July 31, 2014

Top Ten most unreliable cars in Europe

Top Ten lists are always fascinating, and we have the ten most unreliable cars in Europe as declared by Warranty Direct.

Photo of Land Rover Discovery 3

When we run a story on car reliability, it’s usually about the most reliable cars to buy. This time, we have a list of the most unreliable cars in Europe – and it’s not good news for Land Rover.

The Land Rover Discovery 3 has been declared the most unreliable used car in Europe by Warranty Direct after analysing 20,000 warranty policies for 3-6 year old cars, with 85 per cent of owners reporting a problem – mainly with axle and suspension – and the average repair cost running at £2,856.

Other prized cars in the most unreliable list include the Bentley Continental GT – which came in second on the list – with 78 per cent of owners reporting problems – mainly electrical – and the BMW 7 Series clocking up 8th place on the list and the trophy for the most expensive average repair at £10,120, also with electrical issues.

At the other end of the reliability spectrum, the Mercedes E Class was the most reliable with just 10 per cent of owners having problems, problems that cost an average of just £637 to fix, followed by Skoda Fabia, Smart ForTwo and Volvo C70.

The whole exercise is a pitch for aftermarket warranties (and there’s nothing wrong with that), but it does illustrate how expensive running an older car can be. That said, it’s all pot luck and not entirely manufacturer related, as the appearance of the E-Class as the most reliable car and the CLS and SL in the least reliable list shows.

Top 10 least reliable used cars in Europe 2012

  1. Land Rover Discovery
  2. Bentley Continental GT
  3. Renault Espace
  4. Mercedes SL
  5. Range Rover Sport
  6. Renault Grand Scenic
  7. Saab 9-3
  8. BMW 7 Series
  9. Mercedes CLS
  10. Renault Megane

Top 10 most reliable used cars in Europe 2012

  1. Mercedes E Class
  2. Skoda Fabia
  3. Smart ForTwo
  4. Volvo C70
  5. Renault Scenic
  6. Peugeot 207
  7. Volvo S80
  8. Citroen C3 Pluriel
  9. MINI One
  10. SEAT Ibiza
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