March 11, 2005


Consumer Reports issues “Good” and “Bad Bets” on used cars

Yonkers, New York – Consumers Reports magazine, an independent, non-profit consumer testing company, issued its 2004 list of “Good Bets” and “Bad Bets” for used vehicles. The company used responses from more than 800,000 owners.

The result was 54 vehicles on the “good” list (7 more than the 2003 list), and 34 on the “bad” (15 more than last year). To qualify, the magazine must have at least 3 years’ worth of data on the model; new models released in 2003 or 2004 do not appear. Consumer Reports gives extra weight to problems concerning the drivetrain.

The Good Bets were:

  • Acura Integra
  • Acura MDX
  • Acura RL
  • Acura RSX (new to list)
  • Acura TL
  • Buick Regal
  • Chevrolet/Geo Prizm
  • Chrysler PT Cruiser
  • Ford Crown Victoria (new to list)
  • Ford Escort
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Civic
  • Honda CR-V
  • Honda Odyssey
  • Honda Prelude
  • Honda S2000
  • Infiniti G20
  • Infiniti I130/I135
  • Infiniti Q45 (new to list)
  • Infiniti QX4
  • Lexus ES300/ES330
  • Lexus GS300/GS400/GS430
  • Lexus IS300 (new to list)
  • Lexus LS400/LS430
  • Lexus RX300/RX330
  • Lincoln Town Car
  • Mazda 626
  • Mazda Millenia
  • Mazda MX-5 Miata
  • Mercury Grand Marquis (new to list)
  • Mercury Tracer
  • Mitsubishi Galant (new to list)
  • Nissan Altima
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Subaru Forester
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Subaru Outback
  • Toyota 4Runner
  • Toyota Avalon
  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Camry Solara
  • Toyota Celica
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Toyota Echo
  • Toyota Highlander
  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Toyota Prius (new to list)
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Toyota Sequoia
  • Toyota Sienna
  • Toyota Tundra

    The Bad Bets were:

  • Audi A6
  • BMW 7 series
  • Chevrolet Astro
  • Chevrolet Blazer
  • Chevrolet Express 1500 (new to list)
  • Chevrolet S-10 4WD
  • Chevrolet Trailblazer (new to list)
  • Chrysler Town & Country AWD
  • Dodge Dakota 4WD (new to list)
  • Dodge Grand Caravan AWD
  • Ford Windstar (new to list)
  • GMC Envoy (new to list)
  • GMC Jimmy
  • GMC Savana 1500 (new to list)
  • GMC Sonoma 4WD
  • Jaguar S-Type
  • Jaguar X-Type (new to list)
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Land Rover Discovery (new to list)
  • Lincoln Navigator
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class V6 (new to list)
  • Mercedes-Benz CLK (new to list)
  • Mercedes-Benz M-Class
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class (new to list)
  • Oldsmobile Bravada
  • Oldsmobile Cutlass
  • Plymouth Neon
  • Pontiac Aztek (new to list)
  • Saturn Vue (new to list)
  • Volkswagen Golf
  • Volkswagen Jetta
  • Volkswagen New Beetle
  • Volvo S80 (new to list)

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