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
7,064
1997 Ford vehicles
9,444
1998 Ford vehicles
9,273
1999 Ford vehicles
11,293
2000 Ford vehicles
13,873
2001 Ford vehicles
10,831
2002 Ford vehicles
11,642
2003 Ford vehicles
8,589
2004 Ford vehicles
8,486
2005 Ford vehicles
10,705
2006 Ford vehicles
7,414
2007 Ford vehicles
5,387
2008 Ford vehicles
5,573
2009 Ford vehicles
3,089
2010 Ford vehicles
8,840
2011 Ford vehicles
9,061
2012 Ford vehicles
8,051
2013 Ford vehicles
7,743
2014 Ford vehicles
3,410
2015 Ford vehicles
1,656
2016 Ford vehicles
1,192
2017 Ford vehicles
133
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
826
2004 Ford vehicles
983
2005 Ford vehicles
591
2006 Ford vehicles
464
2007 Ford vehicles
377
2008 Ford vehicles
294
2009 Ford vehicles
195
2010 Ford vehicles
528
2011 Ford vehicles
754
2012 Ford vehicles
928
2013 Ford vehicles
1410
2014 Ford vehicles
911
2015 Ford vehicles
633
2016 Ford vehicles
850
2017 Ford vehicles
94

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