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CarMD Vehicle Health Index Manufacturer & Vehicle Reliability Rankings

Everybody fears the dreaded check engine light. Whenever a car's dashboard lights up with the little yellow icon, repair bills are the likely result, and there's little chance of getting that light turned back off without emptying your wallet of several Benjamins.

With that in mind, take a look at the results of CarMD's latest Vehicle Health Index. The organization looked at 192 million vehicles built between 1996 and 2015 to see which brands are most likely to have a problem that results in a check engine light. Then, CarMD calculates the average cost to repair those problems. The result is an overall Index Rating Score.

The winner may surprise you.

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Number 5: Chrysler

According to CarMD, 13.41 percent of Chrysler vehicles built between 1996 and 2015 needed repairs between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015. The average cost to repair those problems totaled $316.76.

That score puts Chrysler in fifth spot on this list, beating out the likes of Kia, General Motors, Mazda, Nissan, and Volkswagen.

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Number 4: Ford

According to CarMD, 18.63 percent of Ford vehicles built between 1996 and 2015 needed repairs between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015. The average cost to repair those problems totaled $309.55.

While more Ford vehicles reported problems than those from Chrysler, Ford owners pay, on average, less money than any other vehicle owners when it comes time to fix those problems.

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Number 3: Honda

CarMD reports that 8.66 percent of Honda vehicles built between 1996 and 2015 needed repairs between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015.

That's a much smaller percentage than Ford, which came in just behind Honda. Dragging the Japanese brand down, however, are high repair costs. The average cost to repair a Honda's check engine light, according to CarMD, totaled $408.69. That's around $100 more expensive per repair than Ford.

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Number 2: Toyota

Toyota lands in second place in CarMD's Vehicle Health Index. Interestingly, Toyota's percentage of problems, at 12.89 percent, is higher than Honda's, which came in third. What's more, the average cost to fix a check engine light-related problem came in at $411.71. That's higher than all but Nissan, according to CarMD.

Balancing out those data points, though, the Toyota Corolla is listed as the vehicle least likely to have any sort of serious problem. In fact, three of the top four ranked vehicles from CarMD are from Toyota, and the fourth is from Lexus, which is a luxury brand owned by Toyota.

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Number 1: Hyundai

The big winner in CarMD's latest Vehicle Health Index is Hyundai, which lands in first place. At 2.93 percent, Hyundai vehicles rarely have serious problems that prompt check engine lights, says CarMD. What's more, at $316.16, the average cost to repair a serious problem in a Hyundai is one of the lowest in the industry.
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