For generations of Americans, the 1980s will never die because this wood-paneled station wagon keeps rolling. Some cars tell a living story of their different model years because they are always there next to you on the road, year after year.
If you like to buy a new vehicle every few years, these cars are not for you. But if you want something for the long haul, check out the most reliable classic cars.
If you care about a classic sports car but want to avoid the over-maintenance it is known for, the Ford Mustang may be the one for you. These classics have been created since 1964.
This classic 2002 BMW is a used car that you will probably have to spend more to get. These classics helped build BMW’s reputation in the 1960s, and they are still loved today.
The Citroën 2CV was in production for 42 years, from 1948 to 1990. A long production run only occurs if a car appeals strongly to the masses. The Citroën 2CV was designed to carry four passengers and just over 100 pounds of cargo at 30 mph, even over adverse terrain. They won’t go much faster than 40 mph, but they will very reliably hit lower speeds this year after year.
The Saab 900 is a reliable classic to be enjoyed for years to come. But a warning: the buying guide at SaabPlanet.com tells you to plan for repairs along the way. The turbo may need to be replaced after 120,000 miles, and the transmission may need to be repaired as early as 150,000 miles.
OK, so driving a Volkswagen bus can make people jump to conclusions about how much compost you’re making, but there’s a reason hippies love these things so much. And while the 53-horsepower motor is only a little stronger than, say, a team of horses, this breadbox body can accommodate nine people.
Volvo 1966 P1800
Volvos are fairly reliable cars, but this specific model year is worth a call. Why? Because he’s the one Irv Gordon drove for a Guinness World Record 3.2 million miles before his death at 77 in 2018, Road & Track reported.
A true outdoorsman can spend years adding battle scars to the same SUV as it transports them from adventure to adventure. Older versions of the Jeep Cherokee had rugged four-liter engines that are now legendary, and pre-2007 models can sell for five times the price other used SUVs of the same age sell for.
Some 146,000 Plymouth Valiants were sold in its first year of existence – 1960. This launched a legacy of cars that have become known for their durability and simplicity. Hardworking owners appreciated a car that was economical and lasted.
The fact that the beloved game of punch buggy (slug bug for you Philistines) has lasted for so many generations is a sign of the lifespan of the beloved Beetle. Decades after the last first-gen bug disappeared, there is still a lot to spot on American roads.
The name of the Honda Accord fits. When you buy one, you are really making a “deal” because you and this car will be together for a long time. It’s been a Consumer Reports favorite for years. And good luck driving more than a mile in most cities without seeing several that are at least ten years old.
Buick Roadmaster Estate
The Buick Roadmaster Estate looks charmingly retro or terribly old-fashioned even for the years it was produced – 1991 through 1996. However, this car is experiencing a resurgence with car owners loving spacious and comfortable seats. And with Kelley Blue Book putting the typical 1994 model year mileage at over 130,000 miles, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy this vehicle.
Approval for the reliability of the older Mercedes-Benz 240D came from Autotrader. He called the 240D the best car for the apocalypse, citing its lack of electronics and versatile diesel engine as the reasons why it would be the perfect vehicle for the characters of “The Walking Dead”.
One way to identify a car you can truly rely on is to stop at a red light behind the same mark from 30 years ago. By this test, the Toyota Camry could be the all-time winner for a reliable family sedan. Toyota wins Consumer Reports’ first ranking as an automaker with the most reliable cars.
Ford Crown Victoria
Few people drive their cars harder than cops and taxi drivers, so the fact that you see so many Ford Crown Victorias being used as police cars and taxis should tell you something. The cars offer durability while costing very little to keep running, making them a favorite for people who drive a lot.
BMW 3 Series E30
It is the car that has helped BMW establish itself as the go-to name in its segment. With understated styling and superb engineering, it was a smaller, more efficient alternative to the massive sedans that Mercedes was releasing – just as the oil crisis hit. The E30 is one of the most iconic attractions of the 1980s, and you will still see some on the road today.
Toyota AE86 Corolla
If you are looking for a car that really lasts but just doesn’t like Toyotas, you are limiting your options. The Corolla AE86 is so reliable that it has developed a cult following. In fact, these Corollas sell for about as much as a Ferrari of the same era.
Having a reliable truck is important for many reasons, including safety and cost. If you are an entrepreneur or a small business owner, replacing a pickup truck too frequently can be a heavy financial burden on your business. Whether you’re buying it for your landscaping or off-roading business, the Ford F-150 is a reliable icon for a reason.
Chevrolet Impala SS
For lovers of large sedans, the Chevrolet Impala SS is an absolute classic. Although its run lasted a few years in the 1960s and mid-1990s, older Impalas are generally adored by their owners.
While you don’t necessarily think of a classic Toyota as a “sports car,” there is the MR2. A 138 horsepower engine strikes the right balance between power and agility in the two-seater coupe. And it still has that Toyota reliability.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
The sporty Mazda Miata was an instant hit, with a million small roadsters sold during its run. They are perfectly balanced between weight and power and are a lot of fun to drive.
Datsun Z Cars
Classic Japanese car collectors might think their collection is incomplete without one of Datsun’s Z cars. These classics from the 70s and 80s are still coveted by some car enthusiasts.
Some believe that Volvo came to deeply regret the 240, the car that helped give Volvo a reputation for making vehicles that would last around two decades. While some didn’t like the boxy look or underpowered engine, reliability enthusiasts found their perfect ride in the 240.
Yes, another Toyota. But again, it’s well deserved. The Toyota Hilux was a tough, reliable pickup that would lick itself and keep kicking. It’s no wonder some homeowners aren’t ready to part with theirs decades later.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class W123
Launched in 1976, the Mercedes W123 remains a classic that is fondly remembered, even among the many beloved Mercedes models. Fans are always thrilled with the clean exterior lines created by Friedrich Geiger and Bruno Sacco.
Toyota land cruiser
The list wouldn’t be complete without just one more Toyota: the Land Cruiser. These classic vehicles were produced between 1960 and 1984, and they are still sought after by 4×4 enthusiasts around the world.
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