The secondary automotive market in Russia is ready to offer buyers a sufficient number of reliable cars that practically do not cause trouble to their owners throughout the entire service life.
By choosing a vehicle from our list, you significantly increase your chances of buying a hassle-free car. However, do not forget that reliability is determined by far not only the location of the selected machine in the top ten of the rating, but also by other factors - for example, careful use, timely service from an authorized dealer, as well as the region of operation.
1. Renault Logan
Let's start with the budget segment, where Renault Logan holds its right to be called the most reliable car in the Russian market. One of the advantages of this car is the galvanized body, which significantly increases the service life compared to competitors.
The fame of the "unkillable" car began to spread in 2007-2010, when the first Logans, produced specifically for Russia in 2005, showed the best results in terms of build quality, durability of power units and chassis of the car.
The most reliable engine for Renault Logan is the 75 hp K7J engine, which comes with a manual transmission. 500,000 kilometers for such an engine is not a problem, provided it is properly maintained. "Automatic" and variator, installed on engines 84, 87, 90 and 103 hp, do not differ in large mileage and after 150,000 km may require repair.
2. Lada Xray
This car is represented by the Russian automaker as one of the most reliable domestic cars. Safe, passable (after making technical changes to the stabilization system), durable Lada XRay, in a sense, can be attributed to modern millionaires, whose owners, by the way, will now go through 500,000 km of run and will be a joy.
XRay 500,000 km passes with one engine overhaul. In any case, 350,000 km is a guaranteed mileage for this car, provided that it is 1.6 liters, manual transmission. The automated manual transmission, which comes with the 1.8 liter engine, does not inspire confidence. Power units may require serious repairs as early as 250,000 km.
The XRay body is galvanized, the zinc-metal technology is applied, thanks to which the chips do not rust and can be easily repaired. A car based on B0 can be compared with Renault Duster or Sandero in terms of reliability and durability of the chassis. In general, this is one of the best examples among domestic cars.
3. Skoda Yeti
Paying attention to the "foreigners", but plunging into a higher segment, we must pay tribute to the Skoda carmaker and its brainchild Yeti - a very reliable crossover in this price category.
The highest mileage indicators are shown by a gasoline engine of 1.6 liters, 105 hp. This car does not have a turbine, although it is equated to the TSI category, which gives it an additional 50,000 - 100,000 km of mileage as a gift, when compared with similar engines of 1.2 liters or 1.8 liters, the resource of which usually ends at 280,000 km.
If the buyer is not going to test the vehicle on long trips, it is best to choose this particular assembly option, or a 1.6 liter diesel turbocharged cast iron engine with 105 hp. or 2.0 liters at 170 hp if long journeys are the norm for the driver.
All these engines on "mechanics" will roll off 300-350 thousand rpm without any problems.km before a major overhaul, and then the same amount before replacing the power units, when the history of the old Yeti begins anew, because the body and chassis of the car are very resource-intensive compared to Octavia or Rapid.
4. Zotye T-600
Due to the high popularity of Chinese cars in the Russian market, it is a sin not to mention their most reliable representative, the Zotye T-600. First appearing on the market in 2013, this car literally "tore apart" the world's opinion about the dubious safety of Chinese cars. In the very first crash test, the Zotye T-600 proved to be one of the safest cars in the world!
An excellent choice as a family car, given the highest cross-country characteristics, an extremely reliable engine from Mitsubishi 4g15, proven for decades, and taking its deserved place under the hood of a Chinese car in an updated form under the name Said 15S4G.
The motor is cast iron, has a turbocharged version. According to the manufacturer, without any repairs, the engine quietly drives 300,000 km. It was this power unit that once broke the world record for the maximum mileage - 1.6 million km without repair!
It is definitely worth trying this car if you want to get luxury and comfort for reasonable money.
5. Mercedes-Benz G Class
Our top is closed by the famous Gelendvagen, which has unconditional reliability and millions of kilometers. Legends are already being formed about the cross-country ability of this German car, and there can be no doubts about the reliability of the power units, because Gelendvagen's "great-grandfather" is a military vehicle.
According to one of the legends, any car can be “killed”, but not a Mercedes G-class. This legend is worth making an author's amendment - only if the car will have an automatic transmission version 722, 6. You will have to tinker with other units almost every 60,000 km.
The most reliable engine is the six-cylinder M110s K-Jetronic. This engine has every chance to reach 1 million km without major repairs, however, on trifles, it “gets” its owner regularly, like the entire car as a whole.
If the owner knows the price of his car and understands how to properly take care of it, as, in general, about any other high-class car, Mercedes G-class can rightfully be called “eternal”.
However, no matter how reliable the car is, it can be damaged. Moreover, damage to the car can even be caused at the car wash.