All it takes is one proper and mediated overstep, and it's been going on with the carmaker for years. Some models suffer from the corrupt reputation of their predecessors, even though they are very good cars. Here are some of the most glaring examples.
Perhaps every carmaker has made a major mistake during its history. Of course, such an event cannot be done without proper media attention. Just remember the problematic chain distribution of TSI engines or the Dieselgate affair of the Volkswagen Group, or also the problems with Takata airbags, which mainly affected Toyota, Honda, and millions of cars from other manufacturers.
Even if it is a mistake on the part of the subcontractor, the carmakers will eat it. And they too can make a few mistakes, which then drag on with their cars, and it's very difficult to repair a broken reputation. If the whole car, which only performed services, failed, it is a real shame and the manufacturers were often forced to cut a specific model quickly and rename the successor. In the used market, however, you will find several very decent cars that are much more reliable than their reputation. So let's take a look at them.
Renault Laguna III
We can't put a car in the first place other than the underappreciated third-generation Laguna. The second-generation carmaker has thus damaged the reputation of this model that even a carefully designed successor was unable to repair the damage. For you, however, there is one significant bonus for this: used Laguna III can be bought for really nice money and it will not be a complete trap.
There is no need to worry about the discussed 2.0 dCi M9R diesel engine either. On the contrary, especially in the Euro 5 version, it is one of the most reliable diesel in its category. In the version with a reliably regenerating particulate filter, it has a generous oil supply, which does not degrade at the speed of light and tolerates stretched service intervals quite well (nevertheless, for more used pieces, we recommend changing the oil after 15 to 20,000 km or a maximum of one year). And it also has a water-cooled turbo engine. The injection is also reliable (unless you reach the tractor with biodiesel) and you will encounter torn engine silencers as much as possible.
Laguna III also has a very durable chassis (including the complex turning of the rear axle), quality clutches, and flywheels of the flywheels, it does not rust and the electronics are no longer angry. This car has really succeeded, and if you're lucky enough to have relatively few pieces in recent years, it will last you a long time. Unfortunately, the supply on the market is quite limited, Renault did not produce even 400,000 units due to low demand.
This Škoda is most often cursed by those who poured it and could not forgive their employer for getting a cheap Rapid and not an Octavia in leather and eres as senior management. They then vented their frustration not only in internet discussions, where they rained fire and sulfur and cursed all the employees of the Czech carmaker up to the seventh generation, but they also unloaded it on poor cars, which they put to their ears. Nicely according to the motto blood does not flow from a stranger.
But Rapid should never be an alternative to Octavia or Golf. It was a competitor to Logan, Peugeot 301, and other cheap sedans. And he was able to play his role well because he rode decently compared to his competitors. And he was reliable. The 1.2 TSI engine discussed here has always had more reliable chain distributions of reinforced construction (the manufacturer has already repaired them after earlier patals), it does not know carbon clogging, and it heats up faster and does not dilute oil so much with petrol.
The overall simple construction based more on the Fabia then makes the Rapid quite cheaply operable and repairable car. And even though there are a few annoying details (access to the front bulbs, etc.), this Škoda is definitely better than what is said about it. Considering how reliably she managed to survive the behavior in the hands of corporate frustrates, it is actually such a small moving miracle.
Dacia Logan / Sandero
Cheap models from Dacia, especially Sandero and Logan, are misunderstood cars, at least among the general public. We must realize that these cars were sold as standard equipment for less than CZK 200,000. And yet they are not unreliable hoes, as many people think of them. On the contrary, Dacies are relatively durable and reliable cars.
Reason? These cars are bought by people who count every crown, so they take the slightest technical problem as huge damage and injustice on the part of the manufacturer. The Romanian carmaker was thus forced to do the important and expensive repairs properly so as not to be inundated by constant complaints. So Dacie may rumble, rattle, and have nasty plastics, but damn well they work.
Personally, I don't remember a used Dacia who had a major technical problem. There was some plastic inside, the upholstery of the seat was torn, and the bumper at the back didn't fit. But the engine stomped like a watch, the wiring always worked, and if there was oil and fuel in it, it worked. If a Dacie knelt on the engine, it's just because of absolutely neglected service. Unfortunately, some companies simply let this car die in disgrace. In the hands of the operator, who changes the oil once a year and does not let the car rot under the dirt, Dacia will work forever.
The third generation of affordable Italian supermini was hit by two disasters. Firstly, there are widespread superstitions about the unreliability of Italian cars (usually based on the experience of people who brought old Fiat Wroma and Ritmo wrecks from abroad in the early 1990s), and secondly, the official results of Euro NCAP crash tests, in which this small Fiat failed.
But the little Panda is a great and cleverly designed car that you can buy from some CZK 120,000. And it even has, contrary to popular awareness, reliable mechanics. The basic four-cylinder FIRE series is one of the best small engines the world has ever known. Before being strangled by the Euro 6d-TEMP standard, he could drive in a small panda for six liters per 100 km, and if he gets new wiring every 100,000 km and new oil on time, he will run until there is petrol in the world. Although the valve clearances must be adjusted, most cars running on high-quality petrol still have them in the norm after 150,000 km.
Rather, Panda may be affected by problems with the fluctuating quality of workmanship and some parts. He usually cuts off the exhaust bracket, the front stabilizer bars leave very quickly, and occasionally confuses the wiring, the curse of Italian cars. And as for the security, If you look at the video from the Euro NCAP tests, you will realize that Panda lost points mainly due to the absence of all sorts of electronic cows. The construction as such is incredibly strong and massive for a small car.
Opel Insignia / Zafira
Opel also had to devour the evil perpetrated by the last Vectra and Astra H. Wiring problems, naughty engines and unresolved innovative experiments brought the brand to the brink of disaster. Add to that the inflexible management under the moribund American concern GM, and it was almost ten years ago after Opel.
In fact, it's a miracle that the first Insignia, the successor to the infamous Vectra, got into production at all, and that it was such a decent car. Criticism was given to the quality of interior materials and ergonomic details, but it was evaluated very well in terms of reliability. And it still is. For example, the 2.0 CDTI diesel is a very decent engine and the service department already knows that it is supposed to reseal the oil pump around 150,000 km. Then these engines drive over half a million kilometers with complete visibility.
The same goes for the Zafira, one of the best-used MPVs ever. You can buy a modernized Insignia with a better interior and a Zafira for very nice money, we recommend a combination of a 2.0 CDTI with a classic automatic with a hydraulic converter (an expensive clutch with two masses leaves quite quickly with manuals). So while even cared-for passats and sharans kneel without warning and twisted teenagers and déesgéčky and cars are cutting, the opels continue to run reliably. Only a person who doesn't care can really kill these carriages.