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