how’s the maintenance /cost of repair compared to bmw or mercedes cars of the same issues? more costky or less?

if this car 2004 volvo s40 will have the same problems with bmw or mercedes. does it cost more or less to repair?

My car has 165000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Hi there. In general, UK & European vehicles (BMW, Mercedes, Volvo and others) have higher than average service, maintenance and repair costs due to the fact that most mechanics that can complete them are specialists. The cost of repair per manufacturer often depends on your location and saturation of specialists in your area. For example; if you have a Mercedes Benz and there is (1) specialist in your area vs. (5) specialists – the cost will be higher to maintain the vehicle with only one option. This is something most consumers never consider, but is typically the number one cause of increased vehicle costs to maintain. The best advice I could offer here is to pick a vehicle with multiple service options. Our mobile mechanics can complete most routine maintenance and repairs on all three makes, so you might want to consider this as an option.

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How Frequently Does a Volvo S40 require maintenance? Overall – the Volvo S40 has yearly car maintenance costs total to $693 .
On average: A Volvo costs about $769 per year for standard maintenance. Volvo maintenance costs are also generally more affordable than other luxury brands, such as Audi, Mercedes-Benz, or BMW. But keep in mind: Your own Volvo maintenance costs will depend on the specific model you own.
After the manufacturer warranty runs out, BMWs are more expensive to maintain than other brands – even other luxury brands.
A Mercedes-Benz is cheaper to maintain and repair than a BMW, despite being packed with a lot of advanced technology. This is due to BMWs having expensive parts and high upkeep costs. On average, you`re looking at a yearly cost of more than $1,000 for the maintenance for both brands.
Over a ten-year period of ownership, Volvo models cost an average of $100 more to maintain than Audi models. Volvo models were also cheaper to maintain than other brands, including: BMW.
The best overall version, though, is the 147bhp 2.0-litre, five-cylinder D3 150hp diesel, which has impressive performance and still-reasonable emissions and consumption. On top of which, this Volvo-designed engine is generally more reliable than the Ford-sourced 1.6.
Volvo vehicles are designed to be durable and long-lasting. If you keep up with regular maintenance, you won`t have to replace many parts. That said, when you do, you`ll generally find yourself to be in luck: Volvo parts are not especially expensive to replace.
Mercedes maintenance costs are higher than the industry average. Drivers should budget between $600 and $1,200 annually for Mercedes repairs and maintenance. An extended auto warranty can help lower ownership costs and out-of-pocket expenses for Mercedes drivers.
Is BMW maintenance expensive? Yes, BMW`s maintenance cost after the warranty is more expensive than many other brands – luxury or not. A BMW can cost about $5,000 more to maintain over a 10-year period than a Mercedes-Benz, and $12,000 more than a Toyota.
For BMW, expect decent fuel economy. That`s because BMW`s vehicles often have a smaller, lightweight engine in comparison to the Mercedes-Benz. Overall, this also means BMWs run lighter and cleaner, with their reduced weight allowing them to take the curves on the road more quickly.
It can also vary depending on the make and year of your Volvo. That being said, with the proper care the average lifespan of a Volvo is typically 20 years with over 200,000 miles.

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how’s the maintenance /cost of repair compared to bmw or mercedes cars of the same issues? more costky or less?
ANSWER : Hi there. In general, UK & European vehicles (BMW, Mercedes, Volvo and others) have higher than average service, maintenance and repair costs due to the fact that most mechanics that can complete them are specialists. The cost of repair per manufacturer often depends on your location and saturation of specialists in your area. For example; if you have a Mercedes Benz and there is (1) specialist in your area vs. (5) specialists – the cost will be higher to maintain the vehicle with only one option. This is something most consumers never consider, but is typically the number one cause of increased vehicle costs to maintain. The best advice I could offer here is to pick a vehicle with multiple service options. Our mobile mechanics can complete most routine maintenance and repairs on all three makes, so you might want to consider this as an option.

I put the wrong key in my car and a few weeks later my car just shut down and it will not start I believe it’s the computer but…
ANSWER : Hi there. What had happened is the wrong key set the security to the vehicle. This is to prevent the vehicle from starting with the wrong keys. Try removing the battery cables (+) and (-) for 13 minutes. During that time, put the original key in the ignition and turn it on. Activate everything in the car even though there is no power. Then remove the key and hook up the battery cables. The computer should have reset and reset the security. If the security is still being tripped, then I recommend seeking out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you

Is this car typically a great running car? And what is usually the main issue with this particular car make and model?
ANSWER : In evaluating the wisdom of buying a particular model of car (used or new), consult the database of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA. The NHTSA database contains model specific consumer complaints, official recalls and factory service bulletins searchable by individual make, model, and model year. I encourage you to go to the NHTSA website and enter "1998 Mercedes Benz C230" into the search dialog box and simply review the existing reports. For the 1998 Mercedes Benz C230, I see that there is 1 recall, 2 investigations, 56 consumer complaints (that’s a relatively small number), and 10 Technical Service Bulletins (discussing post production problems unique to the vehicle). If you carefully review these reports you will gain an excellent overview of what has been experienced by other owners insofar as faults in the particular make, model and year you are interested in. I would post the text of the reports here, but they are detailed and voluminous so it will be more practical for you to view them online (it is free). An additional resource, "Consumer Reports", publishes system-by-system vehicle reliability data for all years, makes, and models. This data is available free in the library, or on-line if you are a paid subscriber. That reliability data will give you an excellent indication of the relative likelihood (probability) that key systems on the model (and year) of interest to you will fail at greater, or lesser, frequency compared to those rates reported for other vehicles. Obviously, what you want to be looking for in the "Consumer Reports" database is an indication that the vehicle "make and model year" of interest to you is not a "lemon" insofar as reliability. Finally, to protect yourself in any used car transaction, you should request a pre-purchase vehicle inspection. That inspection, carried out by a certified Mechanic, dispatched to your location by YourMechanic, will give you very specific data regarding any current problems with the actual car you want to buy. If you are unable to access any of these resources, or desire data of a different type, please do not hesitate for a moment to re-contact YourMechanic and we will assist you further in your attempts to make a wise used vehicle purchase.

Expected repair costs for a pre-owned car
ANSWER : Unfortunately, in the case of an AC system simply making noises, until a mechanic gets further into a diagnosis it may not be clear whether or not the problem is something as simple as a drive belt (costing as low as $50) or potentially an entire AC compressor and clutch (costing as high as $1500 depending on the vehicle). As you may know, much of the maintenance costs associated with most cars are a product of simple wear and tear. However, those costs can be dramatically increased depending on the driving conditions the car is subjected to as well as the driving habits of the owner. Depending on the last time replaced, you may also want to inquire about brakes and tires on this car. I would suggest having an expert from YourMechanic perform a pre-purchase inspection on the vehicle to get a better understanding of any other potential issues you may need to bring up prior to the purchase.

My car has smoke damage inside somebody tried to steal it and try to burn the car how much does it cost to get a car cleaned out f
ANSWER : Hello, thank you for writing in. Your situation is incredibly unfortunate! Hopefully insurance will help pay for the damages. Pricing is going to vary greatly depending on your location. You are going to want to gather a couple of quotes and compare pricing. The damage done, and the kind of help you have in your area will all effect pricing. If the majority of the damage is inside of the cab, you are looking at having the interior redone. Seats, flooring, electrical components, door panels, window seals, and whatever else would have been damaged will be priced individually for the most part. If engine damage has been done, you will have to do a full diagnosis before obtaining a quote. For more help, or a quote from our technicians, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

Considering purchasing, however, I am leery of possible high maintenance costs associated with this vehicle. Dependable? High maintenance?
ANSWER : Going from a BMW 135i to a 2014 Porsche Cayenne will obviously cost more in maintenance through the years. From special procedures during repairs, more expensive parts and higher labor costs, you can only expect the upkeep costs to go up. The Porsche brand of vehicles are just as, if not more, expensive to maintain than some of the other import vehicles. If you are looking for a lost cost vehicle, you should consider a Honda or domestic brand vehicle. When you do find a vehicle you like consider hiring an experienced technician like one from YourMechanic who can come out and take a close look at the vehicle to see if there are any unseen problems before you purchase it.

My car will not start Intermittently. I purchased a new battery 2 weeks ago and yesterday the car wouldn’t start. Got a jump and
ANSWER : The issue you are having is probably due to an intermittent fault in the starter motor itself or a deficiency in the starter electrical circuit, for example a large voltage drop due to a poor ground or a high resistance connection. These issues can be readily diagnosed and resolved on a mobile basis if you request a hard starting diagnostic. If you request that diagnostic, the responding certified mechanic will get this resolved for you promptly. Based on Toyota’s Factory Service Manual, the battery should not be disconnected if the vehicle engine is running. The battery acts as a large resistive voltage sink and consequently taking the battery out of the circuit, while the alternator is still running, can create a voltage spike on the car’s electrical system which is not good for voltage sensitive components such as the engine computer. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

Should I buy this car for $1700
ANSWER : Prior to buying any car, drive the car around and listen for any noises. Then do an inspection on the vehicle to make sure that it is safe to drive. All cars will need maintenance, but if the car was kept up, then the maintenance should be to a minimum.