Archive for the 'Quality' Category

Forbes has released the 2011 Worst Cars on the Road list and the list is dominated by Chrysler and General Motors. Combined, the two American car companies that took bailouts have 9 out of the 12 cars on the worst cars list. Forbes created the list by finding the cars, trucks and SUVs that scored […]

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J.D. Power has announced the results of its 2010 Initial Quality Study and Porsche has come out on top. Each year, J.D. Power ranks automakers based on customer complaints. This year was a great one for American automakers and a bad one for Toyota, which fell from seventh place in the rankings to 21st. Toyota’s […]

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Brand loyalty is a strong factor in a lot of car buying decisions. A Consumer Reports survey found that 73 percent of people said they were somewhat or very likely to purchase a new car from the same brand they currently own. I know several families worth of people who won’t even consider buying a […]

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Unintended acceleration in Toyotas has been blamed for 89 deaths in the Unites States. The NHTSA has changed its estimation of the number of fatalities due to unintended acceleration from 52 to 89, according to the NY Daily News. The NHTSA says that is has received 6,200 complaints of sudden, unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles […]

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The 2004 Chevy Corvette could be recalled due to a leaky gas tank. The NHTSA has opened an investigation into the ’04 Chevrolet Corvette to see if the fuel tank is defective and needs to be replaced under a recall. The NHTSA has received 30 complaints from Corvette owners stating gasoline or fuel vapors were […]

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Americans are impressed with the vehicles that domestic carmakers are building. According to a poll by the Associated Press, 38 percent of Americans say that domestic cars are the best available, while just 33 percent said that Asian cars are superior. That’s not a huge margin, but it is a huge improvement over past results […]

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GM will shut down the Shreveport, La. manufacturing plant that produces the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon starting today, according to KSLA News. KSLA claims that the plant will be shut down for one week starting April 19. Faulty microchips designed for the trucks are to blame for the shut down. GM has not yet […]

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Things can’t get much worse for Toyota. The latest in a long line of problems with the once reliable brand’s cars may be a steering problem caused by the computer on 2009 and 2010 Corollas. According to USA Today, Corolla owners are complaining that their cars suddenly become hard to control at high speeds, pulling […]

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In addition to their world-class speed and astounding beauty, Ferrari cars have a reputation for being unreliable. The complex engines and suspension setups found in Ferrari cars combined with their low production mean that only specially-trained mechanics are able to maintain the supercars, and replacement parts are never cheap. Now, the Italian supercar company has […]

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Toyota vehicles, even those not affected by the unintended acceleration problem, will likely lose some of their famously high resale value thanks to Toyota’s recent quality problems. According to USA Today, both Kelley Blue Book and ALG agree that Toyota vehicles will depreciate four to five percent more thanks to the unintended acceleration recall. Toyota […]

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