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Least reliable older executive cars

If you want an executive or luxury car but can't afford new, there are plenty of used models around. We reveal the most - and least - dependable...

Ford Mondeo

The least reliable older executive cars

3. Ford Mondeo (2007-2014)

What Car? reliability rating 64.8%

The Mondeo isn’t ageing as well as some rivals – 26% of previous-generation cars went wrong in areas such as the battery, brakes, engine electrics, gearbox/clutch and exhaust system. Nearly a third were undriveable and 11% took more than a week to fix. Most bills ranged from £51 to £500. 

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2. Mazda 6 (2007-2012)

Mazda 6

What Car? reliability rating 63.5%

The previous-generation Mazda 6 isn’t a particularly robust choice among executive cars. Just over a third of cars suffered a fault, with the brake system, engine electrics and steering the biggest concerns. All cars were put right in less than a week and 42% of them in a day or less, but a third of owners were landed with bills of between £501 and £1500.

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1. Volkswagen Passat (2005-2015)

VW Passat and Passat CC models recalled

What Car? reliability rating 57.9%

Older Passats are prone to problems, with 53% of owners telling us their car had suffered at least one fault. Issues were spread across a wide range of components, including the suspension, battery, bodywork, brakes, electrics, engine and gearbox/clutch. Nearly a third of cars couldn’t be driven and nearly half spent up to a week in the garage. Owners faced a wide range of repair costs, from less than £50 up to £1500. 

Owner comment: “The ownership costs for my car have been high, because it has suffered a lot of faults.” 

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