Best and worst older cars for reliability

Buying a secondhand car can be a minefield. So, to help you pick a dependable motor and avoid problem-ridden models, here we reveal the most – and least – reliable four to 10-year-old cars...

27 February 2019
Vauxhall Astra Hatchback (04 - 10)

=4. Vauxhall Astra 2004-2010

What Car? Reliability Rating 58.3%

Just over 47% of Astras had a problem, with engine electrics emerging as the biggest concern, followed by the engine, brakes and battery. Most cars could still be driven. Repair bills ranged from £50 to more than £1500. 

Vauxhall Insignia

What Car? Reliability Rating 58.3%

Although fewer Insignias had a fault (37%) compared with the Astra, 22% of those were with the engine. Other problem areas included the air-con, non-engine electrics, brakes and battery. Around half of cars were still driveable, with repair bills ranging from £50 to more than £1500.  

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3. Nissan Qashqai 2007-2013

Nissan Qashqai (07 - 13)

What Car? Reliability Rating 55.4%

Although only 22% of Qashqai owners reported a fault with their car, the problem areas were serious, including the steering and engine electrics. Other issues were reported with the engine, exhaust, gearbox/clutch and suspension. Half were rendered undriveable, and repair bills ranged from £50 to £1500.

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What Car? Reliability Rating 44.2%

A shocking 55% of Kuga owners reported a fault, with the issues mainly concerning the exhaust system. Other problem areas were the battery and engine and non-engine electrics. Two-thirds of cars were still driveable, but repair bills ranged from £51 to £1500.  

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1. BMW 1 Series 2004-2011

BMW 1 Series Coupe (04 - 14)

What Car? Reliability Rating 40.1%

A hefty 58% of 1 Series owner reported at least one fault on their cars, with the engine and battery being the biggest issues, followed by the brakes and engine electrics. Around two-thirds of cars could still be driven, and while some were fixed for free, other repair bills ranged from £50 to 1500. 

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