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    Consumer Reports Announces the Results the 2015 Reliability Survey


    • Consumer Reports Announces 2015 Reliability Survey Results


    Yesterday, Consumer Reports announced the results of their annual reliability survey for 2015.

     

    Not surprisingly, the top ten was mostly made up of Japanese and Korean automakers, with Lexus and Toyota taking the top two spots. However, Audi led the Europeans by taking the third spot. For the domestics, Buick landed at number seven on the list.

     

    The survey reports that a number of automakers are still having troubles with the infotainment system, but also with transmissions.

     

    “We’ve seen a number of brands struggle with new transmission technology. “Whether it’s a complex system such as a dual-clutch gearbox, a continuously variable transmission, or one with eight or nine speeds. Many vehicles require repair and replacements because of rough shifting among the gears and slipping CVT belts,” said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ Director of Automotive Testing.

     

    One other bit of news to come out was the Tesla Model S losing its Recommended rating from the publication. While the vehicle earned top marks when it came to the tests done by Consumer Reports, the respondents tell a slightly different story. Problems listed include pop-out door handles that don't pop out anymore, leaking sunroofs, door rattles, and failure of the electric motor.

     

    Source: Consumer Reports

     

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    Consumer Reports’ 2015 Annual Auto Reliability Survey: New Transmission Technology Problems Emerge

    • Lexus, Toyota, Audi, Mazda, and Subaru Most Reliable Brands


    YONKERS, NY—While problematic infotainment systems continue to be among the top issues reported by new car owners, Consumer Reports has identified an emerging trend of increased troubles with new transmission systems developed to improve fuel-economy, based on an analysis of its 2015 Annual Auto Reliability Survey.
    The findings, released today before the Automotive Press Association in Detroit, are collected annually from Consumer Reports’ subscribers. CR’s 2015 Annual Auto Reliability Survey takes into account data from more than 740,000 vehicles.
    This year, Acura becomes the latest brand to see its overall predicted-reliability ranking drop sharply (down 7 places from last year) due to problems with in-car electronics and transmissions for its newest RLX and TLX sedans. CR has already seen these trouble areas drag down overall scores for Ford, Nissan, Fiat-Chrysler and others.
    “We’ve seen a number of brands struggle with new transmission technology,” said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ Director of Automotive Testing. “Whether it’s a complex system such as a dual-clutch gearbox, a continuously variable transmission, or one with eight or nine speeds. Many vehicles require repair and replacements because of rough shifting among the gears and slipping CVT belts.”
    Not all new-generation transmissions are troublesome. Audi and BMW have created reliable dual-clutch transmissions, while the CVTs in Honda and Toyota hybrids have been strong performers.
    Among the Japanese brands, Lexus pulled off a rare feat, garnering top reliability marks for all seven vehicle lines scored in Consumer Reports survey. But it was the only strong Japanese luxury brand. Nissan’s Infiniti brand has continued its downward trajectory because of problems with its InTouch infotainment system. Although none of Honda’s vehicles rated below average, the brand has dropped a few places largely due to glitches with its infotainment system in redesigned and freshened models. Toyota, Mazda and Subaru were all in the top five.
    Audi, once synonymous with service problems, continued its recent upward trend leading all European brands and finishing third, just behind Lexus and Toyota. Mini, BMW, Volvo, and Volkswagen all finished in the top 15. Porsche dropped from ninth to 14th place because of a declining score for the Cayman and a below-average debut for the Macan.
    Korean automakers, Kia and Hyundai, are considerably stronger and continue to rise in Consumer Reports rankings. The sister brands finished sixth and ninth, respectively. For the first time, Kia beat the stalwart Japanese brand Honda, and by a significant margin.
    The complete reliability results for all 2016 are available at www.ConsumerReports.org, today, and in the December Issue of Consumer Reports, on newsstands November 1.
    For the second year, Buick was the only domestic brand in the top 10 coming in seventh place. Cadillac dropped seven places to near the bottom, still plagued by its CUE infotainment system. Other General Motors brands, Chevrolet and GMC finished in the bottom third of the overall rankings.
    Ford remains in the lower half of the rankings as well, but showed significant gains with most of its cars scoring average or better. The redesigned F-150 and Expedition SUV were bright spots, scoring above average in its first year. But the first-year Mustang had issues with its body hardware, drive shaft, and stability/traction control systems. Nine of the 13 Fords Consumer Reports scored had average or better reliability.
    Tesla’s Model S sedan got high marks in Consumer Reports’ 50-plus performance tests, but its predicted reliability is another matter. CR received about 1,400 survey responses from Model S owners who chronicled an array of detailed and complicated maladies. From that data, the Tesla Model S earns a worse-than-average predicted reliability score. The main problem areas are the drivetrain, power equipment, charging equipment, center console, and body and sunroof squeaks, rattles, and leaks.
    While the long-running Chrysler and Dodge minivans scraped up an average reliability score for the first time in many years, all of Fiat-Chrysler brands (Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, and Fiat) finished at or near the bottom again.

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    I really do think that a lot of Lexus owners are very forgiving about their cars, mostly due to past reputation and the Lexus dealership experience. My old ES300 was a pile and a half and I talked with other owners as well that do not paint nearly as pretty a picture of Lexus as CR does. Just my two cents.

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    GM's had terrible rankings in Consumer Reports for ages and Cheers and Gears told me it was "media bias/domestic hate/liberals/tree-huggers/insert-convenient-idiot-conspiracy-here. 

     

    But Tesla hits a bump and it's OH NOES. On a similar note:

     

    "General Motors fared even worse. GMC, Chevrolet and Cadillac occupied a bottom one-third of our manufacturer rankings. Cadillac's CUE infotainment system continues to be particularly troublesome."

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    GM's had terrible rankings in Consumer Reports for ages and Cheers and Gears told me it was "media bias/domestic hate/liberals/tree-huggers/insert-convenient-idiot-conspiracy-here. 

     

    But Tesla hits a bump and it's OH NOES. On a similar note:

     

    "General Motors fared even worse. GMC, Chevrolet and Cadillac occupied a bottom one-third of our manufacturer rankings. Cadillac's CUE infotainment system continues to be particularly troublesome."

     

    CR is well know for their love of all things Asian first, then Tesla, German and last has always been it's home team the USA.

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    The change in Telsa's ranking reflects CR's quality more than any change in Tesla's quality.   I said the same thing when CR had to pull their "recommended" rating for the Camry years ago, as it was originally issued without sufficient data. 

     

    Regarding Tesla, it should surprise no one that a brand new company would have some teething issues with early units.  The difference is how the company reacts to those issues.  In Telsa's case, they have pretty much the best customer service in the industry, where if it were one of the big legacy manufacturers, they would deny deny deny until someone forced them to fix or recall. 

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    GM's had terrible rankings in Consumer Reports for ages and Cheers and Gears told me it was "media bias/domestic hate/liberals/tree-huggers/insert-convenient-idiot-conspiracy-here. 

     

    But Tesla hits a bump and it's OH NOES. On a similar note:

     

    "General Motors fared even worse. GMC, Chevrolet and Cadillac occupied a bottom one-third of our manufacturer rankings. Cadillac's CUE infotainment system continues to be particularly troublesome."

     

    CR is well know for their love of all things Asian first, then Tesla, German and last has always been it's home team the USA.

     

     

    I think you mean their readers since they provide the responses to the survey.

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    Well I think Consumer Reports is a bunch of nerds.  I don't like Musk or his car, so I will stoop so low as to side with the enemy to make my point... like a broken record.  :)

     

    We actually have a P85S in our shop right now, hit a deer, and I have to write the estimate to repair it... but Elon thinks he does not have to supply simple body repair guidelines to the company that writes our estimating system (the number one collision repair estimating system in the world by far)... so we have to scramble to get the customer taken care of properly.  Typical Elon Musk hubris, seen first hand.

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    Well I think Consumer Reports is a bunch of nerds.  I don't like Musk or his car, so I will stoop so low as to side with the enemy to make my point... like a broken record.  :)

     

    We actually have a P85S in our shop right now, hit a deer, and I have to write the estimate to repair it... but Elon thinks he does not have to supply simple body repair guidelines to the company that writes our estimating system (the number one collision repair estimating system in the world by far)... so we have to scramble to get the customer taken care of properly.  Typical Elon Musk hubris, seen first hand.

     

    What I'm reading is they are only providing the guidelines to Tesla certified repair centers.  If the center is not Tesla certified, no guidelines.

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    I still do not understand what an infotainment system has to do with reliability.

     

    In a growing number of cars the infotainment systems also control things like HVAC and even seating position.   If you can't adjust the heat/AC to a comfortable temp, I would consider that a reliability issue.   Reliability is more than just "does it start and drive every morning"

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    I really do think that a lot of Lexus owners are very forgiving about their cars, mostly due to past reputation and the Lexus dealership experience. My old ES300 was a pile and a half and I talked with other owners as well that do not paint nearly as pretty a picture of Lexus as CR does. Just my two cents.

    Seriously folks. Who down votes an opinion that is literally from personal experience? I had the car for six months and spent $1600 fixing various issues with it, from bad regulators to bad knock sensors. If someone can't give an honest opinion of their own experience without a down vote from the petty children on here, then honestly those children can just take a hike or maybe I just need to jump this ship altogether.

     

    Sorry to vent but this is just ridiculous behavior by people pretending to be adults.

     

    Well I think Consumer Reports is a bunch of nerds.  I don't like Musk or his car, so I will stoop so low as to side with the enemy to make my point... like a broken record.  :)

     

    We actually have a P85S in our shop right now, hit a deer, and I have to write the estimate to repair it... but Elon thinks he does not have to supply simple body repair guidelines to the company that writes our estimating system (the number one collision repair estimating system in the world by far)... so we have to scramble to get the customer taken care of properly.  Typical Elon Musk hubris, seen first hand.

     

    What I'm reading is they are only providing the guidelines to Tesla certified repair centers.  If the center is not Tesla certified, no guidelines.

     

    Good point. It's the same for every manufacturer and their guidelines. 

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    Funny how JD Power surveys regularly keep GM in the top half of initial quality and reliability results. CR, on the other hand, can give GM cars like the Impala, Volt, and Lambda crossovers incredibly high test drive ratings and turn around and manufacture reliability faults. Audi in the top 3?? Come the f@#k on. They're still having oil consumption issues in their turbo engines and it's pretty often I hear new stories that would keep me trading in new Audis before the warranty is up.

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    Funny how JD Power surveys regularly keep GM in the top half of initial quality and reliability results. CR, on the other hand, can give GM cars like the Impala, Volt, and Lambda crossovers incredibly high test drive ratings and turn around and manufacture reliability faults. Audi in the top 3?? Come the f@#k on. They're still having oil consumption issues in their turbo engines and it's pretty often I hear new stories that would keep me trading in new Audis before the warranty is up.

    Let's not forget those pesky diesel emissions (and subsequent complaints) that did not have time to make it onto these surveys.

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    Funny how JD Power surveys regularly keep GM in the top half of initial quality and reliability results. CR, on the other hand, can give GM cars like the Impala, Volt, and Lambda crossovers incredibly high test drive ratings and turn around and manufacture reliability faults. Audi in the top 3?? Come the f@#k on. They're still having oil consumption issues in their turbo engines and it's pretty often I hear new stories that would keep me trading in new Audis before the warranty is up.

     

    Any Audi that I've been in over 50k miles has been a basket case with all of the Achtung! lights on. 

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    I really do think that a lot of Lexus owners are very forgiving about their cars, mostly due to past reputation and the Lexus dealership experience. My old ES300 was a pile and a half and I talked with other owners as well that do not paint nearly as pretty a picture of Lexus as CR does. Just my two cents.

    Seriously folks. Who down votes an opinion that is literally from personal experience? I had the car for six months and spent $1600 fixing various issues with it, from bad regulators to bad knock sensors. If someone can't give an honest opinion of their own experience without a down vote from the petty children on here, then honestly those children can just take a hike or maybe I just need to jump this ship altogether.

     

    Sorry to vent but this is just ridiculous behavior by people pretending to be adults.

     

    Well I think Consumer Reports is a bunch of nerds.  I don't like Musk or his car, so I will stoop so low as to side with the enemy to make my point... like a broken record.  :)

     

    We actually have a P85S in our shop right now, hit a deer, and I have to write the estimate to repair it... but Elon thinks he does not have to supply simple body repair guidelines to the company that writes our estimating system (the number one collision repair estimating system in the world by far)... so we have to scramble to get the customer taken care of properly.  Typical Elon Musk hubris, seen first hand.

     

    What I'm reading is they are only providing the guidelines to Tesla certified repair centers.  If the center is not Tesla certified, no guidelines.

     

    Good point. It's the same for every manufacturer and their guidelines.

    No it is not, sur.

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    I really do think that a lot of Lexus owners are very forgiving about their cars, mostly due to past reputation and the Lexus dealership experience. My old ES300 was a pile and a half and I talked with other owners as well that do not paint nearly as pretty a picture of Lexus as CR does. Just my two cents.

    Seriously folks. Who down votes an opinion that is literally from personal experience? I had the car for six months and spent $1600 fixing various issues with it, from bad regulators to bad knock sensors. If someone can't give an honest opinion of their own experience without a down vote from the petty children on here, then honestly those children can just take a hike or maybe I just need to jump this ship altogether.

     

    Sorry to vent but this is just ridiculous behavior by people pretending to be adults.

     

    Well I think Consumer Reports is a bunch of nerds.  I don't like Musk or his car, so I will stoop so low as to side with the enemy to make my point... like a broken record.  :)

     

    We actually have a P85S in our shop right now, hit a deer, and I have to write the estimate to repair it... but Elon thinks he does not have to supply simple body repair guidelines to the company that writes our estimating system (the number one collision repair estimating system in the world by far)... so we have to scramble to get the customer taken care of properly.  Typical Elon Musk hubris, seen first hand.

     

    What I'm reading is they are only providing the guidelines to Tesla certified repair centers.  If the center is not Tesla certified, no guidelines.

     

    Good point. It's the same for every manufacturer and their guidelines.

    No it is not, sur.

     

    Yes it is. Every (or I should say just about every) manufacturer has certified 3rd party repair centers. My buddy back east is GM certified and even has the extra certification to work on Vettes. This is not really news. Certified shops will have access to the info. you claim Tesla did not give you.

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    Um... you misunderstand my point.  But nevernevermind.

     

    Edit:  I used incorrect terminology.  I will need to write the estimate in my system manually, because our humble friend Elon has not supplied CCC with the database needed, with part numbers/prices and a labor time guide.  I can write a Corvette, or anything else up to a one-ton truck from anyone all day.  With this POS, I need to go old school and punch everything into my super duper computer manually.  I am rolling my eyes at this.  He and his car are not that special.  But that is OK, we are part of a collective that will be able to supply me with the necessary information to override Musk's decision to curtail his customer's choice of repair shops.  I WILL OVERCOME.

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    Well I think Consumer Reports is a bunch of nerds.  I don't like Musk or his car, so I will stoop so low as to side with the enemy to make my point... like a broken record. 

     

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    Well I think Consumer Reports is a bunch of nerds.  I don't like Musk or his car, so I will stoop so low as to side with the enemy to make my point... like a broken record. 

     

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    Haha, now that's funny right dere.  Do you have a funny photo of your new man True Dough?  I understand he's a bit of a hunk.  :AH-HA:

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    Um... you misunderstand my point.  But nevernevermind.

     

    Edit:  I used incorrect terminology.  I will need to write the estimate in my system manually, because our humble friend Elon has not supplied CCC with the database needed, with part numbers/prices and a labor time guide.  I can write a Corvette, or anything else up to a one-ton truck from anyone all day.  With this POS, I need to go old school and punch everything into my super duper computer manually.  I am rolling my eyes at this.  He and his car are not that special.  But that is OK, we are part of a collective that will be able to supply me with the necessary information to override Musk's decision to curtail his customer's choice of repair shops.  I WILL OVERCOME.

    Um...didn't misunderstand it at all but I can agree to disagree.

     

    No worries ocn.

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      Consumer Reports—the world’s largest and most trusted consumer nonprofit—first published its annual brand reliability rankings in 2001. That initial analysis showed that domestic nameplate vehicles had been lagging behind Japanese and European imports for the previous 20 years. Factoring in that history makes Buick’s third-place finish the highest for any American brand in more than 35 years.
      “Buick’s achievement is commendable and sure to be a wake-up call to other manufacturers,” said Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ director of automotive testing. “One reason why the brand has been able to leapfrog others in the General Motors’ stable has been its limited vehicle lineup--with none of the pickups and truck-based SUVs that have negatively impacted Cadillac and Chevrolet.”
      All of the Asian nameplates scored among the top half of the 29 brands tested, accounting for seven of the top 10 spots. Lexus and Toyota continued their domination, finishing in first and second place for the fourth straight year. All nine Lexus models CR rated had better-than-average reliability, as would have Toyota, had it not been for the below average score of the redesigned 2016 Tacoma pickup truck.
      Among the other Asian brands, Infiniti made the biggest gain, while Acura was up six spots and Nissan moved up two. All Mazda models remained above average except for the new CX-3 small SUV, which came in at average. Kia and Hyundai continue to surge up the rankings, coming in at five and seven this year. No Kia or Hyundai models scored below average.
      Honda has continued with its erratic trajectory, making landfall at number 10 among all brands. Usually a top finisher known for reliability, the brand has been hurt by new introductions. In addition to the new Civic, the redesigned Pilot SUV was just average.
      Historically a strong performer, Subaru is an example of how smaller manufacturers can be helped—or hindered—by the performance of one or two models. Subaru fell out of the top 10, hurt by the 2016 Legacy and Outback falling to average, and the sporty WRX/STi dropping to below average.
      Reliability improvements helped some luxury brands move up. Infiniti jumped 16 spots to number eight, but the brand still runs hot and cold. The older QX50 SUV and Q70 sedan had top scores, but the newer QX60 SUV and Q50 sedan were below average. BMW also moved into the top 10, with the 5 Series, X5, and i3 improving to average.
      Audi has had several years of upward progress, and it continues to rank in the top five. The new Q7 and the Q3 SUVs were very reliable. Other European brands continue their inconsistency. Mercedes was one of the big movers, jumping four spots to number 17. The 2016 GLC, which replaced the reliable GLK, launched with well-above-average reliability, and the GLA and GLE SUVs were average. But the large GLS SUV was among the 20 most trouble-prone new cars in the survey, and the C- and S-Class sedans remained unreliable.
      Volkswagen and Volvo, however, tumbled. Aside from the Tiguan SUV, all other VW models had below average reliability. The redesigned XC90 was the big culprit in Volvo’s plunge to the bottom third ranking, with its touch-screen infotainment and climate systems being particularly problematic.
      Transmissions with more ratios and advanced drivetrains continue to be a challenge for a number of brands. While the Acura TLX and Jeep Cherokee have seen improvements in the reliability of their nine-speed automatics, earlier models are still problematic. Ford’s dual-clutch automatic transmission continues to afflict the Fiesta and Focus, which is one reason they are among the lowest-scoring models. Likewise, early versions of the current Nissan Pathfinder and similar Infiniti QX60 SUVs continue to suffer from problems with their continuously variable transmissions.
      Other GM marques did not fare as well as Buick. Chevrolet saw gains, moving up five spots since last year. It was helped in particular by the stellar reliability of the redesigned 2016 Cruze, which topped all compact cars, and the Corvette, which moved up to average. Cadillac has two models with below-average reliability—the Escalade and small ATS sedan—while the CTS and XTS sedans were average or better. GMC has dropped, hurt by its versions of the same large SUVs and pickup trucks that haunt Chevrolet.
      Consumer Reports requires at least two models with sufficient data in order to be included in its brand reliability rankings. With the introduction of the new Model X SUV, Tesla is now included and is ranked toward the bottom, at 25th. The Model X launched with abundant problems, including frequent malfunctions of the falcon-wing doors, water leaks, and infotainment and climate-control system problems. The Model S gained ground this year, improving to average reliability.
      Fiat-Chrysler continues its turbulent voyage. The Fiat 500L, the most trouble-prone new car for the past two years, is now only the seventh-most troublesome. No Fiat or Ram vehicle managed even an average reliability rating. Only the Chrysler 300 sedan, Dodge Grand Caravan minivan, and Jeep Patriot SUV managed an average or better score.

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