Most reliable 7-9 year old used cars

Based on technical inspection annual reports and other sources, we offer most reliable 7-9 year old used cars 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 GLK 2012 -
143 to 306 HP 5.5 to 8.1 l/100km
2 Audi Q5 2008 - 2012 Price 9500 to 16 000 $
170 to 270 HP 6.7 to 9.3 l/100km
3 Opel Mokka 2012 - Price 9500 to 26 500 $
115 to 140 HP 4.7 to 7.9 l/100km
4 Audi Q5 2012 - Price 12 000 to 62 000 $
143 to 272 HP 5.3 to 8.5 l/100km
5 Mitsubishi ASX 2010 - 2012 Price 6000 to 11 000 $
117 to 150 HP 6 to 8.1 l/100km
6 Mercedes GLK 2008 - 2012
170 to 272 HP 6.9 to 10.6 l/100km
7 Mercedes SLK 2011 - Price 22 000 to 28 000 $
184 to 306 HP 5 to 7.1 l/100km
8 Mercedes SLK 2008 - 2011 Price 11 000 to 15 500 $
184 to 360 HP 7.7 to 12 l/100km
9 BMW X1 2009 - 2012 Price 7500 to 14 000 $
177 to 258 HP 5.3 to 9.4 l/100km
10 Mercedes C class 2013 - Price 9500 to 23 000 $
156 to 211 HP 4.3 to 5.6 l/100km
11 Mazda 3 2009 - 2011 Price 4400 to 6000 $
105 to 260 HP 6.3 to 9.6 l/100km
12 Audi A6 2012 - 2014 Price 13 000 to 17 500 $
204 to 313 HP 6.1 to 8.9 l/100km
13 Audi Q3 2011 - 2014 Price 13 000 to 22 000 $
140 to 211 HP 5.2 to 7.7 l/100km
14 Mercedes C class 2011 - 2013 Price 7500 to 13 000 $
120 to 457 HP 4.7 to 12.3 l/100km
15 BMW Z4 2013 -
156 to 306 HP 6.8 to 9.4 l/100km
16 Audi A1 2010 - 2014 Price 7000 to 19 000 $
86 to 122 HP 5.1 to 5.3 l/100km
17 BMW X1 2012 - 2015 Price 10 500 to 20 000 $
116 to 245 HP 4.5 to 7.7 l/100km
18 Audi A6 2011 - 2014 Price 7000 to 22 000 $
177 to 300 HP 5 to 8.2 l/100km
19 Audi TT 2010 - 2014 Price 10 000 to 25 500 $
160 to 340 HP 5.3 to 9.2 l/100km
20 Audi A1 2012 - 2014 Price 8000 to 11 500 $
86 to 185 HP 3.8 to 5.9 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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