Top 10 Most Reliable Cars (2009)

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Chrysler 300The Chrysler bankruptcy, and the poor (and insulting) way in which the corporate office notified dealerships that were to be shuttered, has put many Chrysler dealerships in a pinch. In a few short days, those dealerships will no longer be able to sell any cars. It will, in fact, be illegal for them to sell any cars. To make matters worse, Chrysler won’t take back any unsold vehicles! That means those dealerships are just dumping cars out into the marketplace because they simply can’t keep them.

But should you buy a car from a dealership about to close its doors? Or a manufacturer that’s in bankruptcy? Yes… if they’re reliable vehicles.

J.D. Power and Associates always puts out a list of the most dependable vehicles on the road.

  1. 2006 Lexus LS 430: Ranked number one with a “record-setting index score for problem-free ownership, setting the best performance in the history of the Vehicle Dependability Survey.” Certainly high praise. (Toyota)
  2. 2006 Lexus SC 430: Ranked second. The five most common trouble spots were failed battery, trouble with tire pressure monitoring system, peeling, fading, or chipping paint. (Toyota)
  3. 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis (Ford)
  4. 2006 Buick Lucerne (General Motors)
  5. 2006 Buick LaCrosse (General Motors)
  6. 2006 Mercury Montego (Ford)
  7. 2006 Toyota Camry (Toyota)
  8. 2006 Acura RL (Honda)
  9. 2006 Lexus ES 330 (Toyota)
  10. 2006 Toyota Avalon (Toyota)

Not a single Chrysler vehicle made the dependability list. Five Toyota vehicles, two Fords, two General Motors, a Honda and absolutely zero Chrysler vehicles. I think that says it all for the franchise. Here’s the full photo gallery.

(Photo: willvision)

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37 Responses to “Top 10 Most Reliable Cars (2009)”

  1. Albert Torres says:

    The Dodge Charger was on the recomended list at Consumer reports for a few years. I have had mine since summer of 06 and its been beaten for 40,000 miles. Only minor prob with leaky transmission and oil changes. Great car and I have a 1999 Chrysler LHS and now its starting to get some problems. 143,000 miles, runs perfect but tranny starting to go. TEN YEARS!

  2. 2 Late says:

    I know I am 2 late on this post,but came upon it..

    I had a 2004 Honda Accord first new car,transmission failed at 12,000 miles..fixed it,twaterpump started to leak at 62,000 miles..$1600 fix with timing belt (another weak link I was told) then after that the power windows failed !!

    My sister has had 2 Toyota’s both dealer serviced low miles,1 died of engine sludge 22,000 mi and her Minivan trans failed at 44,000,fixed and it started the sludge problem… Good ?

    I bought a 2008 Chrysler 300 C,55,000 and no issues at all.The earlier ones 05-07 trans o ring leaked they used a Mercedes trans and some power window modules failed again Mercedes..They say they fixed them by now..I went back to Chrysler after my import disasters..My parents have a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee V-8 140,000 miles only problem was the a/c failed,common with Honda and Toyota’s as well..Also a 2006 Dodge Ram 1500 Hemi,70,000 problem free as well.

    So I guess, people have problems with Chryslers,Honda’s,Toyota’s and everything else..just buy the most expensive highest mileage warranty cover yourself..

  3. Charles Hobden says:

    I have owned two Ford Escorts and a Ford van that have been very reliable. My present Escort has 168000 miles on it and the most major repairs it has received are a timing belt,an alternator, and brakes.
    My 1980 full-size van has almost 300,000 miles on it. Nothing major has been done to the engine or transmission. It doesn’t burn oil and has as much power as it ever had. Inside and out, it is very clean. Even the paint is original.
    I have never owned any vehicle as reliable as the above two examples.

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