Why Luxury Cars are Designed to be Unreliable

  • Published: 03 January 2019
  • Luxury Cars. Why Luxury Cars are Designed to be Unreliable, DIY and car review with Scotty Kilmer. Most unreliable luxury cars. Why luxury cars are expensive to fix. Why luxury cars are expensive. Why luxury brands are expensive. Why German cars are unreliable. Why are luxury cars like Mercedes, BMW, and Cadillac unreliable? The reliability issues that come with modern luxury cars. Unreliable cars. Car Advice. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic for the last 51 years.

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  • Scotty Kilmer
    Scotty Kilmer   10 months back

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    • Timmy D'Alfonso
      Timmy D'Alfonso  5 days back

      Scott I got a 87 Plymouth colt 1.5 at an estate sale with 15,500 miles. It’s mint. Can I make it my everyday driver and keep it for years. I’m good with upkeeps with maintenance. Thanks! Tim from Philadelphia.

    • 9901 Watch Dog
      9901 Watch Dog  5 months back

      I'm gonna buy a 2000 Cadillac Seville so you can laugh at me and insult me.

    • INSANE Xterra
      INSANE Xterra  5 months back

      thats why most snobs drive Gelendwagen or Lexus lx or gx. reliable and for big holes on the roads

    • Adiel Dominguez
      Adiel Dominguez  6 months back

      Scotty Kilmer my question is what do u think about the new 2018 TACOMA TRD OFF ROAD 4x4... I’m taking over this payments a brother in law screw me over on... I wanted to turn it in but I really like this truck and u talk a lot about TOYOTA so I want a very experienced person to let me know what I got my self into...

    • Sem Per
      Sem Per  6 months back

      gmc savana or chevy express general video about bigger vans

  • Gene Kelly
    Gene Kelly  3 hours back

    Scotty-I have always wanted a Studebaker Avanti-1960 MY. Can you still get engine parts for these?Is a engine swap (with a modern V-8) an impossible job on these? Always loved these cars!

    • Dimitre Toushek
      Dimitre Toushek  2 days back

      Why racing tires are not low profile, like the performance tires for the sports cars??

      • Chiwas Rettibob
        Chiwas Rettibob  2 days back

        Love your videos scotty, keep it up! 👌

          ROBERT CARTINO  2 days back

          i have been driving a 1999 DAEWOO SINCE THEN, without any problems !!! I paid $ 9000 dollars for it. No one wanted a Daewoo, so they stopped making them in the USA...

          • Danny P
            Danny P  3 days back

            just modify an old toyota corolla then you dont have to worry

            • Sir Chubington Magoo
              Sir Chubington Magoo  3 days back

              Scotty what are your thoughts on the 98 Honda Civic 1.6 L I've had this car for over 6 years the odometer stopped at a hundred and sixty Thousand Miles about 5 years ago and I've been driving it long distance for work everyday runs great probably has close to 300000 miles what do you think I should do as far as maintenance at this point like I said it runs great and I've always been told don't fix something that's not broke?

              • Alok Maurya
                Alok Maurya  3 days back

                Coalitionikovs?? Pretty smooth

                • Leslie
                  Leslie  6 days back

                  basically, their like iPhones, they know you'll buy the new one so why bother making it last.

                  • Mil
                    Mil  6 days back

                    mickey mouse

                    • Roz Sa
                      Roz Sa  6 days back

                      I'm kinda new to this guy and his videos. Naturally, a lot of common sense is said and I suppose a lot of is backed up by experience fixing cars etc. But if you went by his moto on cars and I suspect that applies to anything that could remotely labelled as 'luxury; you literally would be living the most frugal, boring, one dimensional, lacking in any excitement and just generally run of the mill lifestyle imaginable. Give this guy the tastiest food in the world and I'm sure he'd find an issue with that as well. Somehow it almost feels like I'm listening to an almost communist era broadcast. A mouthpiece warning the masses vs any sort of exuberance or luxury.

                      • Toyota Brony
                        Toyota Brony  1 weeks back

                        @ScottyKilmer Hey Scott I have a question about true luxury cars, why does Lexus are the best and only true Japanese luxury car that’s most dependable, most reliable that doesn’t give u any issues at all, and last for a very long time like a million mile Lexus, and most people are blind and don’t realize that, and they go for fancy smanshy Benz,bmw,Audi that doesn’t last that well?

                        I personally go for Lexus for a true luxury cars, period.

                        I mean yes Lexus can a little bit expensive to pay for simple maintenance, but there still cheap as Toyota is. Thank god for that.

                        And why do u like of love to own that celica u have? And how many miles it has? Those things are amazing underrated models

                        • Toyota Brony
                          Toyota Brony  1 weeks back

                          That’s why I stick with Toyota,Scion, and Lexus. And my alternative option, Honda/Acura

                          • HicksZ34
                            HicksZ34  1 weeks back

                            My dad is like that one customer. Now granted, he does do basic maintenance, but the instant something minor acts up on it, he trades it in for something else.

                            He jokes all the time, like "one of my tires is low, time to trade it in!"

                            And the tires: if I got one of those new Civic Type Rs, first thing I would do is change those 20in rims out for some 18s. They look really nice when the rim fills out the wheel well, but damn paying for new 20" tires.

                            • Rooster 32
                              Rooster 32  1 weeks back

                              I have a BMW 535i Xdrive. Never an issue of any import. Yes, maintenance cost more, especially brakes but so what. Driving luxury cars especially BMW’s and Mercedes is a true joy to not just a status symbol and I can afford it. I guess we should all get a Toyota

                              • edgarjx1
                                edgarjx1  1 weeks back

                                I have a Audi A4 and the damn thing is literally falling apart.

                                • Chris Chery
                                  Chris Chery  2 weeks back

                                  And 2000 to 2002 Lincoln Town car are also reliable

                                  • Chris Chery
                                    Chris Chery  2 weeks back

                                    2003 to 2011 Lincoln Town car those cars are very reliable

                                    • TheLizardKing1967
                                      TheLizardKing1967  2 weeks back

                                      I own a 2001 BMW E53 4.4i X5 with Two hundred and four thousand trouble free miles on it. How bout them apples Scotty. You once said, the Germans made great engines. Well, you know, you sure are right!! It's been one of the BEST SUV's I have EVER owned. I also own a 1996 Toyota Avalon with over Two hundred thousand miles on it. I love them both. Must be a BMW / TOYOTA Marriage. LMAO

                                      • Gene Murphy
                                        Gene Murphy  2 weeks back

                                        Definition of Mil-Spec: Measure with micrometer Mark with chalk Cut with ax

                                        • t4705mb6
                                          t4705mb6  2 weeks back

                                          Scotty, why did the American cars I bought in the '70s and '80s rattle, rust and LITERALLY fall apart? I've been told it was because of corruption in the UAW combined with greedy investors. Any input?
                                          BTW: This is what pushed me to buy my first Toyota ... which I owned totally trouble free for THIRTEEN YEARS!

                                          • Beeah Robinson
                                            Beeah Robinson  2 weeks back

                                            I bought a new Mercedes in 2005 and took very good care of it but this last June it just stopped on The Bay Bridge (in CA) I was kind of shocked because it was so reliable, to get it fix was going to be quite expense, so in the end I opted to just buy a new car, and before that I bought a new BMW (manual transmission) that lasted me 19 year, I gave it to my brother and that car continue on for about another 5 years. Before that I had a Datsun B210 which was a nightmare, always something needed to be fix gasket, and I even had to buy a new engine ... I didn't buy a Luxury car to show off, cause I don't care what people think, I'm too old for that I bought it for reliability....I know you're an expert and I respect that, but sometimes there's are exception to the rule, What about the Tesla love to hear your thoughts. Gas is very high in CA ($4 a gal) .. I like you channel a lot BTW I sub'd

                                            • ThriftyNinja007
                                              ThriftyNinja007  2 weeks back

                                              I'm thinking of buying a Lexus LS 430. What do you think of this model? Are certain years more reliable than others?

                                              • Bill Smith
                                                Bill Smith  3 weeks back

                                                Back in the 50s and 60s they used to try out the new things on the Olds 88 and once they work the bugs out they put them on the Cadillac. That's one of the reasons why the caddies were so dependable. No more Olds 88 crappy Cadillac. I know this because whenever I was in need of parts for my Cadillac I just go order a cheaper price same thing Oldsmobile 88 part part

                                                • steven
                                                  steven  3 weeks back


                                                  My parents want to buy a new 2020 Lexus RX 450h (Hybrid). They want the hybrid since they're made in Japan vs the 350 non-hybrid models. They're recently retired. If they get an extended warranty, do you think it would be a good buy for them? Thanks.

                                                  • super wiseman
                                                    super wiseman  4 weeks back

                                                    it's worse. High end brands, especially BMW and Mercedes, design their parts to fail, knowing that the dealers will make most of their money on parts and labor to fix. It's part of their financial model. These premium owners care less about TCO because they want the fancy brand. lol.

                                                    • Cris Lizama
                                                      Cris Lizama  4 weeks back

                                                      Hey Scotty I’m a big fan of your videos and I learned a lot but I was wondering when you say that all GM products are being cheaply made are you including the 350 Silverado Chevy motors also

                                                      • Frank Alas
                                                        Frank Alas  4 weeks back


                                                        • Guang-Chung Lee
                                                          Guang-Chung Lee  4 weeks back

                                                          I still remembered my Mercedes E320 wagon ... I was young, and I wanted to look "successful"... and a couple years later, its Check Engine light was always on, no matter what maintenance/repair did to it. Now, I am not so young but wiser and much richer, but I will never own another german car again!

                                                          • Joro_2933
                                                            Joro_2933  4 weeks back

                                                            General motors?

                                                            • Mrtt Bois
                                                              Mrtt Bois  4 weeks back

                                                              Scotty, the funny thing is the AK-47, Mikhail Kalashnikov copied the STG44 - German made thing. So as you see German technologies are quite reliable 😂😂😂

                                                              • Joseph Briffa
                                                                Joseph Briffa  1 months back

                                                                Yep that's my car in the clip art lol

                                                                • Tom Williams
                                                                  Tom Williams  1 months back

                                                                  High tech isn't too Hi-Tech.

                                                                  • Seumas MacKinlay
                                                                    Seumas MacKinlay  1 months back


                                                                    • Fact Checker
                                                                      Fact Checker  1 months back

                                                                      Toyota's greatest invention is its own auto union. Genus!

                                                                      • Adrian De La Rosa
                                                                        Adrian De La Rosa  1 months back

                                                                        What causes electrical problems on cars ?

                                                                        • Thomas Hart
                                                                          Thomas Hart  1 months back

                                                                          Murphy's law!!!
                                                                          I really hate all this hi tec CRAP new cars today will fall apart or be to expensive to fix before to last payment is made!!!
                                                                          Then your upside down on your trade and no one in there right mind wants a 5 year old car!!!
                                                                          I want a old truck with a carburetor and a standard transmission!!!
                                                                          Piss on all this new crap!!!

                                                                          • Check Mate
                                                                            Check Mate  1 months back

                                                                            He used a photo from InRanges mudtest that proved the opposite. The AR's tight tolerances prevent the ingress of dirt while the loose tolerances of the AK accept debris.

                                                                            The AR AK myth came from poor issueing of rifles and incorrect ammunition. Amd from the GI perspective, when he isnt shooting, but the enemy is shooting cause the enemy cleans his rifle. It can feel like they have the better rifle.

                                                                            • Autonomous Male
                                                                              Autonomous Male  1 months back

                                                                              He's like Gil from the Simpsons

                                                                              • La ϟϟ
                                                                                La ϟϟ  1 months back

                                                                                All what you mechanics can do is telling bmw or Mercedes owners that they need to Change wheels And break pads and desperately trying to cheat them into buying something that does not have to be replaced lol

                                                                                You even admitted that in one of your videos

                                                                                • Ankush L
                                                                                  Ankush L  1 months back

                                                                                  Crapxury cars

                                                                                  • dave hoover
                                                                                    dave hoover  1 months back

                                                                                    actually ar guns do better in the mud though idk about sand but the rifle seals itself better is really the reason. keep in mind that this point is still valid as with the looseness with the ak it was really that you could neglect the maintenance of it and it would run. hense fourth why on gods earth design a high maintenance car for people who know so very little and then go get ripped off by dealerships. there are very good cars out there that you would not expect to last and all it would be is just making sure the oil and fluid was good on them. but for the well being of the average person design a car to not just be neglected but easy as hell to work on. america needs to have a diplomat sign an executive order directed at auto makers for their disdain against customers.

                                                                                    • x yz
                                                                                      x yz  2 months back

                                                                                      My 1966 Coupe De Ville was miles better than anything that Cadillac produces today. The only drawback was its poor fuel economy, but when it was made, gas was dirt cheap so they can be forgiven for that.

                                                                                      • F Ram
                                                                                        F Ram  2 months back

                                                                                        I have a 97 Jaguar XJ6 and these cars can go over 200k easy

                                                                                        • Charlie Angkor
                                                                                          Charlie Angkor  2 months back

                                                                                          great point

                                                                                          • Usman Arshad
                                                                                            Usman Arshad  2 months back

                                                                                            Hey Scotty I’m planning on buy 2016 Lexus RX 350 for my wife and two small children. What do you think of the car ? Thanks in advance .

                                                                                            • Daro Darius
                                                                                              Daro Darius  2 months back

                                                                                              Taking the AK-47 as an example of solid technology is one step to far in bad taste Scotty.
                                                                                              You might as well not give a damn about anyones feelings, but we follow you never the less and we expect you to be considerate at your age, as some of us have other opinions on that gun beside "working just fine". You should apologize.

                                                                                              • raul lopez
                                                                                                raul lopez  2 months back

                                                                                                What should I expect when buying a Infiniti Q50 3.0t in terms of reliability