The price of unreliability is getting outrageous. If you want to buy what Consumer Reports has determined will be the least reliable sedan available in the U.S., you’re going to have to shell out between $75,000 and $125,000.

That’s because the dubious honor went to a car Consumer Reports also calls “sumptuous,” “quiet and luxurious” and “a delight to drive”: the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.



Sedans most likely to send you back to the dealer. Worst performer first.



1.) Mercedes-Benz – S-Class – $100,000


2.) Jaguar – S-Type – $51,000


3.) BMW – 7 Series – $94,000


4.) Jaguar – X-Type – $33,000


5.) Mercedes-Benz – E-Class – $64,000


6.) Mercedes-Benz – C-Class (V6) – $40,000


7.) Volvo – S60 (AWD) – $32,000


8.) Saab – 9-3 – $35,000


9.) Pontiac – Grand Prix – $25,000


10.) Volkswagen – Passat (AWD) – $28,000

11.) BMW – 5 Series – $58,000



Mercedes-Benz (a division of DaimlerChrysler) has been struggling with quality problems over the last few years. But the rest of the list of the least reliable sedans reads like the valet lot of a Davos hotel at convention time. Ten of the 11 are European-made and include some of the most celebrated and technologically advanced sedans on the market, including 3 Mercedes-Benz models, 2 BMWs and 2 Jaguars. The average price: $51,000, compared with an average price of $32,000 for the mostly Japanese vehicles on the list of most reliable sedans.



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