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Facelift W211 Mercedes E-Class "Most Reliable European Used Car"

Warranty Direct's used car warranty statistics show that the post 2006 facelift Mercedes W211 E-Class is the most reliable used car by a European manufacturer.

Just one in 10 breaks down on average each year.

Warranty Direct analysed around 20,000 live policies on cars by European manufacturers aged 3 to 6 years for its Reliability Index website (www.reliabilityindex.com).

At the other end of the reliability scale, 85% of Land Rover Discovery 3 models covered by Warranty Direct recorded a fault in the last 12 months, followed by the Bentley Continental GT, of which 78% needed attention.

Skoda builds the second most reliable used car by a European manufacturer, the Fabia from 2007. Only 15% need repairs each year. Next most reliable is the Smart ForTwo fdrom 2007 and the Volvo C70 from 2006.  

The most costly single claim among the bottom 10 cars was £10,120 for a BMW 7-Series fault, but a small number of cars typically cost far less. Over the last 12 months even the largest claim for a Skoda Fabia was only £180.

10 most reliable used cars by European manufacturers

 

Make

Model

Model year

Incident rate**

Largest claim

Most common Reason for fault/claim***

Mercedes-Benz

E-Class

(06 - 09)

10%

£637.22

Axle & suspension: 49%

Skoda

Fabia

(07 - )

15%

£180.35

Electrical: 33%

Smart

ForTwo

(07 - )

15%

£347.32

Cooling & heating 28%

Volvo

C70

(06 - )

16%

£1,888.62

Electrical: 41%

Renault****

Scenic

(03 -09)

17%

£967.31

Axle & suspension: 28%

Peugeot

207

(06 - 12)

17%

£1,992.70

Engine: 24%

Volvo

S80

(06 - )

18%

£856.31

Cooling & heating 25%

Citroen

C3 Pluriel

(03 - 10)

19%

£1,544.57

Axle & suspension: 30%

Mini

One

(07 - )

20%

£1,078.72

Transmission: 25%

Seat

Ibiza

(06 - 09)

21%

£343.64

Axle & suspension: 46%

Warranty Direct managing director, Duncan McClure Fisher, said: “It is very interesting to see the Mercedes at the top of the pile for European cars. It’s big and it’s packed with technology, which is not usually the recipe for a reliable car, but it’s proved to be excellent.

“With the imminent opening of the Paris Motor Show, we thought it’d be a good moment to discover which European marque makes the most and least reliable cars.

“Running a car is more expensive than ever, particularly when it moves into its fourth and fifth year and most cars leave the protection of a manufacturer warranty. If you do your research though and buy the right car or at least protect yourself with a warranty, you’re in a much better position.”

 

10 least reliable used cars by European manufacturers

 

Make

Model

Model year

Incident rate**

Largest claim

Most common reason for fault/claim***

Land Rover

Discovery

(04 - 09)

85%

£2,856.38

Axle & suspension: 42%

Bentley

Continental GT

(03 - 10 )

78%

£2,972.09

Electrical: 52%

Renault

Espace

(03 - )

76%

£2,756.88

Engine: 18%

Mercedes-Benz

SL

(02 - 11)

67%

£3,102.76

Axle & suspension: 34%

Land Rover

Range Rover Sport

(05 - 10)

65%

£6,400.27

Axle & suspension: 42%

Renault****

Grand Scenic

(04 - 09)

63%

£2,652.27

Electrical: 29%

Saab

9-3

(02 - )

59%

£3,203.83

Electrical: 30%

BMW

7 Series

(01 - 08)

58%

£10,120.39

Electrical: 36%

Mercedes-Benz

CLS

(05 - )

58%

£1,614.17

Axle & suspension: 37%

Renault

Megane

(02 - 09)

57%

£2,250.00

Electrical: 47%

 

Warranty Direct cover starts from as little as £15 a month. For more information or for a quote, go to www.warrantydirect.co.uk.

 

**Incident rate is the claim rate, meaning the percentage of those vehicles that required a claim each year.

***Reason for fault and the percentage of the total faults that that part of the car contributed. For example, 42% of the Land Rover Discovery’s faults were due to axle and suspension issues.

****A slight problem with the stats is that 2003-2009 Renault Scenics and Grand Scenics have been separated. If they were lumped together the average incident rate would be 40% and avarage cost of repair £1,809.79, so they would be in neither table.

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