Is is that time again? The time when the MSM drinks copious amounts of Kool-Aid labeled J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability survey (VDS)? Assuming that there are TTAC readers who’ve joined us in the interim, let’s consider a couple of salient facts (as taught to us by Michael Karesh at the no-longer-TTAC-affiliated TrueDelta). First, the differences between brands in J.D.’s VDS is insignificant. Buick has 122 problems per 100 vehicles while Lexus has (shock!) 126 problems per vehicle. In the real world, this doesn’t mean you’re less or more likely to experience a problem in YOUR Buick or YOUR Lexus.
That’s because, second, J.D.’s boyz don’t break out the problems by model—the stat represents an average of both “good” and “bad” models. Third, define “problems.” J.D.’s mob doesn’t define a problem as “an issue requiring a dealer’s attention.” As we all know, there are bits that break off and then there are wallet-bashing, time-soaking mechanical meltdowns. In J.D.’s eyes, it’s all much of a muchness. See you same time next year.
Oh, and what’s with Autoblog et al.’s Lexus bashing? The AP headline claims Lexus was “dethroned.” Yes, well, six of the top ten vehicles on the J.D. VDS are Toyotas. Put that in your statistical crack pipe and smoke it.