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Woe unto you, Chrysler owners

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Kevin, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    Eh...that's what Honda is there for. Personally, I bought a German car, sure it has its nuances, but the trade-off of interior quality, solid feel, and drivability is a fair trade-off for me. I still don't think that Toyota can reach GM's level. JD Power's IQS shows Porsche in the #1 spot and Lexus at #2.

    Jon.


    What's the difference on cost of repair work on a German car versus a Japanese? Can you take your car just anywhere, or only the dealer, or what?
     
  2. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    Dr. Push broom!
     
  3. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    What's the difference on cost of repair work on a German car versus a Japanese? Can you take your car just anywhere, or only the dealer, or what?

    You can take a Toyota or Honda to more independent mechanics than you can, say a VW. At the same time, a higher-end German car (entry to mid-luxury class) is probably akin to a Lexus or Honda when it comes to level of complexity for repair, but I would imagine that the German cars charge a bit more per part. At the same time, I wouldn't own a German car outside of warranty and always assure that the scheduled maintenance is included or paid for upfront. Other than tire rotation / alignment, tires, windshield wipers, breaks and gas, there is no way I'm paying for anything else on the car.

    Jon.
     
  4. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Personally, I don't find vintage cars that much more expensive to maintain than a new car, which I have no experience with. It's only from hearsay.

    Most parts are fairly plentiful, whether rebuilt or OEM, and there are usually niche mechanics who can perform repairs for a price similar to any other reputable mechanic. Unless of course, it's something like a Talbot-Lago or Facel to an extent, which might still be cheaper than trying to fix an '80s Maserati.

    It's taking repairs to the stealership that's very expensive.
     
  5. alflauren

    alflauren Senior member

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    Sometimes automakers will do unpublicized out-of-warranty repairs. They won't tell you about it, but if you know that there's a problem out there, they might take care of it.

    My parents had a Ford Windstar from the mid-90's. Some of those engines had an engine flaw that, after about 50,000 miles, caused coolant to be sucked directly into the engine. It's a catastrophic failure that destroys the engine in about a minute. This happened to my parents' car just out of warranty.

    With a little bit of internet research and after talking to an independent dealer, they found out that this was a common problem. After discussing it with the Ford dealer, the dealer admitted that he had seen a few others with the same problem, and that Ford had been replacing the engines for free.
     
  6. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    I've just received word that my 2000 Chrysler Concorde with 90,000 miles is totaled due to catastrophic engine failure caused by oil sludge. This problem is systemic of the 2.7L engine models; various sources all indicate that the engine was poorly designed and doesn't lubricate properly, eventually leading to a buildup of sludge even after regular oil changes that eventually brings the precise mechanical bits to a grinding, permanent halt.


    Sounds like an easy fix. Buy one of these, for only $49:

    http://kalecoauto.com/index.php?main...&products_id=8
     
  7. RicoItaliano

    RicoItaliano Well-Known Member

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    I will never consider buying a Chrysler and will encourage all my friends/family not to buy Chrysler for as long as I live thanks to the experience we've had with them. Three minivans, all in the supposed "luxury" Town & Country minivan line had their transmissions die at almost the exact same mileage. This 7-year, 70,000 mile powertrain warranty they are now touting as a "feature" is actually a necessity - the likelihood of your Chrysler's poorly-built transmission dying on you in that time is near 100%! It's a shame a company owned by the proud name of Daimler produces trash like the Chrysler line.

    Agreed, I have met a few people who have had the same tranny problems as above. Additionally, I had taken some time a while back to test drive most of the Chrysler products and felt that the cars were cheesy. The only product of thiers I did like was the 4 door pick up truck.
     
  8. UMass

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    My Audi/VW 1.8Turbo has oil sludge too. Audi/VW sent all original owners a document stating to use synthetic oil and had approved brands. [​IMG]

    Our German cars all suffer from electronic gremlins which is odd because the German's invited electricity. [​IMG]

    I agree with others, that Japanese made autos are higher quality than the transplants. My first car was a Honda Civic Si made in Japan and now when I drove a domestic made Civic the quality sub par.
     
  9. UMass

    UMass Senior member

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    Yep - Toyota's are bulletproof

    http://money.cnn.com/2006/08/25/news...reut/index.htm

    introduce complexity and variety into the system and they have the same problems that happen in the US


    Toyota is growing too quickly. They need to slow down. The Kentucky plant is having problems and seemed discover too many employees equal quality issues.
     
  10. Kevin

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    Thanks Alf. So far Chrysler isn't budging on repairs due to sludge. I've heard of engines with as little as 44k blowing and Chrysler refusing to reimburse due to "improper maintenance." Rest assured I'll register my complaint with their customer service group, but at this point I don't expect it to get me anywhere. Salvage yard, here I come!
     
  11. imageWIS

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    My Audi/VW 1.8Turbo has oil sludge too. Audi/VW sent all original owners a document stating to use synthetic oil and had approved brands. [​IMG]

    Our German cars all suffer from electronic gremlins which is odd because the German's invited electricity. [​IMG]

    I agree with others, that Japanese made autos are higher quality than the transplants. My first car was a Honda Civic Si made in Japan and now when I drove a domestic made Civic the quality sub par.


    Yeah, VW / Audi now uses only synthetic to avoid sludge. They also fixed the dropping window problem and no more coil pack problems as well (damn suppliers). Actually the new Jetta / GLI / GTI / Rabbit are pretty damn nice cars, plus they come with 1 year wear and tear warranty (which is better than I can say for my Audi!). If I don't get into a great B-School and move up north where I won't need a car, my next car might just be a VW.

    Jon.
     

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