In late 2005 I started conducting my own reliability research. I'm reporting absolute stats like "times in the shop" that will make the differences between cars much clearer. Relative ratings obscure too much--how large is the difference between "better than average" and "worse than average"? We also promptly update results four times a year, to track cars closely as they age.
We've had excellent participation by third-generation RAV4 owners. I'd like to similarly cover every year of the second generation, just a matter of getting enough owners involved.
To encourage participation, panel members will receive full access to the results free of charge.
Details: Vehicle reliability research
Comments, questions, and suggestions welcome.