Paying big bucks for a car may get you some panache plus an up-front parking spot by your favorite trendy bistro - but not necessarily quality.
Luxury automakers BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar ended up at the wrong end of Consumer Reports' list for predicted reliability for 2005 models. So did luxury wannabe Volkswagen.
Twenty of the 38 models tagged as "least reliable" by the magazine come from European automakers. Among them: the Mercedes S, E and C class; BMW 7 and 5 series; Porsche Cayenne; and Volkswagen Touareg.
U.S. automakers had 13 models on the list.
Asian automakers dominated the "most reliable" list, with 16 of the 32 models coming from Toyota Motor Corp. Two U.S. vehicles made the "most reliable" list - the Pontiac Grand Prix and now-discontinued Buick Regal.
No European models made the cut.
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