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.
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
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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 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.
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.