posted 9 years ago

Japanese Reliability From UK Factories

Japanese cars have all but swept the boards in the latest What Car?/Warranty Direct reliability study, and most of the very best models were built in Britain.

Japanese cars have all but swept the boards in the latest What Car?/Warranty Direct reliability study, and most of the very best models were built in Britain.

Number one on the list is the 2000-2002 Toyota Corolla (built in Derby) with just three faults recorded per 100 cars. Next up is the Swindon-built 1997-2002 Honda Civic, with five faults.

Honda is also the top manufacturer, with no fewer than six models in the top ten, four of which were built at Swindon. The S2000 - which is imported to the UK from Japan - is the only current model in the list.

Behind Honda on the manufacturer list are Toyota, Subaru and Lexus. The first European make, in fifth, is MINI, though the only top ten non-Japanese individual model is the 1994-2001 BMW 3-Series Compact, with nine faults per 100 cars.

The worst performer by a long way is the 1996-2003 Alfa Romeo GTV, with a startling 97 faults per 100 cars. It's followed by the 1997-2002 Renault Espace, the 1996-2006 Jaguar XK8, the 2000-2007 Renault Laguna, the current Fiat Multipla, the Volvo S80, the Land Rover Freelander (2000-2006) and the Range Rover (1995-2002).