SER­VICE COSTS

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - MAIL -

When you con­tinue with your ex­cel­lent re­views of new and old ve­hi­cles, it may be an idea to look at the cost of ser­vices. I bought a 320D BMW from a col­league who re­turned to Amer­ica. It was an ab­so­lutely won­der­ful car: pow­er­ful, great sound via the Har­man Kar­don sound sys­tem and in­cred­i­bly light on fuel. But then came 100 000km and the war­ranty ex­pired. I know what it costs to re­place a turbo charger and so I ex­tended the war­ranty/ser­vice plan. It was only valid for one year and ini­tially cost about R9 000. When the cost went up to R13 000 for one year I said to BMW Worces­ter that I only look like this: I’m not re­ally stupid. To ex­tend the war­ranty on my wife’s Prado for six years was (at that stage) well be­low R10 000. That was the end of a 40-year re­la­tion­ship with BMW.

There was re­cently a drive by Hol­lard (I think) to ex­tend the war­ranty on Toy­otas and this made me look at the ser­vice cost of the Land Cruiser 200, which now has over 80 000km on the clock:

100 000km: R3 200 110 000km: R2 000 120 000km: R7 000 130 000km: R2 000

This is, of course, the ba­sic cost. If we have an ar­gu­ment at night with a hedge­hog or, more likely, some large stones on the high­way, this cost will be higher. To ex­tend the war­ranty for two years cost us R 11 470. To ex­tend the war­ranty for six years on the FJ Cruiser was R6 660. One BMW deal­er­ship said that it would cost be­tween R30 000 and R40 000 to ex­tend the war­ranty on a 2014 X5 with 80 000km on the clock.

I can’t seem to get my wife en­thu­si­as­tic about go­ing for the 6×6 Cruiser…

Au­gust Clu­ver via email

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