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Tom Welch

The sport package will sell well in Europe, b/c unlike Americans, the Europeans demand performance and handling over a soft ride...you can't have it both ways.

In Europe about half the cars sold are 5 speeds, while in America, only 7% of the new cars sold 5 speeds.

Huesby

Why settle for a Nissan when for the same price you can get an AUDI A4 ?...
Are you a Hipster or a Dude ?

http://www.audiusa.com/us/brand/en/models/a4_sedan/experience.html&container=layerModal

Paul

I've been thinking about an Audi A4 myself, but am concerned about long term reliability of Audis, and in general, all non-Japanese cars (including BMW, Saab, Volvo, ...).

Jesse Menn

Get a Nissan R34 imported. You'd love it, both for the exclusivity of it and the ride itself.

Jeffrey McMahon

My mechanic has customers with Audis who are constantly in tears, especially if their car has over 60k miles on it. If you lease, it doesn't matter. Nothing goes wrong the first 3 years but like me if you keep the car, you should avoid the European cars. I got burned with my 99 Volvo S70. Check engine light was on once a month or so.

Tom Welch

I would, like Jeff, avoid European cars...unless you got very deep pockets and enjoy beakdowns.

Paul

No deep pockets here and zero tolerance for breakdowns, so I guess it's Japanese for me!

I really wonder, how have the Japanese perfected this industry - at least in terms of reliability -while the whole world lags behind?

Jeffrey McMahon

Toyota brought in an American during the 1960s. I can't remember his name but he almost created a religion regarding the Laws of Variability. Toyota embraced his philosophy to their advantage.

Huesby

Japanese car very good made ???? What happended in your country in the past years ?... I agree that Japs cars are good BUT NOT better than a good German car like VW. Here in Mexico VW have built a great reputacion in terms of quality and performance equal or better than Nissan.
German cars like Audis, BMW, and Mercedez are kind of new to us (about 5 years) and their reliability has to be seen in the future but up to now they seem of great quality, so I ask myself: What´s the difference in quality between your german and japs cars with ours ? because around here german and japs cars fail within a certain period of time. Perhaps your Japs car are especially made to the US ? or perhaps Jap quality is just a mith ?

Huesby

"Urban legend" would be a term more appropriate for that...

Angelo

Our five year old Saab 9-5 hasn't cost us anything in repairs, other than routine maintenance. There were a couple minor warranty items, nothing significant. I carry an extended bumper to bumper warranty on it, but haven't had to use it yet. Unless it goes downhill fast, I'd consider another one if Saab stays in business long enough. But I agree that by and large, if you're looking for cars that are as reliable as appliances (and about as boring) go with Honda or Toyota. Nissan cars offer some of that great reliability and are actually fun to drive and to look at. My own experience is that Buicks are generally reliable and great used car values. If you like a cushy ride, get an old low mileage Park Avenue for a song and drive it to 200K. Japanese quality is not a myth, but it's overblown. Sure, in the 1980's and into the early 90's, American cars, in general, were poorly conceived and poorly manufactured in many cases. Japanese cars weren't exciting, but they worked very well. Starting in the mid-1990's, we started to close the gap. Look at JD Power initial and long term reliablity data and check out Consumer Reports. The Japanese are still on top, but Buick, Mercury, Ford, Cadillac and others have come close and in some cases beaten Japan. European cars were passed by U.S. cars in quality a few years ago.

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