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I mentioned earlier this month how a German survey had found Subarus as the least likely vehicle to breakdown, this was a great achievement for the upcoming Japanese brand. To add to this, our friendly neighbours in New Zealand have rated Subaru as having the highest quality and reliability of all car brands!

Subaru ranked first for quality and reliability, with 894 points, ahead of Honda (891) and Toyota (875). Subaru ranked second for vehicle appeal and vehicle service satisfaction, and third for new car owner satisfaction. A total of 14,838 vehicle owners from among NZ AA members were surveyed online. | Automobile Association of New Zealand (AA).

Subaru’s constant reliability has been highlighted by countless surveys and studies, but it is also worth noting how the top three of the vehicles that show up in that list are all Japanese! What about the German brands? What happened to the German reliability of the 80s? The German powerhouse has been plagued with problems in the last few years. Mercedes has gone through a few recalls, and has promised to take quality back to Mercedes standards, while the likes of BMW and Audi have also suffered due to poor dealer satisfaction.

  • Steve

    I had a look at a Forrester I am trying to weigh up between that, a Suzuki V6 or 4 cyl 4WD or a Ford RTV ute.I was unsure why Forrester has so many drink holders – i feel the designers may have a cup holder fetish.


  • Chris

    I guess you could say that the forrester has built in cup holding redundancy to reliably cover all your cup holding needs.. more reliability!

  • Mick Dunn

    In 25 years we have been a two car family driving only Mazdas and Subarus. Three Mazda 929s – five Subies…our currenty cars are new Liberty and Outback…AND a twenty year old 929 Station Wagon with over 300,000 clicks on the ‘clock’ that we can’t bear to sell! It is as new…EVERYTHING still works! It is also by far the best car to drive! (We only change cars for business reasons and we have been known to shed a tear at trade-in time))

    The one great thing that our cars share is STONE AXE RELIABILTY!

    People who don’t buy Subaru or Mazda can’t read! Bugger the fancy badges and ‘European handling’ crap! RELIABILITY IS EVERYTHING in buying and owning a car!

    • Doug

      I’m on my third Outback, the first a 1997 only needed a new water pump at 215,000 miles. The 2003 need a little more work but was still a reliable quality vehicle. Unfortunately that all changed with my 2007. The rear bearings failed at 51,000 miles, the drive shaft failed at 89,000 miles now at 104,000 miles I was just told the rear bushings need replacement, the engine needs a new head gasket (pretty much a complete engine tear down) and the computer may need replacement due to water somehow getting in from the engine compartment. To top it off the Subaru dealership charged me $79 dollars to tell me I needed $1,600 worth of repairs and it would not be credited to the work.

      The Subaru’s drive like tanks in the snow but their quality has gone down the down into the toilet. They are NO LONGER A RELIABLE VEHICLE they are a POS.

      • Chado75

        you lie