While we don’t advocate using J.D. Power’s dependability rankings as the sole source for car research, they do offer an interesting snapshot into consumer perception. The company surveyed almost 50,000 people who bought new 2003 models and quizzed them on their ownership experiences over the past three years. It doesn't survey service records or any other concrete evidence, so we’re taking the subjects' word for it on whether the car is dependable.
The top five nameplates in the rankings were Lexus, Mercury, Buick, Cadillac and Toyota. Mini and Kia were the most-improved brands on the list. Click below for the full list of winners and losers.
2006 Nameplate Problems per 100 Vehicles