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
7,063
1997 Ford vehicles
9,441
1998 Ford vehicles
9,271
1999 Ford vehicles
11,292
2000 Ford vehicles
13,865
2001 Ford vehicles
10,817
2002 Ford vehicles
11,631
2003 Ford vehicles
8,579
2004 Ford vehicles
8,470
2005 Ford vehicles
10,668
2006 Ford vehicles
7,374
2007 Ford vehicles
5,333
2008 Ford vehicles
5,496
2009 Ford vehicles
3,062
2010 Ford vehicles
8,760
2011 Ford vehicles
8,950
2012 Ford vehicles
7,931
2013 Ford vehicles
7,567
2014 Ford vehicles
3,300
2015 Ford vehicles
1,593
2016 Ford vehicles
1,144
2017 Ford vehicles
113
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
527
2011 Ford vehicles
753
2012 Ford vehicles
927
2013 Ford vehicles
1410
2014 Ford vehicles
906
2015 Ford vehicles
632
2016 Ford vehicles
844
2017 Ford vehicles
74

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