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Old 05-25-2013, 09:11 AM   #1
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Which Cars Get The Most Complaints

This is an interesting article in USA Today. It doesn't cover trucks, so isn't exactly applicable here, but perhaps we can extrapolate:
Chevy isn't even in the top-10.
Ford is near the bottom (#9)
All forms of Chrysler are in there big-time!
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:30 AM   #2
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I don't think it's fair to compare cars over time - companies change from good to bad and vice versa for a variety of reasons.

For example - I had a 88 jeep pickup that was one of the best vehicles I ever owned in every way. It was mostly AMC with some chrysler parts (and gm and other bits as well). I bought it after chevy bough back a truck from me under arbitration (lemon law).
Did mostly fords and dodge in the interim and had decent luck I'd say with both - what bugs me the most is engineering failures.
Like the sliding door locks on 96-99 chrysler minivans. slam the door too had and it stays locked till it decides otherwise.
Or my 03 windstar that had both front and rear suspensions replaced do to rusting out (similar issues on 01 expeditions too). Add in suspension issues on my 04 taurus...

and we now own a subaru and a new chevy truck - best new vehicle I've ever owned. Not an issue of any kind - it just works perfectly. I talked with truck owners at random (in parking lots usually) before we bought and around here chevy trucks are everywhere (the newer bodystyle) and fords are less common and dodges less so yet.
My subaru has some typical issues - hey, the internet is a great resource for such things, so 'being japanese' means little these days.
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:12 AM   #3
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Edmunds ranks the Ram 1500 as the #1 half-ton truck for 2013. Ford comes in second and Chevy third... 2013 Truck Buying Guide: Top Recommended Trucks

If I look hard enough, I can find lists that reflect just the opposite.


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Old 05-30-2013, 08:58 AM   #4
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The ones with the idiots driving them at 4 under speed limit in the hammer lane.

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Old 05-30-2013, 09:23 AM   #5
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I concur with the Cowracer.
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I'd like to see a similar study/report for the RV industry...

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Old 05-30-2013, 12:17 PM   #7
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The problem with reports like this is the lack of real information. Most of the complaints for most of the cars was "the powertrain". So...what does that mean? An actual problem with the engine? The tranny? Just crappy performance. Poor mileage? And what about "hardware". That tells me nothing. That report is about as useful as a football bat.
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:22 PM   #9
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I agree that these lists are pretty much useless. New technologies that people are unfamiliar with, such as Fords Sync when released, cause a spike in complaints that mean nothing to someone that can run it, or to those who choose not to have that option. On the other hand, Ford's 6.0 diesel was a nightmare and involved what was obviously a very important part of a vehicle. I bring up these 2 examples to stress the point that it is important to understand what type of complaints they were and what models were involved. Very elementary to make an assumption about a company as a whole based upon no other information besides the total complaints.
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I don't know about complaints, but over the years the 3 different Dodges each averaged a recall per year, while the Saturn, Ford and Mazda never had any.
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