Most Expensive Vehicles to Maintain


When it comes to owning a vehicle, there is always an added expense just by driving it period. However, some vehicles have a higher maintenance cost than others, which makes it feel like you never stop paying. Additionally, some vehicles just cost more to run because they use more gas, require a specific grade of gasoline, or require both gasoline and electric charging.

In this post, we’ll cover which vehicles are notoriously more expensive to run, maintain, and ultimately own. Then, you can decide if you should sell your car (if you currently own one of these), or switch to a different vehicle that is more appropriate for your needs.

Whatever the case, Cash For Cars BC can help with whichever direction you choose after discerning if your vehicle is costing you more than you’d like.

Which Vehicles Cost the Most to Drive?

Before deciding on a new vehicle to purchase, or even deciding on whether or not to keep your current one, consider if that vehicle is costing more to drive than it’s really worth.

One thing that many consumers do not factor in before committing to a new car is the cost to maintain and run the vehicle. Also, when it comes to owning a premium vehicle, there’s no such thing as a cheap one.

10. Land Rover Range Rover


While Land Rover has always been known for making luxury SUV’s that handle off roading really well, they, like other automakers, are not flawless. The Range Rover is a beautiful SUV that many consumers purchase time and time again.

Although the vehicle is a well-made comfortable SUV, the costs to run and maintain it are high. From higher-than-normal fuel economy, to frequent trips to the dealership for routine servicing and minor repairs, the Range Rover maintenance bills definitely add up.

Aside from regular maintenance, the Range Rovers have also had a history of leaky sunroofs, air suspension problems, and crankshaft and crankcase oil leaks. If you’ve been thinking about selling your Range Rover to get a more practical vehicle that still comes with many wanted creature comforts, talk to Cash For Cars BC today.

Chance of Needing a Major Repair: 49.6%

Approximate 10 Year Cost to Maintain: $18,228

9. Porsche 911

For many of us, it’s a dream to own a beautiful Porsche 911 of any year. Porsche vehicles are known for having a luxurious style with a luxurious and comfortable interior, combined with overall practicality and functionality. The Porsche 911 is one of the best all-around sports cars that money can buy.


Although the Porsche 911 is sought after by many consumers and enthusiasts, the vehicle is an expensive one.

Additionally, it only gets more expensive to maintain the longer you own it. With reports of engines overheating, fault COV solenoids, and IMS bearing issues, the repair bills can add up quickly.

If you’re thinking about selling your Porsche 911, talk to our team of used car buyers today. We offer the MOST cash for cars in Metro Vancouver. Plus, we handle all the paperwork, we come to you, and NOBODY Pays More!

Chance of Needing a Major Repair: 47.6%

Approximate 10 Year Cost to Maintain: $18,231

8. Dodge Ram 1500


The 1500 is one of the most customizable and stylish trucks on the market today. There are so many options for trims, interior design, and even a choice between the V6, V8, and V8 supercharged engines. It’s no wonder why we love buying these trucks so much. However, they come with their fair share of expense as well.

It’s no secret that Dodge Ram trucks are one of Canada’s most popular trucks. Although there is a huge fan base for these versatile trucks, there is also a lot more expense involved with owning one. With consumer reports and recalls relating to tranmissions issues including slipping and failure, and engine overheating problems, a warranty is essential to protect your investment.

If, however, you’re tired of the downtime from your Dodge Ram being in the shop, sell it to Cash For Cars BC instead. We’ll offer you the MOST cash for your truck, and you can use our large cash payment to put towards a newer vehicle of your choosing.

Chance of Needing a Major Repair: 54.8%

Approximate 10 Year Cost to Maintain: $17,677

7. BMW X7


The BMW X7 is the largest SUV offered by this carmaker, and one of the most popular models. While it isn’t as flashy as its sister vehicles, the X3 and X5, it offers three rows of seating and a much sportier design. This makes it the perfect family vehicle for Vancouverites who love spending weekends up at Whistler.

Even though this is a well-made vehicle from a well-regarded automaker, it doesn’t come without its own share of issues. Repairs and replacements of any kind on the BMW X7 aren’t cheap. Although the X7 doesn’t typically need “major” repairs, even small ones are quite costly. Thus, considered “major”.

The BMW X7 has had reports of braking system issues, minor fuel pump problems, and a temperamental transmission. When a simple fuel pump repair runs you a minimum of $1000, owing one of these vehicles quickly adds up.

Chance of Needing a Major Repair: 54.6%

Approximate 10 Year Cost to Maintain: $18,550

6. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van

The Mercedes Sprinter van is one of the most popular and widely used cargo vans in the Metro Vancouver area. It’s used for cleaning companies, delivery companies, food catering businesses, and even passenger transport. While this functional van has made a name for itself on the market, it doesn’t come cheaply.


The vehicle itself has a higher-than-normal price tag compared to other cargo vans, and the gas mileage and maintenance repairs only escalate it.

With frequent reports of oil leaks, heating issues, and transmission issues, the repair bills can climb quickly, and without warning.

If you’re in the market for a new cargo van with less maintenance costs, sell your van to Cash For Cars BC. We’ll offer you more than any other professional used vehicle buyer in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and Vancouver Island.

Change of Needing a Major Repair: 56.7%

Approximate 10 Year Cost to Maintain: $18, 634

5. BMW X6 M

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Sadly, another BMW SUV makes it to the list of most expensive vehicles to maintain. Much like its predecessor, the X6 is sporty high-performance SUV that’s made for both the city and the mountains. However, as is typical with BMW vehicles, repairs and replacements are some of the most expensive ones on the market today.

And with an over 50% chance that you’ll need a major repair (based on statistics), that escalated sticker price that you pay for a premium vehicle isn’t really all you’ll pay in the end. Not only will you continue to spend more than you initially anticipated, but you’ll also have a hard time selling a vehicle that has any kind of major mechanical issue; even a BMW.

Change of Needing a Major Repair: 54.6 %

Approximate 10 Year Cost to Maintain: $18,900

4. Ram ProMaster City/Cargo Van


Another Dodge vehicle has unfortunately made the cut for being one of the most expensive vehicles to maintain. However, in its defense, this vehicle gets A LOT of use, as it is primarily used for work purposes. With a ton of wear and tear, and typically really high kilometres, the ProMaster City van gets a definite workout over the course of its life.

Although it’s expected to have a higher maintenance bill on a work vehicle, the ProMaster’s typical 10-year expense on maintenance and repairs is much higher than most cargo vans. Part of that is due to cheap construction. Others is overuse, engine problems typical of Dodge vehicles, and needing a major repair (as it is one of the highest percentages).

Chance of Needing a Major Repair: 63.2%

Approximate 10 Year Cost to Maintain: $20,061

3. Porsche Macan


Another Porsche makes the list, and mainly because the Macan runs a higher risk of needing a huge repair. When even the smallest repair and routine maintenance cost an arm and a leg, having something catastrophic on the table really ups the ante when you buy a Macan.

With an over 60% chance that you’ll need to do at least one major repair during the time you own a Porsche Macan, statistically, your chances of paying a huge mechanic’s bill is greater than not.

Chance of Needing a Major Repair: 60.9 %

Approximate 10 Year Cost to Maintain: $20,137

2. Porsche Cayenne

Not surprisingly, another Porsche takes the #1 spot for most expensive vehicles to maintain. To reiterate, you can’t own a premium vehicle with an economy price tag for maintenance and repairs. With the Porsche Cayenne, you get amazing performance and sporty capabilities, but with that comes a price tag for costly repairs to keep it running that way.

We love buying Porsche vehicles, even the Cayenne that is known to have a multitude of mechanical issues including:

  • Transmission issues
  • Dead engines
  • Coolant leaks
  • Prematurely worn brake pads and rotors
  • Malfunctioning thermostat
  • Spark plug/ignition coil failure


With such a lengthy list of common mechanical failures on such a high-end vehicle, it may be in your best interest to sell your car to Cash For Cars BC before something goes (if it hasn’t already). Whatever you think you may need to pay in repairs or maintenance expenses for a car, double it if you own a Porsche Cayenne.

Chance of Needing a Major Repair: 60.9%

Approximate 10 Year Cost to Maintain: $20,555

1. Dodge Ram 2500 – 5500


In the top spot for the most expensive vehicle to maintain in today’s market sits the infamous, yet popular, Dodge Ram 2500 – 5500 models.

The Dodge Ram has become one of the most popular trucks in history and is still holding one of the top spots for most purchased pickup truck in Canada. However, its popularity doesn’t negate a long history of high maintenance costs due to a variety of mechanical issues, and exuberant gas costs.

With commonly reported issues including transmission failure, faulty braking systems, and a variety of electrical problems, we buy more Dodge Rams than any other truck on the market. Fortunately, we always pay the MOST cash for trucks too, even if they are in less than desirable condition.

Chance of Needing a Major Repair: 79.2 %

Approximate 10 Year Cost to Maintain: $25,850

Why Are Some Vehicles More Expensive to Maintain?

Like anything that you own, an added and often unspoken expense comes right along with it. Vehicles in particular are one of those big buys that many of us make, without considering all of what financially goes into it after the initial purchase.

This is where your next vehicle, or possibly the one you’re currently driving, could be more than you expected. Many of our customers sell us their used cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans because the maintenance costs or frequent repair bills are too high.

In this day and age, you need something practical and affordable if you live in the Metro Vancouver area. That’s why many consumers are making the switch to all electric, hybrid, or fuel-economy vehicles.

Keep Your Vehicle Routinely Maintained to Prevent Major Repairs

It may seem obvious, but many of the little things we can do as vehicle owners to protect our investment, we often put off. Things like getting the oil changed when it’s due. Or driving on our winter tires far too late into the year. Or even failing to get our vehicle checked out when our check engine light comes on. You may think they don’t have much impact on the longevity of your car, but you’d be wrong.

By getting your oil changed every 3 months or 5,000 kms, you’re ensuring that your engine is properly lubricated. Thus, keeping it running at its best, and reducing friction and premature wear on essential engine components.

Also, have your vehicle serviced every year. Ideally at the start of the winter or summer seasons. This will help proactively check for any potential mechanical problems and can help get your car properly prepared for the upcoming harsher weather (whether it’s extreme cold or extreme heat).

Doing these simple regular maintenances on your vehicle will not only keep it functioning properly, but it will also help it retain more of its resale value and make it easier to sel

Thinking of Selling Your Car in Metro Vancouver?


Before making a purchase on any of the vehicles listed above, be sure to consider your 10-year cost to maintain the car, truck, van, or SUV.

These are basic maintenance costs for things like brake replacement, spark plug replacement, oil and fuel filter changes, and other routine service needs. However, if you didn’t purchase the full warranty from the dealership, you’ll be looking at a much larger bill for your new ride.

The great news is that we purchase vehicles that are still under financing and still within a lease. So, even if you’re not done paying for it, but want to switch into something more economical, we’ll buy it and offer you the MOST cash for it.

What Determines the Price of My Car?

Every vehicle we buy is unique and has its own unique maintenance and driving history. That’s why we take the time to ask preliminary questions over the phone before booking an in-person appointment.

Our used car buyers will ask you for the make, model, year, kilometres, and general condition of your vehicle. Then, we’ll book an in-person vehicle appraisal, to make you a definitive offer. If you accept our offer, we’ll pay you in cash right on the spot, and leave with your car.

Plus, we handle all the paperwork, we come to you, and NOBODY Pays More!

Sell Your Car to Cash For Cars BC

If you’re still not sure about whether or not to sell your vehicle, give us a call. We are experts in the used car buying industry and have over 30 years of experience buying and selling cars.

We also know where the value lies in the vehicles we purchase, even if they have mechanical problems or a higher cost to maintain than most. There is always a huge demand for used cars with Cash For Cars BC. No wonder more Lower Mainland residents sell their cars to us over any other used car buyer.

Give us a call, send us a text, or contact us through our Request A Quote form on our website to find out what your vehicle is truly worth. You’ll be glad you did!

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