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Top 10 Vehicle Brands Requiring Fewest Component Replacement Parts

3/4/2013
The J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability StudySM (VDS) measures problems with 3-year-old vehicles as reported by original owners. Among the questions asked of vehicle owners is whether or not they needed to replace components during the 12-month period prior to the study. Listed below, in order from fewest to greatest number of replacement incidences, are the 10 brands requiring the least number of replacement components, according to the 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study.

1) Buick
According to the 2013 VDS, Buick models improve by 7.2% this year with respect to component replacement. Just more than half (50.4%) of Buick owners indicate they needed to replace a component in the 12 months prior to taking the survey. In the 2012 study, Buick had the sixth-lowest rate of component replacement.

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2013 Buick Buyer's Guide

2) Lexus
Lexus also improves regarding component replacement in the 2013 VDS; however, despite its 4.5% improvement in component replacement rate, the brand does not outperform Buick in this regard. In the 2012 study, Lexus had the third-lowest rate of component replacement.

Lexus Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Lexus Buyer's Guide

3) Lincoln
Lincoln declines by 1.2% regarding component replacement this year, slipping one spot from the second-best performing brand to the third-best brand in the 2013 VDS. This year, 52% of Lincoln owners indicate that they replaced a component in the year prior to the study.

Lincoln Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Lincoln Buyer's Guide

4) Chevrolet
With 54.8% of owners indicating component replacement in the 2013 VDS, a 4.9% improvement from last year, Chevrolet achieves the fourth-best rate, compared with sixth last year.

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2013 Chevrolet Cars Buyer's Guide
2013 Chevrolet Trucks, Utilities & Vans Buyer's Guide

5) GMC
Due to an 8.1% improvement in reported component replacement from last year, GMC benefits from the second-greatest improvement in this regard, according to the 2013 VDS (Suzuki improves by 19% from 2012). As a result, GMC achieves the fifth-lowest rate in terms of component replacement, compared with 2012 when GMC tied with Acura for the fifteenth-lowest rate of component replacement.

GMC Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 GMC Buyer's Guide

6) Cadillac
Last year, just 48% of Cadillac owners indicated needing to replace a component in the year prior to the 2012 Vehicle Dependability Study, making it the highest-performing brand in this regard. In 2013, Cadillac declines by 8.5%, more than any other brand, and falls to sixth in terms of component replacement, with 56.5% of owners indicating a need to replace a component in the year prior to taking the survey.

Cadillac Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Cadillac Buyer's Guide

7) Toyota
Toyota holds steady in the 2013 VDS with regard to component replacement, with 58% of owners indicating the need to replace a component in the 12 months leading up to the survey. This represents a decline of 0.6%, compared with last year, but drops the automaker to No. 7 in the 2013 study in terms of component replacement, compared with fifth in 2012.

Toyota Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Toyota Cars Buyer's Guide
2013 Toyota Trucks, Utilities & Vans Buyer's Guide

8) Ford
With regard to component replacement, Ford comes in eighth in the 2013 VDS, repeating its performance from last year. According to the study, 58.4% of owners indicate replacing a component in the year prior to the survey, an improvement of 1.7%.

Ford Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Ford Cars Buyer's Guide
2013 Ford Trucks, Utilities & Vans Buyer's Guide

9) Acura
Acura improves its performance in terms of component replacement in the 2013 VDS, moving up to the ninth position this year from fifteenth last year, when it tied with GMC. According to the 2013 study, 59.3% of Acura owners indicate replacing a component in the 12 months prior to the study, representing a 4.3% improvement.

Acura Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Acura Buyer's Guide

10) Scion
Scion retains the No. 10 position in regard to component replacement in the 2013 VDS, due to a 2.4% improvement. In this year's study, 59.4% of Scion owners indicate having to replace a component in the previous 12-month period, compared with 61.8% last year, when the brand tied with Audi for 10th lowest rate.

Scion Car & Truck Quality Ratings
2013 Scion Buyer's Guide

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