What Car? Auto Reliability Survey Results

What Car? have issued the results of their 2015 UK warranty survey on the reliability of cars of between 3 to 8 years old.  It showed that autos made by Japanese manufacturers were the most reliable, and (surprisingly) those made by the Germans amongst the worst.

The top three were Top of the poll was Honda, Suzuki and Toyota.  Whilst the worst was the (German owned) Bentley, with Porsche, Mercedes Benz and Audi just above.

It should be noted that repair costs were a factor in the scoring mechanism, and spare parts for a Bentley or a Porsche are going to be a lot more than for a Honda or a Suzuki.

1 Honda
2 Suzuki
3 Toyota
4 Chevrolet / Mazda
6 Ford
7 Lexus
8 Skoda
9 Hyundai / Nissan / Subaru
12 Daewoo / Peugeot
14 Fiat
15 Citroen
16 Smart
17 Mitsubishi
18 Kia
19 Vauxhall
20 Seat
21 Renault
22 Mini
23 Volkswagen
24 Rover
25 Volvo
26 Saab
27 Land Rover
28 BMW / MG
30 Jaguar
31 SsangYong
32 Mercedes-Benz
33 Chrysler
34 Audi
35 Jeep
36 Porsche
37 Bentley

 

Wheeler Dealers – The US Car Episodes

In the UK there is a great TV show made by The Discovery Cannel called Wheeler Dealers. There are two presenters, Mike Brewer and Ed China, and the premise of the program is very simple but effective. Each episode Mike buys a second hand motor on a budget, Ed works on its bodywork and mechanicals to bring it up to scratch, then Mike sells it on, hopefully for a profit.

The thing that sets this program apart is that it doesn’t shy away from the details. Mike gives lots of great tips on how to locate, test drive and bargain for the car. Ed then goes through all the details of the work required to fix the car. And finally Mike goes through the details of how to secure a sale.

Highlights of the program to date have included:

  • a Lamborghini Urraco purchased in Poland
  • a Ferrari Dino 308 GT4
  • Lancia Delta HF Integrale 8v
  • DeLorean DMC-12

Series 1 was first aired in 2003, and to date 11 series have been aired (up to March 2014). However we are about to be treated to a new series, series 12, starting in March 2015 in which Ed and Mike set up a temporary workshop in Huntington Beach, CA.

To celebrate the start of the new series we wanted to give you a run down of the US cars they have tackles to day (series 1 to 11):

Series Vehicle Budget Purchase Price Repair Costs Selling Price Profit/Loss
1 1967 Chevrolet El Camino $9,600 $9,600 $808 $9,900 -$508
1 1967 Chevrolet Camaro $17,201 $15,000 $100 $27,142 $9,292
2 Willys Jeep $19,950 $10,000 $48 $10,435 $387
3 Chevrolet Opala $20,337 $5,217 $6 $6,522 $1,319
3 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray $21,655 $17,000 $440 $22,500 $5,060
3 Chevrolet Apache $26,715 $11,000 $940 $14,500 $2,560

Don’t miss series 12…

What’s the best Pickup Truck 2014?

 

Car and Driver announced their editors choice.

If you’ve got stuff to haul or tow – take a look at their choices for the best full-size pickup trucks and best mid-size pickup trucks of 2015.

What about the Ford F-150 I hear you ask?  Check out the Hennesy fettled VelociRaptor here.  Wow!