Most reliable used cars with more than 60,000 miles

Should you buy a high-mileage car, or are you simply taking on someone else's problem child? We reveal the most reliable higher-mileage choices and the models to avoid...

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Claire Evans
22 January 2019

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5. BMW 3 Series 2012-2018

What Car? Reliability Rating 88.7%

Although 17% of 3 Series had a fault, the most commonly reported area was non-engine electrics, including the air conditioning system. Most cars could still be driven and most were fixed for free, with only a few repair bills of up to £750 reported. 

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4. Toyota Avensis 2003-2009

What Car? Reliability Rating 89.5%

Toyota Avensis Estate (03 - 09)

Just 14% of Avensis models had a problem, but the areas concerned were fairly serious, including the engine, engine electrics, fuel system and suspension. Two thirds of cars could still be driven, though, and only a small percentage of repair bills cost £300-£500.

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3. Ford Focus diesel 2011-2018

What Car? Reliability Rating 89.6%

Used Ford Focus Estate 11-present

According to owners, 18% of diesel Focus models had a problem, with the most frequently reported area of concern being the battery, followed by the engine, fuel system and gearbox. Two thirds of cars could still be driven and half were fixed under warranty, while only a small percentage of owners paid up to £750. 

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2. Honda Civic diesel 2006-2012

What Car? Reliability Rating 89.8%

Used Honda Civic Hatchback 12-17

Only 15% of diesel-engined Civics suffered a problem in the previous year, according to owners. The battery topped the list of issues, followed by the air conditioning system, and there was a small number of problems with the brakes, fuel system and interior trim. Almost all cars remained driveable and no repair bill exceeded £300. 

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1. Ford Fiesta petrol 2008-2017

What Car? Reliability Rating 89.9%

Ford Fiesta Hatchback (08 - 17)

Just under 20% of petrol Fiestas had a fault, but the most common problem areas were minor: bodywork and non-engine electrics. Echoing this, more than three quarters of cars could still be driven and most were fixed for free under warranty. Plus, only a few owners had to pay bills of up to £200. 

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