Thanks in part to the help of people from TTAC, TrueDelta received a record number of responses to April’s Car Reliability Survey—over 22,000. Updated car reliability stats have been posted to the site for 559 cars, up from 534 three month ago. There are partial results for another 418. These stats include car owner experiences through the end of March 2011, making them at least eleven months ahead of other sources.
Highlights among new 2011s:
–the repair frequency for the Ford Fiesta continues to worsen—it’s the highest among the 2011s for which we have a statistic—while the Jeep Grand Cherokee also appears to have more than the average number of problems
–the BMW 5-Series seems about average so far, but BMWs sometimes require few repairs for the first year or so then take a turn for the worse
–the Honda CR-Z and Toyota Sienna appear to rarely require repairs
There are also updated statistics for the percentage of cars that required no repairs or 3+ repair trips in the past year. These statistics can be more useful than the averages.
To view the updated results:
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Michael Karesh operates TrueDelta, an online source of automotive pricing and reliability data.