TTAC’s Cammy Corrigan, noting that “people have different ideas on what constitutes a good car,” is looking for cars that excel in all of the following categories:
[ ] Fuel Economy.
[ ] Driving Dynamics.
[ ] Price.
[ ] Reliability.
[ ] Quality.
[ ] Practicality.
[ ] Dealership Service.
[ ] Repair Cost.
These are all graded pass-fail, so scoring 8 out of 8 is likely to be unlikely. My own current ride manages a 5 or 6, maybe. (Things don’t break very often, and the dealer will generally get them fixed correctly, but the price will induce nosebleed.)
I suspect, in fact, that “Dealership Service” and “Repair Cost” are going to cancel each other out in most cases: if you want Lexus-level service, it’s going to cost you Lexus-level prices. I don’t even want to think what it costs to patch up a Mercedes these days. And yesterday afternoon, on the way home, I spotted an actual Porsche Panamera, an oil change for which involves three gallons (yes, gallons) of synthetic.
Hence Jagger’s Law: “You can’t always get what you want.” It applies far beyond automobiles, of course, but the car is the place I’m most likely to blow a 50-amp fuse.