Owning a car can be expensive, especially if the car is problematic. Certain brands come to mind when it comes to expensive maintenance like Mercedes-Benz and BMW. But others are synonymous with quality, like Honda and Toyota, who are the quintessential standard-bearers of reliability.
So we looked at cars that seem affordable at first but will eventually bury you in expensive repairs. Many of these cars are common vehicles you see all over the road. But just because something sells well doesn’t necessarily mean it’s providing value. Every car or truck is different. These normal cars seem affordable until they aren’t, and then the real pain starts.
60: Chrysler Pacifica
One of the original crossover vehicles on the market, the Pacifica had a whole new style. It caught on with consumers well and initial sales for Chrysler were decent. But it’s a well-known fact that the Pacifica is not the most reliable car on the road. Many issues cause this crossover to rack up expensive repair bills (via Hot Cars).
The head gasket is known to go out often, and the transmission is also faulty. Because there is Mercedes-Benz engineering that went into this car, that means the replacement parts are also expensive. The Pacifica, while it had a lot of strong points, costs too much to keep it on the road, and the repairs often.