Greg Macke - Your Car Angel - shares why Japanese built cars are the best used cars to buy. Toyota and Honda were producing the most reliable cars in the mid 2000's. Build quality was excellent, together with high quality parts and high quality manufacturing. This was is what is considered the golden age of Japanese build quality. Toyota Rav4, Camry, Corolla, Avalon, 4Runner, Tacoma and Land Cruiser were all nearly bullet proof. However not all Japanese cars were great. There were good years and bad years, good engines and bad engines, good transmissions and bad transmissions. However, overall the Japanese were building the most dependable cars that were being built during that era. American and German car manufacturers could not compete with Japan. Also listed is the Halo and Pitchfork List. These were the best and worst used cars. When car buying you should always get the right support.


    • Pavl

      What about new Toyotas?

      about 3 days ago
    • Neon diamonds Aquaberry
      Neon diamonds Aquaberry

      Here’s just a few Toyota major fails over the last decade that you ignored to mention :

      Exploding Takada airbags that killed and injured many people , massive recall

      Runaway gas pedals that killed and injured many people , another massive recall

      Excessive oil consumption due to poor piston ring design that affected many vehicle , extended warranty and most consumers complained Toyota did not fix this issue after the test

      Toyota truck frames that rusted and broke apart , massive recall and extended warranty

      Just in the last 10 years btw

      about 14 days ago
    • Clean Beats
      Clean Beats

      Don't forget toyota Echo !!!!! Very reliable car

      about 16 days ago
    • Annika Geshe
      Annika Geshe

      Cmon this 2004 toyota obviously is cleaned very well, and it seems like old people owned it. I have toyota, and i love it, they are amazing cars. No doubt. But this 2004 obviously been cleaned so well for sell, and very careful person had owned it. Not all cars stay that way. Depending on the owners :) and how many owners owned it.

      about 19 days ago
    • YourCarAngel
      YourCarAngel In reply to Annika Geshe

      Sorry Annika. It was my daily driver for 7 years and then I gave it to my son who drove it another couple years.

      about 16 days ago
    • toyoscio

      Do you mean cars built in Japan by Japanese companies?

      about 19 days ago
    • Rodney Lennox
      Rodney Lennox

      Jap cars are the best

      about 20 days ago
    • googlewolly

      3:16 Please rise for the centre council.

      about 24 days ago
    • Ryōan Nazuk
      Ryōan Nazuk

      The Wild Card in reliability, comfort and performance is Volvo

      about 25 days ago
    • YourCarAngel
      YourCarAngel In reply to Ryōan Nazuk

      That would be the older Volvo's.
      Now that the Chinese company Geely has acquired them the verdict is still out.

      about 24 days ago
    • Dmitry S
      Dmitry S

      Greg thank you for what you do! I watch many car related videos from topics like repairs to buying advice. There are several good channels out there. They are made by auto mechanics. They mainly talk about repairs, but they also give good car buying advice. Because you specialize in buying used cars (and they specialize in fixing cars) you give an extra special insight into the car buying process. The way you talk about looking for highway miles vs city miles, panel gaps, and revealing accidents is just brilliant. People like Scotty Kilmer and Chris Fix have millions of followers and they are good, but Greg Macke The Car Angel has an extra special touch for car buyers. You should have more followers. Thanks again, you made a difference.

      about 29 days ago
    • Don P
      Don P

      As long as you leave Nissan off the list. I bought a used Infiniti Q45 in the mid 90's. The transmission went out at 67,000 miles, just out of the 60K mile warranty. $3600 for a new transmission. 3 of the 4 power windows went out over about a 2 year period. Replacement motors were maybe $200-$300 each. And that was the beginning. I gave the car to charity at about 14 years old with less than 150K miles on it because I didn't want to sell it and have somebody come back to me on it. Meanwhile, my current much "lower end" Toyota Highlander is now 18 years old with 240K miles on it and I barely spend anything on it beyond routine maintenance.

      about 1 month ago
    • themagicbanana

      I only buy Japanese cars, I'll never buy American unless they make a massive charge

      about 1 month ago
    • Davonte

      Where can I find the halo & pitchfork list?

      about 1 month ago
    • Yannick Roy
      Yannick Roy

      Hi Greg, I bought my friend’s 2009 XRS Corolla which had 260000km 2015 and now I’m pretty disappointed in Toyota for not making a recall for there defective 2.4L (2AZ-FE) which burns oil like I’ve never seen before, I’ve had 2 Camry’s that I only had to change the oil which did not need a quart every 3 weeks or so!!! I’ve noticed this problem 2 years ago had the dealers make there test and tell me everything was fine and normal.. it’s worse now!!
      I wanted to keep this car for work (20min drive) and buy me a 2017 Sienna.
      Do you think is worth keeping it till it dies now that it has 296000km or sell? I’ve heard the rebuilding it is a couple of thousands which i don’t have. Thought buying a used 4Cyl Camry to replace it?? What do U think? Thanks

      about 1 month ago
    • Todd Jones
      Todd Jones

      Those Asian dudes are very smart.

      about 1 month ago
    • Robert Drake
      Robert Drake

      Many Toyota's are manufactured in Canada.

      about 1 month ago
    • Hear I am!
      Hear I am!

      After they switched over to the United States taking over Toyota is going to crap! So in 2019, what is a good vehicle to buy, new or used?

      about 1 month ago
    • toyoscio
      toyoscio In reply to Hear I am!

      @Hear I am! Not for the NA market anymore

      about 17 days ago
    • Hear I am!
      Hear I am! In reply to Hear I am!

      I don't think they make them in Japan anymore.

      about 18 days ago
    • toyoscio
      toyoscio In reply to Hear I am!

      @Hear I am! The ones built in Japan then shipped to US, seem to be better than ones made here, if that that is what you meant. If it is, then true.

      about 18 days ago
    • Hear I am!
      Hear I am! In reply to Hear I am!

      My dad been buying Toyota for over 35 years and after they switched over to the United States they've been having a lot of mechanical problems. He's had to put his in the shop quite often. I'm going by what he is saying; I don't own Toyota..

      about 19 days ago
    • toyoscio
      toyoscio In reply to Hear I am!

      How so?

      about 19 days ago
    • Jojo jordan
      Jojo jordan

      Japanese reliability is WAYYY overrated and overpriced!
      For past 15 years I have had Japanese as well as American and German cars concurrently and the Japanese failed just as much as americans. Slightly less problematic than the germans.

      about 1 month ago
    • toyoscio
      toyoscio In reply to Jojo jordan

      What models?

      about 19 days ago
    • Rauley Shar
      Rauley Shar

      Brake fluid look low at 5:25.

      about 1 month ago
    • April Hernandez
      April Hernandez

      Honda takes a licking keeps on ticking 💖💕💓💞

      about 1 month ago
    • M.

      Even Japanese make better cars than USA and Germany. Best bang for your buck in my opinion.

      about 1 month ago
    • Tarun Kumar
      Tarun Kumar

      I have a 2006 corolla with 350,000 and it runs like a clock.

      about 1 month ago
    • Secure Maple
      Secure Maple

      Hi Greg, absolutely love your videos 👍 please keep up the good work 👏 looking forward to land cruiser video!

      Will really appreciate if you could please comment on lexus hybrid like RX400H RX450H and common issues / reliability. Do these also come under bulletproof category or quality seems to have gone down a bit since 2009? Many thanks in advance 🤞

      about 1 month ago
    • khan desires
      khan desires

      Japanese cars make for lifetime. In comparison to Japanese cars German and American cars are nothing when it comes to matter of reliability and durability.

      about 2 months ago
    • legionary illuminati
      legionary illuminati

      Seems like the moment something comes into Uncle Sam's territory, it turns into shit. Uncle Sam cant make Anything decent anymore and even the Toyotas being built in USA have been becoming shittier.

      about 2 months ago
    • JF CN
      JF CN

      Absolutely correct, for the same age, you can only find the German and European cars in junk yard ...

      about 2 months ago
    • 15thsquadron01

      Japanese car manufacturing has had many issues. Cheap transmissions from Hondas and engine defects. Thin body and electrical problems. Recalls up the Ying Yang. Didnt mention the Golden Year? Of Japanese auto Defects also. Only certain models were made well.

      about 2 months ago
    • Scott Harrison
      Scott Harrison

      nissan makes better trucks

      about 2 months ago
    • paul joe
      paul joe

      3 head gasket failures on my 1994 4 runner. Keep ur shit

      about 2 months ago
    • YourCarAngel
      YourCarAngel In reply to paul joe

      That's why the 1994 4Runner is on the Pitchfork list. It is a car to avoid.

      about 2 months ago
    • 16B9

      Great video. That's why I've owned Toyotas for decades.

      about 2 months ago
    • NdiNaija

      Greg, what Toyota SUV will you recommend for someone who wants to buy a new-ish truck? I'm leaning heavily towards a 2017 4Runner, but the Lexus GX460 and the Toyota Sequoia are pulling me away. I used you recommendation a few years ago and did NOT get a Nissan Quest. Now, it's time for the vehicle for the long haul. :)

      about 2 months ago