TrueDelta: Dark Lord Lucas [Still] Bedevils Jag

truedelta dark lord lucas still bedevils jag

TrueDelta has released the August results of its Vehicle Reliability Survey. Among the models surveyed: the 2009 Nissan Murano, 2009 Jaguar XF, 2008 smart fortwo (no caps) and 2008 Saturn ASTRA (all caps). The Murano follows the Rogue in requiring fewer repairs in its first few months than Nissan's previous redesigns. The smart requires more repairs than the average car, but not too many more. That would be the Jaguar. Though the sample size for the new XF was small, the reported repair rate was nearly four times the average of a nearly new car. Most commonly reported… wait for it… electrical glitches. Finally, the most reliable of the three European-sourced models, with a require rate about half the average, comes from… GM. GM designs often require far fewer repairs in their second year of production. Following what used to be a common practice with new Japanese designs, the ASTRA also spent its first year overseas. So it comes to the U.S. nearly glitch-free. Full results at the link below.

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  • Sajeev Mehta Sajeev Mehta on Aug 21, 2008

    Verbal: the V6 models wind up sucking catalytic converter material back into the engine and the motor throws a rod or loses compression. Gutting the pup cats or going with aftermarket headers is the "fix". Fun.

  • Seabrjim Seabrjim on Aug 21, 2008

    Michael, what was the design flaw? I read at the time ford spent a BILLION dollars designing the contour/mercury mistake. Thats a lot of scratch for a car design in the 90's. Especially when it hit the market and they realized it had no rear seat roon. Oops...

  • Verbal Verbal on Aug 21, 2008

    Sajeev Mehta : the V6 models wind up sucking catalytic converter material back into the engine and the motor throws a rod or loses compression. Fascinating. There's actually a Contour design flaw of which I was unaware. So this is in addition to the car's early wheel bearing failures, early alternator failures, early starter motor failures, chronic Check Engine light illumination, etc. etc. etc.

  • ZoomZoom ZoomZoom on Aug 21, 2008

    Oh how the mighty have fallen. They're getting their fingerprints all over it!

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