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<p>Filed under: <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/acura/" rel="tag">Acura</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/buick/" rel="tag">Buick</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/cadillac/" rel="tag">Cadillac</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/chevrolet/" rel="tag">Chevrolet</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/honda/" rel="tag">Honda</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/lexus/" rel="tag">Lexus</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/mercedes-benz/" rel="tag">Mercedes-Benz</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/scion/" rel="tag">Scion</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/toyota/" rel="tag">Toyota</a></p><a href="/2014/02/12/jd-power-2014-vehicle-dependability-survey-results/#continued"><img alt="JD Power Vehicle Dependability Award" class="right border" data-credit="JD Power and Associates" data-mep="124268" src="http://o.aolcdn.com/dims-shared/dims3/GLOB/crop/250x331+0+0/resize/250x331!/format/jpg/quality/85/http://o.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/adam/891e41f493340684a36748f6c32103f1/jdpower.jpg" style="float: right;" /></a>For the first time since 1998, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/tag/jd+power/">J.D. Power and Associates</a> says its data shows that the average number of problems per 100 cars has <em>increased</em>. The finding is the result of the firm's much-touted annual Vehicle Dependability Study, which charts incidents of problems in new vehicle purchases over three years from 41,000 respondents.<br /><br />Looking at first-owner cars from the 2011 model year, the study found an average of 133 problems per 100 cars (PP100, for short), up 6 percent from 126 PP100 in last year's study, which covered 2010 model-year vehicles. Disturbingly, the bulk of the increase is being attributed to engine and transmission problems, with a 6 PP100 boost.<br /><br />Interestingly, JDP notes that "the decline in quality is particularly acute for vehicles with four-cylinder engines, where problem levels increase by nearly 10 PP100." Its findings also noticed that large diesel engines also tended to be more problematic than most five- and six-cylinder engines.<br /><br />Among individual brands, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/lexus/">Lexus</a> has taken the prize for most-dependable nameplate for the third year in a row, registering just 68 problems per 100 vehicles. <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/mercedes-benz/">Mercedes-Benz</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/cadillac/">Cadillac</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/acura/">Acura</a> and <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/buick/">Buick</a> rounded out the top of the class with 104, 107, 109 and 112 PP100, respectively.<br /><br />Broken down into specific models, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/tag/gm/">General Motors</a> brands continued their success, winning eight dependability awards for its 2011 models, including prizes for the <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/chevrolet/volt/">Chevrolet Volt</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/cadillac/escalade/">Cadillac Escalade</a> and <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/buick/lucerne/">Buick Lucerne</a>. Toyota followed that up with seven prizes split between its Lexus, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/toyota/">Toyota</a> and <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/scion/">Scion</a> nameplates, while <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/honda/">Honda</a> tallied six wins.<br /><br />For more information, check out the official press release <a href="/2014/02/12/jd-power-2014-vehicle-dependability-survey-results/#continued">below</a>.<br /><p><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/12/jd-power-2014-vehicle-dependability-survey-results/" rel="bookmark">Continue reading <em>J.D. Power study sees new car dependability problems increase for first time since 1998</em></a></p><p style="padding:5px;background:#ddd;border:1px solid #ccc;clear:both;"><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/12/jd-power-2014-vehicle-dependability-survey-results/">J.D. Power study sees new car dependability problems increase for first time since 1998</a> originally appeared on <a href="http://www.autoblog.com">Autoblog</a> on Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:31:00 EST. Please see our <a href="http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/">terms for use of feeds</a>.</p><h6 style="clear: both; padding: 8px 0 0 0; height: 2px; font-size: 1px; border: 0; margin: 0; padding: 0;"></h6><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/12/jd-power-2014-vehicle-dependability-survey-results/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to this entry">Permalink</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/forward/20828692/" title="Send this entry to a friend via email">Email this</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2014/02/12/jd-power-2014-vehicle-dependability-survey-results/#comments" title="View reader comments on this entry">Comments</a><div class="feedflare">

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