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 2014. 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
5,919
1997 Ford vehicles
8,212
1998 Ford vehicles
7,517
1999 Ford vehicles
9,974
2000 Ford vehicles
13,051
2001 Ford vehicles
10,023
2002 Ford vehicles
10,621
2003 Ford vehicles
7,429
2004 Ford vehicles
7,318
2005 Ford vehicles
8,537
2006 Ford vehicles
5,834
2007 Ford vehicles
3,800
2008 Ford vehicles
3,143
2009 Ford vehicles
1,862
2010 Ford vehicles
5,580
2011 Ford vehicles
4,098
2012 Ford vehicles
2,615
2013 Ford vehicles
1,699
2014 Ford vehicles
472
2015 Ford vehicles
10

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 2014. 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
577
1997 Ford vehicles
505
1998 Ford vehicles
808
1999 Ford vehicles
1236
2000 Ford vehicles
1531
2001 Ford vehicles
966
2002 Ford vehicles
861
2003 Ford vehicles
814
2004 Ford vehicles
977
2005 Ford vehicles
579
2006 Ford vehicles
454
2007 Ford vehicles
365
2008 Ford vehicles
279
2009 Ford vehicles
182
2010 Ford vehicles
502
2011 Ford vehicles
594
2012 Ford vehicles
653
2013 Ford vehicles
871
2014 Ford vehicles
382

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