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There was a time when European cars were the most reliable cars money could buy, these days though, the Europeans might be the innovators and still leading the technology in cars, but when it comes to reliability, the Japanese have won the game hands down, even the Koreans are doing better than some of the European / American brands.

  Manufacturer Incident Rate
1 Mazda 8.04
2 Honda 8.90
3 Toyota 15.78
4 Mitsubishi 17.04
5 Kia 17.39
6 Subaru 18.46
7 Nissan 18.86
8 Lexus 20.05
9 Mini 21.90
10 Citroen 25.98

The world’s biggest surveys that investigates the reliability of more than 450,000 cars aged from three to nine years old was carried out by Warranty Direct, an independent automotive warranty specialist company. The survey looked into the reliability of vehicles from 33 manufacturers in daily use in the USA and the UK.

The company then drew up a ‘Reliability League Table’ showing the number of mechanical failures reported for every 100 vehicles covered by its warranty policies.

Interesting to note there that apart from Mini, Kia and Citroen, all other manufacturers in the top 10 are Japanese. Surprisingly though, Kia was rated number five with a score of 17.39%, which is a fantastic score as it puts the Korean manufacturer over such names as Subaru and Nissan. What is even more interesting though is that Hyundai, Kia’s parent company is not listed in the top 10!

Other manufacturers which performed relatively poorly in the list include

  • Porsche (27.48%)
  • BMW (28.64)
  • Mercedes (29.90%)
  • Audi (36.74%)
  • Land Rover (44.21%)
  • Jeep (46.35 %)

I guess the Jeep Warranty Complaint we recently covered sheds some light on that! Its interesting to note though, that if you buy a Jeep or a Land Rover there is nearly 50% chance that something will go wrong and it will require warranty work.