Most reliable 15 year old used coupes

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 Porsche 911 2008 2008 - 2011 Price ~ 57 000 €
345 to 530 HP 9.8 to 11.4 l/100km
2 Porsche 911 2004 2004 - 2008 Price 43 500 to 46 000 €
325 to 480 HP 11 to 13.6 l/100km
3 Porsche 911 2000 2000 - 2006
320 to 450 HP 11.1 to 14.2 l/100km
4 Porsche Cayman 2005 2005 - 2009
245 to 295 HP 9.3 to 11 l/100km
5 Porsche Cayman 2009 2009 - 2013
265 to 320 HP 9.1 to 9.8 l/100km
6 Audi TT 2006 2006 - 2010 Price 8000 to 9000 €
160 to 340 HP 5.3 to 10.3 l/100km
7 Audi TT 1998 1998 - 2006 Price 2500 to 4700 €
150 to 250 HP 8.1 to 11 l/100km
8 SAAB 9-3 1998 1998 - 2002 Price ~ 2000 €
115 to 225 HP 6.2 to 10.8 l/100km
9 Audi A5 2007 2007 - 2011 Price 7000 to 7500 €
170 to 265 HP 5.1 to 9.7 l/100km
10 BMW Z3 1998 1998 - 2003 Price ~ 8500 €
193 to 321 HP 9.4 to 10.4 l/100km
11 SAAB 900 1994 1994 - 1998 Price ~ 900 €
130 to 185 HP 8.4 to 11.3 l/100km
12 Honda Civic 2003 2003 - 2005 Price 1100 to 1800 €
120 to 125 HP 6.8 to 7.3 l/100km
13 Honda Civic 1996 1996 - 2001 Price 1000 to 1400 €
105 to 105 HP 7 to 8.1 l/100km
14 Smart ForTwo 2007 2007 - 2010 Price 2800 to 3500 €
45 to 98 HP 3.3 to 5.2 l/100km
15 Citroen Xsara 2000 2000 - 2003
71 to 167 HP 5.2 to 9.3 l/100km
16 Mercedes CLK 1999 1999 - 2002 Price 1500 to 3000 €
136 to 347 HP 9.3 to 11.7 l/100km
17 Mercedes CLK 2005 2005 - 2009 Price 3900 to 6000 €
150 to 481 HP 6.4 to 14.2 l/100km
18 BMW Z4 2006 2006 - 2009 Price 13 000 to 17 000 €
265 to 343 HP 8.6 to 12.1 l/100km
19 Mercedes CLK 2002 2002 - 2005 Price 2000 to 3500 €
163 to 367 HP 6.7 to 12.8 l/100km
20 BMW 1 series 2007 2007 - 2011 Price 4000 to 7500 €
143 to 306 HP 4.5 to 9.2 l/100km
21 BMW 3 series 2006 2006 - 2010 Price 6500 to 8500 €
156 to 306 HP 4.8 to 9.9 l/100km
22 Renault Megane 1999 1999 - 2002
95 to 147 HP 5.2 to 7.6 l/100km
23 Seat Cordoba 1999 1999 - 2003
100 to 156 HP 4.8 to 7.8 l/100km
24 Smart ForTwo 2004 2004 - 2007 Price 1900 to 2100 €
41 to 75 HP 3.4 to 5.3 l/100km
25 Seat Cordoba 1996 1996 - 1999 Price 500 to 700 €
75 to 150 HP 4.8 to 8.4 l/100km
26 Volkswagen Scirocco 2008 2008 - 2014 Price 6000 to 6500 €
122 to 265 HP 5.1 to 8.1 l/100km
27 Honda Civic 2001 2001 - 2003 Price 1000 to 1200 €
120 to 125 HP 6.8 to 7 l/100km
28 Citroen Xsara 1998 1998 - 2000
68 to 167 HP 5.2 to 9.4 l/100km
29 Renault Laguna 2008 2008 - 2012 Price 10 500 to 11 000 €
150 to 240 HP 5.9 to 10 l/100km
30 BMW 3 series 1999 1999 - 2003 Price 2700 to 3000 €
116 to 231 HP 7.1 to 10 l/100km
31 BMW 3 series 2003 2003 - 2006 Price 3600 to 6000 €
143 to 231 HP 5.7 to 9.6 l/100km
32 Mercedes CLS 2008 2008 - 2010 Price 8500 to 9000 €
224 to 514 HP 7.6 to 14.5 l/100km
33 Mercedes CLS 2004 2004 - 2008 Price 5500 to 8500 €
224 to 514 HP 7.6 to 14.5 l/100km
34 Peugeot 407 2008 2008 - 2009 Price 2900 to 3500 €
136 to 211 HP 8.5 to 10.2 l/100km
35 BMW 3 series 1992 1992 - 1999 Price 2800 to 3100 €
102 to 193 HP 7.7 to 10 l/100km
36 Peugeot 407 2005 2005 - 2008 Price 2100 to 2800 €
136 to 211 HP 5.9 to 10.2 l/100km
37 Renault Megane 2008 2008 - 2012 Price ~ 3500 €
90 to 265 HP 4.2 to 8.4 l/100km
38 Citroen C4 2004 2004 - 2008 Price ~ 1800 €
90 to 180 HP 4.5 to 8.4 l/100km
39 Citroen C4 2008 2008 - 2010 Price ~ 1800 €
90 to 150 HP 4.5 to 7.6 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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