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 2018. 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
7,073
1997 Ford vehicles
9,457
1998 Ford vehicles
9,304
1999 Ford vehicles
11,338
2000 Ford vehicles
13,931
2001 Ford vehicles
10,927
2002 Ford vehicles
11,782
2003 Ford vehicles
8,741
2004 Ford vehicles
8,731
2005 Ford vehicles
11,149
2006 Ford vehicles
7,952
2007 Ford vehicles
6,347
2008 Ford vehicles
6,792
2009 Ford vehicles
3,774
2010 Ford vehicles
9,976
2011 Ford vehicles
10,167
2012 Ford vehicles
9,234
2013 Ford vehicles
9,455
2014 Ford vehicles
4,458
2015 Ford vehicles
2,438
2016 Ford vehicles
1,927
2017 Ford vehicles
650
2018 Ford vehicles
32

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 2018. 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
680
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
828
2004 Ford vehicles
983
2005 Ford vehicles
595
2006 Ford vehicles
473
2007 Ford vehicles
387
2008 Ford vehicles
307
2009 Ford vehicles
202
2010 Ford vehicles
540
2011 Ford vehicles
767
2012 Ford vehicles
941
2013 Ford vehicles
1429
2014 Ford vehicles
952
2015 Ford vehicles
702
2016 Ford vehicles
952
2017 Ford vehicles
476
2018 Ford vehicles
29

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