One of the biggest gripes about automobiles, and probably the largest factor in buying a car for an average consumer, is reliability.
And, the Germans have not always been at the forefront of that department. Sure they made doors that closed like bank vaults and over engineered just about every process in the vehicle, but they could not make certain things simply work.
Case in point: this week I am driving a 2010 BMW X6M. The car's been an absolute blast but for whatever reason when I go to close the sunroof, sometimes it just will not comply. Why? We'll never know...
If German cars had a stellar reputation for reliability, Lexus would not be where it is today. TrueDelta’s latest Car Reliability Survey results, based on owner experiences through the end of March 2010, provide some evidence that a corner has been turned, but other evidence that work remains to be done.
Two years ago the current Mercedes C-Class had a relatively trouble-free launch, and in the latest results the 2008 is better than average. Nearly three-quarters of owners haven’t had a single repair in the past year.
The redesigned-for-2010 Mercedes E-Class appears poised to go down the same path. TrueDelta’s first reliability stat for the car, 56 repair trips per 100 cars per year, is very close to the average for all 2010 cars...
**Yeah, I know the car pictured is a Mazda RX-7 but I figured it was good for a chuckle...
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