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New Brand badges don't mean much these days.
Who actually made the vehicle?


The Mazda / Toyota.

The Nissan / Infiniti / Mercedes.


Car shopping these days would be a nightmare...

New I dont shop cars by brand anymore
new would be price acceleration features mpg warranty and sound system in that order
"Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts" – Richard Feynman
New My list
Price, TCO (includes MPG and predicted maintenance), cargo capacity, features (primarily phone integration). Must be able to take a hitch so I can mount a bike rack and still open the trunk/hatch.

Going to wait until this summer and look for leftover 2017 Chevy Spark or Ford Fiesta.

New Ulp..
Must presume that you are acquainted with the fact of repeated failures of the 'dual-3 speed~~=6-speed' transmissions, given the notoriety since (at least '2011.)

So won't give a boring list of a particular one: now after second physical-xmission rebuild + earlier flash-ROM or two. Maybe you're counting on a hugely-depressed resale price; could be an OK-deal on a freshly repaired one. (My main concern is the FACT: that this/any xmission assembly has a highly circumscribed outer config, as constrains also: whatEver a frantic mech. engr. might want to Redesign within..) Cannot imagine a giant Corp throwing $Ms at That clusterfuck -vs- just paying off the Aware/already-bitten ... and sucking up the next years' bad-ju-ju with owners.)

ie Heads Up! (if the above is news to you.)
I'll have a report on--what appears to be--an unusually Decent deal already agreed to ... After that actually occurs, natch. Nothing IS fershure.

Other than that: just after such fixes it is a decent handling puddle-jumper, and might be a real bargain (esp. if you got This One, near pristine w/ a mere 12K mi. etc.) but I see no way offhand that that outcome could be sorta added-on. (Also don't see why it Couldn't! == one fewer for FoMoCo to do triage on.)

'Twould make for great synchronicity though, eh?
New I haven't paid much attention.
There are so many varieties of transmissions these days that some are bound to have problems. CVTs had teething problems for years, also too.

But I recall that my FWD 1987 LeSabre had a rather notorious transmission problem that my mechanic friend warned me about. It had a 70,000 mile warranty (IIRC). I drove it for about 68,000 miles then took it to the dealer for the warranty replacement. ;-) . Never had any problem with the replacement (and gave it away many years later).

I'm not minimizing the issues you know about, and having it replaced twice and still having issues sucks, just reminding us all that one has to be careful in buying a new car no matter what.

Good luck!

New I had a Pontiac Grand Prix once ...
One day on an on-ramp to the freeway there was a loud clunk and it locked up solid. I had to put it in neutral and push it off to the side. Got lucky there was no one behind me.

One of my neighbors was a mechanic and had the same car. Same year, different trim level, same engine and transmission. I told him what had happened and he asked, "Is it about 70k miles?"


"Yeah, that's about all they last. You need a new tranny. And if you're over 70 it's out of warranty."

Well fabulous.

New I'll look into that, thanks for the tip
My daughter's boyfriend has a Jeep with a 9-speed automatic that sounds like it's having similar problems to that. I was convinced it's the way he drives, but looked it up and yeah, there's lots of complaints.

New Been happening for a long time.
VW own a number of very well known brands and even Top Gear was talking about technology sharing under the vast VW empire.

New Yabut.. at least TTAC lends gravitas to the unravelling, eh? :-þ
Currently peering closely at '18 Hyundai 'ECO' Elantra, modrin 1.4L turbo power as (per a few r/tests) can reach 46 mpg: SANS all the MTBF dice-rolls of the $$hybrids/cf. battery weights thus ∑-WT ..and seems to win via studied simplicity with decent design AND assemblage.

Feb will likely tell. (I might have sprung for the used-Veyron .. I could have afforded ~1 week Insurance on that.) Which would have been a Good Deal overall: If..
say, some discovered internal aneurism also had a MTBF of say, ~ 3 weeks. Right?

At least local dealer guy took the hint at once, dropping all the std. BuyMe!- palaver at outset. Love. It. when the turbo 1.4 beats the 2.0L ..
by 0.7 sec 0-->60 ..via exactly the sort of torque as (made Black Shadows immortal.) Such torque as you Need, esp. in econoboxes re those On-ramps etc.

(Yeah too, will Miss the bitchin Gran Turismo handling + ride (longer WB) etc. of the Acura Plutocrat. Sometimes ya just gots to go along with that daily-Illusion, I wot.)

occasionally it's just something you put in your own trunk, not some spam-in-can adventure in airborne MTBF crap-shoots.. :-)
New Nice.
It seems like a bargain, especially if you qualify for all the incentives.

But drum brakes in the rear? :-( Discs are so much better - easier to work on, better stopping, etc., etc., as you know.

Of course, if wishes were horses... :-)

Good luck!

New re "rear drums", as seems to come up in auto-porn, often
On inspection of the many retorts to TTAC-on-Hyun. link re the "intuitive" superiority of discs (except in after-effects of salty roads etc. in the Rust Belt and a few other ideas..)
I think I'm convinced that re drums at rear of boring-std cars (Not Hot wheels) ... there is a parallel with cycles, where the base physics is more obvious to test.

Then add-in the quips about actual records of fusslessness (in a truck, another car: both generalized too.) Any cyclist can attest to fact that, given rider-weight transfer on heavy braking, etc, the rear wheel braking is mainly about keeping a small drag (on the already unloaded "rear") merely so it doesn't end up by your shoulder.. a %high of the retarding force is via front wheel, as mere analyt.-geom. would show. Ride two-up or add sidecar? Different. (Lastly: some folks removed one of the pair of Vin. drums at rear: less unsprung weight etc, no difference in racing/braking distances etc.)

While FWD 4-wheel dynamics depend on sophistication of overall suspension, and rear brakes via ABS can help there, I'd go with the reports re light-use reliability over many years + resistance to salt corrosion -vs- discs. (though that's irrelevant to CA.) ie. What Me Worry? I don't think I'll miss the theoretical superiority on a device which won't be for boy-racer adventures; I lIke the idea that you generally Can just forget routine rear-brake *fussing (unless there were an actual factory material or design fubar, natch.)

* I'm folding in the also-general decline in Competence/Period. as regards "servicing". Skipping rear attention except periodic inspection ==> one fewer 'jobs' to have to Inspect-myself later. Y'know? Can skip the added-drag of disks, I guess.

er, What was that about the Perfect and the Good-enough? ;^>
(Ok, OK..) the magnesium brake-plates for the Shadow didn't 'transform handling' ... either :-0
but they were Purty. :-)

New I know about the long-gone "joys" of brake jobs, too!
Yeah, not fun.

Dunno how common it is, but my Jetta wagon had the rear pads replaced about 40,000 miles ago while I'm still on the original front pads. It's supposedly pretty common on these things.

I think we spent about $600 having the brakes on J's Corolla done, and most of that was for the rear. :-/

Yeah, drum brakes are pretty-well perfected technology, but I always hated doing drum brake work. All the dust, all the rust, the rats nest of springs, the invariably broken bleeder screws and having to replace the wheel cylinders, meaning bleeding the lines, etc., etc., etc. It's so much easier to pop off the caliper, push the cylinder back in, install the new pads, and put the caliper back on. (Of course, there are apparently pathological calipers out there that have the pistons screw out and require a special tool/technique to get them to retract. And one probably has to ship the Veyron to France for a brake job... ;-)

Yeah, for an about-town daily driver, going from drums to discs isn't worth some $3000 options package, or something. But I'd still look for them, myself when I go shopping again in the distant future. Even if I don't have to do the brake job any more, paying Moe's Garage to do it, well... :-)

Happy hunting!

New Having done 4-wheel drums, and 3 disks (two front, one rear) on a bike ...
I just can't get my head around the difference in complexity. The bike took literally 15 minutes to put new pads on all three disks. The car -- which was old enough to have drums front and rear -- good lord, that was a two-man job that took most of an afternoon, what with the bleeding and the springs and ... yeah, what you said.

I can't think of any (even theoretical) advantage of drums that would make up for that.

New Wikipedia has a list of advantages.

Physical complexity is one of the Disadvantages. However, that they work better for parking brakes over discs is a big Advantage.

Expand Edited by static Jan. 22, 2018, 04:13:05 AM EST
New Wikipedia constantly amazes me

New As to mfg. 'strategies':
I noted that, on friend's Acura/Integra: the discs at rear were smaller (dia. maybe thickness too?) At first glance seemed a decent engr. tradeoff: rear helps-Less; less *unsprung weight, etc.
* Now try to 'Quantify' the/any..? noticeable improvement in vehicle handling. {{sigh}}

Then one enters the Capitalist-also-carmaker mind:
Via this McGuffin they can remind owners: do ALL the brakes at once (and if their arithmetic was OK, the pad-wear should Make It So.)
But this plan maximizes the labor -vs- say, doing Rears maybe every-other Front or even every third? Front-pad replacement.

Homo-sap: the Lying species ... at Work.
Still nothing ever IS 'simple': that guaranteed inspection/replacement at rear can reduce chance in Rust Belt of those rear calipers loading up with corrosives.
(Forget the rationale via which the rears are more prone.. maybe for being out of airstream that Fronts live in.)
New I didn't realize until recently that the front brakes do much more work.
Front wheels on my car are much dirtier from brake dust than the rear ones.

New Oh yess..
I forget the envelope calc re a Detroit lead-barge (like re my short-term '70 Buick Riviera, scored for a *pittance at opportune time): just amid the '73 Petro-Robber-cartel's sudden uppance of $$/bbl
and the ƒeare engendered in ... (those same non-physics buyers of our Insolent Chariots [book title du jour]; guzzlers All, then..
Gawd but Murica has always been the King-of-Waste in all things bought to show-off one's disdain for any need to economize or otherwise Think.

IIRC it came to ~500 HP equiv. power/to the energy-sink ...those poor drums, in a near 1-G stop! (one could see the incandescence of the front drums at night; I forget the calc. of much less work by rears.

Opt war-story
* I matched dealer offer for a trade-in for a friend's "conscience placation?" ..on an Audi.
(Colin Fletcher: author, the guru of Walkers everywhere, suddenly realizing that 'ecology' meant that his pristine Riviera was a pretty poor icon re conservation matters.)
'Twas n authentic G.T. with which I once went head-to-tail with a sports car driver who had cut moi off. While it weighed 5000# (!) it had the torque, brakes, handling
to be a sleeper Detroit muscle-car. Rude driver was startled to see this behemoth right on tail through twisties, etc.
Loved. It. I told Colin that, if the gas-lines remained long, I could just park the sucker in driveway; run it on hot days and sit in air-conditioned splendor. :-þ

Paid ~$1200 for this cherry monster; sold it a couple years later for ~2500; subsequent callers were each crushed to have missed it. (I didn't do homework/ no Web then.
This car was already a Legend. (No, not Acura) and had I been smarter it might have cadged a couple grand more. Oh. Well.
New Engineered to not lock the wheels
With the added caveats of a clean, dry, solid road surface and tires in good condition, the brakes are designed to not overpower the tires when properly applied*. The rears are smaller, even on a car, because the weight transfer to the front would make larger brakes overpower the reduced traction. And a locked rear end will soon overtake the front end...

Properly applied: start light to give the front suspension time to load up, then keep building pressure. It goes fast enough so it is not like you have to set it up 1/4 mile ahead of time.

That all said, my last two cars' ('08/'15 Subaru WRX) rear brake pads went at 24k miles whereas the fronts lasted much longer (36k/???). Similar characteristics noted for the Missus' Toyota UAVs.
     Brand badges don't mean much these days. - (Another Scott) - (18)
         I dont shop cars by brand anymore - (boxley) - (5)
             My list - (drook) - (4)
                 Ulp.. - (Ashton) - (3)
                     I haven't paid much attention. - (Another Scott) - (1)
                         I had a Pontiac Grand Prix once ... - (drook)
                     I'll look into that, thanks for the tip - (drook)
         Been happening for a long time. - (static)
         Yabut.. at least TTAC lends gravitas to the unravelling, eh? :-þ - (Ashton) - (10)
             Nice. - (Another Scott) - (9)
                 re "rear drums", as seems to come up in auto-porn, often - (Ashton) - (8)
                     I know about the long-gone "joys" of brake jobs, too! - (Another Scott) - (7)
                         Having done 4-wheel drums, and 3 disks (two front, one rear) on a bike ... - (drook) - (2)
                             Wikipedia has a list of advantages. - (static) - (1)
                                 Wikipedia constantly amazes me -NT - (drook)
                         As to mfg. 'strategies': - (Ashton) - (3)
                             I didn't realize until recently that the front brakes do much more work. - (static) - (1)
                                 Oh yess.. - (Ashton)
                             Engineered to not lock the wheels - (scoenye)

Only if you're a philistinic illiterate colonial baboon like yourself.
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