Are Used Luxury Cars High Maintenance?

Q. I am considering buying a slightly used luxury car (I own a Honda Accord now) but I am concerned maintenance costs. Are used BMW’s and Mercedes Benz high maintenance cars? I heard an oil change for a BMW cost $150.00, is this true?

A. Looking at a Mercedes S550 as an example (BMW is similar), the oil change labor is 1.1 hours, the oil filter is $16.00 and the oil is synthetic- which has a retail price of $7-$8.00 a quart. Certainly an oil change could be $150.00 or more, although you need to only change the oil every 10,000 miles.


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