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<p>Almost one in every two (46 per cent) of the North American 4x4 giant’s models recorded a mechanical failure during a given 12-month period. That figure was nearly six times worse than Mazda, which topped the table with a frequency of failure of just 8.04 per cent.<br /></p>

Mazda tops world reliability study



According to the world’s largest reliability study, about 46 per cent of Jeep’s 4x4 models recorded a mechanical failure over a 12 month period.





Off-road specialist, Jeep, has trailed the field in arguably the world’s largest ever study into car reliability, just ahead of another 4x4-maker, Land Rover.





Mazda’s reported frequency of failure was just 8.04 per cent.





Almost one in every two (46 per cent) of the North American 4x4 giant’s models recorded a mechanical failure during a given 12-month period. That figure was nearly six times worse than Mazda, which topped the table with a frequency of failure of just 8.04 per cent.


The study by independent automotive warranty specialist, Warranty Direct, looked at more than 450,000 vehicles, across 33 manufacturers, from North America and the UK.


Only two non-Far East manufacturers made it into the top 10 — the BMW-owned, but British-built, MINI and French player, Citroen, scoring ninth and tenth places respectively.


The unique Warranty Direct reliability league table was based on the number of failures reported for every 100 policies sold to owners of vehicles aged three- to nine-years-old. Vehicles analyzed were available in both North American and UK markets.


Korean manufacturer, Kia, proved that budget does not necessarily mean corner cutting when it comes to reliability. The rising star of world motoring was fifth in the table with an incidence rate of 17.4 per cent.


BMW (18th) was placed at the head of Germany’s ‘Big Three’ of Mercedes-Benz (20th) and Audi, which languished in 27th spot.


“The performance of some of the worlds largest manufacturers in terms of reliability is there for all to see,” said Duncan McClure Fisher, managing director, Warranty Direct. “Off-road may mean rugged, but the data suggests that it may not always stand for reliability if you consider the specialists. This is unique data based on real cars, driving real miles, over the past five years. It is the kind of information manufacturers would probably rather you didn’t see.”


 
 
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