Car Secrets

Reporter: Siobhann Gleeson

We reveal what the car makers didn't want you to see in a moment...a list of the most faulty new cars on our roads...it's information which has plunged the automotive industry into chaos according to motoring journalist Paul Gover..."This is a listing of faults across all sorts of cars, it's an initial quality survey so it's people giving feedback on their new car it could be something very, very minor or it could be something quite major"

While you'd be forgiven for thinking buying a new car would guarantee trouble free motoring...the car industry know that's not the case...and thousands of Australian's like Joe Anastasio agree..."I'll never ever buy a new car again.. I spent 36 thousands dollars on it and its the worst thing I've ever bought" From day one...Joe's brand new Holden Rodeo proved faulty...electrical problems meant the car wouldn't even start...two years on the problem persists despite the vehicle being returned to the dealer 8 times...no wonder he's demanding drastic action...

Car enthusiast and motor vehicle assessor, Joe Vojtek, is another motorist whose brand new car has been nothing but trouble...after buying his XT Ford Falcon in March last year...he found the car would vibrate at speed and make a droning noise...again the dealership has been unable to rectify the problem...even though they had the car for eight months! "All I want is for the car to be fixed I'm not asking for a Commodore to a Mitsubishi I'm asking for a Ford that I like to drive and I just want the problem fixed or replace the vehicle one or the other"

According to the top secret industry survey...which was conducted in the first six months of last year...it's obvious Joe's not alone when it comes problems with his Ford...

In fact a whopping 51 per cent of Ford Falcon owners registered faults with their vehicle in the first five months of ownership...the Holden Commodore didn't fare much better...with 47 per cent found faulty...while the Hyundai Grandeur frustrated 40 per cent of owners...

The best performing large car was the Nissan Maxima...still 21 per cent had faults...the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord were equal second with 36 per cent causing headaches...and the Mitsubishi 380 was problematic 37 per cent of the time...

If you're in the market for a new small car be wary of the Volkswagen Beatle...51 per cent of them sold registered faults in their first five months...while the Ford Focus and Holden Viva had quality issues in 45 and 43 per cent of cases respectively...

The Nissan Tiida can claim to be the least faulty small car although 21 per cent of owners complained...followed by the Hyundai Elantra and Mazda 3...with 26 and 27 per cent of their customers heading back to the dealer...

The worst performer in the Compact off-road category was Suzuki's Grand Vitara with 52 per cent of owners having problems in the first five months...the Hyundai Santa Fe registered complaints in 38 per cent of cases...while the quality of Nissan's X-Trial was questioned 35 percent of the time...

Mitsubishi's Outlander tops the list of compact off-roaders...despite 25 per cent of their vehicles registering faults...the Hyundai Tucson and Subaru Outback also pleased the majority of owners with 26 and 28 per cent of complaints respectively...