Ford Fiesta, Nissan Pathfinder among least reliable cars

James Raia

Pope Francis waves as a passenger in a Fiat 500L.

The Pope gave Fiat the best press it’s ever had recently when he chose it as his preferred transportation during his visit to the United States.

Consumer Reports, however, has just given the compact minivan/crossover some of its worst publicity — “least reliable car.”

In a throwback to the 1970s when Fiat got the infamous slogan for the acronym of its name, “Fix It Again, Tony,” the Italian carmaker has been bombarded with problems from new owners.

Broken tie rods, slipping transmission, shoddy electrical system and even engine failures have all been reported in the publication’s extensive yearly study.

As the publication CheatSheet.com detailed, “Maybe the Fiat is just cursed. After all it’s built in the same Serbian factory that gave the world the Yugo.”

According to Consumer Reports:  “The 2015 Annual Auto Survey allowed car owners to tell us, in their own (often angry) words, about service problems they had experienced in the past year. With more than 740,000 vehicles included in the survey, owners had a lot to say.”

Pope Francis waves while as passenger in a Fiat 500L.
Pope Francis waves as a passenger in a 2015 Fiat 500L during his recent visit to the United Statea

From bad to worst, here are the five least reliable vehicles in the just released Consumer Reports survey and a comment on each vehicle:

5. Chevrolet Suburban/GMC Yukon . . . “Among customer complaints, a wonky navigation system, a selectable two wheel/four-wheel drive  system that doesn’t select, and overall poor fit-and-finish landed the Suburban/Yukon twins on this list.”

4. Nissan Pathfinder . . . “Owners complained about the CVT’s shaking, hesitant shifting, and even the occasional “judder.”

3. Jeep Cherokee . . . “The Cherokee has its problems, and they’re largely tied to FCA’s new nine-speed automatic transmission. Customers reported issues shifting gears, taking it to the dealership for software fixes, and even all-out failures.”

2. Ford Fiesta . . . “The Mexican-built Ford has a number of build-quality quality issues ranging from self-destructing transmissions to weak fuel pumps, faulty seat belts, and ineffective weatherstripping.”

1. Fiat 500L . . . We’ll say it again, “Fix It Again, Tony.” But Pope Frances did look cool in the little beast in his trip to the U.S.

Article Last Updated: October 28, 2015.

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