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Old 04-28-2010, 09:49 AM   #1
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Japanese Sport/Luxury Segment Vs. BMW in maintenance costs

I was wondering if there is a difference in parts/labor/maintenance costs between a BMW and sport luxury offerings from Infinity, Acura, Lexus, etc. I know one would be giving up some in the driving experience, but would things like rotors and alternators and shocks/struts be less expensive on late model japanese cars than BMW (or Mercedes/Audi for that matter).

Just seeing if German cars really deserve the stigma as more costly to maintain.

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Old 04-28-2010, 09:57 AM   #2
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German cars are NOT more costly to maintain. You are right, it's a stigma. My dads Acura costs essentially the same as my car to maintain. The dealer will screw you no matter what brand.

The real difference is that most people that are into BMWs or Porsche's are prone to maintain the car religiously and therefore change out parts that may still be ok for use. While many Japanese car owners wouldn't know that their ball joints are worn until they fell off the car.
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:58 AM   #3
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The wife has a Lexus and that stuff is just as expensive (in certain case more) as things for my car.
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Old 04-28-2010, 10:01 AM   #4
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Just dont get ripped by the stealership and everything should cost less
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