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To get sportiness, give up reliability?

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This isn't a scientific assessment, but it seems that with more performance in handling and speed, the car is not as reliable. For example, Toyota/Lexus cars are very reliable, but not the most sporty cars out there. And out of all Lexus cars, I believe that the IS300 is one of Lexus' most unreliable. At one time Ferrari were very unreliable, breaking down often. So to get the handling and performance of our BMW's do you think we have to put up with some unreliability? Is it reasonable to get a car that's great in performance and reliability (best of both worlds)? Granted that BMW's are above average according Consumer Reports and JD Powers in reliability, so we do come close to having it all.
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i think your post is a valid one, but your missing a key point... most people who buy a luxury car, are older, or more conservative, or more settled. Reason why this is so, is because if you got 80gs to spend or more, you could get a top lux or a top sports.

I'd say 80% + of the people who buy a performace car, uses that performance which means the cars are ridden ALOT harder. I'd say that at least 40% or more of sports car owners actually abuse thier cars with redlines, and just abusive driving.

I have no scientific information backing me up, but IMHO i think that the only reason performance cars show lower reliability is because of driver influence and not vehicle quality.

however there are exceptions i know, my uncles brand new corvette had the REAR AXLE FALL OFF over railroad tracks....
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