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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.

VehicleProblems
2007-2010 BMW 335iFuel pump, fuel injection
2003-2006 Chevrolet Silverado4WD system
2003-2006 Dodge Grand CaravanPower steering, tie rod, water pump
2003-2007 Ford F-150 V8Brakes, 4WD system
2003-2006 Ford FocusAlternator, ignition, battery
2005-2006 Jeep Grand CherokeeSlipping transmission, locks, windows
2003-2004 Honda Accord V6Transmission failure
2003-2005 Nissan AltimaCatalytic converter, O2 sensor, stalling engine
2003-2007 Subaru ForesterHead gasket failure
2007-2009 Toyota CamryWater pump





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Gregg Fidan Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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