THE Audi A3 diesel is the worst second hand car, according to owners.

It came bottom in reliability ratings — which were dominated at the other end by Japanese used motors with seven in the top ten.

 The 2003-2013 Audi A3 diesel was ranked as the least reliable second hand car by owners

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The 2003-2013 Audi A3 diesel was ranked as the least reliable second hand car by owners

The 2003-2013 Audi A3 diesel scored just 40 per cent in the What Car? survey.

Some 37 per cent of diesel A3s developed a fault — and 22 per cent of those were with the engine.

Around a third of repair bills were between £500 and £1,500.

The Ford Focus diesel (2004-2011) and Vauxhall Zafira (2005– 2016) were second and third worst.

Across all vehicles a third of owners reported a fault.

The Lexus CT hybrid was voted most reliable used purchase, with a 99.5 per cent reliability rating.

Only four per cent of CT owners reported a fault — and those were only with the battery.

The Suzuki Swift and Toyota Auris Hybrid were second and third most reliable.

More than 18,000 drivers took part in the survey.

Steve Huntingford, of What Car?, said: “By shining a light on the reliability of various makes and models, we hope to help buyers make the right decision.”

 The Ford Focus diesel wasn't popular with drivers either, as it narrowly beat the Audi

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The Ford Focus diesel wasn’t popular with drivers either, as it narrowly beat the Audi
 Meanwhile the Lexus CT hybrid emerged victorious after achieving a 99.5 per cent reliability rating

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Meanwhile the Lexus CT hybrid emerged victorious after achieving a 99.5 per cent reliability rating
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