Here’s an example of “studies” that just set my hair on fire:
The LEAST reliable used cars revealed
Warrantywise has published data from its Reliability Index for older cars
A minimum of 100 examples of each car is needed to provide a reliability score
…but here’s where the turd hits the punchbowl:
It measures reliability based on the volume and cost of repairs to vehicles
Including cost of repairs means that.. wait for it… cars like Bentley and Audi are going to fall to the bottom of the list, regardless.
Here’s the scenario:
- one of their “reliable” cars (e.g. the Dacia Sendero, a complete POS) may have ten problems after its warranty expires, but because the average cost of repair is $100 (Dacias being made of plastic and scrap metal), its score comes to 1000
- an Audi A7 breaks down only twice, but its average cost of repair is $1,500 (because when quality stuff does break, it’s expensive to fix), giving it a score of 3000 — so the Audi is three times less “reliable” than the Dacia, according to the study.
But in terms of actual (instead of cost-weighted) reliability, your Dacia was in the shop ten times, compared to the Audi’s twice.
I’m not saying that’s what happened in the study (I don’t have access to the raw data), but that’s the problem when you add irrelevant factors to an equation.
The real problem lies with the title. If Warrantywise had called their study “Total Cost Of Post-Warranty Ownership”, it would have given the output a better foundation.
Or if they were going to stick with reliability, they should have ignored cost and instead stressed weighting factors of “frequency of breakdown” and “magnitude of failure” (brake lights fail, no big deal; transmission dies, much more serious). That, at least, would have given prospective buyers a clue.
All that said, I’d still get one of these (with only 12,000 miles usage)
…over a poxy Mitsubishi anything.
(See what I did there? About the same thing as Warrantywise did. It’s called “bias”.)
Anyway: if you can afford to buy it, you should be able to afford to maintain it.
And can ignore silly studies.