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Warranty Direct 100 Most Reliable Cars

Thu, 18 May 2006
Japanese manufacturers have dominated a poll of the Top 100 most reliable used cars over the past ten years.

The list, compiled by independent mechanical breakdown insurer, Warranty Direct, found that every car in the Top 10, and an amazing 16 out of the Top 20, were Japanese models. The Honda Accord was number one.

Models were ranked according to the frequency of failure and based on a database of over 55,000 vehicles.

Top Ten

1 Honda Accord A classy package, well put together and feels more special than the average family car. Superb engines and value for money.

2 Subaru Forester Not quite an off roader, much more than an estate with a sporty edge, making it the perfect combination. Great all round buy.

3 Mazda MX-5 Blueprint for the modern roadster with sweet handling and engines to match. Extremely easy to live with.

4 Mitsubishi Carisma Despite the name, not that interesting to look at or drive, but that’s not the point. Here is a no-nonsense hatchback that won’t let you down.

5 Toyota Yaris Superminis don’t come better. Bags of room and perky engines. Probably the best small car buy.

6 Honda Civic Solid build quality and good engines are just part of the appeal, the Civic is one of the most spacious small cars around. Great value.

7 Nissan Almera A dull package, but that’s no reason to dismiss the Almera which is practical and perfect for the smaller family who need a big boot and utter reliability.

8 Honda CR-V Proof that you don’t need an XXXL 4x4. Here is a four-wheel drive estate that is flexible, easy to drive and own.

9 Toyota RAV4 So few four-wheel drives are fun to drive. This car is suitably sporty, but very practical. Expensive used buy but worth it.

10 Nissan Micra The driving school favourite. Tough, fairly roomy, but with its light controls is easy to steer around town.

The highest placed non-Japanese model was the British built Jaguar X-Type in 13th with the mighty German automotive industry first appearing at number 25 with the sporty executive Mercedes-Benz SLK according to Warranty Direct.

"Obviously reliability is not the main reason why someone might choose one model over another, but it is still an important consideration for the majority," says Duncan McClure Fisher of Warranty Direct.

"However, used car buyers are considerably more cautious. Japanese models may not be the most charismatic but you’re unlikely to spend a great deal of money and time in the garage keeping it on the road."

The full Top 100 Most Reliable Cars Of The past ten years can be viewed by visiting

Launched in 1997, Warranty Direct was the first direct personal Warranty Company operating in the UK. As a privately owned insurance intermediary, the firm operates within the automotive and household electrical markets. Its Reliability Index is featured in What Car? Magazine.

All Warranty Direct policies are underwritten by Cassidy Davis, a provider of specialist personal lines insurance. Through the unique licences held by Lloyd's, they are able to offer products in over 60 countries across the world. In addition, Cassidy Davis policyholders benefit from the financial security provided by the Lloyd's market.


11 - 100 in the Warranty Direct 100 Most Reliable

11 Lexus IS 200

12 Mazda 626

13 Jaguar X-Type

14 Toyota Landcruiser

15 Volvo S/V40


17 Suzuki Vitara

18 Mazda 323

19 Toyota Carina E

20 Saab 9-5

21 Lexus LS400

22 Ford Ka

23 Rover 45

24 Hyundai Lantra

25 Mercedes SLK

26 Citroen Xsara

27 Ford Cougar

28 Subaru Impreza

29 Skoda Octavia

30 Audi A4

31 Nissan Primera

32 Toyota Avensis

33 Volvo 850

34 Vauxhall Corsa

35 Seat Toledo

36 Volkswagen Golf

37 Daewoo Lanos

38 Fiat Brava

39 Hyundai Coupe

40 Mitsubishi Shogun

41 Rover 25

42 Mercedes CLK

43 Fiat Marea

44 Ford Focus

45 Peugeot 106


47 BMW Z3

48 Hyundai Accent

49 Volkswagen Polo

50 Fiat Punto

51 Vauxhall Zafira

52 Mercedes C-class

53 Volvo S60

54 Toyota MR2

55 Mazda Xedos 6

56 Ford Puma

57 Vauxhall Astra

58 Vauxhall Omega

59 Chrysler Neon

60 Audi A2

61 Ford Fiesta

62 Ford Mondeo

63 Vauxhall Corsa

64 Citroen Saxo

65 BMW 3 Series

66 Vauxhall Vectra

67 Isuzu Trooper

68 Mercedes M-Class

69 Subaru Legacy

70 Rover 400

71 Fiat Ulysse

72 Mercedes E-Class

73 Renault Clio

74 Toyota Celica

75 Peugeot 306

76 Peugeot 406

77 Volvo S70

78 Rover 75

79 Daewoo Matiz

80 Peugeot 206

81 Mazda MX-3

82 Vauxhall Tigra

83 Seat Ibiza

84 Peugeot 106

85 Renault Megane

86 Peugeot 406

87 Saab 9-3

88 Audi A3

89 BMW X5

90 Mercedes S-class

91 Toyota Corolla

92 Seat Alhambra

93 BMW 5-series

94 Daewoo Nubira

95 Alfa Romeo 145

96 Saab 900

97 Mazda MX-6

98 Jaguar S-Type

99 Daewoo Leganza

100 Porsche Boxster

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