Buick and Jaguar are tied, above Lexus and Toyota.
I’m going to once again reiterate that these share platforms and often come from the same assembly line. How the hell are the problems per 100 cars so different? Oh yes, this is also from when people brought their cars 2 (the standard USED to be 3) years ago.
Well, first, we have to define what a problem is. JD Powers actually doesn’t specify it as something that needs to be taken to a dealer. So, for all we know it could be (like on my Mustang) a piece of trim around a speaker falling off because it wasn’t put in all the way. Or in the case of one of my mom’s cars, the entire electrical system going out, at night, while on the highway (and yes, it was a Dodge).
Mazda, Isuzu, Land Rover, VW and Suzuki are the last 5, in that order. Mazda’s, I’ve thought, are pretty reliable, everything else there except Isuzu, I knew was that bad.
But, back to my other point, Lexus has a ranking of 126/100 (126 problems per 100 vehicles), Toyota has one of 129/100. Once again, same cars with a couple exceptions. Scion has a ranking of 222/100. Never mind the fact that these are rebranded Toyota cars from other parts of the world, except the xD which is the stable mate of the Toyota Yaris. And the xB, which is of Echo/Yaris origins.
Now, Buick has a ranking of 122/100, Pontiac has a ranking of 220/100, Chevy has one of 185/100, GMC is 174/100 and Saturn is 211/100. Buick has the LaCrosse (a.k.a. Pontiac Grand Prix, Chevy Impala and Monte Carlo), the Lucerne (a.k.a. Pontiac Bonneville/LeSabre), the Enclave (Chevy Traverse, Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia), the Rainier (Chevy TrailBlazer and SSR, and GMC Envoy) and lastly, the Buick Rendezvous and Terraza (Chevy Uplander, Saturn Relay, Pontiac Montana SV6 and of course the other Buick). These are all cars that were made within this time period.
What gives? It gets even worse when you see that the Suzuki Aerio and Chevy Aveo are 2 of the top 3 cars in the sub-compact range, with the winner being a Scion (one of the imported ones actually).
But, some things actually make sense, like 2 cars from NUMMI in 2nd and 3rd place. Again though we run into a problem, the new Miata places first in one category with the Solstice in 3rd.
I think quite a bit of it has to do with preconceived notions. Buicks are purchased by old people, and Buick has always had a fairly good reputation so, if it has a good rep it’s really not a problem when something happens. Uneven tire wear? Maybe it’s just how I’m driving. This could be the same reason that Toyota and Lexus do as well as they do. The same reason that Scion does so horribly, people have no idea what to make of it.