10 Popular Used Cars You Should Avoid
Buying a used car is a risk since most don't come with a warranty. If something goes wrong or breaks, it's now an out-of-pocket expense for you.
To help give consumers better peace of mind, Consumer Reports recently put together a list of 10 popular models that have shown to be at risk for potential problems.
On the list are cars such as the 2003-2006 Ford Focus for problems with the alternator, ignition and battery, and the 2003-2004 Honda Accord V6 for potential issues with transmission failure.
Consumer Reports does point out the list is not set in stone - some cars may not have these problems at all. And there were models in their research that had even higher problem ratings. So the bottom line is to always do reliability research before purchasing a used car.
|2007-2010 BMW 335i||Fuel pump, fuel injection|
|2003-2006 Chevrolet Silverado||4WD system|
|2003-2006 Dodge Grand Caravan||Power steering, tie rod, water pump|
|2003-2007 Ford F-150 V8||Brakes, 4WD system|
|2003-2006 Ford Focus||Alternator, ignition, battery|
|2005-2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee||Slipping transmission, locks, windows|
|2003-2004 Honda Accord V6||Transmission failure|
|2003-2005 Nissan Altima||Catalytic converter, O2 sensor, stalling engine|
|2003-2007 Subaru Forester||Head gasket failure|
|2007-2009 Toyota Camry||Water pump|
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