How about 2000-2002? Consumer Reports shows that 2001 Focus had a
much higher than average incidence of fuel system problems, while body
problems occurred frequently with the 2000 model. This may be another
example of why Ford shouldn't try to save money by employing 50-65%
fewer engineers per car design than Toyota or Honda do.
But recalls aren't a good indicator of reliability because they're
more likely to occur with newer models, so if a company rarely changes
its products it's probably going to have a low rate of recalls, as AMC
did at one time in the 1970s and Chrysler did during some years in the
1980s, and those companies even boasted of this, yet both also had had
the worst reliability records in the industry when they did (Fiats not
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