What are the best reliable used cars to buy?
Hello Scotty Kilmer,
I was wondering if you can help me. I'm trying to buy a used reliable mid-size suv from year 2009 to 2015. I live in New York City. Should I travel to another state or should I buy it locally?
My vote would go to the RAV4, Highlander, an RX350, or any Toyota product if it’s within the price range.
does it HAVE TO be an SUV? If not, I’m inclined to say something like a medium to large sedan. A Crown Victoria LX/Sport, Grand Marquis, elderly-owned Towncar. Or Or play it safe and get a Camry, an Avalon, an Accord, etc.
I don’t vote for the CRV from that generation. I know of two people personally who had their transmissions go out on them entirely. One was a brand new CRV and his tranny died at around 10K miles. Another friend had a 03 Civic coupe, always cared for, then suddenly, the transmission starts slipping and in the span of 5 minutes, it was completely dead snd not even moving in drive. So I know two Hondas who have had transmission issues and I don’t trust them.
oh, snd stay the hell away from any Nissan. Rogue, Murano, Kicks, etc. they are TERRIBLE.
Thank you so much Kaizen and Edwards for this great advice I'll make sure I'll put it to use. 😊
If you're planning on servicing the car yourself, I'd look into how easy it is to do. I've got a fuel filter on my Lexus LS220D that's underneath the car, and right on top of the rear axle. Getting to those nuts is a pain, so I left it until I had a backup car and my life was less stressed.
Gonna try it in the near future. But when I consider that it's so much easier to get to the filter on a Lexus LS400, it really makes a strong case for selling the Lexus if it's a real pain.
I'd also look at whether the car is indirect or direct injection. I could be wrong here, but if you get a car with low mileage, I think you can add cleaners into the fuel tank that mix with the fuel and clean the valves on indirect injection engines. But if it's direct injection it just goes into the engine.
Please correct me on that if I'm being a moron.
Acura 2014, we have one and it is a pre-owned, bought it at vip site, here, and perfect for family and for everyday used. the gas mileage is great than the lincoln.