It’s the night­mare car!

Motor Equipment News - - OEM -

Cost­ing an av­er­age of £550 (NZ$1,070) when it breaks down ev­ery other month, this is the UK’s “night­mare” car, ac­cord­ing to War­ranty Di­rect.

The au­to­mo­tive spe­cial­ist an­a­lysed its 50,000 live poli­cies to con­coct the mon­stros­ity, dubbed the Hor­rific 40RR0R, by com­bin­ing the worst-per­form­ing cars from each of the cat­e­gories mea­sured by its unique Re­li­a­bil­ity In­dex (www.re­li­a­bil­i­tyin­dex.com).

With the sus­pen­sion of an Audi, the gear­box of a Jeep and the electrics of a Mercedes, the fic­tional ve­hi­cle is a Franken­stein’s mon­ster of the least re­li­able parts.

The Re­li­a­bil­ity In­dex cal­cu­lates the trust­wor­thi­ness of ve­hi­cles by mea­sur­ing av­er­age cost of re­pair, fre­quency of fail­ure, age and mileage. While the av­er­age car scores 100 in the In­dex, with the lower the score the bet­ter, this grim cre­ation would be five times more un­re­li­able, with an RI fig­ure of al­most 500. Over­all, the Re­li­a­bil­ity In­dex shows that two in five ve­hi­cles need some form of re­pair each year and, while the av­er­age re­pair costs just over £350 (NZ$680), some garage bills can spi­ral to a scream-in­duc­ing £35,000 (NZ$68,000).

War­ranty Di­rect man­ag­ing direc­tor, David Gerrans, said: “The Hor­rific 40RR0R is a bit of fun that will, thank­fully, never be built, as it stitches to­gether the cars that per­form worst in each of the me­chan­i­cal cat­e­gories we mea­sure.

“This large va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cles that goes into the con­coc­tion proves how typ­i­cally re­li­able cars can be dragged down by one poorly-per­form­ing part.”

Al­most two fifths of Audi RS6s re­quire a trip to the work­shop to re­pair axle and sus­pen­sion com­po­nents each year, while three in ev­ery 10 Mercedes-Benz R Class ve­hi­cles re­port elec­tri­cal faults.

Gear­box prob­lems are rarer, but still more than one in 10 Jeep Grand Chero­kees will re­port gear­box prob­lems an­nu­ally.

A quar­ter of BMW M5s re­quire re­pairs to their en­gines, while the same pro­por­tion of Fiat Mul­ti­plas will ex­pe­ri­ence brak­ing sys­tem faults.

Chrysler’s 300C is not renowned for its agility in cor­ners but, even so, more than 10 per­cent will re­quire re­pairs to their steer­ing sys­tems. The same num­ber of Seat Al­ham­bras will need their air­con fixed dur­ing a typ­i­cal year, so driv­ers who like keep­ing their car cool should be­ware of the big Seat’s asth­matic ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the re­li­a­bil­ity of ve­hi­cles visit www.re­li­a­bil­i­tyin­dex.com.

Launched in 1997, War­ranty Di­rect was the first di­rect con­sumer war­ranty com­pany to op­er­ate in the UK. It was the first to of­fer cover against fail­ures caused by “wear and tear” and pi­o­neered war­ranty cover against faults found dur­ing MOT (WoF) and ser­vice pro­ce­dures.

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