Are New Cars Worth Buying? Let’s Find Out

Are New Cars Worth Buying? Let’s Find Out


rev up your engines today I’m gonna show
you how this 2016 Mustang EcoBoost four-cylinder engine car has fared it’s
got almost ninety three thousand miles on it and the customer wants to be to
service it and tell them what kind of shape it’s in should he get rid of it
should he keep it so here we go now just changed the oil and so far so good
not burning any oil at all a lot of people abuse four-cylinder engine
specially turbocharged gasoline direct injection ones like this but almost
ninety three thousand miles didn’t burn out any oil at all now I took it for a
road test it seemed to ride okay but let’s look at the struts struts are dry
as a bone there’s no leaking nothing’s cracked the
brakes we can rotate it around we can see we peak on the side they’re still
relatively thick the distance between the backing plate of the brake and the
rotor is still pretty thick so the pads are in good shape and the leaks well
check for wear here no play no play they don’t bind go under and shut the
drivetrain so far everything’s beautiful it’s dry as a bone there’s no leaks you
can see the exhaust system still in immaculate shape not rusting and it’s
got the traditional saddle tanks for gas one on one side one on the other for
more even weight distribution and since it’s a newer Mustang it’s not that old
clunky suspension it’s got independent suspension in the back too not just the
front and that’s dry as a bone too nothing’s leaky nothing’s worn out so
far there’s four-cylinder Mustangs checking out pretty good but I had a lot
of Donna we’re gonna do some serious testing with the old computer so
down it goes and out comes my fancy computer you
can’t hide from these things get down into the nitty-gritty here there it is
well plug it in there we go got power don’t we let the old computer do its
thing Diagnostics put it on for the way it goes till he reads the VIN starts
doing its thing as you can see it knows what kind of car it is turbocharged direct-injection 2.3 automatic so of course yes and now
it’s gonna really get into some serious analytics while I rest and turn the air
conditioning off because it may be the beginning of February but here in
Houston we’re having a heat wave autoscan takes a while but it scans the
whole thing it is gonna give us more data than you could shake a stick at
it’s found a few things they can be measure they could be a minor the first
one is the computer the powertrain module has a fault so we shall read it and
see what it says retrieved codes here we go got this really long numbered code
but it’s the fuel pressure sensor circuit is low that’s a problem these
things often have but if they run fine it’s the stupid sensor half the time
that goes bad a lot of guys will just live with it but it’s not the major so
let’s check some more well it has two codes and they both say invalid data
received from the anti-lock braking system control module very complex
systems they often trip codes like that which doesn’t mean anything I’m gonna
reset all the codes and I’m done and then when he drives it around
I can re check it to see if any of them are serious or it’s just stupid glitches
that come and go a lot of no faults the last fault is any power steering control
module so we’ll check that it’s reading pretty slow maybe needs to go back to
school and learn how to read faster I don’t know again it’s similar to the
other ones invalid data from anti-lock brake controllers communications ABS
invalid data from electronic control module involved data from ABS anti-lock
braking system control module now this is the kind of problem with all modern
cars they have all this computer controlled junk and the computers think so fast and analyze so fast they get a little glitch maybe a little power
surge trip a code this thing seems to run and break ok I’m gonna reset them
I’ll Drive it and see what happens quick erase we’re gonna erase them all
and see what happens there’s no code on any of them we’re new road test in a second but first we’re gonna just look at live data well I did watch it off a
lot of data so as you can see it’s loading it you can take a little while
with the information on modern cars boy it will make your head spin when you see
what this thing is going to show as you see here look at the insane amount of
data it’s going it’s going it’s going even further and it’s still going there
is a tremendous amount of data that can be analyzed now you see we’re still
going we’re still going this is all fresh information we’re going even
further I mean you think I’m making this stuff up look this is how much
information you can get out finally out to the end the last one is voltage it’s
the battery terminal Scotty all that data how on earth can you possibly sit
there and analyze it off well I know what quite a bit of it means but it’s
color coded if they’re black they’re in normal range the color crip there’s a
problem it’ll change colleges go orange or red but I’m going to look at some
specific data parameters now that tell me a lot about this car now the
turbocharged is working fine but I see all the turbocharged data there’s no
faults things are working like they’re supposed to but if we get into the
actual engine analysis short term fuel trim it’s gone minus point seven eight 0% 0% is absolutely perfect so it’s complete quite well I mean if it’s more than 20%
off you’ve got a problem and this is almost perfect it’s going between 0 and
minus 0.78 and that’s a very good signal that this engine is in excellent shape
misfire events zero that’s what you want no misfires the computer counts
everything and there we have learned relative octane adjustment as I said
this vehicle will run on any kind of gasoline if you use high test gasoline
this one puts out 301 horsepower if you use regular it puts out less horsepower
but it will run perfectly fine because the computer knows how to adjust for
whatever octane is in your car there’s all the fuel injectors four three no
fault 2 and 2 no fault that’s exactly what you
want to see here’s something else you want to see the fuel rail control pressure
status is no fault now it did say that there was a code for the fuel pressure
sensor so that tells me that the sensors probably just breaking down there’s no
actual problem with the car because it runs perfectly fine there’s no faults in
that system so sometimes these warning systems go a little bit too far I warn
you for stuff that’s really no serious matter these babies just so sophisticated
even though the barometric pressure to make the car run perfectly at all
altitudes weren’t sea-level here they were on better but you take this baby up
in the mountains you know compensate for it this vehicle is in pretty good shape let’s take it for a road test and see what happens
with the stupid codes that it had before we’ll take it for a serious little road test
where we go and blast off still rides and handles nice and crisp
after I was driving let’s check the code see if any of them came back okay the
only one that came back was the fuel pressure sensor B circuit low like I
said the sensor is probably going bad it’s a known problem on these that runs
perfectly fine otherwise but if you wanted to keep it truly up to snuff you
go change that fuel pressure sensor this four-cylinder EcoBoost Mustang is in
pretty good shape for the mileage that it has yes got that nagging code and
probably if you want to change the pressure sensor that’s on the rail the
co2 go way but it runs perfectly fine and the data shows that the pressure is
actually perfectly fine there’s no faults on it in the computer system
itself so that’s probably just some kind of ridiculous feedback from the sensor
itself isn’t giving the right data to the warning system but it’s running
perfectly fine and since they don’t even stock this part at the local Ford dealer
obviously it’s not something to really worry about yo get it look glitchy
things that basically you’re best living with I’ll tell him to keep the car it seems
perfectly fine to me and here’s some bonus questions and answers my field
forces Scotty I’m stuck in a decision between a 2002 Honda Accord 4-cylinder
115,000 miles and 2004 Civic Auto 152k if you had to choose what would be the wiser choice the 02 is 18 years old the other one is 16 years old
they’re both relatively old cars if you want a smaller car that gets the best
gas mileage it has the least problems I’d go with the Civic even though it has
more miles the problem with the 2002 Accord is if their automatic
transmission goes up because their engines are stronger than the Civic it’s
gonna cost you a fortune and they do go out and assigned of course and that
choice I would go for the Civic but realize it’s a 16 year old car don’t pay
too much money for it regardless of how good Honda’s are a 16 year old car that
comes with no warranty does not have a real high value so you don’t want to pay
much more but I’d say there would be the wiser one jason-2 says Scotty I got a
2010 Hyundai launched 147 thousand miles the parking province I’d my transmission
won’t engage let’s the car rolled backwards they want a ton of money to
fix it what should I do I see them break all the time on those and I got a customer has been broken for five years that way it’s
called the emergency brake got your fix just when you come to a stop pull the
emergency brake on then put it in park the park won’t keep it from rolling
because the pradhan but otherwise I’m gonna hurt anything the only thing
that’s for is to keep the car from rolling the emergency brake works fine
use your emergency brake because it is a very expensive fix to take the whole
transformation apart to change that products not an easy job and what tech
emergency brakes work right just retrain yourself and I know people as
you get older they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but we’re not dogs
were people so try to train yourself to use your ebrake, so if you never want to
miss another one of my new car repair videos, remember to ring that Bell