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The cheapest German cars to repair

Stephen Wright, 19 days ago

3 min read

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VW Golf

WhoCanFixMyCar reveals which of the most popular German cars on the road is the cheapest to repair

The news that VW has overtaken Ford as the most popular new car manufacturer in the UK in 2021 won’t come as much of a surprise to a lot of people.

German cars have proved perennially popular with Brits for many years now, with brands such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and VW much sought after by drivers thanks to their build quality, performance, overall reliability and, of course, residual value, if and when it comes time to sell.

But which of the most popular German cars on the road today cost the least and the most on average when something goes wrong, particularly those big-ticket items such as brake discs and pads, cambelts and clutches?

WhoCanFixMyCar is here to help. We’ve analysed the data from the last 12 months to give you an insight into which models really are the best for your bank balance when it comes to those all-important repairs.


Volkswagen Golf

VW famously used the slogan ‘Volkswagen Golf. One of the greatest pleasures you can have’ – something anyone who has ever driven a Golf can testify to. You can now add to that the best-in-class average repair prices with the cost of new brake pads and discs, cambelt and clutch comfortably cheaper than those of its equally popular rivals at Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Average Repair Prices
Brake Pads and Discs            £302.76
Cambelt                               £322.18
Clutch                                   £515.64

Did You Know?

Everyone loves a ‘fun fact’, so how about this one: the most expensive VW Golf ever sold at auction went for 188,938 euros. Why did it cost so much you might ask? Well, it’s first owner was none other than Pope Benedict XVI.


Audi A3

Audi A3

The Audi A3 (pictured above) has proved to be an equally outstanding family car for tens of thousands of drivers in the UK with the likes of What Car? dubbing recent incarnations of the best-seller “insurmountably impressive” in terms of drive, equipment levels and general ownership. You will be pleased to hear that it is also surprisingly affordable when it comes to the average cost of major repairs.

Average Repair Prices
Brake Pads and Discs             £312.78
Cambelt                                £320.38
Clutch                                   £625.43


BMW 1 Series

BMW 1 Series

Another popular rival to the class- leading VW Golf when it comes to compact premium cars is the BMW 1 Series. Now available as a front wheel rather than the traditional rear wheel drive, the BMW 1 Series has proven perennially popular with drivers of all ages since it first motored onto our shores in 2004.

Average Repair Prices
Brake Pads and Discs             £411.73
Cambelt                               £596.20
Clutch                                    £446.24

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Rounding off our run down of the cheapest German cars to repair is the Mercedes C-Class. While the C-Class will put a smile on your face when behind the wheel, that smile is likely to turn into a frown when you see the average estimated repair prices for brake pads and discs, cambelt and clutch.

Average Repair Prices
Brake Pads and Discs£413.08
Cambelt£429.08
Clutch£691.10

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