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.


    • Don Harrison
      Don Harrison

      nissan makes better trucks

      about 4 days ago
    • paul joe
      paul joe

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

      about 6 days 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 6 days ago
    • 16B9

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

      about 6 days 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 8 days ago
    • Mustang Chef
      Mustang Chef

      I guess i am not most people.. I love my Focus St. Easy to work on . cool and fast.

      about 9 days ago
    • Brian Ritchey
      Brian Ritchey

      Just make sure you avoid the CVT transmission. Even Toyota is having problems with their CVT now.

      about 10 days ago
    • tnk657

      Any car if well maintained will last long. I'm from Europe so i will talk about cars that maybe don't sell in US. My first car was a Renault 21 of 1990. I had it until June 2009. Its major problems were electrical but once i found a good auto electrician i solved that part. The interior was fantastic. Till i had it there was nothing worn ,nor seats no nothing. Mechanically speaking was bulletproof. No major problems at all. I gave it to a cousin of mine who had it for 5 more years.
      My second car is a Citroen Xsara 2004 which i bought used. Xsara is better than Renault in electrics but its front end suspension arm ball joint and bushings are problematic. i have changed it 2 times in these years.Beside that nothing else. To be honest the Xsara being a little sporty i drive it more harshly. The interior is very good ,nothing has worn out.
      So everything depends on maintenance and don't forget driving style.

      about 10 days ago
    • paralentor

      I argue this point to death at Honda and Toyota dealerships that being actually made in Japan has been a better experience. They repeatedly say their cars are built the same all over the world.

      about 12 days ago
    • li cung
      li cung

      Scotty would... Ah well someone else already said it

      about 12 days ago
    • wade rivers
      wade rivers

      I have a Camry, it is a 2004, and has 478 k, still running, 32 miles a gallon, great air and radio.

      about 12 days ago
    • M P
      M P

      I have a 2011 Honda Accord. Its just about a perfect car.

      about 12 days ago
    • Raymond L
      Raymond L

      Toyota quality makes Hyundai, Mazda, Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Fiat, Volkswagon, Mini, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, and all the other vehicle companies look like garbage.

      about 12 days ago
    • Kevin Bradshaw
      Kevin Bradshaw

      Two irritating and misleading things in this video. First, the example is a mid 2000s car. That's great if you're buying a 14 year old or so used car. Second, the claim that Japanese cars retain their value on resale says nothing about actual quality. That's based on perception of how well they last. There is no empirical evidence to support that claim, or really much of what is said here.

      about 12 days ago
    • jen zydyk
      jen zydyk

      The free market is American’s greatest enemy. Spoiled fat kids cant compete with the rest of the hungry world. Lucky for them, America is actually fascist

      about 12 days ago
    • Arlan T.
      Arlan T.

      In Japan there are many manufacturers, for me I would only put Toyota and Honda for their reliability.

      about 13 days ago
    • Mark Howarth
      Mark Howarth

      Excellent!!!...You only have to look around at all the older vehicles on the road still running fine...Most Japanese. Toyota Yaris of 20 years old still going strong. Totally agree about build quality.
      Plus they often don't have Cam belts ..they use chains which also offer longevity and reliability.
      It is often the reason some other manufacturers get companies like Yamaha to manufacture an engine for them!!!

      about 13 days ago
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      about 13 days ago
    • Oil_Burner

      I have a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer bought new. It’s still impeccable in quality and looks. Don’t see many TBs on the road, mine has 160k miles at it runs like brand new. The only difference being it has never been to a dealer for service, all oil changes done at home. Not sure if dealer techs or kids working there fuck up the cars more than the owners.... it looks like.

      about 13 days ago
    • flilguy

      Since the 1980s a lot of Toyotas and Hondas are assembled here in the States.

      about 13 days ago
    • alonedesertwolf

      I have my toyota celica 2001 for 4 years and it still drives smoothly. Never had a problem with it, except for the typical wear n tear like changing the battery and changing the motor mounts. What I love about it is it has roll up windows and its a manual transmission.

      about 13 days ago
    • Alan Caldoza
      Alan Caldoza

      All Japanese car brands build cars as reliable as the Fuhrer's volkswagen

      about 13 days ago
    • Jake de Kleuver
      Jake de Kleuver

      Would rather be driving my '01 BMW 7 series in a head on crash with any Jap tin box

      about 13 days ago
    • Tarek Amer
      Tarek Amer

      The question is why American cars can’t be like that ? .. can’t they take this car and take it apart and make something similar??? I really have no idea why not ?

      about 13 days ago
    • J X
      J X

      The problem is that Toyota became the #1 automaker and then became complacent with their product lineup. They didn't feel the need to keep striving to do better simply because they thought they had established their brand identity as reliable, consistent, and well-made. This was their downfall...soon they let quality slip....and slip and then all of a sudden they find themselves in a rut that they're going to have a difficult time digging out of. Meanwhile GM and Ford are really getting their act together and coming out with vehicles BETTER than anything Toyota makes and customers are starting to see that Toyota isn't the company it used to be and many are going back to American manufacturers (especially GM).

      about 13 days ago
    • Bob Owen
      Bob Owen

      I got used Tesla. Made in USA.

      about 13 days ago
    • Golden Retriever
      Golden Retriever

      I live in Canada and drive a VW.

      about 13 days ago
    • oui ja
      oui ja

      love Toyotas for reliability but holy damn they are boring cars (own one now). Also, not all Japanese cars are equal - Mazda really hurt people with rust issues and despite warranties I don't trust'm.

      about 13 days ago
    • SrFulanoTal

      and to think some people have the guts to compare toyota to kia

      about 13 days ago
    • kolkat c
      kolkat c

      Effen white people are the biggest hypocrites on earth ,you guys don't buy these awesome Japanese cars when new but prefer to buy overpriced German car so go and buy used German if you dare , the US and Europe is not a even playing field for Japanese cars while Japan has no problems buying European cars , before you tell me America is the biggest market for Toyota it's because minorities buy most of the Japanese cars and not whites

      about 13 days ago
    • Tony

      I think that goes way back to the cultural legacy of these countries. The working ethic of the Japanese is way different from the western’s counterparts.

      about 13 days ago