posted on Apr, 6 2009 @ 08:51 PM
I agree with the others who said Toyotas and Hondas are reliable long-lasting cars. We bought a year old Camry with about 28k km (~16 miles) on it,
and it's a great car. We'd buy another Toyota in a heartbeat. It's good on gas, even when I average 120 km/h on the highway and also do a fair
bit of city driving.
Consumer Reports was the best online resource we found, and it's one of the reasons we bought a Camry. Good advice.
I wouldn't buy a PT Cruiser - very poor ratings on CR. Not reliable, and I heard on CBC Radio that it's being discontinued (after this year I
Hondas and Mazdas have ratings much like Toyota. I'd be hesitant about buying a North American car right now. I did have a Ford Tempo for several
years, but I had to replace the clutch and had lots of small issues. Aside from basic maintenance, our Camry has been issue-free. When our mileage
started to drop a bit, we changed the air intake filter, and it went back up again.
I don't know much about Volkswagens except that I drove a couple of Beetles when I was a lot younger; very tough little cars, and the second one I
drove (with a stick shift) went through mudholes (lived in the country then) that even 1/2 tons were getting stuck in. It was great! Super mileage