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By fpena944
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Years ago wife made a bad decision to purchase a Olds Achieva that had the engine partially give out one day. So with rods knocking from within we drove to the Hyundai dealer in 2005. Yes it was the most embarrassing drive I'd ever been a part of because it sounded like there was a snare drum under our hood.

In any case we did little research but ended up leaving there with a 2005 Hyundai Tucson. Funny story, when we were trading in the Olds the salesperson comes back and tells us, "There seems to be a slight knocking coming from the engine." "Oh really?!?", we responded. They gave us $400 for it.

Back then Hyundai was not the best in terms of reliability but we figured this new car should be much better than that Olds!

Well wow were we surprised! This thing was our workhorse until I purchased the Cayenne Turbo (haha, how many others go directly from Hyundai Tucson to Cayenne Turbo?) several years ago. After that it turned into our "Home Depot" car that would be used for anything that we didn't want in our CTT.

Late last year it was approaching 200k miles. Even though it was still running, my daughter was getting her license so we needed something a little more modern. So the Hyundai was traded in for a Mini Cooper S.

But a salute here to old reliable that lasted WAY longer than I ever expected. What about all of you? Which car pleasantly surprised you?

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By fpena944
#14671
amdavid wrote: Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:54 am I never keep my cars long enough, but....I would roll a mazda, or a hyundi as a beater/get in and drive no worries car.
Wow we're opposites then. I've only had 7 cars in my lifetime and I still own the last two right now!

I've had my 996 for 11 years so far.
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By Cuda911
#14674
I have an 05 Tucson also. It handles like a ship on the high seas, but very reliable. Bought it new, and all it has needed is oil, brakes, and tires.
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By lupo.sk
#14822
Hyundai i30 (elantra GT in the US).
I’m leasing 6 of 2013-2015 MY, combined they drove well over 1mil miles. My techs are 21 - 31 years old who drive them like they stole them according to the GPS monitoring system.

These things are as reliable as Mercedes from the 80s - and I’m not joking.
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By Scott at Team Harco
#25201
I guess my German cars have surprised me. I have 944s that accumulated over 200,000 miles. My S2 will get its engine built one of these days. The rest of the car is at about 180,000.

The surprises are the Audis. The 94 S4 I am fixing up (after accident damage) has nearly 236,000 miles on it. The A4 that I have used the last couple of years, for daily/ rally use, has 270,000 miles on it. That thing was babied by its first owner. It fell into the hands of a kid, and he did his best to run it into the ground. I bought it for $550. It had a bad head gasket. I rebuilt the engine, and expect to get a couple hundred thousand miles out of it... unless it gets totaled, as my previous A4 was...
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By sundog
#38078
For me it is the Toyota Brand. I've had 2 4-Runners each for 12+ years. My daughter still drives the 2003, with 270K miles on it.

I'm now in the Lexus GX460, because of the V8 and towing capacity, for the 964 going to the track.

The other surprise was a 1985 Subaru Station Wagon. Drove it places in the Colorado Rockys where Jeeps were struggling. I just bounced off the skid plates.
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By N_Jay
#38092
2001 CRV, 176 K miles teaching two kids to drive and finally one put it into a tree. Paid 21K and got 7.5K from insurance.
2003 Pilot, 183K miles much at 75 to 85 MPH except when towing a trailer a bit over the recommended weight.
Only sold it because a little shudder when the TC Lock-up clutch engaged and my wife started to worry. (ands I wanted GL320)

Both were 1st year/1srt month production. (just to push my luck)
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By Prairiedawg
#38124
2004 Honda CRV, 160k on it. Runs great, needed rear struts and a blower motor over the years, that's it. Has scratches, dents, it's our busy parking lot/take the kids to the beach car. Surprisingly no rust, starts and runs every time.

I love it, old, beat up, faded paint.......needs a "My other car is a Porsche" bumper sticker.
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By Airkuhl
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Drove my '91 Miata for 125K miles. Did countless track days with the throttle floored for the entire day bouncing off the rev limiter. Spun at the bottom of the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca once, and did a full 360 spin exiting turn 6.

Gave it to my sister who still has it, now with about 250K miles. Her husband puts snow tires on it each winter and drives it to work year round in CT. Replaced the alternator at 100K miles, but that was my fault. Vinyl top wore out twice, rear plastic window 3 times, leather on steering wheel once. Still has the original wheels and brake discs, still using the second clutch. Paint is "10 foot" decent. But everything still works like the day I bought it. If she gets tired of it I'll happily take it back.
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