Feb 242010
 

ToyotaThe reliability of Toyota is not in question, despite the firm’s recent recall of up to 1.8 million vehicles across Europe because of accelerator and brake issues.

That is the view of Warranty Direct, which conducted a poll on its www.reliabilityindex.co.uk website, and discovered that 76% of drivers will not view Toyota as a less reliable marque because of the recalls.

The Reliability Index is a unique database that charts the trustworthiness of thousands of used cars by taking into account each vehicle’s rate of failure, cost of repair, mileage and age.

With a long history of building reliable cars, Toyota sits high in the Reliability Index, with just 12% of its cars hitting a fault in an average year, well under the overall average of 28%.

In fact Warranty Direct rates the Corolla (2002-2007 model year) – Toyota’s most popular car – as being the most reliable motor on the road, with just 1 in 20 suffering a problem in the average year.

Warranty Direct’s Duncan McClure Fisher said: “For years Toyota has been one of the most dependable manufacturers and it will rightly continue to be seen as a reliable make by consumers.”

Feb 162010
 

JaguarJaguar has been revealed as the car manufacturer most likely to suffer brake problems, according to automotive warranty specialist, Warranty Direct.

The performance of brake systems has been in the spotlight since Toyota announced it is planning to recall several hundred thousand of its popular petrol-electric hybrid, the Prius, with braking issues.

But an analysis of Warranty Direct’s 80,000 policies on three to eight-year old cars showed that the Japanese manufacturer actually fares very well when it comes to brake reliability, coming 12th in a list of 36 manufacturers.

Meanwhile, 3.73% of Jaguars require a brake-related garage visit in an average 12 month period – Chrysler, Fiat and Peugeot are the next worst performers.

Worst 10 manufacturers for brake failure

 

Manufacturer

Overall brake failure rate

1

Jaguar

3.73%

2

Chrysler

2.78%

3

Fiat

2.74%

4

Peugeot

2.55%

5

Mitsubishi

Mazda

2.48%

6

Mazda

2.44%

7

Jeep

2.27%

8

Lexus

2.21%

9

Ford

2.09%

10

Land Rover

2.06%

 

At the other end of the Scale, Warranty Direct has no recorded cases of brake failure on any car made by South Korean firm, Hyundai, while Rover and MG, both brands that have changed hands recently, also perform well historically.

Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index (www.reliabilityindex.co.uk) also revealed that, overall, the Peugeot 407 is the individual car most likely to have some kind of brake failure, with 8.6% needing repairs each year.

Next worst is the Jaguar XK8, a powerful sports car, while 7.4% of Fiat’s six-seat family car, the Multipla give cause for concern.

Worst 10 vehicles for brake failure

 

Manufacturer

Model

Brake failure rate

1

Peugeot

407

8.60%

2

Jaguar

XK8

8.38%

3

Fiat

Multipla

7.39%

4

Mazda

3

7.00%

5

Ford

Fiesta

6.67%

6

Mitsubishi

Carisma

5.93%

7

Volkswagen

Touran

5.57%

8

Jaguar

XKR

5.47%

9

Chrysler

Voyager

5.16%

10

Vauxhall

Frontera

5.15%

Warranty Direct’s Duncan McClure Fisher said: “When it comes to safety-critical car parts, the brakes are top of every motorists list of items that should never fail.

“Not every brake problem will be a catastrophic failure though – brakes can have issues ranging from calliper malfunction to servo failure. These kinds of issue can be expensive to put right but they don’t always mean you’re going to have an accident.”

The analysis is based on Warranty Direct’s database of 80,000 policies on cars between three and eight years old.