The Rusty Honda was Right - 30 Car Brands and Their 10 Year Maintenance Costs

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The cost of not driving "The Rusty Honda" can be quite taxing. Who still wants to pony up for Middle Class clout?

Yikes!Your Mechanic expands upon the article from LifeHacker referenced below.

The cost of not driving "The Rusty Honda" can be quite taxing. Who still wants to pony up for Middle Class clout?

Touring cars are worse by the way as the 10 Year maintenance costs listed above are more like One Year or half-Year maintenance cost depending on how it is driven.

Definitely need new tires after this:

@IlliniProgrammer :), I'm sure you can enlighten us on the depreciation front on most of the aforementioned ponies.

@WallStreetOasis.com LOL, Rusty Honda, hahaha.

Reference:
The Car Brands With the Highest Maintenance Costs Over Time

The Most and Least Expensive Cars to Maintain

Comments (43)

Feb 4, 2017

It's very inefficient to own a car here in Tokyo or in London. If only UberX was available in Tokyo...

Feb 4, 2017

UberX is called the efficient Japanese rail system. :)

Feb 4, 2017

The public transportation is amazing here.

Feb 4, 2017

That is a handy chart when it is time to buy a new car. The last car I drove to the ground around 250,000 miles. I should have traded it in earlier I ended up getting scrap for it.

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Feb 6, 2017

Not only would you own a Toyota, you'd own a 10-year-old Toyota. I can't imagine a worse car fate than that.

I'm loving my Audi A5.

Feb 6, 2017

Why not R8?

Feb 9, 2017

A Lexus has cheaper maintenance than a Honda? Wtf...

Feb 9, 2017

when you consider the reality that Lexus' are basically souped-up Toyotas then it makes sense.

Feb 10, 2017

Lexus ain't that special.

Who here has a man's car like a GT-R?

Feb 13, 2017
BobTheBaker:

when you consider the reality that Lexus' are basically souped-up Toyotas then it makes sense.

It's still questionable. My Acura RL was just a pretentious Honda and its parts and repairs were regularly twice as much, if not more, than they would have been on a Honda Accord.

Feb 10, 2017

Definitely feel the bite when I go in for maintenance, but fulfilled a childhood dream of mine to buy a M3 (used / let some other person take the steep depreciation hit). I'll have the rest of my life to make more economical choices so not too concerned with saving $10k in maintenance costs over 10 years when I fulfilled a goal of mine.

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Feb 10, 2017

Yeah, life is short. I feel like driving a crappy car to save a rather insignificant sum of money over the course of a lifetime is being "penny wise and pound foolish" with your life. That said, if you don't care that you look like a migrant worker driving your 10-year-old Honda Accord, then hey, more power to you.

Feb 10, 2017

Absolutely love my Audi, bought it new, but looking back I wish I had found a used one that was a year old. That being said, re-sale value is better than I thought it would be. Pre-paid my first 4 years of maintenance for like $1,200 or so. Unless something serious goes wrong, I'll be in a great spot - also can't imagine that I will be driving the same car in 6-7 years.

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Feb 11, 2017

Personally am a fan of toyota since they are usually a little cheaper than honda but you definitely can't go wrong buying a Japanese car.

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Feb 11, 2017

They don't overwork themselves at times to death for nothing!

Japanese have an indomitable Samurai spirit which is why Island hopping was a costly venture for us in WWII and we had to, as one of many reasons, resort to the use of Nuclear Weapons.

Just don't get one that has the stuck gas pedal...

Feb 11, 2017

Had a few Ford Explorers. They got pretty high on mileage, but the acronym "Fixed Or Repaired Daily" really held true.

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Feb 13, 2017

Fucked Over Rebuilt Dodge

Feb 12, 2017

Pretty funny that the bottom 3 (i.e. cheapest to maintain) marques are basically all Toyota...

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Feb 13, 2017

No, no, no. $1,780/year in maintenance is just not that expensive to drive a quality car. Screw the notion of middle class clout, it's about having something that's comfortable, enjoyable to drive and simply feels good to own and cruise around in. I picked up a used 911 with relatively low mileage at a good price and haven't looked back... the feeling of blasting up the coast is unbeatable and worth every penny.

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Feb 13, 2017

What year? About to do the same.

Show and tell in the car thread if you can. Going to post up some pictures later today if current rides.

Feb 13, 2017

It's an '03. Got it with 61K on it. Have fun :)

Got a couple lazily shot pics of it.
911 - 1
911 - 2

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Feb 13, 2017

Amazed that Land Rover is not at the top. The reliability on those things are awful.

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Feb 13, 2017

I think it broke the charts... Let me see if I can dig up the list for WSO dream car aspiring to let them have a good handle on those vehicles.

Feb 14, 2017

My parents have had two Range Rovers, the first was the a 1999 and made it to high miles but was a real dog by then because somewhere along the line we swamped it in Florida trying to pull their Jeep out on an off highway excursion. The second, a supercharged version has lasted about 10 years, is well over 100K miles now, and they've had relatively few problems. The Jaguar AJ-V8 under the hood has proven very reliable, unlike some of the motors Land Rover built with shitty tooling.

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Feb 13, 2017

If you can do any of the tasks required by the careers discussed on this forum and can't change your own oil, air filters, belts (non-timing) and other basic maintenance... kill yourself... Unless you are making so much bank that it isn't worth your time in which case why are you worried about the maintenance on a BMW vs Lexus vs Land Rover?

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Feb 14, 2017

Cleansing the gene pool huh? :)

Maintenance is not that hard. The difficult part of European autos is that they require specialized tools for more interesting work and some were not designed to be worked on by mere mortals with normal sized hands such as my A6 Quattro. The engine bay on that car was a total mess!

Having dexterity and being able to problem solve is a base requirement for Engineers and Engineers seem to make okay Bankers.

Feb 14, 2017

You only need to problem solve if you're hot rodding ;)

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Feb 15, 2017
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