2nd Jul 2021, 16:29

Totally agree. They are (generally) reliable cars and wonderful when they work. But when something goes wrong... you are never looking at anything cheap, even if you know an "independent specialist" as the reviewer states.

Definitely not exclusive to this car as he also states - friend's Skoda Octavia had the injectors go bad and cost him £500. Dealer wanted more as always. Had a Ford Mondeo, and a Vauxhall Vectra and Mazda 6 that did the same. You can double that money for Audi, Mercedes, BMW and so on, if anything goes wrong on these modern diesels. DPF's are also common expensive problems. Makes you wonder if it is worth it, though modern petrol cars are getting more complex also, probably also dear to fix, though petrol engines run a little hotter, so are apparently less susceptible to these problems.

2nd Jul 2021, 19:25

We have had 2: a 2017 and new Q7. Both my daughters. Excellent on the 2017 with 60k miles at trade in. I would never buy any late model BMW; a lot of warranty claims and issues. A bad pick. Audi though are really nice. I own a Porsche 991.2 Carrera Twin Turbo GTS. Very well built, and a dream to drive. The track is where you have the most fun with club members.

2nd Jul 2021, 21:37

The problem is that you purchased a very, very complex car as your first car. Like buying an older manor for your first house. Worse, Mercedes-Benz is nowhere as good (or great, even) as the ancestors which made its name so hallowed at the time. Had you bought a far simpler Mercedes (the rule is the same with any European car), like a basic 4- or 6-cylinder C-class or E-Class (and not anything with stuff like air suspension or Sensotronic brake control), your problems would have been more aligned to any modern car (usual electronic sensors, or if diesel the DPF).

3rd Jul 2021, 23:04

Many people buy old luxury cars cheap, then one major maintenance woe and it costs more to fix. Especially BMWs; the 7 series is a prime example. Keep them new for 3 or 4 years and get another.

4th Jul 2021, 01:27

Watch out for the IMS bearing issues on Porsche models.

5th Jul 2021, 12:47

Fortunately the 2009-up models with direct injection eliminated that.