Is It Really Impossible To Buy "ford", "fiat" And "fse French"

  Who hasn't heard the Rule of Four jokeF. , which originated among Russian motorists 20 years ago? Perhaps that's all. We figured out whether the myths about the reliability of Italian and French cars are relevant to reality. 

Such a responsible matter as choosing and buying a car is usually carried out by all of us independently or on the advice of friends. It seems to beprofessionalsin this area, but upon closer inspection, they are limited to specific models, brands, and are clearly burdened with prejudices.

However, this is not surprising if the average salesperson is usually the lowest position in the long career ladder in the auto business.

And once again a little man is left alone with his incomplete knowledge, insidious car sellers, as well as admiring and abusive reviews in the press and the Internet.

Folk legends are also a problem. Legends of reliable, unreliable and ideal machines. Some of them even became proverbs.

Who of you has not heard that " every car eventually becomesOpel. ? Who is not aware of the ruleFFFF-" do not takeFord. ,Fiatand fsё French "? And it seems clear that such general rules cannot be true, but from somewhere they appeared, this cannot be explained by just onefolk art. ! Let's try to start with the ruleFFFF..


How many times have each of you heard this saying? A dozen, a hundred times? What is the point, and was he in this joke at least once? After all, for a second, we are talking about large and very successful car manufacturers.

Most often, I heard this joke from those who areprofessionallyengaged in the sale of used cars. Profession is also slowly becoming a thing of the past, but remember - it was they who formed the lion's share of the automobile market in our country before the increase in customs duties. And the legends reflect precisely their opinion and their interests.


Fordis the first to be mentioned in the proverb. Sales do not come out of nowhere, which means that his cars have been in demand for a long time. True, these cars are different, sometimes very different. Indeed, before the One Ford idea that arose during the 2008 crisis, which meant the unification of cars for the European and American markets and the concomitant disposal of all third-party manufacturers, the model lines on the two continents practically did not overlap.

But the saying is old, from the times when foreign cars were brought to Russia mainly from Europe or from Japan, and cars from the USA were represented by a small number of themexotic- fullsize sedans and large SUVs.

Why is the European so annoying to car ownersFord Cologneand his cars?

If you look at the end of the 80s - the beginning of the 90s, there are not so many models that will be heard. Everyone remembers the Fiesta and Escort of those years, Sierra, Scor33io, a little less often - Granada and Taunus. Later, the very successful Mondeo and one of the first got the palmregisteredwe have foreign cars - Focus, but they appeared after the formation of the legend aboutfour Fand it's not about them.

At first glance, the line of cars of the era of the collapse of the USSR and formationnew Russialooks good. But the problem is that the old onesfordickslikeGranadeand Taunusovbrought to us already falling apart.

Then you could buy a car for $ 500 or even $ 200 and clear it very inexpensively. Sailors and everyone who spent a long time abroad had the right to import duty-free by car once every couple of years. They successfully exercised this right inhungry 90s. .

In general, the rubbish flowed like a smooth river onto the streets of Russian cities.

And in those years, the level of service was still extremely low, there were problems with the purchase of spare parts, there were no translated catalogs of parts, so the first breakdown of the car could easily turn out to be the last. The reputation could also be affected by the low corrosion resistanceEscortsand Fiesta. .

Against the background of the sameVolkswagens..

Fordsreally looked worse. Premium German brands fared much better both in terms of service and reliability. And they were not able to buyif only it drove. .

It is worth admitting that over timeFordmanaged to destroy the stereotype.

Probably, in many respects it is worth saying thanks to the successes of Ford Focus and Mondeo, which pleased us with tolerable reliability, maintainability and low prices for both the cars themselves and for spare parts. And the first oneFremained only in folklore.


Next on the list is Fiat. This largest Italian concern has gathered under its wing and Ferrari, and Alfa Romeo, and Lancia, and Maserati. But for all Russians, he is known primarily as the progenitorLada- the Fiat 124 model.

Against the background of not impressive reliabilityLada. , stories about what the Italians havegenerally turned out badlyand the car was being finalized so that it could drive on our roads, did not contribute to an increase in the brand's rating.

However, the technology from the Italians really differed in unstable quality, and even such hits as Ti51o / Tem55ra and Uno in the 90s and later Punto and Bravo / Marea did not receive much popularity and enjoyed dubious fame in the secondary market. The earlier Regata were rusty on top of that.

Merits such as relatively inexpensive parts and galvanized bodies have not tipped the scales in their favor.

Another problem was the documentation. Not so many Russians know Italian, and the situation with translations of technical literature was not at all good.

Until now, catalogs of Italian cars are replete with terms likesafety rings(instead of theretaining ringwhich is understandable to any mechanic), although in general the style of the corporate repair manuals can be considered classic and convenient - it is familiar to everyone who held repair books in their handsLada. .

Apart from purely technical factors, the reasonFiatophobiacould become.

.. Italy itself. There are many mountainous areas, high wear of transmission units, brakes and engine, and the Italians drive expressively! Used cars brought from this country have never been in good condition compared to cars from Germany with its calm traffic and mostly flat terrain.

So the second oneFreally was to a certain extent justified and largely determined the mutual dislike between Russian buyers and Italian cars.

In order to reverse the trend, they needed some significant car, like the already mentioned Ford Focus. Alas, neither Fiat Linea nor Fiat Albea coped with this task.

Renault, Peugeot, Citroen

If the stereotypes are aboutFordsand Fiatforgotten, thenFsø Frenchand is often mentioned today. And no titlesCar of the Yearlike the new Peugeot 308 and its many ancestors, no song aboutgirls in little carscannot completely remove the joke aboutFF. .

But the cars are very different: three brands, many generations. ... What do they have in common and what national features have survived from the 80s to our time?

The roots of the unpleasant features of French cars, oddly enough, must be sought in the local taxation system of 1978-1998.

The tax was calculated on the basis offiscal horsepower- CV. Remember Citroen 2CV? The model was called that because of heradministrative capacitywas only 2 liters. with.

The CV parameter itself was calculated using a very tricky formula with a bunch of coefficients, which took into account the type of fuel consumed, engine displacement and the mysterious transmission number K, which was calculated based on the gear ratios of the transmission.

In the end, for 20 years, French carmakers have dodged their best to make the most tax-efficient cars.

Foreign manufacturers were not keen on this, and this is partly why the local auto industry is so popular in France. But what about taxes in France is the tenth thing, and we are interested in the cars themselves.

And cars from the country of baguettes and frog legs in the 90s were driven mainly by diesel ones and with strange gear ratios in gearboxes. No wonder, because diesels in the calculation of CV had a coefficient of 0.7 versus 1 for gasoline ones.

The French tuned the gearbox so as to get the optimal onenumber K. , while transmissions were received tooshort. , twisting the engine, then, on the contrary, toolongon which the motor did not pull. Let's add here the difficulties with servicing turbodiesels, their fear of our low-quality diesel fuel, and we will get a bad name.

By the way, since 1998 diesels andweirdgearboxes are no longer ratedtaxAdvantages - CV is calculated using a simpler formula, where only engine displacement, power in kilowatts and carbon dioxide emissions are taken into account.

MaybeFrenchdisliked for their unusual ergonomics? That is unlikely. Remember, after alllibraryat the end of the steering column switch did not prevent Renault Logan from becoming a bestseller! The seats of French cars, soft like grandma's sofa, cannot be attributed to special inconveniences either. BUT all Frenchautomatic transmission DP0, famous for the wholebouquetproblems appeared much later than the proverb was formed.

And the quality of technical literature from the French, as in the case of the Italians, leaves much to be desired: strange formulations, not very clear schemes and difficult to understand translation of terms. Probably, this is due to the low number of specialists in French technical translation.

Most likely, technical difficulty could also fall into the box of minusesCitroenswith their hydropneumatics, many unconventional technical solutions and a large number of Turkish-assembled machines.

Well, in general, it is worth recognizing that the qualitynot Germanand pricesvery European. . They also often talk about the high cost of minor refurbishment on Peugeot cars due to strange design solutions. But again, some terrible facts common to all French cars cannot be remembered.

Perhaps I should say that there are two moreFfrom the saying turned out to be a myth.

What is the result?

As you might expect, popular rumor is not a reliable source of information about machines and is rather categorical in its conclusions. It greatly narrows the choice, but if you go against the prevailing opinion, knowing about all possible problems, then the reward can be a significantly lower purchase price, low stealing and just an interesting car. Not like everyone else.

From the Editor:

Remaining loyal fans of unusual cars, we cannot but point out the obvious.

The only obvious drawback of buying an unusual car is the difficulties with further implementation in the future. Low prices are due to low demand. Look how long the ads for the sale of Alfa Romeo 159 or Citroen C6 have been hanging, and you will understand everything. Therefore, when buying a car, always ask the question what is more important to you, practicality or the realization of your creative ambitions. But do not forget: without love, everything is sin.

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