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Jun 14, 2014 9:32AM

2013 F-150 38,000 miles, 6 oil changes. cost to maintain to date: $210. Fuel filter and tune up due at 100K.

 I can tow, haul, or drag any of the vehicles in the article and look good doing it.

Jun 14, 2014 2:04AM
Cheap to run, certainly,  but would you want to be seen in any of these cars?
Jun 14, 2014 12:16PM

beware of Hyundai's bumper to bumper warranty. If something needs repair, they say it's your fault for lack of proper maintenance, even if you bring you car to the dealer for your maintenance. Example, rear brakes went at 20,000 miles. It's not covered because the sliders became corroded and the pads stuck and kept pressure on the rotors. OK, but I brought the catr to the dealer for all the scheduled maintenance. Why didn't they pick that up at an earlier service visit?. No excuse. I's your fault.


Example, transmission is slipping. Still under warranty. It's a abnormal wear problem. You have to shell out $1,700. Take it to a reliable mechanic. He can make adjustments and test the car and fix the problem for $300.


If you call corporate, they will back up the dealer.


The dealer has their own scheduled maintenance requiring oil changes every 3,500 miles and more frequent maintenace for everything else. They say it's because of the part of the country you live in.


Take car in for free state inspection and get charges $45 to change a rear bulb and they do it before asking you.


They seem to have tricks to get more money out of you. You won't get out of the shop in most cases without paying for something.


This is a small sampling and it may be different at different dealers. I just say try to ask some people who bought cars from a dealer and ask if they were satisfied.

Jun 16, 2014 8:13AM
Jun 16, 2014 8:24AM
I'd rather be in F150 than a smart car in a head on !!
I cant FIT in any of these cars.... Throw some silk in em and ya have a coffin.....

And dont take a 500 mile trip in any of these either... It will take a day for your teeth and eyes to stop once you get there.

Jun 16, 2014 9:30AM
I'm calling BS on this one.  This is a redicuous basis for an article and you can't have it both ways.  You include warranty coverage in your calculations, yet you remove cars that don't make consumer reports list (which by the way, is a horrible data point).  You make a claim on cheapest to maintain, yet you remove some cars that have 4-5 years of all included (except tires) warranty which is about as inexpensive as it gets.  Do you guys have any experience working and formulating data?
Jun 16, 2014 7:41AM
Hyundai Sonatas also catch on fire out of nowhere. 
Jun 16, 2014 8:42AM
I think I would stick with the Japanese over Korean.  In Consumer Reports I once saw this statement regarding Smart fortwo, not smart at any price.
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