Most and least reliable family cars
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The Skoda Rapid isn't a common sight on our roads, but it must be even rarer in Skoda’s service departments, because just 5% of the cars we were told about had a problem in the previous 12 months. Those that did were afflicted by only minor issues with exterior trim. All were fixed the same day for free under warranty.
The least reliable family cars
Petrol BMW 1 Series models are pretty durable, but 34% of diesels had trouble, mainly with the engine. One in five were undriveable and took more than a week to fix, with some costing owners up to £500.
Almost as many Nissan Pulsars (39%) had a fault, the majority to do with the battery. Nearly half couldn’t be driven, but all their faults were rectified the same day. Three-quarters of the necessary work was done under warranty, but a quarter of owners paid bills ranging from £101-£300.
Diesel Vauxhall Astras have a 10% lower reliability rating than their petrol siblings; nearly twice as many went wrong. Nearly a quarter of issues were with the braking system, and one in five were with the engine or gearbox/clutch. Nearly a third of the affected cars took more than a week to fix, but at least all the work was done under warranty.
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