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Who makes the least reliable cars on the road?
Unreliable vehicles are an inconvenience many of us long to steer clear of. The latest Warranty Direct data doesn't just look at the most reliable cars though: it also reveals the ones most likely to break down or go wrong in a 12-month period. However, while Japanese makes once again dominate the top 10 most reliable manufacturers, the research, based on 50,000 Warranty Direct policies on cars between three and 10 years old, shows that many more expensive brands will actually let you down more often.
Motor industry body, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), commented, "The way a car is looked after plays a vital role in its ongoing reliability, so regular maintenance - in line with the manufacturer's servicing schedule - is the best way to ensure trouble-free motoring."
Read on for the bottom 10 in reverse order and when you've finished, don't forget to find out which car brands show these unfortunates how it's done with our accompanying gallery of the most reliable car brands...
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Jaguar: Puts Design (Basically Art) over Engineering
Mercedes: Mid 90s to Mid 2000s Skimped on components(Underlying Car Still Solid)
MG: Massive Financial Troubles
Saab: GM components, Pre GM saabs are nearly bulletproof
Chrysler: Cost Cutting on Components
Renault: Puts Design (Basically Art) over Engineering
Jeep: Owned by Chrysler
Alfa Romeo: Puts Design (Basically Art) over Engineering, (New Cars are reliable)
Land Rover: Puts Design (Basically Art) over Engineering, Reliability Problems mainly from the range rover line, defenders are bulletproof.
I have a Vauxhall Vectra CD 2Ltri. It has never broken down and has never needed any major parts repaired or replace. It has only ever cost me tyres, brakes, exhaust and servicing.
I bought it new in august 1998 and it has covered almost 180,000 miles.
The engine is geting a bit worn out now and tends to burn some oil, but it will still leave some boy racers for dead.
It is just about time for the big scrapyard in the sky. But it has still served me well.
Love to know what the nature of the faults were.
Useful to know and plan for inherant failures.
I do also have a Ford Cortina MK3 that I'm restoring...and I'm also helping to restore `Swampy` it's on youtube under...thesixtyninemachine....
Many Regards to all....
I've worked at the 'banger' end of the market for years, and found Renault to be the most infuriating!
Just for fun - peugeot 306 heaters - made a reasonable car expensive to fix.
My most trouble free car? Citroen Xantia. Just that the suspension is a consumable item, replace every four years. Expect nothing to work, you aren't disappointed.
Back in the 60's had an old Hillman whose chassis rusted through and was then held together with fibre glass, but mechanically never failed.
My best buy was an E reg Saab, bought at 40k I then added a further 200k to the clock and never had the top off. It went like a bird until the day I parted with it for for a fuel hungry Discovery. That Saab was the most comfortable car I have ever driven, ask my wife who hated long journeys, but in the Saab she would emerge at our destination feeling - so relaxed!
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