Best Used Cars For Ownership: TOP 10

Mercedes-Benz E220 1995

Find here the pick-out of the 10 best used cars recommended to own in the case for some reason you decide to buy a vehicle on the second-hand market.

People may have different reasons for purchasing a used car. Most often, this is a shortage of money for buying a new vehicle, but sometimes it happens that love for exotic or rarity prompts the purchase. If you are forced to buy something old, at least choose the best of what is available. Here there are the TOP 10  best used cars for ownership in the opinion of Autocar experts.

Porsche 911

The automaker made this first water-cooled 911 with an internal designation of 996 from 1997 to 2006. It is currently the most affordable one, but be ready to meet such technical flaws as IMS shaft issues or cracked cylinder heads and liners.

Porsche 911 Carrera 2 S 2001
2001 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 S

Honda Insight

The first-gen Honda Insight hybrid-electric 2-door liftback offers an aerodynamic design (it is narrower from back to front), covers, and flat hubcaps over the rear wheels. The fuel economy of 83 mpg is achieved due to Honda’s Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) technology.

After three generations, Honda discontinues the Insight: the 2022 model year is the final for the model. A new Honda Civic hybrid replaces it. So, the Insight will be available only on the secondary market.

BMW 5 Series (E39)

This is the fourth-generation car manufactured from 1995 to 2004. You can purchase it at an affordable price with gasoline and diesel V6 and V8, a M5 is still a good choice as well. Experts regard this 5 Series as the last truly fixable variant in an old-school garage. Possible flaws you’ll have to fix include a plastic chain tensioner and a noisy Vanos (Variable Nockenwellensteuerung).

BMW M5 2000
2000 BMW M5

2003 MINI Cooper S

This is a good used hot hatchback for its value. You may pick a Chili Pack or a John Cooper Works from 2006, or an earlier conversion. Older cars will need repair, indeed, like the replacement of alternators, for example. Other issues you should be ready for are the rotten off-side back or the cranky electric power-steering pump.

Volkswagen Golf R

Launched in 2014, the Mk7 Golf R 3- or 5-Door features a potent mouth-watering 2.0 TSI 296-hp turbocharged gasoline engine mated to either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG.

Especially interesting is the 2014 Golf 2.0 TSI BlueMotion Tech R 4motion 3dr version. Later models are normally better. Possible issues include fluid leaks; the four-wheel drive needs attention every 20,000 miles.

Land Rover Defender

Metal-edged older Land Rover Defenders from the 90s have few advantages. They are far from modern comfort and technological advancement. Nevertheless, their cost is rising, especially if a vehicle is in good condition. Since 2012, the Defenders have offered significantly more conveniences.

When buying a used Defender, check for rust to the chassis and bulkhead and for fluid leaks and a transfer case state.

Land Rover Defender 90 2.5 TDi County 1994
1994 Land Rover Defender 90 2.5 TDi County

Jaguar XJ

People willingly buy used Jaguar vehicles because of their beauty and status. The old-shape Jaguar XJ (the X350 onwards) with its aluminum body embodies grace, space, and pace. A diesel version with a fuel efficiency of 35 mpg is still a decent choice.

A used car you’ve bought may need a new suspension, electronics, brakes, and tires. Don’t forget to check a Jaguar for rust when purchasing.

Jaguar 2.7 XJ TDVi Executive LWB 2007
2007 Jaguar 2.7 XJ TDVi Executive LWB Sedan

Toyota Land Cruiser

This is an off-road king, a legend, rugged and reliable. Men buy it not because it is trendy or stylish, but because it is able to do a great job on all-terrain. The best choice is a diesel vehicle. The older and simpler LC4 (2003-2009) is a pick if you want a workhorse.

Mazda MX-5

This is a used car cliché, a popular, fun-to-drive convertible inspired by classic roadsters of the 1960s. The car is highly valued both new and used. Previous owners usually treated the MX-5 well.

Nevertheless, the used machine may have usual wear-and-tear problems like broken timing belt tensioners, worn drop links of the suspension, or seized brake calipers.

Mazda MX-5 1.8i Kendo 2011
2011 Mazda MX-5 1.8i Kendo

Mercedes-Benz E-Class W123 and W124

This is the best example of clean minimalistic design. Due to the size and durability, the W123 and W124 hard-working sedans and station wagons that started the E-Class have filled several market segments – from personal cars to taxis on European roads, and special-purpose vehicles.

Flaws of old E-Class models may be related to gaskets and hydraulic lifters, tired suspension, a fried wiring loom, and rust.

Upper photo: 1995 Mercedes-Benz E220

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