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Best and worst older small cars for reliability

What Car? Logo By whatcar.com of What Car? | Slide 1 of 8: Just because small cars are cheap to buy, doesn't mean they can get away with being unreliable.In fact, their buyers are likely to be on a tighter budget than those splashing out on sports cars, so they really do need to be dependable. Our Reliability Survey highlights the best and worst small cars aged 4-10yrs old for durability, so it can help you choose the most dependable model. To find out which cars were the most and least reliable, we asked more than 14,200 people to tell us about any faults their cars had suffered during the past 12 months, how long the problem had kept the car off the road and how much they'd had to pay to get it fixed.The models that suffered the least problems and were cheapest to fix gained the top ratings in the study, while those that languished in workshops for days on end and racked up expensive repair bills were given the lowest scores.Here's our round-up of the best and worst performers in the city car league for cars up to three years old.Read the full Reliability Survey results for cars aged 0-3yrsTell us how reliable your car is and you could win £250

Most reliable older small cars

Just because small cars are cheap to buy, doesn't mean they can get away with being unreliable.

In fact, their buyers are likely to be on a tighter budget than those splashing out on sports cars, so they really do need to be dependable. Our Reliability Survey highlights the best and worst small cars aged 4-10yrs old for durability, so it can help you choose the most dependable model.

To find out which cars were the most and least reliable, we asked more than 14,200 people to tell us about any faults their cars had suffered during the past 12 months, how long the problem had kept the car off the road and how much they'd had to pay to get it fixed.

The models that suffered the least problems and were cheapest to fix gained the top ratings in the study, while those that languished in workshops for days on end and racked up expensive repair bills were given the lowest scores.

Firstly, here's our top three best performers in the city car league for cars up to three years old.

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