Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: South of Baahstan, Massachusetts
The problem with these vendor funded reliability reports is that they very rarely state what the reported issues are that they use in the report.
The problem is the problem could range from something as simple as a belt wearing prematurely or a transmission needing to be rebuilt. Without specific info it's impossible to know what they're categorizing as "reliable".
Fun story here regarding "unreliable" Mitsubishi cars. I've owned two Mitsubishi vehicles so far, a 94 Eclipse and an 09 Outlander. In between I had an 02 Acura RSX-S. When I was car shopping for something to replace the 94 Eclipse, I was considering getting an 02 Eclipse but ultimately decided on the RSX. When I went to go buy the RSX, the salesperson at the first dealership I went to tried to convince me not to get another Mitsubishi. The salesperson had supposedly worked previously at a Mitsubishi dealer and she told me that I shouldn't buy a Mitsubishi because they were always breaking down.
Here's the fun part of the story.
The salesperson then asked me what I was currently driving. I pointed to my green Eclipse in the parking lot. She then asks me how many miles were on it and says "it's probably around 90k, right?. My answer: "oh that unreliable thing? It's got 211,651 miles on it. It's still on the factory clutch too. Soo... wanna try some other method to try and convince me how more reliable your cars are over mine?". Her jaw dropped and she shut up.
I ended up buying the RSX from another dealer because I was annoyed that she was focusing more on how other brands stunk compared to their cars.
Turns out I dropped more money into that RSX than I ever did on my old Eclipse. Only thing I had repaired on that tank was the lash adjusters, and it was entirely my fault. I was young and dumb and used 10w40 in it when it needed 5w20. The RSX went through an alternator, catalytic converter, air conditioner compressor, the main and backup cooling fans, a clutch at 150k miles, and when I got rid of it at 281k miles it needed a new rack and pinion, power steering pump, new clutch, shocks, timing chain, new door & window seals, and a new stereo since the one in it shorted out from the window leaks.
My current 09 Outlander? It has/had two TSB's issued on it. The main exhaust seal fails prematurely in areas that snow and the main drive belt wears out prematurely because of the materials it's made out of. Beyond that I've had to replace the catalytic converter and do brakes, but that's more wear and tear from the amount of driving I do. Other than that, I just put gas in it and do the oil changed when it needs it.
Here's hoping that the 2017 Canyon I get later this year is anywhere near as reliable as my "unreliable" Mitsubishi's have been. :)
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