I love reading about long-term testing; most car reviewers spend a couple of days (or hours, in some cases) beating the living daylights out of a vehicle and then they toss it back to let someone else deal with the subsequent problems. Road & Track's editors spent lots of time with the 2004 Infiniti G35x, 2004 Jaguar XJ8, 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, 2003 Nissan 350Z Touring, 2003 Mini Cooper S, 2004 Toyota Prius, and 2004 Mazda RX-8, and they dish on the problems, maintenance costs and dealer experiences. Highlights include an overheating Mini that can only be serviced for free if the car is at the proper mileage, a dead Prius that's difficult to jump start because of weird battery location, an Evo loaded to capacity (with bikes on the roof, even) and driven from Cali to Utah and back, and a Jag that's been, surprisingly, pretty flawless.


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