I read the “predictions” consumer reports gave for 2007 vehciles based on 2006 data, yet when you look at the current data provided by JD Powers, which is much closer to real time, there is a big difference.
Example: MBZ was placed at the bottom of the list based on up to 2006 models(released starting late summer of 2005 until summer of 2006), and rated 3-4 models as “not recommended”, and coversely, several Toyota models were “recommended”.
But look how quickly things can change when you base you predictions on old data. Toyota is now down to #7 in quality, Mercedes is now #5(with 4 best picks), and for the second year in a row, Porsche has been #1, even exceeding Lexus in terms of initial quality.
Who would have predicted a year ago, a Ford Mustang would beat the Toyota Solar in initial quality….
I do enjoy Consumer Reports on the other aspects on fuel mileage, etc.
Statistical proability of something going wrong due to defect parts/manufacturing will occur very soon, not 2-3 years down the road, and is a good indicator of overall quality.
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