AO Platinum Member
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: The land that Time forgot
The Totally Impartial Ralf S. Reliability Survey
We all know about the JD Power and Top Gear "reliability" (actually satisfaction) surveys but I never been convinced about the subjectivity of the owners carrying out the survey, or indeed the weighting that equates the quality of the ownership experience vs. the perception of reliability. E.g. "Boot Space" on a GTV is going to make it "Less Reliable" than a Toyota Corolla.
So, I have started my own reliability survey but I need some help.
It's dead simple. On my drive to work and around the country, I see loads of cars on the side of the road, hood-up or just parked up on the hard shoulder.
Not all cars so parked are going to BE broken down - maybe driver is checking their map or in the bushes having a Jimmy Riddle - but on average this won't matter.
So, UNLESS the car obviously has a puncture.. just note down any car you see "broken down" since the beginning of August. During the month it will give us a definitive league table. Don't mention cars on break-down trucks as they are often used to move cars. Just anything that looks or could be broken down (any car stopped on a m/way but not with a puncture etc.)
My results so far are;
BMW 5 series
No bullets for Chaingun..