The Truth About Cars » reliability http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 27 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Piston Slap: Does Automotive Racism Exist? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/piston-slap-automotive-racism-exist/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/piston-slap-automotive-racism-exist/#comments Tue, 20 Oct 2015 12:00:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1200137 June writes: Greetings, editors. I love your website. It has taught me a tremendous amount about cars and the industry. This is my first time writing. I would love to see a piece about auto reliability, perhaps from an insider engineering perspective. What I’d like to see addressed is the question of why some cars and […]

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June writes: Greetings, editors. I love your website. It has taught me a tremendous amount about cars and the industry. This is my first time writing. I would love to see a piece about auto reliability, perhaps from an insider engineering perspective. What I’d like to see addressed is the question of why some cars and […]

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QOTD: Are All These Turbocharged Cars Going to Last? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-are-all-these-turbocharged-cars-going-to-last/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/qotd-are-all-these-turbocharged-cars-going-to-last/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2015 11:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1135746 If there is one recent trend in the automotive industry today, it’s turbocharging. Of course, there are a lot of other trends, too. That whole SUV coupe thing is bizarrely catching on. And I think we can all agree that it’s only a matter of time before someone sees the Subaru Outback’s 20 years of […]

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If there is one recent trend in the automotive industry today, it’s turbocharging. Of course, there are a lot of other trends, too. That whole SUV coupe thing is bizarrely catching on. And I think we can all agree that it’s only a matter of time before someone sees the Subaru Outback’s 20 years of […]

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Piston Slap: The One Strike Luxury Car Policy? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/piston-slap-one-strike-luxury-car-policy/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/piston-slap-one-strike-luxury-car-policy/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 12:57:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1047945 Sam writes: Hi Sajeev, My wife is interested in upgrading from her Subaru Legacy to a more luxurious make. Nothing crazy, we’re talking BMW 428 or Audi A5 range. Her requirements include automatic transmission and the usual ‘winter package': AWD, remote start, heated seats (and steering wheel, ideally), etc… She wants something mid-sized with a […]

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Sam writes: Hi Sajeev, My wife is interested in upgrading from her Subaru Legacy to a more luxurious make. Nothing crazy, we’re talking BMW 428 or Audi A5 range. Her requirements include automatic transmission and the usual ‘winter package': AWD, remote start, heated seats (and steering wheel, ideally), etc… She wants something mid-sized with a […]

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Consumer Reports: Infotainment System Woes Mark 2014 Reliability Survey http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/consumer-reports-infotainment-system-woes-mark-2014-reliability-survey/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/consumer-reports-infotainment-system-woes-mark-2014-reliability-survey/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=936826 Consumer Reports released its Annual Reliability Survey for this year, focusing some of the attention on the woes experienced by a handful of infotainment systems. According to the publication, the absolute worse of the pack in 2014 was Infiniti’s InTouch system in the new Q50, with over one in five owners wanting to take a […]

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Consumer Reports released its Annual Reliability Survey for this year, focusing some of the attention on the woes experienced by a handful of infotainment systems. According to the publication, the absolute worse of the pack in 2014 was Infiniti’s InTouch system in the new Q50, with over one in five owners wanting to take a […]

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Piston Slap: The Sportcombi’s Gloomy Vue? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/piston-slap-vue-sportcombi/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/piston-slap-vue-sportcombi/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 12:38:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=926233   Keith writes: Sajeev – I’ve gotta get rid of 1 of my 4 family of cars – the family consists of a 2011 Civic LX (for the kids), 2009 Taurus X (for the wife) – and the two on the chopping block – 2006 Saab 9-5 Sport Combi (with 154,000 miles) verses 2006 Saturn […]

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  Keith writes: Sajeev – I’ve gotta get rid of 1 of my 4 family of cars – the family consists of a 2011 Civic LX (for the kids), 2009 Taurus X (for the wife) – and the two on the chopping block – 2006 Saab 9-5 Sport Combi (with 154,000 miles) verses 2006 Saturn […]

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Consumer Reports’ Long-Term Tesla Develops Reliability Blemishes http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/consumer-reports-long-term-tesla-develops-reliability-blemishes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/consumer-reports-long-term-tesla-develops-reliability-blemishes/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=889626 Though the Tesla Model S is one of Consumer Reports’ recommended darlings, the premium EV garnered its share of reliability blemishes during long-term testing. Consumer Reports’ Gabe Shenhar says that over the 15,743 miles he and his colleagues have spent driving the Model S, a number of problems have popped up, including: Automatic retracting door […]

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Though the Tesla Model S is one of Consumer Reports’ recommended darlings, the premium EV garnered its share of reliability blemishes during long-term testing. Consumer Reports’ Gabe Shenhar says that over the 15,743 miles he and his colleagues have spent driving the Model S, a number of problems have popped up, including: Automatic retracting door […]

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New Or Used? : The Most Reliable Car In The USA Is A …. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-or-used-the-most-reliable-car-in-the-usa-is-a/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/new-or-used-the-most-reliable-car-in-the-usa-is-a/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:42:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=809362   Hi Steve, What would be the most reliable car I can purchase for about $7000-8000? And what would be the upper limit on mileage that I would even consider? Steve writes: I grew up in the food import business. So to me, the answer to this question is a lot like asking my Dad, […]

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  Hi Steve, What would be the most reliable car I can purchase for about $7000-8000? And what would be the upper limit on mileage that I would even consider? Steve writes: I grew up in the food import business. So to me, the answer to this question is a lot like asking my Dad, […]

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Japanese Brands Dominate Consumer Reports Rankings, Detroit Three Struggling http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/japanese-brands-dominate-consumer-reports-rankings-detroit-three-struggling/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/japanese-brands-dominate-consumer-reports-rankings-detroit-three-struggling/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:30:54 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=754369 Though quality and performance have improved as of late for products made by the Detroit Three, they still have a ways to go to beat the Japanese brands dominating Consumer Reports‘ current rankings. Automotive News reports seven of the top 10 brands rated for overall reliability and road-test performance as conducted by the magazine are […]

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Though quality and performance have improved as of late for products made by the Detroit Three, they still have a ways to go to beat the Japanese brands dominating Consumer Reports‘ current rankings. Automotive News reports seven of the top 10 brands rated for overall reliability and road-test performance as conducted by the magazine are […]

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Hammer Time: Fharverg-nuttin! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/hammer-time-fharverg-nuttin/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/hammer-time-fharverg-nuttin/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 12:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=731802 It would take an immense amount of effort to prove that VW was not telling the truth in their latest Super Bowl commercial. First you would have to pool registration data from dozens of different countries within the US, EU, Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. That’s one tall order. To even make […]

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It would take an immense amount of effort to prove that VW was not telling the truth in their latest Super Bowl commercial. First you would have to pool registration data from dozens of different countries within the US, EU, Japan, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. That’s one tall order. To even make […]

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Hammer Time: Opposites Detract http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/hammer-time-opposites-detract/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/hammer-time-opposites-detract/#comments Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=725978 There are some things that I am too damn old and open-minded to understand. Like hating a car brand. Especially in those common cases where folks haven’t been exposed to any level of vehicle derived hardships. Toyotas are boring. BMW’s are Yuppie-mobiles. Mercedes-Benzes are for snobs. On an on, through the lexicon of cliche and […]

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There are some things that I am too damn old and open-minded to understand. Like hating a car brand. Especially in those common cases where folks haven’t been exposed to any level of vehicle derived hardships. Toyotas are boring. BMW’s are Yuppie-mobiles. Mercedes-Benzes are for snobs. On an on, through the lexicon of cliche and […]

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Piston Slap: FIAT 500…Good or Garbage? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/piston-slap-fiat-500-good-or-garbage/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/piston-slap-fiat-500-good-or-garbage/#comments Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:31:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=686714 TTAC commentator AMC_CJ writes: Sajeev, My retired mother has come to the conclusion that she needs a 2nd car. Currently she has a 06′ Trailblazer that she keeps in mint condition, and despite having issues with the headlights going out automatically, and a lengthy dealing with GM, it’s been a good vehicle (and to GM’s […]

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TTAC commentator AMC_CJ writes: Sajeev, My retired mother has come to the conclusion that she needs a 2nd car. Currently she has a 06′ Trailblazer that she keeps in mint condition, and despite having issues with the headlights going out automatically, and a lengthy dealing with GM, it’s been a good vehicle (and to GM’s […]

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Hammer Time: The TI-QI Top Ten http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/hammer-time-the-ti-qi-top-ten/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/hammer-time-the-ti-qi-top-ten/#comments Sat, 23 Nov 2013 03:17:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=661418 At what point are you willing to accept a low-ball offer for your old beater? Is it when the tranny blows out? Or does it eventually come through the scourge of rust, and the constant breaking of electric doo-dads that no longer work all through your doo-dah-day? Some folks simply get bored of their ride. […]

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At what point are you willing to accept a low-ball offer for your old beater? Is it when the tranny blows out? Or does it eventually come through the scourge of rust, and the constant breaking of electric doo-dads that no longer work all through your doo-dah-day? Some folks simply get bored of their ride. […]

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Lexus No. 1 in Reliability, Ford Near Bottom http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/lexus-no-1-in-reliability-ford-near-bottom/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/lexus-no-1-in-reliability-ford-near-bottom/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=638705 If reliability is the No. 1 trait your next car must have, you may then opt to visit your nearest Lexus dealership before considering anything from the Ford dealership across the street as far as Consumer Reports is concerned. Lexus, Toyota and Acura dominate the consumer magazine’s Top 10 in reliability for 2013, with a […]

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If reliability is the No. 1 trait your next car must have, you may then opt to visit your nearest Lexus dealership before considering anything from the Ford dealership across the street as far as Consumer Reports is concerned. Lexus, Toyota and Acura dominate the consumer magazine’s Top 10 in reliability for 2013, with a […]

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Piston Slap: Escaping The Land of Lotus-Eaters http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/piston-slap-escaping-the-land-of-lotus-eaters/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/piston-slap-escaping-the-land-of-lotus-eaters/#comments Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:52:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=630066 Susan writes: So I found a 2011 Saab 9-5 that I just love. I have never owned a Saab. Do they break a lot? I don’t want to spend thousands on car repairs. Been there done that. Please let me know what your honest opinion is on whether I should buy this car or not. […]

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Susan writes: So I found a 2011 Saab 9-5 that I just love. I have never owned a Saab. Do they break a lot? I don’t want to spend thousands on car repairs. Been there done that. Please let me know what your honest opinion is on whether I should buy this car or not. […]

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Updated Car Reliability Survey Stats – All Of 2012 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/updated-car-reliability-survey-stats-all-of-2012/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/updated-car-reliability-survey-stats-all-of-2012/#comments Mon, 04 Mar 2013 20:28:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=480015 TrueDelta recently updated the stats from its Car Reliability Survey to include all of 2012. Unless the car in question is a 2010 model (covered by J.D. Power’s VDS), statistics that indicate how it has been holding up since last April aren’t available anywhere else. Put another way, we’re currently eight months ahead of the […]

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TrueDelta recently updated the stats from its Car Reliability Survey to include all of 2012. Unless the car in question is a 2010 model (covered by J.D. Power’s VDS), statistics that indicate how it has been holding up since last April aren’t available anywhere else. Put another way, we’re currently eight months ahead of the […]

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Question: Notoriously Unreliable Cars That Were Bulletproof For You? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/question-notoriously-unreliable-cars-that-were-bulletproof-for-you/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/12/question-notoriously-unreliable-cars-that-were-bulletproof-for-you/#comments Fri, 14 Dec 2012 17:45:52 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=470175 For every Junkyard Find of, say, a Malaise Era bomb that fired several torpedoes into the already leaky hull of a once-great car company, there will be at least one reader who writes a comment that goes something like “I bought one of these cars new, and it went 300,000 trouble-free miles on logging roads […]

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For every Junkyard Find of, say, a Malaise Era bomb that fired several torpedoes into the already leaky hull of a once-great car company, there will be at least one reader who writes a comment that goes something like “I bought one of these cars new, and it went 300,000 trouble-free miles on logging roads […]

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Updated Car Reliability Stats: Who’s Up, Who’s Down http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/updated-car-reliability-stats-whos-up-whos-down/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/updated-car-reliability-stats-whos-up-whos-down/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:08:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=468614 TrueDelta has updated the stats from its Car Reliability Survey to cover through the end of September, 2012. Elsewhere you’ll read that, for the 2013 Mazda CX-5, “first year reliability has been well above average.” We can’t tell you how the CX-5 performed during its first year, since the first few cars only arrived at […]

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TrueDelta has updated the stats from its Car Reliability Survey to cover through the end of September, 2012. Elsewhere you’ll read that, for the 2013 Mazda CX-5, “first year reliability has been well above average.” We can’t tell you how the CX-5 performed during its first year, since the first few cars only arrived at […]

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Ford Plunges Seven Spots In Consumer Reports Reliability Rankings As Audi, GM Rise http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/ford-plunges-seven-spots-in-consumer-reports-reliability-rankings-as-audi-gm-rise/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/ford-plunges-seven-spots-in-consumer-reports-reliability-rankings-as-audi-gm-rise/#comments Mon, 29 Oct 2012 23:15:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=465268 Ford took a swan dive in the latest Consumer Reports reliability rankings, finishing second-to-last ahead of Jaguar in the standings. To the Blue Oval’s credt, the poor ratings don’t tell the whole story. A brief release outlined by CR lists some of the reasons why Ford had such a poor showing this year. Several factors […]

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Ford took a swan dive in the latest Consumer Reports reliability rankings, finishing second-to-last ahead of Jaguar in the standings. To the Blue Oval’s credt, the poor ratings don’t tell the whole story. A brief release outlined by CR lists some of the reasons why Ford had such a poor showing this year. Several factors […]

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Hammer Time: ‘Old’ New? < or > ‘All’ New? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/hammer-time-old-new-or-all-new/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/hammer-time-old-new-or-all-new/#comments Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=463246 The best deal. Most consumers use this phrase interchangeably with what they really want. The best car. The question is whether they can find both at the same place. Small confession here. I usually could care less if a new generation model is 10% better or 15% better than the old one. To be frank, […]

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The best deal. Most consumers use this phrase interchangeably with what they really want. The best car. The question is whether they can find both at the same place. Small confession here. I usually could care less if a new generation model is 10% better or 15% better than the old one. To be frank, […]

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Car Reliability Stats Updated, Passat Problems Pinpointed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/car-reliability-stats-updated-passat-problems-pinpointed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/car-reliability-stats-updated-passat-problems-pinpointed/#comments Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:49:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=461380 Whenever we post about a Volkswagen, comments about reliability (or, more specifically, the lack of it) inevitably follow. So few will be surprised that, with the latest update to TrueDelta’s car reliability stats, the 2012 Passat again received subpar marks. Though the big sedan’s score is better than earlier, it remains considerably worse than most […]

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Whenever we post about a Volkswagen, comments about reliability (or, more specifically, the lack of it) inevitably follow. So few will be surprised that, with the latest update to TrueDelta’s car reliability stats, the 2012 Passat again received subpar marks. Though the big sedan’s score is better than earlier, it remains considerably worse than most […]

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Piston Slap: Um, like, no! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/piston-slap-um-like-no/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/piston-slap-um-like-no/#comments Wed, 11 Jul 2012 10:22:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=451676   Luke writes: Hi Sajeev: Unlike a lot of those seeking your sage advice, I’m not going to ask you whether or not I should buy a different car. I know I am buying a different car. My mind is made up, so don’t take any of my words as a question about soldiering on […]

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  Luke writes: Hi Sajeev: Unlike a lot of those seeking your sage advice, I’m not going to ask you whether or not I should buy a different car. I know I am buying a different car. My mind is made up, so don’t take any of my words as a question about soldiering on […]

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TrueDelta and J.D. Power IQS updates: how bad are the FIAT 500 and VW Passat? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/truedelta-and-j-d-power-iqs-updates-how-bad-are-the-fiat-500-and-vw-passat/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/06/truedelta-and-j-d-power-iqs-updates-how-bad-are-the-fiat-500-and-vw-passat/#comments Thu, 21 Jun 2012 15:28:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=449698 Last March I shared some preliminary car reliability stats for the FIAT 500 and new Volkswagen Passat. The 500 looked very good at the time. The Passat was at the other extreme. Another three months have passed, and TrueDelta’s car reliability stats have been updated to include owner experiences through the end of March 2012. […]

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Last March I shared some preliminary car reliability stats for the FIAT 500 and new Volkswagen Passat. The 500 looked very good at the time. The Passat was at the other extreme. Another three months have passed, and TrueDelta’s car reliability stats have been updated to include owner experiences through the end of March 2012. […]

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Question: Are European Cars Really More Reliable In Europe Than In North America? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/question-are-european-cars-really-more-reliable-in-europe-than-in-north-america/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/question-are-european-cars-really-more-reliable-in-europe-than-in-north-america/#comments Tue, 24 Jan 2012 16:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=427885 Ever since I began writing about cars for various online publications, one argument keeps showing up in readers’ comments: Many European cars that are regarded by Americans as totally flaky (e.g., Fiats, anything French) are considered quite reliable in their home continent. The subtext of this argument is generally “You can’t let Americans have anything […]

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Ever since I began writing about cars for various online publications, one argument keeps showing up in readers’ comments: Many European cars that are regarded by Americans as totally flaky (e.g., Fiats, anything French) are considered quite reliable in their home continent. The subtext of this argument is generally “You can’t let Americans have anything […]

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TrueDelta Updates Reliability Data http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/truedelta-updates-reliability-data/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/truedelta-updates-reliability-data/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2011 17:52:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420951 We’re all aware that buying a first-year car can be risky, especially early in its production run. But how soon does the risk go away? Conversely, a new car model can initially seem problem free, only to have a common problem pop up once the cars have a few thousand miles on them. To cover […]

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We’re all aware that buying a first-year car can be risky, especially early in its production run. But how soon does the risk go away? Conversely, a new car model can initially seem problem free, only to have a common problem pop up once the cars have a few thousand miles on them. To cover […]

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TrueDelta Updates August Reliability Stats http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/truedelta-updates-august-reliability-stats/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/truedelta-updates-august-reliability-stats/#comments Mon, 29 Aug 2011 18:23:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=409154 Thanks in part to the help of people from TTAC, TrueDelta received a record number of responses to July’s Car Reliability Survey—over 22,300. Updated car reliability stats have been posted to the site for 570 model / model year / powertrain (where warranted) combinations. With partial results for another 464 cars, the total is now […]

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Thanks in part to the help of people from TTAC, TrueDelta received a record number of responses to July’s Car Reliability Survey—over 22,300. Updated car reliability stats have been posted to the site for 570 model / model year / powertrain (where warranted) combinations. With partial results for another 464 cars, the total is now […]

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