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Cars getting less dependable, engine and transmission glitches are main problems

Slip is first in 16 years, and engine and transmission glitches are the main problems

Published on Jun 7, 2014 11:25 AM
 
Lexus is ranked highest among car brands for dependability. -- PHOTO: LEXUS

Problems faced by car owners in the first years of a vehicle's life have risen for the first time in 16 years, driven by problematic engines and transmissions, research company JD Power says.

In its 2014 US Vehicle Dependability Study released recently, JD Power found that on average, there were 133 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100) - a 6 per cent increase from 126 last year.

In the 25 years since JD Power has conducted the study, it was the first time it showed dependability slipping since 1998.

"Until this year, we have seen a continual improvement in vehicle dependability," said Mr David Sargent, vice-president of global automotive at JD Power, in a press statement.

 
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