When it comes to expensive German luxury cars, reliability has always been a question. There are many car enthusiasts who mock the German brand’s constant claims of excellent German engineering, as many of the Country’s cars seem to be unreliable. Now, this can be attributed to many things, such as complex engineering demanding more maintenance or American buyers simply not used to the kind of preventative maintenance that Germans take very seriously. Either way, it’s interesting to see which of the BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz brands are the most reliable and least expensive to own and repair.
AM-Online has done a study and developed a series of charts to demonstrate which German brands have the best reliability and lowest cost of repair. In a comparison between BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, the study shows which brand requires the most maintenance under six years of ownership, after six years and after twelve years. So this tends to show what each brand of car is like throughout the car’s entire life.
Under six years, all of the cars are relatively similar, in terms of cost and reliability. This is because the cars are pretty new and typically have less than 100,000 miles on them, so not much is going to go wrong, at least not many important things. However, Audi is still the brand with the most problems and costs the most to fix. BMW sits in the middle with Mercedes being the most reliable, therefor the cheapest. After six years, things start to change. As the cars rack up more miles and, possibly, more owners, they do tend to break. Audi is still the least reliable and most expensive of the three brands, with BMW still in the middle and Mercedes leading the pack. However, after twelve years, things tend to even out again, as the cars are quite old and people tend to live with minor problems without having them fixed.