Survey results show that the likelihood of a used Honda breakdown in any 12-month period is only 10 per cent
27 July 2012

Honda has been named the most reliable used car brand for the seventh consecutive year in What Car? magazine and Warranty Direct’s annual reliability survey. 

According to the survey, the likelihood of a Honda car breakdown in any 12-month period is only 10 per cent. 

Toyota followed Honda in the reliability survey, with results revealing a 17 per cent failure rate in the same 12-month period. Lexus was third with 18 per cent, while Land Rover was left trailing last – for the 11th year running – with results revealing a 71 per cent 12-month failure rate. 

Honda UK managing director Dave Hodgetts said: “Success in reliability studies like this further proves the dedication, skill and passion of our engineers, both at the development and manufacturing stages.” 

What Car? editor in chief Chas Hallett said: “When a car leaves the car makers’ warranty protection, it can start to cost the consumer cash and inconvenience. This research highlights that this does not happen often with a Honda."

Tom Harrison

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27 July 2012

My 99 Honda Accord coupe has been one of the most reliable cars I've ever owned.

The only work other than servicing has been to fix a stuck rear caliper, likely due to the previous owner leaving it in park.

And my only real gripe is the poor fuel economy, though it is a 2.0 vtec with an American autobox.

I noticed that Autocar left out this nugget from BBC News:

"Other luxury car brands, including Audi, Jaguar and Mercedes, were also among the 10 least reliable."

27 July 2012

Well i have owner my S2000 for 11 months now. Its about to turn 7 years old. Of course nothing has gone wrong with it at all.

Its interesting to see Honda's are nearly twice as reliable as the next best too.

I doubt Autocar will be refering us to these results next time they tell us what an amazing machine the next Land Rover is though

Interesting to see that peugeot, Citroen, Fiat and Ford are far more relaible than BMW, Mercedes VW, Audi, and Porsche

 

27 July 2012

artill wrote:

Well i have owner my S2000 for 11 months now. Its about to turn 7 years old. Of course nothing has gone wrong with it at all.

Its interesting to see Honda's are nearly twice as reliable as the next best too.

I doubt Autocar will be refering us to these results next time they tell us what an amazing machine the next Land Rover is though

Interesting to see that peugeot, Citroen, Fiat and Ford are far more relaible than BMW, Mercedes VW, Audi, and Porsche

 

It is only natural that premium cars are less reliable than mainstream manufacturers. They are significantly more complex, larger machines and are bound to be less reliable than unpremium cars. Think about whats the most complex machine Honda build? The CRV, and the most advanced thing you can spec on that is sat nav. Wheras premium manufacturers have long wheelbase luxury saloons and SUVs, which can be equipped with every conceivable gadget and gizmo.And its rather odd you fail to group Jaguar which just so happens to be British ( or at least thats what the Indians will have you believe) with all the premium (ie. German) car manufacturers. How very convenient. And as it happens the only German make Jag was more reliable than was Mercedes by ONE place( They even had the same breakdown rate 43%!!!!)

29 July 2012

Anyhoo wrote:

Think about whats the most complex machine Honda build? The CRV, and the most advanced thing you can spec on that is sat nav. Wheras premium manufacturers have long wheelbase luxury saloons and SUVs, which can be equipped with every conceivable gadget and gizmo.

You really need to do your homework if thats what you believe. The amount of gizmo's that can and will be specced up on the forthcoming 4th Generation of the CRV has NOT even made it to the options list of some of the crap manufacturers you refer to - Jaguar included.

Myk

27 July 2012

As a long time Honda devotee this isn't a surprise.  My 11 year old Civic has never failed to start on the first turn (and Type R's reliable has been unblemished).  In 20 years of owning Hondas only twice have I had anything go wrong, and both were down to normal wear and tear. 

Now all Honda need to do is make a car I actually want to own.

27 July 2012

not a huge surprise for me either, i got a Civic a year ago as a 2nd car and its been amazingly reliable, just a shame the new ones arent the best of lookers imo.

27 July 2012

This isn't a huge surprise to me either. Japanese cars are long regarded as the built cars around, surpassing German cars which many, incorrectly assume, are the best built. They may use superior materials in their interiors, but they're not put together better than a Honda, Toyota, Mazda et al.

This survey contrasts with the JD Power survey which ranks JLR near the top, but that survey takes in other factors.I f it were purely reliability, we'd see a different trend, one that reflects this survey's results where Land Rover are last. Again, something that hasn't come as a total surprise.

27 July 2012

71% For Land Rover!!

 

I'm sorry but that should be the headline. What classes as a breakdown I dont know, but why would you buy ANYTHING, nevermind a £50,000 car if it was 71% going to breakdown in some way in the first year. That is an appalling statistic that needs to change.

27 July 2012

My mate had to reject a nearly new Civic he'd bought from a main dealer due to lots of issues. Think it was a friday afternoon car because they're usually reliable. The dealer agreed and swapped it for another one.

27 July 2012

I'm sorry, but the validity of a survey where an Aygo comes 2nd in class and the 107 places 10th (almost last in class) certainly has to be questioned. I mean, unless the Czechs at the factory are conspiring against Peugeot, the Aygo and 107 should have almost identical ratings.

 

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