Popular crossovers from Japan, German sedans and even a couple of sports cars are in this selection of the most reliable high-mileage cars.
There are a huge number of different ratings of the reliability of cars from various structures around the world. For example, in Germany this is usually done by the Dekra and TUV inspection operators, as well as the ADAC automobile club.
In the United States, marketing agency JD Power and the independent organization Consumer Reports are considered the most respected researchers. All of them conduct surveys among many car owners.
Ratings from different organizations differ in many respects both from each other and from study to study, but if we consider cars with already significant mileage, then experts most often indicate approximately the same models everywhere. It is important to note that the reliability of any car depends on quality and regular maintenance, as well as normal operation.
Subaru Forester (SG and SH)
Over 15% of 2nd and 3rd generation American Forester owners would not change their car even after 10 years of use. And the matter is not so much in the loyalty of the fans of the Subaru brand, but in the strength of the model itself – “Lesnik” has always been one of the invariable leaders of American reliability ratings.
The crossover has never been bought by “racers”, and the tandem of the classic “aspirated” and the simplest 4-speed automatic is considered to be practically unkillable.
Ford Fusion (US)
Budget cars, due to the maximum desire to reduce the cost of construction, rarely manage to get into the leaders in terms of reliability. However, some models, in particular the European version of the Ford Fusion (produced in Germany from 2002 to 2012), still succeeded.
Even after almost 20 years of operation, these cars, as a rule, do not bring serious problems to their owners. All thanks to simple gasoline atmospheric engines with a volume of 1.4 and 1.6 liters with a manual transmission, strong suspension and high ground clearance. Only the cheap upholstery does not withstand the tests of life.
Toyota Corolla (E120)
Corolla is not without reason the most massive production car in the world. The example of reliability among this family is the ninth generation, which is driven for 10 years or more without serious breakdowns.
The owners note a very strong and corrosion-resistant body, as well as naturally aspirated engines 1.4, 1.6 and 1.8, quietly exchanging hundreds of thousands of kilometers without repair. On very “old” cars, there are only problems with secondary electrics.
Audi TT (8N3, 8N9)
Oddly enough, but this sports car with a turbo engine also consistently appears in the list of the most reliable used cars under the age of 20. We are talking about the first generation of the model in the standard front-wheel drive version.
The 1.8 engine, although supercharged, is generally much simpler than its later counterparts. And the Tiptronic automatic machine, installed on the model before the appearance of complex DSG boxes, was much more trouble-free in operation. Only the turbine on this model should be treated more carefully.
Audi A6 (C5)
15 years ago, the Audi A6 (C5) became the leader of the German ADAC rating, and since then has been steadily in its top. Newer generations of the model usually lead in terms of reliability among 3-5 year old cars, and older ones – among cars older than 10 years. The basis of the engine range of the second generation car was the atmospheric V6, which still feel good to this day.
The body of such machines has a 20-year corrosion protection guarantee. At the same time, the versions with a variator and air suspension did not shine with reliability. Subsequent generations of the Ingolstadt business sedan acquired more sophisticated electronics, which slightly reduced uptime.
Mercedes SLK (R170)
Another car in the selection, which, according to its status, did not necessarily have to become the standard of reliability. But it just so happened with the German engineers.
High build quality, a relatively simple design, a compressor engine and an almost perpetual 5-speed automatic inevitably ensure that the first-generation SLK will be in the top 10 most reliable cars for 10-20 years. True, there were not so many of these cars produced, and in order to find a worthy copy for yourself, you will have to try.
Toyota RAV4 (A2)
9 out of 10 RAV4 owners do not know of any serious technical problems with this car at all, and this statement works even with second-generation cars, the production of which started back in 2001.
For the rest, the breakdowns were not of a systemic nature, and with the electrician, for example, only isolated cases of failures arose. Atmospheric engines with a volume of 2.0 and 2.4 are considered indestructible, like automatic transmissions. The suspension is not the cheapest to maintain, but it does not often ask for attention either.
Honda CR-V (RD)
The second generation Honda CR-V is a long-term leader in reliability according to American Consumer Reports and consistently remains in the top three winners among used cars in the ranking of the German operator TUV. Finally, in Russia, according to CarPrice, it is also recognized as the most reliable car over 20 years old.
All this thanks to the almost eternal atmospheric engines, automatic gears and indestructible suspension. Crossovers walk 300 thousand kilometers quite calmly, without requiring any major repairs.
Lexus RX (U3, L1)
Both the Lexus brand itself and its most popular crossover are consistently at the top of American reliability ratings. According to JDPower, the RX reliability is 95.35% – the best result among classmates.
The British edition of Auto Express also highly appreciates the car. Considering cars with high mileage, it is better to opt for cars of the 2nd and 3rd generations, while always with atmospheric engines.
Toyota Camry (XV30, XV40)
The car did not gain popularity in Europe, but in the Russian and American markets it is the undisputed leader, both among new and used cars.
Consumer Reports boldly claims that the owner of Camry will not face serious problems for at least 300 thousand km, and engines (except for the 3.5-liter V6) with gearboxes are considered “millionaires” at all. Until now, cars of even the fifth and sixth generations have a very high residual value and are well preserved for their age.