Most reliable 15 year old used sedans

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 Subaru Legacy 2003 - 2006 Price 2000 to 4300 $
138 to 245 HP 7.5 to 11.7 l/100km
2 Volkswagen Phaeton 2002 - 2010 Price 2800 to 11 500 $
224 to 450 HP 9.6 to 15.6 l/100km
3 Toyota Avensis 2006 - 2009 Price 2300 to 4700 $
110 to 177 HP 5.5 to 9.5 l/100km
4 Mazda 3 2009 - 2011 Price 3900 to 6000 $
105 to 167 HP 6.3 to 7.9 l/100km
5 Mazda 3 2006 - 2009 Price 1600 to 4100 $
84 to 260 HP 4.7 to 9.7 l/100km
6 Toyota Avensis 2003 - 2006 Price 2200 to 4100 $
110 to 177 HP 5.8 to 9.5 l/100km
7 Toyota Corolla 2004 - 2007 Price 1400 to 6000 $
90 to 131 HP 4.8 to 7.8 l/100km
8 Mercedes C class 2011 - 2013 Price 9500 to 16 000 $
120 to 457 HP 4.4 to 12 l/100km
9 Toyota Corolla 2007 - 2010 Price 4000 to 6000 $
90 to 126 HP 4.9 to 6.9 l/100km
10 Audi A6 2011 - 2014 Price 10 000 to 19 000 $
177 to 300 HP 4.9 to 8.2 l/100km
11 SAAB 9-3 2007 - 2010 Price 3700 to 6500 $
120 to 255 HP 5.4 to 10.8 l/100km
12 Audi A6 2008 - 2011 Price 5500 to 12 000 $
136 to 350 HP 5.3 to 11 l/100km
13 SAAB 9-3 2002 - 2007 Price 900 to 4400 $
120 to 210 HP 5.8 to 9.5 l/100km
14 Audi A8 2002 - 2007 Price 3600 to 10 500 $
220 to 450 HP 8.4 to 14.7 l/100km
15 Mazda 3 2011 - 2013 Price 5500 to 7500 $
105 to 150 HP 4.3 to 7.6 l/100km
16 Audi A4 2007 - 2011 Price 3900 to 9000 $
120 to 265 HP 5.1 to 9.3 l/100km
17 Audi A4 2011 - 2015 Price 7000 to 15 500 $
120 to 272 HP 4.3 to 8.5 l/100km
18 Audi A8 2010 - 2013 Price 17 000 to 24 000 $
250 to 372 HP 7.6 to 9.5 l/100km
19 Toyota Avensis 2009 - 2012 Price 6000 to 11 000 $
126 to 177 HP 5.4 to 7 l/100km
20 Audi A8 2007 - 2010 Price 8000 to 14 500 $
210 to 450 HP 8.3 to 14.7 l/100km
21 Subaru Impreza 2003 - 2005 Price 2200 to 9500 $
95 to 265 HP 8.2 to 11.1 l/100km
22 Mercedes C class 2007 - 2011 Price 6500 to 9500 $
136 to 457 HP 5.7 to 13.4 l/100km
23 Mercedes C class 2004 - 2007 Price 1900 to 7000 $
122 to 367 HP 6.1 to 11.9 l/100km
24 Volvo S60 2010 - 2013 Price 6000 to 11 500 $
163 to 304 HP 5.9 to 9.9 l/100km
25 Nissan Almera 2002 - 2007 Price 800 to 2100 $
82 to 116 HP 4.8 to 7.8 l/100km
26 Nissan Almera 2006 - 2012
107 to 107 HP 6.8 to 7.6 l/100km
27 Suzuki SX4 2007 - 2010
108 to 108 HP 6.8 to 7.6 l/100km
28 SAAB 9-5 2001 - 2005 Price 550 to 3100 $
120 to 250 HP 6.6 to 11.1 l/100km
29 Audi A4 2004 - 2007 Price 3100 to 6000 $
102 to 256 HP 5.2 to 10.7 l/100km
30 Honda Civic 2001 - 2005 Price 440 to 3000 $
90 to 125 HP 6.9 to 7.5 l/100km
31 Honda Civic 2006 - 2008 Price 2300 to 3900 $
95 to 140 HP 4.6 to 9.8 l/100km
32 Mercedes E class 2009 - 2013 Price 9000 to 14 500 $
136 to 525 HP 5.1 to 11.4 l/100km
33 BMW 7 series 2008 - 2012 Price 7500 to 23 500 $
245 to 544 HP 7.2 to 11.4 l/100km
34 Volkswagen Polo 2010 - 2015 Price 4700 to 7000 $
85 to 105 HP 6.5 to 7 l/100km
35 Mercedes E class 2006 - 2009 Price 3400 to 9000 $
136 to 514 HP 6.3 to 14.3 l/100km
36 BMW 7 series 2005 - 2008 Price 6000 to 11 000 $
231 to 445 HP 8.2 to 14 l/100km
37 BMW 3 series 2008 - 2012 Price 5000 to 10 000 $
122 to 306 HP 4.7 to 9.7 l/100km
38 Mazda 3 2003 - 2006 Price 330 to 1900 $
105 to 150 HP 5 to 8.2 l/100km
39 Ford Focus 2001 - 2005 Price 330 to 2000 $
75 to 130 HP 5.1 to 9.4 l/100km
40 BMW 3 series 2005 - 2008 Price 3800 to 7000 $
122 to 306 HP 4.7 to 10 l/100km
41 Mazda 6 2007 - 2010 Price 1800 to 6000 $
120 to 170 HP 5.6 to 8.1 l/100km
42 BMW 3 series 2012 - 2015 Price 11 500 to 21 000 $
116 to 306 HP 4.1 to 7.9 l/100km
43 Honda Accord 2003 - 2005 Price 1600 to 3300 $
140 to 190 HP 5.4 to 9.4 l/100km
44 Mazda 6 2005 - 2007 Price 440 to 3100 $
120 to 260 HP 6 to 10.2 l/100km
45 Audi A6 2004 - 2008 Price 3300 to 7000 $
140 to 335 HP 6 to 12.2 l/100km
46 Honda Civic 2008 - 2012 Price 2700 to 6500 $
110 to 140 HP 6.6 to 6.6 l/100km
47 Honda Accord 2005 - 2007 Price 2800 to 4400 $
140 to 190 HP 5.4 to 9.4 l/100km
48 Toyota Avensis 2012 - 2015 Price 7000 to 14 500 $
124 to 152 HP 4.5 to 6.9 l/100km
49 Ford Mondeo 2003 - 2005 Price 550 to 2300 $
90 to 226 HP 5.7 to 10.7 l/100km
50 Mitsubishi Galant 2004 - 2012
158 to 258 HP 9.5 to 9.5 l/100km
51 Mercedes S class 2002 - 2005 Price 2300 to 8000 $
204 to 500 HP 7.7 to 14.8 l/100km
52 Ford Focus 2011 - 2014 Price 5000 to 7500 $
95 to 182 HP 4.5 to 6.7 l/100km
53 Mazda 6 2002 - 2005 Price 330 to 1600 $
120 to 166 HP 6.5 to 8.9 l/100km
54 Honda Accord 2007 - 2011 Price 2400 to 9000 $
150 to 201 HP 5.6 to 8.8 l/100km
55 Honda Accord 2011 - 2012 Price 7000 to 11 000 $
150 to 201 HP 5.3 to 8.6 l/100km
56 Mazda 6 2010 - 2013 Price 5500 to 8500 $
120 to 170 HP 6.4 to 8.4 l/100km
57 Volvo S40 2007 - 2012 Price 2200 to 9000 $
100 to 230 HP 4.9 to 10 l/100km
58 BMW 7 series 2001 - 2005 Price 2800 to 9000 $
218 to 445 HP 8.5 to 14 l/100km
59 Skoda Superb 2002 - 2006 Price 1300 to 3200 $
101 to 193 HP 5.5 to 10.9 l/100km
60 Ford Focus 2005 - 2008 Price 1100 to 3100 $
80 to 145 HP 4.7 to 8 l/100km
61 Ford Mondeo 2005 - 2007 Price 800 to 2800 $
90 to 226 HP 5.7 to 10.7 l/100km
62 BMW 5 series 2007 - 2010 Price 6000 to 9000 $
163 to 367 HP 5.1 to 11 l/100km
63 Volvo S40 2004 - 2007 Price 2000 to 5000 $
100 to 220 HP 4.9 to 10 l/100km
64 Seat Exeo 2009 - 2012 Price 5500 to 5500 $
102 to 102 HP 7.5 to 7.5 l/100km
65 Mercedes E class 2002 - 2006 Price 2600 to 6000 $
122 to 476 HP 5.9 to 12.9 l/100km
66 BMW 5 series 2003 - 2007 Price 3200 to 8000 $
163 to 367 HP 5.9 to 11 l/100km
67 Seat Cordoba 2003 - 2006 Price 800 to 3700 $
64 to 130 HP 4.7 to 7.7 l/100km
68 Mazda 6 2012 - 2015 Price 10 000 to 13 000 $
150 to 192 HP 3.9 to 6.3 l/100km
69 Volkswagen Passat 2000 - 2005 Price 900 to 3300 $
100 to 275 HP 5.4 to 13 l/100km
70 Volkswagen Passat CC 2008 - 2012 Price 6500 to 10 000 $
140 to 300 HP 5.8 to 10.1 l/100km
71 Volvo S60 2004 - 2009 Price 2300 to 5000 $
126 to 300 HP 6.4 to 13 l/100km
72 Skoda Fabia 2004 - 2006 Price 1100 to 2800 $
64 to 115 HP 4.7 to 7.8 l/100km
73 Skoda Superb 2008 - 2013 Price 4400 to 13 500 $
105 to 260 HP 5.7 to 7.6 l/100km
74 Volvo S80 2003 - 2006 Price 2100 to 6500 $
130 to 272 HP 6.5 to 13 l/100km
75 Ford Focus 2008 - 2010 Price 2400 to 2700 $
80 to 145 HP 4.5 to 8 l/100km
76 Opel Insignia 2008 - 2013 Price 2800 to 8500 $
110 to 325 HP 5.8 to 11.6 l/100km
77 BMW 5 series 2010 - 2013 Price 11 000 to 19 000 $
184 to 407 HP 5.1 to 10.4 l/100km
78 Kia RIO 2011 - 2015 Price ~ 4400 $
107 to 123 HP 5.9 to 6.5 l/100km
79 Skoda Superb 2006 - 2008 Price 2200 to 4100 $
105 to 193 HP 5.8 to 10.4 l/100km
80 Hyundai Elantra 2003 - 2006 Price 550 to 1900 $
105 to 143 HP 6.4 to 8.8 l/100km
81 Ford Mondeo 2007 - 2010 Price 2000 to 6000 $
125 to 220 HP 5.8 to 9.3 l/100km
82 Mercedes S class 2005 - 2009 Price 3300 to 12 500 $
235 to 612 HP 8.3 to 15 l/100km
83 Volkswagen Passat 2010 - 2014 Price 4800 to 10 500 $
105 to 300 HP 4.3 to 7.7 l/100km
84 Volkswagen Passat 2005 - 2010 Price 1900 to 5500 $
102 to 250 HP 5.6 to 9.8 l/100km
85 Seat Cordoba 2006 - 2009 Price 650 to 3200 $
70 to 105 HP 4.6 to 7.5 l/100km
86 BMW 3 series 2001 - 2005 Price 1400 to 4000 $
105 to 231 HP 5.5 to 11 l/100km
87 Peugeot 407 2004 - 2008 Price 1000 to 2900 $
109 to 211 HP 5.5 to 9.8 l/100km
88 Mercedes S class 2009 - 2013 Price 12 000 to 22 000 $
235 to 525 HP 7.6 to 14.4 l/100km
89 Peugeot 407 2008 - 2011 Price 2700 to 5500 $
110 to 211 HP 5.3 to 9.8 l/100km
90 Citroen C5 2008 - 2010 Price 3700 to 6000 $
110 to 215 HP 5.6 to 10.5 l/100km
91 Hyundai Accent 2003 - 2005 Price 800 to 1100 $
84 to 105 HP 6.2 to 8 l/100km
92 Kia RIO 2009 - 2011
97 to 97 HP 6.2 to 7.2 l/100km
93 Renault Megane 2003 - 2006 Price 440 to 2400 $
80 to 136 HP 4.5 to 8.4 l/100km
94 Alfa Romeo 159 2005 - 2008 Price 3100 to 7000 $
120 to 260 HP 5.9 to 12 l/100km
95 Chevrolet Aveo 2006 - 2008 Price 1300 to 2200 $
72 to 106 HP 5.5 to 7 l/100km
96 Ford Mondeo 2010 - 2013 Price 5500 to 14 500 $
115 to 240 HP 5.3 to 7.9 l/100km
97 Nissan Primera 2004 - 2008 Price 550 to 3100 $
109 to 140 HP 5.7 to 8.8 l/100km
98 Alfa Romeo 156 2003 - 2005 Price 440 to 2200 $
115 to 250 HP 5.8 to 12.1 l/100km
99 Renault Megane 2006 - 2008 Price 1600 to 2800 $
85 to 150 HP 4.5 to 8.4 l/100km
100 Peugeot 206 2007 - 2009
75 to 110 HP
101 Alfa Romeo 159 2008 - 2012 Price 3700 to 8500 $
120 to 260 HP 5.9 to 12.1 l/100km
102 Chevrolet Cruze 2009 - 2012 Price 3900 to 6000 $
109 to 150 HP 5.8 to 8.3 l/100km
103 Dacia Logan 2005 - 2008 Price 330 to 1800 $
68 to 105 HP 4.7 to 7.2 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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