Toyota starlet 1997 review: Curbside Classic: The Most Reliable Car Ever Built? 1983 Toyota Starlet

Toyota’s reliability record is very different from that of Mercedes, Volvo or other stalwarts like the Panther-platform cars.  Cars like this were designed to be inexpensive to own and maintain even in the face of owner neglect.  They weren’t massively-overbuilt million-mile cruisers like the Benz, or easy to repair like the Crown Vic; they were design to run and run and run with the occasional oil, brake and tire change.   Engineering cars like this, especially to a price point, means you need to give some things up.  The tires will be donuts, the electronics will be kind of crude.  Performance will be down versus the competition, especially when you’re spec’ing components for cost and durability (eg, forget about sticky tires, performance shocks or dinner-plate brakes).   The thing is, this what people wanted.  They wanted a car that just ran, hardly needed service, and didn’t cost them anything when you finally did take them in.  Even something like the Volvo 240DL or 300 Benzes would whack you in the wallet when you did take them in.  Corollas and their spawn, to this day, don’t do that.  They’re the anti-Ferrari that way.   Case in point: my mother got our family’s Corolla when my parents split.  She didn’t change the oil for nearly two years, nor did she replace brakes, tires, etc.  Some cars (eg, my old Saab) would see their engine varnished thicker than bowling alley from that treatment; her Corolla accumulated another two hundred thousand kilometers before we replaced anything major.  It went another hundred after that.

Bmw dealership bloomington mn: BMW Minnetonka is rolling the dice on brand loyalty and giving the word ‘automall’ a whole new meaning

BMW holds only a small share of new car sales in Minnesota, though the cars are top sellers in higher-end categories, according to the association. Its models boast sticker prices ranging from $30,000 to more than $100,000. The BMW 3-Series — at the lower end of that range — is the top seller in the near-luxury category, outperforming the Audi A4 and Infiniti G. The 5-Series is tops in the luxury category, beating out the Lincoln MKS, Cadillac DTS and Mercedes E-Class.

Car lift jack stands harbor freight: Product Review: Harbor Freight Hydraulic Scissor Lift

That depends on what type of tool you are buying.  For mechanics tools, I couldn’t agree more.  Name brand USA stuff is among the best.  For power tools, though, there are some real quality tools that are made abroad as well as here.  Hilti sources from around the world and are of beautiful quality.  I love my Hilti stuff.  Try a Hilti DX 36M powder actuated fastener and it will blow your mind.  Your Remington will hit the recycle bin after the first try.  At $600 it ain’t cheap but if you want to avoid being “held hostage” to the men in the white vans, you need to do things yourself and quality tools are part of the equation.   I would love to buy a lift but am afraid of that type of lift described here.  Lucky for me, my wife wants me to buy a lift – give her peace of mind while I work on her car!!  Too bad building the “Garage Mahal” cost me $35K in materials and two years of my life.  Now I can’t afford the lift!  Maybe I should have skipped the radiant heating…   Chuck, I chuckled at your Scottish Heritage comment…as a freshman in college one of my professors made a comment that a Scottsman is the only one who could buy something from a *** and sell it to a ******** and make a profit!!  *Names withheld to avoid offending anybody…