The Most Improved Car Brand

We search our database for car brands that have the most improvement in reliability. Ford came out on top of our list.

Drastic Decrease in Total Number of Problems Reported

Table 1 shows the total number of problems reported for all models of Ford vehicles built from 1996 to 2017. Notice that the number of problems reported has decreased greatly in recent years.

Table 1. Total number of problems reported for for all models of Ford since 1996

Vehicle Year Number of Problems
1996 Ford vehicles
7,069
1997 Ford vehicles
9,454
1998 Ford vehicles
9,291
1999 Ford vehicles
11,309
2000 Ford vehicles
13,903
2001 Ford vehicles
10,882
2002 Ford vehicles
11,710
2003 Ford vehicles
8,673
2004 Ford vehicles
8,597
2005 Ford vehicles
10,865
2006 Ford vehicles
7,570
2007 Ford vehicles
5,601
2008 Ford vehicles
5,865
2009 Ford vehicles
3,280
2010 Ford vehicles
9,251
2011 Ford vehicles
9,502
2012 Ford vehicles
8,509
2013 Ford vehicles
8,515
2014 Ford vehicles
3,892
2015 Ford vehicles
2,033
2016 Ford vehicles
1,580
2017 Ford vehicles
350
2018 Ford vehicles
1

Most Improved in New Car Reliability

In order to better compare reliability across production years, we use the number of problems reported during the vehicles first year in service. The result for Ford brand vehicles is show in Table 2. Table 2 shows the number of problems in the first service year of Ford vehicles built from 1996 to 2017. Notice that in recent years the new car reliability of Ford vehicles has improved greatly.

Table 2. Number of problems in the first service year for all model years of Ford vehicles

Vehicle Year Number of Problems
1996 Ford vehicles
678
1997 Ford vehicles
563
1998 Ford vehicles
1002
1999 Ford vehicles
1369
2000 Ford vehicles
1566
2001 Ford vehicles
985
2002 Ford vehicles
870
2003 Ford vehicles
827
2004 Ford vehicles
983
2005 Ford vehicles
591
2006 Ford vehicles
464
2007 Ford vehicles
378
2008 Ford vehicles
299
2009 Ford vehicles
199
2010 Ford vehicles
533
2011 Ford vehicles
759
2012 Ford vehicles
935
2013 Ford vehicles
1424
2014 Ford vehicles
940
2015 Ford vehicles
679
2016 Ford vehicles
918
2017 Ford vehicles
298

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