Audi, Volkswagen, BMW and MINI Record Worst Engine Failure Rates
The study shows that well-seen automakers, such as Volkswagen (which also has a serious problem with its dual-clutch autoboxes), Audi, BMW and MINI are among the poorest performing cars on the UK market, when it comes to engine failure rates.
Keep in mind that it does not include any of the three main US automakers (GM, Chrysler and Ford), but it is still relevant because there are a lot of familiar names, which do not situate themselves where you`d expect to find them.
A total of 36 automakers were taken into consideration, and the four aforementioned brands all finished in the bottom 10.
At the top of the pack, we find two highly-predictable names: Honda in first (thanks, in part, to not turbocharging their engine range), and Toyota in second place, with engine failure rates of 0.29% and 0.58% respectively. That equates to 1 in 344 engines, and 1 in 171 engines - which are very good numbers.
Next up we have Mercedes-Benz, with a failure rate of 0.84%, while Volvo and Jaguar record 0.90% and 0.98% figures.
The automaker at the bottom of the list, MG Rover, has a worryingly-high rate of failures of 7.88%, which equates to one 1 in 13 engines malfunctioning, while Audi's recored figure of 3.71% is nothing to write home about (1 in 27 engines).