Car Brands - Worst Brands of MY 2001

The Least Reliable and Durable Car Brands of Model Year 2001 by CR's 2007 List of Used Cars to Avoid

This page lists the worst car brands of model year 2001 by two measures, both of which employ Consumer Reports' list of Used Cars to Avoid. Both measures use the 2001 models on the 2007 list of Cars to Avoid, when the 2001 cars were about 5 ½ years old. 

2001's Worst Car Brands by Share of CR's 2007 list of 2001 Cars to Avoid

The 10 worst car brands (11 byt tie) of 2001 by share of CR's 2007 list of 2001 Cars to Avoid are listed below, together with their corresponding shares.

  • Chevrolet line, accounting for 13.8% of 2001 Cars to Avoid in 2007
  • Volkswagen line, accounting for 10.8%
  • GMC line, accounting for 7.7%
  • Pontiac line (now defunct), accounting for 7.7%
  • Mercedes-Benz line, accounting for 7.7%
  • Audi line, accounting for 6.2%
  • Chrysler line, accounting for 6.2%
  • Dodge line, accounting for 6.2%
  • BMW line, accounting for 6.2%
  • Oldsmobile line (now defunct), accounting for 4.6%
  • Volvo line, accounting for 4.6%
The Chevrolet brand leads the list of the worst in model years 1985, 1986, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, and 2006.
 
The Ford brand leads the list of the worst in model years 1993 and 1994.
 
Noteworthy is that although the Toyota line has more 2001 models rated in Consumer Reports' 2008 reliability tables than does the Chevrolet line (reflecting U.S. consumers' growing disinclination to buy GM vehicles and General Motors' resulting market share reduction), the Chevrolet line accounts for 13.8% of 2001 Cars to Avoid in 2007 and the Toyota line accounts for none.
 
The brands that account for the remaining 18% of 2001 cars on CR's 2007 list are Cadillac, Hyundai, Lincoln, Ford, Jeep, Land Rover, Porsche, Saab, and Saturn (now defunct).
 
The following bar graph depicts each brand's share of the 2001 Used Cars to Avoid in 2007 at an approximate age of 5 ½ years.

This is a bar graph of the brand shares of the worst cars of 2001 by CR’s 2007 list of 2001 Used Cars to Avoid. Chart by James Benjamin Bleeker, 01 March 2012.

2001's Worst Car Brands by Number of Brand's 2001 Cars to Avoid Divided by All of Its 2001 Cars Rated in 2007

For this quality measure, we divide the brand's number of 2001 models on CR's 2007 list of Used Cars to Avoid by the number of its 2001 models rated in CR's April 2007 Reliability Tables. This computation is done with the intent to garner a rough estimate as to how likely a brand's models will be among the Cars to Avoid at about 5 ½ years.

The 10 worst 2001 brands by this quality measure are, in descending order (worst first):

  • Oldsmobile line (now defunct), with a dividend-divisor ratio of 3/0 based on 0 rated models
  • Volkswagen line, with a quotient value of 1.75 based on 4 rated models
  • GMC line, with a quotient value of 1.00 based on 5 rated models
  • Audi line, with a quotient value of 1.00 based on 4 rated models
  • Cadillac line, with a quotient value of 1.00 based on 2 rated models
  • Land Rover line, with a quotient value of 1.00 based on 1 rated model
  • Saturn line (now defunct), with a quotient value of 1.00 based on 1 rated model
  • Pontiac line (now defunct), with a quotient value of 0.83 based on 6 rated models
  • Mercedes-Benz line, with a quotient value of 0.83 based on 6 rated models
  • BMW line, with a quotient value of 0.80 based on 5 rated models
The brand quotients for model year 2001 are depicted in the following bar graph, with worst first.

This s a bar graph of 2001’s worst car brands by dividing the number of the brand’s 2001 Cars to Avoid in 2007 by all of its 2001 rated cars in Consumer Reports’ 2007 Reliability Tables. Chart by James Benjamin Bleeker, 01 March 2012.

Note that although Ford and Chevrolet have nearly an identical number of rated cars (14 versus 13), Chevrolet has a much larger fraction that are among 2001's worst.
 
Additional Resources

Best Car Brands by CR's List of Used Cars to Avoid: 1985  1986  1987  1988  1989  1990  1991  1992  1993  1994  1995  1996  1997  1998  1999  2000  2001  2002  2003  2004  2005  2006 

Worst Car Brands by CR's List of Used Cars to Avoid:  1985  1986  1987  1988  1989  1990  1991  1992  1993  1994  1995  1996  1997  1998  1999  2000  2001  2002  2003  2004  2005  2006

Best Car Makers by CR's List of Used Cars to Avoid: 1985  1986  1987  1988  1989  1990  1991  1992  1993  1994  1995  1996  1997  1998  1999  2000  2001  2002  2003  2004  2005  2006

Worst Car Makers by CR's List of Used Cars to Avoid:  1985  1986  1987  1988  1989  1990  1991  1992  1993  1994  1995  1996  1997  1998  1999  2000  2001  2002  2003  2004  2005  2006

The Best Cars of Each Model Year by Reliability-Durability GPA: 1975  1976  1977  1978  1979  1980  1981  1982  1983  1984  1985  1986  ...  2004  2005

The Worst Cars of Each Model Year by Reliability-Durability GPA: 1980  1981  1982  1983  1984  1985  1986  ...  2004  2005 

The Best Car Brands of Each Model Year by Reliability-Durability GPA: 1985  1986 ...  2004  2005

The Worst Car Brands of Each Model Year by Reliability-Durability GPA: 1985  1986 ...  2004  2005

The Best Car Manufacturers of Each Model Year by Reliability-Durability GPA: 1985  1986 ...  2004  2005

The Worst Car Manufacturers of Each Model Year by Reliability-Durability GPA: 1985  1986 ...  2004  2005

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