Best and worst older executive cars for reliability

If you want an executive or luxury car but can't afford new, there are plenty of used models around. Find out which are the most and least reliable examples aged 4-10 years...

Used test: Audi A5 Sportback vs BMW 3 Series vs Mercedes C-class vs Volkswagen Passat CC

Bottom 10 older executive and luxury cars for reliability

10. BMW 3 Series 2006-2013

What Car? reliability rating 78.4%

Although only 20% of older 3 Series owners reported a fault, the engine was the main area of concern (8% of faults), followed by engine electrics and brakes. Around two-thirds of cars could still be driven, but repair bills ranged from less than £50 to more than £1500. 

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=8. BMW 5 Series 2010-2017

BMW 5 Series Saloon (10-17)

What Car? reliability rating 78.3%

More 5 Series owners reported a fault on their car (30%), with suspension the biggest gripe, followed by the wheels, brakes, engine electrics and exterior lights. Although two thirds of cars could still be driven and quite a few cars were fixed for free, but some repair bills exceeded £1500.  

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=8. Jaguar XF 2007-2015

Jaguar XF (07 - 15)

What Car? reliability rating 78.3%

Just 27% of XFs had a problem, but the brakes and suspension were the biggest areas of concern, each accounting for 6% of faults. We were also told about issues with the engine and its electrical systems, the non-engine electrics and the bodywork. More than three quarters of cars were still drivable and some were fixed for free, but other owners were landed with repair bills of more than £1500.

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7. Ford Mondeo 2007-2014

Ford Mondeo Estate

What Car? reliability rating 77.0%

A worrying 37% of Mondeo owners reported a fault on their car, with the two most frequently affected areas the gearbox and suspension (each 8% of faults). There were also problems with the battery, exhaust, engine electrics and fuel system. Although two thirds of cars were still drivable and some were fixed for free, other repair bills ranged from less than £50 to more than £1500.  

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6. Audi A4 2008-2015

Used car of the week: Audi A4

What Car? reliability rating 76.6%

A third (33%) of Audi A4 owners reported a problem, with the suspension the most commonly cited area (11% of faults). The bodywork, engine and gearbox were also troublesome. Two-thirds of cars could still be driven and were fixed in less than a week, with repair bills ranging from less than £50 to more than £1500. 

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