Jul 292016
 

The sleek, Japanese-built, Mazda MX-5 (05-15) has been named the most reliable* used convertible for summer driving, in a new study of 3-8 year old** cars by the industry’s leading provider of direct consumer warranties, Warranty Direct.

The company analysed its database of 50,000 live policies to reveal that Mazda’s classic and recently-revived roadster is the least likely of all convertibles on Warranty Direct books to leave you stranded with pricey, undesirable repairs.

The Vauxhall’s 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 Tigra however, is more than twice as likely than the MX-5 to suffer a fault, with 18 in every 100 expected to break down each year.

The Peugeot 206 CC (98-09), Mercedes-Benz SLK (04-11) and Volvo C70 (06-13) complete the top five, with both the Mercedes-Benz and the Volvo racking up wallet wilting maximum repair costs of £2695.02 and £2086.51 respectively, more than three times that of the Mazda in the most expensive case.

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

Warranty Direct’s Chief Operating Officer, Philip Ward, said: “With the summer holidays upon us and the recent heatwave, many drivers might just be thinking about finally 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.

“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 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.

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.

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.

*- Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index score is calculated on a combination of vehicle criteria from a database of more than 50,000 live policies:

  • Frequency of failure
  • Cost of repair
  • Duration of repairs
  • Average age and mileage

The higher the Reliability Index score, the worse the car is – the lower the score, the better and the average RI number is 100. For more information on Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index, visit; www.reliabilityindex.com/what-is

** – Warranty Direct looked only at 3-8 year old vehicles for which there was a minimum of 100 policies on each vehicle to be robust.

Jul 252007
 

MAZDA MX-5UK convertible car owners may not be getting their money’s worth this summer, but Mazda MX-5 drivers can raise a smile, as they stormed to the top of a study of convertible car reliability.

According to Warranty Direct’s Reliability Index (www.reliabilityindex.co.uk), the most comprehensive car reliability study in the UK, the Japanese pocket rocket is on top of the pile of Britain’s most dependable top-down motors, with an average repair bill of £255.59, and an Index rating (calculated as cost of repair vs number of visits to the garage) of just 7.29.

This compares with an average convertible Reliability Index (RI) rating of 116.6, and an average overall repair bill of £401.64. In a Warranty Direct study of 450,000 cars world-wide earlier this year, the largest survey of its kind, Mazda reigned supreme overall.

Known for their reliability and efficiency, it was unsurprising to find another Japanese car company at the top of the table, with Honda’s S2000 coming in second place, with an impressive RI rating of 34.31 and a lightning quick average repair time of just 1.42 hours.

The scene at the other end of the table is a different story, and goes to show how far Audi have come over the past 15 years, with their Cabriolet (1992-2000) coming in with a disastrous RI rating of 416.21, with almost half of all problems relating to the axle or suspension.  The venerable Cabriolet is, however, by far the oldest car included.

The other German giants had a mixed bag of results, with Porsche’s Boxster coming in second to last place with an RI rating of 234.31 and the highest average repair cost of £831.58, suggesting that money doesn’t always guarantee you reliability. BMW’s popular Z3 came in a respectable fourth, with an RI value of 70.78, and was closely followed by its rival the Mercedes SLK in fifth.

The French contingent was well represented by Peugeot, whose 206CC came in an impressive third, with an RI rating of 51.93 and the lowest average repair bill – £225.76.

Warranty Direct Reliability Index Table of Convertible Cars

 

Pos

Model

Average   Age (years)

Reliabilty   Index

Average   Cost of Repairs

1

Mazda MX-5

4.55

7.29

255.59

2

Honda S2000

4.84

34.31

343.12

3

Peugeot 206CC

4.02

51.93

225.76

4

BMW Z3

5.25

70.78

459.89

5

Mercedes CLK   Convertible

3.15

85.76

428.81

6

Jaguar XK8

5.84

87.65

313.04

7

MG TF

2.25

90.93

433.00

8

Volvo C70

4.29

92.35

243.02

9

Saab 93

4.87

111.12

370.38

10

Porsche Boxster

4.33

234.31

831.58

11

Audi Cabriolet

6.48

416.21

513.84

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the models analysed have recently been replaced by new generations, or discontinued altogether by the manufacturer, but remain popular used car buys.