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Top 10 Vehicle Components Replaced After Three Years of Vehicle Ownership

3/2/2013
According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study,SM which measures problems with 3-year-old vehicles as reported by original owners, the following components are most often cited as having been replaced in the 12 months leading up to the time the survey was completed. The components are listed below in order from most replaced to least replaced:

1) Battery
According to the 2013 Vehicle Dependability Study, 6% of owners indicate replacing their vehicle's battery in the year prior to taking the survey. This represents a 0.4% improvement from last year.

2) Exterior Lights (Except Headlights)
The 2013 VDS reveals that 4.8% of owners of 2010 model-year vehicles indicate replacing taillights, brake lights, turn signal lights, or other exterior lights (excluding headlights) in the 12 months before completing the survey. This represents a 0.3% increase in exterior light replacement compared to last year.

3) Brake Rotors
The third most frequently replaced component according to the 2013 VDS is brake rotors. According to the study, 3.6% of owners indicate replacing this component in the previous 12-month period, representing a 0.6% improvement over last year.

4) Windshield
According to the 2013 VDS, 3% of vehicle owners indicate replacing their windshield in the previous 12 months, a slight 0.1% increase from last year's study.

5) Tire-Pressure-Monitoring System
According to the 2013 VDS, 2.8% of vehicle owners indicate experiencing problems with their tire-pressure-monitoring systems in the year leading up to taking the survey, an improvement of 0.4% from last year's study.

6) Headlight Components
Headlights require less frequent replacement than other exterior lights on 2010 model-year vehicles, according to the 2013 VDS. In this year's study, 1.8% of owners indicate replacing headlight components, representing a 0.3% increase from last year.

7) Spark Plugs
In the 2013 VDS, 1.5% of vehicle owners indicate having replaced spark plugs during the previous 12 months, an improvement of 0.3% over last year.

8) Remote Keyless Entry
According to results of the 2013 VDS, automakers are replacing fewer remote keyless entry systems as 1% of owners indicate this as a problem in this year's study, representing a 0.5% improvement from last year.

9) Door Handles/Locks
Slotting in just behind remote keyless entry systems as the ninth most often replaced component, problems with door handles and locks affected 0.9% of owners, according to the 2013 VDS. This represents an improvement of 0.3% from last year.

10) Fuses
Rounding out the list of top 10 replaced components in association with the 2013 VDS, fuses required replacement by 0.8% of survey respondents, representing a 0.4% improvement from the previous year.

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