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From a General Motors Factory to the Junkyard in 19 Seconds? Revisited in 2014

This article examines how quickly General Motors' models - current and recently defunct - made it onto Consumer Reports' 2014 Used Cars to Avoid. As well it compares and contrasts the numbers and relative frequencies of the 2014 avoidables of GM and its surviving brands with and against other manufacturers and brands.

We first focus on the speed with which General Motors' models from its four surviving brands made CR's 2014 list of avoidables. As CR's survey spans several months, the age at which a model made the list is expressed as an age range. The corresponding model year is provided as well.

The Buicks

2010 Buick Enclave at age 3 to 4 years
2013 V6 Buick LaCrosse at 0 to 1 year
2010 Buick Lucerne at 3 to 4 years
2011 Buick Regal at 2 to 3 years

The mean age at which the above Buicks dashed onto the list of cars to avoid was 2 to 3 years.

The Cadillacs

2013 V6 Cadillac ATS at age 0 to 1 year
2005 Rear-wheel-drive Cadillac CTS at 8 to 9 years
2009 Cadillac DTS at 4 to 5 years
2008 Cadillac Escalade at 5 to 6 years
2011 Cadillac SRX at 2 to 3 years
2007 Cadillac STS at 6 to 7 years
2013 Cadillac XTS at 0 to 1 year

The mean age for the above Cadillacs was 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 years.

The Chevrolets

2009 Chevrolet Avalanche at age 4 to 5 years
2013 V6 Chevrolet Camaro at 0 to 1 year
2012 V8 Chevrolet Camaro at 1 to 2 years
2008 Chevrolet Cobalt at 5 to 6 years
2010 Chevrolet Colorado at 3 to 4 years
2013 Chevrolet Corvette at 0 to 1 year
2011 1.4T Chevrolet Cruze at 2 to 3 years
2013 1.8 Chevrolet Cruze at 0 to 1 year
2010 4-cylinder Chevrolet Equinox at age 3 to 4 years
2008 V6 Chevrolet Equinox at 5 to 6 years
2010 Chevrolet HHR at 3 to 4 years
2010 Chevrolet Impala at 3 to 4 years
2008 4-cylinder Chevrolet Malibu at 5 to 6 years
2008 V6 Chevrolet Malibu at 5 to 6 years
2006 V6 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at 7 to 8 years
2010 V8, 2-wheel-drive Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at 3 to 4 years
2009 V8, 4-wheel-drive Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at 4 to 5 years
2011 turbodiesel Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at 2 to 3 years
2012 Chevrolet Sonic at 1 to 2 years
2013 Chevrolet Suburban at 0 to 1 year
2010 Chevrolet Tahoe at 3 to 4 years
2010 Chevrolet Traverse at 3 to 4 years

The mean age for the above Chevrolets was 3 to 4 years.

The GMCs

2011 GMC Acadia at age 2 to 3 years
2010 GMC Canyon at 3 to 4 years
2006 V6 GMC Sierra 1500 at 7 to 8 years
2010 V8, 2-wheel-drive GMC Sierra 1500 at 3 to 4 years
2009 V8, 4-wheel-drive GMC Sierra 1500 at 4 to 5 years
2011 turbodiesel GMC Sierra 1500 at 2 to 3 years
2010 4-cylinder GMC Terrain at 3 to 4 years
2010 GMC Yukon at 3 to 4 years
2013 GMC Yukon XL at 0 to 1 year

The mean age for the above GMCs was 3 to 4 years.

In the list above, the Cadillac DTS and STS, the Chevrolet Cobalt, Colorado, and HHR, and the GMC Canyon are among the defunct models of the surviving brands. As these necessarily inflate the mean ages of the above brands, the reader should this into account.

To compare and contrast the quality of General Motors' surviving brands with the surviving brands of Ford Motor Company and the Chrysler Group and the brands of Toyota Motor Corporation and Honda Motor Company and several other companies, I first tally the number of each of these manufacturer's model-year entries in the 2013 Cars to Avoid. The totals are given below.

General Motors Corporation: 124 model years of Cars to Avoid
The Chrysler Group: 93
Ford Motor Company: 80
Nissan Motor Company: 25
Subaru Division of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd: 18
Hyundai Motor Company: 18

Kia Motors Corporation: 16
Daimler AG: 13
Honda Motor Company: 9
Mazda Motor Corporation: 7
Toyota Motor Corporation: 2

The following chart depicts the frequency of avoidables for each of the above automobile companies and their brands - the surviving brands for the Detroit 3.

Number of Model-Year Entries in Consumer Reports' 2014 Cars to Avoid for Selected Automobile Brands and Manufacturers

Even without including General Motors' four recently defunct brands, the number of GM's avoidables is huge.

To sharpen the comparison between companies, I divide the number of avoidables by the number of overall reliability ratings that the manufacturer/brand has in Consumer Reports' 2014 April auto issue, CR's 2014 New Car Buying Guide, and CR's 2014 Used Car Buying Guide. This will help to correct for a greater/lesser number of models offered and availability of data. The following chart depicts these relative frequencies of cars to avoid.

Relative Frequency of Model-Year Entries in Consumer Reports' 2014 Cars to Avoid for Selected Brands and Manufacturers

By relative frequency of avoidables, GM's Chevrolet division is nearly 100 times worse than Toyota's Toyota division, and its Cadillac division is something like an infinity worse than Toyota's Lexus and Honda's Acura divisions.

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