Skip to comments.List: Avoid Lemons: The 47 Most Reliable Cars of 2009
Posted on 08/21/2009 1:17:48 PM PDT by wrrock
2009 J.D. Power & Associates releases list of cars with the highest initial reliability. Initial reliability measures any problems within the first three-months of ownership. This list contains the top three cars in each class for initial reliability. View the list of reliable cars...
(Excerpt) Read more at cardealerreviews.org ...
"However, a thorough redesign in 2006 has the Lexus IS poised to once again challenge the long standing dominance of BMWs Bavarian dynamo."
"Chevrolet makes several significant changes to the 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer, helping to keep it in the hunt against rapidly improving competitors."
"A set of new advanced front airbags with front-passenger detection completes the changes for the 2005 Lexus GX 470."
Problem: There is little mention of reliability in the reviews. While I do not disagree with many of the choices, I would like to see data that support the reliability claim.
Neither of my cars are on the list. Therefore I don’t believe it.
Somethin’ fishy about that list...
I notice that too.
They don’t even make Trailblazers any more. And a Mercury Sable??? Chrysler PT Cruiser???
Really stupid article. Most stuff about cars is all PR under the guise of auto journalism.
Any list that has the PT Loser or any Chrysler product as “most reliable” rings the bogus bell for me.
I wonder what is up with all the recycled news stories that are being posted lately. Yesterday we had a yahoo story about the top ten places to grow up that was all out of date, too.
Then there was the story about the Chevron oil find in the Gulf of Mexico, that happened a long time ago.
When news is unreliable and profitability depends on consumer ignorance, what’s a good person to do?
I just heard that the Nazis invaded Poland.
From “Any list that has the PT Loser or any Chrysler
product as most reliable rings the bogus bell
To: “Any list that has any Chrysler product as most
reliable rings the bogus bell for me.
Had a D250 that simply quit, for no reason, at random times, but usually when I had to be somewhere else...
The now wife bought a Neon: head gaskets every year...
I did a Wrangler, which makes sense in NH, but it was a squirrel,and,every so often the radio would work.
Just after we were married, as though that mattered after years of living together, I forced her into a Blazer: we need four wheel drive on our dirt road, and I wanted a frame.
That yielded 15K mile sealed front wheel bearing failures.
So, while I think that GM, now Government Motors, had the better ergonomics, we currently deploy an Explorer and an F-350 diesel.
Your mileage, of course, may differ....
The best car I ever owned was a 1990 Nissan Maxima. The worst car I ever owned was a 1996 Nissan Maxima. Both were bought new.
That 90 model I traded was far tighter and rattle-free at 175K miles, than the 96 was at 10k miles. If it weren’t for those dumb, electric motorized mouse-track shoulder belts, I would have kept it. But, it was “time,” I’d had a great experience with the previous model, and I still got burned.
There are variables above and beyond the averages reported for a specific make and model.
kind of a meaningless study/list. Most cars are fairly reliable in that period. ... What really matters is not reliability in the first few months.
What matters is how reliable is your ride down the road in the 3rd, 4th, 5th year, for example.
My wife told me about a nurse at the hospital where she works who bought a new Dodge Stratus, I think it was, and in less than two years and not that many miles, it was making lound clunking sounds like it was ... well ... a 15 year old clunker.
She got rid of it and bought a Toyota, which is what most of the nurses (and my wife and I) drive now.
I bought an 07 nissan xterra new. Planned to use it ten years. Came with factory rustproofing
Discovered that it is RUSTING!
Garaged car that goes to work four or five days a week.
My 11 year old Mazda 8 seater has less rust.
I am so frustratd. This was my first nissan. Always bought Mazdas and toyotas and Saabs...and one little affair with British Leyland.
That’s unfortunate. I would be frustrated as well.
I’ve had such good luck with the used Toyota Highlander we bought 2 1/2 years ago, that I think we will buy nothing buy Toyotas from here on out. I’ve had to do zero repairs on it — only maintenance items.
I plan to talk tothe dealership Monday. Probably wont get far.
It’s certainly worth rattling their cage about the “factory rustproofing” issue. Good luck.
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