• All the JD Power consumer surveys say Japanese cars are the most reliable. It must be the engineering and design because it also applies to Japanese makes built outside Japan. Although the workforces all get the same kind of training usually in brand new production factories.
  • Yes, They are very reliable cars. There is no secret. They have the best designs and make a good product.
  • Better design, engineering and also better upper management that oversees production. Philosophy goes something like this - "we make a better product for a cheaper price than the competition and we will prosper" - "we ensure quality on the production line too" "we invest money in the places that will support the making of a better car rather than other perks" all that makes for better cars. When I lived in Detroit I was shocked to discover how many guys on the auto line actually got drunk for half of the day and took three hour lunches daily to do so. Maybe labor agreements got too fat at Ford, GM and Chrysler and everyone was lazy. I mean, the Japanese have been producing better cars since the 1970's, Detroit has had 40 years to catch up, and have they? Time for the big three to get completely dismantled and rebuilt from the ground up
  • I've had good experiences with Japanese cars and so have my friends. They are engineered very well and the engine internals have very tight tolerances so they last a very long time.
  • I do think Japanese cars are very reliable, and JD Power does back up their claims. But I still think German cars are more fun to drive. They were built for the Autobahn. But the Germans still have a way to go as far as reliability. We have a Subaru and an Audi...I love driving the Audi over the Subaru, but as far as maintenance cost go, man the Audi is expensive!
  • Yes, this seems to be the case anyway with Toyota, Nissan and Honda. Mitsubishi had some problems a few years ago with its domestic brand (especially large trucks and sedans) but seems to have mostly recovered. Surely, Japanese cars are designed first to be reliable and second to be economical on fuel. Those are two great incentives to buy.
  • First of all, they care that the car is quality. It's an honor thing with the Japanese not to cheat you. Then, it's the production process. ANYONE, including the janitor, can immediately stop production if they see something is wrong.
  • Japanese cars are definitely most reliable cars. Better materials used - better design. I have driven around 30-40 different cars and my experience is that Japanese cars have good equipment, superb quality and great driving performance for that price. I recommend Isuzu, Subaru, Suzuki, Mazda, Honda, Lexus, Toyota (in that order), little less Nissan and Mitsubishi. Italians are cheap but reliable only with small, cheap models, except extra expensive like Ferrari and Lamborghini. Others like Alfa Romeo, Fiat (middle, big class), Lancia... are not so good. Germans are comfortable, but they are not reliable as 20-30 years ago, especially Mercedes, and they have serious problems with electronics. Audi, Porsche and Škoda are very good, Volkswagen, BMW OK, Opel is not very confident. French cars are very common (Renault). Citroen and Peugeot comfortable, but Citroen really unreliable at the last time, also electronics. Unfortunately English cars aren't reliable any more, and I'm not glad to say that for a country where car racing started. I didn't drive American cars, but I believe they are reliable.
  • I once asked a breakdown-service guy what was the most reliable car in the UK - he replied 'Honda'. When I asked what his reply was based on, he said 'because I've never had to go out to one'.
  • From my experience it definitely seems to be the case.
  • i drive a 2008 honda civic and this car is as good as any car i have ever driven.its only a four cylinder but it has plenty of power. i am american as they come but i heard how good these cars were and i found it to be true.
  • That's what I've always heard.
  • Their secret is respect. When the American Auto Workers strike they make a mess. When they come off the strike they immediately go to a higher salary. When Japanese auto workers go on strike they stay on their old salary until the mess from the strike is cleaned up. The Japanese have honor, they care about the product they put out. The Americans have been overpaid for years. Every single car my family has owned that has not been Japanese made has broken down by age 7 years. I have a 20 year old Honda Civic that, PRAISE GOD, is still going strong. Chance? No. People thought I was crazy to buy Japanese. Look who needs a government loan and who does not now. There was a time in this country when a quality product and respect were important. We are re-learning that lesson the hard way. Those who give lousy customer service are now out of business. What Katrina did for gentrification (sorry guys) this recession has done for customer service.
  • I can only speak for models sold in North America, where the major Japanese brands (Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Subaru, Isuzu) are the most reliable vehicles (Mitsubishi and Suzuki seem to have more problems). However, the difference between the Japanese brands and their US and European competition has substantially narrowed compared to 15 or 20 years ago. Also, the kinds of failures cars tend to have has substantially changed. Almost all manufacturers make excellent engines, transmissions, suspensions, brakes, etc. It's the trim parts and electronics that tend to be problematic on modern cars. While still annoying, these failures tend not to leave one stranded or require multiple days to repair. As for *why* Japanese cars are more reliable, I recall reading an interview with an automotive engineer that was illuminating. He worked for both GM and Honda designing engines. At GM, they would consider a part (for example, the crankshaft) and determine the cheapest way to make it that would still meet specifications. In contrast, at Honda they would try to make the best part that they could (within reason) and then look for ways to make the manufacturing process *cheap enough* to make the design economically viable. The GM-style design philosophy tends to lead marginal products ("Whoops! We made the crankshaft too weak. I guess we'll have to beef it up for next year's model")). The Honda-style design philosophy tends to lead to a 'virtuous circle' of design improvements. For example, a strong stiff crankshaft means that smaller connecting rods can be used (more power, better fuel economy). Lighter connecting rods mean that smaller pistons can be used (better throttle response, less side loading on the cylinder walls means less wear). Better power from the engine means it can be made smaller (makes the car lighter). A lighter car means the brakes can be smaller (less expensive, improves ride and handling). Etc., etc., etc. The US and European car companies have learned from the Japanese and are much better than they used to be. But the Japanese have a multi-decade head start that hasn't been completely erased. . . .
  • Their secret is education.
  • Japan makes good cars - and the US and Canada make good cars...the actual quality differences between the two are about the same - it's just that the Japanese are maybe a half step ahead of North America in design.
  • Yes i think so
  • Perception is reality to most people. However, the reality is that Japanese cars excel in initial quality which has little to do with long term reliability. The fact is that most all cars are built quite good these days. Reliability from what I've seen has more to do with preventive and timely maintenance and repairs than the initial product. Someone who fails to properly care for their car... feeds it cat-piss gas and doesn't fix things till they actually break will have terrible luck with their car.
  • Yes, Japanese car manufacturers and unions work hand- in-hand instead of against each other. And that in turn has resulted in sensible union contracts--not the outrageous contracts as seen with American car manufacturers. A huge percentage of the cost of U.S. cars go directly to meet union demands--which creates less emphasis on quality.
  • Japanese cars consistently come out most reliable in surveys. I think that is simple attention to detail. "Very Good" is not good enough, and however well you did last year, you expect to do better next.
  • Yes. Better design, better engineering, better management, and better quality control. And let's not forget better employee morale.
  • I'm member of consumer reports. Thıs year too they have done a survey concernıng car relıabılıty. Untıl 5 years Honda, after 5 years Toyota. Fırst Toyota ıncludıng Lexus and Scıon, then Honda ıncludıng Acura, Nıssan, Ford, Hyundai ıncludıng Kıa, GM, Chrysler, Volkswagen too ıncludıng Audı. A typıcal eıght-year-old Volkswagen or Audı has almost three tımes the nummber of problems as a typıcal eıght-year-old Toyota. Why, the japanese car makers do a lot more controls. Greetıngs, Pusserel
  • asian car is most reliable car ever they - asian factories - dont care that much about selling their auto-parts for the mark as long the car is reliable and the consumer is satisfy with it. german or whatever European country make the car soo delicate so it break down after 2 or 3 years from selling it to the consumer so ( he will come back again and buy parts or fix it ) and the main company will benefit twice . i owned passat and accord . and i spend for fixing the vw more than its main price
  • Kia and Hyundai are just as good as any Japanese brand. I have 2015 kia Rio with 64k miles -- never ever broke down. Never needed anything besides regular oil change and fluid replacement.
  • i think for now all cars are good and very reliable, no matter from where.
  • The most reliable car I've seen is the Russian-made Lada. I follow a Youtube channel that puts cars through all kinds of hell - most of them are Ladas. Ladas are practically indestructible.
  • Well...not entirely. **1** Most of the very reliable cars are made by Japanese auto manufacturers...but not all of them. For example: according to consumer reports, for 2021 Buicks were more reliable than Honda, Subaru, Acura and Nissan. **2** Some Japanese-made cars are NOT very reliable. For example: LAST year Nissan ranked 13 in consumer reports (though back up to 9 this year).

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