17-2013, 07:11 AM   #42
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I've got an 07 smart diesel... and live in Ottawa. If you want to know all the common problems with them, shoot the ****, or even take it for a spin, pm me.

Mileage on them was fantastic. Performance...doesn't exist. What do you expect for 40hp give or take. It fared reasonably well in the winter. As well as my 2wd truck does to be perfectly honest. Parking was a breeze. Anyone who bad mouths them for any reason other than mechanical reliability has not owned one.
Thanks Nepean I really appreciate it, I took one for a spin at the dealership and I was pretty happy with it. Certainly not a rocketship and the manumatic transmission is really laggy when it shifts.

Star motors told me that 2006/7 were the only years they were Diesel and they had reliability issues. Now I'm a big fan of diesel and would kinda prefer a diesel one...the milage of the gas models isn't as good and they have to run on 91 Octane!
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Tin can Death chamber on wheels.....









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It's only a tin can death chamber on wheels if you crash lol. It does do well in it's size segment for safety but it ain't nothing like being in a normal sized car or truck. I think they test them against cars in the same segment to get their ratings as if you tested them in a head on crash with a SUV there's not gonna be a lot left at 40mph+. They are great if everyone elese on the road is using the same size vehicles though
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One of the reasons Honda is first in warranty claims is that their warranty does not cover much. I know many Honda owners whose claims were denied, in fact there are many class action lawsuits against Honda and Acura for this.
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One of the reasons Honda is first in warranty claims is that their warranty does not cover much. I know many Honda owners whose claims were denied, in fact there are many class action lawsuits against Honda and Acura for this.
Honda products of any type have proven to be extremely reliable. Even beat up old civics still fetch plenty. Very reliable.
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I was behind a car today called a Scion I.Q. and thought of this thread. That's gotta be the same size as a smart car? It was small.
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Smart cars are a ploy. A joke. A "fleecing of the public". Not unlike that Toyota thingy.

MARKETING to the "Save the whales, save the snails" mentality.

The problem is is that they need to be driven with the thought of riding a motorcycle, but it is a "car" and one THINKS like they are driving a car and therefore the lack of vigilance.
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Honda products of any type have proven to be extremely reliable. Even beat up old civics still fetch plenty. Very reliable.
They may be reliable but when there is a possible warranty claim they are very good about not paying. I know about 5 or 6 people who had warranty issues which were denied. Honda will go to great lengths not to pay.
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They may be reliable but when there is a possible warranty claim they are very good about not paying. I know about 5 or 6 people who had warranty issues which were denied. Honda will go to great lengths not to pay.
My wife's best mate just had that issue. He hybrid battery on her Honda went bad. They wouldn't swap it out for a new one. They had to pay out their own pocket to fix it. That was not cheap.
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They may be reliable but when there is a possible warranty claim they are very good about not paying. I know about 5 or 6 people who had warranty issues which were denied. Honda will go to great lengths not to pay.
Probably, we had a Toyota with a similar issue where they didn't want to cover a warranty claim so I have experienced that. Bullet proof cars though.
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My wife's best mate just had that issue. He hybrid battery on her Honda went bad. They wouldn't swap it out for a new one. They had to pay out their own pocket to fix it. That was not cheap.
Honda battery suit, looks like they can get $200 whoopee
the batteries a much more than that

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