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J.D. Power just released its annual Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). This closely monitored report gives automakers and consumers a good idea of how well the industry is doing when it comes to quality.

VDS focuses on long-term reliability by monitoring defects, malfunctions and design-related issues with three-year old vehicles still being driven by their original owners. Dependability is scored in problems per 100 vehicles. In other words, its a look at the most reliable car brands.

The latest installment of this survey covers issues with cars and trucks from the 2012 model year. It dovetails neatly with the firm’s Initial Quality Study, which monitors problems reported during the first three months of ownership.

For 2015 the folks at J.D. Power have published a number of interesting findings. Not surprisingly the most problem-prone areas of today’s vehicles are related to Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition. Exterior concerns also popped up as did powertrain issues, namely automatic transmission shift quality. Overall 177 specific problems are monitored in this report.

So, how did car companies do overall? Well, here are the 10 highest-ranked automakers in the 2015 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study based on how they fared over a three-year period.

10. Chevrolet
Making it in the top 10 is Chevrolet. The bow-tie brand ended up with a score of 123 problems per 100 vehicles (tying with GMC), quite a bit better than the industry average of 147; remember, lower is better, just like LDL cholesterol. The Camaro, Malibu and Silverado nameplates each won an award in their respective segments.

9. Scion
Toyota’s youth-oriented Scion brand may be in the doldrums from a sales standpoint but it’s going places in the quality department. It improved to 121 problems per 100 vehicles, dropping by 13 compared to last year’s VDS. Mitsubishi and Ram posted similar improvements, though they didn’t quite crack the top 10. Scion’s tC, xB and xD each won an award.

8. Mercedes-Benz
Luxury means complexity, which often translates into cantankerousness and extra maintenance costs. But the folks in Stuttgart have figured out how to avoid having issues with their feature-laden cars and trucks. Mercedes-Benz drove away with a score of just 119 problems per 100 vehicles. Their E-Class was the highest-ranked midsize premium car topping the Lincoln MKS and Infiniti M. The GLK also won top honors among compact premium SUVs.

7. Lincoln
Speaking of Ford’s pseudo-luxury division, Lincoln topped Mercedes by one point, ending up with a score of 118. And while it didn’t win any specific awards its MKS and MKZ sedans performed admirably.

6. Porsche

Arguably Porsche is the quintessential builder of thoroughbred sports cars. Zuffenhausen knows a thing or two about putting smiles on drivers’ faces, they’ve been doing it for decades. According to J.D. Power they’re also champions of sound engineering, posting a score of just 116 problems per 100 vehicles. Like you needed another reason to buy a 911.

5. Honda
Honda tied Porsche by posting a score of 116. Its boxy Ridgeline was the highest-rated midsize pickup while the Fit and Civic also performed very well. The Capital H has a reputation for quality and they consistently impress day in and day out, year after year ...
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I actually prefered the top 12 worst cars !

The Spark is on it and shows how awful of a turd IT really is ..and just thinking about IT becoming an EV .. Oh Lord heaven help us to not want IT ..
 

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Ha, saw a VW Golf commercial that claimed eleven automotive expects said the Golf was the most reliable car, but even mentioned by AutoGuide.

A Lexus does cost a bit more than a Malibu, but only gains 33 less failures per 100 vehicles. Then exactly what are these failures?

A glove compartment door that rattles when closed, or an engine the becomes toast after driving it a couple of miles.

Then people tend to drive an extremely expensive vehicle a bit more carefully than a cheap one.
 

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Ha, saw a VW Golf commercial that claimed eleven automotive expects said the Golf was the most reliable car, but even mentioned by AutoGuide.

A Lexus does cost a bit more than a Malibu, but only gains 33 less failures per 100 vehicles. Then exactly what are these failures?

A glove compartment door that rattles when closed, or an engine the becomes toast after driving it a couple of miles.

Then people tend to drive an extremely expensive vehicle a bit more carefully than a cheap one.
yessir and that should reflect in these lists. you cant tell me a person that buys a $9998 Mitsubishi mirage is going to drive it as carefully as they would a $60,000 mercedes
 

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kind of a shame to see ford so far back there, although I expected VW to be back there. Every mechanic knows VW are nightmares. I guess ive been lucky with my Fords, they've all worked extremely well with no problems
 
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Or one of these



Local dealer has one, still has one, base price is $109K Have to drive down to Milwaukee, Lake Forest or Chicago to find more expensive ones.

Wonder if this car is immune to glass and sheet metal stone chips in a construction zone. Yep, this season is starting again, have to repair all that damage caused by dumping tons of salt on the roads. Is it also immune to potholes?
 

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Vw's used to be bad for not giving a dipstick on their automatics. Used to be so annoying.


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Too bad everyone does this now. I hate it. I can't imagine not having an oil dipstick, what kinda bullcrap is that?

"Lifetime fluid". Pshhhh.
 

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Ha, saw a VW Golf commercial that claimed eleven automotive expects said the Golf was the most reliable car, but even mentioned by AutoGuide.

A Lexus does cost a bit more than a Malibu, but only gains 33 less failures per 100 vehicles. Then exactly what are these failures?

A glove compartment door that rattles when closed, or an engine the becomes toast after driving it a couple of miles.

Then people tend to drive an extremely expensive vehicle a bit more carefully than a cheap one.
yessir and that should reflect in these lists. you cant tell me a person that buys a $9998 Mitsubishi mirage is going to drive it as carefully as they would a $60,000 mercedes
Around here the luxury cars seem to have the most aggressive drivers. There was a study done a few years back on tv. Stated that the rudest, most aggressive drivers were rich people and poor people, and not too many poor people would have a three year old car, so that data wouldn't be in the top ten study.
 

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Around here the luxury cars seem to have the most aggressive drivers. There was a study done a few years back on tv. Stated that the rudest, most aggressive drivers were rich people and poor people, and not too many poor people would have a three year old car, so that data wouldn't be in the top ten study.
The Rich Drive Differently?[/
Some think they are better than the rest I suppose. Maybe its more noticeable for me because I live and commute in small to medium sized towns, but also drive to the rich suburbs of Detroit and see a huge difference in drivers. Also watch out for the pickups with matching hunting stickers on the left and right of the rear window. Or anything to do with racing components like KnN or flowmaster lol
 

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that seems completely accurate. Where I live theres tons of trucks on the road that cost as much or more than most bmw's and they can be problems as well.
 

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JD Power is a marketing firm and the surveys are paid for by the companies that produce the cars that are being rated. The reliability information is probably biased. Its also not very useful since all of the repairs will be covered by warranty during the 3 year evaluation period. The purpose of the survey is to help car manufacturers sell cars and control warranty costs. Consumer Reports provides the only unbiased and long term reliability surveys.
 

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Ha, also live in pickup truck, SUV, van, and mini-van territory. Tend to look who's driving, mostly just one person and always in a huge rush to get wherever they are going. And sure slam on their brakes at a traffic light or stop sign.

Farmers and construction guys, drive ancient pickup trucks that really need one. Those that don't have them loaded with chrome. See guys with a regular pickup with four little kids and a wife try to ja, themselves and a load of groceries inside that small cab with a way over sized center console. But gotta have a pickup. Wonder about kid baby seats.

Also wonder how they can afford to buy gas.
 

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JD Power is a marketing firm and the surveys are paid for by the companies that produce the cars that are being rated. The reliability information is probably biased. Its also not very useful since all of the repairs will be covered by warranty during the 3 year evaluation period. The purpose of the survey is to help car manufacturers sell cars and control warranty costs. Consumer Reports provides the only unbiased and long term reliability surveys.
Cool story bro.
 

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He has another video where he's working on a BMW that has no oil dipstick lmao!


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My bmw also has no dipstick, but I can view the oil level from the navigation screen and the vehicle is consistently more reliable than the cruze has been *shrug*
 

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My bmw also has no dipstick, but I can view the oil level from the navigation screen and the vehicle is consistently more reliable than the cruze has been *shrug*
Hmmm, years and years ago, I remember a "build it yourself" thing that could check your oil level. It involved mounting a part on the dipstick and it could sense if it was in oil or not.
 
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