It is easy to fall into the temptation of buying ‘affordable’ used cars when buying your first car. That being said, here are the 10 cars to avoid in Kenya when on a tight budget.
2011/12 BMW X5
Topping our list of the worst cars to avoid in Kenya is the 2011/12 BMW X5.
Prior to its 2014 redesign, BMW X5 had many reliability issues. Drivers grappled with faulty climate control, defective fuel systems, and issues surrounding engine parts.
Consumer Reports recommends avoiding the 2011 and 2012 models completely, but reliability issues continued with ’13 and ’14 model years.
2014/16 Volkswagen Jetta
This Volkswagen’ has featured many reliability issues since 2010.
In the 2014 through 2016 model years, issues with the audio system, interior finish, and power equipment (e.g., windows and cruise control) hurt its rating in Consumer Reports surveys.
The ’10 Jetta featured many of the same problems along with a problematic climate system and other electrical components.
This is one of the most popular crossover options from Nissan and has been adopted by a variety of the middle class as the vehicle of choice.
However, here is what the manufacturer will not tell you. Engine problems. When you drive the vehicle for long distances at a time, it fails to restart.
The starter ignites, but the engine does not respond. Imagine stopping the car by the side of the road during a long safari to probably answer the call of nature or more practically, take photos of scenery only for the engine to stall indefinitely.
This is a problem with all Muranos. Talk about being held hostage by your property.
Volkswagen Tiguan 2011/13
Volkswagen had a tough run early in the decade when it came to making reliable cars. In the case of the VW Tiguan, the SUV flunked the test in 2011 and 2013.
For those four model years, Tiguan was far below average for reliability due to engine problems, electrical work, and power equipment. The 2012 model was only marginally better.
The top offender is the Nissan Altima, which was the least reliable car of all mid-size sedans of all car brands included in the Consumer Reports survey.
Some of the car problems reported by drivers include non-responsive push-button ignitions, sensor malfunctions, and complaints regarding the Constantly Variable Transmission (CVT).
Chevrolet Cruze 2011/13
The redesigned Chevrolet Cruze upped the compact’s game, but the previous generation had a significant run as the most unreliable. Consumer Reports found models from 2011 to 2013 completely unacceptable on this front.
Engine cooling, transmission, climate control, and general body integrity doomed these models. Overall, even Chevy Sonic scored better than Cruze over that stretch.
2008 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
The Range Rover Sport delivers a good balance of on- and off-road proficiency. Its upscale exterior and well-appointed cabin befit the SUV’s price tag.
It comes loaded with numerous active and passive safety features, but you won’t be able to load a lot of cargo into its small rear storage area.
The Range Rover Sport also has low predicted reliability and isn’t fuel efficient, which places it highly in the top 10 list of cars not to buy in Kenya.
2013 Land Rover LR4
The Land Rover LR4 falters when it comes to predicted reliability, fuel efficiency, tech, and handling in corners.
One of the only benefits: However, the LR4 is a capable off-roader, with the ability to conquer tough terrain with ease.
2008 Volkswagen Passat Wagon
The Volkswagen Passat Wagon is neither reliable nor swift.
Its six-speed automatic transmission suffers from rough downshifts, and the four-cylinder engine has quite a bit of turbo lag.
However, it does have a few high points, including its spacious cabin, long list of standard safety features, and comfortable ride.
Granted, the Nissan Juke is a fun car to drive, with a roomier cargo room, but that’s where all the fun ends.
While it had a following that didn’t mind its design, the Juke was organized chaos, and perhaps one of the worst designs from Nissan.
Which car model would you never buy? Let us know in the comment sections below.