Updated car reliability stats, including new set for essential systems, now cover through the end of 2013

Since most car reliability surveys are annual, they are rarely based on recent information. Unlike the others, TrueDelta’s ongoing Car Reliability Survey updates quarterly. The most recent update, released to the public today, covers through the end of 2013. This puts it about eight months ahead of other sources. Also unlike elsewhere, TrueDelta reports repair frequencies, not just colored dots.… More →

Tesla Model S Reliability

With the Prius, Toyota has demonstrated that hybrids (and, by extension, electric cars) can be highly reliable. And at first the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf required few repairs. With the 2013s, though, both suffer from new common problems, the Volt with its charge port and the Leaf with its battery charging system. The Tesla Model S has scored reasonably… More →

Charts and Graphs

TrueDelta has perhaps been a bit heavy on numbers. Aside from being pretty to look at, charts and graphs can effectively convey more information at a glance than a page full of stats can. So we’ve been adding these to our key pages. We now have charts or graphs on the repair-odds pages, car problem description pages, and real-world fuel… More →

How long should a car last?

Of the car ads in the 2014 Superbowl, VW’s ad was among the biggest crowd-pleasers. In it, a German engineer sprouted wings every time a VW somewhere in the world passed 100,000 miles. Apparently, VW has more cars on the road with over 100,000 miles than any other auto maker. But is this much of a testament to their reliability?… More →

2015 Chrysler 200

A month after the North American International Auto Show (Detroit auto show), the car that seems most significant to me is the Chrysler 200. While the 2013 Dodge Dart and 2014 Jeep Cherokee were the first joint products of Chrysler and Fiat, the 2015 200 must compete in the critical midsize sedan segment. Will it be able to? Though I… More →