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Which cars are best suited for cost effective maintenance?

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  • 2 months ago

    Small cars of a well known older model made by a larger car manufacturer. The parts are small enough to be less expensive. The ubiquity of a model means that most repairs are simple. Generic parts from a range of spare parts suppliers also make for good economy. Overall, there is also a rule of thumb that fewer moving parts means better economy in the vehicle life time. People often choose manual transmission or electric vehicles because of the massive reduction in moving parts compared to more sophisticated models. Less weight generally means less fuel too. (You can rarely beat a motorcycle in power to weight ratio and economy).

     

    In addition, do some history with mechanics who discuss models by year to find costly traps. Some cars have predictable and costly breakdowns, and others require more hours just to perform simple services.  

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  • 2 months ago

    An old Toyota. Make sure it has a manual transmission. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Model T

    Something old that costs next to nothing ok?

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Model T 

    Something old that costs next to nothing ok?

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  • 3 months ago

    The Citroen 2cv.  You can literally pull, slide or unscrew things and stick a new one back on.  It's like a full size lego car.

    My dad used to rebuild them.  It's a basic chassis, two sets or wheels, the engine and the body.  The doors slide on and off.

    Take the window for example.  You just unhook it and push it up to meet another hook.  The hook bumps up and holds the window.  It's genius.

    If the car is weighed down you turn a knob and the entire light unit moves up or down.

    The gear knob comes off and splits in half to store something if you want.

    The seats pull right out so you can have a picnic.  That alone has to be one of the easiest seat removal designs in any car.

    The whole roof folds back into a neat roll if you wish.

    The 2CV wasn't just ahead of its time it is a whole new philosophy to car design.

    The depiction in Gran Turismo 4 is totally off.  The real car does meet the speed limit for motorways and go past it to 100+ mph.  The Citroen 2CV can go up hills unlike in the game.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Model"T"

    The Chevy Chevette was rated the Easiest car to replace timing belt in.

    Source(s): If it has tits or wheels; it WILL give you trouble.
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  • 6 months ago

    I bought a Honda Fit Base. 22,000 miles in, no complaints -- except for that dead battery once, and the Takata airbags.

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  • 6 months ago

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  • Phil M
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Typically the ones that are the most expensive to buy. They generally have longer maintenance intervals. For example, Some cars require oil changes to be at 3,000 or 3,500 miles. Others at 5, or even 10,000 miles. To get the 5, or 10, you must use full synthetic motor oil, which is more expensive than regular. I would say it is kind of a wash. Where people really start to spend money is when they skimp on maintenance and have to start paying for repairs. This can get very expensive very quickly.

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