Forever reliable used cars that repudiate to expire and you can buy with confidence
In auto car market, impractical became the status quo about a decade ago and the majority of cars can easily be driven easily past the 100,000 miles bench mark and are still capable of doing an extra 100,000 miles. These models are refusing to end up their life easily. New models and more auto makers are joining the race of being most reliable high mileage cars but the question is still there that which cars are most reliable for resale and reuse for long time without any hassle. Usually people believe that Japanese models are more reliable than others. Japanese models are still reliable and most of them easily pass through 150,000 miles without any foremost renovation or repairs. In the past decades there was not a single Mercedes-Benz model that achieved the CAA Pyramid award however it has elevated standards that pulled up its position to top for reliability and long life comparatively to other manufacturers. Lets discuss one by one, top ten most reliable cars that you can buy as used.
1- Mercedes-Benz E220 TE Estate
Mercedes-Benz E220 TE Estate (1985 – 1995) has a good track record for high mileage. The Estate is well known for its build quality and durability where even the newest cars are even 20 years old. Expert’s verdicts is; it’s unbreakable and it really doesn’t matter how old it is and most importantly you can easily afford it from just £1500.
Mercedes-Benz E220 TE Estate
2- Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI
Skoda Octavia 2.0 litres TDI Ambiente comes in both hatchback and estate models. The Octavia has an elegant interior and well proven diesel and petrol engines. However, be careful that you don’t end up with a car that had been used as a cab and diesel variants are better than the petrol ones. You can get your hands on a 2005 model for £2000 only.
Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI Ambiente
3- Toyota Avensis 2.0 D-4D /2005
Toyota Avensis is a great vehicle to ride, it boasts an outclass exterior and Lexus like interior. Seats are comfortable with high quality feel to the trims with an average drive. Avensis is the car like appliances for kitchen, efficiency is elevated, well built and durable car without any flair in design, you can buy from £2,200 and definitely it won’t let you down ever.
Toyota Avensis 2.0 D-4D
4- Volkswagen Polo 1.9 TDI / 2005
Volkswagen Polo has great image to appeal the buyers however the rivals might be cheap to buy, however, it has a quality interior and a wide range of efficient engines in petrol and diesel variants. It is the car of people that is deceptively roomy without any pitfalls. Every Polo has its own history to tell but you can have a 2005 model from just £3000.
Volkswagen Polo 1.9 TDI
5- Honda Jazz 1.4 i-VTEC /2009
Honda Jazz is a comfortable and practical car and has earned popularity due to all the positive attributes and ease in driving with elevated reliability and hyper efficiency. Jazz has not been reported for any major problems in its life and usually it is owned by older drivers. You can buy it from £4000 but avoid i-Shift transmission.
Honda Jazz 1.4 i-VTEC
6- BMW 320d SE /2006
BMW 3 Series is an elegant car series whereas 320d is a small executive car with a premium image due to its top build quality making it a great choice. It has a great record for high mileage without any serious repairs and major defects. The 320d has been equipped with great technology but it is better to pay some extra for satellite navigation system, overall, it is a great buy that you can get from £5,000 from independent dealers.
BMW 320d SE
7- Toyota RAV-4 2.0 VVT-i XT4 / 2006
Toyota has a long history in durability and RAV-4 is one of the top durable products. It is a well equipped and fine tuned car to drive with practical most interior and reliable engine choice. RAV-4 has two and four wheel drive options in power terrains and has a great towing capability with an acceptable off road capability. You can have a 2006 example from £5,500.
Toyota RAV-4 2.0 VVT-i XT4
8- MINI Cooper D Hatch 1.6 / 2007
It is a BMW baby car that is powered by the range of efficient engines to offer a surprisingly efficient driving experience. MINI Cooper D is a well built British car with elegant looks and ever low depreciation rates in the car industry and it never goes wrong. It will cost you about £6,000 to buy a 2007 model from any independent dealer, try to buy a well equipped car and do not forget to pay extra attention to clutches when testing.
MINI Cooper D Hatch 1.6
9- Audi A3 1.9 TDi Sportback SE / 2009
Audi always offered best quality and top built cars where Audi A3 is the best example with refined and frugal choices of engines having petrol and diesel variants. There is no problem with high mileage buy because it has great servicing history on average. The Audi A3 are the best value for your money but before you buy one make sure it has clean servicing history. You can buy it from £8,000 at any independent dealership.
Audi A3 1.9 TDi
10- Mercedes-Benz S320 CDI / 2005
Mercedes Benz has its history for the luxury cars and S320 CDI is also a big luxury car that offers keen driving and clean efficiency with high levels of refinements and enhanced interiors. It is a bit expensive to run and you have a choice of more frugal S320 CDI diesel. You can buy one as down as £3,000 but if you make this double then you can get an extraordinary S320 model, keep in mind that the new one is £100,000 worth. Air suspension pumps must be considered before making a purchase for S320.
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