Hondas? Just “gas, tires, and oil” is a big lie. Tired of hearing this. Most people selectivelt forget how much money they plow into their Hondas and Toyotas.
First, most people who drive Hondas do not DIY, so their maintenance cost is WAY higher than a BMW guy who thinks his spare Honda costs peanuts to maintain. After getting into BMW DIY, my cost of Honda ownership would also plummet, b/c I would now DIY.
For example, here are the 3 major repairs I had on my Camry between 85k and 115k (about 2 years and 30k miles)
Check Engine: O2 Sensor $449.00
Timing Belt. Water Pump.
Check Engine Light. Tune up $902.00
Check Engine: Evap Cannister $627.00
That’s $2000 in 2 years. Hardly “just change the oil, and it will get to 200k!”
Then I stopped fixing stuff, and decided to let it ride (BMW visions dancing in my head…)
By 130k, the car needed a ton of other stuff.
Suspension was literally rattling…
Window wouldn’t go up straight, etc
Check engine light was on…
So, this could have easily been another $1500, if I wanted to spend the money to keep it running right.
It lasted until 140k when it blew and oil seal and killed the motor.
Maintenance free Japanese cars that go to 200k with just gas, tires, and oil (and a 90k timing belt) is a total lie.
What’s been your experience?