With complex electric folding roofs, convertibles can cost a huge amount to keep on the road. And large-engined sports coupes are often not far behind. However, choose wisely and you won’t pay much more in repair bills than for a reliable medium car.
One of the least reliable convertibles has a shocking breakdown rate of 27% and average repair bills of over £230. At the other end of the table, however, average annual repair bills can be as low as £31 and breakdown rates down to just 4%. So, owning a sports car doesn’t have to leave you out of pocket.
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Most reliable used sports car
Topping the sports car table are the BMW 1 Series Coupe and Convertible (2008-). These models pleased owners with low average annual repair bills of just £31 and strong reliability score of 92%. Owners did report some issues with their cars, but most of these were minor, such as faulty electric windows, lights and windscreen wipers.
Thanks to its sound reliability, the BMW 1 Series is a solid 24% ahead of the least reliable sports car, so while purchase prices may be expensive, running costs should be much more reasonable.
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Least reliable used sports car
Sitting right at the bottom of the used sports car table is the Audi A4 Cabriolet (2002-2008). Despite its pretty looks, this car put in a very ugly performance in the reliability stakes with an abysmal breakdown rate of 27%.
Repair bills are equally painful, averaging out at £236 per year. Owners complained of issues with the battery, electrics, the exhaust system and the air conditioning.
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