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Charts of Manufacturer Shares of Consumer Reports' Used Cars to Avoid
by James Bleeker

Available below are charts of each manufacturer's share of entries on Consumer Reports' Used-Cars-to-Avoid list for years 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, and 1992. Each model year for each model listed is a separate entry. The list of Used Cars to Avoid may be found in the April edition of each year's volume of Consumer Reports. The list is based on the frequency of serious problems as reported by CR subscribers.

Percents in each chart are rounded to the nearest whole percent.

Two sets of charts are provided in order to help visualize each manufacturer's vehicle quality over time.

To view a chart corresponding to any year, simply click the year.

Note that General Motors Corporation has persistently remained in the pits by garnering the greatest share of these "avoidables" in every year since at least 1992. In contrast, Ford Motor Company has shown significant improvement by this measure of quality, reducing its share from 23% in 1992 to a more modest 10% in 2010. Hyundai Motor Company, as well, has cut its share of Used Cars to Avoid by half while increasing its market share and greatly increasing its product offerings.

Also note that by this measure of quality Toyota Motor Corporation has fallen to second place (after Honda Motor Company) among manufacturers with more than 5% of the U.S. new car market, going from 0% share of the "avoidables" in 1992 to 1% in 2010.

Manufacturer's Percentage Shares of CR's' 1992 Used Cars to Avoid

Manufacturer's Percentage Shares of CR's 2009 Used Cars to Avoid

When Toyota appears on the top of one of the above charts, as often it does, it nearly always means that it had not one entry in CR’s Used Cars to Avoid.

Plots of the annual shares of these "avoidables" for General Motors Corporation, Ford Motor Company, Chrysler Corporation/DaimlerChrysler AG/Chrysler LLC, Honda Motor Company, and Toyota Motor Corporation, as well as plots of the annual shares of the Big Three and the Reliable Two, may be viewed by clicking here.

Disclosure      Site manager is currently a very small shareholder of Ford Motor Company (2010-04-27). I am not, and have not been, a shareholder of any other motor vehicle manufacturer.

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