Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus luxury brand ranks No.1 on the J.D. Power & Associates 2002 Vehicle Dependability Index Study for the eighth year in a row. The study, which measures long-term dependability, finds the average 4- to 5-year-old Lexus model had 159 problems per 100 vehicles, less than the average ’98 model-year vehicle had when it was new, says J.D. Power. Furthermore, Lexus owners report the smallest increase in problems of any nameplate from the first 90 days of ownership ...

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