In the world of cars, some manufacturers have an ironclad reputation, while others are the rear end of many a joke. There are certain manufacturers which historically have always produced reliable cars, but even these automotive golden geese sometimes lay a copper egg. In this article, we will be discussing vehicles that you would assume to be reliable but turn out to better suited for lawn ornamentation.
The Lexus LS 00-03 year range is the first on our list. Lexus is synonymous with high-quality luxury, but an alarming 31% of these LS models broke down annually. This turns out to be the same percentage as another Japanese car, the Mazda RX-8
Another highly lauded car is the Volkswagen Golf, but the 04-09 models had a breakdown rate of 32%. Performance-wise, the car is beyond reproach, but clearly its reliability rating does not match. The Audi A3 is a another well-respected German offering which has a poor reliability rating. The annual failure of the A3 is a very high 38%, with repairs costing as as much as $4,000.
And now for the Grand Poobah: the Land Rover Discovery, which boasts an impressively abysmal breakdown rate of 62%. Repair bills can run as high as $3,000, practically making ownership of the car its own separate annual expense. This is an oddly popular car on British roads, and with statistics like these you have to wonder why– unless there is some kind of competition among owners to see whose Discovery will break down the most often in a given period.
So, even though Japanese and German cars typically have a phenomenal reputation, even they can release a lemon every once in a while.
This being the case, If you’re in the market for a new car, do not rely solely on a manufacturer’s overall reputation for guidance, but diligently research each vehicle you are interested in to make sure it will be worth buying, otherwise you will end up with something so unreliable you might as well cut a hole in the floorboard and drive it like a car from the Flintstones.