The cheap is expensive: according to the OCU, does it cost more to maintain a Dacia Duster as a BMW Series 3

When we acquired a new car, normally we are guided by your purchase price as the cost more important. Of course, a utilitarian low cost is a purchase is more logical than a todocamino medium. The OCU has analyzed the 28 more vehicles sold in the market, and costs maintenance during its first 100,000 kilometres, assuming that there are no breakdowns or unforeseen, only the replacement of parts subject to wear and periodic reviews, with the intervals suggested by the mark. The result may surprise you: it leaves more expensive to maintain a Dacia Duster as a BMW 3 Series.

The main cost difference lies in the number of suggested revisions for each car and brand.

The main cost difference lies in the number of suggested revisions for each brand. For example, during the first 100,000 km only need to spend three times per workshop if we drive an Opel Corsa or a Kia Sportage. However, if we drive a Dacia Sandero or a SEAT Ibiza we will have to go six times to the technical service. It is necessary to mention that this study has been carried out considering that the car will pass on your reviews during its first 100,000 km on the official service.

seat-ibiza-connect-prueba-mdm-04More visits to the service center involves more hours of work. Hours of work are on average 36% more expensive than an independent garage, and that in the case of premium brands are much more expensive than brands generalists. Another substantial difference lies in the price of wear parts, and the replacement intervals recommended. The study takes into account the cost to replace a clutch, two brake pads and two shock absorbers for the calculation of the total cost to 100,000 km.

The study takes into account the cost of replacing a clutch, two brake pads and two shock absorbers.

Although the average price change two shocks costs 404 € in average, for a Dacia Sandero 1.5 dCi is 236 euros, while for a Mercedes C 220 costs a whopping 884 euros, taking 2 more hours of labor and a higher price of the spare original. to Change the clutch to a Audi A4 2.0 TDI costs 1.145 euros, but only 431 euros in a Kia Sportage with petrol engine. There are also large differences in the same segment, in the trademark that theoretically compete in positioning.

mantenimiento-coches-ocuFor example, to maintain a Volkswagen Polo 1.4 TDI costs almost double that maintain a Opel Corsa 1.3 CDTI, performance and consumption very similar. The parts of a Volkswagen Golf doubled the price of a Ford Focus, and in the segment of the SUV is where comes the real surprise. Keep it for 100,000 km a Dacia Duster 1.5 dCi is 708 euros more expensive that a Nissan Qashqai 1.6 dCi and 214 euros more expensive than a Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0 TDI. The Dacia must pass at least six times by the official service.

These data are approximate, and do not take into account the packs of maintenance that many brands offer as an extra, commercial promotions or discounts for specific technical services. But it shows the huge difference between brands apparently similar, and uncomfortable truths: maintain a Dacia Duster is more expensive to maintain a BMW 3 Series during the first 100,000 km, and keep a SEAT Ibiza 1.6 TDI costs almost double that of an Opel Corsa 1.3 CDTI. According to the OCU, the cheaper brands seem to be Nissan, Opel, Ford and Renault.

Source: OCU