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 SL 1998 1998 - 2001 Price 13 000 to 22 000 $
204 to 525 HP 10.7 to 15.9 l/100km
2 Audi TT 2007 2007 - 2010
160 to 272 HP 5.5 to 10.4 l/100km
3 Mercedes SLK 1996 1996 - 2000 Price 3200 to 3600 $
136 to 193 HP 9.1 to 9.5 l/100km
4 Mercedes SLK 2004 2004 - 2008 Price 7500 to 8000 $
163 to 360 HP 8.7 to 12 l/100km
5 Mazda MX-5 2005 2005 - 2009
126 to 167 HP 7.3 to 8.8 l/100km
6 SAAB 9-3 2007 2007 - 2010 Price ~ 6000 $
150 to 255 HP 5.8 to 11 l/100km
7 Mercedes SLK 2008 2008 - 2011 Price 11 000 to 15 500 $
184 to 360 HP 7.7 to 12 l/100km
8 SAAB 9-3 2003 2003 - 2007 Price 5000 to 6500 $
150 to 250 HP 5.9 to 11 l/100km
9 BMW Z4 2009 2009 - 2013
184 to 340 HP 6.8 to 9 l/100km
10 Audi TT 1999 1999 - 2006 Price 5000 to 6000 $
150 to 250 HP 8.2 to 11 l/100km
11 Volkswagen Golf 1998 1998 - 2002 Price 2300 to 3100 $
75 to 115 HP 5.2 to 9.4 l/100km
12 Volkswagen EOS 2006 2006 - 2011 Price 3900 to 7000 $
116 to 260 HP 6.1 to 9.2 l/100km
13 Audi A3 2008 2008 - 2013 Price 6500 to 6500 $
102 to 200 HP 5.1 to 10.3 l/100km
14 SAAB 9-3 1998 1998 - 2003 Price ~ 3300 $
130 to 225 HP 8.8 to 11 l/100km
15 Mercedes SLK 2000 2000 - 2004 Price ~ 3900 $
163 to 354 HP 9.2 to 11.2 l/100km
16 Audi A5 2008 2008 - 2011 Price ~ 11 000 $
160 to 265 HP 5.5 to 9.5 l/100km
17 Mazda MX-5 2008 2008 - 2013
126 to 161 HP 7 to 8 l/100km
18 Volkswagen Beetle 2005 2005 - 2011 Price 5500 to 6000 $
75 to 150 HP 5.5 to 9.2 l/100km
19 BMW Z3 1996 1996 - 2003 Price 7000 to 8000 $
115 to 231 HP 7.8 to 10.6 l/100km
20 Audi A4 2002 2002 - 2005 Price 3700 to 4200 $
130 to 220 HP 7.2 to 11.1 l/100km
21 SAAB 900 1994 1994 - 1998
130 to 185 HP 8.4 to 11.3 l/100km
22 Mitsubishi Colt 2007 2007 - 2009 Price 3100 to 4600 $
109 to 150 HP 6.6 to 7.1 l/100km
23 Mercedes SL 2001 2001 - 2006 Price 17 000 to 19 000 $
245 to 500 HP 11.5 to 15.1 l/100km
24 Volkswagen Beetle 2003 2003 - 2005 Price 3700 to 4100 $
75 to 150 HP 5.5 to 9.2 l/100km
25 Audi A4 2005 2005 - 2008 Price 5500 to 7000 $
140 to 256 HP 6.4 to 11.1 l/100km
26 BMW Z4 2003 2003 - 2006 Price 8500 to 10 500 $
150 to 231 HP 7.5 to 9.5 l/100km
27 Mercedes SL 2006 2006 - 2008 Price 14 000 to 17 000 $
272 to 612 HP 10.3 to 15.1 l/100km
28 SAAB 900 1986 1986 - 1994 Price 6000 to 7000 $
128 to 175 HP 9.5 to 11.7 l/100km
29 Mercedes CLK 2003 2003 - 2005 Price ~ 9000 $
163 to 367 HP 9.1 to 12.3 l/100km
30 Mercedes CLK 1999 1999 - 2003 Price 3800 to 5000 $
136 to 347 HP 9.4 to 12.2 l/100km
31 Mercedes CLK 2005 2005 - 2009 Price ~ 8000 $
163 to 481 HP 7.5 to 14.4 l/100km
32 BMW Z4 2006 2006 - 2009 Price ~ 22 500 $
150 to 343 HP 7.5 to 12.2 l/100km
33 Opel Astra 2001 2001 - 2006 Price 2000 to 3600 $
101 to 190 HP 6.3 to 8.9 l/100km
34 Opel Astra 2007 2007 - 2010 Price 4000 to 4300 $
105 to 200 HP 6.1 to 9.5 l/100km
35 Opel Tigra 2004 2004 - 2010 Price ~ 2300 $
70 to 125 HP 4.6 to 7.7 l/100km
36 BMW 3 series 2003 2003 - 2007 Price 4800 to 9000 $
143 to 231 HP 6.3 to 10 l/100km
37 BMW 3 series 2007 2007 - 2010 Price 10 000 to 12 000 $
156 to 306 HP 6.1 to 9.9 l/100km
38 Volvo C70 1997 1997 - 2005 Price 1200 to 3400 $
163 to 240 HP 9.5 to 11.3 l/100km
39 Opel Astra 2006 2006 - 2007 Price ~ 3800 $
105 to 200 HP 6.1 to 9.5 l/100km
40 Volkswagen Golf 1993 1993 - 1998 Price 2000 to 2200 $
75 to 115 HP 5.3 to 9.7 l/100km
41 Volvo C70 2006 2006 - 2009 Price 5000 to 6500 $
136 to 230 HP 6.1 to 9.8 l/100km
42 Nissan Micra 2005 2005 - 2009
88 to 110 HP 6.6 to 6.7 l/100km
43 BMW 3 series 2000 2000 - 2003 Price 4400 to 6000 $
143 to 231 HP 7.7 to 10 l/100km
44 Renault Megane 2000 2000 - 2003
95 to 140 HP 6.6 to 7.6 l/100km
45 BMW 3 series 1993 1993 - 1999
115 to 193 HP 8.1 to 11 l/100km
46 Renault Megane 2003 2003 - 2006 Price 2300 to 2400 $
115 to 163 HP 5.5 to 8.4 l/100km
47 Ford Escort 1995 1995 - 1998 Price ~ 3700 $
75 to 105 HP 7.6 to 8.1 l/100km
48 Renault Megane 2006 2006 - 2009 Price 2300 to 3600 $
105 to 165 HP 5.7 to 8.4 l/100km
49 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2004 2004 - 2006 Price ~ 2900 $
143 to 223 HP 9.9 to 10.8 l/100km
50 Chrysler PT Cruiser 2006 2006 - 2010 Price ~ 5000 $
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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