Can't be BS - even Consumer Reports note they have problems.
"Reliabilty has dropped for some models." p15 April 2010 issue
If you dig further in the issue (pgs 40-41), the specific models with
BMW 1 series
BMW 5 series
All are below average or well below average according to them. Not
acceptable for a #1.
From what I've been able to gather about the IQS and VDS surveys, it's a 44
point questionaire with specific questions about stuff like handling,
braking, seats, audio systems etc. It's better than just asking which
areas did you have a "problem" with and asking the user to check a single
Good example. Checking the box that asks yes or no, if you had a
Transmission Problem can be anything from minor adjustment to the linkage,
to a total failure on the CR survey and they do not quantify their replies.
Neither of those contain advertising. Power gives away the general results
and sells deep dive info to the manufacturers. CR buys their cars at retail
for reviews and relies on reader surveys for the reliability data.
People pay more for the Mercury so they think it is a better car and report
accordingly. Note that Lincoln is even higher.
If you look at the Zephyr, Milan, and Fusion, they all share a lot of
components, including the people and machines that assemble them. I don't
doubt the statistics as gathered by CR or J D Powers, but I do doubt the
honesty of the people sending back those questionnaires. Sending back a
poor report is saying "I made a poor choice in my selection of automobile"
I guess you must also believe that is why buyers think Toyotas are better,
because they paid 20% to 30% MORE to drive home their Toyota than a domestic
of the same size with similar equipment? ;)
We do get cars from India rebadged as Suzuki, Nissan etc. These seam to
be OK in fact we've been getting Indian cars since Rover (now demised)
used to import their City Rover for 3000UKP then sell it for 6000UKP.
Russian cars were imported in the shape of Lada, until our emissions
regulations changed in 92, and as they couldn't get the Platinum or
Palladium for the catalytic converters, they where no longer allowed to
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