Originally Posted by Mitzi Agnew-Giles
...the ratings on that article surprised me...
Not sure what article you are referring to. I know the Durango got some good press from Consumer Reports
recently. That, of course, applies to recent model years.
I honestly haven't seen a lot of trustworthy data out there to assess the performance and reliability of older vehicles beyond 8 years or so. If you know of a source, I'm interested.
That's why I believe a good independent mechanic, who sees hundreds of different vehicles every year and is not tied to a particular brand, is often a helpful source of guidance. Independent mechanics tend to see more older and out-of-warranty vehicles. If you keep your vehicles a long time, as I do, a good one is worth his (or her
in gold! Mine has saved me several thousands in unnecessary repairs that various dealers recommended over the years.