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Ford Motor Co. Named Most Reliable U.S. Automaker

Posted in auto industry, Car Tech, Cars, Chrysler, Detroit, Favorite Cars, Ford, Foreign Cars, GM, Newsworthy by Suzanne Denbow | October 24th, 2008 | 3 Responses |

On Thursday, the famously objective Consumer Reports released its Annual Car Reliability Survey and official named Ford Motor Company as the most reliable automaker in the United States. Given the current calamity the Detroit 3 are experiencing the distinction might seem like an empty honor, but Ford’s newly acquired accolade is nothing to be scoffed at. Based on survey responses from more than 1.4 million print and digital subscribers, the published results revealed that “Ford’s reliability is now on par with good Japanese automakers.”

Meanwhile, Ford’s Michigan brethren, GM and Chrysler, fared poorly in the survey. While GM models were ultimately found to be plagued with spotty performance and notable inconsistencies, Chrysler posted the most abysmal showing of the three, delivering invariably sub-par results.

Unfortunately, Ford’s breakout role wasn’t enough to land them a spot in the Top 10, and this year those coveted ranks were dominated entirely by the Japanese. Ford is dedicating to rebuilding their empire, though, and their recent praise from Consumer Reports is regarded as a significant milestone. “It’s truly wonderful,” said Bennie Fowler, Ford’s vice president for global quality. “We want to be the best in the world, bar none.”

Source: Detroit Free Press Photo Cred: NYTimes

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  1. herb says:

    my ford F-150 is the best vehicle i have ever owned. it is near 200,000 miles now and going strong on light maintenance. don’t take any government money. ford motor company can make it on it’s own and say they are the only American car company that didn’t have to put a hand out.

  2. Allen Lang says:

    Have a Ford 500 from 2005. Had a battery went dead, had it jumped by the Dealer’s flat bed. Everything looked like we were going to be out in a short time. We found out that the TOP motor mount was disintergrating with cracks and pieces missing.
    Otherwise we are very happy with the 500.

  3. David says:

    My 2007 Ford Focus has had a couple minor problems, but overall it’s a very good car. However, there is still a perception among many people that Ford and other American cars are of lesser quality than their foreign counter parts. Not sure why that is, but Ford needs to educate the public on this issue if it truly wants to capitalize on its recent improvements.