Vehicle reliability has improved leaps in bounds over the past few decades. Automakers have made vast improvements in quality and technology, making trips to the mechanic an increasingly rare occurrence. Why? As Consumer Reports and J.D. Power and Associates have put pressure on automakers to improve quality over the last 20 years, with Asian brands leading in quality rankings, all automakers, and especially Detroit brands, have engineered cars to legitimately last 125,000 miles and beyond.

In spite of the advancements in reliability, however, driving a few select cars from the past decade or so can still make you a familiar face at the auto repair shop for a wide variety of reasons. It is worth noting that just because these older model vehicles have had trouble, it does not mean that today's new versions that have been redesigned will have the same or similar problems.

Here are the vehicles, according to Web2Carz.com, that have a home away from home at the repair shop.

2000-2009 Dodge Intrepid
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2000-2009 Dodge Intrepid

The Dodge Intrepid gets a lot of complaints about:

-Engine System problems, including oil sludge and engine seizure, knocking and failure
-Electrical System problems, including automatic door locks not working
-Transmission System problems, including transmission gear change failure

2001-2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser Turbo
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2001-2007 Chrysler PT Cruiser Turbo

The Chrysler PT Cruiser Turbo gets a lot of complaints about:

-Interior Accessory problems, including a false check engine light
-Wheel problems, including wheel/rim peel that causes air leakage
-Electrical Problems, including always-on brake lights, and failure to start reliably
-Engine Problems, including rough idle when A/C is engaged

2000-2007 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
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2000-2007 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible

This Volkswagen Beetle Convertible gets a lot of complaints about:

-Transmission problems, including slipping gears
-Interior Accessory problems, including false check engine light
-A/C System problems, including complete system failure
-Fuel System problems, including Fuel Pump and Fuel Pump relay failure

1998-2003 Chevrolet S-10
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1998-2003 Chevrolet S-10

This Chevrolet S-10 gets a lot of complaints about:

-Transmission problems, including complete transmission failure
-Drivetrain problems, including Differential failure
-Suspension System problems, including Lower Ball Joint failure

2000-2006 Audi A6
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2000-2006 Audi A6

This Audi A6 gets a lot of complaints about:

-Transmission Problems, including Tiptronic transmission failure
-Engine System problems, including blown turbo chargers, and oil leaks

2001-2003 Dodge Ram
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2001-2003 Dodge Ram

This Dodge Ram gets a lot of complaints about:

-Interior Quality problems, including a cracking dashboard
-Engine system problems, including seizure due to oil sludge
-Cooling System problems, including leaking radiators, and leaking and faulty head gaskets

2002-2003 Chevrolet Impala
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2002-2003 Chevrolet Impala

This Chevrolet Impala gets a lot of complaints about:

-Electrical System problems, including Passlock Problems, and intermittent no-starts
-Coolant System problems, including leaking coolant from faulty intake manifold gasket
-Interior Accessory problems, including a faulty speedometer
-Electric System problems, including no-starts due to security system malfunction, and faulty electronic gauge clusters

2006-2008 Pontiac G6 Coupe
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2006-2008 Pontiac G6 Coupe

The Pontiac G6 Coupe gets a lot of complaints about:

-Steering System problems, including faulty power steering
-Interior Quality problems, including a falling down headliner

1997-2010 Chrysler Town & Country
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1997-2010 Chrysler Town & Country

This Chrysler Town & Country gets a lot of complaints about:

-Transmission problems, including transmission failure
-Steering System problems, Rack and Pinion and water pump failure
-Cooling System problems, including leaking radiators
-Electrical problems, electric door-locks stop working

2002-2009 Ford Explorer
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2002-2009 Ford Explorer

This Ford Explorer gets a lot of complaints about:

-Transmission problems, including slipping gears and hard shifting
-Body and Paint problems, including cracking panels near rear windows
-Cooling System problems, including leaking radiators
-Engine System problems, including engine stalls while idling



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