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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...

Renault Clio Hatchback (05 - 13)
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Claire Evans
27 Feb 2019 12:40

Bottom 10 older cars for reliability

10. Renault Clio 2005-2013

What Car? Reliability Rating 62.6%

Just over half (52%) of Clio owners reported a fault, with the battery and suspension the most common areas of concern, followed by the air-con, non-engine electrics and wheels. Around half of cars could still be driven, and repair bills ranged from £50 to £300. 

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9. BMW 5 Series 2004-2010

BMW 5 Series (03 - 11)

What Car? Reliability Rating 60.8%

A shocking 47% of 5 Series owners reported a fault on their car; the engine and suspension were the most commonly affected areas. Three-quarters of cars were still driveable, and repair bills ranged from £50 to more than £1500.  

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8. Land Rover Discovery 2004-2017

Land Rover Discovery (04-17)

What Car? Reliability Rating 60.3%

More than a third (37%) of Discovery owners reported a fault, and the problem areas were serious, including engine electrics, brakes, suspension and the engine. Half were rendered undriveable, and although some were fixed under warranty, some owners were landed with repair bills of up to £1000.

Volkswagen Passat Estate 05 - 15

What Car? Reliability Rating 59.9%

More than 57% of Passst owners reported a fault on their car, with the most frequently affected areas being the exhaust system, suspension and brakes. Most cars were still driveable, but repair bills ranged from £50 to £1000.  

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6. Ford Focus 2004-2011

Ford Focus (04 - 11)

What Car? Reliability Rating 59.0%

Just under 45% of Focus owners reported a fault; the gearbox, brakes and suspension were the most common areas of concern. Two-thirds of cars could still be driven, and repair bills ranged from free to £1000. 

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