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Feature   April 1, 2002   by CARS Magazine

Consumer Reports names 2001 reliability survey winners

U.S.-based Consumer Reports annual survey of vehicle reliability for 2001 models showed a distinct advantage for Japanese manufacturers, whose vehicles experienced 15 problems per 100 vehicles. Europe...


U.S.-based Consumer Reports annual survey of vehicle reliability for 2001 models showed a distinct advantage for Japanese manufacturers, whose vehicles experienced 15 problems per 100 vehicles. European brands had an average of 23 issues per hundred, while North American companies were essentially tied at 24 problems per 100 vehicles.

The most reliable North American vehicle was the Chrysler 300M at 22 problems per 100, while the European winner was the Saab 9-5 with 14 per hundred. The best overall was Nissan’s Infinity QX4 at four per hundred. At the other end of Consumer Reports list is the Ford Explorer Sport Trac (2WD), 44 issues per hundred, and the Audi A6 2.7T with 42 problems per hundred vehicles.