When buying a used car, each buyer has his own selection criteria: for some, bold design or solid interior materials are important, for others it is prestige or exclusivity of the model. Pragmatists, however, are interested in the cost of maintaining the machine. It is for them that this review.
Recall that the costs are calculated for a period of three to six years from the date of release of the car and for the mileage of 75-150 thousand km. We buy cars first-hand, sell them in third (that is, our hands are second-hand), thus taking into account the liquidity of the model in the market. We trust all official and unscheduled repairs based on the weaknesses of a particular model, as well as the purchase of necessary spare parts, to official dealers. Prices - Moscow, taken at the time of preparation of the materials. Thus, all the machines that have ever fallen into this section are put in the same conditions, it is quite correct to compare them with each other. Of course, we took into account inflation. She, according to the Federal State Statistics Service, over the past four years amounted to 43.5%, and of course, one has to reckon with it. If only your salary has not grown over the years.
In the last report, the most expensive maintenance was the Volkswagen-Tuareg with a gasoline engine. Now he has ceded leadership to another “German." The petrol version of the Mercedes-Benz ML was driven by a timing drive: the teeth of the sprockets wear out to 120 thousand km, the chain begins to rumble. By the same time, the machine starts to act up. Repair is not cheap, and with it, the cost of a kilometer was so high - 25.6 rubles.
In general, you pay more for prestigious cars not only when buying. The costs of their maintenance are several times higher than for budget models. (By the way, our officials, buying premium models at their own expense, for some reason are convinced of the opposite.) But among the latter there are spouts. For example, Kia Spectra with automatic transmission. Do not look that a kilometer runs at a modest 6.01 rubles. - it was three years ago (ЗР, 2009, No. 8). Then dealers at least repaired the units, and under warranty. Now the model has been discontinued - there is a serious problem with spare parts. Yes, and the guarantee for many has already ended, so the box will have to be repaired at its own expense. Our request to the Kia representative with a request to restore order was again left unanswered. So it turns out that due to the complex relationship between Kia and IzhAvto, where the Spectra have been released in recent years, the consumer suffers.
A similar situation in the relationship between SUNYONG and TagAZ - Koreans are in no hurry to eliminate the massive defect of mechanical boxes on the Tager with a gasoline engine. The consumer is once again extreme. By the way, Tager is not a full-fledged participant in this section, since maintenance costs are calculated for the mileage of 0–75 thousand km. Write about the model prompted the desire to identify a problem with the manual gearbox, so the cost per kilometer of this car is for reference only. The real price of a kilometer for a mileage of 75-150 thousand km, when the warranty expires, there will be more.
Most likely, the cost of maintaining the Citroen-C4 will increase (ЗР, 2010, No. 12). Now a new EP6 engine is being installed on the model, and it turned out to be worse adapted to Russian gasoline than the previous TU5. Valve guides are covered with soot, increasing the resistance to rotation of the camshaft, as a result of which the sprocket rotates on the crankshaft (there is a landing without a key) and the phases “leave”. It is unnecessary to talk about the consequences, especially if you have a model with a supercharged EP6DT (150 hp) - the turbocharger also shuts off when the phases are broken. And all of a sudden. It is lucky if at this moment you did not commit, for example, a difficult overtaking. But the Quartet had fewer problems with the automatic: Chinese valve body valves proved to be more reliable than European ones.
Hybrid Lexus-RX deserves special praise: being more difficult than its gasoline counterpart, it turned out to be cheaper to operate. And even cheaper than some competitors, classmates, such as Nissan Murano and Infinity FX.