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by Matt Brogan

BMW’s biggest selling model range, the 3-Series, has been voted the most reliable car in a survey of Britain’s vehicle leasing companies. The poll, which covered the reliability history of nearly 900,000 vehicles in 2008, also revealed that BMW was the most reliable manufacturer overall.

In an historic win over the Japanese car manufacturers who traditionally dominate in reliability surveys, BMW topped the charts in this year’s annual FN50 reliability survey.

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The BMW 3-Series was the most rated model for reliability, with the MINI hatch and BMW 1-Series also making the top ten, sitting fifth and seventh most reliable respectively.

Compiled by Fleet News, the survey assessed some 881,000 cars according to the number of breakdowns per 100 of each type of model on each leasing company’s fleet. Points were then awarded according to the number of times that brands or particular models appeared in the tables supplied by the leasing firms and also for the position in which they were placed.

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Top Ten (by manufacturer):

  1. BMW
  2. Honda
  3. Toyota
  4. Ford
  5. Volkswagen
  6. Mercedes-Benz
  7. Audi
  8. Lexus
  9. Mazda
  10. Vauxhaul

Top Ten (by model):

  1. BMW 3-Series
  2. Toyota Avensis
  3. Honda Accord
  4. Volkswagen Golf
  5. MINI
  6. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  7. BMW 1-Series
  8. Honda Civic
  9. Ford Focus
  10. Audi A4



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