posted 7 years ago

Honda is ‘most reliable used brand’

What Car? and Warranty Direct research reveals that Honda is the most reliable used car brand in the UK for the seventh consecutive year

What Car? and Warranty Direct research reveals that Honda is the most reliable used car brand in the UK for the seventh consecutive year. Honda has an enviable reliability record, with just a one in 10 chance of cars suffering a breakdown in any given 12-month period. Toyota and Lexus are close behind in the league table.

Warranty Direct’s managing director, Duncan McClure Fisher, said “for most used car buyers, there are only a couple of factors that are taken into account when choosing a car. Reliability is always one of the top priorities. Cars have become increasingly complex, with lots of gadgetry on board, especially on executive models, where buyers expect more and more bang for their buck. Owners of these cars pay over the odds for the premium badge, but our study shows they could also be paying over the odds just to keep the car on the road. It’s a balancing act for used car buyers. You can get cars that break down less often, but have higher repair bills, or you can buy a car that won’t cost you much when it fails, such as a Renault, but lumbers you with more than a 50% chance of doing so. The one thing you do appear to be able to rely upon is buying Japanese.”

What Car?’s editor in chief, Chas Hallett said “reliability is so important to motorists, especially when times are tough. Japanese car makers really do deliver on reliability and Honda is exceptionally good at this. What will be surprising to many is the fact that several of the more desirable brands did not fare so well regarding reliability, and the cost of their repairs are high. They need to do better.”

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My wife currently drives our third used Civic, an 02 Max. We've had an HReg and a PReg previously and I cannot speak more highly of their free revving reliable petrol engines. The HReg did three trips across Europe while we worked in Italy. The journeys were remarkably comfortable as have been subsequent trips around the UK in the PReg. The colleague who bought it from me loves it and still talks to me! They are easy to service and I do oil change, oil and air filters and sparkplugs. My biggest expense has been the cam belts at 60000miles in all of them. They are no more boring to drive as the driver you are. Drop a gear, use the revs and you can have some fun!

I own 2 Hondas, an 11 year old Civic and a 10 year old CRV; 150k miles and 140k miles and apart from wear and tear items, they have been very reliable. I was keen to replace my Civic with either a Celica or 3 series coupe, but after reading this, I will plump for the Celica!

I've had a BMW 5 series since 2000 and it was made in '96. It's done close to 200'000 miles and in the beginning it had a few issues but these seem to appear when using BMW garages for maintenance. Once I started using my reliable family friends pro garage for servicing the car has been far more reliable and less likely to break down. He actually resolves problems where as BMW just slap you with large bills for parts you probably never needed because they don't solve problems and just stiff you for cash. Also, it still purrs like a kitten, smooth as a babies bum and quiet as a mouse when driving. Would never give that up. I did by a Toyota verso as a work horse and for the kids, buts it's not thrilling to drive and definitely not quiet but it does the job. As with any car, keep them well serviced and they will do you well, don't service them and pay the price.

i have 05 citroen c5..owned it for the last two &half yrs no probs..exelent car.......

I have owned a Toyota Celica now for over three years and she's fifteen this year. She's beautiful and reliable, what more could you want?

I have owned Honda cars for the last 10 years and have enjoyed trouble free motoring. My last 2 cars are Honda Civic Type R. A far from boring car. Steve does not know what he is talking about. Probably owns a boring BMW 3 series. Say no more.

I have owned 7 Fiats in 15 years and so far no trouble at all IS THIS UNUSUAL!!!!

i am on my 3rd s2000 ,having owned/driven this model for 12years+ still brings a SMILE to my face when behind the wheel+ have had no problems with either car

I have bought French, German, and Toytota. I won't be looking elsewhere, totally great cars and the Avensis is Made in Britain.

Sadly they don't do cars for tall people. Only Hyundai have recognized us amongst far eastern cars. They are not the only ones. My other car is not a Porsche for the same reason

Sarah F :) glad for you. They forget to mention that they are also the most boring car on this planet. Also the majority sold are for pensioners. I think I will stay away. Can’t beat a stylish car and Honda don’t make any of them.

This has just put the biggest smile on my today is the day I pick up the 08 plate diesel Civic I just bought. Feeling very reassured with my choice now! (Although I chose it more for the looks and performance available on my budget- but nice to know its less likely to break down as well!)

Have had my Honda Integra Dc5 type R for nearly six years now. Never had a single problem with it and it is an amazing car. Honda just need to get back onto the Type R wagon and they can keep me as a future customer. My only upgrade path is an NSX which won't fit in my garage!

Love my 2002 Honda civic type r. Had it 3 years now, gets driven quite hard most of the time and it seems to lap it up without any quibbles what so ever. Nothing has gone wrong. Go Honda!!!

I have driven 'premium' brands for many years including Merc, Audi, Jag and Porsche. After a serious engine engine malfunction on my A6, which Audi wanted £13,650 to fix (58,000 miles on the clock!)I decided to move to a Honda CR-V. It might not impress many people, but it is very comfortable, gives better mpg, and I am told is much cheaper to repair if it ever breaks down. The Germans need to up their game or they will be left well behind in these more austere times. Your survey is based on stats, not anecdotes, which makes it even harder to accept paying more for cars which are actually less reliable.

Andrew Whiteford - maybe you life in an area inhabited by seniors who would drive a racey BMW the same way!

My car is a Suzuki Ignis Sport and currently has 164,300+ miles on the clock. Apart from one broken clutch cable and an rear offside wheel bearing, it has been wonderfully reliable. Except for the first 15,000 miles I have driven all of them and I am still extremely happy with it and its performance over the past 8 years.

Perhaps they never break down as they are never driven at more than 25mph and only do a couple of thousand miles a year by the average Honda driver!

My X reg Accord has 139k from new, OK it had 39 miles on the clock and apart for one item a aircon £60 leak 10 years ago, nothing has gone wrong! Not sure they last so long now as there are many more electrics now, but I'd buy another with out thinking (too much)!