Problems per 100 vehicles: 179
Initial quality score: 2/5
2011 sales: 419,339
2011 market share: 3%
Customer satisfaction score: well below average
Flagship model: Grand Cherokee
Jeep was bought by Chrysler in 1987. The Detroit carmaker wanted to add the brand to its existing lineup of cars and light trucks that had modest sales compared to the pickups sold by Ford and General Motors (NYSE: GM). Jeep, the grandfather of the SUV, had a ready market in people who wanted to drive off road or who lived in rural areas. Over time, Chrysler turned some of the models into higher-end products, like the Grand Cherokee, which managed to receive average dependability scores. Yet, other models, including the Liberty and the Wrangler, received very poor dependability scores.
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