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The top 10 most serviced cars in 2019

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Updated 30 Dec 2019Joel Ilton
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As 2019 comes to a close, we like to look back over all the Australians we have helped take better care of their cars and analyse which Makes and Models were the most popular. In this article, we take a look at the 10 most popular vehicles serviced through AutoGuru.

1. Mazda 3

As one of Australia's most popular new vehicles, it’s no surprise that the Mazda 3 comes in first place on the list of most serviced vehicles on AutoGuru. Well known for their reliability as well as fuel efficiency and styling, the Mazda 3 is popular with the older generations as well as younger people, often the most popular choice of first vehicle after getting their licence.

However, they aren’t bulletproof, and have common problems that can manifest if not taken care of straight away. We used data collected on repairs requested through AutoGuru to put together an article on the five most common issues on the Mazda 3, which is available here.

In 2019, the most common service for Mazda 3’s was the 40,000km / 48mnth service. The most common repairs were the front brake pad replacement and windscreen replacement. The ‘Engine light on inspection’ was the most commonly booked inspection.

2. Holden Commodore

Once Australia’s favourite car, the Holden Commodore has seen sales drop over the last 10 years with the popularity of more fuel efficient SUVs taking the place of the once loved family sedan, and it was recently announced that the Commodore name will no longer be sold here from 2020, ending a 42 year legacy.

However, there are still plenty on Australian roads that require servicing and repairs, which brings the Commodore in at number 2 on the most commonly serviced vehicles list for 2019.

The most commonly booked service for the Holden Commodore in 2019 was the 165,000km / 132 month interval. Most Common repairs were the front brake pad replacement and windscreen replacement whilst its most common inspection was for an oil leak.

3. Toyota Corolla

A staple on Australian roads for more than 30 years, the Toyota Corolla comes in third on the list of most commonly serviced vehicles for 2019. The Corolla is still popular with new car buyers, ranking third in new car sales in 2019 as well, with the Corolla Hybrid leading the way. Popular with younger people looking for their first car, there are a number of common issues to look out for, so if you are in the market for a second hand Corolla, check out our article here.

Toyota Corolla owners were most commonly booking the 110,000km / 66 month interval service through AutoGuru. Most common repairs were the front brake pad replacement and windscreen replacement. The ‘A/C not cold’ inspection took out the top spot for inspections.

4. Holden Cruze

Although no longer being sold, the Holden Cruze is a popular vehicle on Australian roads thanks to it’s relatively low initial purchase price, although reliability issues with it’s engines and transmissions have reduced numbers somewhat.

Available with both petrol and diesel engines, although the diesel was dropped due to poor sales, the Cruze was easy on the pocket when it comes to servicing, it’s the cost of repairs that put many people off purchasing a Cruze before it was discontinued in 2016.

The most common service was the 105,000km / 84 month interval. Front brake pad replacement and rear brake pad replacement were the most booked Holden Cruze repairs in 2019, whilst the oil leak inspection was the most booked inspection.

5. Toyota Camry

A favourite of Uber drivers and taxis, as well as families, the humble Toyota Camry has come leaps and bounds since it’s introduction to Australian roads in the 1980’s. With the introduction of the Camry Hybrid, Toyota’s family sedan entered the 21st Century as one of the most environmentally friendly vehicles, while still being relatively cost effective to maintain, and the vehicles popularity shows with it being our fifth most serviced vehicle of 2019.

The most common service was the 90,000km / 54 month interval. Most common repairs in 2019 for the Camry were front brake pad replacement and front wheel alignment. The top inspection was the A/C not cold inspection.

6. Mitsubishi Lancer

Another vehicle on the list that is no longer sold in Australia, the Mitsubishi Lancer was phased out at the end of 2017 and ends a 45 year nameplate for now. The Lancer holds a special place in many Aussies hearts due to being the car they either learned to drive in, or purchased as their first car. With many Lancers still getting around, it’s no surprise that the Lancer took sixth place in our list, and will continue to be a popular vehicle for years to come.

Most commonly booked service was the 105,000km / 84 month interval. Most common repairs were the front brake pad replacement and tyre replacement. The most common inspection booked for the Lancer was the ‘Car not starting’ inspection.

7. Volkswagen Golf

Our first European vehicle on the list, the Volkswagen Golf has come to the forefront of motoring in Australia for those who want German engineering in a small hatchback. The downside to this is an increased servicing cost and parts pricing, however, due to the popularity of the brand, parts are more widely available which is reducing the cost of maintenance.

We have many workshops and mobile mechanics that specialise in European vehicles, helping you better look after your Volkswagen Golf servicing needs.

Volkswagen Golfs were mostly booked in for a 75,000km / 60 month service intervals. The most common repairs were the front brake pad replacement and windscreen replacement. The most common inspection was the ‘Engine light on’ inspection.

8. Hyundai i30

Shaking off a stigma of ‘cheap and nasty’ Hyundai have risen to being one of the most popular brands in Australia in 2019, offering an unmatched 7 year unlimited kilometre warranty and competitive pricing. This pricing transfers over to servicing, and the great news is you car have your Hyundai i30 serviced through AutoGuru without risking your warranty, saving you money and ensuring your Hyundai is kept in the best possible mechanical condition.

The i30’s most common service was the 75,000km / 60 month interval. The most common repairs were the front brake pad replacement and tyre replacement. The most commonly booked inspection was for power windows not working.

9. Holden Captiva

The Holden Captiva burst onto the Australian market in 2006, and continued to be one of Holden's best selling vehicles until it was phased out in 2018. Offering petrol and diesel engine variants as well as 7 seats, it was great for families - however, reliability issues plagued earlier models, leaving a stigma that the Captiva has struggled to shake.

The Captiva is the only SUV to make our list of most serviced models of 2019, indicating just how popular they still are on Australian roads, and how much Aussies love using Autoguru to look after their Captiva.

The most common service interval was the 90,000km / 54 month service. Battery replacement and tyre replacement were the most common repairs booked. The most common inspection booked was the oil leak inspection.

10. Toyota Yaris

The final entry on our top ten most serviced vehicles for 2019 is the Toyota Yaris. First released in 2006, the Toyota Yaris became an instant hit, with futuristic looks and a digital dashboard making it stand out from the crowd of other smaller vehicles being sold at the time.

Popular with younger people as a first car due to their small size and fuel efficient engines, the Yaris was also popular due to relatively low maintenance and servicing costs, as well as Toyota's reputation for reliability.

The most common service interval for the Yaris was the 80,000km / 48 month service. The two most common repairs were for tyre replacements and windscreen replacements. The most common inspection for the Yaris was the ‘Rushing water noise behind dashboard’ inspection.

So there we have it, our list of the 10 most popular vehicles serviced on AutoGuru for 2019. As the year (and decade) wrap up, the crew at AutoGuru wish all our suppliers and customers a happy holiday season, and we are looking forward to helping Australians better look after their vehicles in 2020 and beyond.

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Written ByJoel Ilton

Finding a passion for cars from a young age, Joel carried out work experience as a mechanic whilst at school before starting an apprenticeship after finishing year 12.

After almost 10 years on the tools and in customer service, he moved into the IT realm as a Data Analyst and In-House mechanic at AutoGuru.