I would do anything to drive one of these cars, but you couldn't pay me to own one.
With 600 hp and 738 ft/lbs of torque in a big, luxurious coupe the Mercedes CL65 AMG is a bit of a riot, but the only thing more eye-wateringly expensive than the maintenance is the depreciation.
A cheap used one is a tempting proposition, but small problem that wouldn't raise an eyebrow in a normal car can total an AMG with a V12.
Suggested By: ls1allthethings, Photo Credit: Mercedes-Benz
You'd think a McLaren 12c would be amazing to drive and own but reader Mr. 458 can tell you why you may not want one.
"1) Soooo many teething issues well reported, from failing electricals to foggy lights to doors that won't open and blown transmissions. On top of that, several advertised features, specifically on board cameras and the Sat-nav system were either never delivered, or in the case of the sat-nav, were delivered more than a year after launch, and customers were asked to shell out more for it!
2) Depreciation is BRUTAL - every owner I know is out $100K+, whereas a 458 a year on is basically par.
3) McLaren basically acknowledged all the problems with the 12C by coming out with the 650S, thereby exacerbating the depreciation of 12Cs."
Suggested By: Mr. 458, Photo Credit: McLaren
The SM is one of the most beautiful, luxurious, and comfortable cars ever made. It's also one of the most fiendishly complex with it's unreliable Maserati V6 and hydropneumatic suspension.
Basically, a Citroën SM is takes all the things that were great and terrible about the Citroën DS and the Maserati Bora/Khamsin and wraps them in one car.
Suggested By: davidj211, Photo Credit: Citroën
Did somebody say handbrake turns? They're an absolute blast, at least when you're not paying for all the damage you've done by hooning the living daylights out of them. Don't ever buy a car from a rental lot.
You wouldn't want to own a car that everyone and their mother has beat on mercilessly.
Suggested By: 1995droptopz, Photo Credit: Chrysler
The things that make the Elise great for spirited country road driving–tiny body, light weight, non-power steering–make it a terrible daily driver proposition. Oh well, at least the Toyota engine is reliable!
Suggested By: darkcloak, Photo Credit: Lotus
Take everything that's great about an Elise and make it better, while taking everything that's bad about an Elise and make it much worse. That's basically the Ariel Atom in a nutshell.
If you buy an Atom, buy a truck and a trailer as well.
Alfa Romeos are stunningly beautiful to behold and even better to drive, but ownership can be a dubious proposition at best. None have a higher ratio of great to drive/terrible to own than the Montreal.
Alfa's SPICA Inizione fuel injection system was a nightmare in any car, but especially bad in the Montreal's 2.6 liter quad-cam V8. At least you have something beautiful to look at when it's inevitably broken.
This list could have easily been ten old british cars, but the E-Type really takes the cake. It was the fastest car in its day and it's still no slouch now, but only on one condition – it has to be working, which 90% of the time it won't be.
But then you see one and you still ache for one, despite all the bad things you may have heard.
When people talk about how relaxed and comfortable a Mercedes can be, they're talking about this car. It's truly ultimate car with a three-pointed star.
Oh, and if you break one of the hydraulic window switches it'll set you back $11,500. Also, nearly everything in the car is powered by hydraulics, so good luck!
Of course the Veyron–being one of the fastest cars ever made–is fun to drive, but have you seen the maintenance costs? Reader Jcarr put them together for us and they're a little on the expensive side:
"Oil change: $21,000
Tires: $30-40,000 (Bugatti recommends changing them every 2,500 miles)
Annual routine maintenance: $20,000
Insurance: $2-3,000 per month"
I guess someone who can afford a Veyron in the first place can afford the maintenance, but even still, it's extraordinarily expensive.
Suggested By: Jcarr, Photo Credit: Bugatti
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