Mazda MX-5 most reliable used convertible

Mazda MX-5 Most Reliable Used Convertible

The Mazda MX-5 has been named the most reliable used convertible for summer driving, in a study of three to eight year old cars.

MX-5 Peace-of-Mind

Warranty Direct analysed its database of 50,000 live policies to reveal that Mazda’s roadster is the least likely of all convertibles to leave you stranded with pricey repairs.

Vauxhall & Peugeot Reliability

The Vauxhall Tigra (04-09) is the next best car on the list, boasting the second lowest maximum repair cost in the top 10 convertibles table at £663.74. The Peugeot 206 CC (98-09), is also in the top five.

Top 10 Most Reliable Convertibles

Make

Model

Year

Reliability Index

Maximum Repair Cost

1

Mazda

MX-5

(05-15)

16

£501.4

2

Vauxhall

Tigra

(04-09)

36

£663.74

3

Peugeot

206 CC

(98-09)

72

£1701.37

4

Mercedes-Benz

SLK

(04-11)

92

£2695.02

5

Volvo

C70

(06-13)

101

£2086.51

6

Volkswagen

Eos

(06-14)

126

£5864.46

7

Audi

TT Roadster

(06-14)

132

£4408.37

8

BMW

Z4

(09-16)

136

£2152.4

9

Audi

A3 Cabriolet

(03-13)

145

£4373.11

10

BMW

3 Series

(07-13)

204

£5958.06

Mighty MX-5

Warranty Direct’s Chief Operating Officer, Philip Ward, said: “With the summer holidays and the recent heatwave, many drivers might just be thinking about dropping the top. The Mazda MX-5 is head and shoulders above its competition. It’s fun to drive, has long-proven reliability and is surprisingly affordable in terms of convertible ownership.”

Philip Ward added: “Manual folding roofs have fewer parts to go wrong, whereas modern electric roofs include motors and hydraulic pumps, which can cause expensive repairs. This explains why some high-end convertibles appear lower on the list.”

Electrical Gremlins

Electrical faults are the most common on the top 10 most reliable drop-tops, with an average repair cost of £349.35. Nearly two in five (37%) of BMW Z4 garage visits are due to electrical faults, whilst 28% of Audi A3 Cabriolet breakdowns are on account of engine faults.

Most Expensive Fix

The BMW 3 Series is the most expensive car in the top 10 to fix if something does go wrong, with repair bills soaring to £5958.06.

Least Reliable

At the opposite end of the scale, the Porsche Boxster (04-12) is the least reliable convertible, with 42 in every 100 suffering problems which cost an average of £731.07 to repair.