I Ranked All Car Brands from Worst to Best

I Ranked All Car Brands from Worst to Best


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today I’m going to talk about the ten worse and best car
manufacturers that sell cars in the United States but I’m not going to
include the European companies because I don’t advise anybody to buy those for
various reasons I’m talking about all the others now I’m gonna start with the
worst ones and number one as the worst manufacturer of car sold in the United
States its Fiat Chrysler no surprise there Chrysler had low quality problems to
begin with it fooled the Germans when they were damla Chrysler the Germans
lost billions I’m at the owner they dump them and then Fiat bottomed out well
it’s like going from the frying pan into the fire
having Chrysler and Fiat merged now Fiat itself left the United States decades
ago and it came back but look how horrid their car sales are going now the actual
Fiat brand in the United States sold less than a thousand vehicles in June of 2019
fool me once shame on you fool me twice shame on me well the Americans don’t
want to be shamed so they’re not buying these Fiat but of course the Fiat
technology is in many of these Chrysler cars the engines the transmissions and a
lot of it is pure garbage I’ve had customers who bought brand-new once the
engines blew up at 40,000 miles the transformations never even shifted right
in the first place they’re just terrible vehicles and I
would advise to stay far away from them so if you only listen to one thing that
I say make sure that you don’t buy a Fiat Chrysler product if you value your
money now the second worst vehicles as far as I’m concerned our GM vehicles it
doesn’t matter if you come GM GMC Cadillac whatever they’re all owned by
General Motors I remember when I was a kid dad a song what’s good for General
Motors is good for the USA what’s a good thing that that’s not a truism anymore
because if the country was in the same shape as General Motors we’d be in dire
straits then I learned to drive on a Chevy Biscayne was like a boat you
didn’t drive it you sailed it down the road but it was a pretty bulletproof
vehicle it ran and ran and ran but it was in Niagara Falls New York so
everything rust there and eventually the body rusted out but we saw the tool
gauger in a junkyard he took the engine out and put it in his
junkyard truck that he went around picking up junk with and drove us for
years and years the engine kept going but sadly if you
jumped it today General Motors products just aren’t what they used to be their
quality control is there moving a lot of production to China it’ll move it all
over there I don’t know get better quality control but to stop there make
it over here many of my customers that had GM products told me they will never
buy another one if they bought one that was made in the last eight ten years
especially we were talking about small or cars GM never really made very well
built small cars overall the company just doesn’t show that they’re making
quality products anymore I’d stay away from them to the number three on the
list is Nissan they kind of merged were taken over by Renault a couple decades
ago not for me it’s a sad case because when I was young they were called
Datsuns and they were little cars that could run forever
then they came out with the sports cars the 240 Z’s and they were great sports
cars after they merged with Renault and yeah the early 2000 ones they could be
okay that was after the merger but you go 2006 or above there you’re making a
lot of junk I had customers with them 40,000 miles the mufflers fall off
I mean that’s a simple thing if they can’t even weld a muffler in a car
correctly think what they’re going with the rest of the cars I mean horrible
transmissions and they make a lot of CVT transmissions to just fall apart I see
more Nissan’s with CVT is going out and then people find out that hey it’s gonna
cost me six eight thousand dollars to put another transmission in and the cars
worth three or four and they just junk the car so stay away from Nissan if you
value your money the number four on my list Kia I would not buy a Kia
not if you’re cheaper you want to save some money they can be okay cars if you
don’t drive more than a hundred thousand miles or keep more than six or eight
years just keep your mind they don’t have the quality and you’re not saving
all that much money I did a video the other day and I showed that back in 2008
if you got a Kia SUV $6,000 cheaper than the rare for SUV and even though the
quality was a lot I worked on one the other day it had
50,000 miles in the air-conditioning had already broken the compressor went out
on it but if you compare a 2019 Kia SUV to the 302 rav4 you were saving less
than two thousand dollars buying a Kia and for that small amount of money hey
I’d buy the Toyota every time if you went a long lasting cart it doesn’t give
me any troubles you don’t buy a Kia, now the last manufacturer and I wouldn’t buy
a car from I rate as low is mitsubishi they’ve always been cheaper made cars
many of my customers with Mitsubishi’s at an
early age they burned a lot of oil I don’t know why they can’t learn from
history they’ve always had cheap piston rings they just burn oil as they age go
back three decades ago I had a customer who wanted blue smoke looked like they
were fumigating for mosquitos driving down the road often you can only get
parts at the dealer where the prices are extremely high and a lot of people don’t
know how to work on them so you go to the dealer you’re gonna pay outrageous
prices to get them fixed so even though they’re cheaper to buy they can be much
more expensive to fix and really there’s so much choice these days and decent
vehicles why would you go and try to save a little bit of money get anyone
that’s a lot cheaper made the piston rings wear out the engines burn oil now
yeah they do cost less that’s how they sell them you can get a Mitsubishi
Mirage they started like $13,000 that said I’ve had customers that were happy
with them for a while they don’t fall apart as soon as you buy them and since
they’re a cheaper car people always want to buy something that cost less but if
you’re really value your money over time it’d be better off buying a used Toyota
or use Honda then you would be buying a brand new Mitsubishi also probably last
two to three times as long as you keep them a long time, now here comes the five
best ones number five is Subaru which might
surprise you cuz I generally tell people I’m not a Subaru fan I’m not a Subaru
fan but lately they’ve been making some interesting engine designs if you live
in a snowy area the system in a Subaru is pretty much
one of the best systems out there there are the ones that really want whole-hog
I’m all wheel and four-wheel drive systems I got that down pat you live
where there’s a lot of snow but Subaru may not be a bad idea I know in the past
that head gasket problems their automatic transmissions or garbage I
still tell people today if you really have a choice the Subaru get a standard
transmission no number four is Mazda now I’m not a big miles to fan myself but
there are reasons you could buy a ma so let’s say you want a little cute sports
car you can’t beat the Mazda Miata for the money there are excellent cars
lately my customers with Mazdas they’ve been reasonably happy with the vehicles
they make some decent cars of various types and they’re pretty dependable
vehicles now number three on my list of the better made car is ford and I know people
might say oh it’s an American manufacturer well their quality has gone
up and they’re more or less starting to specialize here in the United States
they’re pretty much given up on a car market they’re only gonna be making
Mustangs and they’re gonna be stressing pickup trucks and SUVs which as far as
I’m concerned is a smart move on for their smaller cars they weren’t that
well made they had problems so I Ford’s sticking to what they do best
trucky type things hey I put them number three on the list, and number two on the
list is Honda, Honda actually makes the best engines in the world their engines
are even better than Toyotas Honda has less engine related failures on their
vehicles than even Toyota Honda’s one on the list for engines and Toyota’s number
two and just like Toyota they have a wide range of vehicles you can buy and
here again I’m just have really good resale values because they’re generally
really well built cars but as they’re always warned people you got to do a
little research on anything because some of the newer Honda’s that have the GDI
turbocharged engines have an oil dilution problem I wouldn’t buy one of
those until they ironed it out but that’s not often that honda
make big mistakes, and of course Toyota is the best car manufacturer period
people go whine all they want say oh they’re not as quality as they used to
be well nothing is but they’re still better than all the rest they hold up
yeah you’re gonna pay more for one but there’s the market for you Toyota’s have
insanely high resale values why because people know they’re good the market
isn’t gonna lie on that if cars are crappy like Jaguars check their resale
value, I get customers if they’re crazy enough they can buy a
beautiful look and use Jaguar that’s seven or eight years old for a couple of
grand, so now you know the bottom five and the top five car manufacturers
in the United States that you can buy, so if you never want to miss another one
of my new car repair videos, remember to ring that Bell

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  2. I have a weird fetish for the PT cruiser because my family rented one when I was six and a lot of good memories were associated with the thing.

  3. Some European cars like the mkv GTI and Porsche Cayman s gen2 Will last forever. I did 200k in the golf and after the missus crashed it bought another. The Porsche has done 120k and only needed a new fuel pump so far. I’ll drive these two vehicles for another 10/15 years at least, I’m sure!

  4. Hey Scotty, Houston fan here. Thanks for this list. My wife and I were leaning to Toyota for our next car and your recommendation helps greatly. What are your thoughts on the Sienna? We’re needing a minivan for our family.

  5. My gfs whole family is GM. They’ve had about two or three generations working at GM. But I like ford more and I have a Mazda

  6. I've owned a LOT of cars in my life and the Toyota and Honda ones have been the most reliable hands down. I had a BMW that was pretty bulletproof, too, up until 145k when I sold it. My Toyota trucks and cars have all been completely worry-free.

  7. It's crazy, I have a 2009 Nissan Frontier 6 spd 4.0 4×4 that has been essentially bulletproof, but I'd never buy a Nissan again. No real complaints, but I feel like that thing could tank at any given moment.

  8. Hmm maybe my darts the lucky one or maintinence is just super important in dodge but shes runnin up to 100k nothing but oil changes and spark plugs and replace crap dealer battery maybe i can update if it makes it to 200k in 4 years.

  9. Thanks Scotty!!! You're everyone's favorite mechanic!!😄😄 I was thinking of buying the Kia soul to save money and gain some more space from my small ford, but I think you've swayed me to a smarter choice!

  10. Back when I used to drive 6th gen civics I would have said Honda over Toyota. 90's Hondas have stood the test of time. D16 engines being the most abused are top notch and there are still plenty on the road. I drive an 8th gen SI now. I've owned it for 5 years. Its has 84k miles and I've had to fix more than I fixed on three 6th gen civics. Most recently the steering rack has developed end play/clunking (at 84k miles). Honda decided to omit end bushings on the electric rack. I have no option other than replacing the entire rack… Honda used to built quality and built up a reputation. Nowadays they've taken quality back a notch and are riding the wave of customers who think they're still what the used to be.

  11. Can't beat an old Ford or Toyota truck. Friend of mine has a tacoma with 264k on the clock and it still runs like a champ. I drive a 68 ford daily and even though the engine is beat to hell it just won't die. Computers aren't my style, I hate cars that run everything off of stupid little sensors. Get yourself something old and simple to fix. I'll drive my 68 until its too rusty, then patch up all the rust and rot and do it all again. Old GM isn't bad either, they made decent cars up until the 90s and early 00's

  12. Scotty, I just bought a used 2018 limited 6 cyl 4Runner made in Japan with 6k miles. Any difference in quality in mine vs made in good old USA ? Quality model/ year? Thanks
    Enjoy the vids

  13. So initially the Kia brand was poorly built. However since Hyundai has bought them out they have produced some great cars, with decent quality and an awesome warranty. We have had our 2011 soul since 2013, over 100k on the odometer and have never had a problem. Now with names like Stinger, Veloster and Telluride being produced by Hyundai/Kia I think their future is fine and the cars will meet your needs.

  14. Hello Scotty Kilmer. I need help picking a new car.
    What I choosing between is
    2019 Honda Accord 2.0 sport
    2020 Subaru legacy 2.5 premium
    2019 Acura ILX.
    I live In Illinois so it snows hahaha. I appreciate any help

  15. Vid is pretty much spot on, although I'd like to hear why none of the euro brands mentioned, like VW. Only US car I would consider is Ford has come a long way, but I had a Ford SUV and it gave me big problems, and worse, Ford refused to fix it so they lost any future sales from me. People should also look on line as to reputation of CS of the company, and Ford ranked very as I found out the hard way. I tried to give a US maker a chance, also read Ford best of the US makes, and was very disappointment. Was the first and last US maker I will own.

  16. Scotty, can you please make a movie about the French trio Renault/Peugeot and Citroën? I know they are small brands in USA but the are big in the european car history. Then you make a separate film about the Citroën 2CV 😊

  17. Gm aint too terrible but i agree there are better cars but chrysler is the most horrible vehicle you can own buick aint too horrible thoe mine is 227,000 and still running strong with original motor

  18. Only Nissan you should consider buying is the Nissan Frontier. For some reason they can build them right, maybe because they never changed anything on it, except the look.

  19. HI SCOTTY. I love my 07 Pontiac G6 Gt. Bought as a dealer demo in Jan 09. Car is Great. Everything works, no leaks not even the sunroof. Can't even hear it after I start it. Transmission shifts flawlessly. 305 v6 has good power. Hope to keep it a few more years.

  20. Totally agree with everything this great guy says ! Have had experience of Fiat 😱 terrible cars , terrible dealers 😱 best car ever had was a Toyota Avensis❤️ Japanese BMW – but better – lived by Taxi drivers in UK 🇬🇧

  21. Mazda is now #1. Warranty is the best in the industry, showing their trust in their products. Toyota and Honda? Not even close with their warranty.

  22. I’ve only owned GM vehicles: 2 Corvettes, 2 Avalanches, a Tahoe, Z28 Camaro, 4WD Blazer, and a 2002 Trans Am. Never had any problems. In fact, I’ve had the Trans Am since it was brand new and never had to do anything to it…or the others. My dad has a fairly new Ford Escape and it’s a piece of junk; before that he had several Jeeps…junk as well. My mother and my stepdad had several Fords…junk! So idk, maybe I just got lucky lol. Oh and my wife’s dad had a 1985 Chevy S10….he drove it for years, then she drove it for years, 2 of her brothers drove it forever…it had over 500,000 miles on it! It’d still be running if her younger brother hadn’t totaled it by hitting a deer.

  23. Since you like toyota have you ever wanted to get a toyota corolla sprinter trueno or what other people call the ae86 which have double overhead cams

  24. Kia makes pretty good cars now, our 2011 Sorento has 160k on the odometer with just basic maintenance and it’s been a great car

  25. This guy must be getting rich off Toyota/Lexus. He never has anything bad to say about these cars. The ghetto house is probably a prop.

  26. Did you ever have the problem with Ford Fusions or Focus' when they had that problem with their lug nuts that caused them to swell up?

  27. BMW worst company in the world …had 325i 2003 I changed more than 80 parts in it , I get rid of it and bought mercedes e300 1990 believe me its a real car !

  28. I disagree with #1 .I bought a new Tacoma 4cyl stick shift and it was in the shop the first month I owned it. And the worst company to deal with. I couldn't get rid of that POS fast enough. In one trip my seat belt buckle broke, A/C stopped working, starter broke, and the blinkers stopped working . F toyota

  29. Yup. My 2014 Nissan Versa Note CVT transmission failed around 82,000 miles (mostly highway). Piece of junk. My friend’s Nissan CVT transmission failed too. It was dangerous, it occurred when we were on the highways. I hope there will be a class-action lawsuit and Nissan reimburse the dangerous, painful experience, and expensive replacement costs.

  30. Hi Scotty…am confused between cvt and dsg/dct transmission. Can u please give clarification N ur Frank opinion which to prefer

  31. Here in Europe I had 2x old Volvo's that were pretty much bulletproof. my 1999 S40 diesel had almost 400k miles when I sold it. Still driving strong. My 1988 340 still drives strong today. also as everyday driver I own 1998 Citroen Saxo, it's a small little thing that costs pocket change to ensure and 1.1l engine give it around 40 mpg. best part about it is I payed 250$ for it and been driving it for 3 years so far. Sad to see that European cars in US aren't the same as they are here. Same goes for asian cars. Hondas, Mazdas and Toyotas just rust away very fast here because of the salt we pour on the roads to melt the ice during the winters. Greets from Lithuania everyone!

  32. I seen Volvo what do you think of Volvo I bought a 2003. It was bought new in 2003 Volvo s80 it had 78miles 1 owner still has window sticker and everything.

  33. My wife stopped driving her Toyota Solara convertible, it is an 2006 model that she bought new in the day, now has 410,000 miles and I drive everyday! Only repair we have had over the years, change the timing belt every 100,000 miles, I would not part with the car, great job on this videos Scotty!

  34. You know, I've been waiting 40 years for American car companies to figure out that building a great and reliable car is a good business model. While American cars are generally better than they were in 70s and 80s, its inexcusable that after all this time Toyota and Honda STILL beat our American asses!

  35. Yes I agree Fiat Chrysler is a lousy product but .. when Daimler Benz got controlling interest of Chrysler they did so for one reason.
    Chrysler by unit was the most profitable American car company and had a huge amount of money in cash reserves right before Mercedes lied to them about joining in a equal partnership that amounted to a takeover of Chrysler.
    The result ? Mercedes stole all of Chryslers cash reserves to use on R&D for it's own German cars and Chrysler got stuck with old Mercedes technology.

  36. Cool, your number 2 is my number 1. Maybe it's because I prefer Honda engines on my bikes and I tend to build my own bikes to be reliable anyway.

  37. I have a 1996 Honda CRX Del Sol, a 1987 Mercedes W124 and a 2015 Volkswagen Phaeton.
    I use my Phaeton for my part time Job (I'm a Luxury Driver at my mom's company), I use the Benz for trips with friends and I use the CRX for everyday driving (the reason I bought both the CRX and the Benz is because the CRX is only a two-seater and the Benz is a five-seater.

    The CRX is an awesome compact little beast, it has two seats, it's convertible and gets arab-level gase mileage. (Like 35 mpg)

    The Benz is a tank. It's 32 years old and it runs like a dream. And since it's and older Mercedes, it rarely breaks down and the parts for it are spare change compared to newer Mercedes.

    The Phaeton… Well, the Phaeton is a newer car. I guess I'll have to wait until I can tell that it's a good car, so I'll keep you posted.

    Scotty is definitely onto something. If you guys want a good car, buy one that was made in the 80s or 90s.

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