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The best and worst used cars

Consumer Reports rates reliability of 1998-2005 models

March 9, 2021 -- Consumer Reports magazine compiled the results on more than one million vehicles in its 2005 Annual Subscriber Survey. Because of that, CR says, its data paints a more expansive reliability picture than ever before. The result is the compilation of its 'Good Bets' and 'Bad Bets' lists, published in the magazine's annual April 2006 Auto Issue.

The lists are compiled from overall reliability data covering 1998-2005 models with better-than-average or much-worse-than-average reliability.

Consumer Reports 'Good Bets' for used cars

A total of 62 models are included in the 2005 Good Bets list of typically reliable models that have performed well in road tests.

(listed alphabetically)
Acura: Integra, MDX, RL, RSX, TL
BMW: Z3, Z4
Buick: Regal
Chevrolet: Prizm
Ford: Crown Victoria, Escort, Mustang (V8)
Honda: Accord, Civic, Civic Hybrid, CR-V, Element, Odyssey, Pilot, Prelude, S2000
Infiniti: FX35 (V6), G20, G35, I30, I35, QX4
Lexus: ES 300, ES 330, GS 300/GS 400/GS 430, IS 300, GX 470, LS 400, LS 430, RX 300, RX 330
Lincoln: Town Car
Mazda: Millenia, MX-5 Miata, Protege
Mercury: Grand Marquis
Mitsubishi: Galant
Nissan: Altima, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder
Pontiac: Vibe
Subaru: Forester, Impreza, Impreza WRX, Legacy, Outback
Toyota: 4Runner, Avalon, Camry, Camry Solara, Celica, Corolla, Echo, Highlander, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tundra.

Consumer Reports 'Bad Bets' for used cars

A total of 34 models are included in the 2005 list of CR Bad Bets, models that are considered especially risky buys and that have exhibited several years of below-average reliability.

(listed alphabetically)
BMW: 7 Series, X:5 (V8)
Chevrolet: Astro, Blazer, Express 1500, S-10 (4WD), TrailBlazer, Venture
Chrysler: Town & Country (AWD)
Dodge: Grand Caravan (AWD)
GMC: Envoy, Jimmy, Safari, Savana 1500, Sonoma (4WD)
Jaguar: S-Type, X-Type
Kia: Sedona
Land Rover: Discovery
Lincoln: LS, Navigator
Mercedes-Benz: CLK, E-Class (V8)
Oldsmobile: Alero, Bravada, Silhouette
Pontiac: Aztek, Trans Sport/Montana
Saturn: Vue (AWD)
Volkswagen: Cabrio, Jetta, New Beetle, Passat Wagon (V6)
Volvo: XC90.