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...

Mazda 6 Hatchback (07 - 12)

5. Mazda 6 2007-2012

What Car? reliability rating 85.8%

The older Mazda 6 will less time in the garage than the latest model. Although 31% of cars suffered a fault, the most common problem areas were the brakes and non-engine electrics. Other issues were reported with the battery, bodywork and fuel system. Most cars could still be driven and were fixed the same day, and no repair bills topped £500. 

2014 Volvo V70 D4 Geartronic review

What Car? reliability rating 85.9%

Just over 19% of V70s suffered a fault, with the exhaust and non-engine the most common areas of concern. There were also a smaller number of reports of problems with the engine and wheels. Most cars could still be driven and were fixed in less than a week. Some were repaired for free, with just a small number of owners paying up to £1500. 

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3. Toyota Avensis 2009-2018 

Used Toyota Avensis saloon 2009-2015

What Car? reliability rating 87.8%

The newer Avensis had more faults than its predecessor, with 20% of owners reporting a problem. The two most frequently cited problem areas were the bodywork and gearbox, followed by the air conditioning, battery, brakes and exhaust. Three-quarters of the cars we were told about were still drivable, and repair bills ranged from £51 to £1000.   

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2. BMW 3 Series 2012-2019

BMW 3 Series saloon (12 - present)

What Car? Reliability Rating 88.9%

Just over 22% of 3 Series cars had a fault, with owners citing the air conditioning, non-engine electrics and steering as the three main problem areas. There were also a few reports of issues with the bodywork, engines and wheels. Three-quarters of cars remained drivable and were fixed the same day. While some were fixed for free, others chalked up repair bills exceeding £1500. 

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1. Toyota Avensis 2003-2009

Toyota Avensis Estate (03 - 09)

What Car? Reliability Rating 90.2%

The second-generation Avensis is the most dependable older executive car, according to owners, who told us they had only a small number of problems, split evenly between the air conditioning, the engine, the engine electrics, exterior lights, fuel system, non-engine electrics and suspension. Three-quarters of cars were still driveable and half were fixed the same day; repair bills ranged from free to £1000. 

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