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More on Car Repairs & Maintenance

We asked our members how much they spent on repairs and maintenance to keep their cars on the road over the past 12 months. Below, we show the most and least expensive 2011 models, with the cost for work during that year. (See the average costs compared by brand based on 5- and 10-year-old models.)

In addition to new-car warranties, some automakers offer free maintenance for the first few years of ownership, but costs can sometimes skyrocket if problems appear once that coverage ends. That’s why some brands, such as BMW, are among those with the lowest maintenance and repair costs at the five-year mark and the highest costs for 10-year-old cars.

The Nissan Leaf is among the most expensive cars to maintain and repair
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Least Expensive to Maintain and Repair

Though the first-generation Nissan Leaf EV didn’t get pulses racing with driving excitement, it cost owners almost nothing to keep running and earned top reliability scores. Other vehicles are a better blend of low running costs, high reliability, and smile-inducing owner satisfaction.

Least Expensive

2011 model-year cars, trucks, and SUVs to maintain and repair

Cars Under $5,000
Cost at
10 Yrs.
$0
$200
$200
Cars $5,000-$10,000
Cost at
10 Yrs.
$200
$245
$250
$260
$265
$275
$300
$300
$300
$300
$300
$300
$300
SUVs UNDER $10,000
Make &
Model
Cost at
10 Yrs.
$250
$300
SUVs $10,000-$20,000
Cost at
10 Yrs.
$200
$300
Pickups Under $10,000
Cost at
10 Yrs.
$200
$200
Pickups $10,000-$20,000
Cost at
10 Yrs.
$200
$200
$250
$250
$275
$300
$300
The BMW 3 and 5 Series are among the most expensive to maintain and repair
Photo: BMW

Most Expensive to Maintain and Repair

European luxury cars tend to cost the most to keep in good working order, so even a low-priced used model could prove expensive in the long run. About half the models on this list have subpar reliability, so fixes may be costly and frequent.

Most Expensive

2011 model-year cars and SUVs to maintain and repair

Cars Under $10,000
Cost at
10 Yrs.
$1,200
$800
$550
$500
Cars $10,000-$20,000
Cost at
10 Yrs.
$600
$500
$500
SUVs Under $10,000
Cost at
10 Yrs.
$700
$590
$530
SUVs $10,000-$20,000
Cost at
10 Yrs.
$900
$775
$600
$500
$500
$500
$500
Minivans Under $10,000
Cost at
10 Yrs.
$750
$500

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the June 2021 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.