Back in January, we asked you BB to tell us about the least reliable car you’d ever owned. The stories poured in, amounting to a shocking 240+ comments. It took us days to emotionally recover from the sad tales expressed in your replies.
But today will not be a day of tears. We want to know: what’s the most reliable car you’ve ever owned?
Much like unreliability, reliability is not always a surprise occurrence. Some cars can be picked from whichever particular crop is being shopped and provide the owner with reliability. It’s theirÂ nature.Â The most basic of upkeep, and one can enjoy thousands of miles of carefree driving.
Other times, you might discover you’ve “picked a good one,” realizing much better reliability than others who purchased the exact same ride as you. It’s not hard to find an Internet Person with a 1994 Cadillac DeVille who has not once experienced a gasket issue with their Northstar, even after 25 years and 180,000 miles. Likewise, there’s an owner of a 1998 Land Rover Discovery who has never had an electrical or water leakage issue. Miracles happen!
Your author’s most reliable ride falls squarely in the unsurprising category. A 1997 Infiniti I30. Pearl white paint, tan leather, wood tone, all propelled forward by the VQ30. It was purchased in the summer of 2005 to replace the ’93 Audi 90S (that white one up there) that was getting on its owner’s nerves. At time of purchase, the I30 had something like 120,000 miles on it, and was on its second owner, who purchased it off lease. $3,900 left my bank account, and multi-spoke alloys decorated the street in front of my parent’s house (where it got hit by a Wrangler in the door, and repaired).
In over three years, I experienced nary a mechanical issue. Oil changes and checking tire pressures sufficed for maintenance. I did fix one thing â€” a rattling center console lid. It was down to the clip which held it closed being slightly too worn to function. Eight dollars and five minutes, and all was well. I kept the I30 through the rest of college, until I was forced to sell it in September of 2008, shortly before fleeing The America to avoid the big unemployment.
Whichever side of the reliability coin you’ve found yourself on, today’s your chance to spill it. What was your readily reliable ride?
[Images: Corey Lewis, Infiniti]