In the course of the past 30 years, the lifespan of the average car has more than doubled. While a vehicle with 60,000 miles on the clock was once thought to be near the end of its useful life, a high proportion of vehicles, now make it well past 150,000. Any used car with a spotty service record is going to be a risky buy, no matter what badge it carries, but some models are known to do better at higher mileages than others.
Mercedes C 220 CDI
Mercedes have a reputation for making cars with engines that are virtually bulletproof and a large number of decades-old models still in regular use is a testimony to this. Reassuringly solid, the diesel variant of the C-Class is a popular executive car and, providing it has been serviced properly, will still have plenty of life left it in at the 100,000-mile mark.
The Honda Accord has long been one of the most reliable cars around so it’s no surprise that they are still sought after, even when the odometer breaks into six figures. New Accords are particularly popular with buyers who require a car capable of regular, lengthy journeys. A website for owners of high-mileage Hondas has dozens of members that have been awarded ‘badges’ for exceeding the half-million-mile mark.
BMW 320 d
According to consumer group Which? an ex-fleet, high-mileage BMW 320d is a smart buy. Fleet cars will have full-service history and this particular model is more than robust enough to go well beyond the six-figure mark. If you’re shopping for reliable, high-mileage used cars in Fareham, the BMW 320 should definitely be on your list of possibilities.
The Volvo marque has long been synonymous with both safety and reliability and the fact that there are many high-mileage examples still in daily use only serves to confirm this association. During the 1960s, Volvo was one of the first manufacturers to begin issuing medallions to owners who had reached distance milestones with their vehicles. At present, member Irv Gordon is leading the way having covered a remarkable 2.7 million miles in his P1800. The reputation for longevity continues with the latest generation of the executive car, the S60.
VW Passat/Audi A4
The VW Passat and Audi A4 share many components and have virtually identical engines. Both the 1.8 TDI and the 2.0 TDI are solid workhorses that keep going and going. This, combined with high levels of build quality from both marques means that buying a Passat or A4 with more than 100,000 miles on the clock need not be a concern. Many people consider a Volkswagen or Audi diesel with less than 80,000 miles on the clock to be barely run in.
Trevor Hawthorne is a seasoned motoring writer, contributing regularly to a wide range of magazines, blogs, and websites on everything from road tests to in-car entertainment. Having personally purchased several used cars in Fareham over the years, he has amassed a wealth of tips to help buyers snap up the best bargains.