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I have to stop thinking of Lexus as a poor mans Mercedes. Its really hard you know, once you have that perception of a car brand its so hard to change your mind. Its the same with Kia and Hyundai, I nearly choked on my food last week when I saw a black Hyundai Sonata going past, my initials thoughts “gee thats a nice mercedes” … yep. My amazement, it was just a Hyundai! Whats going on?

Lexus should ofcourse never be measured against the likes of Hyundai and Kia, sure its Japanese but when it comes to quality, its probably better than its European counterparts, and when I say probably, I mean.. seriously, its better than its European cars such as Mercedes and BMW. JD Power and Associates released the results of its latest quality survey on long-term vehicle dependability.

Lexus ranked the highest for the 12th consecutive year. Not bad!

“The results of this survey demonstrate our commitment to the highest possible quality for all our vehicles,” said Lexus Australia divisional manager Scott Grant.

“Lexus is dedicated to the pursuit of perfection. We have a proud tradition of designing and manufacturing vehicles that stand the test of time.”

The JD Power and Associates survey is formed from the responses of more than 47,000 owners of three-year-old vehicles. Questions regarding problems such as wind or brake noise to uneven tyre wear and stalling engines are on the survey.

It should be a no brainer to realize that long term quality is an all important factor when it comes to buying a car. Lexus dominated the segment rankings, leading in four segments: GS300/GS 430 in midsize premium cars, LS430 in large premium cars, SC430 in premium sport cars and LX470 in midsize premium Sport Utility Vehicles.

It might seem high but Lexus had only 136 problems per 100 vehicles. It was followed by Ford Motor Company’s Mercury nameplate, with 151 problems per 100 vehicles, and General Motors’ Buick brand, with 153 problems per 100 vehicles.




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