Mini, Lincoln, Ford lead the list of the car brands that are utterly unreliable. BMW’s iconic British brand went down six positions from last year’s top when it comes to reliability to hit the “basement”.

The next two worst brands for reliability are ones that have spearheaded America’s auto manufacturing rejuvenation: Lincoln and Ford. They were actually sitting low last year so there’s no surprise finding them again this year. Three other Detroit brands – Cadillac, Dodge and Jeep – make up the next worst brands. Only then come the foreign ones – Nissan, Hyundai and Volkswagen. Then it’s time for Chrysler’s Ram, in 10th place.

Consumer Reports’ testing engineer Jake Fisher now wonders if European makers are slowly getting cheap when it comes to less expensive brands. He says Mini’s placement at the bottom of the list is interesting, as BMW is squarely in the middle when it comes to reliability. Volkswagen also fared far worse than middle-of-the-pack Porsche, its upscale corporate stable mate.

“Less-expensive European brands are having more problems,” he says. It raises the possibility “they are trying to save money in these vehicles” by scrimping in ways that hurt reliability.

When it comes to Ford and its luxury brand, Lincoln, Fisher says the brand appears to have been hit by attempting to make too many changes at once. The magazine says of the 31 Ford models in its survey, only one was above average, the F-150 pickup with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine.

Via USA Today


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