2011 Top Premium Used Cars to Avoid

These premium cars will bleed you dry.

By Rss | June 04, 2013
    • It's always important to know what you are getting yourself into when purchasing a used car, and sometimes buying a premium used car sounds like a better alternative than getting a brand-new mid-range car. After all, who wouldn't want to drive top-tier luxury at a Toyota Camry price? But IntelliChoice's list of 2011 premium used cars to avoid this list points out just why these cars may not be worth it. The list really struck us for two reasons. First, there are only three manufacturers on it. Second, it's dominated by one manufacturer in particular: Mercedes-Benz. It seems that buying a used Benz just isn't worth it, if these results are any indication. All results have been based on what the projected cost of each vehicle will be over five years. The vehicles listed below all raked Below Average or Poor in the Cost of Ownership calculations. There were six fields of costs that were examined, which are fuel, insurance, depreciation, used price, repairs, and maintenance. From these criteria, the following vehicles have been found to be too costly in the long run.
    • 2011 Audi A4 Sedan

      Why it's on the list: Repairs; Used Price; Maintenance
      Starting off the list is the Audi A4 Sedan. Not surprisingly, one of the reasons it landed on our list is the used price tag. Most luxury automakers still have a high price on their used vehicles, and Audi is no different. Combine that price tag with repair costs,...show more

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      2011 Audi A5 Coupe

      Why it's on the list: Used Price; Maintenance; Repairs
      The Audi A5 Coupe is the second and last Audi on the list, and it has the same high costs as the A4. The difference between the costs of these two vehicles is that where the A4 had higher maintenance costs, the A5 has higher repair costs. Just like its A4 cousin,...show more

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      2011 BMW 3 Series Sedan

      Why it's on the list: Fuel; Used Price; Repairs
      The BMW 3 Series Sedan kicks off the BMW section of the list. The first thing that will cost you more than it should is the used price. Although these cars depreciate as soon as they drive off the lot, their value doesn't drop as much as you might think, or hope. Next up...show more

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      2011 BMW 5 Series Sedan

      Why it's on the list: Repairs; Maintenance; Depreciation; Used Price; Insurance
      Next up is potentially the most expensive car on our list, the BMW 5 Series sedan. There's only one category that won't kill your bank, and that's fuel costs. What will hit you first is the maintenance and repairs. Although this is to be...show more

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      2011 BMW 7 Series

      Why it's on the list: Fuel; Maintenance; Repairs; Depreciation
      The last BMW on our list is the BMW 7 Series. This car isn't nearly as expensive as the 5 Series, but it is pretty close. Its big engines will get you at the gas pump, with fuel costs being the first reason to say no to this car. The 7 Series will cost you...show more

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      2011 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

      Why it's on the list: Maintenance; Fuel; Repairs
      The run of Mercedes-Benz vehicles to avoid starts with the C-Class. Although not as expensive as some of the other cars on the list, it is still not cost-effective. Maintenance on this vehicle is rather expensive, but not only that, the cost to repair any piece on this...show more

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      2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Coupe

      Why it's on the list: Fuel; Depreciation
      The Mercedes-Benz E350 Coupe is the second most cost-efficient car from the automaker on our list of cars that will bleed you dry. Still a car that will run up the dollar signs, the E350 Coupe only has two variables that make it so expensive. Fuel is the first issue, thought it...show more

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      2011 Mercedes-Benz E550 Coupe

      Why it's on the list: Depreciation
      The Mercedes-Benz E550 Coupe is the only car on the entire list to only have one costly attribute. The depreciation value of this car, just like the car before and the cars that are listed below, is rather high. Right now this car is worth between $38,000 and $40,000, whereas a new...show more

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      2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Convertible

      Why it's on the list: Repairs; Used Price; Fuel; Depreciation
      Most people enjoy the feeling of the wind running through their hair when in a convertible, but a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Convertible may not be the right car for this. Especially when you'll be pulling your hair out thanks to all that it will cost you....show more

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      2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan

      Why it's on the list: Repairs; Used Price; Depreciation
      Nearing the end of our list, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan is the final E-Class car you need to watch out for. Although it's an expensive used car, it's not as expensive as some of the others from its lineup. Repairs are still going to cost you an arm and a leg,...show more

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      2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

      Why it's on the list: Fuel; Repairs; Depreciation
      Rounding out our list of the top premium used cars to avoid is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. This sedan is one of the most expensive cars on the list, which makes many of the reasons to avoid buying it used even more valid. The price for fuel will make you cringe as you...show more

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    5 comments
    Vaughn Shirley
    Vaughn Shirley

    Purchase of used cars have been increased a lot these days and the reason behind it I think is, its low price and great performance. But there are many cars you should avoid using which are shown in above pictures. So make sure you don’t get any of them and if you already have any of them you can simply check out these tips http://www.iautobodyparts.com/guide_and_tips.html and maintain your car.

    Jon Norman
    Jon Norman

    I'm talking about depreciation more than reliability. An XJ-L is about $110,000 new. Off-lease it drops to the $60k range.

    Jacob Brown
    Jacob Brown

    Believe it or not, Stormin Norman, Jaguar USA has done really, really well in reliability surveys in recent years. Ford helped the company hugely bring up the quality when it owned Jag for nearly 20 years, and Tata, the current owner, hasn't dropped the ball. They're good finds on the used market, but they're like any other formerly $50-120k car when it comes time to repair them. A lot of people I've spoken with love their Jag X-Types, though, which were more or less based on the same mechanicals as the Ford Mondeo. Those are reasonable cheap to fix because parts are so plentiful.

    Jon Norman
    Jon Norman

    SO BASICALLY: don't buy a used Benz, BMW or Audi! (I'm surprised Jaguar didn't make the list) And the funny thing is that rich people lease them and discard them to avoid loosing $ as they depreciate.