Fix Or Repair Daily

I was just looking at consumer reports and I am ashamed to be an American. Someone enlighten me here, is it something genetic? Why can’t Americans make a decent car?

Reliability risks

These cars have shown several years of much-worse-than-average overall reliability. AWD stands for all-wheel drive; 4WD, for four-wheel drive. Listed alphabetically.

Cadillac Catera
Cadillac Seville
Chevrolet Astro
Chevrolet Blazer
Chrysler New Yorker, LHS
Chrysler Town & Country (AWD)
Dodge Caravan (4-cyl.)
Dodge Dakota (4WD)
Dodge Durango
Dodge Grand Caravan (AWD)
Dodge Neon
Ford Focus
Ford Windstar
GMC Jimmy
GMC Safari
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Lincoln LS
Mercedes-Benz M-Class*
Oldsmobile Alero
Oldsmobile Bravada
Oldsmobile Cutlass
Plymouth Grand Voyager
Plymouth Neon
Plymouth/Chrysler Voyager (4-cyl.)
Pontiac Grand Am
Volkswagen Jetta*
Volkswagen New Beetle*
Volvo S80*

*The 4 non-american anomalies on the crappy-car list (I am sure we are somehow responsible for these too).

Update

Admitting its past blunders in a newspaper and magazine campaign is an unorthodox attempt by GM to attract the roughly 40 percent of auto buyers it says won’t even consider GM products.

GM ads take high road while admitting bumps

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4 thoughts on “Fix Or Repair Daily”

  1. The Volkswagens with problems are the ones made in Mexico. If you are lucky enough to get a Jetta or Beetle made in Germany (they are rare in America) you will have much fewer problems. The Passat is almost completely made in Germany – hence it is not found on this list.

  2. aha!

    So maybe it is The Americas, not just the Americans that can’t make cars.

    Ever heard of a good Canadian car?

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