5 car brands with the most loyal buyers

Whether it's to replace an old car or to make a new addition to the family fleet, these automakers are best at turning current owners into repeat customers.

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Jul 8, 2014 8:51PM
Having bought my first 'NEW' car in 1960 until my last 'NEW' car in 2010, I think I can speak from experience. 1960 Pontiac, 1964 Pontiac, 1970 Chevrolet, 1973 Chevrolet, 1976 Chevrolet, 1981 Pontiac, 1985 Oldsmobile and 1989 Cadillac. All GM and all had their troubles. Speaking with a neighbor in 1994 about his new Lincoln Town Car he raved and raved about Ford and Lincoln and he purchased all Lincolns and Ford trucks (pickups). He mentioned something I had never noticed. All UHaul trucks are Fords. I took his word and bought a 1994 Lincoln Town car and had 178,000 miles and donated it. I bought a 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis and gave it to a friend with 155,000 miles and bought a 2010 Lincoln MKZ with 58,000 miles presently. Have to say that the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury were my best autos to own. I will not down any make or model however because of history, I will stay with Ford Motor Company.
Jul 9, 2014 12:14AM


Finally an American company wins


Jul 12, 2014 11:16AM
Loyalty isn't inspired, it's earned.
Jul 8, 2014 10:26PM
Ah...number one...Ford. And as it should be!
Jul 9, 2014 1:07AM
We've had the best luck with Fords overall. Our Focus station wagon has 190K miles and nothing but recommended routine maintenance. Toyota and Honda also have held up well for us, but nothing like the Fords.
Jul 8, 2014 8:29PM
Had less trouble with Ford Products than other Auto-makers.  One company Ford I had  an ignition switch failure but that was it.  Appears that I was extremely lucky with Fords. Since I am a senior over 80, I question my wisdom in wanting a new Ford Fusion. Not sure I could handle all the electronic gizmos that they have developed. and installed in the dash..
Jul 9, 2014 10:51AM
I got my kids used fords that they beat the holy crap out of up to 200k miles.  They took a licking and kept on ticking.
Just ordinary maintenance,  that was it.  Oh right,   one used transmission installation at $950.  But that's not usual for a car with that many miles.  The motors were never apart.  Nothing fell off.  They were safe enough and fuel efficient enough.  Parts are cheap.  Mechanics understand them.
That's a good experience.
Me,  I like Toyota,  but they are overpriced and overrated all-in-all.

Jul 8, 2014 10:05PM
....... I have always been a Ford Guy, and always will................... I love my Lightning!!
Jul 9, 2014 8:45AM

I have a 2012 Focus SEL with over 90,000 miles...YES, over 90K and I abuse it, never washed it by hand, oil changes every six months no matter how many miles I drive, sometimes more than12K between changes and this thing is STILL driving amazing!!! I can't believe it... The tranny is starting to act a little funny when cold between 2nd and 4th gears but I can't believe the neglect and abuse this car has taken and STILL actually looks and drives GOOD...better than ANY other car would have, that's for sure...lol THANKS FORD

2015 Ford Mustang Premium GT coming soon to my garage...Now that my kids are older, I'll actually take care of this one lol

Jul 12, 2014 12:32AM
mercedes benz are the biggest piece of crap on the road, unless you like to pay about 5 times the amount of other car repairs to keep it going. 
I think they use the cheapest grade of plastic that can be manufactured. interior parts just break off in your hands and they ride like a western flyer wagon. 

Jul 9, 2014 11:53AM

I like Ford which explains why I now own two Fords, a 1997 Ford Ranger and a 2011 Ford Fiesta. I owned a 2002 Buick Century and traded it for the newer Fiesta. I will never buy GM again because the Buick was trouble. The 3.i engine with leaking gaskets was what this Buick had and GM insulted me by offering me $50 to settle on the bad gaskets, which I had to repair. This wasn't the only problems I had with the Buick too. The multi function light dimmer switch failed leaving me without headlight at 55mph. That switch cost me over $650 to replace.

The Ranger is a manual with a 4 cylinder engine and you can't beat this truck for gas mileage for that year. The Fiesta gets anywhere from 40 to 45 mpg depending on how you drive it and  if you use the air conditioner. Just in gas mileage from the Buick to the Fiesta I save tons money on gas. The funny is the Ranger is better than the Buick  on gas.  

Glad to see Ford won because American is best although many Fords are less American than many Toyotas nowadays..      

Jul 12, 2014 8:38AM
My 1963 Falcon Sprint  260 V8 4 speed still runs sweet and is a ton of fun to take out. That being said Ford has made a lot of dogs and terrible quality in many of their products over the years but seem to have gotten so much better in the "Mullally years. That Boeing background and experience must have been a lot of the reason.
Jul 12, 2014 6:04PM
Bought a new 2003 Ford Ranger, decided it was not the best deal, traded it for a new 2004 Ford Escape. Really liked the Escape, ran great and liked the way the transmission worked in the mountains. A pleasure to drive, but wished it had a larger fuel tank/better fuel economy, it did not have a very long cruising range. Traded the Escape for a new 2009 Chevy Silverado regular cab short box, it was a nice truck to drive, very comfortable, but DRANK THE GAS!!!! Traded the Silverado for a 2012 Ford Fusion, and have been very happy. Easy and quiet to drive on the highway, and gets better than window sticker fuel mileage! Talk about cruising range, this car runs 500 miles on the highway between stops, great for cross-country runs! This one is a keeper, THANKS FORD!  
Jul 14, 2014 2:58PM
"Seeeeeee the U.S.A in your Chevrolet Da Ta Da Ta Da Ta.... "  Diana Shore would love you. Been a Chev man ever since my 1962 ( right out of High School ) -- 409 cu in, dual 4 barrels, blue printed, balanced,  a Hurst 4 on the floor and Mickey slicks on the back with posa traction.   Two door hard top red Impala. Man -- I wish I had that car today. It would be worth a ton of money. 100% American made. 6 miles to the gallon at 19.9 cents per gallon.  Man, I so lucky to be part of that generation. 
Jul 12, 2014 7:38PM

I love my Fords, owned them for years however some of the mechanics aren't so bright.

2013 F150 Crew, bumped the side of the garage and broke the blinker on the mirror, they could not find the blinker in stock at all, told me I had to replace the whole mirror at $647.80...NO

Bought the blinker online from A1 Auto, changed it myself, cost 37 bucks.

Next...my airbag light keeps coming on, been back to the dealer 3 times for this...sigh, it came back on again 2 days ago while it was at the dealer for a oil change. They told me to bring it back another day so they could tear the dash apart!

I do like it though, I just hope it lasts, this is my last one.

Wife has a 2014 Taurus...she loves it.

Jul 12, 2014 12:51PM

GM has had more calls recalled this year than they have sold...


The taxpayers got the raw bone when we bailed out this POS company.

Jul 9, 2014 9:20AM
The new 14 impala is not part of new recall. The 14 impala recalled is old style rental cars only
Jul 12, 2014 12:16PM
I have a 1997 Ford Ranger and like it but it has a very rusty frame. Ford could do better, a lot better, with their trucks anti-rust protection for the salted roads in the salt-belt states. It has the tough and durable 3.0 liter Vulcan V-6 engine that should be good for at least 300,000 miles I have heard. It has been a very reliable truck. Always room for improvement.
Jul 19, 2014 3:42PM
Speaking from 30+ years of buying Ford products, along with the 10+ Focus of many model years and types in our family.  Including F150, Taurus, Escapes and Fusions in the family.  Ford deserves the recognition.  Finall AN AMERICAN Company wins!!
Jul 19, 2014 2:50PM
I've been a Ford guy all my life. That said, I've always driven pick-ups. Used in work and as personal transportation. Fords lead as the best selling  vehicle in the country had much to do with that. The people I know that use pick-ups for work overwhelmingly choose Ford F-150s.  The reliability is legendary, and my experience has not proven that wrong. Now retired I STILL drive F-150s for that very reason. I'm cheap. Tires, batteries, oil changes and gasoline. Those are my expenses. Nuff said.
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