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Which cars don’t make it to 100,000 miles? Experts have their say

Which cars don’t make it to 100,000 miles? Experts have their say
Which cars don’t make it to 100,000 miles? Experts have their say

If you’re looking for a new car, you’ll want to make sure it’s built to last. Car dealerships are notoriously expensive, and it’s probably better to get advice on a vehicle’s reliability from someone who already owns the car in question. Luckily, one expert shares his list of models and manufacturers to avoid.

In a recent video, Bev (@bevurly) warned viewers that certain cars just won’t make it to 100,000 miles – at least not without major issues. He regularly posts videos of auto expertise for his 100,000+ TikTok followers.

“Stop buying these damn cars,” he urged viewers in his video, which has been viewed more than 2 million times. Here’s who made his list.

Nissan Versa


Nissan

First up was the Nissan Versa, which Bev says transmission failure is almost “guaranteed.” Part of the problem, Bev said, is that the CVT transmission in these cars is “papier-mâché.”

“It’s terrible. These cars are made cheaply,” he added. “Don’t buy them.”

In fact, a simple Google search confirmed that this is a common problem. Other drivers have complained about transmission noise, RPM fluctuations, and leaks, among other things.

Mitsubishi Mirage

Mitsubishi Mirage

Mitsubishi
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Bev said the Mirage was another risky car to buy. While they were cheap, customers would pay for it later “when the car was in the garage 24/7.”

According to CarParts, there are a number of problems with this vehicle. First of all, there have been cases of airbag malfunctions on older models. More recently, drivers have reported that their brakes were making a squeaking noise.

Still, owning this vehicle has its advantages: RepairPal gave the Mirage a 4.5/5 rating, and noted that the average annual repair and maintenance costs ($457) are lower than the average across all vehicle models ($652).

Kia Optima

Kia Optima on the road

Kia
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Over the years, several production and failure issues with the Kia Optima have been reported, which can lead to premature bearing wear. Bev put it more bluntly: “Engine failure almost guaranteed,” he said. He then warned people who insist on buying this car: “Good luck.”

In some cases, premature wear can lead to uncontrollable engine stalling, increasing the risk of an accident. However, Kia is aware of some of these problems: in 2017, the company launched a recall to help owners repair or replace affected Optima engines free of charge.

Chrysler 300

Chrysler 300

Chrysler

Other experts rate the Chrysler 300’s reliability as quite good, but Bev was more skeptical, calling the vehicle a “poor man’s Rolls Royce” before saying that owning this car “will make you poor, too.”

“These things are extremely unreliable,” Bev said. “I don’t see many of them making it to 100,000 miles… without major problems.” These complications can include stuck gear shifts and engine problems, according to various car forums. But even these problems may not be widespread. JD Power, for example, gave the 2021 model a quality and reliability rating of 92/100.

Every Maserati

Two Maserati cars in the driveway

Maserati
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This last category is admittedly broader than the rest, and Bev didn’t give too many details about why potential buyers should be wary of Maseratis, simply telling viewers that “they’re all crap.”

However, further research revealed a number of problems with the brand. In a 2018 Reddit post, a commenter asked why Maseratis get so much hate – and the internet let him feel it. “Maseratis are a self-explanatory sign that says ‘I have more money than I know about cars,'” one commenter replied. “Unreliability coupled with expensive repairs that take longer due to parts availability, and it’s pretty much a perfect storm.”

How do the audience react?

Several owners of one of the above cars defended their purchase. One woman who drove a Kia Optima said her car had well over 200,000 miles on it and was “still in good shape.”

Other drivers confirmed this.

“Me with a Kia Optima over 200,000,” wrote another.

“My Kia drove to 103,000 before the engine gave up,” said a third driver.

“Optimas are better than you think,” noted a third person.

Viewers also expressed their support for other models Bev mentioned.

“Wrong, my Mirage runs like a champion,” said one spectator.

“Lol, I’ve had three Chrysler 300s, all have over 100,000 on them and still run great, just had to replace a turn signal,” admitted another.

“My dad had an older Mitsubishi Mirage and it was great lol,” added a third commenter.

The Daily Dot contacted Bev via a TikTok comment.

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