Dog and lemon guide book
Dog and Lemon Guide | AA New ZealandI'm looking to buy a resonably nice looking wagon using my usual car buying criteria: Under 10 years old, under ,K's, under 10k. Admitedly it's a bit of a struggle and I may have to compromise somewhere. Could potentially go slightly outside of those parameters. I've been getting reviews from the Dog and Lemon Guide. It's good to know what to watch out for. But I've bought 8 reviews and every car is either 'Dodgy', or just 'Okay'.
dog & lemon guide 1995 to 2008, book covers most vehicles 1995-2008
By Jazzbass , September 27, in General Discussion. I've come across many comments like that and while I understand what they're trying to say, I really do think they've missed the point totally. To me, the BMW just has something that no Japanese car I've ever owned I've had many has ever had - and that's 'character'. BMWs just have a package that totally suits me. I enjoy my driving again since I've discovered that certain character. The Dog and Lemon guide is the difference between a motoring enthusiast and regular joe public it being a biased guide for joe public..
In general, they gave poor scores for Nissan all round focusing on issues around reliability. I queried my mechanic about this and he said Nissan, especially Pulsars were one of the most reliable cars that he had seen and they practically survive on mistreatment as well as being low maintenenance due to having a chain driven engine as opposed to belt,. What do you reckon about this? Is the Dog and Lemon reliable in this aspect? They tend to recommend Mazdas, Toyotas and even Hondas over the Nissan product.
Many new readers have been asking me for car advice recently, and there have also been some useful discussions on the matter in the Money Mustache Forum. I find myself typing out the same list of recommendations over and over again, so I thought the best strategy would be to dig in, do some up-to-date research, and lay down the law on exactly which cars are most worth owning. Depending on your personal taste, you can then sort the winners based on things like acceleration, ground clearance, color, smell, style, NHTSA safety test results, or other things. But the important thing to note is that all of these traits are available even in fuel-efficient cars, so all gas hogs can immediately be ruled out. Both of these are useful publications, and for this article I have consulted both and done my best to combine the results. I was pleased to note that he has become even more crotchety and demanding of cars in the decade since I last read his stuff, which is exactly what you want in a car reviewer.
It was one of the few widely available publications that rank the reliability of cars sold in Australia. It was founded by mechanic and writer, Clive Matthew-Wilson. At over pages, it is claimed to be the largest car buyer's guide on the planet. The guide lists common faults and safety ratings for several thousand different vehicles. The term dog and the term lemon are generic terms for bad cars in many countries. The guide refuses to accept car company advertising and is widely seen as a threat by both the motor industry and much of the mainstream motoring press. The book has come under fire from many car enthusiasts in its home market of New Zealand, with many bringing into question the accuracy of the information provided in the book and Matthew-Wilson's bias towards Japanese makers for reliability claims — praising Toyota in particular — against Australian and European cars.
In usual fashion, the maverick authors are upfront and feisty about the merits of the cars we drive, sieving their opinions through owner accounts, crash test data, transport safety bodies and car magazines. More than common vehicles, from the Alfa Romeo Alfa to the Fiat Yugo 45, have been measured for their "fitness for the purpose", says editor Clive Matthew-Wilson, a yardstick that covers issues such as reliability and ease of repair. There are few perfect cars. Technical expert Jack Biddle agrees to have a look at the list, but later leaves an answerphone message: "The AA does not want any part of or to be connected to in any way, anything to do with The Dog and Lemon Guide. The Land Transport Safety Authority stops short of endorsing the guide, but spokesman Andy Knackstedt says anything that raises safety awareness among buyers is valuable. The guide uses much of the same crash-test data as the LTSA.