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What are the worst car brands?

by Navyatha Sandiri
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General Motors (GM) and Toyota have recently been making headlines for major mechanical and electrical failures that have resulted in multi-million dollar litigation and substantial financial fines from government protection agencies. Odds are these items will have an effect on your purchasing decisions if you were shopping for a new vehicle. No one wants to buy a car from one of the most reliable car brands. You probably wouldn’t be able to buy any of these car brands based on this detail. You might be surprised to learn that GM and Toyota are not the only ones producing cars with reliability issues. In order to bring you to speed, we have built this list of the worst vehicles, with respect to reliability, for sale in the United States.

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Not all car brands are equal. While news from warnings and malfunctions affect our understanding of the reliability of various car brands and models, there is far more happening than in the press. The consumer research survey has uncovered this information and offered a fascinating insight into the state of modern automotive manufacturing, thus changing the expectations of the long-standing company. But this is ample chat. Check at the list and recap again.


The former Dodge truck has now had some major reliability problems under the control of Fiat. The RAM 1500 entry-level results revealed that Ram trucks had just the least problems. The larger models (2500 and 3500) seemed the most challenging in the Ram car brand.

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It surprises not many people that Volkswagen is on the lowest-trust automotive list. For some time the German automaker has been concerned with reliability. Volkswagen should reduce costs and provide less expensive luxury sports experience – entry-level automobiles that contrasted or compared with car brands such as the sister company Audi of Volkswagen (which actually produced some of the most popular vehicles in the list of customer reports).


The Korean automaker was beginning to produce junk cars in the United States and soon earned his reputation. They eventually secured a spot in the US car market by restoring quality and a 10-year warranty to back it up. Decades later, reliability issues continue to impose Hyundai. While they are not the least reliable vehicles, they have a few problems to overcome. Otherwise, the car brands at the bottom of the list should be included.

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For some time now, Nissan has been touching and reliable. The trustworthiness of this car company leaves much to be desired though they have improved success in the marketing department. The highest offender is the Nissan Altima, which was the least reliable car in the consumer reports survey for all the medium-sized sedans from all the car brands. Some of the car problems reported by drivers include non-responsive push-button ignitions, sensor malfunctions, and Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT) complaints.


Also the property of Fiat, Jeep did not fare well in the rankings of reliability. The Patriot was their best-performing model, but the Jeep brand did not perform well in terms of reliability. A lot of Jeep’s reliability issues center around integrated electronics. The Jeep Grand Cherokee was cited as a specific example, largely due to the high number of integrated electronics and the high number of driver-reported problems with these devices.

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All in all, the former Chrysler brands have done little according to the car owners polled by the Consumer Reports. Dodge was no exception to that. The report shows that Dodge Dart is doing the best of all the models of that particular car brand, but as a whole, Dodge has produced some of the least reliable cars on the list. It seemed to be a trend in recent purchases of Chrysler brands. Luckily, this is something Fiat plans to address in future iterations.


Who knew that? Well, the Cadillac drivers did it, it seems. Cadillac used to be the brand of other car brands has been compared to both driving experience and reliability. Unfortunately, they seem to have taken a dip in their quality. It’s more like a dive, actually. Again, electronic systems have been largely to blame. Everything from frozen touch screens to non-responsive voice-activated controls has contributed to Cadillac’s low-reliability rankings. What is interesting is the low number of mechanical complaints. Still, car owners were frustrated by broken or non-responsive electronics, and Cadillac’s score dropped significantly.


Another victim of electronic device failure, Ford’s score was significantly reduced due to problems with the MyFord Touch software and technical issues surrounding the new in-car infotainment center in many of their vehicles. Of the thirty Ford models tested, all ranked below the average on the reliability scale, with the exception of the 3.7-liter V6 Ford F-150. The MyFord Touch issue severely damaged the reliability of the Ford brand in the survey, but Ford seemed to be doing well in terms of mechanical failures. The Consumer Reports survey also pointed to a reported car problem with electronic engine components but was careful to make it clear that the engine itself was fine.


Lincoln is still in the early stages of a comeback that has been coming for a long time. Reliability issues with Lincoln vehicles also stemmed from the MyFord Touch system, as it is part of the Ford car brands and uses the same technology. The ongoing problem with the Ford-made V6 EcoBoost engines was further contributing to a low-reliability score. Unfortunately, this was a major factor in what placed Lincoln at the bottom of this list, making it one of the least reliable cars on the market.


This may come as a bit of a surprise to many of you. After all, Mini has been around for a long time and has a good reputation — or has. You don’t have to look too far for stories from tormented mini owners complaining about frequent visits to the dealer and a rather absurd laundry list of items breaking, bugging out (a lot of sensor issues were logged in), and general unhappiness with a quality build.  Car and Driver’s long-term test of the Mini Countryman (the least reliable vehicle tested, according to the Consumer Reports survey) revealed that Countryman was prone to squeaking and rattling in cold weather, but seemed to be quieter when it was warm. It seems that BMW, the prestigious German automaker who owns the Mini car brand, has been skimping on the quality of the brand they have owned since 1994.