BuckRimfire wrote:Ideally, I'd buy a new Volt before the tax credit is (presumably) removed by the incoming admin, but the price of a new car is a turn-off at this time. The circa $8000 price of the lease-return 500e, OTOH, would be very do-able. On paper, I like the car a lot. The problem is that my impression of Fiat/Chrysler reliability is not good.
My first attempts to find quality/reliability info for these are failing dismally. JD Powers' website shows no ratings (although weirdly, I found a fairly poor initial quality JD Power rating on an unrelated site). I'm not a Consumer Reports member, but would consider joining if they have actual data.
Anyone have links to more info on these? Dream, nightmare, or somewhere in between?
Most public libraries carry Consumer Reports. The April Auto issue or the December issue have the latest Frequency of Repair reports. Unfortunately, it appears they don't have enough owners reporting on the 500e (they require a minimum sample size to make the data statistically valid), as it isn't included in either of them, only the ICE (which is much worse than average, like most FCA products).
They're certainly popular here in the Bay Area, but that tells you nothing about their reliability.