Jag and Buick? Really?

MaxPower March 19th, 2009

I wouldn’t have guessed it, but Jaguar and Buick are the two most reliable car brands.

Strange days for Japanese makers, especially in light of consumer perception that Toyota (deserved) and Honda (not as deserved) are high quality manufacturers.

Jaguar and Buick surged to the top of J.D. Power and Associates’ closely watched vehicle dependability study this year, tying for the No. 1 spot and dethroning Lexus for the first time since the Japanese luxury brand has been a part of the survey.

Here is the list:

Buick
Jaguar
Lexus
Toyota
Mercury
Infiniti
Acura
Lincoln
Cadillac
Honda
Porsche
Audi
Ford
Hyundai
Subaru
Chrysler
BMW
GMC
Mercedes
Chevrolet
Mitsubishi
Volvo
Nissan
Dodge
Mini
Saturn
Kia
Jeep
Pontiac
Hummer
Scion
Saab
Mazda
Isuzu
Land Rover
Volkswagen
Suzuki

The difference between VW and Audi is amazing, shows the (poor) quality of the bottom of the line VW vehicles (City Golf & Jetta, I am looking at you) really impacts overall numbers. And hands up who thought Cadillac would have a higher reliability rating than Honda?

  • FIXXXXED!

    I have a 2007 VW Rabbit, and it’s rock solid.. Weird that VW is so low.. I know lots of people with Audi’s that have TONNES of issues..

    Whatever.

  • I have to agree with Gluzman on this. And I’m happy to see my Toyota brand near the top. :)

  • I am hazily remembering a conversation David and I had last year at the autoshow on this… isn’t it that some of the high volume VW’s (i.e. the low priced City versions) are made in Mexico while the lower volume upper end VW’s (like the one Dave drives) are made in Germany along with all of the Audi’s?

    I don’t know if that is 100% accurate but would probably explain the standing. My Infiniti hasn’t given me many problems, BUT the quality of the glass they used on the windshield (and fog lights!) is only one step above glass that I could craft myself out of sand and a blowtorch… don’t use rocks for road traction in Japan obviously.

    Also if you read the JD power info, this is related to 2006 model year vehicles from a survey done in 2008.