There are a few obvious things you should know about owning a luxury car. One is dealer maintenance and repair can be ridiculously expensive. The other is that most non-dealer garages don’t know how to maintain or repair a modern luxury car beyond the mechanical basics. So you can save money by going to non-dealer garages, but certain tasks can only be performed by the dealer. The tricky part is figuring out which is which without losing a ton of money on experimentation. We did exactly that with our Jaguar XK.
Six months had passed since the first free service at 1000 km, so we took in our 2014 Nissan Patrol LE for its first paid service at the Dubai dealer.
Our Honda S2000’s battery wasn’t holding charge as well as it should, so when it finally died after just over a year, we called in our buddies at Batt-Mobile to replace the battery right down in our parking lot.
Our manual Toyota FJ Cruiser has been chugging along trouble-free. There’s absolutely nothing to report except the cost of the latest service as well as someone puking in it.
Our Nissan Patrol LE went in for its first “free” service recently, after the 1000 km break-in period. While we were booking the dealer appointment in Dubai, the lady on the phone started upselling certain accessories to us. Normally we avoid upsells, but she just happened to be offering exactly what we were after.
It is said that all good things must come to an end. My time with the BMW came to an end when I accepted a new job in Kuwait. With the rules there prohibiting expats from importing cars, that meant the only course of action was to (very) reluctantly sell my beloved blue pocket rocket.
Our 2007 Honda S2000 went in for “40k” major service last week. Our car has less than 25,000 km on the clock, but a year had passed since the last service. Also, the car was grounded for a while as the brake lights were stuck on permanently, so we had to disconnect the battery when parked. Here are the dealer expenses nowadays.
Our Alfa Romeo left us a few months ago. After all, while it was registered under my name, I was sharing ownership with two other guys and just holding the car for a friend until it found a buyer.
It’s been a good while with the 2013 BMW M135i so let’s talk about running costs. Servicing is cheap as it comes with a 5-year service pack so the only thing I should have to cover are tyres (which I’m sure will be fearsomely expensive if I stick with the OEM Pilot Super Sports) and batteries. The car came as standard with a 3-year service pack, but the cost to extend this to 5 years was a paltry QAR 500 — a real bargain considering that this period will probably include at least one major service (Inspection II in BMW parlance).
When time came to replace my daily driver, a 2008 Volvo S40, I wanted something that’s fun and involving to drive. Soon a list was formed which included V8 Mustangs, Nissan 350Z’s, Hyundai Genesis Coupes and VW Golf R’s. As with all my car purchases that start from one thing and end up at something else entirely, I randomly checked the Toyota 86 listings online and bingo! There was a base-model 2013 model Toyota 86 automatic within my reach.
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