Mazda MX-5 Most Reliable Used Convertible

Mazda MX-5

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.