Top 10 Least Dependable Automakers

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Top 10 Least Dependable Automakers
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J.D. Power just released the results of its 2015 Vehicle Dependability Study. Plenty of automakers deserve praise, but others, well, not so much… Continue Reading...

Top 10 Most Reliable Car Brands

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Top 10 Most Reliable Car Brands
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J.D. Power just released its annual Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). This closely monitored report gives automakers and consumers a good idea of how well the industry is doing when it comes to quality. Continue Reading...

How Nissan is Working to Improve its Quality

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How Nissan is Working to Improve its Quality
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Nissan’s all-new 2015 Murano crossover looks like a winner. It’s stylish, comfortable and drives well, but these aren’t the only feathers in its cap. Quality should be another one of this vehicle’s strong suits. Continue Reading...

Are Turbocharged Engines Reliable?

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Are Turbocharged Engines Reliable?
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  Turbochargers are becoming more and more popular. Automakers are constantly looking for ways to improve their fuel-economy figures without sacrificing performance and these little exhaust-driven blowers can really help out. Continue Reading...

GM, Ford Tie Staff Bonuses to Vehicle Quality

GM, Ford Tie Staff Bonuses to Vehicle Quality
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General Motors and Ford are putting renewed focus on quality. Each company had its share of issues in recent years but they’re taking a similar – and probably controversial – approach to improving. Continue Reading...

Are Tesla Model S Reliability Ratings About to Plunge?

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Are Tesla Model S Reliability Ratings About to Plunge?
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Tesla’s Model S sedan scored an unprecedented “99 out of 100″ from Consumer Reports last year, but the glowing endorsement from this influential publication could turn out to be short lived. Sources indicate the reliability of this car may have taken a slide. Continue Reading...

2014 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards Announced

2014 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards Announced
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The folks at Kelley Blue Book have released their annual Brand Image Awards. The study, now in its seventh year, honors automakers for excelling in certain areas. Categories include things like best performance brand, most refined brand and most trusted brand. Overall there are 13 winners and the results may surprise or even appall you…. Continue Reading...

Lexus, Acura and Audi Top 2014 Consumer Reports Brand Report Card

Lexus, Acura and Audi Top 2014 Consumer Reports Brand Report Card
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Consumer Reports’ 2014 Car Brand Report Card has been published and not surprisingly luxury automakers dominate the top of this list. Continue Reading...

2014 Jeep Cherokee Heads to Dealers after Long Delay

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2014 Jeep Cherokee Heads to Dealers after Long Delay
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Have you been anxiously waiting for the 2014 Jeep Cherokee? In spite of long delays the company is finally getting its act together and the new compact SUV should start to arrive at dealerships over the next 10 days. Continue Reading...

GM Surprises in J.D. Power 2013 Initial Quality Study, Scion Comes in Last

GM Surprises in J.D. Power 2013 Initial Quality Study, Scion Comes in Last
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J.D. Power released the results of its latest Initial Quality Study at this month’s Automotive Press Association luncheon in Detroit. The survey had some very surprising results. Continue Reading...

Ford Reliability: Is Quality Still ‘Job 1?’

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Ford Reliability: Is Quality Still ‘Job 1?’
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Six of the Top 10 Least Reliable Cars and Trucks on the road are Ford products. At least, that’s according to data provided by Consumer Reports, a non-profit organization that tests everything from toasters to homeowner’s insurance. This lopsided result has raised a lot of questions, like: Are Blue-Oval vehicles really that troublesome or is… Continue Reading...

Top 10 Least Reliable Cars and Trucks

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Top 10 Least Reliable Cars and Trucks
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Since its founding in 1936, Consumer Reports has become the go-to source for shoppers. From new refrigerators to bottles of wine, Blue-ray players to homeowner’s insurance, if it’s on the market it’s likely the non-profit organization has scientifically tested it. Of course the consumer watchdog is probably most famous for its vehicle reliability ratings. Continue Reading...

Ask AutoGuide No. 3 – Dad’s Dilemma

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Ask AutoGuide No. 3 – Dad’s Dilemma
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Like veteran 911 operators AutoGuide’s expertly trained staff is here to help at anytime, day or night… as long as they can respond via e-mail and at their convenience. Ask AutoGuide is our newest weekly feature and it’s off like a prom dress. Continue Reading...

Top 10 Cars With the Largest Declines in Dependability

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Top 10 Cars With the Largest Declines in Dependability
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Quality is an ever-moving target; it’s something automakers have to constantly monitor. And like the Mongol hordes conquering vast swaths of Asia in the 13th century, problems can easily overwhelm an unsuspecting company’s defenses. Like arrows toppling a mighty war elephant, just a few small issues can devastate even the most reliable vehicle on the… Continue Reading...

Camaro, Mustang, Challenger Having an ‘Off Year’

Camaro, Mustang, Challenger Having an ‘Off Year’
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 You might want to think twice about buying a new muscle car from Dodge, Chevrolet or Ford this year. Continue Reading...

Consumer Reports’ Latest Survey Shows More of the Same and a Few BIG Surprises

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Consumer Reports’ Latest Survey Shows More of the Same and a Few BIG Surprises
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The numbers have been tallied and the data compiled in Consumer Reports’ latest Auto Reliability Survey. Toyota has a lot to be happy about but Ford has taken a tumble. Continue Reading...

F-150 Tops Silverado in Best Value Awards, but Chevy Wins Overall

F-150 Tops Silverado in Best Value Awards, but Chevy Wins Overall
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Ford will tell you how the F-150 beat the Chevrolet Silverado in the 2012 Best Value in America awards, but it won’t tell you that the company also lost to Chevrolet.  A press release titled “F-150 wins Best Value Award” might seem pretty simple, but the eighth annual “Best Value in America” award isn’t quite… Continue Reading...

Kia To Focus On Quality Ahead Of Lineup Expansion

Kia To Focus On Quality Ahead Of Lineup Expansion
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Kia will hold off on expanding its production facilities and sales targets in favor of improving the quality of its vehicles, CEO Lee Sam-ung told Automotive News at a launch event for its new Rio hatchback. “Quantitative growth is important, but qualitative growth is also important. We plan to focus on improving product quality and… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Admits Poor Quality, Assures American Consumers Of Improvements

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Volkswagen Admits Poor Quality, Assures American Consumers Of Improvements
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Despite poor showings in various quality surveys, not to mention anecdotal evidence abound, Volkswagen is tackling its vehicle quality problems head on, and is openly discussing the steps it will take to remedy them. The J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey, regarded as the gold standard among industry types, pegged VW at 29th out of 32… Continue Reading...

Domestics Beat Imports In Initial Quality Reports

Domestics Beat Imports In Initial Quality Reports
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In a reversal of previous trends, domestic brands reported fewer aggregate quality problems than import brands for the first time in the history of J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Survey. Domestic vehicles reported 108 problems per 100 vehicles, compared to 109 problems per 100 vehicles for imports – not a very wide margin, but an important… Continue Reading...