Japanese cars: More reliable than death

japanese_carJapanese cars, according to a survey, are the most reliable on Earth, which means everyone else is rubbish. Honda, Toyota and Lexus took the first three places in a reliability league, compiled by our chums the Warranty Direct company and What Car!!!!!!!!!

The table was based on cars that are three-to-ten years old and, remarkably, Hondas only a 10% chance of breaking down in any given year. Likewise, Toyota and Lexus are 17% and 18% respectively.

And who sucks? Land Rover, that's who, as they came last in the reliability stakes with a breakdown rate of 71%. Surprisingly, luxury motors like Jaguar (43% breakdown rate) and Mercedes-Benz (45%) didn't fare well at all.

In fact, so poor is the rest of the world, only one non-Far East manufacturer made it into the top 10, so take a bow Chrysler.

What Car!?!?! editor in chief Chas Hallett said: "Reliability is so important to motorists, especially when times are tough. Japanese car makers really do deliver on reliability and Honda is exceptionally good at this. What will be surprising to many is the fact that several of the more desirable brands did not fare so well regarding reliability, and the cost of their repairs are high. They need to do better."


  • Ash E.
    I agree with everything written here. So does my 13 year old Honda Civic.
  • Smooth S.
    Wonder if the compiled the list based on miles driven? I'd warrant that many of the cars that break down are used as fleet cars or are used in harsher environments than the little old ladies who use their hatchback to nip down to Netto's
  • qwertyuiop
    Interesting. Wasn't there that MAJOR problem with a certain model of Toyota a year or so ago that was featured quite heavily on the news for being a death trap due to some failure? Methinks Chas Hallett secretly longs for the destruction of the West and is starting out on his vendetta by slagging off our motors. What a dick!?!?!
  • sicknote
    And my wife's brand fucking new Range Rover Evoque is the most unreliable car on the planet, total wank pile of shitty crapness.
  • Bob
    My Chrysler Grand Voyager is the best family car I have owned. Has just passed it's third mot with flying colours. Would never switch back to a manual car after loving the stress free driving with the automatic gears and DVD players for the kids.
  • Jack T.
    My Honda is sound too. But Warranty Direct wanted £270 for a policy. Average claim rate for the model was 2%, average claim value £250. Do the maths and then spell money-grabbing wankers.

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