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Problem rates for cars in first 3 years

Here are the problem rates for vehicles in the first three years of ownership, as reported to J.D. Power and Associates by U.S. owners of domestic and foreign vehicle brands. It's a report card on 2002 models, essentially, in which the number after the brand name is the problem rate per hundred vehicles over three years. The lowest score is the best grade.

Lexus: 139

Porsche: 149

Lincoln: 151

Buick: 163

Cadillac: 175

Infiniti: 178

Toyota: 194

Mercury: 195

Honda: 201

Acura: 203

BMW: 225

Ford: 231

Chevrolet: 232

Chrysler: 235

Industry average: 237

Saturn: 240

Oldsmobile: 242

GMC: 245

Pontiac: 245

Mazda: 252

Hyundai: 260

Subaru: 260

Volvo: 266

Jaguar: 268

Dodge: 273

Nissan: 275

Mitsubishi: 278

Mercedes-Benz: 283

Saab: 286

Jeep: 289

Suzuki: 292

Audi: 312

Daewoo: 318

Isuzu: 331

Volkswagen: 335

MINI: 383

Land Rover: 395

Kia: 397

Source: J.D. Power and Associates 2005 Vehicle Dependability Study

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(c) 2005, Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.

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