Image: Minicooper.comThe used car business is really hot right now and there are always ample numbers of buyers for these cars. But with so many cars to choose from which ones should you avoid? Thanks to LTQI (Long Term Quality Index) reports, you’ll be able to spot potential trouble down the road.

The list was compiled through real world statistics that came from the sale of used cars from auction sites, used car dealers, and car remarketers. Statistics were gathered on why the car was sold, any problems associated with the vehicle, and other important data.

The database of the LTQI has over 730,000 cars and relevant data regarding reliability, issues with transmissions, engines, and drive trains. This data was crunched and was boiled down to overall reliability ratings from 0-100 for various car models.

A Partial Listing

The following cars were part of a larger list of the worst used cars that can be purchased by the public.

Several factors were included in the making of this list such as the average mileage of the cars when purchased, apparent issues with the mechanical shape of the car, and detailed information submitted to car auction sites from used car dealerships.

Mazda RX-8 (2004-2008)

When the rotary engine for Mazda’s new revolutionary car came out, there was lots of buzz and excitement surrounding it. The engine was said to be very quiet and would produce a characteristic “hum” while running. It offered smooth acceleration and power.

But it soon became apparent that the rotary engine wasn’t built to last as the engine seals on the rotor wore out quickly—just past the warranty period. Once this happens engine repairs are extremely expensive due to the exotic nature of the rotary motor.

Suzuki Forenza

Suzuki, well known for its motorcycles, decided to throw its hat into the ring for an affordable car. The power trains for the Forenza were manufactured by a company named Daewoo. It was in bankruptcy at the time and was known for extremely poor quality products.

The Suzuki Forenza was riddled with reliability problems and quickly gained a reputation as a poor used car.

Mini Cooper

OK, we know that the car is cute-cute-cute, but no amount of cuteness can overcome the reality of it being a pain in the pocketbook due to constant repairs of its automatic transmission, bad hydraulics, and shoddy interior. In short the Mini Cooper will give you a major headache down the road.

Straight to the Junkyard

There are some used cars that have such a bad reputation in the industry that once any issue creeps up in them, they are automatically sent to the junkyard because it is a lost cause to repair them.

So the next time you see a really attractive deal that seems too good to be true, there may be a reason why it is selling so cheap and why there are so many of them on the used car lot.

Source: Yahoo Autos

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