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MG Man wrote:some local experiences with JDMs
New Lancer: ABS sensor failed in under 3 years, dealer had it on back-order because TEN more cars were waiting on the same part.........after only 70,000kms, shock mount rubber needs replacing
New Civic: defective windscreen washer motor, door rubbers falling out, front passenger door glass always coming out of track, rear dor handle trim fell out, front a-pillar trim popping out
Whatever issues may pop up with a european car, they are no more than Japanese in my experience......
the big difference is: I'd rather be in a euro than anything else in an accident
European manufacturers put a lot of R&D into safety, while Japanese just spong off european innovation and use their saved R&D money for improving other peoples ideas
My parents' PBO Peugeot 206 has ABS, 4wheel disc brakes, stability control, eain-sensing wipers, light-sensing headlights, active-braking transmission and steering-column mounted radio controls (radio also has RDS).......show me an entry-level japanese car from that era with comparable safety features
nemesis wrote:MGman I agree about the safety and features for the price no doubt. But people just have very different experiences with some cars I suppose. For instance I know of a certain 307 that needed to have the tranny rebuilt at under 35kkm. And it was bought new from the firm in trini. Was also not covered under warranty and cost quite a bit.
A lot of the 307 issues were software related...N&M did not volunteer this info to customers.....people talk about rebuilding the tranny but nobody can tell me what went wring, so it's just idle speculation...there's lots of 307s out there with no issues
Or the B6 A4's for which the firm has sold more than 100 TCM's locally at a rediculous price. Never even hear about those things on JDM cars here. Granted it may be because they all run on lower tech for the models we get.
I call bollsheit............I know too many people with new japanese cars that have issues, from corollas to accords, but they never complain......but let them by a euro, and they on TV crying.....serious, take that new lancer for example...there clearly is an issue with the ABS sensor, but you never hear a lancer owner complaining about the fact that Diamond does not even have the sensor in stock...everybody driving with a flashing warning light normal nrma
One of my former employers had a few AE111 wagons, all of which developed warped rotors, and juddering that Toyota NEVER resolved.....
I have a friend who bought a string of lemons from toyota, including a new hilux that had the shifter fall out in his hands...and then again after it was repaired
Fact is, it does happen.
Karl, my car ain't the bess Euro. It not bad though. And whether I have 1 or 6 is irrelevant to my points here and people knowing what I drive wouldn't nor should it change their view of my post. Iz just how it is. People have their views.
Anyway, Euros rule, and that is all.
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