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Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima
#1 of 20 Maintenance on Japanese cars
Apr 24, 2002 (12:48 pm)
I was having a discussion with a friend who swears that maintenance on Nissans and Toyotas are a lot easier than Hondas. He claims that its easier to get to most items on toyotas and nissans. I have an accord and do find that most parts are packed closely to others.
Does anyone else feel that toyotas and Nissans are easier to work on?
Apr 25, 2002 (8:41 am)
V6's or not?
HOnda V6's are easier to change the spark plugs....much easier.
The Toyota V6's are easier to change the oil filter than Honda V6's.
Fuel filters are a pain to do on Toyotas.
#3 of 20 Based on the Toyota Gel Site
Apr 25, 2002 (10:55 am)
I would certainly not go beyond 3750 on oil changes. However, this is what Nissan recommends on its severe schedule.
#4 of 20 I have owned all three
Apr 26, 2002 (4:09 pm)
I do all my own maintenance to include major work and I vote Toyota as the easiest, Nissan second and Honda Last. Honda makes it hard to do many of what I would consider easy maintenance tasks like changing a timing belt without getting very specialized tools that would normally not be needed. Also, Honda and Nissan parts have always cost me more than Toyota parts. They all build good cars, but I vote on Toyota as the overall best with my 25 years working on them. By the way I currently own a 91 Nissan Sentra and a 2001 Honda Accord. My next car will probably Toyota Camry or Nissan Altima.
Apr 29, 2002 (9:46 am)
How do you think Mazda compares on parts costs?
#6 of 20 eddie777 Mazda
Apr 29, 2002 (12:47 pm)
I haven't owned a Mazda, but I have done some work on them. I think they make a pretty good car too. As far as quality and durability of their products I would put them about tied with Nissan which ranks third in my experience. They are made is smaller numbers, so I would expect prices to be more, because there are less choices to buy from parts manufacturers out there.
#7 of 20 Parts are cheaper on Mazda
Apr 29, 2002 (2:21 pm)
becaue many of the parts can be obtained directly from Ford.
#8 of 20 I've done all maintenance on my cars they varied from
Apr 29, 2002 (5:41 pm)
Toyota, nissan and my brothers honda, I concur that honda's have things very tight and make it more difficult to access components, however toyota, nissan's are far easier to work on, maintenance without question is good too. Yet I think that with a good manual and a little time studying the procedure you'll usually succeed. Others are more straight forward. Interesting to note that when working on the brakes ie; calipers of my 89 toyota corrolla, the brakes mirrored my current 98 nissan maxima, it was a no brainer to replace pads grease pins and anti-seize the torque plate and caliper bolts
#10 of 20 mazda parts cost?
Apr 30, 2002 (6:52 am)
I have heard Mazda parts costs were very high, much higher than the other Japanese makes. This is from several Mazda owners I know who were otherwise very satisfied with their cars. Interesting if Mazda were able to lower costs by snagging Ford parts . . . but would they pass the savings on to the consumer?