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Most reliable used car in Europe revealed

The Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2006) has been named as Europe’s most reliable used car.

A study from Warranty Direct reveals that the German model topped the list with a breakdown rate of 1 in 10 on average each year.

The study analysed approximately 20,000 live polices on European cars aged three to six years for its Reliability Index website (

Skoda builds the second most reliable used European car, the Fabia (2007-) – only 15% of owners will be paying for repairs each year. Next most reliable is the Smart ForTwo (2007-) and the Volvo C70 (2006-).

At the other end of the reliability scale, 85% of Land Rover Discovery (2004-2009) models covered by Warranty Direct recorded a fault in the last 12 months, followed by the Bentley Continental GT (2003-2010), of which 78% needed attention.

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.

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.”

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  • Irishboy4 - 26/09/2012 09:51

    I notice the South African built C class is not mentioned, which at one point was less reliable than a Lada.