Cars can be an expensive necessity. We need cars to get to work and back, to pick up our kids from school and practice, and everything else we do throughout the week. Even the most money-savvy people can’t escape car maintenance and repairs. While most of us can expect to pay a fair amount of money for our car maintenance, there are some cars that require a lot more. With more expensive and specialized vehicles you can expect more expensive bills to tag along with them. Here are the most expensive cars to maintain and repair.
As one of the more affordable cars on this list, the Ford Focus is a surprise entry that actually has high maintenance costs. Yearly, a Ford Focus owner will pay over $1,100 in fuel, maintenance and repair costs alone.
In addition to those costs, Ford Focus’ commonly has issues with door latches and motor faults. Some of its pricier repairs are replacing fuel pumps and hose replacements which range from $500-1,200.
The Nissan Murano is the mid-sized SUV entry that has been a part of Nissan’s affordable and uber-popular lineup for generations. In a span of 10 years, a Nissan Murano owner can expect to pay close to $15,000 for maintenance and repairs.
Some of the Murano’s most common issues are failing engine mounts and damaged seat adjusters which can cause annoying noises and the seats to move forward and back on their own.
Dodge Ram 1500
The Dodge Ram 1500 is one of the best selling and most awarded trucks on the planet. Like all trucks, the 1500 doesn’t come without strings and has high costs to keep and maintain.
Yearly, the Ram 1500 will cost owners around $1,200 with fuel and maintenance. An AC recharge for the Ram will cost over $150 and some of its common issues include a faulty rear window seal that causes interior water damage.
The king of family cars, the Honda Pilot is just another part of the popular company’s lineup. While Honda’s are widely known for being reliable and affordable, the Honda Pilot is the exception to the rule.
On average, a Honda Pilot owner will spend over $1,000 a year to pay for the fuel and maintenance of the Pilot. The Honda Pilot also comes with common issues including warped front brake rotors and overheating wires.
The Sebring was a sporty two-door coupe produced by Chrysler that was manufactured for 15 years from 1995 to 2010. Chrysler wanted the car to be affordable and accessible so that more people were able to enjoy it and initially the car wound up being a success.
Buyers could save money upfront because the car was cheaper than the competition but over the course of the car’s lifetime, an owner could expect to pay $17,000 in maintenance-related costs.
The 911 is one of the costliest Porsche’s to own. Not only is the car expensive to buy, but its high maintenance cost and upkeep might make someone thinking about buying one think twice.
In just fuel and maintenance costs, a 911 owner is going to pay close to $2,000. Porsche 911’s can also be riddled with issues and with the cost of a simple repair being over $300 and an oil change that costs over $200 – any repair you might encounter won’t be cheap.
BMW 640i Gran Coupe
The BMW 640i Gran Coupe is one of the most expensive BMW models to maintain and repair with yearly maintenance and fuel costs over $2,500.
The 640i doesn’t come with a lot of common repairs but when things do come up, they are costly. An oil change for the 640i is over $160 and if you need to replace your brakes, at a minimum, you would end up paying almost $1,600.
Not too far off or different from the Ford Taurus, the Lincoln MKS was a full-size luxury sedan sold under Lincoln auto manufacturing from 2007 to 2016.
Yearly, the cost of owning a Lincoln MKS is over $1,500 and almost $15,000 in a 10-year span. A car that has a record of having brake issues, the MKS brake repairs range from $250 for a cylinder replacement to $790 for brake pads.
Infiniti is the luxury brand under Nissan and the Q45 was one of the brand’s flagship models until it was replaced by the M45 in the late 2000s. Although the car has since been discontinued, the ongoing cost to keep the car going remains high.
Yearly, a Q45 owner can expect to pay over $1,300 in maintenance and fuel, with an oil change costing upwards of $170 and $240 for a brake pad replacement.
Porsche 718 Boxster
The Porsche 718 Boxster is one of Porsche’s most popular and best selling models. Not as fast or fancy as some of the other models in Porsche’s lineup, the Boxster is more affordable and offers the same experience as its counterparts.
A basic oil change will cost around $200 and to replace the brake pads and rotors, owners will pay on average $1,700. The Boxster doesn’t have a lot of commonly reported issues and has high-reliability ratings.
Dodge Grand Caravan
One of FCA’s only vans, the Dodge Grand Caravan is a popular van that is one of the best selling vans on the market. Annually, Caravan owners can expect to pay over $1,200 in upkeep and fuel costs.
Not the best in gas mileage, the Caravan will cost drivers more at the pump but the van is safe and spacious. Some of its most common issues include shifting harnesses failing power windows and switches.
The Impala is one of Chevrolet’s most popular models and has one of Chevy’s longest histories. Some of Impala’s most recent changes have left buyers dissatisfied and Chevrolet is planning on discontinuing the model in 2020.
When it comes to costs, owning an Impala will cost over $13,000 over the course of 10 years just for maintenance. Some of the Impala’s biggest issues are transmission pressure failure and keys getting stuck in the car’s ignition.
Commonly viewed as an SUV that is traversing the back roads of mountainous states such as Colorado, the Subaru Forester is also expensive to own. In a 10-year span, a Forester owner will spend almost $13,000 in just repairs and maintenance alone – not including the cost of fuel.
Some of its most common problems are a faulty O2 sensor and bad catalytic converters. Semi-yearly oil changes cost over $160 and a replacement starter will cost over $500.
While the Volkswagen Passat isn’t one of the fanciest or fastest cars on this list, for yearly costs owning a Passat is just expensive as owning a foreign luxury car.
Some of its most common issues are ABS Control Module Failure and Oil Leaks from its engine. Every year, the Volkswagen costs almost $1,200 in maintenance, fuel, and repairs. An oil change costs over $150 each time. To replace its brake pads, an owner can expect to pay $1,200 or more.
Starting at over $100,000, the Nissan GT-R is not only a powerhouse of a car, but it is also really expensive to own and maintain. It is easily one of the fastest production cars that one can get without making a ton of modifications.
Every year, a GT-R owner can expect to pay over $1,500 to maintain and fuel their car. One of its more expensive repairs is the timing chain replacement which is over $2,500.
Porsche 718 Cayman
The Porsche 718 Cayman is one of the most recognizable cars in the world because of its unique styling and look. In the course of 10 years, the cost of maintaining and keeping the Cayman is more than some brand new cars at over $24,000.
Yearly, a 718 Cayman owner will pay almost $2,500 in fuel, maintenance, and repairs. One of its more expensive repairs is the steering knuckle replacement which costs over $3,000.
One of the smaller cars on this list, the Mini Cooper falls into its own category of car class. It’s compact and fun to drive but that fun comes at a high price.
Yearly, with gas and normal maintenance, the Mini Cooper will cost around $1,500. Some of the Mini Cooper’s most common issues are faulty electric door locks and clutches that will wear out prematurely. A supercharger assembly replacement is one of the Mini Cooper’s most expensive repairs at $2,400.
Mercedes-Benz GLS63 AMG
The GLS is Mercedes-Benz’s luxury SUV in its lineup and it doesn’t come cheap. At an entry price over $100,000, the GLS63 AMG isn’t for low ballers and neither are its upkeep costs.
In a given year, GLS63 owners will pay almost $1,700 in gas, maintenance, and repairs. On top of that, the SUV has poor reliability ratings so you will find yourself taking it into a repair shop more often.
A full-size luxury car manufactured from FCA, the Chrysler 300 is award-winning and sometimes mistaken for a Bentley. It comes in a variety of trim levels for drivers who want performance or for drivers who are looking for more plush and style.
Yearly, a Chrysler 300 owner will pay around $1,200 just to upkeep the car and buy fuel. Basic inspections will cost over $100 and for something more serious such as a cable replacement, owners can expect to pay over $300.
Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG
Mercedes-Benz’s S Class is considered their top of the line class and is also their flagship class. Most models in this class are going to start at over $150,000 just to take off the lot, let alone how much it is going to cost yearly.
Per year, owners of a S63 AMG on average will end up paying $2,300 in just fuel, maintenance and repairs on top of the car’s high car note.
Most 3 Series BMW models are considered an entry level model, and while that is true for the 328i model, its maintenance costs are anything but entry level.
Annually, owning a 328i will set the owner back an average of $1,200. Some of the most common problems with the 328i’s are oil leaks from the engine and failing fans. Basic hose replacements are over $600 and to get your car tested and diagnosed, you will pay over $100.
It is no surprise that a Mercedes Benz model would cost a lot of money to keep and maintain as it is one of the most popular luxury car brands in the world.
Its E350 model is technologically advanced, has good handling and even better fuel mileage. Annually, the cost of owning an E350 is around $1,300 a year. To replace the fuel filter, owners can expect to pay $300 and a standard alternator repair is over $1,200.
The Audi S4 sits as one of the more affordable Audi models with starting prices under $40,000. While the cost of the car is lower, the S4 is still a luxury car so its upkeep costs fall in line with Audi’s more expensive models.
Annually, the cost to own the Audi S4 is almost $1,600. Some of its most expensive repairs are its control arm replacement at $5,000 and a suspension replacement which costs around $1,600.
The Corvette is one of Chevrolet’s most popular models and it has been an iconic car and status symbol for decades. To own one, the MSRP starts no less than $50,000-60,000 and annually the Corvette set drivers back over $1,000 on maintenance, repairs, and fuel.
Simple and frequent visits like an oil change can cost over $200 every time, and for more expensive fixes such as a clutch replacement, owners can expect to pay over $1,600.
Mazda released the Mazda6 in 2002 and since then, the Mazda6 has been one of their best-selling cars. The car was designed to be smart, sleek and affordable so that it could reach a larger consumer base.
Mazda has had a rocky past with its reliability due to massive recalls that have affected hundreds of thousands of its buyers. Maintenance and repair on the Mazda6 costs over $5,000 more on average than some of Mazda’s other models.
One of Ram’s largest trucks in the lineup. With the cost of gas, maintenance, and some potential repairs, the average annual cost of this car a year is close to $1,500.
Rams are some of the most awarded pick up trucks available and have been growing in popularity over the last few decades. An AC recharge costs over $100 and to replace your alternator will set you back another $500.
The BMW M6 is one of BMW’s performance cars and is incredibly high maintenance and costly to own. The M6 is really impressive on the road and has almost 600 horsepower that comes from its twin-turbo engine.
With all of its power, the M6 will cost over $1,400 a year in maintenance alone. Some of the costs that drivers can expect are $200 for a horn replacement and $1,266 for an oil pan gasket replacement.
At one point, the Acura TL was the second best-selling luxury car in the United States but due to public dissatisfaction and criticism, Acura stopped making the car in the mid-2000s. The Acura TL had high repair costs compared to the other luxury models in Acura’s lineup.
An air conditioning fan costs over $329 and a windshield washer pump replacement cost well over $100. Over a 10 year period, the Acura TL will cost over $12,000 in just maintenance and repairs.
BMW makes fast luxury cars and has been doing so for decades. The M5 is a sports sedan that looks and runs amazing but is costly to own.
For starters, the car has poor gas mileage so for those with daily commutes they can expect to pay more money in fuel. Some of the BMW M5’s common repair costs are $525-544 for a hood latch replacement and $2,263 for a clutch replacement.
Nissan is often seen as a manufacturer that makes affordable cars but the added up costs of owning its luxury sedan model, the Maxima, might surprise you.
The cost of an average fan replacement will set owners back over $700 and for a basic air filter replacement, owners can add on another $100 in costs. At MSRP, the Maxima costs just under $34,000 and with average maintenance and repairs, expect to pay over $1,000 annually.
The Cayenne is the larger SUV in Porsche’s lineup and has been around since 2002. It’s a far reach away from the sports car models that most are accustomed to from Porsche but it was a choice that they felt was necessary to make in order to stay more competitive.
For something as simple as an oil change, buyers can expect to pay over $400 which is almost 5x as much as a normal oil change.
Considered the car that started the “pony” car movement and also one of the first muscle cars to exist in the US, the Ford Mustang is not only popular but also iconic.
Buyers looking to buy one of these may be in for more money to maintain and repair this car then they expect. The average cost for some of the Ford Mustang repairs and maintenance go anywhere from paying $100 for an engine diagnosis to $1,400 for a fuel tank replacement.
Around since 1994, the Audi A4 is Audi’s first compact executive car model. Annually an Audi A4 owner can expect to pay over $1,000 a year on maintenance and repairs.
An oil change for an A4 will cost the owner an average of $180 compared to the $50 or less that others will pay for cars that are not as fancy. Luckily, drivers won’t be spending tons of money at the pump as the A4 gets over 40 mpg.
The SL Class has been one of Mercedes-Benz’s flagship cars for decades and still remains one of their most popular models today. The SL Class exudes luxury but also power for those looking for a crossover between both.
Buyers looking to get the SL550 can expect to pay over 6 figures for a base SL550 and its repairs are expensive as well. An alignment, which can cost an average of $50-60 on most cars, can easily cost over $150 for an SL550.
Dodge SRT Viper
Named after a venomous snake, the Dodge SRT Viper is also known to drain the accounts of its owners due to high-cost repairs and maintenance.
Some of the Vipers common repairs are replacing the control arm which starts at over $5,000 as well as an engine mount replacement that starts at over $400. The base cost of the Dodge SRT Viper starts at almost $100,000 with some of its more expensive models coming over $20,000 more.
The Mercedes Benz C300, which has been around since the mid-1990s is one of Mercedes’ smallest models next to the A-class. Because the car is smaller, it is less expensive upfront coming in at only $40,000.
Over the course of owning the C300, a driver can expect to pay one $1,000 yearly for upkeep. While the engine is smaller, a typical oil change will set you back $200 every three months.
When it comes to German manufactured luxury cars, the cost is automatically more expensive. This is mostly because the cars are all built on the same platforms meaning the BMW is built on the same platforms as cars like the Aston Martin and Bentley. T
The name CL itself means Coupe Light and Coupe Luxury, so if you own one of these cars, you will be automatically paying 3x as much as you would normally.
One of the sportier BMW models, the Z4 will also set back any potential buyers on just the maintenance and upkeep alone. For starters, the base MSRP of the Z4 is just at $50,000 which reserves the car for the middle class or higher.
In addition to the car just having lower than average gas mileage, buyers who decide on the soft-top can also expect more maintenance costs in the cloth repair.
The Mercedes Benz CLS Class is one of the pricier classes one can buy from the Mercedes lineup. It comes in a lot of different trim and engine levels and you can buy it in either 3.0-L V6, a 3.5-L V6, a 4.6-L twin-turbo V8, a 5.5-L twin-turbo V8, a 2.1-L I4 twin-turbo diesel, or a 3.0-L V6 turbo diesel.
Buyers can expect to pay high maintenance costs as well as higher gas costs as the car doesn’t get more than 16 mpg in the city.
This larger crossover SUV which debuted in 2016 came with all of the bells and whistles that you can ask for. BMW, known for making luxury cars included high-ground clearance, all-weather ability, all-wheel-drive, and large tires for the X6.
Not only will drivers expect to pay a high cost for the upkeep of the X6 because it requires premium oil changes and parts, but the car is also horrible on gas mileage. With the SUV only getting 2 mpg city and 17 mpg highway, any buyer should expect to spend a lot of time at the pump.