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COUNTING LEMONS

Under most states' auto lemon laws, dealers or car makers must replace

defective autos that aren't successfully repaired after three attempts or that

idle in the shop for 30 days. Florida is the only state that tallies such

transactions. Here's its 1991 Lemon Index, weighing car makers' lemons against

statewide market share:

Auto maker Lemon Index (1.0 = average)

BEST

Honda 0.00

Ford 0.29

GM 0.50

Toyota 0.70

Mazda 0.95

BAD

Volvo 3.32

Mercedes 3.63

VW 5.41

Hyundai 7.34

BMW 9.32

DATA: FLORIDA LEMON LAW ARBITRATION PROGRAM

EDITED BY DEIDRE A. DEPKE


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