15 Cars That’ll Leave You Dangerously Broke. Rent Them Instead

Owning these status-symbol cars will bring you some attention and increase your confidence.  But you’ll probably need a hefty car maintenance fund because these cars are not cheap to maintain.  And for those who can’t justify the costs, it’s okay because you can still get a taste of luxury by renting it for a couple of days.  You get to experience luxury without the financial strain. 

1. BMW 7 Series 

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Owning a BMW 7 Series might sound prestigious, but did you know fixing its common electrical glitches can empty your wallet fast? Issues like malfunctioning window regulators or battery problems can cost from $200 to $1,000 to fix

2. Mercedes-Benz S-Class 

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A Mercedes S-Class rides smoothly until it hits a bump. Air suspension issues are not cheap to fix, and their replacement can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000. Renting one avoids these unpredictable costs.

3. Audi A8 

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Consider your options before buying an Audi A8. Its frequent transmission troubles, including slipping gears and leaks, can set you back over $2,000 and can be $3,000 in repairs in some cases.   

4. Jaguar XJ 

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Jaguars are sleek, but owning an XJ can lead to frequent garage visits. Electrical problems like dashboard display failures cost upwards of $1,500 to repair. Is the stress worth it when you could rent? Maybe!

5. Maserati Ghibli

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A Maserati symbolizes luxury, but the Ghibli’s engine and transmission issues come with a hefty repair bill, often surpassing $5,000-$7000 and for engine seize it can cost above $30,000. Consider renting to experience the thrill without the financial sting.  

6. Range Rover 

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While robust, the Range Rover is notorious for its air suspension problems, with repairs ranging from $300-$1500. Renting this SUV could be a smarter move financially.  

7. Porsche Panamera 

Porsche Panamera
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Owning a Porsche Panamera sounds exciting until you face a cooling system failure, costing over $1,200 to fix

8. Tesla Model S 

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The Tesla Model S is all about innovation, but battery replacement can cost a shocking $15,000. Renting one lets you enjoy the technology without the investment risk.  

9. Cadillac Escalade 

Cadillac Escalade
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With its bold appearance, the Escalade is a favorite, but transmission issues, costing around $5,000 to fix, might dampen your enthusiasm.  

10. BMW X5 

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The BMW X5 is ideal for family vacations, but not so much when you have cooling system problems that end up costing over $300, and replacement of the radiator will cost more than $1200. Renting makes more sense for occasional use.  

11. Mercedes-Benz E350 

 Mercedes-Benz E350
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Love the E350’s rugged look. Electrical problems, especially with the battery issue, can exceed $400 in replacement.  

12. Acura NSX

Acura NSX
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The Acura NSX is a performance powerhouse, but hybrid system failures can be financially draining, often costing a hefty amount, and gearbox problems are most common in it. Even it has annual maintenance costs of $354. The cost of repairs and maintenance varies according to age, mileage, location, and kind of shop. 

13. Bentley Continental GT 

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Driving a Bentley might be on your bucket list, but transmission issues are a nightmare and as they are of British origin their replacement is not easily available in the US. Renting one for special occasions might be wiser.  

14. Maserati Quattroporte 

Maserati Quattroporte
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The Quattroporte invites envy but also brings potential repair expenses over $6,000 for transmission issues.  

15. Aston Martin DB11

Aston Martin DB11
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The Aston Martin DB11 is a symbol of sophistication, yet fixing its frequent electrical problems a lot of bucks. It’s a British marquee and car maintenance costs can range from $4,000 to $20,000 on average each year.