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Mazda MX5 crowned Britain’s most reliable car

The Mazda MX5 has been ranked as the most reliable car in Britain, according to What Car? magazine. The publication’s annual reliability survey analysed over 50,000 vehicles, confirming the Mazda’s number one position.

The consumer-focused magazine found that 96 per cent of MX5 sports cars built after 2005 are running completely fault-free.

The two-seater recorded a failure rate of just four per cent, the lowest of all cars in the 2012 survey and a significant way ahead of its next closest open-top rival at 15 per cent.

The impressive 96 per cent of fault-free vehicles meant the Mazda MX5 achieved an excellent Reliability Index score of just eight, a massive 92 points ahead of the national average.

The Reliability Index is calculated from the survey’s results, as a function of the number of times a car fails, the cost of repair, the average time it spends off the road being repaired, its age and its mileage.

Even on the rare occasion the post-2005 Mazda MX5 model goes wrong, it was found that owners benefit from the lowest repair costs, with an average bill of just £165 to rectify the problem.

Mazda UK Aftersales Director, David Wilson-Green:

“It’s no surprise that the MX5 scored so highly in the What Car? annual survey. The car has won many awards over the years and regularly achieves excellent reviews in the national media for the pure driving enjoyment it provides and its distinctive good looks.

“Our Japanese brand is renowned for its engineering expertise and for its remarkably reliable models.”

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