Jeep Liberty: Chrysler's Most Reliable Car
Date 2004/3/11 0:00:00 | Topic: Liberty
|Consumer Reports says so!|
Consumer Reports magazine has recently released their reliability ratings for 2003 and for the first time in 25 years, American cars are rated more reliable than European cars. The study also found that the Jeep Liberty is the most reliable car for the Chrysler brand. Here's a snippet of the press release:
Consumer Reports’ annual auto reliability survey shows that new vehicles from Detroit’s Big Three automakers are now slightly more reliable, on average, than those from European makers. The survey also shows that vehicles from Ford, General Motors and Chrysler tend to hold up better than European makes as time passes. Here's a link to the full press release.
This is the first time in decades that domestically-built vehicles have done so well in Consumer Reports’ highly regarded auto-reliability survey. Consumer Reports survey is the largest of its kind to gauge automotive reliability. CR surveyed subscribers to its magazine and web site, ConsumerReports.org, in 2003 to obtain reliability data on some 675,000 privately owned or leased cars, trucks, minivans, and sport-utility vehicles.
Overall, the most reliable vehicles continue to be built by Asian automakers in Japan and Korea.
Survey findings are published in CR’s Annual April Auto Issue, which is on sale from March 9 through June 9. The Auto Issue is available wherever magazines are sold and may also be ordered online at ConsumerReports.org.
Here’s a look at how manufacturers stacked up in CR’s reliability survey:
- Chrysler has made great strides during the past several years. Some new Chrysler models have been reliable since their introduction; in the past, some new Chrysler models tended to be problematic. The Jeep Liberty was the most reliable 2003 Chrysler vehicle. The Chrysler PT Cruiser also had above-average reliability. The Dodge Ram and Dodge Neon improved to average overall.
- Ford continues to suffer from teething pains—problems with new or redesigned models during their first few years. For example, the new-for-2003 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator fared poorly in this survey. But Ford was able to improve the reliability of some of the models that have been in production for several years, such as the Ford Focus, Lincoln LS, Ford Escape, Ford Explorer, and Mazda Tribute, the Escape’s twin. CR is now able to recommend all of those models.