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I like the VDS much better than the IQS. Good showing by domestic brands that sell to old people. Mercury, Buick, and Cadillac take the three spots after #1 Lexus. Volvo is 28th, most likely because the XC90 was in its first year.<p>Full list, Problems per 100 Vehicles:<br>Lexus 136<br>Mercury 151<br>Buick 153<br>Cadillac 163<br>Toyota 179<br>Acura 184<br>Honda 194<br>Jaguar 210<br>BMW 212<br>Infiniti 215<br>Lincoln 220<br>Ford 224<br>Oldsmobile 224<br>Industry Average 227<br>Chrysler 232<br>Pontiac 232<br>Subaru 232<br>GMC 239<br>Mercedes-Benz 240<br>Chevrolet 241<br>Nissan 242<br>Mazda 243<br>Porsche 248<br>Hyundai 253<br>Dodge 258<br>Mitsubishi 260<br>Jeep 264<br>Volvo 272<br>Audi 279<br>MINI 280<br>Isuzu 283<br>Saturn 289<br>Volkswagen 299<br>HUMMER 307<br>Kia 310<br>Suzuki 318<br>Saab 326<br>Land Rover 438<p>Two caveats with the VDS:<p>1. Old people report fewer problems, so brands that have older customers get a boost; no easy way around this one, it affects every quality and reliability study. Maybe I should ask birth year...<p>2. Third year isn't exactly long term. What I hear more and more is that people want to know how well a car holds up in years 5-8. Why is this important? Two words for you: resale value. <p>J.D. Power's VDS used to track five-year-old cars, but manufacturers weren't interested in buying this info because cars that old had often already been redesigned, and thus there was little to learn from a product improvement standpoint.<p>First-year cars often hurt. The Cadillac showing is the biggest surprise, because it includes the then-new CTS. Porsche's score got hammered by the new Cayenne, and I suspect that Saab's score is the result of the first-year new 9-3. BMW could get hit hard next year by the 2004 5-Series.<p>My general take on J.D. Power, though I'm okay with the VDS:<br><A HREF="http://www.truedelta.com/pieces/jdpower.php" TARGET="_blank">http://www.truedelta.com/pieces/jdpower.php</A><p>My issues with the 90-day IQS, which slammed BMW this year:<br><A HREF="http://www.truedelta.com/pieces/IQS2006.php" TARGET="_blank">http://www.truedelta.com/pieces/IQS2006.php</A><br>
 
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