Reliability means everything when you shop on the used market. Another approach is seeing which cars rate the worst. Consumer Reports did auto shoppers a big favor when it rounded up the poorest used models of the past decade. Here are the 30 worst used cars , listed by specific model year. Avoided them at all costs.
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We respect your privacy. All email addresses you provide will be used just for sending this story. The list features nine categories — small cars, family cars, upscale cars, luxury cars, sports and sporty cars, minivans, small SUVs, midsized and large SUVs, and pickup trucks.
Toyota and Honda dominated the majority of the categories, demonstrating consistent reliability and performance, but some recent domestic models are also worthy choices. These vehicles tend to be a good value because the steepest part of the depreciation curve is past and many newer safety features can often be found on these vehicles.
Used-car quality often depends on how a vehicle has been treated by its previous owner. Vehicles that are well-maintained tend to have a long useful life ahead of them. Still, Consumer Reports found that some models will stand up better over time than others.
Overall, the most reliable vehicles come from Asian nameplates. Though domestic cars are getting better, they still trail the Japanese models. European models are also improving, but the older ones tend to be among the most problematic.
Problem rates for cars have decreased across the board, so newer used cars should hold up better than their predecessors as they age. Common troubles among almost-new to three-year-old models include body integrity squeaks and rattles , body hardware, and power equipment.
On average, three-year-old models had about 43 problems per vehicles. Brake problems became evident at five years. The average five-year-old model had about 62 problems per vehicles. Ten-year-old models averaged problems per vehicles. Free highlights from the April Auto issue will be available at www.
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European cars, long the least reliable overall, are pulling even with the domestics on newer models. Additionally, cars with high problem rates are not always the oldest.
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