It is not always easy to determine the things that make cars reliable because of a variety of factors ranging from harsh environments to poor driving habits. A lot can go wrong with an automobile even without the manufacturers recalling it.
Even as high-tech and well-made as automobiles are these days, there are more things that can go wrong with them than ever before. So far, the responses from people in a survey conducted by Consumer Reports National Research Center regarding over half a million vehicles has helped us provide information on the cars you should stay away from.
The survey employed questionnaires and asked subscribers to note any problems that had occurred within the past 12 months of ownership of their cars, and then requested the identification of any issues that may be considered serious due to cost, failure severity, safety concerns, or downtime.
Subscribers were asked to include problems that were covered by warranties, excluding anything resulting from accident damage.
While the five cars that made this list have their merits in one form or another, they were more try much unreliable for users because they are prone to all manner of mechanical and technological problems.
While this car is huge, it is still a major problem for owners. It scored low points in the reliability index and if you want to purchase a similar car, it is best you consider a loaded Chevrolet Suburban or GMC Yukon XL over it.
The Cadillac Escalade has transmission replacement complaints, rough shifting, 4WD component failures, faulty power equipment, and problematic in-car electronics. This luxury SUV has also been reported to ride too stiffly for the segment, doesn’t stop or handle well, and has an interior that surprisingly is anything but roomy.
Furthermore, the second-row seats are not too comfortable and users have explained how cramped the third row feels.
The Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon
This car has a spacious interior and very good towing capability. It is however still prone to problems. Both the Tahoe and Yukon suffer from the same problems including steering vibrations, power equipment, and in-car electronics.
If you still want an American car as an alternative, the Buick from general motors would suffice as it tops a lot of car brands in quality and reliability.
The Fiat 500L, has been one poor review after another due to its dismal road-test score, that has been attributed to a stiff ride, flat seats, and an odd driving position. Most owners have expressed poor satisfaction and a high percentage wished they had bought a different car.
This car is by all means, the worst hatchback and it has one of the worst reliability scores. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also rated it poorly for small-overlap frontal crashes, and the car has gained notoriety for having complaints pertaining to its transmission that is prone to slipping and locking-up. Other complaints include power equipment headaches, drive system issues, and in-car electronics glitches.
This car has good performance capabilities and is very much affordable. It is however suspect to reliability issues. The problems you will likely face are clutch replacements, rough-shifting or slipping transmissions, excessive noises and leaks, and power equipment complaints.
Whether you decide to get the Ford Focus as a sedan, a hatchback, or an electric alternative, the car is pretty much plagued with different kind of problems. The maladies range from a narrow cabin and the new 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo motor which is slow and only offers the same 29 mile per gallon average as the 2.0-liter alternative.
Other important complaints include necessary clutch replacements on manual models, rough-shifting or slipping transmissions on automatic vehicles, and driveline vibrations throughout.