Reliability is a tricky issue. What the general public mostly knows about brands and cars when it comes down to reliability tends to be based on reputations made or broken years or decades ago. BMW and Honda are good examples. Honda has an age old reputation for reliability yet, based on research, modern Honda places 15th out of 29 brands for reliability. Whereas, BMW who had a rough patch at the turn of the century and still has a reputation for unreliability despite being in 8th place on the same list. Ford, who still has its die-hard brand fanatics, is down in 18th place. As does Chevy, the brand in 23rd place.