ROC Rank: Comma Club HOF 10,000+
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Fresno-Clovis, CA
Model Year: 2010
Color: Dark Cherry Pearl
Re: Consumer Reports Downgrade: Fuel System Reliability
The true value in the reliability charts are 'trends'. Showing those makes that typically have more or fewer defects over time, becomes quite obvious.
It does not mean you will have every one of the problems indicated, or maybe not even one of them. But if you do have a problem, there is greater probability it will be one or more of those.
Trends that Japanese based vehicles (and more recently S. Korean) have fewer issues than domestics.
And among domestics, Ford products fare better, Chrysler products, worse.
Among Asian imports, Honda and Toyota fare the best, with other close behind, with a few exceptions.
You should check out True Delta, who does online auto surveys, very similar fashion in terms of reliability of vehicles, but the data collected, while similar to CR in content, is expressed quite differently. They also have subjective comments from owners on personal experiences.
I don't think any of these 'trends' are any big surprise in the real world.
In summary, you could say CR subscribers simply typify the experience of most owners across the US.
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Last edited by rollinhonda; 12-01-2012 at 01:48 PM.