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Lexus tops 2014 vehicle dependability list

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DETROIT (AP) — Owners of three-year-old vehicles are reporting more problems than they did a year ago, according to J.D. Power and Associates' annual survey of vehicle dependability.

It's the first time since 1998 that the average number of problems per vehicle has increased.

J.D. Power says engine issues accounted for most of the increase. The firm blames new technology to save fuel, like stop-start systems.

Owners reported an average of 133 problems per 100 vehicles, up from 126 problems in 2013. Only problems from the past 12 months are counted.

Lexus, Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac had the vehicles with the fewest reported problems. Mini, Dodge and Land Rover had the most.

The survey questioned 41,000 owners.

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