Land Rover defended the quality of its cars yesterday after they came bottom of a reliability league table.
The Lode Lane manufacturer was ranked 30th out of 30 with 45.4 Land Rovers out of every 100 breaking down, according to a survey by What Car? magazine and indendent warranty provider Warranty Direct.
Honda came top of the list with just 9.9 cars out every 100 proving unreliable.
Land Rover said that its vehicles that featured in the survey averaged 4.7 years old and in some cases were eight years old.
Cars that old pre-dated the acquisition of Land Rover by Ford and the investment of £450 million in new tooling, equipment and training at the Solihull factory.
"In the last three years Land Rover's product range has been comprehensively updated to include the multi-award winning Discovery 3, Range Rover Sport and 2006 Range Rover, none of which have featured in the survey," the company said.
" Land Rover has gained ground in recent influential surveys.
"In 2004, Land Rover saw a marked improvement in the JD Power Initial Quality Survey with a 22 per cent points increase which improved the company's position by seven places."
Far Eastern manufacturers dominated the What Car?/Warranty Direct survey with cars produced by Honda, Mazda, Toyota and Nissan needing the fewest repairs.
The least reliable model was the Renault Espace with a figure of 69 repairs per 100 cars.
The manufacturer presenting the highest repair bill was Porsche, with its cars costing an average of £ 972 to repair. Hyundai repairs cost only £135.
What Car? group editor Steve Fowler said: "One of Honda's famous advertising slogans in recent years has been 'Isn't it nice when things just work?'
"The good news for Honda owners is that the company is living up to its claims. The same can't be said of some of the prestige makes in the latest What Car? survey."