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http://longtermqualityindex.com/index.html

Edit: another I had forgotten about, and perhaps more useful. http://www.consumerreports.org/used-car-buying/used-cars-to-...

This was interesting.

I was looking up potential issues with a certain used car and I stumbled across this site.

People occasionally want car advice here.

There are always lots of reviews about certain cars when they were new, and lots of conflicting information about the same cars when they get 30,000, 70,000 or 100,000 miles on them. Often expensive and intrinsic problems rear their ugly head after the car is only a few years old. Very often buyers will base their purchase price on glowing reviews from a few years previous, without knowing that chronic and expensive problems are common with that particular model year. (ahem Tesla ahem)

This site looks at the value of cars sold at dealer auctions, assuming that dealers know at what price a car will sell and the potential problems that could affect that price.

But the site also states it only concerns itself with major drive train issues.

The car I was researching apparently has a chronic and expensive heat issue. (Over a grand to fix, and the fix doesn't hold up either.) That car scored above average. But as another tool, it might prove helpful.

Edit: I should add that the info mostly lines up with my very limited knowledge, other than you could get into a fistfight in this area if you rate a Subaru that low.
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Koldfoot wrote:
Edit: another I had forgotten about, and perhaps more useful. http://www.consumerreports.org/used-car-buying/used-cars-to-...

Consumers Reports has a yearly car issue in April. It lists cars back ten years and reports on several different potential problem areas. The data is generating by surveying their subscribers. Here's an old example:


Consumers Reports may be available at your local library. If you subscribe, you get their yearly rating summary book which has the car ratings.
 
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