• May 6, 2008
Buying a luxury car or SUV is the dream of many readers, and while a BMW or Mercedes will buy you some instant street-cred, they'll also cost you an arm and a leg if it ever needs fixing. A repair that may be no big deal for a Chevy Cobalt can cost much more in a luxury vehicle due to high-tech gadgets and more expensive materials. Forbes put together lists of the ten most expensive to repair luxury and non-luxury vehicles over a five year period.

The most costly vehicle to fix overall was the Dodge Viper, which came in at $1,641, and the most expensive luxury vehicle was the Audi A8 at $1,640. On the luxury list, every vehicle came from Europe, with zero entries from Detroit or Japan. The story was much different for the non-luxury vehicles, with heavy-duty trucks and SUVs making up the lion's share of the list. The Subaru Impreza and Mini Cooper were the only imports to make Forbes' dubious top ten. Hit the jump to view the most expensive luxury cars to repair, and click on the link below to view the priciest non-luxury list.

[Source: Forbes]

Forbes top-ten most expensive luxury cars to repair (over five years)

1. Audi A8: $1,640
1. Mercedes-Benz G Class: $1,640
3. Jaguar XK: $1,629
4. Land Rover Range Rover $1,600
5. Mercedes-Benz CL Class: $1,540
6. BMW 7 Series $1,529
7. Audi Q7: $1,400
8. Land Rover LR2/LR3 $1,360
9. BMW M6: $1,300
9. Porsche Cayman: $1,300


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      • 6 Years Ago
      This is why we lease cars like these. Three years and we turn them in before things start to break or wear out.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Except for Jerry Flint's column there does not seem to be much good automotive stuff in Forbes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Some of those cars are worth the cost, though,
      • 6 Years Ago
      This comparison is stupid. An Audi A8, over 5 years with just a $1640 bill? That's heavenly cheap?

      They should somehow put out the average maintenance cost of these vehicles over a course of 5 years, over the average selling price of these vehicles and come out with an index figure for ratios against the cost of the car, and the cost of the parts.

      It's great news if I were to change an Audi's air con compressor for $1,000, being charged $150 per hour compared to changing a toyota corolla air con compressor for $300 and being charged at $75 per hour.
      • 6 Years Ago
      lmao, viper and a8? serious? those are the same top two i read about in 2000. wow. just wow.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That means they polished the 2000 article and re-named it for 2008! LOL

        @rsfourever...you are right..the luxury brands a la Audi and BMW cover the maintenance during the warranty period. Most people who drive the flagship sedans are leasing anyways...so this article is irrelevant!

        Mercedes on the other hand, do not cover regular maintenance on their vehicles and I would assume the average repair cost should be much higher than Audi and Bimmer.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Audi does not cover maintenance and hasn't for a few years now. BMW is the only of the 3 that does.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah I'm not sure what's going on, same results for 2000 and 2004, probably due to the scarcity of each model.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Um, Forbes is irrelevant, except that the guys who read it drive 95% of all business in the US corporate world. Man, we're in worse trouble than Bernanke told us we were in...

      M6... I live in Southern California, and I've still yet to see one of those unicorns. Very hard to believe anyone knows the cost to services those, since there's never been one off warranty yet. I just had my MINI Cooper S serviced at a dealership under warranty and they're careful NOT to disclose the cost charged back to the dealer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hardly think this news comees as a suprise to many people.

      However as pointed out by a few posters already, Forbes is hardly an expert in automotive news.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If I'm not mistaken, the Audi A8 is covered for everything for the first four years. That means that the $1600+ is just for one year, right?

      Garibaldi
      • 6 Years Ago
      Note to Forbes: CL-Class =/= C-Class
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would love to know how they got these cost... hell my '06 saab 9-3 has cost me over $1000 in the last 6 months in maintence...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe they should also show a table of the percentage of repair cost against the purchase price of the car. I'd say that if someone could afford a luxury car, a couple of hundreds of dollars over 5 years compared to a normal car ain't gonna stop them from buying the luxury car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You kidding me? 90% of Impreza drivers i see are middle aged women or college students and they loaf along like everyone else. You must live near a bunch of gearheads.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That comment was a reply to Zane, here, we'll try again (this Reply system doesn't work so well):

        You kidding me? 90% of Impreza drivers i see are middle aged women or college students and they loaf along like everyone else. You must live near a bunch of gearheads.
        • 6 Years Ago
        good eye, wish I owned that E30 - it's some showcar I saw a pic of.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, maybe. But I live in ATL and fly to LA or DC almost every week and my comment was based on observing folks in these 3 cities with arguably the highest number of cars around.

        Nice E30, btw. :)
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