Most reliable 15 year old used cabrios

Based on technical inspection annual reports and other sources, we offer most reliable used cars over 15 years old rating. The main criteria for determining the reliability of a car is amount of defects found in the annual roadworthiness tests, as well as subjective rating of the car users - how many car owners would recommend to buy this car to a friend. You'll also find suggestions for improving the reliability of your car at the end of this article.

1 Mercedes SLK 2008 - 2011 Price 10 000 to 15 500 $
184 to 360 HP 7.7 to 12 l/100km
2 Audi TT 2007 - 2010 Price 13 000 to 20 000 $
160 to 272 HP 5.5 to 10.4 l/100km
3 Mercedes SLK 2004 - 2008 Price 2800 to 19 000 $
163 to 360 HP 8.7 to 12 l/100km
4 SAAB 9-3 2007 - 2010 Price 6500 to 6500 $
150 to 255 HP 5.8 to 11 l/100km
5 Audi A3 2008 - 2013 Price 12 000 to 13 000 $
105 to 200 HP 5.1 to 10.3 l/100km
6 SAAB 9-3 2003 - 2007 Price 3900 to 6000 $
150 to 250 HP 5.9 to 11 l/100km
7 Mazda MX-5 2006 - 2009
126 to 160 HP 7.3 to 8.2 l/100km
8 Audi TT 1999 - 2006 Price 2800 to 6500 $
150 to 250 HP 8.2 to 11 l/100km
9 Audi A5 2009 - 2011 Price 14 000 to 18 000 $
180 to 265 HP 6.8 to 9.5 l/100km
10 BMW Z4 2009 - 2013 Price 18 500 to 23 500 $
204 to 340 HP 7 to 9 l/100km
11 Audi A4 2002 - 2005 Price 3700 to 7000 $
130 to 220 HP 7.2 to 11.1 l/100km
12 Mitsubishi Colt 2007 - 2009 Price 2800 to 3900 $
109 to 150 HP 6.6 to 7.1 l/100km
13 Volkswagen EOS 2006 - 2011 Price 4700 to 10 000 $
115 to 250 HP 6.1 to 9.2 l/100km
14 Mazda MX-5 2009 - 2013
126 to 160 HP 7 to 7.6 l/100km
15 Volkswagen Beetle 2003 - 2005 Price 3300 to 5500 $
75 to 150 HP 5.5 to 9.2 l/100km
16 Audi A4 2005 - 2008 Price 6000 to 11 000 $
140 to 256 HP 6.4 to 11.1 l/100km
17 Mercedes SL 2001 - 2006 Price 6500 to 24 500 $
245 to 500 HP 11.5 to 15.5 l/100km
18 Mercedes SL 2006 - 2008
272 to 612 HP 10.3 to 15.1 l/100km
19 BMW Z4 2003 - 2006 Price 2300 to 10 000 $
150 to 231 HP 7.5 to 9.5 l/100km
20 Mercedes CLK 2003 - 2005 Price 5000 to 5000 $
163 to 367 HP 9.1 to 12.3 l/100km
21 BMW 3 series 2007 - 2010 Price 8500 to 14 500 $
156 to 306 HP 6.5 to 9.9 l/100km
22 BMW Z4 2006 - 2009 Price 14 000 to 17 000 $
150 to 265 HP 7.5 to 9 l/100km
23 Volkswagen Beetle 2005 - 2011 Price 4400 to 4900 $
75 to 150 HP 5.5 to 9.2 l/100km
24 Opel Astra 2001 - 2006 Price 1300 to 2900 $
100 to 190 HP 6.3 to 8.9 l/100km
25 Mercedes CLK 2005 - 2009
163 to 481 HP 7.5 to 14.4 l/100km
26 BMW 3 series 2003 - 2007 Price 3900 to 16 500 $
143 to 231 HP 6.3 to 10 l/100km
27 Opel Astra 2007 - 2010 Price 3300 to 6000 $
115 to 200 HP 6.1 to 9.5 l/100km
28 Volvo C70 1999 - 2005 Price 220 to 5000 $
163 to 240 HP 9.5 to 11.2 l/100km
29 Opel Astra 2006 - 2007 Price 4200 to 4800 $
105 to 200 HP 6.1 to 9.5 l/100km
30 Volvo C70 2006 - 2009 Price 5500 to 8000 $
136 to 220 HP 6.1 to 9.8 l/100km
31 Nissan Micra 2005 - 2008 Price 2600 to 4000 $
88 to 110 HP 6.6 to 6.7 l/100km
32 Renault Megane 2006 - 2009 Price 2100 to 4200 $
105 to 165 HP 5.7 to 8.4 l/100km
33 Renault Megane 2010 - 2012 Price 7000 to 13 000 $
110 to 180 HP 5 to 8.1 l/100km
34 Renault Megane 2003 - 2006 Price 2200 to 3600 $
115 to 163 HP 5.5 to 8.4 l/100km
35 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2004 - 2006 Price ~ 8000 $
143 to 223 HP 9.9 to 10.8 l/100km
36 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2006 - 2010 Price 3300 to 7000 $
143 to 223 HP 9.4 to 10.4 l/100km

What is a reliable used car?

We consider a reliable car to be the one that, as rarely as necessary, requires unplanned (emergency) repairs and that unexpectedly does not stay on the roadside. It should be understood that every car has parts and consumables that need to be replaced regularly, such as brake pads, tires, oils and other fluids, battery, wiper blades etc.

How to improve used car reliability?

Of course, the reliability of a used car is greatly influenced by how well and thoughtfully the manufacturer has been able to design it and by the quality of its components. But just as important is the attitude of the car owner towards his car. In the case of a used car, though, the reliability of the car will also depend on how carefully it has been handled by previous owners and you cannot influence it. However, by following these tips you can ensure the highest possible reliability of your car:

  1. Perform regular car maintenance at scheduled intervals
    For almost every car, the manufacturer has defined service intervals - a list of jobs to be performed after a certain time or mileage. Most of this tasks involves inspection and preventive maintenance of various vehicle parts. However, there are also parts or assemblies that need to be replaced after a certain time, otherwise the consequences can be very sad, such as not replacing the engine timing belt timely, in case of it's rupture the car's engine could require serious overhaul or even replacement, which will cost tens of times more than changing a timing belt. Service intervals can usually be found in your vehicle manual. If your vehicle does not have one - try to find it on the internet or consult a qualified car service center.
  2. Prevent defects in a timely manner
    Cars are a complex set of mechanisms that work closely with each other. A minor damage to one car node can negatively affect several other units and result in a much more expensive car repair. For example, almost any damaged suspension component (shock absorber, wheel bearing, ball bearing etc.) significantly increases the load on the other suspension components and wear of these parts. Therefore, if your car starts to make any suspicious noise, changes its behavior on the road, there are changes in instrument readings or other nuances - contact a qualified car service, diagnose and repair the damage if needed! The "turn the louder music out of the noises" approach does not pay off, as early or late (even before sale) car will need to be repaired anyway.
  3. Use quality spare parts and competent car mechanics
    Nowadays, most cars have a wide range of non-original spare parts, which are much cheaper and more affordable than original spare parts. Some non-original spare parts are of the same quality or even better quality than the original ones. Others (usually the cheapest) only look like the originals, but their materials and workmanship are very poor. It should be understood that the cost of repairing each car unit consists of parts and labor, and the amount and labor of the unit is independent of the cost of the part. Correspondingly, choosing a low quality part that costs half as much as a quality part, but paying the same amount of work, you end up saving a few tens of percent. However, the life of a low-quality part will probably be several times shorter, so you will overpay for the next repair. That is why it is important to find a knowledgeable and honest car mechanic who will advise you on which parts to choose.
  4. Use the car for its intended purpose Each car model has its own basic purpose of use, such as urban travel, freight transport, driving on poor quality roads, and so on. When using a car for other purpose, such as regularly transporting hundreds of kilograms of construction material in a small city car, or using a crossover (i.e. a "parquet jeep") on serious off-road, the following repairs must be taken into account and the car's reliability will be significantly reduced.
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