There’s no 100% accurate way of predicting which cars will have the highest repair costs over the years, as such costs depend on a huge number of factors that vary with ownership. Depending on how often you use your car, you’ll run up a different maintenance tab. The following five cars, though, have been estimated by experts to be the most expensive cars of 2010 in terms of repair costs. Estimates are based on average costs of repairs and maintenance for the first 5 years of ownership. Consumers looking to get a more detailed picture of how much they might have to shell out on maintenance costs for their vehicles should review specific make and model backgrounds and consider their own repair history, which is, in many cases, at least partly a side-effect of one’s own driving habits. Consulting with your local mechanic for answers to specific questions is also a good idea. But without further ado, here are the five most expense cars to repair.
Though Porsches tend to have high value ratings, fixing one when it breaks can take a lot out of your bank account. According to automotive.com, the 2010 Porsche Panamera boasts an average 5-year repair cost of $2,499. The Porsche Boxter is not too far behind, with an estimated 5-year repair cost of $2,386. According to Frugal Mechanic, the total cost of basic parts replacements for a Porsche is about $350, which is about $125 over the average cost of all surveyed car models.
When it comes to luxury sedans, few cars compare to the class and cost of a Jaguar. The new Jaguar XK, XJ and S-Type models run an average first-five-years repair tab of $1,625.
The Hummer H2 is probably the least expensive car on this list, but it runs up an average first-five-years repair cost of about $1,500. Needless to say, the Hummer takes up a lot of money in gas, though new hybrid models have helped to curb that expense.
The box-like Mercedes G-Class has become one of the most popular luxury SUVs on the market. The new 2010 model goes for about $122,000 and has an average first-five-years repair tag of $1,796. A good chunk of the money you’ll spend on this vehicle, however, will come not from repairs but from the amount of gas you put in it: the G-Class has a fuel economy of just 11 MPG city and 15 MPG highway. The Mercedes E-Class and M-Class also run up repair tabs of just under $1,700 for the first five years. Visit Motors.co.uk today to view their selection of new and used cars.
Go to any BMW repair specialist shop and they’ll tell you: beamers are notoriously expensive when it comes to repairs. The 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 has an average first-five-years repair tag of just under $1,800 and has one of the lowest value ratings of any luxury SUV. The BMW 7 series and 6 series cars can also get pretty expensive to repair, though they have better average value ratings than their SUV counterpart.
Erick D. Smith is a blogger and car enthusiast in San Diego, California. If you’re ever in need of a San Diego mechanic, check out Robert’s Auto Service.