August 4, 2008 in Auto

10 best/worst cars for repair costs

There’s more expense to a car than the purchase price.

Anyone in the market for a new car this year should factor in a number of other costs, such as the interest rate on the loan, depreciation, reliability, fuel economy and — not to be overlooked — maintenance and repair.

Consumer Reports magazine says maintenance and repair costs combine to equal about 4 percent of the total cost of owning a car over the course of five years.

Maintenance includes scheduled work — like oil changes, tuneups, filter replacements and tire rotation — and unscheduled replacements such as batteries, brakes, tires and exhaust systems. Many repairs are covered by a new car’s warranty, especially in the first few years, but can mount up after the warranty expires.

Here’s a look at what are expected to be the 10 most expensive and the 10 least expensive 2008 model cars for maintenance and repairs over a five-year time frame.

10 most expensive
Ranking Make/Model Maintenance Repairs Total
1 Dodge Viper $8,209 $2,114 $10,323
2 Jaguar XK-Series $5,456 $4,171 $9,449
3 Jaguar XJ-Series $5,299 $4,150 $9,449
4 Land Rover Range Rover Sport $4,910 $4,317 $9,227
5 Land Rover Range Rover $4,678 $4,317 $8,996
6 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class $5,963 $2,793 $8,756
7 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class $5,988 $2,742 $8,730
8 Land Rover LR3 $4,424 $4,213 $8,637
9 Audi RS4 $6,164 $2,442 $8,606
10 BMW Alpina B7 $6,018 $2,516 $8,534
10 least expensive
Ranking Make/Model Maintenance Repairs Total
1 (tie) Suzuki SX4 $2,615 $596 $3,211
Honda Element $2,518 $693 $3,211
3 Nissan Versa $2,587 $654 $3,241
4 Hyundai Accent $2,724 $569 $3,355
5 Kia Sedona $2,786 $569 $3,355
6 Honda Pilot $2,678 $703 $3,381
7 Hyundai Veracruz $2,786 $611 $3,398
8 Suzuki XL7 $2,794 $609 $3,403
9 Honda CR-V $2,708 $703 $3,410
10 Mazda Tribute $2,686 $769 $3,455
Source: Edmunds.com

* Figures assume 15,000 miles driven per year for five years