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Not because of quality: German cars fail the British study


According to a British study, Porsche is the most unreliable brand. But Audi, BMW and Mercedes did not fare any better either. In addition, they attracted negative attention due to high bills.


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According to a British study, Porsche is the most unreliable brand.

But Audi, BMW and Mercedes did not fare any better either.

In addition, they attracted negative attention due to high bills.

If something stands for quality worldwide, then it is the inscription "Made in Germany"!

No wonder then that three premium manufacturers have their headquarters in Germany.

In addition, there is Porsche, a well-known sports car manufacturer.

But apparently the reliability is not far off, as a British study now claims.

There it is not the US manufacturer Tesla, often criticized for its quality, that greets from the first place, but Porsche.

Audi (5), BMW (6) and Mercedes (7) are also in the top 10.

The study was created by Warrantywise, a British provider of warranty extensions.

Not because of quality: German cars fail the British study

For the ranking, the service provider analyzed its data and examined more than 131,000 guarantee contracts.

A score was calculated for each manufacturer, which is made up of damage and repair costs that occurred after the manufacturer's warranty had expired.

Cars that are no more than ten years old were taken into account.

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10th place: BMW 3 Series.

BMW's popular middle class has been built 16 million times since 1975 - in several body variants such as the station wagon Touring shown in the photo, and also as a convertible.

The seventh generation of the BMW 3 Series is currently being produced and will soon be fully electrified.

So the success story can continue.

© Fabian Kirchbauer/BMW

9th place: Ford Model T. Long history, but still in the all-time top 10 with 16.5 million units produced (which included a tank) and the mono color black through 1927.

© Joseph Sohm/Imago

8th place: Lada 1200. Or Zhiguli.

Or VAZ 2101. The classic Russian (or Soviet) passenger car went by many names and from 1966 to 2007 it sold 17.3 million units.

It was based on the Fiat 124, but featured a sturdier body and less comfort.

© National Motor Museum/Imago

7th place: Toyota Hilux.

The pick-up truck is particularly popular in the USA, which is now enough for more than 18 million units built and sold.

Since 1968, its drivers have valued it as a robust all-road vehicle, on the platform of which African warlords sometimes installed a machine gun.

The eighth generation is currently on the way.


VW BeetlePlace 6: VW Beetle.

Around 21.5 million VW 1200 and other versions were produced, until the change of guard with the VW Golf, the original Beetle was the bestseller in this country - but also popular all over the world.

Developed from the KdF-Wagen developed in 1938 for the Nazi Reich, the VW was still being produced in Mexico in 2003.

© Gottfried Czepluch/Imago

Honda Civic5th place: Honda Civic.

Just another VW Golf opponent in Europe, this compact car has been a mega seller in the US and Japan for decades.

Over 27.5 million units have been produced since 1972, and the eleventh generation is currently in dealerships.


VW Passat VariantPlace 4: VW Passat.

Perhaps a little surprising, but since its debut in 1973, the well-behaved mid-range car has sold more than 30 million units - albeit including the significantly different US version.

In Europe, the station wagon variant clearly dominates, the ninth generation from 2023 will no longer exist as a notchback.

© Ingo Barenschee/VW

VW Golf Course 3: VW Golf.

Even if what feels like the eternal favorite of the Germans is currently struggling against Tesla and its internal competitor T-Roc: you have to get past the more than 35 million cars produced since 1974.

However, it is uncertain whether the current eighth generation will have a successor.

As an electric ID.

Golf, the epitome of the compact car, could still live on.

© Martin Meiners/VW

Ford F-1502nd place: Ford F-Series.

In the USA, the Ford F-150 pick-up truck has become an integral part of the street scene, he and his even bigger F-brothers perfectly embody the American way of driving.

The electric Lightning version brings more traffic to the commercial and lifestyle truck, which has been built more than 40 million times since 1948.

© Mark Phelan/Imago

Toyota Corolla1st place: Toyota Corolla.

What the VW Golf is to the Germans, the Toyota Corolla is to the Americans, Japanese and many Europeans.

Over 50 million of these compact cars have been built since 1966, and its twelfth generation is now also available as a cross version.

However, the maximum of electrification is a plug-in hybrid.

© Slavko Midzor/Imago

The principle is simple.

The lower the value, the worse the brand's reliability after the warranty expires.

Porsche only got a score of 35.1 out of 100. A quite surprising result.

In the TÜV Report 2023, the Porsche 911 performed best in the older age groups.

And DEKRA also certified that German vehicles are particularly reliable.

Not because of quality: German cars fail the British study

Less surprisingly, Land Rover (40.2) and Jaguar (48.2) finished second and third, respectively.

According to the Warrantywise study, Honda, Toyota, Suzuki, Kia and Hyundai are the most reliable.

The Asian manufacturers achieve score values ​​between 81 and 97.


Porsche, Audi, BMW and Mercedes did particularly poorly in a reliability study.

Hyundai, Honda and Toyota, on the other hand, do very well.

© Shotshop/Imago

But why do the German premium manufacturers do so poorly?

"More technology than ever in the high-end cars means that they also have a higher maintenance effort," explains Warrantywise CEO Lawrence Whittaker.

Added to this are the costs, which are usually more expensive with higher-priced brands.

This in turn costs points.

Incidentally, the highest single bill came from Land Rover.

One customer paid £23,890 (about €27,800) to have the electronic systems repaired.

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The £15,000 that a Mercedes driver should pay for a new hybrid battery almost seems like a bargain.

However, a customer of the brand with the star also received a bill for 23,302 pounds (about 26,703 euros).

Audi and BMW also had their highest bills in excess of £20,000 (around €22,920).

At Porsche it was "only" 13,129 pounds (about 15,045 euros).

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Source: merkur

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