5 Cars You Should Never Buy

5 Cars You Should Never Buy

rev up your engines, today by popular
demand I’m gonna talk about five cars that are sold in the United States that
I feel shouldn’t be sold here now the first of these five terrible cars is the
Fiat 500 now in 1983 Fiat left the American market and as far as I’m
concerned they should have stayed away but of course Fiat bought Chrysler the
bottom in 2009 and then two years later they brought the Fiat 500 in after a
short period of time they had sold quite a few of these Fiat 500 but they spent a
ton in advertising on it and one year they actually sold about 45,000 of these
things but the last year I check hey they sold less than 4,000 of them for a whole
year the original Fiat 500 had a 13
horsepower edge and Pennock ago 53 miles an hour at top speed
it was the drive around city Italian car so you could drive around Rome and stuff
where there’s no parking spaces now granted the modern Fiat 500 has a
hundred and one horsepower engine but for the American market hey underpowered
and their tiny little cars but they’re not well built tiny little cars I always
laughed when they had all those ads on TV and they said they show the Fiat 500s
like they’re leaving Italy and they drive under the ocean they come up on
the shores of the United States well my dad said hey Scotty you should make a
joke about that he said actually most of the Fiat 500 sold in the United States
were produced in Mexico so they should have them floating over the Rio Grande
on inner tubes or something I thought that was a pretty good comment but
really there are poorly made vehicles my customers with them they had engines
blow up they had transmission failures they had cooling system failures they
weren’t well made cars you watch a bunch of them going around you don’t run right
at the time you see them smoking out the exhaust they’re just not that well made
vehicles when you can get smaller toyotas or Honda why would you pay the
same kind of money for this little Fiat 500 take one ride in it and it’s
like this thing rides horrible I’m going back in
my Lexus as far as I’m concerned
they failed again from when I’ve read fiat is even thinking about taking all
their Fiat brands out of the United States again and just saw the Fiat slash
Chrysler versions that have Fiat engines and transmissions in them but not the
name Fiat itself and I agree take them all the way another car that they
shouldn’t sell in the United States is a Mitsubishi Mirage there’s something for
you the name Mirage it’s kind of telling you the car is a mirage of a good car
not the real thing now in 2019 they still call it the Mitsubishi Mirage and
really the cheaply made cars realize when they call them dodge Colts they
were a cheaper to buy car too you kind of knew where your again you paid a lot
less than for a runaround car that could be okay but they were a typical
Mitsubishi product Mitsubishi has always made cheaper engine parts I remember
over the years tons of my customers who bought
Mitsubishi they got to be older they started burning oil like mad some of
them plumes of smoke came out they just put cheaper piston rings into things you
think something as critical as a piston rings which I pay expensive would be
well made but no they made them bad so tons of them turned into giant oil
burners in the 2019 model Mitsubishi Mirage it’s only got 78 horsepower
there are plenty better built cars out there for the price of one of those sure
they’re a bottom-line car but there’s a lot better stuff out there I just wish
they stopped selling those things myself historically they haven’t been great
cars and they really aren’t improved all that much I’d stay away the next vehicle
I worship didn’t sell in the United States is a Jeep Compass compact SUV the
Jeep decided to start building in 2007 originally the compasses were made in
Illinois but of course now all the production for the American and European
versions come from Mexico not a land known for quality production and since
fiat took over guess what the quality’s gone even further down as far as I’m
concerned they’ve always had a problem of automatic transmissions with Jeeps
and in these compasses they have all kinds of problems it doesn’t matter if
you got the automatic transmission or the CVT transmissions they are just
problem transmissions out of customers one couldn’t even make it from
Houston to Dallas 4-hour Drive if you’re going slow the transmission blow up I’m
on the thing and I saw engines go out on them they just don’t have the quality
they’re using the name Jeep and they’re making a cheap vehicle making it smaller
and trying to sell it to cover a whole market of things that really I don’t
think they should have got involved in in the first place it should stop so I’m
in the United States the quality these things that are made in Mexico not too good
oh that’s real car wish they didn’t sell United States is a Nissan Altima decades
ago the Nissan Altimas we’re solid reliable transportation cars back in the
90s I had customers they get to 300,000 pretty much trouble-free miles out of
those tanks since Renault took over a Nissan family yes you have the engines
blowing up blowing head gaskets and their transmission failure is really one
of the highest in the world especially with those horrendous jet Coe CVT
transmissions I swear practically every customer of mine who bought a Nissan
Altima with the CVT that CVT transmission went out if they had it for
a certain amount of years and it cost so much to fix those CVT transmissions
correctly they all either junked the cars or just trade in a min now in 2019
Nissan put the Altima on their semi autonomous driving list these things
have enough problems when a human is driving them I certainly personally
would not trust one of those things to drive me around itself and it’s a shame
cuz the altimas used to be great cars but no longer stay away from Nissan
Altimas if you value your money another big car to stay away from is the
Audi a4 Quattro I wish they never brought it into United States I feel
sorry for my customers who owned them and had to spend a lot of money or then
just traded them in lost a fortune when I got rid of the things now you can
get them in two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive these days it’s bad enough with a
two-wheel drive you’re adding all that complexity other German design all-wheel
drive you’re just asking for problems as they age, one of my old next-door
neighbors years ago it was a corporate lawyer he had one and it was a manual
transmission and believe it or not the thing blew up when he was driving at
down a road went ahead like 30,000 miles it just blew up understand
transmissions and those things are much better made than their automatic
transmissions they got those very complex dual clutch automatic
transmissions that Volkswagen of course owns audience had nothing but problems
with I know it’s four-cylinder 2-liter turbocharged engines with the turbos
brake on them they blow head gaskets they burn oil I have seen so many
problems with those cars I had a customer a month ago bought one you
2,500 bucks for thought he got a deal they brought to me since it seems to be
burning oil so I said yeah it’s burning oil I pulled the spark plugs off they’re
all covered with carbon so I decided to take a compression rating on the engine
made let’s decide the compression was very low showing if the piston rings are
worn out I mean if you want a fast zippy car and you really got to have one lease
one you lease a new one the repairs are on them it’s under warranty you know
exactly how much money you’re gonna lose because if you actually bought one and
then sold them when it was three or four years old you would lose tons more money
than you would if you would just leased the car because their values plummet
like a rock going down Niagara Falls the GDI high pressure fuel pump goes
gasoline direct injection they’re notorious for failing causing a lot of
hesitation and they just are not very well built vehicles and their list price
for a 2019 37 thousand four hundred dollars you’re not giving these things
away hey you want to zip me a little kind of goes around yeah get yourself up
Honda Civic type-r something like that does even zippier more fun to drive and
it won’t break down all the time like the Audi does signing all five cars I
wish they didn’t sell in the United States anymore perhaps nobody will buy
them and then they’ll stop selling them here, 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. Scotty should have a lawyer statement that this is only his valued opinion of cars he has worked on or heard of. Worst cars I have had are 2001 Ford Escape , 1988 Toyota Celica and 1994 Chevrolet Camaro Lt1.
    Scotty’s advice and $3.00 will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks. Don’t see a ASE on his shirt or any certification except shade tree mechanic.

  3. I had a brand new 2002 Mirage with a 1.5L engine. Put 230,000 miles on it with zero problems except for a flat tire once. It used no oil until it got older. At 230,000 miles, it used about half a quart of oil per oil change. Not one breakdown. Zero major repairs. A breeze to work on when routine maintenance was required.

  4. Again with the negative Altima bias. I've a 2015 and it drives like new at 61,000 miles. Really with the CVTs, if they were so bad, why have your beloved Toyota and Honda adopted them for many vehicles? I see many more Chysler products (old and newer) with transmission problems, way more than Nissan.

  5. Dude I swear you're always hatin on Japanese cars bro. Like just let em be bro. Ain't like you've driven in them.

  6. Scott! I love your videos. Do you have a preference on what coils to use for a 2006 5.4l expedition? Are aftermarket coils like bravex alright to use? Thank you!

  7. Does Scotty know about Mitsubishi and Renault? Either way, I have a strange suspicion that the Mirage will be the last car with a manual transmission.

  8. Audi A4s are huge sellers in the UK. The great majority are leased. I think this hides just how unreliable some German cars are. Over here, putting an Audi badge on a horse and cart and they’d selling in huge numbers. I had an Audi 80 and it lasted years. Got a diesel A3 a few years ago. Nothing but trouble, the worst car I have ever owned. Replaced it with a Honda Accord…..the BEST car I ever owned!

  9. I had a 2005 Altima with almost 140k miles I just got rid of. So it had a 4-speed automatic that I never had problems with, and actually I liked that better than the 6-speed I have now. I am sad what has happened with the Altimas, because, I found the car to be very comfortable and fun to drive. In fact, overall I liked the engine quite a bit also. The car has a great overall basic design, and is nice looking. But I believe everything you say about the bad CVT's and the decline in quality. In fact, my friend's mom had a 2002 Altima, basically the same car as my 2005, but hers lasted longer with less problems. So already the decline had started like you have said. It's really too bad they can't get the quality turned back around the right way.

  10. Also I was expecting one of the five cars to be named would be Chevrolet Cruze, maybe honorable mention to that car……

  11. What Scotty isn’t telling you, is CVT failures were due to neglected maintenance and abuse. Nissan recommendation for CVT maintenance is every 30K, most people weren’t told or didn’t know. Also, don’t tow with a CVT.

  12. So I had.. have… A Nissan 2019 Altima.
    I loved it. Then one day I go to accelerate and I can't! Not very well anyway. I'm like this is weird, so I give it more gas. I was trying to merge onto the interstate. I finally hit 60mph after what felt like 45 seconds or so.

    It was in the shop 4 times before I called and got the buyback process going. I still have the vehicle after two months of waiting! It hasn't moved. I'm still paying on it.

    I loved how the car looked. I loved the technology. But the transmission was not good. I hate CVTs

  13. My dad had a Chrysler Newport I think it was a 72 the car was huge the hood was like a mile wide and into miles long car was the biggest piece of crap when he wanted to shut the car off the car sputtered and spit and shuck I don't know how many times we were thoroughly embarrassed as kids sitting at a gas station after my Dad shut the car off at the pump the car went in seizure sputtered and Shook and just horrible and then it ended with backfiring memories

  14. I was an Audi dealer and what I found out was Audi's are over engineered. Because of their low sales it was difficult to find trained Audi Techs so since we also had Volvo at the time we ended up training our Volvo techs to work on Audis. I love the way they drive………..it ends there.

  15. I have an 04 Suburban 1500 and it just died i had it for a long time, 400k miles, and the only reason it died is someone messed with it.

    I'm going to grab an 01 Suburban and get that going for another 250k miles.

  16. Hey Scotty, love your videos. Car and driver says the Hyundai Kona is the best subcompact SUV. What do you think?

  17. Problem isnt with the people building the cars it's the big companies. I work in the auto industry and it's a race too the bottom for the cheapest parts and suppliers. Mexican cranks being shipped to america for vehicle assembly where people are working overtime to sand and scrape off the rust. Changing a part type and supplier to save 2 cents a peice just to see that its fail rate in gauging is nearly 3 times as high. Build it anyways.

  18. Here in Europe we don't have that experience with Fiat 500's being unreliable. They are ectually very reliable! Even my garage sayd so when he had one for service.

    It's true the Mexican vehicles are bad in terms of build quality. They sold the VW Fox (mexican made) in Europe. It isn't a Volkswagen in any way. Very cheap plastics and what not, worst made VW by far

  19. I bought a 2015 Mirage brand new. It now has 122,000 miles on it. All it has needed other than routine maintenance is one clutch cable, as the original broke at 113,000 miles. Does it use a little oil? Sure. But no more than expected.

    It was super cheap, is as reliable as the sunrise, and gets 40 mpg without really even trying. What more can you ask of an inexpensive subcompact economy car?

  20. I want know Scotty doesn't like Nissan Renault for a good reason. But I wanna know what he thinks about buying a Versa brand new and just trading it in after a couple of years.

  21. Kkkkkkk great point of view, imagine if you live here in Brazil kkkkkkkkkkk Jeep Compass is a best seller around here kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  22. The Mitsubishi Mirage has previously been rated by Consumer Reports as having the lowest 5 year cost of ownership and are proving to be very reliable. Say what you will about past Mitsubishi products but the Mirage is a pure budget play, and it is highly reliable. The CVT in the mirage, which is also used in other vehicles, has been problematic in other applications (Nissan's) but those applications put more than 50% more torque through them compared to the Mirage. The CVT in the Mirage has proven to be quite reliable. The Mirage also has above average consumer satisfaction. Reliability, consumer satisfaction, and affordability….for many people, that fits the bill. Its a niche car, but for those in that niche, they often really like it for what it is.

  23. I had a friend who had a 2014 Jeep Compass. And man you are right about that transmission. He had a CVT in his and couldn't even make it up the Grapevine in California. I don't know if you're familiar with that road but it's 5 1/2 miles of 6% grads

  24. I'm looking into getting a Fiat 500 as my first car, and it's the first one on your list! 😅 Thanks for your videos, they're very helpful for someone like me who doesn't know alot about cars.

  25. Hi Scotty,

    I am planning to purchase used Toyota Camry for my daughter from Craigslist, she is the first year in college, just wondering how can I bring this car to your garage for code’s scanning and perhaps more detailed inspection?

    Thank you


  26. Why aren’t mitsubishi cars powered by mitsubishi air condioning units, theyre much more reliable 🤣

  27. Industry analysts are saying that Nissan will be forced to fold in a couple of years, They are losing money with no end in sight, and laying off thousands of employees. Some say they spent too much on electric vehicles with no return on the investment.

  28. 4000 Fiat sales?? Who is buying these cars? Do people not research cars performances on the internet anymore?

  29. I think you advertising for Toyota. Toyota now going to the worst especially SUV cars. On the other hand nissan SUV cars is going to the better when we comparing to the past. I'm a big fan for you from Middle East👋

  30. It’s one thing when scotty talks about cars to stay away from… but when you can correlate his advice to real life situations it’s kinda scary. My dad bought a 2013 Altima used and the transmission fell out almost 3 years later. Then he got burned trying to replace the trans, getting scammed 4k before having to drop another 4k when he found a trusted mechanic.

  31. my first car was a 1995 altima (bought in '06) and this car was a tank… cost me 250$ and I put up 60k miles on it without any major repairs… I wish I still had that little bugger 🙁

  32. The audis are not a piece of junk, ive owned quite a few of them, they are High maintenance HIGH reward cars, good luck getting the same reward from your 1994 celica

  33. I does seem to be the intent of so many auto makers these days – that their cars are only good for leases. Its going to back fire on them.

  34. I always hear that Jaguars always have overheating issues such as the XF model overheats within 10 minutes of driving.

  35. Scotty….Mexico isn't the problem . It's americans cheating out and buying the cheapest metals. Mexico sells steel beams to america and the quality never was an issue. Your people are the ones that decide to cheap out. Dont blame the whole country for a stupid financial decisions that Americans make.

  36. I got stuck behind a Mitsubishi Mirage the other day. In town where the speed limit is 35… It couldn't get up to 20… I wish I was joking, insult to injury is the thing looked like it had donuts on it instead of actual wheels 😂

  37. It's sad that cars that were an invention and a mark of US manufacturing and innovation now are made in other countries with cheap quality.

  38. Scotty, my daughter bought a 2017 Nissan Altima new 2 years ago. Has almost 30k miles. Runs great and has had no issues. All maint done on schedule. Should she consider getting rid of it? Or should she give it some more time?

  39. Disagree on the Mirage. I have heard nothing but Postive experiences from owners. No issues. How many are you seeing come to you since 2014? That 3 cylinder is a well designed engine and it gets great MPG. Good cars for under 10 grand New. 10 yr 100k warranty. Way better than any Nissan. Do not get me wrong, any used 5 yr old low mileage from Toyota is Better. But the Used market is shitty in many areas so a Mirage might suit someone's needs just Fine. I drove a manual perfectly adequate. Over 50 MPG. Like a hybrid.

  40. I leased the jeep compass, its an okay car, drives great in heavy snow but I should of just got the grand Cherokee

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