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Assuming a non-lemon, the drive train on a vehicle will last a long time, but all the seals, bushings, bearings, gaskets, etc. start deteriorating, and repairing these will nickel and dime you to death...
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Re: Proud to be frugal
Old 03-29-2006, 11:11 AM   #22
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I think the Pacer is one of those types of cars that seemed out-of-place at the time, but has aged fairly gracefully.*
I just want the model that has Garth's roof-mounted red-licorice dispenser...
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I'm going to go with the camry cool factor.

Those old MB's were nice mobiles. Had a 300 diesel back in the 80's. A lot to be said for a huge chunk of metal that gets 20-something MPG on the highway. Unfortunately the quality control on the new ones has gone to hell.
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I remember hearing that the older Benzes tended to be over-built, which is one reason that they used to be so expensive. I think it was when Lexus came out that Benz was forced to start cost cutting.
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MB, BMW and VW all but dropped their QA programs about 5 years ago, all saying roughly the same thing "At this point, we feel our QA is built into the product, people and processes".

All three have dropped to the bottom of the reliability ratings, so apparently not.

I was impressed with my old diesel. A lot of interesting engineering went into those cars.
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