worst for engine failures
German made cars are not as reliable as many believe, according to new research. Warranty Direct has studied its claims data to compile a list of the manufacturers with the most reliable engines and Audi, BMW and Volkswagen all finished in the bottom 10 out of a total 36 makers.In fact, the only firm whose cars had a worse engine failure rate than Audi was MG Rover. MINI wasn’t much better, finishing third from bottom, while its parent company BMW came seventh from bottom. And, despite its reputation for rock solid reliability, Volkswagen came ninth from bottom.Honda scooped the gold medal the study found that just one in every 344 Honda engines failed, compared to one in every 27 Audi engines. Despite its recent recall woes, Toyota came second and Mercedes managed to outperform its fellow German brands with a respectable third place finish.Duncan McClure, Warranty Direct Managing Director, said that engine failures are the worst for motorists as they’re the repairs that can lead to the highest costs because of the parts and hours of labour required to fix them: “The nuber of failures may be low compared to areas such as axle and suspension damage but engine repairs almost always result in costs reaching the thousands for motorists who aren’t covered by a warranty.”An engine failure on a Range Rover Vogue recently led to Warranty Direct’s highest ever claim of 13,000.German manufacturer NEVER had a reputation for relaibility. Only magazines like Auto Express elavated them to superstar status over the past few years by being impressed with things like “soft touch dashboard plastics”. I have often chuckled at how car nike mercurial superfly hacks confidently recommend a car as a ‘Best Buy’ on the basis of having spent 2 days with it, and being ‘impressed’ by its “jet afterburner shaped air vents”, and “how flatly it corners at 100mph”!! For those of us who pay for our cars with our own hard earned cash and live with our cars for a few years, factors like reliability and comfort matter a whole lot more.ABSOLUTE RUBBISH. I had an audi a6 2.5 tdi, which i run from 10,000 miles to 155,000 miles over 3 years which only needed servicing. I then had a passat 2.0 petrol which i ran to a simular mileage, again not needing anything. I now have the latest mercedes c class which i bought new last year and it has 50,000 miles on the clock, again not needing anything so far. During all this time the rest of my family have had astras, corsa’s, focus’s, mondeo’s, fiat 500’s to name but a few, ALL with a few niggles whilst my german cars have ALWAYS been reliable work horses.PLEASE tell me if this is not reliability at its best then what is???????I am onto my second Mercedes no problems on either in almost 80k miles between the two. Had a ford Focus before that, 60k miles in 4 years (petrol, as well) no problems. My Dad’s 1.8 petrol Mondeo did 150k miles from new no problems. Bloke across the road, has an 08 Civic and gets value for money off his AA membership. Woman at work has an 06 Civic recently replaced the engine thanks to bust timing belt. And I could tell you the Toyota horror stories. Point is, it takes more than an engine to make a reliable car.More to the point, Japanese cars are mostly driven conservatively (by, shall I say, older folk) and aren’t really used as “working cars” I can’t remember the last time I got in a taxi that was a Japanese make. Mostly Ford, Vauxhall or VW group. The Ford Focus is the automotive equivalent of a Collie Dog; willing, works hard, plucky and always works if well treat. Try to work a Japanese car as hard and it will fail every bit as much as a European one. All cars fail from time to time, and it depends upon how they’re driven and how often and how hard they are worked. I am pleased for you that you have had the good fortune of having had 3 very reliable German cars. However, as you can see from the various posts here, mere anecdotal experiences do not become the rule. There are just as many people here reporting problems with their German cars as your glowing praise of yours. To put it simply, your 3 cars may have done you proud, but are not statistically significant. Also, if you want to rely on purely subjective observations, as Arjuna has pointed out, in many developing countries you still see very old Toyotas plying the roads, whereas German cars are far more scarce. Those hard plastic Corolla dashboards survive for far longer in the heat, dust and humidity than the Golf’s soft touch, glowing backlit ones. ps. As this report indicates, Mercs are the exception, as evidenced by the number of old Merc taxis globally.This is a fair point. however in my experience of running a wide variety of cars to high miles. the german cars have always faired better. My 2001 civic needed a new engine at 135,000, the turbo went in my mondeo at 55,000, gearbox in my astra at 75,000 and now my fathers corsa is in the garage as we speak requiring a new engine at 80k!! In contrast to this i have had not a single niggle with my german cars. maybe this is because all the german cars i have owned have been bigger cars, and the reliability is a problem with smaller cars?? All i know is that i would definitely buy german again over any tasteless alternativeSaab’s four cylinder 2.0 liter engine has been, and is indeed like a clockwork, but GM doesn’t have anything to do with it. They might not have as good gas mileage than most other cars, but it’s worth it if you’re able to rip an extra 80 100 bhp from the engine without having to change any parts, and being able to drive it 400,000 kilometers without a worry. On top of all, with RE85. That’s the Saab I love, even though I’ve got a 9 3 myself, which isn’t bad at all either.As the slogan goes; Born from jets ruined by idiots.The good reputation of German cars like Audi and VW is due to the fact that the fit and finish of interior and exterior is excellent with nice materials, but the technical relaibilty is far less impressive. Secondly the ‘objective’ autopress always (only) look at the cars fit and finish and the long term quality is not of any importance, sadly enough. The marketing power of VAG is impressive, and advertising income for AutoExpress and its siblings Autobild and Autoweek are to important for the publisher. So they ‘plu’every new VAG product in a shamefull way. VAG ‘controls’ all the motoringpress in Europe, quite impressive how they have established this, to be honest.Yes, Toyota, Mazda and Honda are the best choice when you want a reliable car, by far the best choice.Utter crap this statistic, in Europe you see 15 20 year old (and even older) german cars on the roads on a daily basis but not many japanese, french or italian cars since they have by then long disintegrated into dust. Many people I know drive all sorts of german cars with far more than 200K on the clock without any engine problems at all. I myself am the first owner of a 2005 BMW 120d with 203K to date and not only have I not had one breakdown ever, the car did never need any service other than regular maintenance and besides, go and have your japanese car fixed by a licensed dealer, that’s when you realize you are paying premium for a not so premium car.To all the fools who think it’s great to become personal, go ahead and flame me!Had the same with a 330d and BMW left me out in the cold when it happened. Even the main dealer didn’t warn me about preventative maintenance (so why bother with a high priced main dealer when they don’t seem to be very useful in actually maintaining a fairly new BMW????).What BMW seem not to understand is that when people wont buy the cars out of warranty that the second hand market falls away, thus driving the cost of ownership for the new car buyer far higher. This of course results in lower new car sales. BMW has a very short sighted approach and their service is far beneath the brand proposition they present.Errr no, I think you need to do some research on facts Mazda’s are not Fords although some are based on shared platforms the running gear is actually unique to Mazda’s and the new skyactive models ie. CX5 and new 6 are nothing whatsoever to do with Ford (not even platform share) Ford now dont own anything of Mazda!!While were talking facts I ve own nike mercurial superfly ed Japanese and actually German and like the majority of stories I m reading here would agree that German and euro cars live up to their reputation in that they are problematic. You need to face up to the statistics which are consistant year in year out from different sources that Japanese cars are superior in terms of reliability!!!German cars now are ridiculous. The difference between a Toyota and VW is VW use a lot of their budgets on “soft touch materials” while Toyota spend more of it on the drivetrain and engine, stuff that matters! And its not as if you can call a Toyota interior tacky or flimsy. All their interiors are built to last and hardwearing. The quality their is Lexus which have both durability and finish. No surprise Honda is the top for reliability however, their quality, as in interior build has been declining some say, but they are still great cars, I jut prefer Toyotas. And its funny there are no French cars in the bottom 5, which supposedly has a bad reputation for reliability. German cars are a never ending list of problems. Want a proper luxury car? Get a Lexus.German cars now are ridiculous. The difference between a Toyota and VW is VW use a lot of their budgets on “soft touch materials” while Toyota spend more of it nike mercurial superfly on the drivetrain and engine, stuff that matters! And its not as if you can call a Toyota interior tacky or flimsy. All their interiors are built to last and hardwearing. The quality their is Lexus which have both durability and finish. No surprise Honda is the top for reliability however, their quality, as in interior build has been declining some say, but they are still great cars, I jut prefer Toyotas. And its funny there are no French cars in the bottom 5, which supposedly has a bad reputation for reliability. German cars are a never ending list of problems. Want a proper luxury car? Get a Lexus.One of my comments above highlights that different manufacturers are making cars for different markets.My family are builders and engineers. All nike mercurial superfly prefer Fords for their high mileage driving and durability as load luggers. I loved my Focus, but switched to Mercs coz life has been good to me.