British consumer warranties company Warranty Direct showed their take on what the country’s nightmare car would look like. The automotive specialist analysed its 50,000 live policies to concoct the monstrosity (pictured), dubbed the Horrific 40RR0R – a combination of the worst-performing vehicles in their reliability index.
This is what it consists of: the engine of a BMW M5, the axle and suspension of an Audi RS6, the gearbox from a Jeep Grand Cherokee, the electrics from a Mercedes-Benz R-Class, the braking system from a Fiat Multipla, the air-conditioning from a Seat Alhambra (not sold in SA) and the steering system from a Chrysler 300C.
This is what their analysis revealed:
Almost two fifths of Audi RS6s require a trip to the workshop to repair axle and suspension components each year, while three in every 10 Mercedes-Benz R Class vehicles report electrical faults.
Gearbox problems are rarer, but still more than one in ten Jeep Grand Cherokees will report gearbox problems annually.
A quarter of BMW M5s require repairs to their engines, while the same proportion of Fiat Multiplas will experience braking system faults.
Chrysler’s 300C is not renowned for its agility in corners but, even so, more than ten percent will require repairs to their steering systems. The same number of Seat Alhambras will need their air-con fixed during a typical year, so drivers who like keeping their car cool should beware of the big Seat’s asthmatic ventilation system.
“The Horrific 40RR0R is a bit of fun that will, thankfully, never be built, as it stitches together the cars that perform worst in each of the mechanical categories we measure,” said Warranty Direct managing director, David Gerrans
“This large variety of vehicles that goes into the concoction proves how typically reliable cars can be dragged down by one poorly-performing part.”
–Ignition Live Reporter