I have subscribed to Consumer Reports for about 50 years and have read the publication for 60 years. Over that time period, I have seen CR test more upscale things from automobiles to lawnmowers to refrigerators, televisions and washing machines. Now Consumer Reports surveys its subscribers to assemble reliability data. I wonder if a purchaser of a BMW. or an Audi really wants to admit on a survey or otherwise that his or her expensive purchase has a problem. I think about back in 1970 when my first wife and I were in graduate school and living in married student housing. I was driving a bottom of the line 1965 Rambler. The university allowed new faculty to live in married student housing for a year while they sought out more permanent housing. A new chemistry professor and his wife lived in the building where I resided. This couple owned a,BMW and every time it rained, he had to wipe out the ignition system to start the engine on his BMW. One morning we were having a terrible downpour. He was frantically trying to dry out the ignition of the BMW and his wife was screaming at him from inside the car that she would be late to work. I took pity on them and offered them a ride in my Rambler which they accepted. I,dropped the chemistry prof’s wife off at her place of work, then took my wife to her class and then took the chem Prof to his building. On the way there,he proceeded to tell me how well engineered his BMW was and how poorly engineered my Rambler was. I finally said something to the effect that no matter how cold it got, the Rambler always started. When I moved to campus, it was 95 degrees and I was pulling a UHaul trailer loaded with all my worldly possessions, but the Rambler didn’t overheat. I said,“That’s what I call good automotive engineering”. The chemistry prof replied, “You wouldn’t appreciate a fine automobile”. " Probably not", I responded. “But I sure hate to walk in the rain”. As I said earlier, I,wonder if people who buy the expensive Audi and Porsche automobiles really don’t admit to problems with their cars on the CR survey. By the same token, I wonder if people who buy lesser brands are more apt to report problems. I noticed that the 2006_Chevrolet Uplander is one vehicle to avoid. Yet, I owned one,which we sold to our son. That Uplander now has,160,000 miles, has never had any major problems and is very reliable.