Consumer Reports Talks about Used Car Problems for 2013

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"Even Toyota and Honda, which tend to be the more reliable cars, have model years that are trouble-prone."
Jon Linkov announces the recent findings of Consumer Reports. Once a year, Consumer Reports holds its annual survey on used car problems with its 1,000,0000 subscribers. Delving into how the vehicles are performing and overall consumer satisfaction, the survey revealed some very popular models are running into problems. Here are their key trouble areas on 250 vehicles surveyed.

The first vehicle of note was the BMW 3-Series. The survey showed that the 3-series was great to drive, but older models are not aging very well. The BMW 335-I from 2007 to 2010 has fuel pump and fuel injection problems.

Dodge Grand Caravan owners who owned these vehicles from 2003 to 2006 showed that there were problems with the tie rods, water pump, power steering and air conditioning.

When owners of the Ford Focus were surveyed who owned vehicles from 2003 to 2006, they complained about problems with the ignition switch, battery and the alternator.

Jon Linkov from Consumer Reports was quoted as saying "Even Toyota and Honda, which tend to be the more reliable cars, have model years that are trouble-prone."
2008 Toyota Camry, 4-cylinder owners reported problems with excessive brake wear. The Honda Accord from 2008 to 2010 experienced brake problems and Honda Accords from 2003 to 2004 had a high rate of transmission failure.

Other used car problems Jon Linkov reported on were "of the 17 trouble spots we look at, brakes are the biggest problem with used cars beyond normal wear and tear. Brakes are definitely something you should check carefully before you buy.”

Consumer Reports stated that the best used cars for under $10,000 were the 2004 Acura TSX, Toyota RAV4, 2009 Pontiac Vibe and the 2008 Hyundai Sonata 4-cylinder.

So how does one protect themselves when buying a used car? Much like you get an independent home inspection when buying a house, always get the car checked by an independent mechanic to ensure that every aspect of the car is good to go. Another “must-do” on the list is to get a history of your proposed car. Companies like or provide you with a complete scope of any issues your car might have experienced in its lifetime. Things like car accidents and general problems may not be offered up to you by the dealer, but it will certainly be given by these companies.

In closing, asks you to remember this: buying a used car is a great way to save huge money over buying new, so the benefits outweigh the risks. Just remember that you must plan carefully, do your research and invest in third-party companies before making the jump. Doing this will save you a lot of time and money.

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