- Are japanese cars more reliable than european/french cars?
Around that time the most reliable cars are Hondas built in the UK.
I have a 2000 Honda. 14 year old and it’s passed every MOT since I bought it 3 years ago. In that time I’ve changed the exhaust (was knackered when I bought it), the battery, brake pads and a couple of bulbs. Engine runs like new with 120k on it.
In my own personal experience, every Japanese car I’ve had has been bombproof (and I’ve rarely bought cars newer than 10 years old). Every British car I’ve owned on the other hand, has been made of cheese, quickly finding themselves on the scrapheap.
Post 2000 I doubt there’s anything in it. The real peak of the Japanese car industry was in the 80s I reckon. It just took everyone else over a decade to catch up.Posted 4 years agoEdukatorMember
Look around you, what do you see? I see lots of old cars still on the road and very few of them are Japanese. Manufacturers keep spares available for a limited time after the end of production, after that a hard-to-find spare can send an otherwise good car to the breakers.Posted 4 years ago
I drive a ’95 Micra. It never goes wrong but then there isn’t that much to go wrong. 😆
Used to drive a VTEC Honda and did a lot of hard miles in it. There was not one journey I’d make where it wouldn’t see the 8,500rpm redline.Posted 4 years ago
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Look around you, what do you see? I see lots of old cars still on the road and very few of them are Japanese.
I’d say it was the other way round. Up to 10 years old, there are huge amounts of British and European cars, I’m guessing because they’re sold in such huge amounts in the first place. Which would make a lot of sense – British cars being sold in Britain, and that. But going back 15+ years , I’m sure a lot of those cars I see are Japanese. A few VAG cars. Very few British or French. But maybe those are just the ones I notice.Posted 4 years agoDorset_KnobMember
Our Toyota Rav is now 10 years and 120,000 miles old and mechanically is like new. I can’t think of anything that’s failed, and it even seems light on consumables. Doesn’t use oil. Still on original clutch. No rattles. Annual servicing costs have been a few hundred quid on average.
Much better than the the various VAG products I’ve burnt money on running during the same period.
I like Toyota.Posted 4 years agob rMember
Also maybe something to do with folk that buy them, and the use they get – plus servicing.
Young lass hit a big pothole near us (rural) last night, and punctured. Turned out that not only was that tyre bald, but her spare was also bald and flat (she’d not had it fixed from the last puncture). I can’t imagine that she serviced her car either, it was a newish Peugeot. Now people say that French cars aren’t reliable, but if their owners don’t actually look after them; what do they expect?Posted 4 years ago
Look around you, what do you see? I see lots of old cars still on the road and very few of them are Japanese. Manufacturers keep spares available for a limited time after the end of production, after that a hard-to-find spare can send an otherwise good car to the breakers
Loads of japanese cars. And I still get all required spares for my 24 year old japanese car. Go into a scrap yard, you will see countless dozens of fords, Peugeot, Citroens and vauxhauls, very few japanese.Posted 4 years agofervouredimageMember
I don’t want to tempt fate but my wifes 05 corolla has already done 120k and is so far running strong. Had no service costs other than consumables and she does at least 70 miles a day 5 days a week. When it finally does die i’ll be looking for another one but i’m hoping that’s some time off yet.Posted 4 years agoThe Flying OxMember
With cars of that age, you’re taking a chance either way.
Source: have only ever owned mid-to-late 90s cars, currently a 1999 Lexus IS200 and a 1998 Clio.
The Jap ones are infinitely easier to fix yourself though, and therefore cheaper to run. Clio and Lexus have both had issues recently, but the Clio is the one we’re trying to ignore (immobiliser circuit knackered) as it’ll cost 3x the car’s value to put right. Lexus is a Lambda sensor issue, just waiting for the replacement sensor in the post.
FWIW, the most reliable (Mazda RX7, believe it or not) and least reliable (Legnum VR4) cars I’ve owned have both been Japanese.Posted 4 years agosamuriMember
I’ve had loads of british cars. Always needed loads of work doing on them, always cost a fortune. Had a few french cars, they were even worse. They’d break just by sitting on the drive. Had a couple of german cars which have been very well put together, mostly reliable but expensive when they do fail.
Best car ever is my honda accord though. Fricking awesome. It just keeps going, sails through every single MOT with a new bulb or some brake pads, runs like a dream, pulls like a train. Brilliant.
It’s an ’05 plate and every know and again I’ll have a look at autotrader 330’s and A4’s and think I really should sell it and get something newer, less aged and more flashy but then I realise it’s ace and I’d be stupid to get rid.Posted 4 years ago
My preference is only for Toyota or other Japs made cars. Don’t care if it looks ugly so long as it’s reliable and low in maintenance cost. My 2005 Corolla Auto gear has 31k++ mileage on the clock so I guess it will last me a while yet before I get another one.
The only costly replacement I have had so far is the ABS sensor going kaput. Other than that just normal wear and tear.
Also whenever I fill up the tank I would mix about 100ml to 200ml 2T motorbike engine oil to it, making the engine quieter and smoother. No harm to the car as my dragster racing mate has been doing so for many years. 🙂Posted 4 years agoTreksterSubscriber
Our Toyota Rav is now 10 years and 120,000 miles old and mechanically is like new. I can’t think of anything that’s failed, and it even seems light on consumables. Doesn’t use oil.
Spotted a much newer one the other day emitting rather a lot of blue smoke from its exhaust ❗Posted 4 years agob rMember
Also maybe something to do with folk that buy them, and the use they get
And based upon the above, I’m not that far wrong – 10 y/o cars with 100k on, I use to do that in under 3 years in French/British/German cars.
Most reliable car I ever had was a Xantia TD, 160k in 4 years from new – and pretty much every mile driven hard on company-fuel.Posted 4 years ago
Had an ’04 Honda Accord. Most unreliable car I’ve owned, and I’ve owned a Megane.
There seems to be a lot of unhappy customers with ‘newer’ Japanese cars, from what I’ve read. Especially people who have moved from older to newer models and been disappointed. I’m sure some of them are great still, but post 2000 they’re definitely not quite the standard that they were. The Japanese economy has been stagnant for over a decade. Things change. And also there’s globalisation. Nissan are now part owned by Renault, for example. That sounds like a marriage made in hell. And so many cars now share a fundamental framework despite being created by completely different manufacturers. Unless you go into niche markets, I’m not sure there is such a thing as a Japanese car or a British car any more. They’re just cars, created by manufacturers, globally.
It pains me, because I’m unsure if I’ll ever find (almost) trouble free motoring again with a car older than 10 years.Posted 4 years ago
large418 – Member
Chewkw, adding engine oil to the fuel will poison the catalyst and oxygen sensors.
trail_rat – Member
Chewk – hope its a diesel.
Petrol engine but it will work for diesel too. Before I tried it my friend told me he would buy me a new car if my engine go kaput.
Well I have been doing so for the past 3 years now. Car still run as smooth as the first day I bought it but quieter. If it is a problem then my mate’s car would be dead many times over. Just add 100ml or so if you are unsure so it will burn it off easily.Posted 4 years ago
THe problems largely seem to stem from the electronics and electrical Items these days, and it hits all cars fairly heavily but the Japanese are somewhat more accustomed to small electronics than most. I have always had a Peugeot as a daily driver and never yet has one owed me anything, cheap as chips to own and run, not the lap of luxury but never fails. But I’d be very wary of a newer one as they seem determined to cram them full of failure points that even BMW and the Japanese don’t get fully right.
Oil in your fuel is a very bad idea in a modern engine.Posted 4 years ago
coffeeking – Member
Oil in your fuel is a very bad idea in a modern engine.
My Toyota Corolla is 2005, my mate’s Toyota Landcruiser and Hilux are both 2006 models and all our cars never miss a beat. Ok, the latter are diesel but he tried it on his Subaru Impreza for several years with no ill effect.Posted 4 years ago
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