Steven Lang is a former car dealer who became an autioneer, remarketing manager and part owner of a wholesale auto auction. Lang says as his work changed his understanding of quality used cars also changed. “I saw cars have costly transmission failure as they hit 100 thousand miles; others had stuff from blown head gaskets to chronic rust to bad battery packs for hybrids. Consumer Reports and J.D. Powers and Associates usually have info on vehicles for their first 10 years, but the average car or truck is about 11 1/2 years old. Here are the results of Lang’s study; these 10 vehicles have the highest defect level at the time of trade in.
10- Volkswagen New Beetle – Automatic transmission, cheap interior components.
9- Mazda 626 – Automatic transmission issues.
8- Lincoln Aviator – Sensor and software issues that impact the powertrain and electronics.
7- Jaguar S Type – Transmission and engine issues.
6- Lincoln LS – Nearly identical issues as the Jaguar S Type.
5- Mazda Millenia – Engine andn transmission issues, cheap interior.
4- Land Rover Discovery – Expensive parts, expensive powertrain and poor electronics.
3- Mini Cooper – Bad transmissions that are expensive to replace; cheap interior and cheap hydraulics.
2- Land Rover Freelander – A cost cutting exercise that goes past the bone.
1- Mazda CX 7 – Nearly 1/3 of these vehicles at auction were sold with “Engine Needs Service” announcements.