Buick and Jaguar tie for the highest-ranking nameplates in vehicle dependability, according to a study released by J.D. Power and Associates on Thursday.
With 122 problems per 100 vehicles, Jaguar moves up nine rank positions from No. 10 in the 2008 study. Buick, which ranked No. 6 in 2008 and tied for the highest ranking with Lexus in 2007, has ranked among the top 10 since 2003.
Lexus, which had dominated the first place for 14 years before 2009, ranks No. 3, with more than half of its eligible models receiving a segment award. The Lexus LS 430 sets a new standard in dependability, achieving an industry-best 61 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100).
Toyota, No. 4, and Mercury, No. 5, round out the top five brands.
J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Vehicle Dependability Study focuses on problems experienced by original owners of three-year-old vehicles (2006 model-year vehicles).
The average age of a vehicle at trade-in has increased to 73 months in 2009 from 65 months in 2006. With no end to the nation's economic troubles in sight, finding a dependable vehicle is even more critical.
The average number of problems per 100 vehicles for the overall industry has declined this year to 170, which are 36 problems per 100 vehicles fewer than in 2008.